Archive | April, 2019

Messaging 26 Apr 19

27 Apr

Working Dates: Friday, April 26, 2019 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
[12 pages]
Monk: Hark, the Herald Tribute
Brat: Don’t you mean Tribune…?
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (25 Apr 19): Mashiach Times
Brat (24 Apr 19): On Assignment
Rick Joyner (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): The church as we perceive it in the West is about to die. This is not something to rejoice over. Even though it may be far from the church that Jesus will build, it has accomplished much and will die in honor. It is a parallel of the life of Rachel, Jacob’s wife that died when Benjamin was born. Benjamin was the last son born to Israel and represents the last sons of God to be born on the earth. Benjamin means “the son of the right hand,” and the right hand of God is called “the right hand of power.” Like Rachel, the church will give birth to the “son of His right hand,” but it will take her life. So this means she will have been a mother to the last-day ministry, and we honor our fathers and mothers.
Ephesians 2: 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Brat: Back on 06 April 2012 I had written the Church-As-Institution’s obituary
Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Good Friday 2012
Obituary
Here lies the Church-as-Institution. St Paul had said that we are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20) and this is true. The Institution has been crucified with Christ. It is dead. It is not real and not personal. It cannot be because it is just a structure. Today we mourn the loss of a good friend. The Institution, along with its bride (ref Rev 22:17), were “crucified” and buried in a tomb in which no one had ever been laid. (Jn 19:41) The Book of Revelation outlines chapter by chapter interweaving verse by verse with the Gospel of John how the passion of the Church was crucified with the Passion of Christ. The death was inevitable. The Institution had a good, long life and was laid to rest in her favorite garden on the Day of Preparation. (Jn 19:42) No need to send flowers, as there is no one to send them to. Reflections can still be received upon request, since requests are real and personal. A silent vigil will be held tomorrow night.
Prayer: Lord, please have mercy on the Church-as-Institution. You said that Your “son” (a male child) was snatched up to You and to Your throne. (Rev 12:5) May the Institution rest in peace there. Since the “son,” who has ruled all the nations with an iron scepter, has been snatched up to heaven, may that now give rise to Your authentic Church-as-Your-Bride. May she rise up in her wedding gown and walk into Your loving arms. Amen.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “But there is good news. The way to change a tragic drama back into a heroic one is to open the secret, speak it to someone, write another ending, examine one’s part in it and one’s attributes in enduring it. These learnings are equal parts pain and wisdom. The having lived through it is a triumph of the deep and wild spirit.” (p 376)
Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Slaughter the Egyptian god” 8 Apr 19): The answer is in the story of the four lepers. We each have a leper within—that dimension of ourselves which makes us feel isolated, ugly and unworthy. The extraordinary message of this story is that sometimes the news about salvation comes from the four lepers outside the city. If we ignore the lepers around us, we deprive ourselves from our own redemption. And if we ignore the leper within ourselves, we deny ourselves our own liberation.
Ben Peters: Thus, these four lepers delivered the good news that literally brought physical salvation to the whole city of Samaria. I call them “the Four Evangelists of the Old Testament,” just as there are four evangelists of the New Testament—Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Evangelist means “messenger of good news.” For me, the number four represents the Good News or the Gospel.
Acts 15: 24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment
Brat: I know Pastor John Tolle talked about spiritual circumcision.
Andrew Whalen: In another recent dream, I was told by the Lord that “Frequency is the key to deliverance.” By definition, frequency is the rate at which something occurs/repeats in a period of time, or the rate at which a vibration occurs that constitutes a wave (such as sound). I believe by the statement in my dream, God is revealing that the right “sound frequency” or the right “messaging” is the key to getting people set free.
James Bond: [https://youtu.be/vpZBSIXkIy8]
Anna Blake: How does it happen that horses look perfect? How do riders balance that dressage fundamental: asking their horse to be both relaxed and forward, knowing that they may never sacrifice one for the other? That illusion that we call perfect simply isn’t. Horses are in constant motion, we can’t force them kindly into a frame. They must find that sweet spot on their own, but if we are consciously in control of our own bodies, we can hold a tiny constant conversation that’s so quiet that it appears to be invisible but this time it happens with our total awareness. It’s the calm commitment to not react, but rather chose a soft response goes against our instincts but we can only have the illusion of control on a horse if we can take total control of our own bodies.
Sophia Valentina Buller in a text message (25 Apr 19): Kathryn, I feel the feeling of the weight of people avoiding being held accountable – it feels like people are smashing their heads and hearts into a brick wall and thinking they will get through – now is an intercession moment.
Brat: Holy God, I worship You! I don’t know what else to say, so I worship You, Jesus! You are holy and good. You are loving and merciful. You are true and just. You are kind and worthy. You bore everything so that I could keep living. You have been my companion when everyone else abandoned me (some unintentionally). You kept a song in my heart when there was no music and there was only screaming. You used Your holy oil to smooth and lubricate through the grinding. You said to come to You without cost, so I did, even though it cost me everything.
John 17: 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Ben R. Peters: We Have a Strategic Role to Play
Bobby Haaby (26 Apr 19): The spirit of fear has tried to behead prophetic forerunners for centuries, because whenever the Spirit of Elijah falls on and ignites an emerging mantle, the first signs of breakthrough are seen in an environment that is not afraid of the unknown. A healthy, prophetic environment is NOT just an environment that solves Heaven’s mysteries, but a culture of powerful people who have learned to be at peace and present in mystery. It’s time to reshape the narrative and uncover the lie.
Sophia Valentina Buller (25 Apr 19): Oh LORD Jesus, please lead people to where to go and what to do and help them know what to do and to obey you! I can’t help but I think of that verse in Revelation that says they overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and their testimony –
Anna Blake: It went against every instinct I had, but I learned to let my hands surrender to my horse. I released my hands to any pressure they felt, in other words, my hands followed my horse. If he looked to the side, my hand followed farther. In a second he came right back, straight again, without me asking. No need to be adversarial with the reins at all if I gave up the desire to micromanage his nose. If doing less gives you anxiety in the beginning, consider breathing. The most natural thing in the world happened; my horse relaxed, softened his poll, and put his head right where I wanted it in the first place.
Sophia Valentina Buller (27 Apr 19): Acts 15:34 isn’t showing in ESV.
Acts 15:34 (NKJV) However, it seemed good to Silas to remain there.
Jodie Hughes: This parallels today in our nations with the phrase “as in the days of King Herod,” describing our nations’ circumstances very well.
Joshua Woods: Because what other choice do we have?
Brat (24 Apr 19): Neglect. I choose Jesus anyway, even though as I type this piece the actual, physical smell of rat accosts my nose. We have tried everything to get rid of the rats. This is prophetic symbolism in my tangible reality! Is this loving to ignore the law and the prophets?
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Joshua Woods (in “On Assignment” 24 Apr 19): We believe not because we have seen his wounds or placed our hands within his side, but because we have seen Christ in the face of another, who has also not seen or touched Christ, but lives their life in such a way that Christ has been made present in our midst.
Tony Robinson: When the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples, he bore his wounds. They were evident on his hands and feet. Resurrection did not mean life’s wounds and scars had been air-brushed. They knew it was him because he was wounded.
Brat: What makes you think I haven’t seen or touched Christ? He asked me to marry Him. If you think I look like Him then that is the highest compliment that a spouse looks like her Beloved. So, why would you neglect Him in me?
Jodie Hughes: Silence is loud, and diminishes influence. Remaining silent or not believing or obeying God’s word will diminish influence and effectively silence many called voices. Speaking out with anointed courage what God is saying will amplify and increase influence. Yes, there will no doubt be forms of persecution, but persecution will come regardless if we speak or don’t speak. Speaking anointed courage will shift and re-shape history. History waits to be re-written by bold courage. The enemy is counting on our silence. Silence is the enemy of accelerated God-change.
Lance Wallnau: How does perception and discernment factor into marriage and relationships? What do you need to know, to check your own ability to discern and protect them?
Jodie Hughes: “Partnering with unbelief diminishes influence. Partnering with truth and God’s voice increases influence.”
Lovesick Scribe (26 Apr 19): What would you do if the Holy Spirit directed you to an uncomfortable Scripture for encouragement? All of us desire to hear encouragement and words of comfort, and I want to comfort you with this: God will always direct you to His holy written Word for the encouragement you need to draw closer to Him and to walk in Spirit and in truth. It may not be the Word that you or I want to hear, but His Word is always the truth.
Acts 15: 32 Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words.
Sophia Valentina Buller (25 Apr 19): Today I feel the ripple even more – shaking is around us, eyes are open and the pain of the hearts softening and also the unbelief.
Lyal C. Cross: You are more than a conqueror with the Holy Spirit co-laboring with you to fulfill the works of the Kingdom of Heaven. Fear is nothing but “False Evidence Appearing Real” and I decree over you that everything the Holy Spirit has shown you to do, you already have every single tool to your disposal.
Ben Peters: This will be a huge catalyst in the coming revival. Those finding their personal freedom will be incredibly excited and the Good News (the Gospel) will literally travel with lightning speed. It will travel by phone, text message, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other forms of social media, as well as television and radio. Along with miracles of healing, raising the dead and cleansing lepers, these miracles of deliverance will empower a new breed of evangelist.
Anna Blake: I could go on and on. Good contact with a horse should feel to them as if they are walking on a long rein, while we do not interfere with their balance. But before a rider can hope to do well with her hands, she must have total awareness of them. Most of us don’t have great body awareness, much less hand awareness and if we are aware of anything, it’s an intellectual idea of what we want and the stress of not getting it.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (in “On Assignment” 24 Apr 19): There is a connection between Pesach and Mashiach. Pesach is about our redemption from the Egyptian slavery. The final redemption from this last and longest exile will be when Mashiach comes. The Lubavitcher Rebbe demanded of his chassidim to encourage all their contacts to make this meal at the end of Pesach.
Luke 24: 25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Lovesick Scribe: What an encouragement, right? It did not feel like it in the moment, but what follows in verse 32 [of Luke 22] is comforting because it points back to Jesus Christ, our High Priest and Intercessor, “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” No one wants to be sifted or directed to a passage of Scripture comparing a point in one’s life to a preeminent point in another’s life that is an element of suffering. I will tell you that this time personally has been one of the most difficult in my life. As an cohabitant of the secret place, I pursued God in this time to get understanding. This moment was illuminating and gut wrenching. When I further studied this Word, I realized that this not only applied to myself but to the body of Christ. I truly believe that there is a sifting taking place in those who will not despise it. Loss may come, but I am telling you, when Christ is your gain, it matters not.
Ben Lim (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.” (Isaiah 4:4 ESV)
Denzel Washington: “Man on Fire” soundtrack [https://youtu.be/SzeR66HbLow]
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Collective anger or rage is also a natural function. There is such a phenomenon as group hurt, group grief. Women who become socially, politically, or culturally conscious often find that they have to deal with a collective rage that seeps upward through them again and again.” (p 367)
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. ~ Psalms 2:1‭-‬12 ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Jodie Hughes: Inaction and complacency rob nations. This is not a call to anger, it is a call to grace and God-inspired solutions. This is not a call to obnoxiousness. It is a call to daring courage to stand with truth and the heart of God. Inaction has stolen much from the Church and the nations. Complacency robs nations of Kingdom solutions and salvation.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “It is psychically sound for women to feel this anger. It is psychically sound for them to use this anger about injustice to invent ways to elicit useful change. It is not psychologically sound for them to neutralize their anger so they will not feel, so they will therefore not press for evolution and change. As with personal rage, collective anger is also a teacher. Women can consult with it, question it in solitude and with others. There is a difference between carrying around old ingrown rage and stirring it with a new stick to see what constructive uses can come of it.” (p 367)
Anna Blake: My trainer found a stick, not more than twelve inches long, and asked me to ride holding it between my hands. For the next few months, I sweated and groaned and fought with my own body. The stick reminded me when I was riding with my hands rather than my seat and legs; reminded me when I was picking a fight that I didn’t know about. I was the joke of the barn, not that they were any better. I just took my trainers thoughts to heart, kept the stick, and didn’t care if I got teased. I wanted to be a good rider so badly, and the stick told me how I was doing when I didn’t have the wits to tell on my own.
Sophia Valentina Buller (25 Apr 19): I feel the grief of many – some are waiting for justice and some are disgusted that they were part of that injustice and some want to run and others feel stuck and many feel convicted and just want the conviction to stop.
Lovesick Scribe: While sitting on my front porch several days ago, I was spending some quiet time with God. In the stillness of that moment, A Scripture dropped in my spirit, and as it did, hot tears streamed down my face. It was Luke 22:31-32, ESV
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (25 Apr 19): Some are brokenhearted over stuff they cannot control and others are brokenhearted over their own choices.
Lovesick Scribe: When studying this passage, understand that in the first verse, the use of the word “you” is plural. Satan had asked to sift all of the disciples. Peter was not the chosen one to be sifted, but he would scatter like the majority for a time, becoming like the chaff caught by the wind while spiritually weighed down by fear. However, the greatness was not found in Peter, but in a Savior that interceded for him and ministered over Peter to strengthen the brothers when he returned from the aftermath of the sifting. Hallelujah that we belong to a God who makes intercession for us so that He may be glorified in the earth!
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: One of Judaism’s basic tenents of faith is to believe that world as we know it had a beginning 5779 years ago and will have an end when Mashiach, a Jewish leader, will come and take us finally out of exile, unite and gather the Jewish people together in Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. This will happen sometime in the next 221 years, before the end of the year 6000. The founder of the Chassidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov, started a custom to make a meal at the end of Pesach and call it the Mashiach meal, or Seudat Mashiach.
Luke 24: 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: It was announced in a small town that Mashiach would soon arrive. There were two communities in the town – one Litvish and one Chassidic. Each started preparing for Mashiach’s arrival in their own way. The Litvishers started preparing innovative Torah ideas. It is a mitzvah to study Torah and new Torah ideas are a great gift for the new leader of the Jewish people. The chassidim decided to make a farbrengen. A farbrengen is a gathering where there is food and drink and usually some hard liquor. Sort of like group therapy, by speaking about positive inspirational Jewish ideas and saying l’chaim, each person tries to help his neighbor shake off the mundane world and become more sensitive and accepting of spiritual values. The chassidim wanted to be truly ready to receive and accept Mashiach, the Anointed One, G-d’s chosen, as their leader.
Isaiah 41:16 You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them; You shall rejoice in the Lord, And glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Lovesick Scribe: According to the Complete Word Study Dictionary, the Greek word for sifting means “to shake as a grain in a sieve. Figuratively, to agitate and prove by trial and afflictions.” Sifting is a process to remove those parts that are a hindrance. Sifting involves threshing and winnowing, beating and tossing to ultimately rid the wheat of the chaff. As I sat on my porch thinking on the sifting, I realized that we have two choices in the sifting: we can be found in Him and fall as wheat in the winnowing or we can be blown by the wind and identify as chaff. Many times we try and escape the agitation in the sifting. There has to be an easier way, but sifting is necessary because without the sifting, the harvest cannot come to fruition.
Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Ben Lim (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): The spirit of burning that the prophet Isaiah talks about is a Redeemer’s fire. It is the effects of God’s justice and mercy that is wanting to burn through every unholy thing and burn off the tares and the false and the evil. The fire of God is about to burn through His people and make us whole in the Holy Spirit. Holiness will mantle the Church with revival fire!
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Why?
Andrew Whalen: Much of our generation has been asleep, living under the sway of demonic narratives. The goal of such narratives have been to empower lies that hold souls under the captivity and dominion of darkness. More plainly, we have seen the fruit of witchcraft upon a whole generation. Because messaging is produced and proliferated from the top of the mountains of society, darkness has long occupied these high places of power in order to control the message. However, this is all about to change!
Anna Blake: (A properly adjusted neckring will do the same job as a stick, with some added benefits for the horse. I think neckrings are a bit more sophisticated than a stick broken from a downed branch. I still ride with them, they are an aid to remind me to be conscious.)
Jodie Hughes: Zechariah boldly spoke out to the disapproving crowd, and made sure what God wanted was heard and done. The child was to be called John. What the loud voices of the community were saying was contrary to God’s word, despite perhaps being well meant. It was in this moment of anointed courage, this moment of speaking out, this moment of decreeing God’s word that influence was restored, increased and amplified on Zechariah. The restriction and limitation on his voice was broken as unbelief was rejected and belief in God was restored.
Ben R. Peters: You and I have a strategic role to play. We must align ourselves with the Word of the Lord through the mouth of His prophets and not doubt like the king’s officer, who lost his life in the excitement of the crowd. We must pray and intercede for leaders and politicians who will need their hearts softened when the harvest gets into high gear. We must also pray for those who are today’s rejects, that they would be desperate, like the four lepers, to find the spiritual food that their souls crave. Some of these are your friends and relatives who have come into bondage and have lost hope of deliverance. Always pray for the one thousand thundering hoofs to be heard in the land, which will cause our enemy to flee and allow us to repossess what he has stolen from God’s people. Amen.
Anna Blake: I began to feel my hand from time to time, especially if my horse looked one direction and the opposite rein got tighter. When I felt the rein pressure in my hand, I pulled back. It was a reflex, the most normal thing for a human to do. We return pressure with pressure. then my horse pulled harder to avoid my death grip. Both of us had the most natural response, neither species gives to pressure. It’s not in the nature of a flight animal to enjoy containment or restriction and it’s not in our nature either. So, to sum this up, I was starting to notice my hand more often, but it was always when it was picking a fight. Better than not noticing but not by much. At least I’m breathing intermittently now.
Bobby Haaby: I love mentoring prophetic people. A healthy prophetic person is not afraid of a controlling religious environment. In fact, they do their best work there. They run to the challenge because they understand that their role is to impart a love for mystery. Fear hates mystery, this is why a sure sign of an emerging, healthy, prophetic person or culture is seen not just in an accurate gifting, but when fear of the unknown gives way to discovering peace and beauty in the God of mystery.
Verse of the Day (25 Apr 19): To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. ~ Colossians 1:27-28 ESV
Revelation 21:16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal.
Brad Williams (with Foursquare Church): “You haven’t received forgiveness. You proclaim it, you write about it, you talk about it, but have you received it? May you receive the same forgiveness you have proclaimed over others so faithfully. May you move beyond ‘resolving situations’ and toward the restoration of Jesus. May you become a living, breathing, mistake-making example of God’s grace at work.”
Lovesick Scribe: There are many in the church being sifted right now. It is a collective “you”. There are things going on that are bringing agitation, trial and affliction. It feels like a beating and a tossing taking place. Things are being stripped off and chaff is blowing away so that the pure in Christ remains. There is a proving taking place in the trial, and the proof is our intimacy with Christ while resting upon the foundation of the Word of God. Will we remain in the winnowing? Even if you buckle under the pressure, return to Him. This is all about Him. The shaking going on around us and within us as the body is a sifting. We have no need to fear in the process because Jesus makes intercession for us. A sifted church is a shifted church.
Jodie Hughes: I wonder how much our influence, corporately, is limited by unbelief and not partnering with what the Lord is trumpeting out? I wonder how much our voices are inhibited by not believing what God says? I wonder how much we have missed by trivializing or not recognizing God’s manifest presence or His voice to us from an encounter?
Log (Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:54 am): I shared in their (Foursquare) comment box on Facebook:
“On Assignment”: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/on-assignment-24-apr-19/
Isaiah 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: By making this special meal and talking about Mashiach we are showing G-d that it is important to us and He certainly, because of our efforts, will hasten Mashiach’s imminent arrival. Through this we fulfill the last of the Thirteen Principles of Faith that the Rambam taught, to believe with complete faith in the coming of Mashiach. “Even though he will tarry, I will wait for him every day that he should come.”
Ruth 3:18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): I SEAL THIS PRAYER BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE IN JESUS NAME
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: The big day came and the mayor of the town and all the Litvisher Jews were waiting. Mashiach was presented with his gift of a great tome of innovative Torah ideas. Mashiach asked, “Is this all?” And the Litvisher Jews answered, “You did not give us much notice.”
Verse of the Day (26 Apr 19): Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. ~ Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Jodie Hughes: What Has Unbelief Cost Us?
Anna Blake: You probably know someone who moves fluidly with a carefree consciousness of their body. Kids who learn to ski at a young age are “naturals.” Kids who did serious coordinated athletics or dance grow up with more body awareness. The rest of us must teach ourselves, at a less flexible age, how to feel our bodies one joint at a time. Correcting ourselves before our horses, we must be patient and forgiving when we get it wrong, and try again.
Joshua Woods (in “On Assignment” 24 Apr 19): Jesus’ words, “Do not doubt but believe,” are aimed not only at Thomas, but also at all those who encounter this passage, and are struggling to believe that God is able to do the thing which God has promised—call our world into new and unending, resurrected life.
Brat: It’s not God so much that I doubt as man keeping his promises. The Church has canon law to garner her Anchorites and the Church has done nothing. A land that only operates in the spirit without laws to anchor and protect is a land in anarchy.
Jodie Hughes: Certainly there is an abortive, murderous spirit that is attempting to annihilate a generation and abort God’s promises in every way possible before unprecedented harvest can break out fully. The intercessory cry of God’s people arises and the nations are prophetically poised for accelerated change. There is a kairos moment upon the Body for a new wineskin, a due season of fulfilled promise, a new era of justice, and an unprecedented harvest breaking in. We equally see the evil agenda of the enemy blatantly and openly attacking all that is pure and righteous to silence God’s people and squash hope.
Ryan LeStrange (26 Apr 19): Don’t miss out on this Demon and Deliverance Class! Kathryn
Anna Blake: When I was just settled into riding lessons, back at the dawn of time when I was still riding a Wooly Mammoth, I had a problem with my right hand wandering when I was in the saddle. My left hand was there, just where I left it at the end of my left arm, but not the right. I’d been fighting to learn to keep my eyes up, so I had no idea. Eventually, my riding instructor insisted I look down and I was shocked. My right hand was like a stray dog. It wandered out sideways, it dropped down low. If it hadn’t been attached to my arm, I would have lost it entirely. It totally had a mind of its own, not that I’d noticed. How was I supposed to fix my feral hand if I didn’t know what it was doing?
Andrew Whalen: In another recent dream for our nation, I saw many intercessors and prophets with the head of a lion, and they were roaring over the nation. In the dream, as I looked at one of the prophets of our land, I said, “As the truth is amplified, the demons get pushed to the surface and they have no choice but to manifest themselves before they are cast out.” I knew in the dream that a sound frequency of truth is going to be amplified throughout the land, demons will be driven out, and mass deliverance will result.
Sidewalk Prophets: “Come to the Table” [https://youtu.be/DXXxLwxfo0U]
Luke 24: 30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (25 Apr 19): We make the Mashiach Seudah at the very end of the last day because it is about the end of a period, the end of the exile and a vehicle to prepare ourselves for the coming redemption. We eat matza and drink wine just like at the Seder because we want to take all the energy of the entire week of redemption that began with the Pesach Seder through the destruction of all of our enemies at the splitting of the Red Sea (which we celebrate tonight) and infuse it into the belief with all of our hearts and souls that we want Mashiach to come now.
Ben Peters: These untrained evangelists will know one thing: where they found the food. That’s all they need to know. They will go to the gatekeepers—leaders they know in various spheres of society. Their stories, or testimonies will reach the highest levels of society, including government, media and entertainment. These stories will always conclude with an invitation and information about where to find the food that they have found.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: All of a sudden, they heard people singing and shouting and everyone turned to see the chassidim coming from their farbrengen. They were pulling a wagon with an enormous barrel of vodka. Some of the elder chassidim approached Mashiach with a plate that had some cake crumbs and a half-bitten piece of herring. Another elder chassid went to empty the barrel but only a few drops of vodka came out.
Tony Robinson: St. Peter assayed the two people before him. He then turned to the first and asked, “Where are your wounds? Was there nothing down there worth fighting for?”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan
https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/battle-scars-22-apr-19/
Jodie Hughes: Silence vs Unbelief
Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): “While some secrets are strengthening—for instance, those used as part of a strategy in order to gain a competitive goal, or those happy ones kept just for the pleasure of savoring them—the secrets of shame are very different, as different as a beribboned medal versus a bloody knife. The latter must be brought up, witnessed by compassionate humans under generous conditions. When a woman keeps a shameful secret it is horrifying to see the enormous amounts of self-blame and self-torture she endures. All the blame and torture that were promised to descend upon the woman if she tells the secret does so anyway, even though she has told no one; it all attacks her from within.” (p 380-381)
Jodie Hughes: (Note: There are many things God is doing, and right now it would seem clear that one issue close to His heart is supporting life for the unborn. The Gospel requires boldness, and silence is partnering with the enemy. This is an issue where corporate silence is no longer appropriate. Silence has affected the corporate influence of the Church. Unbelief in God’s Word and intimidation are being highlighted, and fresh grace to stand with truth and life is being released. Anointed courage is being awakened. A new breed of grace-releasing, yet fierce Kingdom activists are arising.)
Anna Blake: Eventually the moment comes, usually in the middle of a ride when both of you are warmed up and listening. You feel the smallest change in the tension of the rein, so slight it could be a breeze, but you answer with the same softness. It isn’t a correction, so much as a bare hint of a suggestion. In that instant your horse gives to your hand, fearless and peaceful, as light as a kind thought.
Jodie Hughes: The voice of INFLUENCE is coming on the prophetic voices of the nations, pioneers birthing new movements, and the Church in an accelerated onslaught. Anointed courage will be heard speaking to and into current, challenging conversations that need God’s word to correctly identify the issue, and speak God’s heart and truth into the matter. The enemy has entrapped a people to think that speaking out will diminish their voice and influence. The opposite is true. Partnering with unbelief diminishes influence. Partnering with truth and God’s voice increases influence.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Mashiach asked them, ”Is that all?” And the chassidim answered, “What took you so long?”
Jesus: I was waiting for you.
“Superman”: [https://youtu.be/e9vrfEoc8_g]
Brat: By the way, I do hear the “Superman” theme song playing. That doesn’t mean I buy into it and neither do I reject it. It’s music. After ten years I am still praying for sanctuary. So you tell me…
Luke 24: 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!
Anna Blake: One more question: can you feel your little toe on the stirrup?
Sophia Valentina Buller (25 Apr 19): Revival is HERE NOW and I know God showed me that. LORD JESUS please wake hearts UP and help people who are healed because repentance is needed for healing to begin. Lord Jesus please comfort people right now.
Luke 24: 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
Tony Robinson: And you and me? Are we bearing the wounds, the signs of battle, of something worth fighting for on this our earthly pilgrimage?
Luke 24:33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

