Archive | July, 2018

Two Witnesses 27 July 18

30 Jul

Working Dates: Friday, July 27, 2018 to Monday, July 30, 2018
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Miriam Yerushalmi (Author, Counselor): Weekly Parsha: One Verse, Five Voices
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: His chapter on “The Prophetic Legacy” muddies these voices of conscience, which for centuries served as counterweights to abuse of power by numerous kings and the wealthy. He uses his neocon ally Norman Podhoretz’s term “liberological” to reject the progressive approach to prophecy and instead recasts them as primarily concerned with his own concerns, namely the centrality of ritual and the ills of a lawless society. While not incorrect that they did have such concerns, Neumann denies the fullness of their concerns. Indeed, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “[The Prophets’] breathless impatience with injustice may strike us as hysteria. … To the prophets even a minor injustice assumes cosmic proportions. … It seems incongruous and absurd that because of some minor acts of injustice inflicted on the insignificant, powerless poor, the glorious city of Jerusalem should be destroyed and the whole nation go to exile. Did not the prophet magnify the guilt?”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Ashamed To Defend Their Home
Gil Troy: Why Tikkun Olam Can’t Fix American Judaism
Bing: Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and has come to possess further connotations in modern Judaism.
2 Samuel 11:13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
Brat (in “Policy” 19 July 18): The push button horses I’ve met would do anything asked of them without question. They also had little life-force drive left in them. They weren’t asked to think. My God requires of me to think and feel and worship Him (even when my temper is flaring.) My God doesn’t require perfection. He requires engagement, because this is a relationship. I’m allowed to have a temper and not take it out on other people. I just need grace space to process and not have vultures lurking over my every move.
Rick Joyner (24 July 18): His ways are revealed in how He transforms us after we are born again. When we were born again, all things became new to us and we became a new creation. However, we were not made instantly perfect. We began the process of having our minds renewed and breaking the power of sin and wickedness off of our lives. It was this battle with our old nature that strengthened us to walk in the new.
“Pearls” (22 July 18): …The Band Perry: “If I Die Young” [https://youtu.be/heHnwR21dLE]
Lyrics: So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done…
… Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’
Marchaé Grair: Worth isn’t some kind of currency exchange of good or bad deeds, where I can try to make up for the things I wasn’t or perhaps will never be.
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): One of the biggest mission fields is the Church.
Kenneth L. Samuel: The Colossians writer admonishes us to wear that which suits our character. The writer is concerned that what we put on not be a betrayal of what we claim to possess. People in volatile situations need to be able to readily identify those who are present and able to help. Uniforms may not always be an accurate indicator, but uniforms are the most apparent sign of a person’s qualifications and intent.
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): Before I went to church I stopped by the Dollar Store and bought a string of plastic red “pearls”. I wore a good (colorful) blouse and my green blazer. I’d washed my hair and the warm morning had already dried it and the gold sparkles in my hair danced in the sunshine. When Darleen saw me at church she exclaimed over and over how beautiful I was. I would have blushed if I hadn’t been in character, but I just smiled.
Steve Shultz: Prophetic artists often draw and paint visions straight from the throne of God and have a “view point” many of us haven’t seen…yet.
Kenneth L. Samuel: Have you noticed that people will often notice what you’re wearing before they even notice you? It’s said that the hat worn by Aretha Franklin at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, DC could be seen all the way from Maryland and parts of Virginia. The hat, as well as the soul singer, got crazy R-E-S-P-E-C-T and made its creator, then-36-year-old Luke Song from South Korea, globally famous.
Brat (respectfully): They still don’t get it. The kingdom of God is not a retreat.
Anna Blake: Trust can only grow as adversity retreats.
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): And…get this!…Pastor John had shown up in a white shirt!
2 Samuel 11:12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, …
Bio: Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein is the executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, a multifaith advocacy organization based in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and director of Faith Action for Animals. He can be reached at jklein@cluejustice.org.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: While at first glance these expressions seem very similar, there is a difference that can be seen when reading the different stories about them in the Talmud. About Rabbi Akiva, the scene begins with him carrying a cinder box to start a fire, a rooster to wake him up in the morning [Peter?] and a donkey for transportation [Palm Sunday?]. He enters a town asking for lodging but no one accepts him.
Luke 10: 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, …
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: With no choice, he sleeps in the nearby forest. But a wind comes and puts out the fire, a fox comes and eats the chicken and a wolf comes and kills the donkey.
Luke 10: 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the morning he discovered all the town’s people killed by bandits.
Luke 10: 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Because of the wind putting out the fire so he would not be seen and the fox and the wolf killing the chicken and the donkey who would have made noise, Rabbi Akiva was saved. The discomfort he experienced from being cold, not being woken up early and losing his transportation came out well in the end, even if the initial experience was unpleasant. This unpleasantness ‘was for the good’ – that is, it enabled a good benefit.
Revelation 11:3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: A talmudic story for Tisha b’Av tells of two competing young cohanim (priests) running up the ramp leading to the altar in the ancient Temple, in a zeal to be the one celebrated for cleaning the ashes from the altar, one literally stabbing the other in the back to prevent him from taking the glory from him — a murder in the name of religion — the harsh example of deadly religiosity echoes in our hearts to this day as precisely the danger of Torah without the heart. Sadly, this is what Neumann’s book suggests is authentic Judaism, a historical amnesia that would return us to the pre-exilic, power-centered, self-obsessed piety that the great talmudic theologians insist destroyed the Temple.
Revelation 11:1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Pastor John [Tolle] was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): If I don’t, who will?
Edie Bayer: This means that in the past, in those “lower gears”, we may have had some double mindedness (see James 1:8), doubt or trepidation about what the Lord has called us to. In the Grace Gear, in this accelerated mode of transportation, there is no time for that!
Marchaé Grair: God’s call for me is to embrace a spiritually abundant life, despite my shortcomings. Thankfully, my worthiness isn’t something I get to decide.
Verse of the Day (27 July 18): 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 ~ Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Brat: Like throwing off the sin of sorcery, such as in the case that what I pray in private is gathered up and posted to the world in the Bible verse the next day? Or that what I journal about one evening at home or in my car is addressed in the word of the day by the Church and/or the prophets the next morning? This has been happening for years. It is downright creepy!! And I cannot cast out this beast to the abyss all by myself. In addition to that every day Satan’s goons throw books on my cart at the library at work about witches, burning, orphans, and anything he can think of to incite a trigger reaction in me. My head knows this is just his way of torturing me. My heart tries not to react. It’s hard when I feel vulnerable or tired. It’s worse at the end of my work shift. But I worship God, not spooks. I know this county is under a demonic stronghold.
Luke 10: 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Brat (in “O Virgin Israel” 26 July 18): Thank You, Lord, that Israel has come through as the Virgin in contrast to Babylon! Praise You, Almighty God, for Israel’s faithfulness as You sustain us all. Uphold her purity!
Revelation 18:1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted:
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
3 For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
Taylor Swift: “Babe” [https://youtu.be/l25AL0BdD6w]
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: The Jewish God, who our liturgy teaches “supports the fallen, heals the sick, frees the captive and keeps faith for those who sleep in the dust” is almost nonexistent to Neumann, and he ignores the notion that we are to emulate divine justice pursuits in this world, imitatio Dei, despite the overwhelming textual undergirding that “Justice, justice, shall you pursue.”
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): Don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
Brat: I know my reward is in heaven, but I live down here.
Anna Blake: One of the challenges with horses is understanding what a training method means to them, compared to what we think it means. For all we have in common with horses, there are also just as many things that don’t translate. We confuse anxiety for affection. We’re surprised by what does, or doesn’t, spook a horse. And sometimes pushing a method of training can end up getting the opposite result than we intended.
Miriam Yerushalmi (Author, Counselor): L’vav’cha translates literally as “your hearts.” The plural wording reminds us that we were each created with two distinct inclinations — the animal soul and the Godly soul — that motivate us in our service of God. We tend to imagine the animal soul as the source of our base, negative impulses or character traits; and we think we would be better people if only we could conquer and eradicate that part of us.
Not so!
Revelation 11:4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”
Brat: I remember Pastor John saying that Satan is the lord of the earth, because we gave him the pink slip to the earth that was rightfully once ours. But we stand before the Lord Jesus who is our Advocate.
Kenneth L. Samuel: Who Are You Wearing?
Anna Blake: You’ll want to give a bigger cue. Just don’t. Breathe instead and recognize it’s your anxiety; it doesn’t need to become his.
Rabbi Reuven Wolf: As a Jew, you have both a human heart and a Godly heart. Your Godly heart loves God with a burning passion. Your Godly heart is crazy about God. But you don’t normally feel your Godly heart. Though your Godly heart is your truest heart, it generally remains buried deep beneath your subconscious.
Anna Blake: And we’re human. Most riders say partnership is their top goal but often we try to train them to behave like robots. No bad intention and not in a physically abusive way, but humans do love obedience. We like to micromanage his movement, his behaviors. We even want to micromanage his emotions.
Rabbi Ari Segal: How can the Torah legislate that we experience an emotion — especially love toward such an unfathomable being as God?
Anna Blake: If you’ve done a lot of natural horsemanship, he may not even want you at his flank. Standing at a horse’s flank is a vulnerable position, it takes his trust to allow you there. Go slow.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): The problem I’ve taken on in this church is that I’ve decided to be more vulnerable, but the more vulnerable you are, the less people respect you. We want leaders to be above it all. We aren’t, except in Jesus Christ.
Revelation 11:2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein (18 July 18): It’s almost Tisha b’Av (Jul. 21-22, 2018), and along comes Jonathan Neumann’s “To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel.” He makes plain and clear his intent to discredit the American-Jewish focus on social justice, as well as our community’s vocal leaders of the pursuit of justice.
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff (2005): “Surveys show that even Jews who doubt the existence or significance of God, who are not involved much in Judaism’s prayers, rituals, or holiday celebrations, who violate Judaism’s restrictions on diet and work on holy days, and/or who do not know much about their heritage or devote any time as adults to studying it nevertheless feel in their bones that they have a duty as Jews to make this a better world, that this is the essence of what it means to be a Jew. As a religious Jew, I would say that it is sad that so many people, by their own description, are “not very religious,” for such people are missing out on a virtual treasure trove of meaning, joy, intellectual ferment, and communal connections that the Jewish tradition offers us in all these other expressions of the Jewish tradition. Still, such Jews are not wrong in identifying “social action” as a key component of what it means to be Jewish, for much of the tradition is devoted to it.”
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): You can know a lot about Jesus Christ and have academic and intellectual knowledge. Knowing Him “upstairs” [in the head] is a lot different than knowing Him as Savior and Lord.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: [Jonathan] Neumann posits an answer to a nearly unasked question: Is “tikkun olam,” translated poetically as “healing the world,” a foundational stone for Jewish thought and philosophy? Are Jews theologically duty-bound to engage in secular policy change and restructuring the world to protect the most vulnerable? Some say yes, others say no, and even as Neumann surveys the diverse perspectives among progressive rabbis, he mercilessly answers this relatively irrelevant question by pointing to the concept’s largely 20th century reconstruction out of biblical, liturgical, talmudic, midrashic, and mystical concepts.
Jewish Journal (27 July 18): TABLE FOR FIVE: Vaetchanan
Bio: Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff is a rector and distinguished professor of philosophy at American Jewish University.
Brat: Hmmmm… “Rector” is such an interesting title for a rabbi to have! I have only heard it in conjunction with the Church!
Journal (in “Hounds of Hell”, October 2011): He [Jesus] said [to me], “I told Peter to watch and pray.” [Mk 14:38] I also said to him, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” [Mt 16:18] The Church has done exactly as I asked of Peter. They have watched and prayed. I told the ‘Church in Ephesus’ to remember their First Love. They have. I told the ‘Church in Smyrna’ to be faithful and they have been. I told the ‘Church in Pergamum’ that I would fight against idolatry with the sword of My mouth. And I have been. I told the ‘Church in Thyatira’ to denounce Satan’s so-called deep secrets, and I have confronted them, and Satan. I told the ‘Church in Sardis’ to repent and wake up. They are. You have been witnessing this. I told the ‘Church in Philadelphia’ to keep My Word and not to deny My Name. They did, but they did not love you. They did not care and repeatedly said, “I don’t give a rip.” The ‘Church in Laodicea’ was too entrapped in their own desires. They had access, ability, power, and possessions, and succumbed to selfish pride. Satan then eroded their confidence. They told you many times, “You pray in the garden and wait, and we’ll be blessed.” And they were. The ‘Seven Churches’ that make up the Church as Institution did exactly what I told Peter:
Mt 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
And they, too, fell into temptation just as Peter did, even though they watched and prayed.
“Like father like son? Lord, what should we do?” I asked.
He said,
They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things,
and by Your will they were created
and have their being.” [Rev 4:11]
“Excuse me, Lord?” I said.
“Yes.”
“What about the wedding banquet?” I asked Him.
He answered the same thing He said to His servants in Matthew 22:8-9
“The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”
Nathan Shaw: The Bible is full of imagery. Many times Biblical prophets described scenes that were yet to happen. Their descriptions were so vivid that they evoked works of art seen only in the minds of their listeners or readers. You get the impression that if the prophets had paint, paintbrushes, and canvases, they would have simply painted the scenes and presented them with the caption, “This is yet to happen.” But prophets were not limited to seeing things in the future. When Ezekiel was in Babylon he saw what was happening back in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8), and some passages of Scripture (for example Genesis 1) could only be written by prophets seeing things that were in the past.
Brat: This was in October 2011.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: “However noble the motive of American Jews,” Neumann relates at the end of his work, “their pursuit of tikkun olam is a betrayal of the traditional faith of their people.” Perhaps instead of casting American Jewry as treasonous, as Neumann implies here, we might instead celebrate our community’s contributions to the full gamut of our nation’s political and intellectual history, enabled by our undying commitment to building a better world for all, including our own tribe. Tikkun olam, which is literally “fixing the world,” is just one tool within a very large Jewish toolbox for expressing our commitment to others in our love for the Other, the transcendent God who has commanded us to establish fair weights and measures, to accompany the Prophets in their insistence that vulnerable communities be protected from the ravages of greed, to pursue justice with justice, and to seek peace.
Brat: I didn’t say the Church or the Jews were treasonous. I am grateful to God for them!
Hana Levi Julian: Terror in Adam
Pastor John Tolle (16 July 18): Jesus probably would like to, but he doesn’t let the guy in the boat. He makes the guy stay here, so everyone you terrorized can see the changes you’ve gone through.
Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
Anna Blake: He gains the confidence of standing on his own feet, in control of his balance, and because we ask at a distance, he has a choice. We learn to follow. It flies in the face of domination training, but we need to create space within ourselves for a partner.
Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Through thinking about Him. Just like in a human relationship, the more you appreciate your partner’s awesomeness, the more you will love him or her. And the more you appreciate God’s awesomeness, the more you will love Him. Take time every day to ponder God’s greatness, to think about the vastness and grandeur of His creation, to reflect on the bounty He has given you. With a little time, your human heart will begin to love God, too.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (26 July 18): Psalm 145:1 [A Psalm of] praise; of David. I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts.
5 The glorious splendour of Thy majesty, and Thy wondrous works, will I rehearse.
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld: When the Torah commands us to love the Lord our God, perhaps it is too much pressure to think of it as an obligation to feel. Maybe we ought to heed it as a reminder to do. And through the doing, the love will return.
Marchaé Grair: Heaven already thought I was worth saving. Thank God that makes me worthy enough.
Revelation 11:7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
Brat (28 July 18): I already shared my testimony with my small group on Wednesday night. Our church is under spiritual attack.
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): The risk that a pastor takes by trying to be vulnerable and transparent among those they serve is a difficult thing. I wasn’t complaining. I was trying to give glory to God. I shared of those attacks of the enemy. My point is that I’m not immune from those things.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: Instead of questioning the authenticity of tikkun olam as a Jewish value, we might ask Neumann, neither rabbi nor Jewish scholar, why he chooses to attack the most life-sustaining, engaging and inspiring aspect of our unique religious tradition, namely our longstanding commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of society? Why does he eliminate the Prophets’ overwhelming concern for the downtrodden, the poor and marginalized, the outcasts of society, selectively reading their biblical books, when Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Joel and so many others condemned the political and wealth-induced corruption of their days? Why does this contributor to Commentary seem to cast classic conservative talking points into a book presumptively about Jewish thought?
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff: Tradition, Tikkun Olam Are Not an Either/Or
Brat: We’ve already been “killed” in the Great City of Sodom [which Franklin Graham already addressed] and Egypt [which the rabbis have already addressed in our Babylonian exile] where our Lord was also crucified. (Rev 11:8) Now Pastor John Tolle is trying to figure out how to deal with all the dead! Don’t you see that what happens to me also puts him in a bind? Compassion and mercy effect realms outside of ourselves in concentric circles and don’t ripple in isolation by imploding upon themselves.
Luke 10: 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
Anna Blake: And it’s crazy-making. Notice how much you want to do it for him. Take a breath and let him figure it out. Don’t escalate the cue, don’t hurry this first step.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Of course, we can have a situation where the consolation comes when a person sees with his physical eyes that the suffering he experienced has a good reason behind it (R. Akiva: “Everything G-d does is for the good”). But you cannot call that double consolation. That is simply consolation. Double consolation is when we see that the suffering wasn’t really suffering, rather that the suffering was really a hidden good (R. Nachum: “This too is for good”).
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): Let him know where you’re coming from.
Brat: Even Satan knows the Bible! Y’all cannot keep hiding in the Cloud! There are TWO Witnesses who serve the LORD of all the Earth! And I’m not the only one! Jesus is my LORD!
Anna Blake: Balance is a bigger question for horses than we understand. It’s one of those things that doesn’t translate. Balance is the physical position that gives confidence to a horse. If we habitually correct, break his rhythm and alter his posture, it unsettles both balance and confidence. We might do it unconsciously by our own confusion, but the horse begins to think everything he does is wrong, the very definition of no confidence.
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): I’m like the washing machine agitator. That’s one of my jobs.
Brat: And I’m the Pew Pest! Someone has to confront the Pharisees!
Pastor John Tolle: If not, we become religious zealots. Those patterns may not be what the Lord wants.
Revelation 11: 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
Rabbi Lori Shapiro: But how do we, mere mortals not meant for prophecy, attain such knowledge? Through the work of Ah-ha-vah. And how do we do this? With sweat. With obedience. With giving. With Ah-ha-vah — all of your heart. Ah-ha-vah — all of your soul. And Ah-ha-vah — all of your everything.
That’s love.
Nathan Shaw: God lives outside of time. For Him the past, the present, and the future, are all equally accessible. “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty'” (Revelation 1:8). Through the Spirit, we are also able to access the past, the present and the future (Revelation 1:10). There is a greater anointing coming on artists that will bring profound revelation and insight into the past, the present and the future. Sometimes artists will know they are moving in the spirit of prophecy, other times they won’t. Mostly when I prophesy over people I know that I am doing it. But other times I have been prophetic without even knowing it.
Marchaé Grair: Before I took my first breath, God loved who I was, who I am, and who I will become.
Steve Shultz: I often think prophetic artists are underlooked and their gifts aren’t recognized for the true treasures of Heaven that they really are.
Anna Blake: Your new goal: Go explore the world in the tracks of your horse, see it through his eyes, let him feel the confidence of leading the way. Let him do it himself while you feel pride in the confidence you’ve shown him. The other word for that is trust.
Verse of the Day (28 July 18) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:14 NIV
Nathan Shaw: Often we think of prophecy in terms of words that declare the future. But the spirit of prophecy can also inspire artists to paint things that are yet to come. The dream highlights three important realities. Firstly, a greater prophetic anointing is coming on art and artists. Secondly, prophetic art will reveal things that will literally take place. Thirdly, prophetic art will be used to open up realms into the knowledge of God.
Zechariah 4:1 Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep.
Pastor John Tolle: I’ve never been so awake in my life as I am today!
Anna Blake: Ask again. Say, “Good boy, you go first.” Encourage him, give him time to think it out. Most likely, he’ll be shy about it. In the past, he’s been corrected in his face for moving his feet. He might not have the confidence to step out on his own. Trust him to try.
Zechariah 4:2 He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): God’s looking for you to explain things, give a story, to illustrate what God’s done in your life.
Brat: I see a golden bowl of the prayers of God’s people and the prayers of the Seven Churches flowing into the bowl with the seven channels (or ways) of worshiping God.
Elevation Worship: “Do It Again” [https://youtu.be/OlOm7W7zcx4]
Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me, yet …
Marchaé Grair: Prayer
When I question my worth, I’m thankful that through Jesus Christ, I’ve already been given my answer.
Nathan Shaw: When God calls and anoints, it is for a purpose. Bezalel was called and anointed to produce and oversee the artwork in the tabernacle of Moses. The tabernacle was the place God chose to dwell on the earth. It existed because God wanted to reveal Himself to the Israelites. Everything about the tabernacle revealed a different aspect of God. God used artists to reveal Himself! God’s presence in the tabernacle gave the artwork an even greater power. Bezalel’s work impacted not only his generation, but also many generations to come (2 Chronicles 1:5).
Zechariah 4:3 Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
Anna Blake: We call it connection when we stand close, romantically pushing into a horse’s face, but horses tell me that connection is freely moving in unison while a few feet apart. Trust shows best at a distance.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein: This Tisha b’Av, Jonathan Neumann has reminded me through his unsuccessful attempt to discredit the giants of Jewish justice work, built upon omission of huge swaths of textual bases for “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God” (Micah 6:8) why the sinat chinam we bemoan is worth rejecting, and reassert my commitment to join the millions of Jews worldwide who have demonstrated over and over again that our compassion-centered religion makes us, indeed, an “Or L’goyim,” a light unto the nations as the Prophet Isaiah imagines. And as a result, the Jewish people will be strong. I might even write a letter to demand that the now-orphaned immigrant children be reunited with their families. God calls upon us to do just that.
Verse of the Day (30 July 18): “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14,16 NIV
Brat: I found Rabbi YY in my email spam box. What was he doing orphaned in there?
2 Samuel 11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
Brat (in “Birth-a, Bertha” 24 July 18): I’ve been trying to birth spiritual children. God, help! I can’t take anymore. …
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.
Israel 365 (27 July 18): The Power of Water ✡ “I Pour My Spirit On Your Offspring”
Revelation 12:16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Your conscious heart is the human heart, and the human heart is not so crazy about God. What the human heart cares about is “me” and “my life.” To the extent that God enhances my life, I consider Him; to the extent that He doesn’t, I don’t. God, however, wants us to love Him with both of our hearts.
Anna Blake: It’s crazy, but horses learn from us even when we don’t give them a cue.
Brat (in “Birth-a, Bertha” 24 July 18): Especially in correspondence?
2 Samuel 11:15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
Brat: He must have felt like the Two Witnesses!
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): There’s great reward here. There’s a reward for those who fulfill His call.
Kim Potter: Then the phone rang.
Pastor John Tolle: The Lord will wipe away the tears; ie, regrets.
Kim Potter: “Well, what are you doing right now?” Came the familiar voice of my Aunt Sherry. I knew immediately what she meant. It wasn’t a casual question. It was a call to action.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I do not believe spiritual life is drawing us to be more responsible for other people than for ourselves.
Brat: Is passing me along to the bishop that much of a hardship? Too much responsibility?
Pastor John Tolle: How did I waste my life?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This is the deeper sense of G-d consoling the Jewish people on the exile and all of the difficulties on our lives; in the end it will be revealed that it was not just a punishment, i.e. that we will see a reason for the suffering. What we really want is to see that the destruction of the Temple and this ensuing exile and all of our problems were also good in and of themselves.
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): I don’t know how to respond to satisfy everybody.
Brat: You said I was one of your charges. What about Rabbi Leiter? And Rabbi YY?
Miriam Yerushalmi (Author, Counselor): With united hearts we can reach transcendental heights of love for our Creator — and ourselves.
Marchaé Grair: Who am I to question my worthiness when I’ve already been declared worthy by God?
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld: We can reawaken feelings through action. As important as that is to learn with respect to the animate people within our lives, it is also important to internalize with respect to the great-but-evanescent parts of our life — including our Creator. Do I wake up every morning infatuated with Adonai? I don’t. But once I start to utter the Modeh Ani; once I begin to articulate my prayers and wrap my tefillin, and begin to engage in the very actions that are deemed to be loving expressions to the eternal one, the feeling begins to return, like blood rushing back to an extremity.
Hillsong: “Worthy is the Lamb” [https://youtu.be/0ukKlS4EBzI]
Miriam Yerushalmi (Author, Counselor): Both souls, both hearts are holy, and both are necessary to loving God fully. The animal soul emanates from a very high spiritual plane, yet corresponds to our bodily nature. It is likened to a “wild ox”: untamed, passionate, a tremendously powerful force of potential spiritual energy waiting to be applied. The Godly soul, which actually emanates from a lower existential plane, is like a lamb. It knows how God wants to be loved, and wants to love God that way, but lacks the energy or the physical capability to fulfill its highest potential.
Marchaé Grair: Am I really worthy of love and care when I don’t always return every call or every favor? Am I really worthy of my laughter when I’ve caused others tears and sadness? Am I really worthy of spiritual redemption when I’ve had so many missteps in the process of finding it?
Brat (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I know. No one wants to do missionary work in their own backyards.
Foursquare Missions (27 July 18): God’s calling you, we’re here to help you answer
Brat: You can tell a man is sincere when he steps into action. Ask any comedian: women talk, men take action. That’s the way we’re made. If he takes action, you know he means what he says.
Iliza Vie Shlesinger: “Got Engaged” [https://youtu.be/WO9qW20H0uM]
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld: One of the wisest things I learned from my grandfather, Rabbi Bernard Kligfeld z”l, is that in life and in love sometimes feeling follows action. We are taught that feelings govern action. You love, and therefore you hug. You feel committed, and therefore you donate.
Brat: Y’know what, Rabbi? I am also learning that sometimes feelings (accurately) inform action. Pastor John said that when Jesus told Peter to cast his net over the other side of the boat, and Peter didn’t want to because he’d been fishing all night and caught nothing, Peter ended up doing it anyway at Jesus’ command. (Lk 5:5) Peter initially didn’t want to cuz he’d been there, done that. His experience taught him that Jesus’ idea wouldn’t fly, and Peter was the professional fisherman. Jesus was a carpenter. But Peter knew Jesus, the Man, so he threw his net over the side of the boat, probably just to humor his friend, even though he was tired of fishing all night. They ended up with so much fish that their nets began to tear and they had to call friends in another boat to come help. And then both their boats started to sink from having so much fish!!
I share this story, because I wonder if Pastor John won’t pass me along to the bishop because he’s sinking in so much of my writings. The sheer volume is swamping his boat. Is this what Peter felt with Jesus?
Luke 5: 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Brat: How would Peter process all this fish? How would Pastor John process all my writings? He talks all the time about how we make excuses. He’s a fine one to talk, donchaknow?
Pastor John Tolle (in “Pearls” 22 July 18): This world needs people who aren’t just Chatty Cathies.
Anna Blake: Leading from Behind
Journal (in “Hounds of Hell”, October 2011): I read how Juan Diego “was a solitary, mystical character, prone to spells of silence and frequent penance.” Well, I am not prone to frequent penance—at least not the self-flagellating kind that I witnessed in Taxco, Mexico. I am prone to pounding on God’s chest, though. I don’t beat Him up, but I am brutally honest with Him. I need lots of solitude to do that. Suddenly Satan came in with a right hook to my left jaw. He said, “But you’re not silent like Juan was or Mary either! THEY knew when to shut up! You say Mary is your Mother-in-Law by mystical marriage. Well then, why can’t you be like her??” That knocked the wind out of me. He was right. I have “heard” and felt Mary’s presence a few times (but I have never “seen” her.) At the very beginning of my calling, when the months were droning on and one change of season ran into the next and still I kept praying and writing in my car, I asked Mary if she’d talk to my Husband. I felt her smile tenderly and say, “He IS my Son.” I knew she’d talk to Him. Later as more months droned on and inclement weather piqued my fears, I asked Mary what to do. She quoted herself: “Do whatever He tells you to do.” (John 2:5) Mostly she’d just repeat: “Trust Him.” These memories of mystical encounters flooded back over me. Suddenly I felt embarrassed from a conversation I’d had with Christ as I was trying to figure out where I belong in the whole family picture and I’d said to Him, “Boy, Mary sure doesn’t say very much!” Jesus just laughed. But now as the recollections came back, this time it came with comparisons, which I didn’t have the first time around. Now I was comparing myself to Juan Diego and Mary and so many of the solitaries and anchorites in history (and present day), where they DO go through prolonged periods of silence. My periods of silence have been forcefully imposed upon me, and I have gone kicking and screaming all the way with pen in hand (and sometimes foot in mouth). I didn’t measure up to the preconceived notion that a solitary is supposed to go through prolonged periods of silence. God’s directives to me when He called me were: “Worship God” and “Share the Journey.” I didn’t get the memo about there having to be prolonged periods of silence as part of this calling. Before Self-doubt had the opportunity to step into the ring and take out my right jaw, Christ stepped in and said, “It takes all kinds to bring balance to the family. Besides, I married you. I chose you.” All of a sudden I felt a glowy warmth of healthy pride that my temperament and style were important to Him.
I kept reading Juan Diego’s biography and then a fresh wave of the hounds of hell attacked:
“After the miracle of Guadalupe and with the Bishop’s permission, Juan Diego moved to a room attached to the chapel that housed the sacred image, after having given his business and property to his uncle, spending the rest of his life as a hermit.”
Juan had given his business and property away. Satan said, “What good did it do you to file for bankruptcy and let go of your non-profit? You couldn’t even GIVE it away!!” He was right. All I could answer was, “I did it because God asked me to.”
Satan said, “Juan Diego got the Bishop’s permission. You couldn’t even get an acknowledgement!!” Again, he was right. James Taylor’s song started playing in my head:
“…O…O…Mexico. It sounds so sweet, I just got to go.
…she writes a long letter,
Gets back a postcard;
‘Times are hard.’
…O…O…Mexico. It sounds so sweet, I just got to go.”
I had written Bishop Diane Bruce a long (but clear—not whiny) letter on Valentine’s Day 2011 about what was happening at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church and that forward movement in acknowledging my calling was stagnant and halted. I had offered hope for reconciliation and prayed the breeze of the Holy Spirit to breathe fresh wind into the sails of these doldrums. After a month she sent me a hand-written postcard saying:
“I’m not sure what specific ministry in a diocesan setting that God is calling you to. In our current structure people with your articulated call have no regular ministry. I understand, though, that you provide insights to others on email? That’s a blessing, to be sure. It may be the beginning of using or living out your call.”
After 3 years (at that time) of already living into my Calling, I could hardly agree with her that this was the “beginning.” I was already living out my calling and getting absolutely no acknowledgement or appreciation for these supposed “insights,” let alone any income. It was all sacrifice on my part. If my writings were a blessing, of which she was so sure, then it was news to me. She didn’t take me up on my offer to read my Reflections any more than Bishop Jon Bruno did. Her postcard was a velvet glove dismissal. The diocese couldn’t plug me into a title and role any more than St Patrick’s could, so they just dismissed me. And that part about not having structures was bull. [Gee, any relation to the Papal Bull?] The diocese has the protections of both canon and tax law. The structures have been in place for centuries! She was just clueless and poisoned by Satan’s habitual delusions and lies. She didn’t have to listen to God at all. After all, the one with the power is the last one to realize they need God. Satan ground in my disappointment and compounded it by showing me rejection after rejection of the ‘Seven Churches’ and culminating it with the ‘Church in Philadelphia’s’ (Conejo Valley Community Church’s) repeated phrase of “I don’t give a rip.” I couldn’t fight Satan. Again, he was right. The Church as a corporate conglomerate body had repeatedly proven through their actions that they knew brotherly love, but had no compassion. All I could say to Satan was: “At the beginning of my calling Christ directed and promised me clearly, “Vows first; then hermitage.”” Satan knew Christ had said that. He grumbled and murmured but then he had to leave me alone.
I got a few minutes’ rest from the hounds of hell and my mind pictured the Basilica of Guadalupe again. Now the whole pack of hounds descended upon me. Satan took me up to the pinnacle on top of the basilica and brought back Pastor Bruce’s words to me: “In the Rabbinical Tradition, they believe that the Messiah would appear at the top of the temple.” Satan showed me all around. It was an amazing spiritual view! I “saw” the reconciliation of the Churches, harmony, and respect. (This can’t be Satan. This is too nice!) Then he said in this syrupy voice, “This is all because of you. Look. There are even pictures of it.” And he showed me the imprint Mary left in Juan Diego’s cloak of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! I wanted to throw myself from that pinnacle just to get away from him. I did not feel safe at all. Mine was the opposite reaction of Satan saying to Jesus, “Throw yourself from this pinnacle and the angels will catch you.” [Lk 4:10] Whatever ego-pride I had when he showed me the world now made me sick. All I could say to him was to repeat what Jesus had said: “Do not test the Lord your God! Whatever God does, however God does it; that is for God to do! I trust His plan, promises, and provisions. Get out of here!” Satan had to leave, but nonetheless I’ve been really shaken by the picture, because I remembered my mystical experience from having been there in person, and being drawn “into” the symbols while looking at the tilma.
I ran to Christ panting and terribly afraid. I asked: “What should I do??!”
He said, “Listen.”
So I listened.
Luke 10: 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to Me; whoever rejects you rejects Me; but whoever rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
Pastor John Tolle (29 July 18): When the student is ready the teacher shows up.