On Assignment 24 Apr 19

25 Apr

Working Dates: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to Thursday, April 25, 2019
[5 pages]
Joshua Woods: It might be difficult for us to imagine ourselves in the place of the disciples. How many of us have risked our lives for something that we believe in or followed after? Have we ever been seriously threatened for our beliefs? How would our lives of faith be challenged and ultimately changed if our lives were actually on the line?
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “There are times when it becomes imperative to release a rage that shakes the skies. There is a time—even though these times are very rare, there is definitely a time—to let loose all the firepower one has. It has to be in response to a serious offense; the offense has to be big and against the soul or spirit. All other reasonable avenues for change have to be attempted first. If these fail, then we have to choose the right time. There is definitely a right time for full-bore rage. When women pay attention to the instinctual self, like the man in the following tale, they know when it is time. Intuitively, they know and they act. And it is right. Right as rain.
Lyal C. Cross: Me and my family are here in California for about 2 weeks, and when we landed here from Georgia, the Holy Spirit showed me a vision. There was this large angel that was holding a large sledgehammer in this deserted area. I seen the sacrifice of worship and supernatural works coming out of the Central Valley creating a new sound that will be sent to a large angel.
Private Journal (Easter Sunday, 21 April 19): So the Church thinks she can read, spy, glean, steal, hijack my relationship with God, my story, my journal, my thoughts, my prayers, and just leave me abandoned? And feel justified because it’s biblical? Talk about eating the Easter Bunny!
Jo: INDEED
Johnny Enlow (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): Deep Darkness Being Exposed – with Waves of Justice
Lyal C. Cross: Once the angel hears this sound, it will hit the ground with the sledgehammer which will signal the angels an assignment that are in California but have been “unemployed”, they will receive new assignments to Ministries, Churches, Pastors, the ones that have been hidden for such a time as this to bring encouragement, bring deliverance from fear, depression, and destroy many other works of the enemy. The spirit of unity will be seen like never before and will be set as pillars holding the foundation of God together.
Joshua Woods: Jesus came and stood among his disciples.
Pastor Steve Dittmar: I can see the disciples drinking up the water of His words as Jesus spoke with them during His forty days with them after the resurrection. They must have had revelation hangovers, seeing so much with the eyes of their understanding being enlightened. “It all makes sense now!”, I can hear them say. Of course, Jesus had to suffer and enter in to His glory. Sin is conquered, so is death. Grace has come. We have been given the gift of righteousness, and Jesus has become the first born of many sons and daughter—a new species of men, born again, from above, of the Spirit. Oh, my head spins just thinking about such waves of light, and love, and life flooding these disciples.
Joshua Woods: How astonished they must have been! Jesus, the one whom they believed was not only their Messiah but their friend, was alive and standing in their midst. How could it be? What great reversal, beyond the bounds of possibility, had occurred in the natural order of things?
Yossi Marcus (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): The word the Torah uses for the singing of Moses and Israel is “yashir”, not the plural form, “yashiru”. This is because in their singing they were one. This also demonstrates that they shared the same level of perception. The most spiritually inept Israelite was able to declare, “This is my G d!”
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 6:08 am Log: I went on to my blog site and posted the song and lyrics “Is He Worthy?” [https://youtu.be/-c6pl6CaiD0] by Chris Tomlin
Brat (21 Apr 19): Because Jesus is worthy when I have nothing left.
Denzel Washington: “Man on Fire” soundtrack [https://youtu.be/SzeR66HbLow]
Lyal C. Cross: The revival fire is hotter than ever, and all of God’s children that are not worried about having titles, positions, being seen and wanting to be popular, but rather just be willing to be a vessel will be the ones that carry the blue flame of God to every part of California. Many prayers from the sons and daughters for California from generations past have seen many prayers manifested, but this is the season of the abundant harvest of souls and breakthrough in an accelerated pace.
Joshua Woods: I wonder if this request made them even more afraid. I wonder how you or I might have responded if we would have been gathered there with them. In our modern context, sharing our faith with others can be a vulnerable experience, but most people we might encounter in our day-to-day lives have at least heard a portion of this story before. I wonder what it might have been like to break this story, to be the first people to share the news of the Resurrection with another. This claim would surely be met by disbelief. How could it not?
Lyal C. Cross: The Holy Spirit is declaring to his children in California Isaiah 43:19: “Listen carefully I am about to do a NEW thing, NOW it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Jennifer Brownell (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): If he had believed, Peter may have stayed safely and quietly at home. If he had believed, he might never have gone out to see for himself. Instead, he let his unbelief pull him forward. Where will you let your unbelief carry you today?
Joshua Woods: But is doubt a weakness? Or is it simply an opportunity, a space, a possible fertile ground in which faith might grow and ultimately blossom?
Ruth 3:18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): I SEAL THIS PRAYER BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE IN JESUS NAME
Pastor Steve Dittmar: But, at the end of forty days Jesus said again, “Don’t try to do this on your own. Wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit to give you power to be my witnesses.” For even as much as they had witnessed and now understood, the Holy Spirit was the only one who could convict hearts and demonstrate Christ. He would now accompany the disciples with signs and wonders and many miracles and gifts. The Holy Spirit was now in charge.
Joshua Woods: Jesus must have sensed their bewilderment. The first words he spoke to his friends were “Peace be with you,” reassuring them that his presence in their midst was not an illusion or hallucination. He really was alive. Their belief was not misplaced. The story was not over. Their hopes had been resurrected with Christ.
Lyal C. Cross: You are more than a conqueror with the Holy Spirit co-laboring with you to fulfill the works of the Kingdom of Heaven. Fear is nothing but “False Evidence Appearing Real” and I decree over you that everything the Holy Spirit has shown you to do, you already have every single tool to your disposal.
Brat: Lyal, I just read your piece on Spirit Fuel about California. May this piece I just posted help the large angel on assignment to signal the others …
Ben Peters, Lincoln, CA: “Good News Travels Fast!”
Joshua Woods: I am reminded of the words of Francis Bacon, the English philosopher, who stated in The Advancement of Learning, “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”
The Rev. Charles Wynder, Jr. (in “Ox” 1 Feb 19): Staff Officer, Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement
Brat: By the way, I do hear the “Superman” theme song playing. That doesn’t mean I buy into it and neither do I reject it. It’s music. After ten years I am still praying for sanctuary. So you tell me…
Joshua Woods: Jesus’ words, “Do not doubt but believe,” are aimed not only at Thomas, but also at all those who encounter this passage, and are struggling to believe that God is able to do the thing which God has promised—call our world into new and unending, resurrected life.
Brat: It’s not God so much that I doubt as man keeping his promises. The Church has canon law to garner her Anchorites and the Church has done nothing. A land that only operates in the spirit without laws to anchor and protect is a land in anarchy.
Joshua Woods: Jesus responds with all future generations, including us, in mind, saying, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Lana Vawser (20 Apr 19): We cannot lose sight of the next generation. We owe our children and our grandchildren a life of purity, passion, and power. We need to show them what it looks like to be tender and broken before Jesus. We must burn for longevity – we owe it to a generation.
Ben Lim (in “Battle Scars” 22 Apr 19): The spirit of burning that the prophet Isaiah talks about is a Redeemer’s fire. It is the effects of God’s justice and mercy that is wanting to burn through every unholy thing and burn off the tares and the false and the evil. The fire of God is about to burn through His people and make us whole in the Holy Spirit. Holiness will mantle the Church with revival fire!
Joshua Woods: Because what other choice do we have?
Brat (24 Apr 19): Neglect. I choose Jesus anyway, even though as I type this piece the actual, physical smell of rat accosts my nose. We have tried everything to get rid of the rats. This is prophetic symbolism in my tangible reality! Is this loving to ignore the law and the prophets?
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Joshua Woods: We believe not because we have seen his wounds or placed our hands within his side, but because we have seen Christ in the face of another, who has also not seen or touched Christ, but lives their life in such a way that Christ has been made present in our midst.
Brat: What makes you think I haven’t seen or touched Christ? He asked me to marry Him. If you think I look like Him then that is the highest compliment that a spouse looks like her Beloved. So, why would you neglect Him in me?
Joshua Woods: We, just like the first disciples, seek safety and too often let fear paralyze us, but it is in gathering together that Christ is made known. Jesus continues to stand among his disciples, beckoning us to believe not only in his resurrection but also in our own and in the resurrection of the whole world.
Brat: So, are the rabbis still at the Passover table and waiting?
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: The last day of the Pesach holiday in Israel, called Shevi’i shel Pesach (the seventh day of Pesach) is tonight and tomorrow, Thursday night and Friday. Outside of Israel there are two last days, Friday and Shabbat. In Israel we make our Mashiach Seudah on Friday afternoon. Outside of Israel we make the Mashiach Seudah on Shabbat afternoon.
Jo (25 Apr 19): Critical mass
Ryan LeStrange (22 Apr 19): My Monday Word for You…Stay in the House!
Lana Vawser (22 Apr 19): “Things HAVE to change, they cannot remain the same. Things NEED to change in order for you to move into the NEW that I have for you and to move in and on the new page I have opened up for you.”
Ben Peters: These untrained evangelists will know one thing: where they found the food. That’s all they need to know. They will go to the gatekeepers—leaders they know in various spheres of society. Their stories, or testimonies will reach the highest levels of society, including government, media and entertainment. These stories will always conclude with an invitation and information about where to find the food that they have found.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: There is a connection between Pesach and Mashiach. Pesach is about our redemption from the Egyptian slavery. The final redemption from this last and longest exile will be when Mashiach comes. The Lubavitcher Rebbe demanded of his chassidim to encourage all their contacts to make this meal at the end of Pesach.
Lana Vawser: In the shifting of relationships and shifting of many “INNER CIRCLES” there is a depth of intimacy with the Lord that is going to blossom with the Lord and a deeper unity that is going to come with those the Lord brings into your life. God is building stronger community and unity in your life, the Lord is strengthening unity in your life, it’s just happening for some in different ways than you realise.
Andrew Whalen: Much of our generation has been asleep, living under the sway of demonic narratives. The goal of such narratives have been to empower lies that hold souls under the captivity and dominion of darkness. More plainly, we have seen the fruit of witchcraft upon a whole generation. Because messaging is produced and proliferated from the top of the mountains of society, darkness has long occupied these high places of power in order to control the message. However, this is all about to change!