Birth-a, Bertha 24 July 18

25 Jul

Working Dates: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 to Wednesday, July 25, 2018
[13 pages]
Mission Impossible
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Why did Jesus step into your boat?
Brat (in “Convinced” to Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler on 20 June 18): Am I guilty of “missionizing” in the sense of sticking to my Impossible Mission of trying to reconcile the Churches? If by going outside the Church to the Jews will get the testimony back to the Churches (Rev 22:16), and thereby prove that God was in charge this whole time as a good Husband with his cherished bride would actually be, and show that He has loved them to hell and back (twice!), then yes, I am guilty of missionizing. If our dialogue dies here and there is no way to reach my Boaz (whomever that is) because my testimony is not believed, then I will have failed in my mission again. I have learned that just because I believe what God says, doesn’t mean that others do. So, I pray that God makes the connections that are meant to be, so that I may complete my assignment.
Rick Joyner: So what will happen when Satan is let loose to deceive the nations again? With but a few exceptions, they will pass the test. However, all of creation will know from the proof of the tests that even though the world was once fallen, the grace and power of the Lord to redeem and transform is greater than any failure. We are called to be a demonstration of this now. Do not waste your trials.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): We keep putting Jesus to the test to prove Himself to us, when He came to call you!
Johnny Enlow: “The nations are raging and the wicked are plotting against Me, against those that are Mine, and My scroll for the nations, but I laugh at them because I am 10 steps ahead of them. Hamans will hang on their own nooses. Goliaths will be beheaded with their own swords, Jezebels will be tossed from their own porches. I am sowing discord into the organized resistance against Me and they will now fracture, fight and expose one another.
Jewish News Press: David’s Sling Missed Yesterday, Landed in Syria
Israel 365: The Center of the World ✡ “I Set This Yerushalayim In The Midst Of Nations”
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): God reaches out to people here today, but you wanna go through systems, rather than having allegiance to God. What would it take for something to happen?
Johnny Enlow: “I have predetermined that this is the time I go after nations with their appointed destinies. You will do so with Me. We are just beginning. As I begin, I am busting up rings of darkness in your justice systems, I am busting up rings of darkness in Hollywood, I am busting up rings of darkness in DC, I am busting up rings of darkness in what is called MY Church, and I am busting up rings of darkness in Media.
Laura Trump (23 July 18): Double
Ryan LeStrange (23 July 18): My Monday Word for You…Get Ready for Mega Doors!
Brat (in “The Wilderness Journey of Jesus” Lent 2009): God consistently showed He was trustworthy to meet every single need (basic, physical, psychological, emotional, financial, social, spiritual).
Elijah List: Could abortion fanatics truly win this fight?
Doug Addison: Birthing of Something New
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: How could it be that unknown Fifteenth of Av and solemn Yom Kippur were more festive than Passover, Sukkot and Purim? The Mishna continues that on these two occasions:
“The daughters of Jerusalem…dressed in white…would go out and dance in the vineyards.”
Why did they do that? The Talmud (Taanit 31a) fills in between the lines: “Whoever lacked a wife would go there to [gaze [1] and] find one.”
2 Samuel 11:3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): And…get this!…Pastor John had shown up in a white shirt!
John-Paul and Annie Deddens (in “Retreat” 23 July 18): It’s called The Pray More Healing Retreat!
Brat (respectfully): They still don’t get it. The kingdom of God is not a retreat.
The Lower Place
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The other holidays that occur when the moon is full are not preceded by a steep decline. When the Jewish nation was taken out of Egypt, we were already liberated and elevated by G-d’s promise two weeks earlier [see Appendix A]. On Sukkot, we enjoy the benefits from the favorable outcome of Yom Kippur. Tu B’Av, on the other hand, stretches from the lowest depths of the day of the Temple’s destruction, reaching the supreme heights of appreciating the greatness of redemption. The Fifteenth of Av, therefore, is on a higher level because one arrives there from a lower place.
2 Samuel 11:11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Calls for “Soul-Searching” After Massive Stone Falls From Western Wall
Judges 20:12 The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What about this awful crime that was committed among you? 13 Now turn those wicked men of Gibeah over to us so that we may put them to death and purge the evil from Israel.”
But the Benjamites would not listen to their fellow Israelites.
Johnny Enlow: “My Roar of Justice is now coming with its next wave. What was able to resist My last wave will not be able to resist this wave. I am coming in stronger, harder and higher—and it is going to be disruptive. There is no mountain I won’t climb nor wall I won’t tear down coming to rescue those who need My Justice.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Forsook” 23 July 18): “You can’t follow Jesus without forsaking it all!”
Luke 5:11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Brat: In 2007 I walked away from a career in social work. I walked away from my education. I have a teaching credential and a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance.
In 2008 I met the Burning Bush. I walked away from everything, and my friends walked away from me. Then God sent me Jo. She didn’t try to “fix” me. She honored my passion and my need to spend time with God.
The Divine Wedgie: I realised that teaching is not only about positions, but the persons behind those positions. It is a personal encounter, not only with the teachings of Catholicism, but of the person that give flesh to the Catholic faith.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Have you invited Jesus into your boat?
Doug Addison: Mary burst into a spontaneous song to the Lord. The Lord led me to Mary’s song. Her words reveal what is going on right now:
‘He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” (Luke 1:52 NIV)
Elevation Worship: Resurrecting [https://youtu.be/Rf8Zzn4nOzc]
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): You are part of my charge before the throne of God.
Brat: I walked away from my career to spend time with God. I went bankrupt. My mother died. I lost all my possessions and family heirlooms to rats and had to take EVERYTHING to the city dump.
Can you even comprehend the magnitude of this kind of loss? God asked, I gave, He took. I lived through it and I don’t think I can comprehended its magnitude!
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: For this last day, we would like to pray for all those looking for work. Let’s pray that they may find employment that will take care of their material needs for them & their families.
The Divine Wedgie: By the same token I, as teacher was reminded that the faith is not a placard to wave in another’s face, but as something that speaks to the deepest longings of all who encounter the faith.
Brat (22 July 18): Please HEAL EVERYTHING, JESUS! Satan, STOP BLOCKING ME AND MAKING LIFE SO DIFFICULT! THINGS DO NOT HAVE TO BE THIS HARD! KNOCK IT OFF! IN JESUS’ NAME!
Rabbi Avi Baumol (25 July 18): Psalm 143: 3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath crushed my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Jewish Press.com: R U single? who cares.
Brat: I’m married to Jesus Christ. I care.
The Divine Wedgie: While teaching may feel like that sometimes, deliberately adopting this as an approach neither fulfils the ends of teaching nor treats teaching as a craft which encompasses many facets and involves the entire persons of both those teaching and those being taught.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Where has Jesus changed the course of your life?
Doug Addison: For me, everything shifted upward after that date. I began to get more strategic revelation and deeper encounters with the Lord. At the same time, I began having spiritual warfare at levels I have never seen before. I had to hold onto the prophetic words the Lord had released to me previously because for months it seemed that all I did was battle, battle, battle! The warfare never seemed to end.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): I’m trying to live my life as an example, so you’ll step out like an idiot pastor. Join me in your battle!
The Divine Wedgie: What I am doing as a teacher with these students, therefore, is no different from what I used to do with Catholic students, namely to join them in immersing ourselves deeper into the mystery of Christ into which we are baptised.
Faith Marie Baczko: Another word that has taken hold in my mind is the word “thrust”. Thrust means: “To push something or someone suddenly or violently in the specified direction: to move or advance; the propulsive force of a jet or rocket.”
The Divine Wedgie: Rather than pitting one position against another, we spent two hours together plumbing a continual thread of thought spanning over two millenia – and we had fun doing it.
Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister (in “Pebble” 13 Jul 18): The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Brat: I earn no money for my craft.
The Divine Wedgie: When I told Catholic friends about this, the overarching narrative was set in terms of a great crusade to convert the errant. At the risk of causing scandal, I didn’t find this particularly helpful, since it reduced the craft of teaching to a combative pitting of one series of theological positions against another.
Judges 19:29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 30 Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!”
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): He [Pastor John Tolle] said several times throughout his sermon that he had to deal with many deaths this week; horrendous deaths.
Faith Marie Baczko: Recently I heard the Lord say, “I am calling for an APOSTOLIC RISING and an APOSTOLIC THRUST!” The silver trumpet that calls for the leaders to take their places, to be ready, is resounding loudly with a clear sound. The days of preparation are being wrapped up as our harvest has come. There is an apostolic arising taking place in the power of the Holy Spirit. After death comes resurrection. There are a people hearing the sound and they are rising, coming out of graves where strongholds and circumstances have kept them bound. The cry of the Lord can be heard, “Be loosed and arise to life, to the upward call in Christ.” People are coming out of the crucible of fire, prepared as agents of transformation.
Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
Deaths
Brat (in “Pearls” 22 July 18): …The Band Perry: “If I Die Young” [https://youtu.be/heHnwR21dLE]
Lyrics: So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done…
… Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): Before I went to church I stopped by the Dollar Store and bought a string of plastic red “pearls”. I wore a good (colorful) blouse and my green blazer. I’d washed my hair and the warm morning had already dried it and the gold sparkles in my hair danced in the sunshine. When Darleen saw me at church she exclaimed over and over how beautiful I was. I would have blushed if I hadn’t been in character, but I just smiled.
2 Samuel 11:2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): We cheapen relationship with God.
The Divine Wedgie: At one point, when I spoke about virtue as a habit of desire, a question was raised about the corruption of that desire. I was going to cover that point in the second half of the lecture, but the fact that this student anticipated its exploration showed she was already grappling with the material already taught.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: They are, respectively, the granting of permission by the Sanhedrin (Supreme Rabbinical Court), in the reign of the judge Othniel to unmarried daughters who inherited land, to marry outside of the tribe and still keep their land inheritance; and to the other eleven tribes to “intermarry” with the men of the tribe of Benyamin in approximately 2545 (1200 BCE), some time after they had been placed under ban because of the incident of “the Concubine at Givah (“Gibeah’–as related in Judges 19–21). Interestingly, the first of these marriages took place also on 15 Av, when the bachelors of Benyamin selected brides from the “Dancing Daughters in White” in Shiloh, which was then the location of the Ark of the Tablets.
Brat: Thank you, Sanhedrin.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): My kids don’t have another patriarch like me. If I don’t step up, who will? There is no other patriarch or headship. There is no other spiritual leader of the tribe. Someone has to stand in the gap for my family. I am speaking into the situation, so that we don’t lose heart. If I retire or retreat from a spiritual place of contending, then what do I expect for the outcome?
Rick Joyner (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): The word I got about the Heritage property spoke of this new breed as “eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”. Just as a eunuch in the natural cannot have sexual desires, these will be “spiritual eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”—ones who have no desire to use the Church for selfish reasons. They will be devoted to helping the Church become the pure, spotless, and blameless Bride she is called to be for the sake of the King. Their whole fulfillment will come from seeing the King’s pleasure in His Bride.
Brat (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): No one else receives me and you won’t let go to release me into the arms of my Boaz to steward the story.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Stop being so independent!
Brat: [The raising of the Spock eyebrow]
He says, “I SAID I’M SORRY! GET OVER IT!”
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): This is what happens when we act like we’re following Him [Jesus], but we’re following the prostitute of ourselves.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (24 July 18): PSALM 140:1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
2 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man;
3 Who devise evil things in their heart; every day do they stir up wars.
4 They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; vipers’ venom is under their lips. Selah
5 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to make my steps slip.
The Divine Wedgie: So a Catholic walks into a Pentecostal Lecture Theatre…
Aaron Bandler: Birthright Participants Who Staged Walk-Out Start GoFundMe Page to Pay for Flight Home
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In Temple times, the last wood offering was chopped on that day because after the Fifteenth of Av the heat of the summer sun begins to diminish, so doubt sets in whether any wood chopped thereafter would be completely dry inside.
Monk: Chop Water, Carry Wood?
Rex Weyler (1988): Chop Wood, Carry Water
Brat (in “The Wilderness Journey of Jesus,” Lent 2009): Our own disconnect comes in as we doubt. It doesn’t take heroic faith to overcome doubt. It takes great humbleness. That’s what naturally occurs when we come before holiness. We gotta bow our heads to get through the narrow gate.
Bible Gateway: Experience Jesus Calling in a Whole New Way!
Rick Joyner: After the great battle—when the nations are led by the beast and false prophet to attack Israel and the appearing of the Lord who strikes them with the sword of His mouth to destroy their armies—then the millennial reign of Christ will begin. It begins with Satan being bound for the millennium. Then he must be released again at the end of the millennium. Why?
John 6:17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In later centuries there were the dismantling in 3187 (574 BCE) of the blockade in Northern Israel that prevented residents from the annual pilgrimages to the Holy Temple; and in 3908 (148 CE). was the release for burial of the dead of Beitar, fifteen years after their massacre that ended the Bar Kochba rebellion. Miraculously, their bodies had not decomposed. [3] ]
[3] The 4th blessing of the Thanksgiving Prayer After Meals (“Ha-tov veha-meitiv”-“He is good and does good”) was composed in commemoration and gratitude for this event.
Journal (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): And then later again [Pastor John Tolle said,]… “I’ve got to get a handle on these deaths.”
Rick Joyner: We too go through a great struggle being transformed into the new creation we are called to be. Breaking free of the old “body of death” is the greatest struggle of all. It too is designed by God to strengthen us so that we can soar high above the earth to the heavenly places we are called to abide in. We must not waste our trials. We must not run from the struggle if we are going to become strong enough to be what we are called to be.
Faith Marie Baczko: There is a rising coming for the Body of Christ – a rising within Him, in His ways and in His love to be free in Christ. We are rising up in the glory of the Son. A “rising” can also mean a revolution or revolt – it is time to rise up and push back the powers of darkness trying to encroach and violate our lives!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Finally, in the centuries of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem, the Fifteenth of Av was [also] celebrated as “The day of the breaking of the ax.” The annual cutting of firewood for the altar was concluded on the 15th of Av. The event was celebrated with feasting and rejoicing (as is the custom upon the conclusion of any holy endeavor) and included a ceremonial breaking of axes, which gave the day its name.
Rick Joyner: It will be easier to serve the Lord during the millennium without Satan to deceive the nations. However, that does not mean that it will be easy. The reason that He must reign for a thousand years over the earth is because it will take that long to rid the world of the sin and evil that brought death into the world. The concept that everyone will be instantly perfect is not biblical and counters all the ways that the Lord has dealt with man from the beginning.
Brat: Excuse me, sir. Are you assuming that the Thousand Years is set in the future? I thought we have already been going through this! Since Jesus has given us the power and courage to overcome Satan, why would we be such cowards to push our responsibility on to future generations?
Henry Karlson (24 July 18): Silence in a time of injustice allows such injustice to continue. Silence in the face of the evil allows such evil to grow without opposition. To be sure, often such silence is coerced as those who stand silent do so out of fear of reprisals. Others stand silent out of ignorance. But there comes a time when people need to overcome their fear and make a stand against evil; if they do not, then they become guilty of aiding and abetting such evil. Or, as several sages in the Talmud indicated, those who do not stand up and protest against evil share in the evil which is being done.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Although there is no halachic recognition of the joy of the Fifteenth of Av other than not saying certain petitionary sections of the weekday prayers, and no Dancing Daughters dressed in white, there are a number of customs associated with the date.
Brat (in “Policy” 19 July 18): Then we’re all “dead,” as all of us have participated.
The Divine Wedgie: Catholic or not, we are all in some way, shape or form, ignorant until Christ comes again.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: So now we know that the confluence of a holiday with the full moon indicates an occasion of special power. But what makes the full moon of the Fifteenth of Av more special than all the others, including those that coincide with other, seemingly more important holidays?
The Divine Wedgie: He told me he was still learning to pray them together with his pregnant wife and soon-to-be-born child. After giving a few pointers, I hailed a cab went home.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: Today, let’s pray for couples who are trying to have children — that they may be patient and persistent in their prayers. That they may grow in their faith like St. Anne, who had to wait many years to conceive the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let’s pray that God will fulfill the deepest desires of their hearts.
Brat: I’ve been trying to birth spiritual children. God, help! I can’t take anymore. …
Doug Addison: 40 weeks is the average gestation time for a baby. The week of July 18 marks 40 weeks since our promotions and destinies were revealed. The Lord spoke to me that this has been 40 weeks of hard labor in order to birth what is coming to you now. The revival that is coming has required a hard-birthing process.
2 Kings 4:42 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.”
Brat: I’m still praying for a prayer closet.
2 Samuel 11:10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?”
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): What’s your default?
Correspondence
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In other words, the Fifteenth of Av was a major matchmaking day, and so was, amazingly, Yom Kippur. Now, the vital importance to Jewish continuity of aiding Jewish man- Jewish woman marriages to happen is as clear as a newborn’s eyes. Nevertheless, does that justify claiming that the Fifteenth of Av is a greater holiday than the three Torah-mandated ‘pilgrim’ festivals, Pesach, Shavuot or Sukkot, with their immense gatherings at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem?
2 Kings 4:43 But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.'”
Brat: I couldn’t get the grin off my face through the whole service. Then it cracked at the end and I had to put the smile back on rather than it coming from inside of me.
Pastor John Tolle: This world needs people who aren’t just Chatty Cathies.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The fifteenth of Av, 45 days in advance of Rosh Hashanah, is considered the date to begin blessing each other for a sweet New Year, especially in correspondence. This is surprising, since in general the time officially allotted for preparation for a festival is 30 days; thus one would expect the mutual blessing to begin on the New Moon day of Elul 30 days before Rosh Hashanah.
Brat: Especially in correspondence?
2 Samuel 11:15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
Torrey Marcel Harper: God says: “I want to write a new storyline with My beloved Bride for this generation and the generations to come. It is My desire that no one is excluded.”
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Don’t share it with me. I’m not the go-to guy! Tell it to your small group.
Anna Blake (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): It all culminates here. Down below, a small, very small, group of people are milling about, as I inch my crocs to the edge of the ramp, shifting the cardboard box to one arm, pushing my reading glasses up my nose, and then rebalancing the box.
Revelation 11: 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
Elevation Worship: The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
Our God has robbed the grave (yes He has, yes He has)
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I’m enjoying my circle. The ongoing work that God wants to do is to have a loving conversation where God has opened the door until they have peace with God.
2 Samuel 7:2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”
Brat: I’m in your circle. You enjoy the sport of it. Do you hear the loving conversation? That’s where the Ark is. The Ark of the Covenant is in a tent. The heavens are a canopy like a tent over the earth and the satellites are like stars making sure the messages get to where they are supposed to go. No one can control what is heard in the message. The conversation goes on. Even in Arc Speak the covenant remains.
Faith Marie Baczko: Ask God, “What is my container? What is its structure, its dynamics, its purpose in the harvest?” God is trying to break through our old mindsets to conform and transform us to see and understand in new ways. He wants us to have the renewed mind of Christ to meet the challenges of the harvest with innovative and creative containers of glory. He is shaking things that are stagnant and old that cannot serve Him in this distinctive hour.
2 Samuel 11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king.
Faith Marie Baczko: A container is a vessel created for the transportation of goods – your particular goods reflecting your light that has come (see Isaiah 60:1). A container can be a stationary vessel, or it can be adapted to many modes of transportation: road, sea, air or cyberspace. Your container is both you and the framework or mode through which your particular goods are delivered. You are a container of God’s glory, carrying the treasures, goods and supplies of the Kingdom to a parched Earth. You are an exceptional vessel, with a specialized call and a matchless container God has fashioned just for you. Let your light shine, let your container fulfill its call in preparing the highway for our God!
Doug Addison: There is a strong anointing on spontaneous songs and prayers right now. If you have been going through a difficult time or hard labor over the last 40 weeks, it’s time to burst into spontaneous songs and prayers that will shift the spiritual atmosphere.
Elevation Worship: By Your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected King, is resurrecting me
In Your name I come alive
To declare Your victory (c’mon!)
The resurrected King, is resurrecting me
By Your spirit I will rise
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “….For example: Nissan is the month of redemption, and it was on the first day of Nissan that the process of our liberation from Egypt began; but the results of this process were fully manifest only on the 15th of Nissan, with our actual exodus from Egypt. So it is on the 15th of Nissan that we celebrate the festival of Passover and experience the divine gift of freedom through the observances of the Seder.
2 Kings 4:44 He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
Rick Joyner: One basic principle we see consistently in God’s dealings with man is that He always allows His work to be tested. He put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden as a test. He did not do this to cause Adam and Eve to sin, but for there to be true obedience there must be the freedom to disobey. For there to be true worship, there must be the freedom not to worship. There cannot be true faith without the freedom to not believe. The Lord wants His creation to serve Him because we want to, not because we have to.
John 6:6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Why did Jesus step into Peter’s boat?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: One reason could be as the Bnai Yissachar (and other Chasidic masters) pointed out: “15” spelled out in Hebrew is chamisha asar. The letters of Chamisha Asar b’Av are numerically equivalent to the letters of ketivah vechatimah tovah, the classic Jewish blessing, “May you be inscribed and sealed [in the Book of Life this year] for good.” This indicates that the Fifteenth of Av is an auspicious date to initiate the season of Teshuvah that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Divine Forgiveness.
Revelation 2:7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Brat: He’s not talking to the rabbis, He’s talking to the Churches!
House of Destiny: God’s Benefits – Forgiven
John 6:12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”
The Divine Wedgie: Equally satisfying were the questions that showed not only an understanding of the basics, but a desire to probe deeper when the theory did not seem to square up with the historical or biblical evidence.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Everyday Virtue” 23 July 18): The Holy Spirit is trying to bring the Word to bear upon our lives.
The Divine Wedgie: Instead, I saw this as an experiment in one of the seven spiritual works of mercy – instructing the ignorant.
Doug Addison: John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, lost his voice during Elizabeth’s pregnancy of his son (Luke 1). This is a prophetic sign similar to what we are going through right now. We have lost our voice to the world and have not been received by many around us. But the Lord is about to change that as we grab hold of the new song of the Lord that is coming from Heaven. Both Mary and Zechariah sang spontaneous songs that shifted the spiritual atmosphere.
John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him
Pastor John Tolle: Andrew was one of John the Baptist’s disciples. Andrew shifts from John the Baptist to Jesus. “I found the Messiah!” John the Baptist points to Jesus. His is a ministry of repentance. Simon Peter is Andrew’s brother. Andrew brought Peter to Jesus. That was before the boat event. We are inviting Jesus into our boat for Him to be in charge.
Torrey Marcel Harper: God is raising up His “Nazarite nation” in the earth. God is saying: “I’m raising up those who will drink of Me (John 7:37). I’m raising up the long-haired, bearded ones like the John the Baptists who will prepare the way of the Lord. There’s a greater dimension of the Lord’s glory and strength coming upon My people who will give themselves in this hour unto Me with wholehearted devotion.”
Zechariah 9:13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.
Rick Joyner: The Greek word translated “transformed” in this verse is the same word that we translate as “metamorphosis” in English. This is the process of change from which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The caterpillar is a worm that must crawl on the earth, being conformed to the contours of the earth. Then it goes into a cocoon where it is transformed. However, one of the biggest tests the new creature will face is breaking out of the cocoon, but it is this great struggle that strengthens it so that it can flap its large wings when it is free.
Brat (in “The Wilderness Journey of Jesus” in Lent 2009): No one can teach another person about his or her own “I am.” Identity can be shared, but not taught. Identity must be accepted. It cannot be forced.
The temptations we face come from wanting to force.
John 6:15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Anne Janssens: Daughters, by faith get ready to receive your new identity and crown. No longer will you be called ‘barren princesses’ but you will be known as noble and worthy carriers of God’s glory.
Elevation Worship: By Your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected King, is resurrecting me
In Your name I come alive
To declare Your victory
The resurrected King, is resurrecting me
John 6:9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?”
The Divine Wedgie: This is different to converting the errant because the object of the works of mercy constitute those in the Church as well as those outside of it. The ignorant can just as easily be Catholic as non-Catholic.
Tony Robinson: This Jesus irritated people because he didn’t buy their confident distinction between the righteous and unrighteous, saint and sinner, clean and unclean. He doesn’t seem disgusted by anyone at all (well, except maybe the self-righteous). For him those categories, which mean so much to us, seem strangely irrelevant.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): What does it mean to have Jesus in my boat?
Johnny Enlow: “I am coming in waves, because what I am ultimately uprooting, if done all at once, would not just be disruptive but catastrophic. However, be assured that My waves of Justice will not stop until I have changed the direction of your nation and the direction of the world. This is now MY TIME and I will not be held back.
Doug Addison: “Prophetic Word: 40 Weeks of Hard Labor Ends Now”
The Divine Wedgie: Meanwhile, teaching through the lens of the works of mercy reminds me that, as the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution of the Church teaches, my Pentecostal students are already related to me by a common baptism.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): Have you invited Jesus into your boat?
Luke 5:5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! BUT AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: There are other holidays (i.e. Pesach, Sukkot), which occur when the moon is full, but only the full moon of the Fifteenth of Av is preceded by a great darkness. The Beit Hamikdash was destroyed in the first half of month of Av, a time associated with an extreme descent. Thus the full moon of Av is seen as greater than that of any of the other months, due to the contrast between its brightness and the deep darkness of the Ninth (Tisha b’Av) that precedes it. The greater the descent the greater the ascent, and “greater is the light that emerges from darkness.” (see Tanya ch.26 — based on Prov. 14:23 and Eccl. 2:13. )
Tony Robinson: So Jesus, despite what the Pharisees and scribes thought, always ate with sinners. There’s no one else to eat with.
Brat: I’ve been blessing God with grace space for Him to do whatever it takes.
Judges 21: 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I ask forgiveness that God has not just given us a ticket to heaven. Being a Christian means responsibly walking it out.
The Divine Wedgie: This happens because, ultimately, I the teacher have the responsibility of immersing them deeper into the faith and ensuring that the student encounters Christ who knows and fulfils their deepest desires.
John 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
Israel 365: Bless God ✡ “Bless Hashem, O My Soul”
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): GOD BLESS GOD! You can’t get any higher blessing than that!
Judges 21: 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
Faith Marie Baczko: “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, ‘Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!'” (Isaiah 40:3 NLT)
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Another example is the month of Tishrei. On the first of Tishrei ( Rosh Hashanah) we crown G d as king of the universe, rededicating the entirety of creation to the purpose for which it was created and evoking in G d the desire to continue to create and sustain it. But the celebration of the divine coronation is eclipsed by the days of solemnity and awe which occupy the first part of Tishrei, and comes out in the open in the joyous festival of Sukkot, which commences on the 15th of the month.
Elevation Worship: Your name, Your name
Is victory
All praise, will rise
To Christ, our king