Battle Scars 22 Apr 19

24 Apr

Working Dates: Monday, April 22, 2019 to Wednesday, April 24, 2019
[17 pages]
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan
Acts 5:27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them,
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): Some of you here have experienced abandonment, but most have not. The text here says forsaken, but abandonment is a stronger word.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Brat (in “Good Friday Crushing Snakes” 19 Apr 19): I shared my experience of abandonment from Lent 2009 again in “Tested 15 Apr 19”. You read what I write and do nothing?
Acts 5:28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): JESUS PLEASE MAKE THE CHURCHES A SAFE PLACE FOR YOUR NAME’S SAKE IN JESUS NAME AND SEAL THIS PRAYER BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRT FIRE IN JESUS NAME.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “In a tragedy the heroine is snatched, forced, or drives straight into hell and is subsequently overwhelmed with no one to hear her cries, or else her pleas are ignored. She loses hope, loses touch with the preciousness of her life, and collapses. Instead of being able to savor her triumph over adversity, or her wisdom of choices and her endurance, she is degraded and deadened. The secrets a woman keeps are almost always heroic dramas that have been perverted into tragedies that go nowhere.” (p 376)
Isaiah 53:8 By a perversion of justice He was taken away. Who could have imagined His future? For He was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of My people.
Private Journal (Easter Sunday, 21 April 19): On Good Friday Pastor John had accurately described the cold hell of abandonment. Either he’s read what I’ve written or he’s there himself. And I’m still in it. In the past I had hoped and believed that Easter morning would change everything. This stone is not energetically moving this morning. Not because of God or my lack of belief. In truth it is not rolled back because the Church was supposed to remove Lazarus’ grave cloths and they did nothing. When Jesus is raised from the dead, the angel asks the disciples, “Why are you here? He is risen!”
Charisma (22 Apr 19): So…Why Not Keep On Sinning?
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “But there is good news. The way to change a tragic drama back into a heroic one is to open the secret, speak it to someone, write another ending, examine one’s part in it and one’s attributes in enduring it. These learnings are equal parts pain and wisdom. The having lived through it is a triumph of the deep and wild spirit.” (p 376)
Talitha Arnold: And how is today? Still feel resurrected? As you go back to work or get your kids ready for school, go to the doctor’s or wait for a diagnosis, can you still hear echoes of “Alleluia”? If you’re facing the end of a relationship or walking through the valley of shadows, can you still trust the promise of new life?
Ruth 3:16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her,
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: This is usually not caused by shyness or introversion but by too much thinking, too much trying to be nice, and not enough acting from the soul. The wild soul knows when and how to act if a woman will only listen. Right response carries insight and right amounts of compassion and strength mixed together. Injured instinct must be arighted by practicing and enforcing strong boundaries and by practicing firm and, when possible, generous responses, but solid ones nonetheless. (p 367)
Kaji Douša: Every time my child learns of another trip, another meeting, she pulls me in closer. She becomes, as some would say, “clingy.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): AND JESUS PLEASE HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED IN THE CHURCH WHO LOVE YOU AND HEAL THEM AND PROTECT THEM AND SEAL THEM BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND BY THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE IN JESUS NAME
Kaji Douša: I travel so much.
Ben Lim: We must return to our first love and repent from being busy, like Martha. As great as her intentions were, her performance attitude had caused her to miss the one thing which was most important.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “Let me get this straight: Your parents, the police, and the firemen are there, but they’re all busy? What are they doing?”
“Looking for me.”
Crowder: But you can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
Jesus (by Dori Sampson): Love steadied me. My greatest expression of love for the world. Why would I resist? This was not surrender. God’s commitment to humanity culminated now in this ultimate act of self-giving.
1 Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin),
Brat (18 Apr 19): The four living creatures could be the four sons that Rabbi YY was talking about. The Lamb is in the center looking as if He is slain. (Revelation 4)
Lamentations 3:7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me;
Brat: Jesus the Lamb was the ultimate scapegoat. Jesus told Amanda Grace that God is pulling some of us out of the way for the Holy Spirit to come in and clean up, burning away the weeds. The four living creatures are not necessarily driven by upright and honest intentions and motives, even though they say God is holy and to give Him all the honor, thanks, worship, and glory. Still, God will use them to break strongholds that they have created in keeping the Lamb looking as if He is slain. This Passover God is tying the Old Testament (Ezekiel 1) and the New Testament (Revelation 4) together to Himself.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
Rick Joyner: The church as we perceive it in the West is about to die. This is not something to rejoice over. Even though it may be far from the church that Jesus will build, it has accomplished much and will die in honor. It is a parallel of the life of Rachel, Jacob’s wife that died when Benjamin was born. Benjamin was the last son born to Israel and represents the last sons of God to be born on the earth. Benjamin means “the son of the right hand,” and the right hand of God is called “the right hand of power.” Like Rachel, the church will give birth to the “son of His right hand,” but it will take her life. So this means she will have been a mother to the last-day ministry, and we honor our fathers and mothers.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “It is an interesting idea, is it not, that a woman’s life force can continue to grow even though she is seemingly without life? It is a promise that under even the most anemic conditions the wildish life force will keep our ideas alive and developing, albeit only for a while, underground. They will pry their way above ground in time. This living force will not let the matter rest until the buried woman’s whereabouts and circumstances are revealed.” (p 380)
Yossi Marcus: The sea is the embodiment of the Hidden World [in Aramaic, Alma d’itkasya]; the consciousness of the Hidden World is such that one’s source is apparent; there is no sense of separateness. Land, by contrast, is the embodiment of the Revealed World [in Aramaic, Alma d’itgalya]; the creatures of the Revealed World experience a sense of false independence and individuality. [Fish therefore maintain a higher spiritual level than land animals. For this reason, they do not need to be refined through ritual slaughter for human consumption, as is the case with animals (Reshimot).]
Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Yossi Marcus: The answer is that there are two parts of the soul: its essence and its expression. Only the expression of the soul is clothed in the body; the essence remains above.
Kaji Douša: But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.” Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. – Matthew 28:5 and 9, NRSV
Yossi Marcus: Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song…. (Ex. 15:1)
Kaji Douša: I do not know how to help my child reconcile her fears to the demands of the moment. But maybe I can show her, as God shows me, that my embrace extends past any physical barrier.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “But part of the miracle of the wild psyche is that no matter how badly a woman is “killed,” no matter how injured, her psychic life continues, and it rises above ground where in soulful circumstances it will sing its way up and out again. Then wrongful harm done is consciously apprehended and the psyche begins restoration.” (p 380)
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
Yossi Marcus: We find conflicting sources regarding the hierarchy of Israel and Torah as well. The Zohar (3:73a) seems to indicate that the Torah transcends Israel, since it is through Torah that Israel connects to the Holy One. On the other hand, there is a Midrashic teaching that lists seven things that existed before the creation of the world, one of which is the Torah. The Midrash concludes with “and the thought of Israel preceded everything.”
Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: The ‘omer’ of barley we reap on the Second Day of Passover is a blessing bestowed on the land; it is not the natural fruit of our labor
Breaking Israel News (23 Apr 19): The Omer Barley Harvest: The Temple Ritual Battling Poverty and Socialism
Talitha Arnold: As importantly, the psalmist tells us how to keep trusting God’s promise: “I will recount the deeds of the Lord.” The psalmist keeps faith in God’s new life and steadfast love by re-counting the ways God offered life and love in the past and continues to do so.
Rend Collective: “Counting Every Blessing” [https://youtu.be/w6Y91axwxfI]
Ruth 3:17 saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’”
Israel 365 (21 Apr 19): A Biblical Lesson for the Second Day of Passover ✡ “You shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest”
Brat (23 Apr 19): Lord, I just discovered this article by Adam. It confirms and ties into what we were saying. Please accept the tie-in as the first sheaf of my harvest right now.
“Throw a Frog” 17 Apr 19: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/throw-a-frog-17-apr-19/
Rick Joyner: It Starts with the Church
Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: Harvest Time
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): JESUS PLEASE MAKE THINGS RIGHT IN JESUS NAME AND CLEAN UP YOUR CHURCH IN JESUS NAME AND AS MANY AS HAVE SOFTENSS TO REPENT IN JESUS NAME HAVE THEM REPENT AND BE HEALED
Rick Joyner: One of the basic characteristics of true humility is being teachable and responsive enough to change, or to expand our concepts and beliefs. This too is repentance, and it is coming.
Revelation 1:7 Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Conversation with a Soul
Brat: Welcome back to the conversation, Wizzy!
Ruth 3:15 And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city.
Ben Lim: Then the Lord showed me the city and the state of New York turning to the Lord in a mass spirit of repentance. I saw in the spirit that the Lord had removed a lampstand and had replaced it with a new one. I believe the Lord is setting up a new system and a new government with new leadership in that state. The Lord is jealous for His Bride in New York and He is setting up a new lampstand for the glory of God that will burn with truth, justice, righteousness, and life!
Elaine Tavolacci, Staten Island, NY: “Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?”
Ruth 3: 14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Some women’s secret stories are about having told a bald-faced lie or having done a purposeful meanness that caused someone else trouble or pain. However, in my experience, these are rare. More women’s secrets revolve around having violated some social or moral code of their culture, religion, or personal value system. Some of these acts, events, and choices, particularly those related to women’s freedom in any and all arenas of life, were often held out by the culture as being shamefully wrong for women, but not for men.” (p 375)
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.
Private Journal (Easter Sunday, 21 April 19): I woke up and still felt the python crush. It had not left from yesterday. However, I must say that the best grace for me was that Jo sent me an Easter morning text message and then a cartoon of two snakes. One snake says to the other, “Did you eat my Easter bunny?” The other snake says, “No”, but in the picture you see the outline of the Easter Bunny whole inside the culprit. It was so funny and spoke so directly to “Crushing Snakes” which I posted last night that it warmed a bit of the chill on my soul.
Crowder: “Crushing Snakes”: [https://youtu.be/-TGkqjQfZyU]
Pastor John Tolle: Without the events that marked the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life, humanity would remain separated from God.
Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
Brat: You’re the keeper of the flock. Talk about being snatched up to God and to God’s throne! Who made me the keeper of your secrets? I may be my brother’s keeper, but that doesn’t mean I have to keep his secrets. Redemption is going down!
Job 14:3 Do you fix your eyes on such a one? Do you bring me into judgment with you?
Quinn G. Caldwell: He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. – Isaiah 53:3
Brat: I can so relate to Jesus! I am not Him, but He is my Husband.
Acts 5:30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
Steve Shultz: The Lord is shifting His lampstands and reigniting the fire of our First Love so that the new can come. And…through the pressing…He is pouring out NEW oil over His righteous sons and daughters!
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “So, these shame-filled secrets women carry are old, old tales. Any person who has kept a secret to her own detriment has been buried by shame. In this universal plight, the pattern itself is archetypal: the heroine has either been forced to do something or, through the loss of instinct, has been trapped into something. Typically, she is powerless to aright the sad condition. She is in some way sworn or shamed into secrecy. She complies for fear of loss of love, loss of regard, loss of basic subsistence. To seal the secret further, a curse is placed upon the person or persons who would reveal it. A terrible something or other is threatened if the secret is ever revealed.” (p 376)
Ben Lim: The Lord spoke to me and said that He is removing lampstands, raising up new lampstands and, in some, He is adding fresh oil to burn bright with the glory of God!
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 9:45 am Lynda Layton asked to be friends on Facebook. It turns out she had read two of my pieces (maybe more?) and “liked” them. Any kind of contact and feedback to let me know I am real and tethered! I accepted her friend request and wrote:
Brat (21 Apr 19): Thank you for reading and liking my posts. That is rare. You made my Easter morning!
Ben Lim: “Do we desire to please the eye of man or live before the audience of one?”
Brat: Do you have any idea that you just shot me down AGAIN!? I finally get a friend who reads me and this posturing makes it seem dirty and shameful, as if I’m not being loyal to Jesus. And on top of it, this was a private message to her!
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Tears are a river that take you somewhere. Weeping creates a river around the boat that carries your soul-life. Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace new, someplace better.” (p 374)
Rick Joyner: Again, whenever we see major destructive strongholds growing in our land we need to look at the Church first, or our salt has lost its ability to preserve and our light has not been shining.
Ben Lim: Fresh Fire
Journal (“Private” 21 Apr 19): Sophia called again maybe twenty minutes ago and said she feels in the spirit kind of dizzy and sick and hot but she’s not. I was feeling it, too. I figured God was cleaning things up. God has His prophets go through and feel what He’s doing in the wrongdoers, even though we did nothing wrong. Sophia said she thinks we feel dizzy, cuz God is unraveling what’s been knotted and twisted with lies and deception. They spun a web and God is spinning it back. That’s why we feel dizzy. I asked God what He wants me to write and He was quiet. It’s not the grinding Silence of the Funny Bunnies, but instead the quiet of attentive waiting.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “To turn the other cheek, that is, to remain silent in the face of injustice or mistreatment, has to be weighed very carefully. It is one thing to use passive resistance as a political tool as Gandhi taught masses of people to do, but it is quite another matter when women are encouraged or forced to be silent in order to survive an impossible situation of corrupt or unjust power in the family, community, or world. Then women are amputated from the wild nature and their silence is not serenity but an enormous defense against being harmed. It is a mistake for others to think that just because a woman is silent, it always means she approves of life as is.” (p 360-361)
Revelation 1:6 and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): LORD IN JESUS NAME AMEN and I SEAL this by the BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE IN JESUS NAME AMEN!!!
Yossi Marcus: For a short period of time, the order of nature – where that which is hidden cannot be revealed – was shattered, and the hidden worlds were apparent to every soul.
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Anyways I found myself praying that God make some kind of good out of even that and do something good and if there is any softness that can be softened bring her to repentance even though I cannot take it anymore because a human is still a human and eternity is still eternity and I cannot wish hell on anyone so I pray—I may sound silly but I believe that though I cannot be around someone I can still pray for God to bring judgment with mercy so people repent because we don’t live in a world against flesh and blood but against spiritual principalities and people are being puppeted by the enemy and though they do all kinds of evil, God still loves those who do evil but they choose evil over Him and so I pray. I’m thinking about the heartbreak God must feel of people willingly choose evil over HIM and anyways that’s how I’ve felt about that whole situation where the TRUTH has been skewed so much to being some lie that is obviously a lie but is excused. Anyways what I’m trying to say is that from my experience being a prophet is seeing and feeling God’s Heart in a way the world condemns as weird and they label it when they don’t understand it
Lana Vawser (20 Apr 19): We cannot lose sight of the next generation. We owe our children and our grandchildren a life of purity, passion, and power. We need to show them what it looks like to be tender and broken before Jesus. We must burn for longevity – we owe it to a generation.
Ben Lim: The spirit of burning that the prophet Isaiah talks about is a Redeemer’s fire. It is the effects of God’s justice and mercy that is wanting to burn through every unholy thing and burn off the tares and the false and the evil. The fire of God is about to burn through His people and make us whole in the Holy Spirit. Holiness will mantle the Church with revival fire!
Yossi Marcus: Other Midrashic sources, however, seem to indicate that Israel transcends the sea. For example, the Midrash says that G d created the sea with the stipulation that it part for the Israelites when the time would come (Shemot Rabba 21:6). In addition, we say in the Evening Prayer, “He splits the sea before Moses”, as if the presence of Moses and Israel humbled the sea and caused it to part.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “This segment is beautiful and valuable, and additionally it tells us something about the nature of secrets and even, perhaps, what it is that is killed off in the psyche when a woman’s life is not properly valued. In this tale, the murder of the woman who lives out in the woods is the secret. She represents a kore, the woman-who-will-not-marry aspect of the female psyche. The part of a woman that wants to keep to herself alone is mystical and solitary in a good way, and is taken up with the sorting and weaving of ideas, thoughts, and endeavors.” (p 379-380)
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Jesus please give HOPE to those who LOVE YOU LORD
Acts 5:31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (22 Apr 19): Tens of Thousands Receive Kohanic Blessing at Kotel
Yossi Marcus: The essence of the soul transcends Torah. The lower aspect of the soul, however, connects to G d through the Torah. [Apparently the same answer would apply to the question regarding Israel and the sea.]
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Anyways Jesus PLEASE LORD MAKE YOUR CHURCHES YOURS AGAIN LORD AND CLEANSE THEM BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRT FIRE IN JESUS NAME!!!
Journal (2 April 2019): I had said to Fr David at the beginning of my calling, “I feel SO ANCHORED!” Immediately his eyes shone with understanding and he said almost to himself, “There hasn’t been one of THOSE in 500 years!” He knew what it was before I did, but people really didn’t know what to call me. I was more than a prophet, just as Jesus had said about John the Baptist.
Ben Lim: These lampstands will burn with zeal like John the Baptist, preparing a generation and pointing them to Jesus, the One who was and is and is to come.
Rick Joyner: The Reformation helped the church dig its way out of a deep darkness, but even as far as Christianity has advanced over the last 500 years, we have much further to go. This does not mean it will take another 500 years. As we are told in II Peter 3:8, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” This means He could do in one day what we think will take a thousand years.
Ben Lim: There is a fresh fire that is being kindled. It’s time for these lampstands to burn bright with the glory of God. There will be no compromise. Many will be won and will turn to the knowledge of God!
Rick Joyner: It probably will not happen that fast, but everything is speeding up. However, what will happen will not happen through the continued reformation of the present model of the church. There is a new breed of ministry about to be released. It will be a people who walk in radical, revolutionary faith and power. This is such a new wine that the old model cannot contain it. For this reason we should not despair when the old model dies, but rightfully honor the Rachel that carried and given birth to the new breed.
Yossi Marcus: What was it about the parting of the sea that brought about such revelation?
Ben Lim: Have we lost sight of Jesus in midst of the business of life? Have we fallen from our first love? Have we replaced spending time with Jesus with countless hours of tending to the needs of the sheep? Do we desire to please the eye of man or live before the audience of one?
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