Everyday Virtue 23 July 18

24 Jul

Monday, July 23, 2018
[5 pages]
Richard L. Floyd (23 July 18): Everyday Virtue
Jonathan Udren: That is exactly the point of ‘anochi’: I myself wrote it and gave it. The Maharal explains that G d himself crafted the Torah and placed His essence inside it. When one sits down to learn Torah, he is not reading an ancient text; he is accessing G d’s essence in the most intimate way humanly possible. The uniqueness of learning Torah is that we step into a relationship with our Creator, into a dialog that knows no parallel in this world.
Brian Simmons: I hear His whisper…”Keep on asking.”
Pastor John Tolle: “God is expecting this of me…” I never hear that from any of you! Saying that presupposes that you’re listening!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: From time to time, at moments when he was alone, a heavy sigh would push through his lips. How he longed for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, indeed for all of the mitzvot. How had he allowed himself to become so distant?
Jonathan Udren: The conversation that began at Mt. Sinai has not come to an end. In fact, our dialogue with Him through the Torah expands over time. A facet of the divinity of the Torah is its endless depth, which provides each one of us an opportunity to build a personal relationship with G d through the text.
Richard L. Floyd: …For a society to function humanely there needs to be widespread commitment to what I call “everyday virtue.” To “act honorably” towards others is needed now more than ever. One only needs to read the comments section on practically any post in social media to know how viciously mean we can be toward one another.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6:44 am I shared yesterday to UCC on FB
I gather y’all read my piece that I posted last night?
“Policy” https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/policy-19-july-18/
Brat (in “Policy” 19 July 18): … We’re all covered by the Blood of Jesus. He is our High Priest! (Hebrews 4:15)
The Band Perry: “If I Die Young” [https://youtu.be/heHnwR21dLE]
Lyrics: So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done…
… Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’
Richard L. Floyd: New information technologies make communicating around the globe easier, but with them have come a coarsening of public discourse. It is easier to fling harsh and hurtful words anonymously across an electronic medium than it is face to face.
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 8:50 am Journal: I just got on Facebook and Isaac Laws had sent me some kind of a reaction to a video and said, “This video is yours!” Next to it was a frowning face. I tried three times to open the video out of respect for Isaac, but the video wouldn’t open. I let it go. It couldn’t have been that uplifting with a frowning emogi next to it. But still, I had to see if maybe there was an angle of reconciliation in the box.
Jamie Rohrbaugh (23 July 18): He is warning you about past princes.
Brat: Isaac Laws is Daren Laws’ son. Daren was my first exposure to Ephesus.
Jamie Rohrbaugh: Your past princes are not new princes. They are not your knights in shining armor. The story they wrote back then is not going to be any different than it used to be. It’s just going to look different at first, but the end result will be worst than the first result if you get pulled back in.
Revelation 2:4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Jamie Rohrbaugh: Beware your past princes!
Jonathan Udren: “Are they planning a coup against the government?” the non-Jew asked.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Although everyone was aware of Bagalo’s great wisdom and praised him for it, no one had yet realized that he was really a Jew. This was his great secret. He was from a family that had been coerced to convert, an anous (meaning “forced”), a “Marrano.” As far as he was concerned, his Catholic status was for appearances only. He conducted himself outwardly as he had to, while he continued to observe all of the commandments secretly, in hiding.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens (in “Retreat” 23 July 18): It’s called The Pray More Healing Retreat!
Brat (respectfully): They still don’t get it. The kingdom of God is not a retreat.
Pastor John Tolle (22 July 18): My kids don’t have another patriarch like me. If I don’t step up, who will? There is no other patriarch or headship. There is no other spiritual leader of the tribe. Someone has to stand in the gap for my family. I am speaking into the situation, so that we don’t lose heart. If I retire or retreat from a spiritual place of contending, then what do I expect for the outcome?
Donné Clement Petruska: Get out, get out, get out!
Brat (in “Policy” 19 July 18): The push button horses I’ve met would do anything asked of them without question. They also had little life-force drive left in them. They weren’t asked to think. My God requires of me to think and feel and worship Him (even when my temper is flaring.) My God doesn’t require perfection. He requires engagement, because this is a relationship. I’m allowed to have a temper and not take it out on other people. I just need grace space to process and not have vultures lurking over my every move.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): At your feet, renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may gain eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of…
Brat: I’ve been blessing God with grace space for Him to do whatever it takes.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I ask forgiveness that God has not just given us a ticket to heaven. Being a Christian means responsibly walking it out.
Jonathan Udren: It is true; the conversation that began at Mt. Sinai has not come to an end. In fact, our dialogue with Him through the Torah expands over time. A facet of the divinity of the Torah is its endless depth, which provides each one of us an opportunity to build a personal relationship with G d through the text.
Jamie Rohrbaugh: “Actively engaged” is a warfare term. He is “engaged” in battle, and it’s a battle on your behalf. He is raising His standard against your enemies. Help Him by praying through these 5 points over your own life. Ask Him to intervene in every situation. Speak His Word over each and every situation, and you will see change. Jesus always wins every battle.
Brat (22 July 18): Please HEAL EVERYTHING, JESUS! Satan, STOP BLOCKING ME AND MAKING LIFE SO DIFFICULT! THINGS DO NOT HAVE TO BE THIS HARD! KNOCK IT OFF! IN JESUS’ NAME!
Donné Clement Petruska: In this Prophetic Rewind, my father, Kim Clement, teaches beautifully on the importance of getting out of your comfort zone so that God can show you where to go, the way that He did for Abraham.
Anna Blake: It was almost like the Olympic Ski Jump event. There were cameras rolling and tension in the air. Edgar Rice Burro stood next to me, sharing some last-minute strategy. He handles all my PR work since he has the loudest voice. He gave the nod and I stepped forward at the top of that giant ramp. Just me.
Jonathan Udren: This is what we are celebrating on Shavuot; our relationship with G d’s Torah allows us to continue to actualize that moment of infinite potential on Mt Sinai over three thousand years ago. We are not marking an event trapped in the past, but celebrating the constant revelation of Torah. Through our involvement and innovation we enter into this eternal dialogue and forge a unique personal relationship with our Creator.
Andy Sanders (in “Policy” 19 July 18): “Across the globe I will raise up spiritual fathers and mothers who have a desire to launch My children properly. I am connecting them to you in order to connect you to your destiny; an inheritance I promised long ago. No longer will you be hoarded up for someone else’s pleasure or purposes. You will be released by My strong hands.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The king’s advisor related that when he had been at death’s door, he had wanted to at least say the Shema [“Hear O Israel.”] To his distress, he found that he couldn’t remember exactly how it went. Then, suddenly, he heard the holy words being said in his ear! It was as if a gentle breeze had wafted him up and reinvigorated him with new life.
Anna Blake: I’m wearing a faded Dressage Queen t-shirt and pajama bottoms. I’ve trained for the last two years for this moment, scribbling on small spiral notebooks, staring at the pond, and staying up late editing one word for another, and then back again. Poetry can be fussy that way.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest sat frozen, his face registering shock and terror that his secret had been uncovered by the king’s advisor.
Donné Clement Petruska: Change is a necessary part of life – movement and participation on your part is necessary for God to get you to the place you’re meant to be.
Anna Blake: It all culminates here. Down below, a small, very small, group of people are milling about, as I inch my crocs to the edge of the ramp, shifting the cardboard box to one arm, pushing my reading glasses up my nose, and then rebalancing the box.
Pastor John Tolle: Andrew was one of John the Baptist’s disciples. Andrew shifts from John the Baptist to Jesus. “I found the Messiah!” John the Baptist points to Jesus. His is a ministry of repentance. Simon Peter is Andrew’s brother. Andrew brought Peter to Jesus. That was before the boat event. We are inviting Jesus into our boat for Him to be in charge.
Luke 5:5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! BUT AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The most competent of the royal physicians had been summoned to care for him. They gave him the finest medicines and treatments at the king’s order, sparing no expense, but nothing helped. He became weaker and weaker, until finally the doctors felt they had no choice but to declare that his case was hopeless. An important priest was summoned.
Brat (in “Pearls”): …The Band Perry: “If I Die Young” [https://youtu.be/heHnwR21dLE]
Lyrics: So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done…
… Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6 pm Journal: Before I went to church I stopped by the Dollar Store and bought a string of plastic red “pearls”. I wore a good (colorful) blouse and my green blazer. I’d washed my hair and the warm morning had already dried it and the gold sparkles in my hair danced in the sunshine. When Darleen saw me at church she exclaimed over and over how beautiful I was. I would have blushed if I hadn’t been in character, but I just smiled.
And…get this!…Pastor John had shown up in a white shirt!
He said several times throughout his sermon that he had to deal with many deaths this week; horrendous deaths.
And then later again… “I’ve got to get a handle on these deaths.”
He talked about the husband and a prostitute.
Pastor John Tolle: We cheapen our relationship with God. If a husband goes out and sleeps with a prostitute, because he’s not satisfied, is that right? No!
He lives a lie like nothing ever happened.
Then something comes out. The wife asks: “What’s this woman’s phone number?”
He can’t cover that up. He’s caught.
She slaps him around.
He says, “You don’t always please me,” as though he pleases her all the time.
He says to her, “I’m sorry. I won’t do it again!”
She cries for a week.
He says, “I SAID I’M SORRY! GET OVER IT!”
This is what happens when we act like we’re following Him [Jesus], but we’re following the prostitute of ourselves.
The Holy Spirit is trying to bring the Word to bear upon our lives.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest visibly trembled. His face changed colors. He tried to stammer a reply, but his teeth were rattling too hard.
Brat: I couldn’t get the grin off my face through the whole service. Then it cracked at the end and I had to put the smile back on rather than it coming from inside of me.
Pastor John Tolle: This world needs people who aren’t just Chatty Cathies.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Water!” the invalid rasped in a whispery voice. The astounded doctors, who had given up the unconscious man for dead, were shocked to hear his voice again. The priest, who had taken his final confession, turned pale. Had a miracle taken place?
Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Calls for “Soul-Searching” After Massive Stone Falls From Western Wall
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: Today, let’s pray for couples who are trying to have children — that they may be patient and persistent in their prayers. That they may grow in their faith like St. Anne, who had to wait many years to conceive the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let’s pray that God will fulfill the deepest desires of their hearts.
Brat: I’ve been trying to birth spiritual children. God, help! I can’t take anymore.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The doctors quickly initiated treatment. For hours they attended at his bedside. Finally, they saw clear signs of a positive change in his condition. By evening they were able to declare that his situation was no longer critical. He was out of danger.
Pastor John Tolle (echo): “God is expecting this of me…” I never hear that from any of you! Saying that presupposes that you’re listening!
Brat: hmmmmmmm………..Ephesus could go either way.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Then came his miraculous recovery. After a while, no one recalled that he had been so sick. No one but he, that is. He remembered very well what had happened; he knew and kept to himself what even the most expert of the physicians could not know.
Lance Wallnau: Didn’t think you could make it, did you?