Kaji Douša: In these quick glimpses of God, in those intimate encounters with something holy, I desperately want to cling so tightly to my ultimate protector, my maker. I cling to God because I’m terrified that if I don’t, something bad will happen.
Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “While some secrets are strengthening—for instance, those used as part of a strategy in order to gain a competitive goal, or those happy ones kept just for the pleasure of savoring them—the secrets of shame are very different, as different as a beribboned medal versus a bloody knife. The latter must be brought up, witnessed by compassionate humans under generous conditions. When a woman keeps a shameful secret it is horrifying to see the enormous amounts of self-blame and self-torture she endures. All the blame and torture that were promised to descend upon the woman if she tells the secret does so anyway, even though she has told no one; it all attacks her from within.” (p 380-381)
Ben Lim: The second thing the Lord showed me was that He was removing certain lampstands from our midst. Enough is enough, and He is removing certain lampstands out of judgment after a season of being offered an opportunity for repentance, but some are just being removed because it is the end of their assigned and allotted time and season.
Kaji Douša: The times I’m headed to the next place I have to go, she inserts herself—just at the last moment—most forcefully, grabbing my legs, trying her best to linger in the sweet togetherness one moment longer. Even if it means a breakdown before wedging ourselves apart. It happens rarely. But when it does and I walk away, something in me rips. Maybe it does for her, too.
Crowder: No, you can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
All of hell couldn’t stop love
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): Jesus came to set the captives free.
Crowder & Taya (Chorus): We’re taking back our freedom
Our battle has been won
We have been liberated
Back from the dead, we’ve come
Journal (19 Apr 19): Pastor John’s and my eyes locked and didn’t leave for a LONG moment when he said that Jesus followed the will of His Father and God sent him to hell. Jesus went to hell to set the captives free. Our eyes locked over the word “captives.” That was unusual for us. Our eyes never lock. What was he communicating to me?
Rick Joyner: This is a prophecy of what is coming, but it is also a forensic study of what went wrong so that we can correct it and don’t keep making the same mistakes. If we do not understand this, we will fall again because what caused the fall has not been corrected. Just as Spurgeon once said that he could find ten men who would die for The Bible for every one that would read it, we too can find many who would die for the Constitution. Far more may have died for it than have read it.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “The wildish woman cannot live with this. Shameful secrets cause a person to become haunted. She cannot sleep, for a shaming secret is like a cruel barbed wire that catches her across the gut as she tries to run free. The secrets of shame are destructive not only to a woman’s mental health but to her relationships with Wild Woman. Wild Woman digs things up, throws them into the air, chases them around. She does not bury and forget. If she buries at all, she remembers what, and where, and it will not be long before she has disinterred it again.” (p 381)
Ben Lim: The third thing that I saw was that the Lord is giving these lampstands new and fresh oil. There is fresh oil that is being released and it will not run out! The virgins will be ready with the God of more than enough.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: The Woman With Hair of Gold
Eliyahu Touger: A successful teacher speaks to a level that the student can understand. A king, however, communicates his wishes as decrees, to be accepted out of awe of him, not because the people understand.
Lamentations 3:1 I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “This sort of enchantment threat is a pastime only among persons inhabiting a small and black space in their hearts. Among persons of warmth and love for the human condition, quite the opposite is true. They would help to draw out the secret, for they know it makes a wound that will not heal until the matter is given words and witness.” (p 377)
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Eliyahu Touger: The Teacher and The King
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Two leading Torah scholars of the early nineteenth century differed in their rulings as to whether the practice of force-feeding geese before Passover rendered them not kosher.
Brat (22 Apr 19): I’ve been trying to fix a WordPress issue regarding my piece “Hope Carrot Undamaged” 18 Oct 18 (Working Dates: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to Saturday, October 20, 2018)
Kaji Douša: I hear stories about Jesus after the resurrection, on his way somewhere else, and I can identify with something of how my child feels when I have to leave.
Brat (in “Geese” 14 Oct 18): Lord Jesus? How can I pray for You?
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: Abraham did not pray for children, even though Sarah was barren.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm Journal: Still parked at Pleasant Valley Park. I was in the backseat reading my book (The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer) when I heard the geese honking. I had this inexplicable NEED to see them! The honking persisted. I feared I’d be too late to see my “babies.” I tossed the book down and scrambled out of the car, while reaching simultaneously for my glasses. I stood and anchored my feet on the asphalt while my eyes combed the skies. I could still hear them, but where were they? Then I saw them! There were about a dozen of them in the flock. …
Revelation 10:7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
Ryan LeStrange (15 Oct 18): My Monday Word for You…Prophets Are Mantled To Dismantle!
Josh Even-Chen: Ezra 9:5 And at the evening offering I arose up from my fasting, even with my garment and my mantle rent; and I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God
Jo (16 Oct 18): …I got home at five not physically tired but really defeated on some level. The hairs are up on the back of my neck and there is a low growl in my throat when I see or hear [him]. Have no idea why nothing new has happened. …
Yehudis Fishman: To me the risk they took is similar to the idea of a nisayon, a trial that is considered even more difficult than resisting a temptation to do something wrong, or resisting the inertia that prevents one from doing something good. The Tzemach Tzedek, the third rebbe of Chabad, elaborates on the nature of a nisayon, a trial. He refers to the verse in Deuteronomy, Parashat Re’eh which speaks about following after false prophets, practitioners of black magic, etc. If someone should ask, why are these folk allowed to have powers of the dark arts, the answer given is: ‘Because Gd is TESTING you / menaseh, from the same root as nisayon / trial.
Brat: For the record, listening to God is not witchcraft. It is a gift. I think that how that gift is used determines God’s testing of us.
Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (in “Dancing” 04 Oct 18): I want to tell you that God is happy with you, not because you conjured up an ability on your own, but because having done all to stand, you stood. When it looked like there was no reason that you should stand, you stood. When it looked like there was no practical reason why you should be sure, you stood upon the Word of God because the Word of God said to stand.
Brat: [Grrrrrrrrrowl…] I did not “conjure up” my ability on my own! It is a gift from God Himself and the Holy Spirit and you know it! Listening is a gift! The Seven Churches were commended by Jesus to hear. […]
Yossi Marcus: At other times, even the great prophets of Israel were only able to say, “Like this said G d…”. Their perception was approximate. But the Israelite at the sea was on the level of Moses, who communed with G d “face to face” and prophesied on the level of “This” (Sifri Numbers 30:2).
Brat (22 Apr 19): I stopped rereading what I wrote, because in “Good Friday Crushing Snakes” 19 Apr 19, that piece had ended in a similar fashion:
Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
Brat (in “Slaughter the Egyptian god” 8 Apr 19): [Sigh.] Lord Jesus? They already did that.
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “Thank you, Human. Confidence is best demonstrated by going slowly. An exhale means you’re listening.”
Revelation 3: 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Ben Lim: Have we become consumed with doing the works and the mechanics of ministry that we’ve become distracted like Martha? Have we become so professional in our church activities that we’ve become repetitive, mechanical, dull and religious like robots and servants, being anything but genuinely sensitive to the Holy Spirit?
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “As with the shepherds in the story, this involves drawing a breath and putting the soul-breath or pneuma through the reeds, in order to know the true state of affairs in the psyche and what must be done next. This is the work of crying out. Then the digging work follows.” (p 380)
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Jesus please let YOUR GOODNESS for YOUR kiddos like us lead as many as are willing to repentance by them KNOWING that we ARE YOURS, JESUS, BY YOUR GOODNESS
Dolly Parton: “He’s Alive!” [https://www.facebook.com/DollyParton/videos/10156491665174755/]
Jennifer Brownell: If he had believed, Peter may have stayed safely and quietly at home. If he had believed, he might never have gone out to see for himself. Instead, he let his unbelief pull him forward. Where will you let your unbelief carry you today?
Sophia: You should journal.
Me (23 Apr 19): I DO! And for YEARS now when I journal, even in the solitude of my own car, when I just pick up the pen and write (and I don’t even type it up later!), what I write still gets swooped up the next day or weaseled into the next sermon by the Funny Bunnies! I HAVE NO PRIVACY! And yet they treat me as if I don’t exist! Talk about a Harlot! These are persons of the cloth! Everyone should have a right to the privacy of their own thoughts, prayers, and existence.
Sophia: We rebuke all intrusive spirits and deception! We speak cleansing protection around Kathryn and in her car!
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “There are times when it becomes imperative to release a rage that shakes the skies. There is a time—even though these times are very rare, there is definitely a time—to let loose all the firepower one has. It has to be in response to a serious offense; the offense has to be big and against the soul or spirit. All other reasonable avenues for change have to be attempted first. If these fail, then we have to choose the right time. There is definitely a right time for full-bore rage. When women pay attention to the instinctual self, like the man in the following tale, they know when it is time. Intuitively, they know and they act. And it is right. Right as rain.
Lisa Gerrard: “Man on Fire” (Complete version): [https://youtu.be/aDgl4VqWwj4]
Private Journal (Easter Sunday, 21 April 19): So the Church thinks she can read, spy, glean, steal, hijack my relationship with God, my story, my journal, my thoughts, my prayers, and just leave me abandoned? And feel justified because it’s biblical? Talk about eating the Easter Bunny!
Jo: INDEED
Johnny Enlow: Deep Darkness Being Exposed – with Waves of Justice
Verse of the Day (22 Apr 19): For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. ~ Romans 1:20 ESV
Ben Lim: “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:4-5 ESV)
Jennifer Brownell: Prayer
Dear LORD, use even our unbelief, as you use every part of us, to compel us forward toward You. Amen.
Yossi Marcus: Land and sea are two identical worlds sitting side by side. “All that exists on land exists in the sea.” (Chulin 127a) The difference between them is that in the sea all is covered and concealed, while on land all is revealed and open. Furthermore, the creatures of the sea derive their life and existence from the sea. They cannot live even for a moment outside it. Land creatures, by contrast, receive their nourishment from the produce of the ground. But they live beyond the ground, not within it. Hence, their dependency upon the ground is not as apparent as that of fish on water.
Jennifer Brownell: But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. – Luke 24:11-12, NRSV
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “No one in the fairy tale asks about the absence of this vital woman. This is not unusual in fairy tales or in real life. The families of the dead women in “Bluebeard” do not come seeking their daughters either. Culturally, this needs no interpretation. Sadly, we all know what it means, and many women, too many, understand that lack of inquiry firsthand. Often the woman who carries secrets meets with the same response. Though people may perceive that at center her heart is pierced, they may accidentally or purposefully go blind to the evidence of her injury.” (p 380)
Ben Lim: I believe the Lord is wanting to reawaken the fires of His first love in us which will cause us to return to the one thing which is, and always will be, the main thing. When it comes down to it it’s not about ministry, it’s about Him. It’s not even about saving souls, it’s about Him. It’s not about healing the sick and raising the dead, it is and always has been and always will be about Him. The Lord is awakening the fires of first love. May the Lord find us burning bright in first love.
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): We overcome by the Blood of JESUS and our testimonies in JESUS NAME!!!
Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
Anna Blake (22 Apr 19): Photo & Poem: The Sea’s Nature
The sea’s nature is change, waves rolling one
on top of the last, spent flat to the sand, then
sliding underneath, falling back as other waves
arise in a circle unbroken. Colors blend, bright
next to dark, around and under, tides keeping the
rhythm. Let them wash over and then seep away,
unable to hold on, learn to set free. Pain crashes,
joy launches, and the ocean with the might of the
moon, carries us on. Each droplet with jagged
boundaries polished, less friction and drag, tossed
to brilliance in mid-air, ever campaigning for the
present: run with the current, settle at the crest.
Yossi Marcus: So the Israelites’ interaction with the sea enhanced their spiritual perception. This would seem to indicate that the sea transcends Israel and can educate her, so to speak. Thus the Midrash (Shemot Rabba 21:6) records the sea’s comment to Moses, “I will not part before you, for I am greater than you. I was created on the third day of Creation, while you were born on the sixth.”
Ben Lim: Lampstands represent platforms, mediums, tools, gifts, talents, ministries and organizations. He is increasing the weight and the responsibility of your lampstand. The Lord is strategically positioning the right people in every region to shine bright with the glory of God in this time and in this hour.
Rick Joyner: Once we see our purpose, we can see how the church in America has deviated from its calling and see how the same thing has happened in our civil government. “We the people” are the ones that are primarily responsible for this because here, the people are the sovereign. The government of the Republic is designed to be subject to us. The primary blame for having our authority usurped lies ultimately with us for allowing it to happen. The people will also be the ones who wake up and recover what has been lost.
Brat (17 Apr 19): Holy God, just as Charlie Hebdo fought for freedom of speech, may Notre Dame represent the Holy Spirit fire of releasing the freedom from religiosity into freedom of and within religion in her Lazarus moment. Lord, You have placed a high calling on France. Help her to humbly complete the task You have given her, for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Amen.
Ben Lim: Oil is only produced through the pressing and the grinding. Oil is only possessed by overcoming the pressures of life. The oil is the anointing of the Holy Spirit and it is what breaks the yoke. God doesn’t want you to have the cheap and common thing. He wants you to posses the priceless substance from eternity.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Keeping shame a secret is profoundly disturbing to the psyche. Secrets erupt in dream material. An analyst must often go beyond the manifest, and sometimes even the archetypal, content of a dream in order to see that it is in fact broadcasting the very secret the dreamer cannot, dare not, tell aloud.” (p 381)
Rick Joyner: The disconnect from truth has come the same way in the media that it has in the church. Of course, this is not true in every church or the entire media. It’s easy to see in the media how there is now a tendency to report what they want to be true rather than what is true. Is that not how we have changed the Gospel, the church, and even our concept of God into what we want them to be rather than how they are?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Reality Follows the Law
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: A Kabbalah interpretation of the Exodus from Egypt, as an allusion to the departure of the soul from the body at death.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “In the archetype of the secret, an enchantment of sorts is cast like a black net across part of a woman’s psyche, and she is encouraged to believe that the secret must never be revealed, and further, she must believe that if she does reveal it all decent persons who come across her shall revile her in perpetuity. This additional threat, as well as the secret shame itself, causes a woman to carry not one burden but two.” (p 377)
Rick Joyner: That is how twisted things have become and why The Lord’s first warning about these times was, “Do not be deceived.” Deception is far more common than truth today. This is why things reported in the media are now more likely to be false, or at least distorted. Why is this? You can also now count on the same from most of the pulpits in the American church. The message of the typical American church today would be unrecognizable to the apostles of the first century.
Yossi Marcus: At Sinai, the level of revelation and perception varied among the people. Each person perceived according to his or her spiritual capacities. Thus, Moses saw more than Aaron, Aaron more than the elders, and so on (Rashi Ex. 19:24). This was not the case at the parting of the sea.
Ben Lim: “If you’ve been tested and pressed, then expect to receive a supernatural anointing that will break regional and generational curses. We need the anointing more than ever and the Lord is looking for His righteous sons and daughters to pour out the favor of His oil onto.”
Lisa Gerrard: “Man on Fire” soundtrack: [https://youtu.be/6EpegJFLEok]
Ben Lim: The Spirit of Burning
Pastor John Tolle (in “Good Friday Crushing Snakes” 19 Apr 19): A lot of Christians lives don’t change because they are not willing to forgive. Remember the woman caught in adultery or the woman at the well.
Brat: I have forgiven. Reconciliation is not the same as forgiveness. For example, a woman-child can forgive her perpetrator and still declare the curse of molestation stops here in her generation, line, and family. The perp may never, ever confess wrongdoing or say, “I’m sorry,” but the she-cub forgives for the sake of her own healing and walks forward in God’s eyes of purity. The same principle works here. There’s no accusation. It’s simply staring the behavior face on for the power trip it is.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (20 Apr 19): “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV
Ben Lim: “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.” (Isaiah 4:4 ESV)
Denzel Washington: “Man on Fire” soundtrack [https://youtu.be/SzeR66HbLow]
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Collective anger or rage is also a natural function. There is such a phenomenon as group hurt, group grief. Women who become socially, politically, or culturally conscious often find that they have to deal with a collective rage that seeps upward through them again and again.” (p 367)
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. ~ Psalms 2:1‭-‬12 ESV‬‬‬‬
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “It is psychically sound for women to feel this anger. It is psychically sound for them to use this anger about injustice to invent ways to elicit useful change. It is not psychologically sound for them to neutralize their anger so they will not feel, so they will therefore not press for evolution and change. As with personal rage, collective anger is also a teacher. Women can consult with it, question it in solitude and with others. There is a difference between carrying around old ingrown rage and stirring it with a new stick to see what constructive uses can come of it.” (p 367)
Ben Lim: As the world is in a great and grand shift, the Lord is also removing certain lampstands so that the “new” can come forth. Take heart, the next generation is taking their place. The Joshuas are more than ready to walk forward with the mantle of Elijah and with Moses’ baton.
Kaji Douša: Maybe because Jesus already knows that God’s embrace on us never yields.
Ben Lim: The Lord is making space for the new and He is giving way to the new dreams, ministries, visions, businesses, and organizations to thrive and to shine.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: “Remember canto hondo, the deep song, and hambre del alma, the starved soul? In time, these two forces, through dreams and the woman’s own wild life force, rise to the surface of the psyche and break out the necessary cry, the cry that frees. A woman finds her voice then. She sings out, cries out the secret, and is heard. Her psychic footing will be restored.
Ben Lim: The One Thing
Yossi Marcus: The word the Torah uses for the singing of Moses and Israel is “yashir”, not the plural form, “yashiru”. This is because in their singing they were one. This also demonstrates that they shared the same level of perception. The most spiritually inept Israelite was able to declare, “This is my G d!”
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 6:08 am Log: I went on to my blog site and posted the song and lyrics “Is He Worthy?” [https://youtu.be/-c6pl6CaiD0] by Chris Tomlin
Brat (21 Apr 19): Because Jesus is worthy when I have nothing left.
Ben Lim: “But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42 ESV)
Kaji Douša: Prayer
In the name of the Parent, and of the Child, and of the Holy Spirit: may we know ourselves sheltered, held, protected and never cast away. Amen.
Ruth 3:18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (21 Apr 19): I SEAL THIS PRAYER BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE IN JESUS NAME