Policy 19 July 18

21 Jul

Working Dates: Thursday, July 19, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018
[12 pages]
Katie Souza: “Overcoming Legion and Bringing Healing to Our Regions”
David Suissa: We live in a world that wants us to react, rather than think. This is a form of mind control. Advertisers have always understood this. The seducer doesn’t want you to think, evaluate, reflect. He wants to trigger a reaction, an impulse. First an impulse to like and then an impulse to buy.
Vince Amlin: “The instruction given by idols is no better than wood…They are the work of the artisan and the hands of the goldsmith. Their clothing is blue and purple. They are all the product of skilled workers. But the Lord is the true God.” – Jeremiah 10:8-10
Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister (in “Pebble” 13 Jul 18): The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Brat: I earn no money for my craft.
Dr Rivkah Lambert Adler: O that my words were written down; Would they were inscribed in a record. ~ Job 19:23 (The Israel Bible™)
Todd Bentley: The angel I saw also had a book of destiny in his hand like a book of remembrance. The Lord was saying, “Put your name in this book,” and I realized the title of the book was called “Awakened Destinies”. Our destiny will not be held captive any longer by the enemy. There was destiny revealed with power for purpose released.
David Suissa: When we find the space to think, we can reflect on what kind of thoughts will enrich our lives. We will be mindful of what thoughts bring us down and what thoughts uplift us; what thoughts paralyze us and what thoughts move us forward. We will be more likely to think through the consequences of our words and actions.
Vince Amlin: Jeremiah points up the distinction. Idols “are all the product of skilled workers. But the Lord is the true God.” Idols are the gods we make, but the God who makes us is the one with real power.
Brat: God said that He HIMSELF would hold the shepherds accountable for leading the flock astray!
Michelle Holderman: Yes, there is a pipeline of truth that is being opened, and it is being opened at the command of the Father. The valve to this pipeline has been rusted over for a very long time, but even now, I AM pouring My oil upon it to unseal it. I AM sending an angel to turn it open completely.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (19 July 18): Psalm 125:4 Do good, O LORD, unto the good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
Katie Souza: “Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him [in homage]; and screaming with a loud voice, he said, ‘What business do we have in common with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God [swear to me], do not torment me!’ For Jesus had been saying to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ He was asking him, ‘What is your name?’ And he replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ And he began begging Him repeatedly not to send them out of the region. Now there was a large herd of pigs grazing there on the mountain. And the demons begged Him, saying, ‘Send us to the pigs so that we may go into them!’ Jesus gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out [of the man] and entered the pigs. The herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea; and they were drowned [one after the other] in the sea.
Michelle Holderman: Indeed, that which is presently hidden and concealed will come into the light at the Father’s command – and no one can stop it.
Brat: Where are the goats?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The two goats alluded to the goats that were used in the Temple on Yom Kippur, just several decades before this debate took place. The Torah (Leviticus 16) commands us to bring two identical goats on the holiest day of the Jewish year. One of them is brought as an offering to G-d, its blood sprinkled in the Holy of Holies and on the sacred altar; the other goat is cast off a cliff in the desert, a symbolic casting away of negative energy and sin.
Katie Souza: Mark 5:1-20 (AMP emphasis mine) reads, “They (Jesus and His disciples) came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, and the man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with chains. For he had often been bound with shackles [for the feet] and with chains, and he tore apart the chains and broke the shackles into pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue and tame him. Night and day, he was constantly screaming and shrieking among the tombs and on the mountains and cutting himself with [sharp] stones.
Monk: Maybe he was reading Job 2. Or 3?
Brat (19 July 18): I post “Hometown” yesterday and the prophets come out with this word on Legion today? Yesterday afternoon I had to fight off the python spirit AGAIN! Knock it off! Now I have some idea as to why it showed up. If the secret THEY hovering in the Cloud of Witnesses weren’t watching my every move and keystroke there would be no idol! I say that with a sound mind, even as I know how insane it sounds.
Vince Amlin: Of course, the truth was that I could solve most problems in just a few keystrokes. And if a customer asked for the manager, she would listen understandingly to their story and send them back to me to do just that.
Christina Villa: Because of course the Lord is satisfied with me! It’s God’s job. To approve of me even if no one else does. I was raised to believe in a supremely tactful Lord. One who, if dissatisfied with me, would be discreet about it. Such a God is comforting to have around in the background, but easy to forget all about for long stretches of time—like a distant relative in a nursing home.
Michelle Holderman: “There are words being spoken out that are false; they intend to divide, deceive, and harm. These words are ultimately meant to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into My plan, but that shall not happen, says the Spirit of Truth. For I come to you this day to tell you I AM revealing truths in this hour no one would have ever thought would come to light.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): Psalm 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn with Meshech, that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: (The famous term “scapegoat” is taken from this biblical instruction to select a goat that would “carry” away the sins of Israel. The word “scapegoat” has come to mean a person, often innocent, who is blamed and punished for the crimes or sufferings of others, often as a way of distracting attention from the real causes.)
Anna Blake: I type the word breathe more than any other. It’s hard to find ways to make it sound as important or romantic as it is without wacky hyperbole. Breath is nothing less than the direct line of connection with our internal senses, and even more important, our direct line of connection with horses. It’s the secret to feeling and then fixing…only it’s no secret.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (20 July 18): But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~1 John 1:7 NIV
Christina Villa: I know there are many people whose lives are shadowed, if not destroyed, by being taught that God is always up there looking down on them—constantly judging, disapproving, doling out punishment. For them, the idea of a God who takes a break from judging to be merciful must be a huge relief.
Monk: Like the Cloud of Witnesses forever watching…and watching…? With no sanctuary? No privacy? How is that merciful?
Talitha Arnold: As the rooster continues his song in the night, other birds join in, until an entire chorus of trills and warbles proclaim the blessing of a new day and new light. In the same way, the Letter to the Hebrews affirmed we are surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses,” people of faith who have awakened to God’s call to new life and hope. When one person (or one rooster) proclaims the light that shines in the darkness, others find the courage to do the same.
Brat: Like the game warden poaching the poachers? Read Tom Franklin (1998).
Revelation 18:15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
Talitha Arnold: A rooster lives a few houses down from my house in Santa Fe. My subdivision isn’t zoned for chickens, but he was apparently “grandfeathered” in.
Jo: Warning, rough language
Brat (18 July 18): Lord, thank You for anchoring me. Thank You for keeping Your hand on my shoulders and guts. Thank You for…well…my sense of humor! Has anybody ever done a Freudian analysis on the word “muthufucka?”
Jennifer LeClaire: The Plumb Line: Blatant Signs You Need Deliverance
Vince Amlin: These were the magic words I learned on the first day of a customer service job. Whatever the problem was, I could invoke company policy, and the argument was basically over.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Three Weeks, from a Jewish perspective, are like the Black Hole in modern physics, which is filled with endless light, but does not allow it to escape its pull. (A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, including light, can escape its pull.) Our job is to penetrate the black hole and reveal its inner light, the light of Moshiach.
Anna Blake: We need to consciously fine tune our bodies to listen. It is a mindful state, one elusive enough to make you bored or want to pull your hair out. Be engaged and patient, instead. Feel the vertebra of your spine space themselves and stack in balance when you inhale. Then feel your horse stretch his topline in response. Yes, that’s where it all happens.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): One of my grandkids had a temper tantrum. It occurred to me that they don’t want authority. They want to be the authority. They want to be omnipotent like God. They want to self-determine to get what they get and don’t get.
Anna Blake: Start here: Horses have bad days. People, too. You really hope the two things don’t collide at the same time, but if they do, there will be people watching. For the same reason, if you have the most balanced sensitive ride ever, there will be no sign of people for hours afterward. It’s either a cosmic sense of humor or fodder for paranoia, depending on your blood sugar level.
Rick Joyner: …So what can we do to help them? First, we must never compromise the truth that we have been trusted with. It will not help them to try to assuage their overly sensitive feelings or prejudices. Their only hope is for there to be strong witnesses who are of “a different spirit.” There are uncompromising lovers of the truth and lovers of God, as well as a new generation of radical prophets, arising. …
Anna Blake: Riding: If We Can’t Feel It, We Can’t Fix It.
David Suissa: “He who wants to enter the holiness of the day must first lay down the profanity of clattering commerce, of being yoked to toil,” Heschel writes in “The Sabbath.” “He must go away from the screech of dissonant days, from the nervousness and fury of acquisitiveness and the betrayal in embezzling his own life.”
Brat: Pastor John preaches on Sunday on the demoniac so now the Funny Bunnies have to rub some genie in the bottle to invoke a temper tantrum from the backyard missionary?
David Suissa: Thinking is an art, and it’s worth thinking about it. Our thoughts shape our actions. Our thoughts have the power to temper our most destructive emotions. When we just react, we forego the power of thought.
Willa Cather (in “Paul’s Case,” 1905): “When the symphony began Paul sank into one of the rear seats with a long sigh of relief, and lost himself as he had done before the Rico. It was not that symphonies, as such, meant anything in particular to Paul, but the first sigh of the instruments seemed to free some hilarious spirit within him; something that struggled like the Genius in the bottle found by the Arab fisherman. He felt a sudden zest of life; the lights danced before his eyes and the concert hall blazed into unimaginable splendor. When the soprano soloist came on, Paul forgot even the nastiness of his teacher’s being there, and gave himself up to the peculiar intoxication such personages always had for him. The soloist chanced to be a German woman, by no means in her first youth, and the mother of many children; but she wore a satin gown and a tiara, and she had that indefinable air of achievement, that world-shine upon her, which always blinded Paul to any possible defects.”
Katie Souza: Jesus made this clear in John 14:30 (AMPC). He said, “…the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.].” The devil will not have any power over you, when you have nothing in you, that’s in common with him.
Michelle Holderman: Some of these mysteries and truths hold solutions and remedies that are needed for this time; they will impact many people.
Anna Blake: Humor me and put your saddle on a rack or fence and climb on. So, you’re sitting in your saddle while it isn’t on a horse. Good. Breathe. Do you feel your lungs expand fully? What does the air smell like? Is the air hot or does a breeze cool it? Can you breathe deep into your belly or do your ribs constrict you? Give your breath the same patience you give horses.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: On Tisha B’Av we mourn the loss of our House of Holy Presence (aka Bet HaMikdash), the heart of our people, that turns us from a throng into a higher order unity called Kenesset Yisrael. Without our holy hub it is hard to contain the ricochet of our clashing extremes that produce the causeless hatred that prevents our inner peace. But what is it, really, that we are missing? It is probably not what most assume.
Anna Blake: Now throat-breathe for a full minute, shallow tiny breaths, and then ask for a canter. Well?
Katie Souza: “All right,” I said. “Let’s give it a try.” I went into the bathroom and I let that thing have it! (You can take the girl off the street but you can’t take all the street out of the girl.) I threatened him with everything I could think of. At the end of my tirade, there was silence in my mind. And then, God once again gave me the Scripture from Mark 5 about the demoniac that was dwelling among the tombs. Holy Spirit highlighted Legion running up to Jesus, throwing himself on his knees and saying, “…What have You to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? [What is there in common between us?] I solemnly implore you by God, do not begin to torment me!” (Mark 5:7 AMPC.) He didn’t want to be tormented! That’s why he shut his stinking mouth when I tormented him!
David Suissa: Silence is one of the ingredients for deep thought, but it’s not the only one. I do some of my best thinking walking around the Jewish Journal’s noisy and fascinating neighborhood of Koreatown. I’m not sure why that helps me think.
Katie Souza: Beyond taking back our neighborhoods for the Kingdom, we must take regions of land all over the world. There are certain Biblical keys that will empower you to do just that. Let’s study the story of the man who lived among the tombs.
Brat (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I know. No one wants to do missionary work in their own backyards.
Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz: The Shelah teaches that Balaam communicated with the forces of impurity, forces considered by the nations as deities. When he spoke about being privy to the Supernal Knowledge, the listener got the impression that Balaam claimed to be privy to G-d’s range of knowledge, whereas in fact he was privy only to the “highest” of the forces of impurity that G-d has allowed to govern part of nature.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): Jesus takes care of terrorists and He’s now the bad guy? They yell at Him, “Get out of here!”
Brat (in “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18): …You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Vince Amlin: Policies are something we create and then pretend they have power over us. There’s a bible word for that: idolatry.
Shawn Conaway: Pastor John called us [in the congregation] a bunch of terrorists.
Vince Amlin: Who will I serve?
David Suissa: Shabbat symbolizes the creation of the space we need to slow down and reflect. If we don’t go out of our way to create that space, the fury of the digital world will take over. Our impulses will guide us.
Anna Blake: When I’m speaking in public, I see eyes glaze over every time I say the dreaded word. Breathe. The perfect calming signal and riders act like it’s some kind of vegan cue; one with no meat on it. Not even egg on it.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: It is during this time of year, the three weeks of mourning for the Temple, that we focus on this powerful idea. Destruction is a step toward rebuilding, and failure is a chance to regroup and get our strength back. We all go through black times, we all get knocked over and we all fall. But “failure is not falling down, it is staying down.” As Jews we know that we must get back up, shake off the dust and keep on laying eggs.
Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): We pastors have made the gospel so simplistic! We’ve said it is for heaven but not for serving here.
Brat: No one else receives me and you won’t let go to release me into the arms of my Boaz to steward the story.
Pastor John Tolle: He saved you from terrorizing others.
Brat: You had the snot scared out of you. And it was an angel, not a demon!
David Suissa: In the Jewish tradition, of course, there is Shabbat, which Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel calls “a cathedral in time.”
Brat: We need Sabbath rest to be able to take down the impenetrable Crystal Fortress of the Church! Oy!
Anna Blake: They want a real aid; a different bit or spurs or a special whip with my logo on it. They want an easy shortcut, but there isn’t one. If you negate how horses communicate and insist they take a technical cue without connection to his rider, then expect to see a flat, forced answer by rote. And that’s the best scenario.
Katie Souza: Have Nothing in Common
Vince Amlin: Bad news for my customer service career.
Gary Wexler: Discovering Our Commonality
Michelle Holderman: Surely, there is a shaking that is presently happening, and it will cause that which I have spoken of to come into the light and be made known.
Anna Blake: Define “feel” as what your own senses tell you about what’s going on inside of you. Can you feel your spine collapsed or tight? Can you feel your inner thighs gripping the saddle? Can you feel your foot quiet in the stirrup? It’s easy to ride the rail of a fence, isn’t it?
Rabbi Avi Baumol (19 July 18): Psalm 125:5 But as for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Yisrael.
Anna Blake: Over the years, I’ve blogged about legs and seats and it might be time again, but then I had a thought… and if there is an advantage to writing a few hundred blogs, this is it: You have to find different ways to say the same thing, hoping to be heard differently. Because nagging horses with your same banging leg isn’t more effective than nagging riders with the same over-used words. (It ends up riding and writing have more in common than you’d think.)
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): The demoniac is yelling to have Jesus leave Him alone. You will get accused of things because of the right spirit within you. Jesus went to the other side. The demoniac recognized there’s someone different.
Vince Amlin: If policies were the true God, I could follow them blindly and not have to ask the thornier questions of right and wrong. But God is the true God. So when policies conflict with say, love or justice, I’ve got a choice to make.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): People make excuses out of exceptions.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is the white cheese that sometimes comes from the black goat, and the white egg that the black hen lays. We have all seen it, in or own lives and in the lives of those around us. The illness that brings us a deeper perspective in life, the relationship breakdown that allows us to find true love and humility, the passing of a loved one that gives us new appreciation of our short time in this world and the spirituality of life. What Rabbi Yehoshua understood, what the Jewish soul understands, is that there are two forms of light – light that appears as light, and light that appears as darkness. The good times are good. The tough times are there for us to make them good. “Problems are only opportunities with thorns.”
Brat: I went back and looked at my outburst. 1) It was in my private journal. Everyone should be allowed some privacy to rant and vent. 2) It was funny in that it was not thrust at any one person. It was a question of psychological study. 3) We wouldn’t be discussing this if private information wasn’t made public.
Michelle Holderman: Yes, there are many truths coming out. There are also mysteries being revealed. Some will be to awaken My people; some will be long-awaited answers to prayer; some will be to disclose what’s been going on behind closed doors; some will be to break the “code of silence” that’s been in place for too long.
Anna Blake: Is that thing so obvious when we see other rider’s legs tap and bump and wiggle and kick incessantly, still nearly impossible for us to feel because we don’t know what our feet are doing, even when we think we do? We agree that less is more, but can we recognize how doing less feels? No wonder horses get confused by us.
Brat: I totally understand and agree with you. I’ve been there, too! I’m just asking for a physical place to BE where it is quiet, and I have shade and peace; where I can pray and commune with God without being molested.
David Suissa: I have these awkward moments in my office when someone will walk in and see me doing absolutely nothing. I’m not looking at a computer screen or texting or reading a paper or making deals on the phone. I’m just sitting there — thinking.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: This year we have an awkward convergence. Tisha B’Av—the day for mourning the woes of our nation—falls on Shabbos—our day of spiritual delight when it is generally forbidden to mourn (at least publically, as we’ll see). There is a range of opinions about how to negotiate this tension.
Christina Villa: But possibly for other people used to a benign God-in-the-background whose main function is just to be there, like wallpaper, the idea of a God who has standards—and uses them—might also be a relief.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (19 July 18): Psalm 125:3 For the rod of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; that the righteous put not forth their hands unto iniquity.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I get grief. Don’t be offended. I am Coach John riding your tail! Even the highest levels have coaches and trainers. That coach keeps them focused. Who in your life is coaching you to be like Jesus? He stops when you are not interested in Him. He doesn’t waste effort on those who don’t care.
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Pastor John Tolle: How is this gonna make me more like You?
Anna Blake: Disclaimer: I’m a riding instructor, so I’m in the cheap seats, too. I have the view from the ground and I’ve seen legs do things that make my ribs seize up, too, from riders sincerely doing their best. It’s my job to get inside the rider’s head and connect the external reality with the internal awareness, narrowing the gap between perception and reality.
Christina Villa: It means there’s a better judge of who you are and what you do than just other people. Or worse, just you. A God who judges is one whose comfort, when it comes, means something.
Michelle Holderman: “So know that I will be with you when you go through deep waters. I will help you get through; I will hold your hand and guide you. I will be your comfort.”
Vince Amlin: “My hands are tied. There’s nothing I can do. It’s policy.”
Brat: It’s policy to spy just because Joshua and Caleb did it?
Vince Amlin: But in the meantime, I knew my line. No matter how reasonable their request. No matter how unjust my refusal. It was policy.
Anna Blake: We always want a technique for how to accomplish something, the magic cue that all horses take. Breathing is that cue, but we don’t want to believe it.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): They are dead in the water and now they had to row. It’s a lot more work. Then when they get to the other side they encounter the demoniac. He couldn’t even be shackled by the townspeople. [Mark 5] There are some things in our world and in our society that we cannot control. When we press in, there is a spiritual authority. It’s not military or pumping iron, but it’s a power that wickedness bows to.
Brat: It must have been the basset eyes that got to them.
Anna Blake: Well, can’t put a logo on air, thankfully. It’s free for everyone. That means skill with horses isn’t about wealth or opportunity or even luck. We can all be equal breathers. I feel like a used-car salesman but in a good way. Here’s the same old breathe sales pitch in different words: Hey, horse lover, do you want to know how it feels to be a horse?
Pastor John Tolle: How did I waste my life?
Brat: Is passing me along to the bishop that much of a hardship? Too much responsibility?
Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Collusion and Confusion of Catholic Bishops
Andy Sanders: I hear the Lord saying to you today, “I am connecting you to launching pads that will properly thrust you into the right direction and course for your life. I will remove you from stagnant waters and from people and organizations that have no interest in where I have called you to be. I am intensifying My image through you, so that those who are called to recognize the call and talent within you, will see Me before they see you. I am opening the eyes of the blinded around you; the right people at the right time will find you.
David Suissa: Is there anything in today’s world that asks us to slow down and think?
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I worship God because I don’t deserve any of it! I am without hope without Jesus Christ. This is important because people draw lines. We compare. That’s not in the Bible. We then form bad attitudes. We must recognize humbly. I can’t be an egotist. I have no righteousness on my own.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): The tzadik read it through, and exclaimed: “What is this I read here about your being ‘a poor man’?! You had better leave my house at once, for our Sages teach us that ‘a pauper is accounted as if dead,’ and I am a kohen, one of the priestly family, who may not be defiled by exposure to the dead!”
Anna Blake: Poor riding is always easiest to see from the cheap seats, which are defined as any place other than the saddle of said horse. Railbirds who judge from the ground don’t usually have bad intent, it’s more like a morbid curiosity. They just can’t take their eyes away because if it hasn’t happened to them recently, they think it might soon. Define railbird as you when you aren’t in the saddle of said horse.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: I have come to realize what is really important and where my time and energy should really be spent. Thank G-d I went broke. Otherwise I’d be so rich, and yet so poor. I might have had everything, but I would have had nothing…
Andy Sanders: “Across the globe I will raise up spiritual fathers and mothers who have a desire to launch My children properly. I am connecting them to you in order to connect you to your destiny; an inheritance I promised long ago. No longer will you be hoarded up for someone else’s pleasure or purposes. You will be released by My strong hands.”
Michelle Holderman: I AM causing those things that are not in alignment and agreement with My heart to come into the light because darkness cannot hide there. And this is for the enlightenment of the people; for I already know; I’ve already seen; I’ve already heard. Yes, this is for the sake of justice and righteousness; this is also to bring clarity, healing, and restoration.
David Suissa: Creating “Shabbat moments” of quiet reflection during our hectic days can help keep us balanced. These little timeouts for deep thought can nourish our souls.
Vince Amlin: Prayer
True God, instruct me in your policies, that I might do my work today with integrity.
Brat (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): …Was I in some ‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake?
Rick Joyner: Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. [Revelation 19:19]
Brat (20 July 18): So, are you saying you want a push button horse?
Bing: A push button horse is a horse that is very well trained and VERY responsive.
Anna Blake: Riders fiddle with words like “feel” and “responsiveness” when looking for certain behaviors from a horse. We ask if the horse is on the aids but what if we have it backward? What if those are the requirements for us? If a rider wants “feel” and “responsiveness” from a horse, we have to first find that inside of one’s self, with awareness and sensitivity.
Brat: The push button horses I’ve met would do anything asked of them without question. They also had little life-force drive left in them. They weren’t asked to think. My God requires of me to think and feel and worship Him (even when my temper is flaring.) My God doesn’t require perfection. He requires engagement, because this is a relationship. I’m allowed to have a temper and not take it out on other people. I just need grace space to process and not have vultures lurking over my every move.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): At your feet, renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may gain eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of…
Brat: I’ve been blessing God with grace space for Him to do whatever it takes.
Pastor John Tolle (in “Hometown” 16 July 18): I ask forgiveness that God has not just given us a ticket to heaven. Being a Christian means responsibly walking it out.
Rick Joyner: …Even so, when addressing the “mystery of lawlessness”—who is the leader of the army that would try to fight against God, as addressed above—Paul gives us a clear antidote to falling to his deception in II Thessalonians 2:7-10:
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Donné Clement Petruska (16 July 18): Modern Idolatry
Laura Jean Truman: How the Liturgical Calendar Can Save Our Lives
Jeremiah 23:1-6
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.
23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”
Brat: Then we’re all “dead,” as all of us have participated.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: This was the challenge the Athenian sages lay before Rabbi Yehoshua. And indeed they had a point. From the looks of things, the grand majestic history of the Jewish people was coming to an end. The nation that left Egypt with miracles and wonders, received the Torah from the hand of G-d Himself, settled the Promised Land to create a kingdom of priests, and built the Temple as a home for G-d on earth, this once extraordinary nation was now beaten and exiled, their land conquered by a foreign invader, their religion outlawed and their Temple reduced to a disgraced pile of rubble. Millions of their people were massacred. Any observer would predict that the end was near. The era of the white hen, the 21 days when G-d finds favor with the Jewish people, seemed to have been pushed aside by a new era, the era of the black hen. The sun had set on Israel, and the darkness was descending all too fast.
Lovesick Scribe: I say that not in a condemning or mean spirited way, but I pose it as a question to all of us within the body of Christ. Where is our reverence and our fear of the Lord? It seems that we fear man more than we fear God these days when the Word tells us to do otherwise. You and I were created to reverence God in every facet of our lives. Reverence is a deep awe and respect. It is a holy understanding of abiding with Him and not wanting to do anything that would grieve His Spirit.
Michelle Holderman: What is hiding can hide no longer. What is covered-up can no longer be cloaked. What you could not have known on your own will be supernaturally unveiled, and it is for your highest good, says the Spirit.
Brat: The good news is that Jesus said the second death would have no power over us. And He spoke to the Churches about this, specifically to Smyrna, who had the gift of faith! So, where are your deeds? Y’all have faith!
Revelation 2:11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
Pastor Fah with House of Destiny: The good news is that He’s not a respecter of persons. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. This privilege belongs to all of His children.
Vince Amlin: Company Policy
Andy Sanders: “I will release winds from the four corners of the earth to blow My children to their divine destinations. I will be a wind behind you, moving you forward like a sail boat on the waters; I will be a ring of fire around your life and nothing will harm you as you cross over.”
David Suissa: But now that I think of it, maybe it’s because I’m looking at humanity rather than just sitting alone in my office.
Dr Rivkah Lambert Adler: Christian, Israel Love Story
Brat: We’re all covered by the Blood of Jesus. He is our High Priest! (Hebrews 4:15)
The Band Perry: “If I Die Young” [https://youtu.be/heHnwR21dLE]
Lyrics: So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done…
… Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’