Easter Sunday

21 Apr

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Sharing the Lyrics and Song
Because Jesus is worthy when I have nothing left.

“Is He Worthy?” [https://youtu.be/-c6pl6CaiD0]
By Chris Tomlin
Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)
Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Is He worthy? Is He worthy
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy of this?
He is
Does the Father truly love us? (He does)
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)
And does Jesus, our Messiah, hold forever those He loves? (He does)
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does)
Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From every people and tribe (People and tribe)
Every nation and tongue (Every nation and tongue)
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God
To reign with the Son
Is He worthy? Is He worthy
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this?
He is, He is
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
He is, He is
He is worthy, He is worthy
He is
Songwriters: Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive
© THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY,MUSIC SERVICES, INC.
For non-commercial use only.

Good Friday Crushing Snakes 19 Apr 19

20 Apr

Working Dates: Good Friday, April 19, 2019 to Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019
[12 pages]
Pastor John Tolle: Worship with Thankfulness
Dori Sampson (19 Apr 19): Thank you Jesus for the incredible unimaginable suffering you went through for us!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Every communicator knows that before you communicate, you must know your audience well. So Moses—and the Haggadah—are cautioning us: Before you communicate the story of your heritage, history and faith to the next generation, you must “know your audience.” You need to spend time understanding the unique persona—both strengths and challenges—of your “audience,” of your children, so that you can address each [of] them appropriately, in a way that might enter their hearts.
Anna Blake (Good Friday, April 19, 2019): Calming Signals and the Thing We Call Stubborn
Crowder: Crushing Snakes: [https://youtu.be/-TGkqjQfZyU]
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.
Crowder: On a rugged cross, Jesus bled
On a rugged cross, Jesus bled
The sky went dark and the moon turned red
But there ain’t no stopping love
Anna Blake: In celebration of Edgar Rice Burro’s birthday, he’s asked me to rant a bit about the thing humans call stubborn. Donkeys call that same behavior common sense. Are you in a hurry to find out what this is about?
Crowder: We’re not afraid
Terrors of night
Arrows that fly by day
Ten thousand may fall but we
We will remain
Quinn G. Caldwell: Some of us live life in a time and place, and with enough privilege, that we can pretend this isn’t true much of the time. But Good Friday refuses to let anyone hide their faces from it. On Good Friday, you can’t look away from the pain of the world. For those who can pretend peace much of the time, Good Friday is a helpful if painful dose of truth in otherwise often delusional lives.
Crowder: But you can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
Rick Joyner (in “Slaughter the Egyptian god” 8 Apr 19): In Psalm 89:14 we are told that righteousness and justice are the foundations of The Lord’s throne, which is His authority. Righteousness and justice go together—you cannot have one without the other. If we are called to judge angels, how is it possible that we do not have such justice in the church? Why is the world not beating a path to our door seeking our wisdom for justice? It does not do this because the church might be the last place they think of as having the wisdom of just and righteous judges. We have strayed that far.
Matthew 18: 12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
Brat: I’m not the only one. If I may be so bold to say: The company of Anchorites is like the lambs.
Pastor John Tolle: Prayer with Agreement
Journal (2 April 2019): I had said to Fr David at the beginning of my calling, “I feel SO ANCHORED!” Immediately his eyes shone with understanding and he said almost to himself, “There hasn’t been one of THOSE in 500 years!” He knew what it was before I did, but people really didn’t know what to call me. I was more than a prophet, just as Jesus had said about John the Baptist.
Isaiah 53:8 By a perversion of justice He was taken away. Who could have imagined His future? For He was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of My people.
Brat (19 Apr 19): Fr Mike Flynn read the Episcopal priestly blessing of the Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer and made a point of saying it was written 500 years ago.
Jesus (by Dori Sampson): They wasted no time wrenching my other hand over the wood, tugging my already pinioned wrist against the anchored spike. I clenched my jaw. Blood seethed through my teeth with every breath.
Brat: I so relate! The Arc Speak wouldn’t be this loud and this specific if they didn’t read me.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Listen carefully to these Haggdah’s words. They contain four critical points:
1) We are not dealing with one child; we have at our table four very different types of youth. What works for one, may not work for the other. 2) despite their differences, all of them are our beloved children. They are not strangers; they are our flesh and blood. None of them should ever be rejected or cast away. 3) The Torah does not speak to one genre of children; rather, it addresses all of them, containing life-messages for each of the four children. If we can’t find the words for each of them, it is because we are not accessing the full wisdom of Torah. 4) The Torah message to each child is distinct. You can’t speak the same words to two children.
Anna Blake: Edgar Rice Burro says in good time. He has had it with donkeys being referred to in such a callous, misunderstood way, so he asked that our example here be a horse. It might be a breed like a draft or draft cross, a Fjord or Haflinger type, or even a stoic sort like a Quarter Horse. Ponies are usually at the top of the “stubborn” (common sense) list. Mules, of course, Edgar says, are smarter than horses for the obvious reason. Bottom line: use any horse who enjoys having time to reason things out. It’s a quality, isn’t it? A horse that doesn’t leap to conclusions, but instead thinks about his options?
Job 14:12 so mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep.
Taya & Crowder: Do you see Him?
King of Heaven
Champion of all creation
Eyes of fire
Voice of thunder
Tearing through the sky in wonder
Dressed in light we
See Him coming
On a horse that’s white like lightning
Do you see Him?
Do you see Him?
Pastor John Tolle: CROSSTOWN CHURCH OBSERVES GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE IN THE PARK
Anna Blake: There you are, with a thoughtful horse at a first-time obstacle. Let’s pick something people might be a bit afraid of like a plastic wading pool with old rubber hose in it. Does the idea of that obstacle make your eyebrows go up, your breath a bit shallow as you think about it? Good. That means you want it. Add on top that the instructions are that the horse must stop with his hind two feet in.
Crowder & Taya: We’re not afraid
A promise of God
Can never be torn away
Walking on hands of angels
Crushing snakes
Safe under the shadow of His wings
Our fortress and our strength
Our fortress
Anna Blake: Now you lead your horse toward the pool and he’s a bit curious. He stretches toward it, maybe stopping a few feet away. You’re smart, so you let your horse approach it one step at a time. And the split second he takes one step, you ask for another. No, you didn’t say thank you. Instead you said more. MORE NOW.
Quinn G. Caldwell (on Good Friday, 19 Apr 19): Last Tuesday
Brat: I posted “Tested” last Tuesday. What are you up to? (https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/tested-15-apr-19/)
Crowder: Golgatha Hill [https://youtu.be/9mfazzRieKE]
Anna Blake: Edgar says RANT! The idea that something contradictory would become clear if it was just yelled louder is so ridiculous, he can’t stand it. As if equine hearing wasn’t twice a human’s at birth. As if a prey animal is even capable of ignoring a predator.
Brat: Why not just write me and tell me you read it, liked it, hated it, chewed on it, recycled it, redeemed it, something?!
Pastor John Tolle: Good Friday was a deadly and painfully great day.
Quinn G. Caldwell: He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. – Isaiah 53:3
Brat: I can so relate to Jesus! I am not Him, but He is my Husband.
Crowder: He said
(King of Love)
You can spit on me
(King of Love)
Put your crown on me
(King of Love)
Put your whip on me
(King of Love)
I’m paying it all on Calvary
Anna Blake: The horse is thinking there is something the human knows that he doesn’t, so he’s on alert. He senses human anxiety, it might be need/ambition/want in our thoughts, but of course, he pauses because of his common sense. His curiosity stops dead in the face of a human’s desire, which reads as anxiety to a horse.
Pastor John Tolle: Without the events that marked the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life, humanity would remain separated from God.
Lamentations 3:8 though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
Anna Blake: It’s at this point in the example that Edgar Rice Burro wants me to scream a bloody rant. This part really makes his ears hurt, but I explain to him that humans are sensitive about their arrogance and we must stay polite to get the point across. Edgar believes those who are not polite in the first place… well, you know. We compromise on me saying this:
When your internal and external body language are in conflict, any donkey or horse can tell. Like a small sound in the distant trees, it sets off a predator alert.
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): Some of you here have experienced abandonment, but most have not. The text here says forsaken, but abandonment is a stronger word.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Brat: I shared my experience of abandonment from Lent 2009 again in “Tested 15 Apr 19”. You read what I write and do nothing?
Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
Brat: You’re the keeper of the flock. Talk about being snatched up to God and to God’s throne! Who made me the keeper of your secrets? I may be my brother’s keeper, but that doesn’t mean I have to keep his secrets. Redemption is going down!
Job 14:3 Do you fix your eyes on such a one? Do you bring me into judgment with you?
Jesus (by Dori Sampson): I wished I had fainted or blacked out, but anxiety-induced adrenaline kept me alert as they dragged me to the waiting cross. They flopped me upon the main log with all the care and attention of tossing a sack of feed into a trough. I did not resist their arms sliding me into position, the wood splintering my wounds. Surrounded by my executioners, I hardly heard the scattered voices of other soldiers keeping bystanders back.
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): The Roman soldiers knew what they were doing. Crucifying was their job. Jesus forgave them because they didn’t really know what they were doing.
Jesus (by Dori Sampson): The swarming, boisterous soldiers and the lingering wails from the already crucified victims drowned everything else. I again tensed in terror at the sudden vibration of hammer against nail as they secured a wooden pedestal to the beam for my feet. The Romans treated crucifixion as any engineering job — performed precisely with a process. Based on my height, they had carefully measured where to place my feet so that even when pierced with a nail, I’d be able to painfully support my weight, ensuring a slow death.
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): A lot of Christians lives don’t change because they are not willing to forgive. Remember the woman caught in adultery or the woman at the well.
Brat: I have forgiven. Reconciliation is not the same as forgiveness. For example, a woman-child can forgive her perpetrator and still declare the curse of molestation stops here in her generation, line, and family. The perp may never, ever confess wrongdoing or say, “I’m sorry,” but the she-cub forgives for the sake of her own healing and walks forward in God’s eyes of purity. The same principle works here. There’s no accusation. It’s simply staring the behavior face on for the power trip it is.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (20 Apr 19): “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV
Crowder: Yeah, the devil went down
The devil went down
On the killing floor
The curse was broken
Heaven was opened
The devil went down
Forevermore
Quinn G. Caldwell: Some of us, on the other hand, live every day with a deep-down awareness of how normal, or at least common, Good Friday violence is. The story of Good Friday feels pretty much like the story of last Tuesday. For those who need no reminders of the painfulness of existence, Good Friday offers something else: Easter. The end of the story. The promise that somehow, some way, God is planning to turn the world upside down and pull life out of death. A little hope.
Crowder: Sunday morning, stone rolled away
Sunday morning, stone rolled away
Sunday morning, nothing in that grave
‘Cause there ain’t no stopping love
No there ain’t no stopping love
Pastor John Tolle: And with the resurrection comes the opportunity for restored relationship with God.
Taya & Crowder: Do you see Him?
King of Heaven
Champion of all creation
Eyes of fire
Voice of thunder
Tearing through the sky in wonder
Dressed in light we (Piercing through the sky)
See Him coming (Breaking through the darkness)
On a horse that’s white like lightning
Do you see Him?
Do you see Him?
Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
Crucified God, don’t let me look away. But grant me a vision of a better future, too.
Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman (the Piaseczno Rebbe): Light is like a seedling; at the beginning it requires our nurturing and our efforts to foster its growth. Like a field needs plowing and hoeing, weeding and watering, so do we need to prepare ourselves before the festival to enable us to properly praise and glorify G-d for all the miracles and all the good.
Sophia phone text (20 Apr 19): I just saw something! The verse in the end of Revelation 12 where it talks about sand reminds me of the parable of he who puts builds his foundation of his house on sand vs the rock (Christ)
Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
Crowder & Taya: We’re not afraid
A promise of God
Can never be torn away
Walking on hands of angels
Crushing snakes
Safe under the shadow of His wings
Our fortress and our strength
Our fortress
Anna Blake: About now the horse’s hesitation becomes a problem. After all, he was taking steps just before and now he isn’t. Humans read that as a refusal. And the clock, the one horses have no idea exists, continues to tick. The human asks again, with a bit more volume. It might be a habit from a previous kind of training that used the Ask-Tell-Make rule, or it may just be our impatient nature as humans. We’re famous for liking to have our way.
Quinn G. Caldwell: The thing about Good Friday is that it’s a day when an utterly normal thing happened. Occupation, colonization, execution, forcible penetration, miscarriages of justice, the collusion of state and religion, betrayal for money, public execution, mothers watching their sons be killed, suffering, tears. In human history and in the world today, these things are the norm, not the exception.
Crowder: And the Son went down
And the Son went down
On the killing floor
The Son went down
The Son went down
The Son went down
On the killing floor
Anna Blake: The horse shifts his weight, a small action to see if that’s what the human still wants or if the human’s behavior is about something else entirely. Because it kind of feels that way, but just at the same instant, the human cues again. And then cues one more time…
Quinn G. Caldwell: The thing about Good Friday is not that it’s the day when the worst imaginable thing happened.
Crowder: It’s a long road up Golgotha Hill
It’s a long road up Golgotha Hill
It’s a long road, all terror and tears
But there ain’t no stopping love
Anna Blake: …as if the horse is a total idiot with a one-second memory. Memory is their equine superpower, remember? Edgar says, “In a polite conversation, one person talks at a time and waits for an answer. We need a moment to think but humans interrupt. Why do you correct us for thinking?
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): Good Friday is not a game. It is not entertainment. It cost Somebody something.
Crowder: No, you can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
All of hell couldn’t stop love
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): Jesus came to set the captives free.
Crowder & Taya (Chorus): We’re taking back our freedom
Our battle has been won
We have been liberated
Back from the dead, we’ve come
Journal (19 Apr 19): Pastor John’s and my eyes locked and didn’t leave for a LONG moment when he said that Jesus followed the will of His Father and God sent him to hell. Jesus went to hell to set the captives free. Our eyes locked over the word “captives.” That was unusual for us. Our eyes never lock. What was he communicating to me?
Lamentations 3:1 I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;
Crowder: And the devil went down
The devil went down
On the killing floor
The devil went down
The devil went down
The devil went down
On the killing floor
Anna Blake: Now more time has passed, not that horses care but humans sure do. And maybe people are watching. Humans always have anxiety around other humans, horses notice. The wading pool innocently looms, it hasn’t changed a bit to the horse’s eye, but the human is swinging ropes and clucking and pulling his face. What started as a bit of curiosity has turned dark and the human is tense. It might be impatience/frustration/desire/anger, but it all reads as dark.
Quinn G. Caldwell: Some of us want to look away from that occupied cross because we’re too pampered to handle the truth. Some of us look away because we’re tired of seeing it every day on the streets and in our homes. Good Friday grabs us firmly by the chins and refuses to let us turn our heads away. But it will let us raise our eyes just a bit to the hills beyond the cross, where Easter is just about to appear.
Crowder: It’s a long road up Golgotha Hill
It’s a long road up Golgotha Hill
It’s a long road, all terror and tears
But there ain’t no stopping love
Anna Blake: Edgar politely tells me that my making excuses for human rudeness has gotten on his very last nerve. He is taking over now, and I’ve agreed to politely take dictation from him. Edgar says, “Flooding the air with your cues is distracting noise. Aren’t you behaving like a toddler who wants a treat? Now is a good time to ask yourself who the stubborn one really is.”
Pastor John Tolle: But with His memorable and courageous act of self-sacrifice, the people of this planet – you, me and everyone else – can have the hope provided to us through THE RESURRECTION.
Hebrews 6: 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The 4 Sons—and the 4 Big Questions on Judaism
The Rational Child, the Depressed Child, the Selfish Child, and the Apathetic Child
Taya & Crowder (Bridge): Do you see Him?
King of Heaven
Champion of all creation
Eyes of fire
Voice of thunder
Tearing through the sky in wonder
Dressed in light we
See Him coming
On a horse that’s white like lightning
Do you see Him?
Anna Blake: The human takes a breath and looks up at the sky.
Lauren Daigle: “Look Up Child” [https://youtu.be/7NAYz0zh_Es]
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “The more impatient you are, the longer it takes.”
Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Searching
One day, the phone rang, a little boy answered.
“May I speak to your parents?”
“They’re busy.”
“Is anybody else there?”
“The police.”
“Can I speak to them?”
“They’re busy.”
“Is anybody else there?”
“The firemen.”
“Can I speak to them?”
“They’re busy.”