Hometown 16 July 18

18 Jul

Working Dates: Monday, July 16, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18, 2018
[19 pages]
Brat: It must have been the basset eyes that got to them.
Mark 6:4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
Lord, Jesus, in Your own hometown the local priest was probably jealous of You. You saw things more clearly than he did. You had more compassion than he did. Maybe You caused him to lose sleep?
My pastor said that we accuse You of not caring, just like the disciples accused You of not caring when they were caught in the storm.
Mark 4:38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Brat: But that’s not what I said. Lord Jesus, I did not accuse You of not caring. I said the bottom line was that the Funny Bunnies did not care.
(From “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18)
Brat: …Our dialogue died. Our engagement died. Every conversation with y’all dies!! (The beast even managed to leave a dead long-stem rose by my car today! (12 July 18) The Funny Bunnies have encased me in solitary confinement by dropping the ball and staying far off and removed. Y’all watch like prison guards from the apostles and prophets to the politicians, to the journalists, to the webmasters, to businessmen, to pimps, to the priests and bishops, to the altar boys; across denominations and religions. Y’all watch with detached curiosity, sometimes with yawning bemusement and boredom at the condition of the condition, and at other times raging at the outrage from the truth which tries to hide in denial. But when all is said and done you don’t care. That’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Y’all DON’T CARE! You took ‘dying to self’ and preaching Christ crucified to new levels. But in your hearts you still say, “What’s in it for me?” You still get your names written in the book of life, so you don’t have to care about the dead you’ve walked on top of to get to eternity and the hope of everlasting. Isn’t that what you call Fame? Even the saints are promoted for the eternal buck. You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Pastor John Tolle: It’s as old as the first excuse of Adam and Eve. They began to hide. “It was God’s problem and His fault.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “If so,” said the tzadik, “we have a verse in the Torah [Deut 1:1] which lists place-names, and there it says ‘chatserot vadiy zahav’: that if she goes to chatseirot, she will no doubt encounter vadaiy zahav [literally, “ample gold”]. Go home in peace, my good man, and the Almighty will help you, and your wife will prosper with vadaiy zahav.”
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:1 A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called unto the LORD, and He answered me.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I know people who seem to think spiritual life is about being responsible. They are convinced spiritual life drives us to become more responsible.
Rick Joyner: I interject this here because I was shown some things about this force in a prophetic experience when I was a relatively new Believer. I was told that I would have a part in preparing some of them for their purpose. Over the years, I began to see this group prophetically in other Scriptures. I have sought more understanding on them my entire Christian life, and I have been given some. Even so, I know I still only have part of the understanding of their full purpose, but I am constantly looking for those who are called to be a part of this force. Some of you may have already heard the call to be a part of this force.
Pastor John Tolle: When did you teach your kids to act that way?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): These people believe spiritual life within them and in the world draws them to take on responsibilities. They take on projects and positions of responsibility and approach them with serious intention.
Franklin Graham: Have You Seen What God Did in California?
Pastor John Tolle: If we don’t teach our kids to rebel then it comes from the sin nature. We object to being that bad. We Christians don’t want to be known as bad people. We mature, but what has changed in our hearts, behavior, and attitudes?
Joe Joe Dawson: God is about to give such clarity to His people to be able to see down the road of their destinies for a long time. God is sustaining His people for longevity. I feel strongly that this exposure is coming in July, but that it is also coming in the many months ahead.
Paul Keith Davis: “Vision – Seeeing Things As They Are”
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus is making a point about the concept of change. The Beattitudes smack us in the face. We’ve learned to follow the Lord as long as He pleases us. The promises are fuel to help us in the hard times. God isn’t here to be your butler and valet. He’s your God.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Many people view spiritual life as a ladder or staircase of responsibility. They see additional responsibilities as signs they are growing in spiritual life.
Rick Joyner: We also have deception as a main factor at the end of the age, as stated by both the Lord Jesus and His apostles. This was the first thing Jesus warned about when He was asked by His disciples about the signs of the end of the age. The Apostle Paul elaborated on a main root of this deception in II Timothy 4:3-4:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “What a fine business!” cried the rebbe. “His wife supports him! Shouldn’t we be warned by the example of Adam, whose wife gave him something to eat? And this fellow says that his wife supports him! Tell me: in what way does your wife earn her income?”
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his own soul?” May this be the principal fruit of these prayers by which I will strive to honor you during this novena.
Pastor John Tolle: When Jesus got into the boat, He said, “We’re going to the other side.” Then the storm came up. The disciples started bailing and commanding each other to do better. Their option was to yell at Jesus and say, “How can you be asleep on the job?” It’s a common response to say, “It’s all God’s fault that a storm comes up.” Hardships will be a part of life.
Kim Potter: “Hello?”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It was easy for me to take on new responsibility. Added responsibilities were supposedly confirmation people saw my potential. People told me, “People do not ask you to take on responsibilities unless they recognize your abilities.” I came to see life though a lens of responsibility and expectations.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus explains the difficulties He would go through to do the will of God.
Kim Potter: It is the same in the spirit. We labor in prayer. We labor in declaring the Word of God. We labor in refusing doubt and unbelief. And then the day comes when it is done. We see the harvest and we then enter into a time of rest.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe spiritual life draws us to find healthy balance in our lives. Our balance includes taking time to reflect and to discern how much responsibility is good for us.
Pastor John Tolle: On the side – people don’t want to fulfill the will of God, because they see what Jesus went through. They stop short.
Kim Potter: “No plans set in stone,” I responded.
Pastor John Tolle: Our suffering is temporary. We’re signed up for glory. The disciples lost track of that. If you get wrapped up in the storms of your life, you’ll forget why you’re here.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): The ways I understood responsibility reinforced my underlying workaholism and perfectionism. The more responsibility I took on the greater opportunities I had to work harder.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): Many Christians think they are battling for their needs. They say, “I’m in a spiritual warfare to break through for financial provision! I’m warring in prayer for a new job …for salvation of a loved one …for physical healing …etc.” That is not what we are battling for! If you think you are in warfare for healing, finances, or any other need, you do not understand the battle! Our battle is not for any of those needs! Our battle is only for one thing and that is FAITH. The Word of God tells us that faith is the one essential. If you have faith, nothing is impossible, nothing is withheld. If you can get in faith and stay in faith, all the rest will come. All things are possible if you believe! So when you have a need for finances, health, or anything else, your battle is to find a way to stand in faith. Let me say that again: no matter what we need, if we can get in faith and stay in faith, EVERY need will be met. Our battle is to stay in faith!
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): My approach to work and responsibility affected all the areas of my life, including spiritual life.
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!
Pastor John Tolle: Where else does this show up in your life?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I thought being responsible was what spiritual life was all about. So many people seemed to see spiritual life as following rules and thinking the right things. They appeared to be willing to give me opportunities to work hard and be responsible. I was sure I must be right about something.
Rick Joyner: Even so, there is hope for this generation. The Lord raised up the greatest prophets in the darkest of times, and so it is in this emerging generation—there are some that are of a radically different spirit. We will discuss these more later, but in general, the millennials quickly went from shutting their ears to any who were not saying what they wanted to hear to viciously attacking anyone who said or thought anything they disagreed with. I have studied history for over half a century and I do not think there has been a generation as deceived, and prone to follow deceivers, like the one now arising.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I found emotional rewards in being responsible. It felt like people put their trust in me and were depending on me.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:2 O LORD, deliver my soul from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Pastor John Tolle: People make excuses out of exceptions.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I also think there are people who tend to feed my habit. They may have some responsibilities they would like to share. Their context may be responsibility strengthens spiritual life and they hope to help strengthen mine.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:3 What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): The decision to take on responsibility is ultimately up to us. No one can force us to feel responsible or to accept additional responsibilities. We discern and we decide.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus calms the sea and stills the wind. The boat is dead in the water. It’s a sailboat. The wind would get them there (to the other side) quicker. Examine the hardships to develop yourself more quickly and produce the graces you want in your life.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): We work together on developing a spiritual practice of not being responsible.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: At your feet, renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may gain eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of…
Brat: I’ve been blessing God with grace space for Him to do whatever it takes.
Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Charles Shamp: “A New Frontier in Space plus How God Will Use Women!”
Israel 365 (17 July 18): Jerusalem, the World’s Metropolis ✡ “The Maidens Of Yerushalayim”
Pastor John Tolle: The road less traveled is one where you don’t take the easy way out.
Kim Potter: “Good, get your stuff together and come on.”
Pastor John Tolle: They are dead in the water and now they had to row. It’s a lot more work. Then when they get to the other side they encounter the demoniac. He couldn’t even be shackled by the townspeople. [Mark 5] There are some things in our world and in our society that we cannot control. When we press in, there is a spiritual authority. It’s not military or pumping iron, but it’s a power that wickedness bows to.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: O most powerful Saint Anne, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of heaven, there with you, your blessed spouse, and your glorious daughter, to sing the praise of the Most Holy and Adorable Trinity forever and ever.
Rick Joyner: There are uncompromising lovers of the truth and lovers of God, as well as a new generation of radical prophets, arising. Even so, when addressing the “mystery of lawlessness”—who is the leader of the army that would try to fight against God, as addressed above—Paul gives us a clear antidote to falling to his deception in II Thessalonians 2:7-10:
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Pastor John Tolle: The demoniac is yelling to have Jesus leave Him alone. You will get accused of things because of the right spirit within you. Jesus went to the other side. The demoniac recognized there’s someone different.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Let me be clear. I believe in meeting my responsibilities. When we make a commitment it is a matter of our integrity to see it through.
Rick Joyner: So what can we do to help them? First, we must never compromise the truth that we have been trusted with. It will not help them to try to assuage their overly sensitive feelings or prejudices. Their only hope is for there to be strong witnesses who are of “a different spirit.”
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus set the man free and sent the spirit into a herd of pigs. The man was at peace. He sat among the townspeople and they were afraid.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): My concern is the assumption new, additional responsibilities are a sign of growing spiritual life. A growing commitment to contemplative spirituality makes me wonder how much responsibility is good for us.
Ryan LeStrange: My Monday Word for You…I’m Raising Up Transformation Teams!
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus takes care of terrorists and He’s now the bad guy? They yell at Him, “Get out of here!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Responsibility may have some toxic qualities for me. I am a recovering workaholic, and my old habit flares up in me.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: After some time his wife came home with a package, and said: “Look here. Today I found this thing lying about in the mud.”
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 [!] at 6:09 am To Chuck Pierce <ChuckP@glory-of-zion.org>:
Dear Anne Tate and Susan Stanfield with Glory of Zion: I, too, absolutely believe in the five-fold ministry. In fact, this is how the global revival will take place. We all need each other’s gifts and to rely on each other’s gifts. It is critical not to neglect the gifts, and this type of screaming silence I have been receiving unilaterally from the Church and prophets is merely reflecting the truth in my calling, which was never acknowledged. ~Kathryn Hauser
Revelation 11: 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Israel 365 (16 July 18): Make Peace, Not War ✡ “You Shall Offer It Terms of Peace”
Rick Joyner: This week we continue with Revelation 19:17-21 and the ultimate folly of fallen men to make war against the Lord, and their resulting doom:
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of broom.
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): From a Christian perspective the antichrist is a condition and not a man, and therefore this is a spiritual issue across cultures and societies. Since the prophecies in God’s own Word have already been fulfilled in the Bible, (and I suspect that if I were to read Richardson’s book I’d probably find that God also fulfilled His words in the Koran), then that would mean that God has fulfilled His word twice! How many more witnesses do you need than the planet? Jesus said the cowards would be consigned to a smelly baptism:
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Lillian Daniel: Two thousand years later, I don’t think Jesus is too happy that some Christians took that beautiful metaphor and used it to demand that people get “rebaptized the right way.” Jesus can’t be happy to hear this verse used to condemn Jews and people of other faiths. After all, Jesus was having this conversation with a fellow Jew, and it was a respectful interchange about new life and being born again.
Pastor John Tolle: The [reformed] demoniac says, “I’m going with You!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It may be because I am an enthusiastic person. When I discover a new practice or idea I tend to throw myself into it. When I decide I am committed to something I want to share it with other people.
Brat: I shared my blog with you.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus probably would like to, but he doesn’t let the guy in the boat. He makes the guy stay here, so everyone you terrorized can see the changes you’ve gone through.
Brat: [Breathe.] Just noticing the wording.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!
Lillian Daniel: I would have been irritated if, after laying out this beautiful image of being born again, some lawyer then informed me that it was technically impossible for an adult to climb back up into their mother’s womb. I would not have had the patience to explain myself again. “For crying out loud,” I would have sighed as I threw my hands up in frustration, “It’s a METAPHOR, Nicodemus!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life is not urging us to take on responsibility which throws us off balance.
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Pastor John Tolle: I have to look at myself when I say this: Your sin killed Jesus Christ!
Lillian Daniel: But Jesus hung in there with the guy. Jesus stuck to his image, and then expanded it slightly, saying, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”
Pastor John Tolle: We don’t want to be thought of as bad as we were.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Each of us seeks the balance which is right for us.
Lillian Daniel: Because Jesus patiently stuck with the man who was questioning him about eternal life, even when he had missing all the mystery in Jesus’ answer.
Pastor John Tolle: He saved you from terrorizing others.
Brat: You had the snot scared out of you. And it was an angel, not a demon!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The man ran out from sheer fright, but the tzadik called after him: “Come now, come now! This must surely be a case of a met mitzvah, a dead body which can be attended to by no one else, in which case a kohen is allowed to defile himself.”
Brat (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): And Nicodemus was also the one to bury Jesus under seventy-five pounds of embalming spices! (Jn 19:39)
Chuck D. Pierce: It is interesting to study how this shield is made. The thureos was so large that, if made of solid wood or metal, it would have been difficult to carry. To construct a thureos the Romans began with a wooden framework. Over that framework they fastened seven layers of tough leather from the skin of a bull or a calf. They built up these layers until the shield was four or five inches thick and nailed them securely in place. As the soldiers got ready to go into battle they could dip the shield in a nearby river to saturate it with water so it would not only stop an arrow, it would quench the fire.

Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Responsibility does not necessarily reinforce spiritual life. We need to be careful.
Pastor John Tolle: We pastors have made the gospel so simplistic! We’ve said it is for heaven but not for serving here.
Brat: So you did read me. And heard me.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I am growing in my ability to say No to responsibility. When exploring a new idea or unfamiliar practice I am reluctant to take on responsibility.
Pastor John Tolle: If you’re in the boat with Jesus, then you’re on your way somewhere. If not, it’s all about you.
2 Samuel 7:3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”
Pastor John Tolle: He saved you to make you a powerful individual, so this place can be changed.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Part of the balance spiritual life has brought me is taking time not to be responsible.
Pastor John Tolle: We’ve made the Christian God to meet all our needs. “Serve me, Jesus!” But it doesn’t work that way.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): When we talk about using our time wisely that includes spending time not being responsible.
Pastor John Tolle: Change takes place inside of you and me. He doesn’t want to leave us the way we are.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It can be a challenge for us to cultivate not being responsible. Some people who work with me as a spiritual trainer have overdeveloped senses of responsibility. They are the people who will volunteer to do things when no one else does.
Pastor John Tolle: We have a lot of retirees in this church. (I’m of a certain age.) I’m here to affirm that God’s not done with you yet.
Lillian Daniel: “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’ ‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!'” – John 3:3-4 (NRSV)
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): These people often view responsibility as a key element of spiritual life. They have been too responsible for too long.
Pastor John Tolle: Don’t expect the supernatural. It’s in you walking with Him. It’s not about sitting around for myself.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): For many of them the habit of being responsible has been reinforced for years. Time after time their being responsible has been rewarded with added responsibility. They see new responsibility as their next step on a spiritual journey.
Brat (18 Dec 13): Possibly the greatest truth Chuck [Pierce] wrote in his piece were words from the Lord at the beginning:
“The gifts that Yeshua left in the earth realm to enforce His authority were apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The gift that gets controlled or stopped, which hinders the others from coming into fullness, is the prophet’s gift and authority. Apostles will attempt to build a pattern without present revelation, and end up building man’s model.”
Pastor John Tolle: One of my grandkids had a temper tantrum. It occurred to me that they don’t want authority. They want to be the authority. They want to be omnipotent like God. They want to self-determine to get what they get and don’t get.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Not being responsible is one of my spiritual practices.
Pastor John Tolle: We battle our sin nature. The devil wanted to be like God. The devil asks, “Is God really the authority? Did God really say that?”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I ask them when was the last time they were not responsible and they cannot remember.
Pastor John Tolle: When Jesus began His earthly ministry, he launched it with the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are the introduction. It’s the Courage to Trust God’s Promises.
Brat: Really, I DO trust God’s promises! It’s man’s promises that are fifty-two shades of gray.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): A spiritual practice of not being responsible is not about being irresponsible.
Pastor John Tolle: These are promises with conditions. Blessed are you when you embrace what He says.
Binyomin Adilman: Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G d and the Jewish people.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (17 July 18): For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. ~ Romans 1:16 NIV
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe fun and enjoyment are essential aspects of life. We need to give them time and protect our practices of not being responsible.
Binyomin Adilman: In addition, “the valley of weeping” can be understood to refer to the 3 weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. Great are the Shabbats during these three weeks above any other of the year, and the Shabbat closest to the 9th of Av more than all. According to the magnitude of G d’s pain is the greatness of His joy.
Kim Potter: “Who is calling me this early on a Saturday?” I thought as I picked up the phone.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe spiritual life calls us to be active, engaged practitioners of what we believe. Being responsible felt like an effective way of putting my values into practice.
Pastor John Tolle: The ‘poor in spirit’ is not a reference to poor people. Everybody is poor (humble.)
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “What is this about your being ‘a poor man’?! You had better leave my house at once!”
Pastor John Tolle: Those who mourn – Our mistake is in choosing which Beattitudes we’re good at. You can’t mourn if you don’t know how spiritually bankrupt you are!
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I came to understand the only real reward for being responsible is often additional responsibility.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: It was a sad story that this penniless chassid brought to his rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: his daughter was of marriageable age, and he did not know where to begin to find all the money needed for a dowry and a wedding. All this was written out in the note which he handed the rebbe.
Brat: Dowry? My writings are my dowry!
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: P.S. The Lubavitcher Rebbe used to request every year that there be a siyum every day from 1st to 9th Menachem Av, in order to bring joy into the year’s most intense period of mourning.
Pastor John Tolle: I worship God because I don’t deserve any of it! I am without hope without Jesus Christ. This is important because people draw lines. We compare. That’s not in the Bible. We then form bad attitudes. We must recognize humbly. I can’t be an egotist. I have no righteousness on my own.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The tzadik read it through, and exclaimed: “What is this I read here about your being ‘a poor man’?! You had better leave my house at once, for our Sages teach us that ‘a pauper is accounted as if dead,’ and I am a kohen, one of the priestly family, who may not be defiled by exposure to the dead!”
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Pastor John Tolle: Meek – Those who are humble and gentle. They are strong under control. That’s how God was for you.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It is up to me to protect time in my schedule for contemplation and deep worship. I am also responsible to spend some of my time taking care of myself. Those are not mutually exclusive, and they are not the same thing.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Pastor John Tolle: Hunger and Thirst – for what He has to offer. Seek His righteousness. God’s looking to bless. If you are not looking then you can’t recognize what He offers.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I also believe there can be benefits to taking on and meeting responsibilities. Being responsible can build character and help us learn important lessons. There are significantly good things about being responsible.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Those present laughed at the seeming jests, little suspecting that there were more to come. The tzadik addressed himself another time to the poor fellow: “You are worrying about marrying off your daughter. Tell me: do you have bread to eat?”
Kim Potter: I awakened early. First, I put a roast in the crock pot. Then, I mixed up a loaf of homemade bread and set it aside to rise. With the meal prep out of the way, my plan was to have some quiet time alone. I looked forward to time to study the Word and to let the busyness of the week fade away. It sounded so nice.
Holly Watson (16 July 18): A mighty outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord is beginning to rain upon the Church. Where unity is evident and hunger is manifest, the Spirit of the Lord is moving in the manifestation of mighty miracles, signs, and wonders. Cities all across the land are being prepared for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit through a remnant of Believers carrying the spirit of Elijah and the mandate of Joshua (Joshua 8:7). A pioneering breed, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the wisdom of God, are in position to “take the cities” across America and around the world for the Kingdom.
Rick Joyner: One of the things I was shown about this force in the mid-1980s was that they would be like the Delta Force for God’s army. In 1988 I was given the word about the Heritage property being restored, and I shared that word a couple weeks ago. That prophecy included a part about this “new breed of ministry” that would be raised up there. I knew then that this was the same group I had been shown before.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “To tell the truth,” stammered the pauper, “I haven’t.”
Pastor John Tolle: I’ve made the mistake of wanting things of this world over Him.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Pastor John Tolle: Merciful – There are those who love Him and those who are in misery. The disciples couldn’t have cared less about the demoniac. We want them to jump through hoops. The demon won’t change.
Brat: I know. The beast left me a long-stem dead rose by my car.
Lillian Daniel: It’s a Metaphor, Nicodemus!
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Pastor John Tolle: Pure – The pure are sincere and without hypocrisy. Don’t look for replacements! The power is in the word of God.
Brat: No one else receives me and you won’t let go to release me into the arms of my Boaz to steward the story.
Donné Clement Petruska (16 July 18): Modern Idolatry
Jeremiah 23:1-6
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.
23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”
Vicki Kemper: Prayer
O God, may I desire you and your blessings more than safety, security, and success.
Rick Joyner: The word I got about the Heritage property spoke of this new breed as “eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”. Just as a eunuch in the natural cannot have sexual desires, these will be “spiritual eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”—ones who have no desire to use the Church for selfish reasons. They will be devoted to helping the Church become the pure, spotless, and blameless Bride she is called to be for the sake of the King. Their whole fulfillment will come from seeing the King’s pleasure in His Bride.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “But you do say the Hamotzi benediction over bread every day, don’t you? So where do you get the bread for that?”
Israel 365 (13 July 18): Our Redeemer ✡ “Lord Of Hosts Is His Name”
Kim Potter: What happens when harvest calls? I can tell you it’s not always convenient. Just like this particular Saturday. I was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful day at home. But I knew, if I ignored my aunt’s call, my pantry shelves would not be lined for the winter with the delicious, canned vegetables that were ready to be harvested.
Matthew 24:20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
Breaking Israel News (17 July 18): Can They be Saved?
Revelation 22: 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Anna Blake: Roots
There was a single elm on the short
path from the house to barn, its
trunk no larger than my leg. Wind
bruised its leaves before spring was
gone. Thin summer shade, spindly in
the fall, it cast no shadow in winter
light. A silent witness to seasons of
chores, fed by horse tanks drained
and cleaned, in return giving shade
to dogs, until their ashes one day rest
at its base. Branches grown strong
for a tire swing, then hanging chairs,
tired humans come to roost. Finally
pushing a dome of leaves so tall and
wide that all are sheltered, rooted
deep in the pulse of body and earth.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “She goes to all the courtyards [in Hebrew: chatseirot] of the aristocrats in the area, sells vegetables and whatever, and earns a little from that,” the pauper replied.
Pastor John Tolle: Peacemakers – Follow Jesus Christ and not your own way.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Pastor John Tolle: Someone had to pay the price. Jesus paid it for me. You wanna make someone pay for you? I paid the price for you! They could not pay! You can’t pay! It’s humbling that with all our education, what we rule over doesn’t meet the level. God said, “Jesus My Son paid for it.” What if you’re so smug to say, “I know better”?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Most of it comes from my wife; she works, and earns a little.”
Pastor John Tolle: Notice the word peace-MAKER – How do you help others make peace with God?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): How is not being responsible a spiritual practice for you?
Brat: By sharing the journey? Aren’t pastors supposed to shepherd? Aren’t they supposed to pass along? God Himself said that He would attend to the shepherds.
2 Samuel 7:1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him
Brat: I took out “Goliath” for you. Ephesus was supposed to take out the apostle.
Revelation 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): God has given us promises that relate to every area of life. He has promised us abundant provision. He’s promised us healing. He has promised great blessings in every area. But when you open your Bible and begin to claim these promises, you discover you are in a battle! When you say, “I want to come into a new place in the Lord! I want to move forward to obtain the promise!” Satan will try to stop you. That’s what the battle is all about. Satan’s goal is to frighten and discourage you, to make you to turn back and not press on in the Lord.
Vicki Kemper: I don’t know why God would kill a man who tried to keep the ark of the covenant from falling over—or why King David would think Uzzah’s death was God’s doing. But of one thing I am fairly certain:
Psalm 89:34 I will not violate My covenant, or alter the word that went forth from My lips.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): The Rebbe Rayatz writes that when a soul descends to this corporeal plane to enclothe itself in a physical body, it has its own unique mission to accomplish. He warns us that we have to be careful not to be among those that intentionally or unintentionally make a mistake.
Brat: What if I’m not the “lost sheep” to go after but the apostle is, because he is taking license and pimping God’s promises?
Vicki Kemper: “God struck Uzzah because he reached out his hand to the ark of God. David was afraid of the Lord that day [and] he was unwilling to take the ark of the Lord into his care. Instead, David took it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite, where it remained for three months, and God blessed Obed-edom and all his household.” – 2 Samuel 6:6-11
Pastor John Tolle: I’m enjoying my circle. The ongoing work that God wants to do is to have a loving conversation where God has opened the door until they have peace with God.
2 Samuel 7:2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”
Brat: I’m in your circle. You enjoy the sport of it. Do you hear the loving conversation? That’s where the Ark is. The Ark of the Covenant is in a tent. The heavens are a canopy like a tent over the earth and the satellites are like stars making sure the messages get to where they are supposed to go. No one can control what is heard in the message. The conversation goes on. Even in Arc Speak the covenant remains.
Psalm 89: 89:35 Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn with Meshech, that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar!
Pastor John Tolle: I ask forgiveness that God has not just given us a ticket to heaven. Being a Christian means responsibly walking it out.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Practices From the Inside Out: Spiritual Life is Not About Being Responsible
Brat: Have you ever read The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman? It seems to me that Thyatira is a lot like the youngest son in the parable of the prodigal God, uh, Son. (Wreckless love, ya know.) Ephesus is a lot like the oldest son.
Revelation 2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Brat (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): Nicodemus was also a born-again believer. Ephesus knows this and takes this personally. Why else would Jesus tell Ephesus to remember? (Rev 2:5) Nicodemus was an admirable Pharisee. The Nicolaitans took license with what they knew and understood.
Lillian Daniel: Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for the mystery of metaphors, the promise of new life, and the gift of rebirth for us all. Amen.
Brat (in “Hard Day” 16 July 18): Responsibility is really the fulcrum, isn’t it?
Too much? Crushing. Too little? Neglect.
There needs to be balance.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life draws us into balance. One of the ways in which I was particularly out of balance was how I was responsible to and for myself.
Brat: I totally understand and agree with you. I’ve been there, too! I’m just asking for a physical place to BE where it is quiet, and I have shade and peace; where I can pray and commune with God without being molested.
Franklin Graham: Why is it so hard to move past our sins long after we’ve asked God’s forgiveness? How can we rest in His grace without taking it for granted?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): When are we not being responsible today?
Brat: When God sent them a pew pest.
Pastor John Tolle: Persecuted
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Vicki Kemper: Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart.
Binyomin Adilman: Now that the Temple is no longer standing and we are in exile and distanced from G d, there is an understandable lack of unity. When Shabbat comes and the Jews are able to renew their connection once again with G d, he has even more joy than he did at the time when the Temple was standing. From darkness to light, G d especially rejoices in this unity with His people.
Pastor John Tolle: When you live the Kingdom, you will be made fun of, for great is your reward in heaven. “Kingdom of heaven” are like bookends in the beatitudes.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life urges me to find and maintain balance in my life. It can be a challenge for me because I enjoy exploring and discovering. I read about and visit places and ideas which are new to me.
Vicki Kemper: Sure, we talk a lot about the Good News, but it’s worth remembering that Jesus was executed for living it, and countless Christians have been persecuted for following him.
Pastor John Tolle: If you embrace the truth of God’s word and recognize and ask for it to fill you, He’ll fill you with Himself. He brings you under new rulership.
Rick Joyner: The key to not being deceived is to not just have the truth, but to love the truth. If we love the truth, we will want it regardless of whether it makes us feel good, agrees with our opinions or prejudices, brings us glory, or brings us shame. We will love it when it convicts us, challenges us, and shows us where we’re wrong. That is also the nature of the truly wise person, according to Proverbs—they love correction.
Pastor John Tolle: When you rebel, there are consequences.
Rick Joyner: Man’s greatest folly, fighting against God, will end in the ultimate defeat of man’s rebellion. We see this madness with Pharaoh—he witnessed such power from God and then determined that he would fight with God at the Red Sea. How could anyone do this? There is only one answer—the profound and ultimate truth often stated by a former associate of mine: “People are crazy!” From the whole history of man, it seems that this truth has been firmly established. At the end of this age, it is once more ultimately demonstrated.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Pastor John [Tolle] was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Revelation 2: 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Pastor John Tolle: All of us have a testimony of how God’s delt with our rebellion.
Vicki Kemper: God knows there are plenty of less-dramatic reasons for keeping a safe distance from the way of Jesus: It is not cool. There is no end to it, and it can be both inconvenient and tiring. Some of the other followers are annoying as all get-out. It can take years to see “results,” and there is limitless potential for disappointment and heartbreak. And loving people we want to hate is just plain hard.
Brat: I know. No one wants to do missionary work in their own backyards.
Kim Potter: The work of harvest is not easy. It is not always convenient. It may require us to do things when we are weary. However, if we want harvest, we must come when the harvest calls. I believe the harvest is calling now. I believe that is why so many people are sensing a renewed urge to pray. I believe that is why so many of us are sensing an urge to press into God. He is calling us to read more of His Word. To study more. To fast more. To pray more. I believe the time is now. Harvest is calling. And the harvest needs laborers.
Vicki Kemper: I could go on, but here’s the thing: All those risky extensions of ourselves, all the long-haul commitment and giving ’til it hurts—that’s also where the blessing is, how healing happens, where new, true life is found.
Pastor John Tolle: Paul said, “I do what I don’t wanna do.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: But when he came home and his wife asked him what he had brought back from the rebbe, he did not know what to answer.
Binyomin Adilman: With this we have a beautiful insight into the words of the Lecha Dodi poem which is sung on Shabbat evenings: “…Rav Lach Shevet B’emek HaBacha…”, “Too long have you dwelt in the Valley of Weeping.” It can be read alternatively, “Great is the Shabbat in the midst of weeping.” Great is the Shabbat during this time of bitter exile.
Kim Potter: It was early on a Saturday morning. It had been a long week and I was looking forward to a quiet day at home.
Pastor John Tolle: Come to a place of God’s righteousness. I want Your ways. They all have demands.
Rick Joyner: Every generation has its challenges, but there is a generation emerging that fits all of the biblical scenarios of the last generation, such as the one quoted above. They resolve to only listen to teachers that say what they want to hear, that “tickle their ears” or make them feel good.
Pastor John Tolle: We pastors thought discipleship was about going to church.
Lillian Daniel: Less condemnation, more salvation. It’s a metaphor, Nicodemus. Not a weapon.
Pastor John Tolle: Who are you discipling now?
Brat: You?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Jesting in Earnest
Vicki Kemper: Costs of Discipleship
Rick Joyner: True disciples live to know their Master, to become like Him and to do the works that He did. A basic characteristic of those who are a part of this new breed is that they march to the beat of a different drum. They can hear the sound of a trumpet that others may not hear, and they respond to it.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The poor woman had to dart out of the shul again and again during the prayers to come home and try to wake her husband, but nothing helped. Finally, when the time for the Torah reading approached, she yelled at the top of her lungs: “NU! Get up! They’re blowing shofar in a few minutes!”
Pastor John Tolle: I didn’t understand life until I had kids. You will change. I am still changing.
Kim Potter: My plans for a quiet day at home had changed in an instant. Why? Because the harvest was calling. When it’s harvest time that is how it works. When it’s ready, we must be ready.
Lillian Daniel: I wonder if in that moment, Jesus actually predicted the future misuse of his words. Because later in the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus is careful to say this: “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Pastor John Tolle: God wants you to be like Jesus.
Lillian Daniel: Literal thinkers drive me crazy. Apparently they drove Jesus crazy too. And thus ends any and all similarity between Jesus Christ and myself.
Pastor John Tolle: Don’t get God’s motive wrong. It starts with blessing.
Vicki Kemper: Seeing the blessings the ark of God brought Obed-edom persuaded David to bring it to Jerusalem. In its presence he danced with joyful abandon.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: They opened it, and found three hundred rubles — quite a sum in those days. Half of it they set aside for their daughter’s dowry and the wedding expenses and with the rest the happy man set up a little business in which he prospered for the rest of his life.
Pastor John Tolle: You’ll be blessed if you believe what God said.
Jeremiah 23:4 [echo] I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
Pastor John Tolle: He desires my development.
Kim Potter: But there is a second part of this component and it is the rest of God. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Pastor John Tolle: 2 Corinthians 5:17 talks about how we are a new creation.
Kim Potter: The irony is that it takes work to get to that rest. Just like the harvest, there is a labor involved. Think of it this way: I work in the summer months, harvest vegetables and put them away for winter. At the end of summer, I enter into a kind of rest. My work is done. My harvest is put away. It will last me an entire season and so then I can enter into my rest in that area.
Pastor John Tolle: God is not interested in home improvement! He wants to CHANGE YOU! You’re being made into the image of Jesus Christ!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Cracks Show Up In Your Life
Brat (in “Hard Day” 15 July 18): …Did I tell you that on the day of going to the cemetery with my dad, where we sat surrounded by display coffins talking about right of internment in the family crypt, when I got to work after that there was a dead long-stem rose laying by the curb by my car? It was like an Adam’s Family day and all I could do was laugh at the absurdity of it. Was I in some Beauty and the Beast remake?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “My father,” said the tzadik, “was a remarkable man. Every expression of his supernatural powers and his divine inspiration he managed to clothe in jests and witticisms, so that no one should detect that there was anything extraordinary afoot.”
Pastor John Tolle: Question: Am I more like Jesus? Do I love more, care more, want what He wants? See how He sees? Hear how He hears?
Kim Potter: “The harvest is truly plentiful. But those who want to do the work are few. What happens if no one comes and gathers in the harvest? It dies on the vine. It rots and is useless.”
Brat (in “Balance Between” 24 June 18): …So, yes, I do still desire to reach the Catholics. I still desire that they get the testimony of our journey. I can think of no one more suitable to steward the story than the Jesuits. I’m open to other suggestions if You’ve changed Your mind, Lord. You are allowed to do that. It just makes so much sense that these fulfilled promises and dreams in our corporate journey should go to them. But, because I had so much backlash and warfare over this I gave up all hope of ever getting it to them.
2 Corinthians 8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
Brat: Lord, You’re going to have to clarify. How can I finish doing it without a contact? My means is by letters and email. I have been eager. Holy Spirit, I need a boost in that department. I mean, a real boost and not just false hope pimped by the Funny Bunnies’ optimistic visions. Without real hands, the words just die on the vine.
Pastor John Tolle: I get grief. Don’t be offended. I am Coach John riding your tail! Even the highest levels have coaches and trainers. That coach keeps them focused. Who in your life is coaching you to be like Jesus? He stops when you are not interested in Him. He doesn’t waste effort on those who don’t care.
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Pastor John Tolle: How is this gonna make me more like You?
Kim Potter: When Harvest Calls, will You Go?
Rick Joyner: Because it will be the nature of those in this new breed of ministry to not exalt or promote themselves, but rather to live to promote the King and prepare for His coming, they will not be known or recognized by many. It will be their nature to hide their identity even when they do great exploits. They live for the King and before the King, not men. They live to hear “Well done!” from the Lord, not men. They glory in the Lord, not in men or in themselves. For this reason, they will be trusted with unprecedented, spiritual authority. Cities will be stirred by their works, even whole nations and regions at times, yet no one knows who they are.
Pastor John Tolle: There’s great reward here. There’s a reward for those who fulfill His call.
Kim Potter: Then the phone rang.
Pastor John Tolle: The Lord will wipe away the tears; ie, regrets.
Kim Potter: “Well, what are you doing right now?” Came the familiar voice of my Aunt Sherry. I knew immediately what she meant. It wasn’t a casual question. It was a call to action.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I do not believe spiritual life is drawing us to be more responsible for other people than for ourselves.
Brat: Is passing me along to the bishop that much of a hardship? Too much responsibility?
Pastor John Tolle: How did I waste my life?
Steve Shultz: The seasons upon the earth we are all entering into will be so profound that it will be difficult to look back and think of today’s discoveries as barely important compared to what will be breaking forth soon!
Pastor John Tolle: What’s my pursuit in this life for God’s purpose?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): How much additional responsibility we take on is our choice, our decision.
Kim Potter: My friends, harvest is calling, will you come?
Pastor John Tolle: They live with the knowledge that they were warned. I told that person I forgive you, now you have to mourn, because I can’t give you what you walked away from.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Wikipedia (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, he reminds his colleagues in the Sanhedrin that the law requires that a person be heard before being judged (John 7:50–51).
Psalm 89:22 The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life is not drawing us into being responsible when that throws us off balance.
Revelation 5:4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Now all of the intense humiliation and embarrassment he suffered went up to the Heavenly Court. And when their deliberations were completed, they pronounced their judicial opinion: as a result of his degradation, this hapless fellow’s transgressions were forgiven — he was meritorious, and the case was closed.
Binyomin Adilman: Now we can understand the verse, “Then the land will enjoy [or be appeased for] its Sabbaths.” During the period of exile after the destruction of the Temple, Shabbat is what G d desires. His desire and source of joy is unity with the Jewish people and this is realized principally on Shabbat.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When the Ohev Yisrael finished the above account, he said: “Ourselves as well: from our crushing embarrassment that in these days — when the Holy Temple was destroyed — we are nonetheless able to sit and rejoice in a festive meal, from this we merit to bring forgiveness for the whole Jewish nation.”
Binyomin Adilman: By way of example, this idea can be compared to a flashlight in the daytime. Even the strongest beam is superfluous compared to the light of the sun. Only when the sun’s light fades and darkness sets in is the beam of the flashlight visible.

Pebble 13 July 18

14 Jul

Working Dates: Friday, July 13, 2018 to Saturday, July 14, 2018
[7 pages]
Tracy Chapman: Remember the Tin Man: https://youtu.be/cj8fwWTZhD0
Ruth Hendrickson: The Lord is saying, “Do not despise what I have placed in your hands. A simple stone, fueled by the Holy Spirit, can kill the giant. A timely word, empowered by Me, can save a nation.”
Brat: Where’s the connection?
James Goll: The Spirit of Deception: Seductive and Manipulative
Tracy Chapman: There are locks on the doors
And chains stretched across all the entries to the inside
There’s a gate and a fence
And bars to protect from only God knows what lurks outside
Who stole your heart? Left you with a space
That no one and nothing can fill?
Who stole your heart? Who took it away?
Knowing that without it you can’t live
Who took away the part so essential to the whole?
Left you a hollow body
Skin and bone
What robber? What thief? Who stole your heart and the key?
Israel 365 (12 July 18): Military and Spiritual Preparedness ✡ “He Blows The Horn And Warns The People”
Trump Headquarters: “throw down” … “get mean”
David Suissa: We’re Overdosing on Emotions
Charisma’s Question of the Day
Karen Lehrman Bloch: What Would My Grandparents Think?
Mary Luti: Prayer
God of peace, imagine with me. What small hope might I replant today? In whose demolished orchard might I sow some peace?
Chuck D. Pierce: As the apostle Paul thought about our struggle against satan, he realized that God has given us a shield like that. It is a shield of faith. When Paul talks about our shield in Ephesians 6:16, he uses the word for the Roman battle shield. The word is THUREOS and it means a “door-shaped shield.” (The Greek word for door is THURA.) The thureos was a large, rectangular shield about five feet high and three feet wide. It was also called a castle shield. If you were a warrior holding this shield in front of you, you carried your own portable fortress. You had a castle you could take with you wherever you went and be protected against the enemy.
Brat: And it seems to me your shield is to hide behind your office.
1 Samuel 17:39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.
Brat (in “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18): Confirm my connection with what? A ghost?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): This week is a double portion, Matot-Masei. Matot begins with a discussion of oaths, when a person vows to limit themselves in some physical sphere, what actually constitutes an oath and how in some cases it can be voided. The Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches that the main idea is how to void an oath. These last two portions of Bamidbar that we will read in synagogue tomorrow and the entire final book of the Torah, Devarim (that follows) are meant to prepare the Jewish people to enter the holy land. Similar to the Jewish people’s mission upon entering the holy land, our mission now, in our day-to-day life, is to use the physical world in a positive way to make the world into a better and more divine place, transforming materiality into spirituality. That is why at this juncture, the Torah tells us how to void an oath. There should be nothing holding us back from changing the world for the better.
Brat (in “Balance Between” 24 June 18): …So, yes, I do still desire to reach the Catholics. I still desire that they get the testimony of our journey. I can think of no one more suitable to steward the story than the Jesuits. I’m open to other suggestions if You’ve changed Your mind, Lord. You are allowed to do that. It just makes so much sense that these fulfilled promises and dreams in our corporate journey should go to them. But, because I had so much backlash and warfare over this I gave up all hope of ever getting it to them.
2 Corinthians 8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
Brat: Lord, You’re going to have to clarify. How can I finish doing it without a contact? My means is by letters and email. I have been eager. Holy Spirit, I need a boost in that department. I mean, a real boost and not just false hope pimped by the Funny Bunnies’ optimistic visions. Without real hands, the words just die on the vine.
Mary Luti: “In days to come,
all peoples shall stream to the Lord’s holy mountain;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not rise up against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall sit under their own vines
and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid.” – Micah 4:1-4
Chuck D. Pierce: One of the most important things a Christian can learn is the reality of spiritual warfare. When you were born again you were born onto a battlefield. Your choice is not whether you want to go to war, for war has been declared against you! Your only choice is whether you want to get trampled by the enemy, or learn to fight and win! At issue in this battle are the promises of God.
Joshua 21: 45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
Chuck D. Pierce: “You have stayed in the lowlands until familiarity occurred. However, you looked again and saw the mountaintop one more time. You decided to leave the low place you were in, and climb and climb and climb again. I have called you to the mountain top, created a new cloud, and am addressing you by name. Determine to come up and exchange the lowlands for the high place. What was once a pit is becoming a palace. You will see clearly that it’s not how long it takes to journey up to the mountain, but your willingness to set your feet in motion and come up.”
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): …You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “‘But what about my business interests?” I asked, terrified.
Chuck D. Pierce: Many Christians think they are battling for their needs. They say, “I’m in a spiritual warfare to break through for financial provision! I’m warring in prayer for a new job …for salvation of a loved one …for physical healing …etc.” That is not what we are battling for! If you think you are in warfare for healing, finances, or any other need, you do not understand the battle! Our battle is not for any of those needs! Our battle is only for one thing and that is FAITH. The Word of God tells us that faith is the one essential. If you have faith, nothing is impossible, nothing is withheld. If you can get in faith and stay in faith, all the rest will come. All things are possible if you believe! So when you have a need for finances, health, or anything else, your battle is to find a way to stand in faith. Let me say that again: no matter what we need, if we can get in faith and stay in faith, EVERY need will be met. Our battle is to stay in faith!
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!
1 Samuel 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Mary Luti: It’s hard to imagine such a peace while the strong still uproot the hopes of the weak just because they can. But faith asks us to imagine it anyway, stubbornly reaching for a shared humanity beyond the daily bulldozing of dignity, livelihood, and dreams.
Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Pastor John [Tolle] was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Revelation 2: 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The innkeeper [Pastor John?] was so curious to know what the end of the story would be that he set out with his ragged guest and escorted him directly to the rebbe’s house in Sanz. The vagabond did not even manage to put his question to Reb Chaim, when the tzaddik said: “Return to your home, traveling by way of Premishlan. Find the grave of Reb Meir, and tell him that the rebbe of Sanz says that two years of exile are enough for you, for you observed them with true self-sacrifice.”
Revelation 2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Brat: Nicodemus was also a born-again believer. Ephesus knows this and takes this personally. Why else would Jesus tell Ephesus to remember? (Rev 2:5) Nicodemus was an admirable Pharisee. The Nicolaitans took license with what they knew and understood.
Ruth Hendrickson: God recently took me to the book of Esther—we all know the fairy-tale ending of the story and declare that, “They lived happily ever after.” The Lord is saying, “I have put words in your mouth for such a time as this.” I believe that God is reminding us at this time to look at Esther’s positioning journey and the power of obedience. She was taken against her will and the road she traveled was rough and full of trauma. However, in a moment her words would impact nations.
Revelation 22: 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Mary Luti: To their owners, the trees were economic lifeblood. To the thieves and buyers, they were ornamental details. Neither contractors nor settlers, it seems, had read Deuteronomy: “Seek peace and pursue it. But even if you are at war with a city … you shall not destroy its trees” (20:19-20).
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Brat: I am a pew pest.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “I live in the city of Pest, near which I own several villages, fields and vineyards. Once a large sum of money was stolen from me, and I did not know who the thief was. We had a maid—an orphan—and since we suspected that this was her doing, we took her along to the local authorities. The police there beat her in order to induce her to confess, but she insisted she had stolen nothing, so they sent her home to us. But the harsh treatment that she had endured left its mark. For some days she languished in bed, and then died.
Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!
Brat: I grieve the absence of Rabbi YY Jacobson in my inbox. His voice died.
Rabbi Shira Schechter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Six of these cities are also set aside as cities of refuge, three on each side of the Jordan River. The purpose of these cities is to offer sanctuary to someone who kills another person by accident and is sought by an avenger. If the avenger finds him outside the city of refuge and kills him, the avenger is not guilty of murder. If the manslayer reaches the safety of the city of refuge, he is safe, but he must remain there until the High Priest’s death. The Torah also states that one witness is not sufficient for a capital case and warns against polluting the land with spilled blood.
Brat: Are you saying that Rabbi YY was my avenger?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): From this, we understand that exile is analogous to a City of Refuge. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.
Brat: What did I do? Did I offend him?
Ruth Hendrickson: Like many of us, Esther initially shrank back, probably thinking that the palace would protect her from being killed along with the rest of the Jewish nation. However, Mordecai reminded her, “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:13-14 NLT)?
Wikipedia: The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, he reminds his colleagues in the Sanhedrin that the law requires that a person be heard before being judged (John 7:50–51).
Brat: And Nicodemus was also the one to bury Jesus under seventy-five pounds of embalming spices! (Jn 19:39)
Chuck D. Pierce: It is interesting to study how this shield is made. The thureos was so large that, if made of solid wood or metal, it would have been difficult to carry. To construct a thureos the Romans began with a wooden framework. Over that framework they fastened seven layers of tough leather from the skin of a bull or a calf. They built up these layers until the shield was four or five inches thick and nailed them securely in place. As the soldiers got ready to go into battle they could dip the shield in a nearby river to saturate it with water so it would not only stop an arrow, it would quench the fire.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Rebbe Rayatz writes that when a soul descends to this corporeal plane to enclothe itself in a physical body, it has its own unique mission to accomplish. He warns us that we have to be careful not to be among those that intentionally or unintentionally make a mistake.
Brat: What if I’m not the “lost sheep” to go after but the apostle is, because he is taking license and pimping God’s promises?
Quinn G. Caldwell (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Social scientists call it “moral licensing.” Here’s how it works: I do a good, ethical thing—give money to a guy in need on the street, say. Having done that, I wind up giving myself license to act worse in the future, worse even than I might have if I hadn’t done the good thing in the first place—I’m downright rude to the next person who asks me for money. I’ve already proven how kind and generous I am; I don’t need to keep working so hard at it.
Revelation 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Chuck D. Pierce: God has given us promises that relate to every area of life. He has promised us abundant provision. He’s promised us healing. He has promised great blessings in every area. But when you open your Bible and begin to claim these promises, you discover you are in a battle! When you say, “I want to come into a new place in the Lord! I want to move forward to obtain the promise!” Satan will try to stop you. That’s what the battle is all about. Satan’s goal is to frighten and discourage you, to make you to turn back and not press on in the Lord.
Rabbi Avi Baumol: PSALM 111:1 Hallelujah. I will give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
Ruth Hendrickson: God put within Esther the creative idea to pave the way for the words to be spoken at the appropriate time. When those words were spoken God also gave the king a way to work around what he (the king) had already put into place. In essence, the words released power that changed the outcome of entire nations. I hear the Holy Spirit saying, “I am stirring creative ideas within you to prepare the way to release words with power to change nations.”
1 Samuel 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I have not provided you a shield for peacetime. Rather, the shield coming down over you will enable you to forge ahead. No arrow or weapon forged against you will prosper or penetrate through this shield of favor. When you reach up to grab this shield, you come into agreement and alignment with the portion of favor for this season that you didn’t need in the last one. Over nations, there are now shields of favor in alignment for God’s Kingdom people to battle in a way they have not previously battled. You war from the place of knowing that you have overcome, so put your shield of favor on with purpose and intent. Know that as the King of kings, I have established you as a weapon of favor in the midst of your enemies. Now clear the land with that favor.
Mary Luti: It doesn’t seem they’d read Micah, either. God’s will, the prophet points out, is for creation to enjoy an encompassing peace—no more war, no more walls, everyone sitting undisturbed under their own trees, not somebody else’s.
Ruth Hendrickson: The Lord showed me that many of His people have fallen into the trap of comparison. In 1 Samuel 17:38-39, Saul urged David to wear his armor. David tried on the armor and quickly realized that it would not work. Remember, this was the king telling David what armor to wear. Others will tell us that what we have in our hands is not enough. When we try to wear garments created for another they will never fit us correctly. The Lord is saying, “Stop comparing and trust what I have placed in your hands.”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Each person has his mission to accomplish on his life journey. We just have to know what it is, stay focused and not inappropriately exchange our mission for that of someone else. We have to look at our lives and see which mitzvahs we truly excel in using our unique individual talents. This will give us a clear direction as to what our mission is. May we merit to distinguish our mission and to fulfill it in the best possible way.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 [!] at 6:09 am To Chuck Pierce <ChuckP@glory-of-zion.org>:
Dear Anne Tate and Susan Stanfield with Glory of Zion: I, too, absolutely believe in the five-fold ministry. In fact, this is how the global revival will take place. We all need each other’s gifts and to rely on each other’s gifts. It is critical not to neglect the gifts, and this type of screaming silence I have been receiving unilaterally from the Church and prophets is merely reflecting the truth in my calling, which was never acknowledged. ~Kathryn Hauser
Revelation 11: 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “So this is what the rebbe meant,” they said in wonderment. “‘Between these shall the Land divide!'”
Ruth Hendrickson: David used an ordinary, everyday item and trusted God with impact. 1 Samuel 17:49 (NLT) says, “Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.” As the stone took flight God added His precision power to the stone. He ensured that the trajectory and force would have maximum, heavenly impact.

Bystanders 12 July 18

12 Jul

Thursday, July 12, 2018
[4 pages]
Daniel 2:34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Quinn G. Caldwell: Stone
Verse of the Day (12 July 18): Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~ Matthew 4:4 NIV
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is not a day for just walking in the earth. This is a day for soaring and running in the heavens! If you will soar in the heavens, then you will soar in the earth. This soaring is what will win this season. This soaring is what will triumph in days ahead. Do not look with just your eyes at what appears to be something. Things will now appear as they are!
Revelation 12: 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
[From 4½ years ago:] Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [!] at 8:18 am Me to Chuck Pierce:
Dear Chuck:
You prayed: “Lord, we ask today for a repairing of our hind’s feet and to pull us up out of the crack that has tried to hold us captive when we were leaping from one place to the next.”
My “crack” is the virtual world. No one in my world is “real.” God is Immanuel (Mt 1:23), ie “God with us,” and He is incarnate, the Word made fleshy. (Jn 1:14) I’ve been “leaping and seeing, leaping and seeing,” and I do have an understanding of what my life was purposed and planned for from the beginning. I just cannot make a live connection to make reconciliation with the people God sent me to! How prophetic is that for the season of Advent!? God’s sense of timing and cosmic irony is impeccable! You’re welcome to break the mold and be the “real” that cracks the veil of “virtual.” My Reflections go into more depth.
Reflections blog site: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/ ~ kh
Brat (18 Dec 13): Possibly the greatest truth Chuck wrote in his piece were words from the Lord at the beginning:
“The gifts that Yeshua left in the earth realm to enforce His authority were apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The gift that gets controlled or stopped, which hinders the others from coming into fullness, is the prophet’s gift and authority. Apostles will attempt to build a pattern without present revelation, and end up building man’s model.”
(From “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18)
Brat: …Our dialogue died. Our engagement died. Every conversation with y’all dies!! (The beast even managed to leave a dead long-stem rose by my car today! (12 July 18) The Funny Bunnies have encased me in solitary confinement by dropping the ball and staying far off and removed. Y’all watch like prison guards from the apostles and prophets to the politicians, to the journalists, to the webmasters, to businessmen, to pimps, to the priests and bishops, to the altar boys; across denominations and religions. Y’all watch with detached curiosity, sometimes with yawning bemusement and boredom at the condition of the condition, and at other times raging at the outrage from the truth which tries to hide in denial. But when all is said and done you don’t care. That’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Y’all DON’T CARE! You took ‘dying to self’ and preaching Christ crucified to new levels. But in your hearts you still say, “What’s in it for me?” You still get your names written in the book of life, so you don’t have to care about the dead you’ve walked on top of to get to eternity and the hope of everlasting. Isn’t that what you call Fame? Even the saints are promoted for the eternal buck. You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Quinn G. Caldwell: Why can we so rarely manage to be the people we want to be, to consistently act the way we resolve to? Why are we—you, me, everybody—such hypocrites? There are a million answers out there, but I have a new favorite.
Revelation 17:17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.
Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche: Prophetic News Fulfilled – Cowards Today, Slaves Tomorrow
Rick Joyner (10 July 18): For those of you that are serious students of Revelation and biblical prophecy, I would like to recommend The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson. This book has is a futuristic view, but I think it has a great deal of merit. It is a well-deserved New York Times Bestseller, and the parallels between the Islamic Mahdi and the Christian Antichrist are remarkable. This book is also one of the best studies of the Islam proclaimed by The Koran, which must be understood to comprehend what is happening in the world today.
Brat: From a Christian perspective the antichrist is a condition and not a man, and therefore this is a spiritual issue across cultures and societies. Since the prophecies in God’s own Word have already been fulfilled in the Bible, (and I suspect that if I were to read Richardson’s book I’d probably find that God also fulfilled His words in the Koran), then that would mean that God has fulfilled His word twice! How many more witnesses do you need than the planet? Jesus said the cowards would be consigned to a smelly baptism:
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Brat (in “Drama at the rocks”10 July 18): …I was telling Him this was a stupid mission He had me on. I, too, can find no comfort and am punished for speaking up. The Truth is supposed to set us free, but when the Truth is interpreted as complaining, then the gumbahs have control and push our heads down in their crotches to give them head once again. They say ‘love’ but I don’t know the kind of love they are talking about versus the kind of love God is talking about and is trying to reconcile. And the UCC’s word this morning was an orchestrated coaching session to suit them.
Quinn G. Caldwell: It happens all over the place. You exercise and eat right, so you feel like you can have unprotected sex—which you convince yourself is OK because you are actually a Healthy Person. You always tip the housekeeping staff generously at hotels, but you’re sometimes rude to waiters—which is OK because you are actually a Person Who is Good to People. A nation elects its first black President, and then starts acting racist as hell because it has already proved that it is Not Racist.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (10 July 18): PSALM 102:1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he fainteth, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.
2 O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee.
3 Hide not Thy face from me in the day of my distress; incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily.
4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth.
5 My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; for I forget to eat my bread.
Lovesick Scribe: Some of you have felt as if you could not hear His voice anymore, and it is because you got lost in the weeds. Return to Him. Some of you are waiting to be a better version of yourself before you relinquish it all. Stop waiting. Return to Him. Some of you feel too broken to contemplate an intimate relationship with God. Don’t you know that your brokenness attracts Him? Authentic vulnerability always wins over false humility. Return to Him and let Him make you whole.
Jennifer Brownell: Our culture tells us that the only way change gets made is by crying out, playing trumpets at top volume to bring the walls crashing down, making ourselves widely known.
Shop Your Way (9 July 18): GOOOOAL ⚽ How long can you shout it?
Pastor John Tolle: “I don’t know what is your personal Jericho.”
Dana Jarvis: Your Jericho Is Falling!
Brat (2 July 18): And fancy that! Pastor John also said those exact same words yesterday in his sermon; that our Jericho was falling. I don’t believe in coincidences. I see this as more proof that what I had said in “Balaam Taught Balak” was on target.
Shira Schechter: Why do you think the manslayer is sent to live among the Levites to escape the avenger? [NUMBERS 33:1-35:34]
Lovesick Scribe: The call to return to the Lord is a trumpet being blown across the body of Christ. It is a blast to awaken us from slumber, to pierce the hearts of those who have grown numb and distant to the things that grieve His Spirit. I know this is a challenging word, but we need to be challenged. We have eaten sugary messages for so long, we have succumbed to a comatose state. It is time for believers to arise who will weep for the matters close to His heart, and they are able to weep and to intercede because they have returned to Him.
Tracy Chapman: Who stole your heart?
The smile from your face
The innocence, the light from your eyes
Quinn G. Caldwell: Social scientists call it “moral licensing.” Here’s how it works: I do a good, ethical thing—give money to a guy in need on the street, say. Having done that, I wind up giving myself license to act worse in the future, worse even than I might have if I hadn’t done the good thing in the first place—I’m downright rude to the next person who asks me for money. I’ve already proven how kind and generous I am; I don’t need to keep working so hard at it.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: From this, we understand that exile is analogous to a City of Refuge. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Rabbi Shira Schechter: Six of these cities are also set aside as cities of refuge, three on each side of the Jordan River. The purpose of these cities is to offer sanctuary to someone who kills another person by accident and is sought by an avenger. If the avenger finds him outside the city of refuge and kills him, the avenger is not guilty of murder. If the manslayer reaches the safety of the city of refuge, he is safe, but he must remain there until the High Priest’s death. The Torah also states that one witness is not sufficient for a capital case and warns against polluting the land with spilled blood.
Jennifer Brownell: At the silent vigil, we are to walk three times in silence around a building. Inside people who we believe are not criminals are being detained as if they are. We are instructed to let each footfall be a prayer of compassion for those inside, for their children who are far away. We are invited to maintain total silence for an hour.
Eli Fink: According to [Mr.] Rogers, “Those who make you feel less than who you are is the worst evil.” That should be our guiding light.
Brat: And the leaders over here preach on Babylon being the harlot, right out of Revelation 18? I know I’m not the only witness to this babbling!
Daniel 10:21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.
Eli Fink: It occurred to me that this policy does not take children seriously. It does not value children the way [Mr.] Rogers valued children. It sees children as pawns, as trade bait, as collateral in a political and sociological power play. It does not tell children that they are loved and that they are special just the way they are right now. It tells me that the timing of this documentary is perfect because we need more reminders of the values Rogers taught us.
Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Brat: Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!