“Let me get this straight: Your parents, the police, and the firemen are there, but they’re all busy? What are they doing?”
“Looking for me.”
Anna Blake: A random idea comes to the human’s mind, was it something written somewhere? Or something she heard?
Dori Sampson (19 Apr 19): Dear Jesus, when I contemplate the pain you must have endured as you were nailed to your sacred cross, I struggle to equate your unimaginable suffering with the words “Good Friday.” But then I remember why you submitted yourself to such agony … for me. You took my sins upon your shoulders, and by your wounds, I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5 ESV) which reads:
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “Being stubborn is the answer to an adversarial question. No one likes to be forced, not even humans. Can you give us equines time to volunteer instead of always being nagged and hurried?”
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): The disciples were lost after the crucifixion, but we are not. We have history and the Word of God.
Isaiah 52:14 Just as there were many who were astonished at him–so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals-
Crowder: But you can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
You can’t stop love
Jesus (by Dori Sampson): Love steadied me. My greatest expression of love for the world. Why would I resist? This was not surrender. God’s commitment to humanity culminated now in this ultimate act of self-giving.
1 Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin),
Brat (18 Apr 19): The four living creatures could be the four sons that Rabbi YY was talking about. The Lamb is in the center looking as if He is slain. (Revelation 4)
Lamentations 3:7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me;
Brat: Jesus the Lamb was the ultimate scapegoat. Jesus told Amanda Grace that God is pulling some of us out of the way for the Holy Spirit to come in and clean up, burning away the weeds. The four living creatures are not necessarily driven by upright and honest intentions and motives, even though they say God is holy and to give Him all the honor, thanks, worship, and glory. Still, God will use them to break strongholds that they have created in keeping the Lamb looking as if He is slain. This Passover God is tying the Old Testament (Ezekiel 1) and the New Testament together to Himself.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
Anna Blake: Just about now the human takes another breath, but this is one of release.
Crowder: We’re taking back our freedom
Our battle has been won
We have been liberated
Back from the dead, we’ve come
Verse of the Day (Good Friday, April 19, 2019): But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV
Pastor John Tolle: Scripture with Meditation
Isaiah 52:15 so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “What if you use the time waiting for an answer to reflect on the nature of partnership?”
Jo shared Edward Lynch’s poster: Jesus, why do you allow things like famine, war, homelessness, crime, starvation, disease, suffering, and despair to exist in our world?
Jesus: Interesting that you should bring that up. I was just about to ask you the exact same question.
Anna Blake: (Okay, I have to chirp in. Anna says, “You’re right. If I hadn’t been such a bull-headed stubborn human, I wouldn’t have the donkey dictation skill I have today. I credit equines who didn’t like being hurried for everything I know. BTW, I have no idea what day Edgar was born so we celebrated it on the Grandfather Horse’s birthday.”)
Pastor John Tolle (19 Apr 19): “Woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26-27) Jesus did it for a broader audience. This carries responsibility to us Christians to care for others. Being a Christian doesn’t give us any outs. Later the Bible says she joined herself with his [John’s] household. In our day we need to have open doors.
Exodus 12:3 Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household.
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “What if being stubborn is a calming signal, a physical cue, to you humans that we don’t want to fight?”
Brat: All along, all I’ve been asking for is sanctuary from the Church. Isn’t it ironic that that was also what Quasimodo, the hunchback, sought at Notre Dame and now it’s burned down?
Exodus 12:4 If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it.
Anna Blake: Then the human stills her mind, her body comes pure again, breathing and curious to see what her horse will choose to do. She’s ready to say yes to any answer from the horse, so the conversation can continue politely, and exhales in relief the adversity has ended.
Brat (17 Apr 19): Holy God, just as Charlie Hebdo fought for freedom of speech, may Notre Dame represent the Holy Spirit fire of releasing the freedom from religiosity into freedom of and within religion in her Lazarus moment. Lord, You have placed a high calling on France. Help her to humbly complete the task You have given her, for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Amen.
Sophia Valentina Buller: By the Blood of Jesus and Holy Spirit Fire! Amen!
1 Peter 4:3 You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry.
Rick Joyner (in “Tested 15 Apr 19”): We could go on with this list, but we must not blame the heathen for being heathen—they are only doing what we would be doing if we had not been shown grace. Instead of being quick to condemn our government leaders for departing from the Constitution, let us search our own hearts and ask The Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin where we have departed from the ways He made so clear in His Word. We must humble ourselves and pray, seeking His face and turning from our wicked ways. If we will do this, He has promised to heal our land.
Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
Brat (in “Slaughter the Egyptian god” 8 Apr 19): [Sigh.] Lord Jesus? They already did that.
Anna Blake: Edgar says, “Thank you, Human. Confidence is best demonstrated by going slowly. An exhale means you’re listening.”
Revelation 3: 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
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Throw a Frog 17 Apr 19

17 Apr

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
[6 pages]
Palm Branches
Psalm 70:4 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The telling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt is one of the most important parts of Seder Night. The telling should be lively, real and happy – and may be in the language one is accustomed too. The Zohar teaches us the following:
It is an obligation of every person to tell the story of the leaving of Egypt with praise, and this is a mitzva that applies for all time. This is as we have explained, because every person who tells the story of the exodus from Egypt, and rejoices happily in the telling of it, will be invited in the future to rejoice with the Shechina.
Revelation 7: 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Jennifer Brownell: Today, the day between the adoring crowds of Palm Sunday and the chanting mobs of Friday, is sometimes called Silent Wednesday, since scripture does not record what Jesus did on this day. It was just an ordinary day in an extraordinary week. We try to imagine what conversations or chores made up the day. Did Jesus’ day include a morning prayer, a walk to the marketplace, a healing hand, a simple teaching, a shared laugh, a sorrowful tear, a meal or two, the sweet release of a few hours’ sleep?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: G d is the cause of all causes, prior to all, immeasurable, Who brings forth all that exists. Matza stands for the present because it hints at the constant involvement of G d in the world. Just as matza is humble, so G d hides Himself from being easily seen; just like matza consists of only flour and water, so G d is also a unified reality, the utmost in simplicity. This is why the matza is sometimes hidden and sometimes revealed at the Seder. Maror hints to the future because when the complete redemption will happen, we will see how all the negative events of the past were not only necessary, but will be transformed into sweetness.
Israel 365 (17 Apr 19): The Bible as Spiritual Nourishment ✡ “Even as I pour water on thirsty soil… So will I pour My spirit on your offspring”
Nathan Shaw: God has not forgotten you, not for a single moment. The appointed time will come. Adversity and testing will give way to fruitfulness and favor. The mysteries of suffering will bring forth purposes greater and more glorious than you ever imagined. You will arise with healing, vision and strategy. You will be God’s answer for nations in the midst of their own crises.
Temple Times
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Tested” 15 Apr 19): (3) maror, reminding us of the bitterness of the exile. Eating of matza on this night is a Biblical command, the eating of maror is a Rabbinical command, and the mentioning of the Pascal offering is now only a custom to remind us of Temple times.
Rick Joyner: For this reason let us resolve that this will not be the end of our story. Let us be counted with those who in the darkest of times throughout history turned the hearts of the people back to The Lord and helped deliver them from their oppressors.
Pastor John Tolle (echo): Make sure your life measures up to what you say.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The spiritual world is above time, yet relates to time as we know it. By recalling these immensely important events on the anniversary of their occurrence, we connect to their original power and cause an echo effect in the spiritual realms.
Rev. Anna Tew (in “Tested” 15 Apr 19): We gather with the Church all around the world to tell the story, because every Christian must sing it again, not only for what is remembered, but for what is experienced.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The Holy One blessed be He, rejoices in that story, and at the same time [as the Jewish people are telling it] gathers all the myriad angels above and tells them, “Go and listen to the story praising Me, that my children are telling in their rejoicing at my redeeming them”.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Luke 5:14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Jennifer Brownell: Silent Wednesday
Jo (17 Apr 19): I think that our hope sometimes, when the winter is too severe, goes to sleep.
Matthew 24:20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.
Anna Blake (15 Apr 19): Flight
So still the herd, taking rest with
soft flank to muscled shoulder,
as the light shifts to cool. One
nose lifted to the scent of rain
coming on the breeze, the slow
boil of clouds forming dark to
thunder. Beyond the tree line, a
slow crush of fir needles, padded
footfalls and hushed birdsong.
You cannot feel the earth give
way to the cutting power of my
hooves. You cannot know me.
Jennifer Brownell: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing,” writes the sage Annie Dillard. More and more, we live in front of cameras and screens, aware that we are surrounded as much by the witness of the cloud as a cloud of witnesses. When so much of your life is documented, what you do with “this hour and that one” matters more than ever. When there is no public either adoring you or shouting you down, how do you spend your Silent Wednesdays?
Rick Joyner: In examining the failures of both the church and our government, we are not trying to find someone to blame; rather, we are seeking to address the problems. We also need to look at how some of the basic failures of each are related to one another, which is why I am including this connection in this study.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Revelation 12:12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
Froggy
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Throw a Frog at Story Time
Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
Brat: The Euphrates is in Egypt, right? That’s part of Africa.
Wikipedia: Originating in eastern Turkey, the Euphrates flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf.
Revelation 16: 13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.
Brat: Sounds like jealousy, false accusation, and being forgotten or ignored
Jennifer Brownell: How do you live those days when the cloud of witnesses is your only witness?
Breaking Israel News (16 Apr 19): African Pastor Accuses Bishops Of Lying About Israel
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): The Jews were in a heap of trouble and looking for a deliverer.
Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!
Nathan Shaw (in “Tested” 15 Apr 19): Joseph endured three massive tests:
• The test of jealousy.
• The test of false accusation.
• The test of being forgotten or ignored.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We can let earthly reality drive our emotions. We make choices every day. We need a deeper grasp on the relationship we have with Jesus Christ rather than a little religious quote.
Ryan LeStrange (12 Apr 19): Are you stuck in negative emotional cycles?
Brat: [Grrrr….] Only from those causing the negative cycles. “Tickling ears”, ya know. Stop it! You’re supposed to be working from the side of redeeming the times.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We understand the timing in which we live.
Pastor Steve Dittmar: We will witness Wednesday and Thursday of Jesus’ Passion Week, where we’ll experience man’s self-preservation in the midst of relentless questions; we’ll ponder what happens to our hearts when we experience delay; and what transpires when our ways and understanding contradict Jesus’ timing and ways. We will be continuously re-directed back to the glorious ONE who paid it all.
Jennifer Brownell: Prayer
Brother Jesus, You are already our witness. May this hour and that one and every single one be worthy of your compassionate attention.
Revelation 10: 5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6 and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay
Dana Jarvis (17 Apr 19): The Situation Has Changed Hands!
Jennifer Brownell: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Then all [the angels] gather together with Israel and listen to the joyous reciting of the story praising the redemption by their Master. Then they go up and give thanks and praise to the Holy One blessed be He for all of those miracles and wonders [that He did for Israel]. They also give thanks and praise for the holy people that He has on the earth, who rejoice and are happy in the redemption of their Master.
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Breaking Israel News Exclusive (17 Apr 19): Secret Prayer for Redemption Taking Over the World
Brat: FINALLY! My Jewish friends have rebuked the frogs! Glory to GOD!
Revelation 5: 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Meanwhile…
Lazarus
Jo (17 Apr 19): I have been aware for a while that I am not enjoying anything. My joy is asleep.
Brat to Amanda Grace (13 Apr 19): Truthfully, I am surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing and the dysfunctional silence continues. …
Disciple Robert (in “Tested” 15 Apr 19): Instead we have to remember we are in the flesh, and so not give up hope but remain humble and vigilantly watching what we allow ourselves to think, feel, and do keeping that in line with the faith of Jesus, and repenting any time it does not stay in line with the true faith. Nobody is saving themselves by doing this, rather they are remaining within the boundary of Christ’s gift of salvation by doing these things. At any time that a person strays outside of the boundary of the gift of salvation, that is, strays outside the sheepfold, they are placing their future with the Lord in jeopardy and are open to being taken by veracious wolves.
Sergei Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf” [https://youtu.be/MfM7Y9Pcdzw]
Mark Van Steenwyk: Turning Over Tables Today
Jennifer Brownell: The public turning over of the tables, the anguished last words, the glory of the resurrection—all of these are remembered and recorded. But on Wednesday, the cameras were off. We have no email trail, no security camera footage, no hash-tagged social media updates, #WedsCoffeeWithMyLordandSavior, #blessed.
Brat (in “Tested” 15 Apr 19): I still have the vision that God gave me at the beginning of my calling, but I don’t know where home is anymore.
Jo (17 Apr 19): I think that there are seasons in our lives when hope sleeps. Like the bears hole up and hibernate, their fat stores used to sustain them while they sleep. It is a deep and merciful sleep taking them thru the worst of winter and waking them in spring hungry and alive.
Rev. Jason Cox: All in all, not a very nice place. But Bethany is where Jesus chose to spend much of his time, in the house of his friends Mary and Martha and Lazarus. He got the sisters’ message about Lazarus’ illness but didn’t arrive in time to heal him. By the time Jesus arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. Martha is upset, of course, and this causes Jesus to be upset. He weeps, standing before the darkened tomb. John tells the story this way:
“It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.’”
Jesus called into the darkness: “‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’”
Ian יוחנן Johnson (16 Apr 19): When the smoke died down in the Notre Dame cathedral with all its finery stripped away all that was left is the cross. This is a restart for France and her journey with Christ. When all the hoopla is gone France can re-enter her beginning. Tradition says the gospel was first carried to France by Lazarus, the one who Jesus raised from the dead after every one else thought he was dead and gone. Many have declared the French Church is dead… but when all is stripped away and they simply come, France has entered her beginning.
Rev. Jason Cox: And it was night. Wednesday in Holy Week marks an inflection point between light and dark: halfway from dusk to dawn, midway between two resurrections. Yes, two resurrections: because you cannot understand Jesus’ resurrection in the Gospel of John without first knowing about Lazarus’ resurrection. Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is the catalyst that sets everything in motion this Holy Week.
Honor
Charisma (16 Apr 19): Honor Your Mother
Brat: Notre Dame means “Our Lady” in Latin and is a reference to Jesus’ mother.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): “Rather than asking God to bless what you are doing, ask Him to reveal what He has already blessed, and jump in!”
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Do we praise the Lord for what He’s done for us and then get angry when things do not go to our liking?
Elijah List (17 Apr 19): Say Goodbye to the Mouse in Your House
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): When you all need to be teachers, then someone needs to teach you again. We have a tendency to relegate that to certain people.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Because [of this effect in the spiritual realm] a person should give praise and tell this [Pesach] story in the manner we have taught.
Brat (17 Apr 19): Holy God, just as Charlie Hebdo fought for freedom of speech, may Notre Dame represent the Holy Spirit fire of releasing the freedom from religiosity into freedom of and within religion in her Lazarus moment. Lord, You have placed a high calling on France. Help her to humbly complete the task You have given her, for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Amen.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: This [joy at the time of the ultimate redemption] will be greater than all other joy. This is a person who has rejoiced in his Master.
Brat: We worship God and share the journey!
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Then power and might are gathered to Him on high and Israel, through [relating] that story giving power to their Master. This is like a King whose power and might are increased when [his subjects] praise his majesty and give thanks to him. Then all [his enemies] fear him and his honor is raised above them all.
Revelation 7: 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Tested 15 Apr 19

16 Apr

Working Dates: Monday, April 15, 2019 to Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Holy Week
[14 pages]
Nathan Shaw: Joseph endured three massive tests:
• The test of jealousy.
• The test of false accusation.
• The test of being forgotten or ignored.
Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
Brat (in “Slaughter the Egyptian god” 8 Apr 19): [Sigh.] Lord Jesus? They already did that.
Steve Shultz: Many have felt they’ve gone through test after test, as they’ve been serving the Lord the best they know how, walking in absolute obedience to Him.
Disciple Robert: If your faith instead accepts part of Jesus but refuses to let go of the ways of the devil, then you are following the devil’s corrupted doctrine. If your faith is such that you end up having the wrong clothes on before the Lord at his wedding feast, then your faith will severely let you down that day, because it will be shown as the wrong kind of faith where you accepted to be in the street with the Lord, and in his vicinity, but you refused to walk close to him and obey him and be his follower.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Jesus is riding the colt and trampling their garments. Why? To free Israel.
Charisma (15 Apr 19): Do You Feel Like a Christian Today?
Disciple Robert: The best lie, is a lie that seems true but is not true. Would you break 10 eggs into a bowl and make an omelet? Sure you would. But how about if one of those eggs were rotten. Would you still? Is it still an omelette given the other 9 are good? Sure it is, but it is not a GOOD one as it has become corrupted by the 1 bad one. That is how a good lie works: get plenty of Christian truth, but mix in a rotten belief into that truth like “I am saved even though I still sin” “You cannot loose your salvation even if you are in sin when you are born again” “You dont have to repent to be saved” “If you are born again, you are still going in the rapture (do not have to be watchful and faithful like Jesus warned) even you are still living in sins and a worldly mindset”, or “Baptism in water is not needed for a spirit filled Christian.” With these rotten eggs in your truth, you no longer have a PURE UNDEFILED TRUTH, rather a CORRUPTED BELIEF.
Breaking Israel News (14 Apr 19): As the Seder is Observed with Roasted Chicken Eggs, Eggshells Found in Jerusalem’s City of David
Brat: Personally, I feel like I’m walking on broken glass.
Annie Lennox: “Walking On Broken Glass” [https://youtu.be/y25stK5ymlA]
Revelation 11:8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.
Israel 365 (14 Apr 19): The Saint of Jerusalem ✡ “If I do not keep Yerushalayim in memory even at my happiest hour”
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
Yosef Marcus: When we look around the world today, we may see spiritual poverty and brokenness. We may find it hard to imagine that there is another piece to this very “matzah” — a hidden piece ready to emerge. The story of the Exodus, however, tells us to be optimistic: From the depths of darkness in which we had become immersed in Egypt, we were, in a matter of moments, transported into the historic and unparalleled spiritual revelations of the Exodus.
Disciple Robert: But those who stood by the Lord’s grave and serious truths, will no longer have long faces, or burdened for the foolish and the perishing world around them, for they will have the joy of the Kingdom at last. Those who refused to listen will be left behind to face the consequences of their works. There are some who want to be ready and try to be ready for Jesus having a little faith and holding onto his name, but their struggle is in their hearts of wanting sin more, and so continually fall short of the Lord and are targeted hard by the devil with many powerful forces of darkness.
Nathan Shaw: One of the hardest tests is watching everyone else live their lives and fulfill their destinies while you sit on the sidelines, forgotten and ignored.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Are you grounded enough not to go away [like the disciples did to Jesus before His crucifixion]?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Dancing Out of Prison
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Where there is freedom there is greater apathy.
Yehoshua Metzinger: So why do we need this conquering? Why not simply transform the impurity rather than conquering it first? This subjugation has an advantage in that, as the Alter Rebbe writes in the Tanya, a person is a true servant of G d when he is constantly battling against and subduing his nature. It is a battle which brings G dly light into the world.
Yosef Marcus: This duality of the middle matzah is an example of the duality that runs throughout the Seder: On the one hand we are celebrating freedom—drinking wine, reclining, and so on—yet at the same time reliving the bitterness of the slavery. The matzah itself is both the bread of slaves and the poor, and at the same time “the bread of faith” and “bread of healing.” But it is in the middle matzah that this contrast is most stark, since the very same matzah contains two seemingly contradictory elements.
2 Peter 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?
Jo (15 Apr 19): Notre Dame in Paris is burning down! My god!
Sophia Buller: Felt led to share: https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-collapse-live-updates-today-2019-04-15/
Yosef Marcus: How is it that these very different elements—poverty and wealth—should find a home in the same matzah? The answer is that the two are interconnected: the small and broken pieces of life — the challenges and the struggle — bring “the larger piece,” the richness of life, to the fore.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): In our society we’re being told to shut up. I’m not saying we’re to shout, but stand your ground. He IS Messiah and Lord.
Colossians 1:23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Steve Shultz: Some of you reading this may have a high calling as Joseph did and you also have endured great testing.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): Ready?
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): Jesus started the day with all manner of questions being asked of him. The chief priest, elders, Pharisees, Sadducees, and lawyers all had their turn questioning Him. Actually, it was more like an inquisition to trap Jesus and find fault. But they couldn’t.
Luke 22: 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.
Pastor John Tolle (condescendingly): We deem them a cut above. Someone else tagged them to be IT, then I don’t have to be IT.
Test of Jealousy
Yosef Marcus: The two pieces of the matzah embody two starkly different realities. The small piece is “poor man’s bread”; the larger piece is the afikoman, which must be eaten at the end of the meal, like a dessert, in the manner of the rich who continue eating even after having eaten their fill.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): It’s a blessing when Jesus leads us beyond the convention of our days.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: To get back to the true reality, that G d is the boss and that all of our accomplishments are through Him (and even failures -depression is also a dimension of pride!), once in a while we have to purge ourselves. This is why, once a year, when the eve of Passover comes, we have to check for physical and spiritual chametz, eradicating it even in its most minute quantities.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): The Lord so tagged you to be IT. I’m IT! This is not a matter of pride. Thank You, Jesus, for tagging me! I’m IT!
Yehoshua Metzinger: In the Final Redemption, the miracles of the Egyptian exodus will seem like child’s play.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches that these three elements relate to different dimensions in educating a Jewish child. Matza, unleavened bread, is a staple, just like the teaching of Torah is the most basic requirement of education. And just as with matza we must be careful that it does not leaven, so also Torah must be taught with humility, without adding our ego to it. Maror stands for the negative influences around us from which a child must be protected, and also to the strict hand that we must sometimes employ to protect our children and maintain them on the correct path. The Passover offering was eaten at the end of the meal, as “dessert”, reclining like a king. This represents less important series of events and experiences in our children’s education that must be added sparingly after the primary aspects have been fulfilled. I have added this to remind everyone, including myself, that first and foremost, our responsibility at the Seder is to educate our children.
Hebrews 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,
Kim Potter: Or, will we be like Joshua and Caleb and declare, “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them” (Numbers 1:7a-9).
Disciple Robert: Many believers will be severely disappointed on the day of the rapture soon, because they were convinced they were ready for him through him alone, and pridefully did not examine themselves or obey his command to overcome sin, and so foolishly went on in works they knew deep down he was not happy with…and the end result is that they will be left behind in shame. Then they will hate those who did not tell them the full truth, but told them lies about the truths of salvation and being ready for Jesus, and did not tell them the hard truth that is unpopular, and not happy, fun and smiles, but grave, serious and needed.
Rick Joyner: We could go on with this list, but we must not blame the heathen for being heathen—they are only doing what we would be doing if we had not been shown grace. Instead of being quick to condemn our government leaders for departing from the Constitution, let us search our own hearts and ask The Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin where we have departed from the ways He made so clear in His Word. We must humble ourselves and pray, seeking His face and turning from our wicked ways. If we will do this, He has promised to heal our land.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): Think about it. God is doing something right now. When the time came for Joshua to enter the land of promise, he was told that God had already gone before him. Every place where Joshua was about to put the sole of his foot.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Hebrews 5:13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): “Rather than asking God to bless what you are doing, ask Him to reveal what He has already blessed, and jump in!”
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Do we praise the Lord for what He’s done for us and then get angry when things do not go to our liking?
Disciple Robert: The end result of believing these corrupted beliefs, even though there is plenty of correct Christian doctrine in the belief such as the truth of salvation in the name of Jesus, and the faith that leads to salvation, the end result is still that you have tainted clothing before God and so are not fit for the rapture because of your WORKS. People say they are ready for Jesus by faith and through his grace not by their works, yet they work hard daily in sin no problems. What about those works? Are we not condemned by WORKS of our hearts? Jesus made it clear that the works of repentance, coming back to him, watching for him, being faithful to him, trusting him, and enduring in the faith staying right with him, and praying to be counted worthy, were all requirements. He made this very clear in his personal letters to the churches in Revelation.
Measure
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Make sure your life measures up to what you say.
Revelation 21: 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): My call as a prophet and pastor lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 22: 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”
Revelation 13:10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Rev. Anna Tew: We gather with the Church all around the world to tell the story, because every Christian must sing it again, not only for what is remembered, but for what is experienced.
Brat to Amanda Grace (13 Apr 19): Truthfully, I am surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing and the dysfunctional silence continues. …
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We can let earthly reality drive our emotions. We make choices every day. We need a deeper grasp on the relationship we have with Jesus Christ rather than a little religious quote.
Ryan LeStrange (12 Apr 19): Are you stuck in negative emotional cycles?
Brat: [Grrrr….] Only from those causing the negative cycles. “Tickling ears”, ya know. Stop it! You’re supposed to be working from the side of redeeming the times.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We understand the timing in which we live.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): Your Future Is In The Pattern Of Your Past
Rick Joyner: So we must rise up to resist the evil that is destroying us and our land, but we must keep a humble, repentant heart, not thinking of ourselves as superior to those who have fallen lest we have the grace by which we stand removed. We must be quick to show grace to others when they repent, just as we have been shown grace. Pointing out any who have failed to adhere to the Word of God or the Constitution it is not to condemn, but it is so the gate of hell through which the evil has come into the church and our country is shut.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rebbe Michael of Zlotshov asks a simple question: why does the Hagadah require of us to say these three ideas? It should ask if we did them! His answer is that before we do any action, especially ones as important as these, we have to pray that we will do them properly. This is what it means that all who did not “say”: if someone did not pray to G d that these actions will come out properly, he did not fulfill the requirements of the Seder.
Colossians 1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Test of False Accusation
Rick Joyner: In examining the failures of both the church and our government, we are not trying to find someone to blame; rather, we are seeking to address the problems. We also need to look at how some of the basic failures of each are related to one another, which is why I am including this connection in this study.
Hebrews 5:11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the Hagadah it is written, “Whoever does not explain three certain concepts, does not fulfill the requirements of the Seder.”
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): When you all need to be teachers, then someone needs to teach you again. We have a tendency to relegate that to certain people.
Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: (1) Passover (the Pascal Lamb that our fathers ate during the time that the Temple stood to remind us that the Holy One Blessed Be He “skipped over” (Passover) the homes of the Jews, sparing them, and killed only the firstborn of the Egyptians),
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Creation glorifies God. It’s an embarrassment for us because we don’t.
Disciple Robert: Nobody is saved by their good works. This is because you cannot be saved unless you are first born-again in the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ and have had your sins covered and forgiven by his blood, and there is no other way to be saved other than this way. And you cannot then endure and stay ready for him, and stay out of sin and live a clean life, if your faith is not the kind of faith that can obey his commands in his letters to overcome, to persevere, to be separate from the world, to repent, to be faithful to him, to pray….
Thrones
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Ryan LeStrange (15 Apr 19): My Monday Word for You…Beware of Religious Immobility!
Rick Joyner: We can see the American Republic’s failure to adhere to the Constitution as a reflection of how the church failed to adhere to the supreme authority of The Scriptures. We see the failure of the American Republic to be a nation where all men are treated equally as a reflection of the spiritual bigotry in the church. This is not just racism (though that is a major problem in the church), but religious bigotry. Religious bigotry is believing ourselves to be better than others because we are part of a certain denomination or movement. It is the same evil of judging by externals rather than by the Spirit.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Disciple Robert: It is by crafty deception that the devil has infiltrated Christian doctrine to gain for himself a foothold in the lives of many believers and cause them to be blocked from being ready for Jesus’ return. The devil has a lot of believers thinking that their faith in Jesus is enough and it doesn’t matter about all their sins they are in currently, or their worldly living, because Jesus is simply going to forgive them and rapture them up to heaven as long as they at some point in the past, had laid faith in his name and become born again. The devil works hard through his demons to keep these believers in their sins and blind their eyes to scriptures that show them otherwise. The truth sets people free, so the devil makes sure that foolish believers who have given him power in their lives through sin, don’t accept Jesus’ words of preparing faithfully and fearfully for his return.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In each case and particularly during Passover, when the redemption arrives, the Almighty requires the destruction of the husks, the coverings of the truth. This is the reason the Jewish people were given two commandments on the eve of their departure from Egypt. The first was the offering of the Pascal lamb, the first level of the destruction of the husks: the destruction of the false gods of our enemies. The second was circumcision, to remove the foreskin from ourselves, which is also like a husk that conceals.
Brat (in “New Thing?” 2 Apr 19): It has been a whole series of cover-ups and I cannot break the power of it alone, or even in my prayer circle. I require outside intervention. Fr David had called mine a “servant ministry” and the bishop had said, “In our current structure people with your articulated call have no regular ministry.”
Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Kim Potter: Numbers 13:1 teaches us that it was GOD who told Moses to send men in to spy out the land. God knew they would see the fruitfulness of the land. He also knew they would see the giants. His hope was that they would believe what He had said more than what they saw. Knowing they would see the giants, why did He send them in to spy out the land? I believe one reason is the promise He made to Moses. We find this promise in Joshua 1:3: “I have given you every place where the sole of your foot will tread, just as I promised to Moses.”
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): I’m part of a Renegade Pastor’s Network.
Revelation 4: 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:
Brat: Sounds to me like a mainframe computer.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Make sure you’re not misinterpreting.
Disciple Robert: They feel guilty about their lack of self-control and honestly assess themselves but find their hearts just do not really want to leave sins. If you are ever like this, the way is to pray diligently for the power of the Lord to change your heart to be able to let go of carnal desire and the sin nature that holds you. This condition is a spiritual bondage that only the Lord Jesus can break if your heart is willing that he does and you seek him about it.
Rick Joyner: That the church in America is at such a lowly state can ultimately work for our good if it keeps us humble, since God gives His grace to the humble. The Lord had seemingly endless grace for repentant sinners, but He had none for the self-righteous. We need to keep in mind that the church that fell to such a low state happened on our watch.
Nathan Shaw: To the Josephs of this generation who are wounded, bleeding and forgotten, you have endured years of testing and adversity. You have been pushed to the limits, yet somehow kept going. You have experienced the wounding of betrayal, jealousy, false accusation and neglect. Many of you have wounds that are so deep it seems like they will never heal. You have questioned whether you will ever be seen, ever be heard, or ever live the destiny that was prophesied.
Brat: Yup. Thank you for understanding.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We do have an important need to understand that we are outsiders. You were His enemies in your mind.
Disciple Robert: Instead we have to remember we are in the flesh, and so not give up hope but remain humble and vigilantly watching what we allow ourselves to think, feel, and do keeping that in line with the faith of Jesus, and repenting any time it does not stay in line with the true faith. Nobody is saving themselves by doing this, rather they are remaining within the boundary of Christ’s gift of salvation by doing these things. At any time that a person strays outside of the boundary of the gift of salvation, that is, strays outside the sheepfold, they are placing their future with the Lord in jeopardy and are open to being taken by veracious wolves.
Sergei Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf” [https://youtu.be/MfM7Y9Pcdzw]
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): Jesus’ Passover meal with His disciples was anything but ordinary. He washed their feet! He set a new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). He made a new covenant, revealed His betrayer, and gently but firmly admonished Peter, knowing what was coming: “No, Peter, you will not be able to follow me now.”
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): There’s an interesting tension there. So much of our life up to this point has been God teaching us and allowing us the freedom to do what we do. This is the chapter when He is taking us up to another level of accountability and empowerment, and in many cases, we are no longer doing what we used to do. We have to do what we’re supposed to do and it’s a different level of authority – a different level of responsibility.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): You did not recognize the day of your visitation. (Luke 19:44)
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): Even His disciples couldn’t see the value of the One who sat with them. Jesus first defended, then forever memorialized Mary’s extravagant worship. He loved and honored her worship. We learn that when we give worship to Jesus, it is forever: All of our giving continues on in eternity as worship, as a memorial before the Lord. Not an old, forgotten act, but a forever act!
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: (2) matza (that was eaten with the offering and is now in place of it), and
Colossians 1:22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): Then, Gethsemane. Sweat as drops of blood. Jesus: His soul yielded as an offering for sin, living out Isaiah 53, fulfilling prophecy perfectly and completely. He poured out His soul unto death. The Father sees, and is satisfied. Now the offering can take place.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Without salt and leaven it is “bread of the poor”, helping us to become humble so that the faith and healing can enter.
Luke 22:19 And he [Jesus] took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): A few years ago our church worshipped in a tent. We faked it ‘til we made it. We dedicated a fireman’s daughter. We had 25 visitors. I laid face down to pray for her. I emulated crying out to the Lord for that baby girl. I was flat down, face down. We believe in prayer. Later that week I got calls from people who said that was not dignified behavior of a pastor.
Brat: When Pope Francis was commissioned into his calling, he shocked the world and laid down, face down, before the Lord in front of millions of people.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): There is more to this than all of humanity.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): At the end of all this, Jesus asked them, “Whose son is the Christ?” (ref Matthew 22:42, NKJV). With His answer, they had to stop. They dared not ask Him anything else. Jesus had been inspected; the Passover Lamb stood undefiled, separate from sinners, ready as the Father’s offering to be the Passover Lamb for the whole human race.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This is integrally connected to the eating of matza, unleavened bread, at the Seder. The Zohar calls matza both “bread of faith”, and “bread of health”. “Faith”, because once we have cleansed ourselves of all of the chametz, matza gives us the ability to experience G d in the world; “health”, because from this place of faith, all true health is rooted.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): Be grounded so you don’t change your tune when things change in your life.
Danny Gokey: Masterpiece: https://youtu.be/culDfUqiKDE
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): This story gives a great picture of not forcing Him into our stereotypical box.
Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: (3) maror, reminding us of the bitterness of the exile. Eating of matza on this night is a Biblical command, the eating of maror is a Rabbinical command, and the mentioning of the Pascal offering is now only a custom to remind us of Temple times.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): The Jews were in a heap of trouble and looking for a deliverer.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: All of Passover is an exercise in letting G dly consciousness enter us. G d transcends time, and all distinctions of past, present and future. The Shelah writes that the Passover offering hints at the concept of the past in an active sense. The Passover offering is to remind us that our G d comes before everything, that all other deities are nothing before Him, and that He destroyed the gods of the Egyptians.
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Yehoshua Metzinger: Every day, we are leaving behind more and more limitations until we will reach the point where we will break through all limits in the Ultimate Redemption. Mashiach is descended from King David, who is descended from Peretz, which sounds like the word “poretz”, which means breaking through limits. Every morning before prayer, there is a physical exile which causes us to feel limited within the boundaries of our bodies.
Brat: Honestly, morning is my most holy and pure time of the day for me. It is when I feel closest to God and do not feel the limits of my body as I commune with Him. His mercies are new every morning.
Lamentations 3:22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Test of Being Forgotten or Ignored
Pastor Steve Dittmar (16 Apr 19): But before He died, He first witnessed the truth to Pontius Pilate, the high priest, and the elders. He submitted to the Father’s will. In so doing, death was swallowed in His death. All of sin, all wrath and judgment, for all of time, was placed upon Jesus. God released the full weight of His wrath upon His Son, instead of us. Jesus was over us, for us. He was us.
Yehoshua Metzinger: The verse, “We draw from the man who has breath in his nostrils. For what is he deemed worthy?” describes the limited spirituality when we first awaken and the soul is only in the nostrils. During prayer, the soul spreads throughout the whole body, subduing the gross physicality and compelling the animal soul to say “amen” against its will; this is the only way of achieving complete service. As King David says, “My heart is void within me,” demonstrating that one must conquer the left part of his heart before he can say “You shall love…” in the Shema, and to declare love for G d with both souls, the animal and the divine. Similarly, evil and the spirit of impurity will be conquered and then transformed into good in the Era of Mashiach.
Monk: Speaking of the Holy Void…
Brat (in “The Call” in Bride’s Voice, Lent 2009): …Fr David invited me to write Lenten Reflections and lead the Lenten groups after the Wednesday services. Lent was such a spiritually difficult time for me, because God is so very personal and alive to me! Because of the nature of marriage, I went through Christ’s crucifixion with Him as if I was there. In the past, I had gone through Lent feeling sorrow and guilt for being a human and was guilty with all humanity for having crucified Him. Now I was experiencing it with Him. Finally we arrived at Easter. Yeah. I had expected to feel the joy of Resurrection on Easter. However, what followed was six weeks (forty days) of separation, where I could not feel God at all. I experienced the Holy VOID. It is the place of God’s vast holiness where God is too big and awesome to be personal. This is the Nirvana that other cultures strive for. From the beginning of time, people have sought after Nirvana as a destination. Well, I had “arrived,” and I just wanted my God back. For six weeks I could not hear Him, see Him, sense Him, feel Him, experience Him, or commune with Him in any way. God was GOD MOST HIGH, way too high. With total conviction I can say that this was the very hardest time in my life. I missed Him so much! I felt abandoned by Him. “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” What did I do? At the end of the forty days, I understood the spiritual significance: God is holy. He is awesome. He is creator of all. He is so great that He doesn’t have to care about us. He chooses to care about us. He chooses to love us. He chooses to surrender Himself to us.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): The people who knew the Bible were telling the people to shut up. (Luke 19:40) Centuries later, they’re still saying, “Shut your disciples up.” You’re not the messiah but Jesus knows He is.
Anna Blake (15 Apr 19): Flight
So still the herd, taking rest with
soft flank to muscled shoulder,
as the light shifts to cool. One
nose lifted to the scent of rain
coming on the breeze, the slow
boil of clouds forming dark to
thunder. Beyond the tree line, a
slow crush of fir needles, padded
footfalls and hushed birdsong.
You cannot feel the earth give
way to the cutting power of my
hooves. You cannot know me.
Hebrews 4: 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): Hi Kathryn, Here is the ULTIMATE supernatural productivity multiplier!
Luke 22:14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Each year again, as we come closer to Passover, we have to put ourselves through this dual process again. That is why we were commanded to drink four cups of wine, while reclining, like kings. Just as the juice of the grape was contained within its skin and then released to become wine, so also we have been released from the four husks, also referred to as the foreskin of Egypt. And before drinking the fourth cup we complete the recital of Hallel, the song of thanksgiving, because with the conclusion of the Seder we have become servants of G d rather than the slaves of Pharaoh.
Luke 22: 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Breaking Israel News: Passover Sacrifice Reenactment: Success Despite Political Pushback
Nathan Shaw: God is raising up many people who will walk in great authority. He has an answer for the crises that are coming to the nations of the earth. Right now Josephs are being prepared in hiddenness.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: G d is the cause of all causes, prior to all, immeasurable, Who brings forth all that exists. Matza stands for the present because it hints at the constant involvement of G d in the world. Just as matza is humble, so G d hides Himself from being easily seen; just like matza consists of only flour and water, so G d is also a unified reality, the utmost in simplicity. This is why the matza is sometimes hidden and sometimes revealed at the Seder. Maror hints to the future because when the complete redemption will happen, we will see how all the negative events of the past were not only necessary, but will be transformed into sweetness.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Disciple Robert: He never said works of the law saved you. The reason being, is the works he mentioned in his letters, are not works of the law, rather works of true faith. Big difference. Having no faith but pretending to be a good person and rejecting Jesus and his blood shed for us on the cross for your salvation, and instead thinking you will go to heaven because of your good will, is what many do, and this is what the lie of entering heaven by your good works, is really.
Pastor John Tolle (14 Apr 19): We get offended. Like to Peter: “God revealed it to you.”
Lance Wallnau (14 Apr 19): Remember how Jesus said to Peter, “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” (John 21:18)
Luke 22: 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.
Ryan LeStrange (13 Apr 19): Winning with a Prophetic Perspective!
Brat (in “Afikomen” 14 Apr 19): And with this same message there came a picture of an ISIS thug in fatigues with his face veiled and holding an automatic machine gun to his chest with his finger ready on the trigger. Be my guest, crush those snakes!
Crowder: “Crushing Snakes” [https://youtu.be/-TGkqjQfZyU]
Hebrews 5:2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
Yehoshua Metzinger: The situation is similar to that of a king who distributes all of his treasures to his soldiers so that they can fight a war. In peace time, these treasures would never have been touched, much less, spent so freely. This war is the battle with the animal soul, and the victory brings treasures of Divine Revelation. This is another reason why the Egyptian exodus will be mentioned in the Era of Mashiach; the daily battle against the animal soul is our personal coming out of Egypt which will eventually lead to the Ultimate Redemption.
Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Disciple Robert: There are those who strive hard to obey the Lord and be ready through prayer, faith, trust in his salvation, letting go of themselves, and being watchful and using spiritual warfare against the devil through the Spirit, and not letting the world corrupt them or their flesh to rule them with all its sinful desires, but the battle is long and at times can fall short, and not serve the Lord as good as they could…or let their hearts start being on the wrong things. Or let the many desires of the flesh entertain thoughts in their minds even for just a minute. We must remember that we are NOT in the bodies of eternal life yet, and cannot expect to be in a state of pure perfection with no temptation and no longer in any kind of battle.
Isaiah 43:19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Lana Vawser (2 Apr 19): There is a call upon the people of God to make themselves ready for the birthing. The Lord is calling His people to “make room” for this birthing. The Lord is calling His people to remain deep in the secret place, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them and prepare them for the new that is about to come bursting through. New life is coming to the United States of America. The Lord is going to demonstrate that no one stands against the Lord Almighty.
Brat (in “More Than A Prophet” 12 December 2010): Having a servant ministry also makes me dependent on others to share with me. I spend about forty hours a week in prayer, in addition to my fifteen hours of work at the library as a page earning about $100/week. For 3½ years [at that time, and now it’s nine years later] I have been subsisting mostly on nuts and raisins, and I wear tattered black and white clothes, because I cannot afford more. I spend most of my time praying in my car in parking lots, because for 3½ years my car has been my prayer cell. There’s “no room at the inn” at my own church, or at any church, to find a quiet, warm, dry, well-lit space for me to pray. There is no hermitage for the hermit to pray in, but the Church wants to reap the benefits of the prayers. The Church does nothing, just like God said would happen in Revelation chapters 10-12, so God took care of the woman “for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.” (Rev 12:14) The church is not the serpent. The Liar is who has been deceiving the church and keeping up the veil of denial is the serpent. So repent. Make way for the rebirth of Christ anew and afresh in the innocence of our hearts and lives. Christ did say, “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’” I have endured all these years in this meager existence not by plugging myself into a role, but by listening to where God is leading and gleaning what He is teaching through the experiences. My covenantal relationship with God comes first. I share the journey. Just as Jesus told John’s disciples, I reiterate: “Go. Tell others what you hear and see.” I can only do what I have been doing and cannot “save” myself any more than anyone else can “save” themselves. I don’t know what my own “homies” know, because we don’t talk about it, so I need others to be my voice.
“Go tell John what you hear and see.”
Pastor John Tolle (31 Mar 19): Homeless people in Thousand Oaks are persona non grata. You can’t bring them along with a one-time touch. People in your life are homeless. They have no eternal home.
Brat: I still have the vision that God gave me at the beginning of my calling, but I don’t know where home is anymore.
Nathan Shaw: God has not forgotten you, not for a single moment. The appointed time will come. Adversity and testing will give way to fruitfulness and favor. The mysteries of suffering will bring forth purposes greater and more glorious than you ever imagined. You will arise with healing, vision and strategy. You will be God’s answer for nations in the midst of their own crises.
Rick Joyner: For this reason let us resolve that this will not be the end of our story. Let us be counted with those who in the darkest of times throughout history turned the hearts of the people back to The Lord and helped deliver them from their oppressors.
Pastor John Tolle (echo): Make sure your life measures up to what you say.