Archive | August, 2019

Accountability Matters 30 Aug 19

30 Aug

Friday, August 30, 2019
[3 pages]
Lana Vawser (26 Aug 19): There has been a scene from the latest Wonder Woman (2017) movie that has been playing over and over in my mind the past few weeks. In one of the scenes when Wonder Woman is being ‘trained’ there is an instruction given to train her harder than any other, five, ten times harder.
Israel365 (28 Aug 19): ✡ Defending the House of God
Pastor John Tolle (28 Aug 19): When you desire to experience true revival, the Holy Spirit gives you courage to do the impossible. You can join the other courageous ones and not succumb to the “enemy’s tactics.” You and I can be some of God’s champion warriors!
Lana Vawser (26 Aug 19): As this scene has continued to play over and over in my mind the last few weeks, I asked the Holy Spirit what He was saying. The Lord spoke to me that there are many in the body of Christ that feel like they have been trained harder then ever before. They feel like the ‘training’ was intense previously but then it increased, five, ten times harder than before. The Lord showed me that many in the body of Christ have been walking through intense times right now, trials, opposition and transition and all of it has one common denominator. It is requiring a new level of faith. It’s requiring the people of God to “come up higher” than they ever have before. In a dream a few months ago the Lord spoke clearly to me that the body of Christ need to be like eagles, soaring high above the noise and the natural realm and living FROM the realm of the Spirit and their seated place in Christ. (Ephesians 2:6)
Nate Johnston: Lord I’m sorry for what I have allowed them to bully me and keep me in bondage, for my words and vows that keep opening the door to these assignments to affect my life. I recognize that I don’t wrestle flesh and blood so I forgive those who betrayed me, spoke against me, and stabbed me in the back. I give you any bitterness I have been carrying, and I choose not to carry it any further. Holy Spirit you are my healer and I ask you to remove every arrow that has pierced me and wounded me unknowingly in this season. I’ve been walking around as a victim and I know you don’t want me to be that way. Remove every lie. Every strike and blow that came at me. Heal the wounds Lord. Now I ask for the healing balm, your healing oil to flow over me and remove the boils and defiling remains of these battles. Who the Son sets free is free indeed and you are renewing my youth like the eagles in Jesus name!
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: “When there will be a poor person amongst you…open your hand to him….”
Patricia King: God is cleaning His house in this hour—He has shown much kindness hoping we would be led to repentance, but we will now see the severity too. If we respond to His kindness with repentance there will be no need for severity. We have serious choices to make.
Pastor John Tolle (28 Aug 19): Jesus said, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)
Lana Vawser (26 Aug 19): The intense training that has been and is taking place in the spirit is for your good and so you can go forth into a manifestation of your destiny that you have not walked in before. God is having you eat scrolls of His truth that is changing the story of your life thus far and birthing and catapulting you into new assignments you have never dreamed of.
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): I write from my experience.
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Revelation 17: 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Lovesick Scribe (in “Swish…” 24 Aug 19): The Danger in Drunken Sheep
Pastor John Tolle (28 Aug 19): Without being dramatic, the reality is that as the Body of Christ, we are facing great endtime battles. The enemy is waging all out war against our families and our own souls. As believers, we must gird ourselves for spiritual war. (See Joel 3:9-10)
Israel365 (29 Aug 19): ✡ Guarding Israel is a 24/7 job!
Patricia King: God will continue to convict us of harmful behaviors and sinful ways because He loves us, and we must be careful to not harden our hearts when He kindly addresses issues in our lives—we need to lean into His love and be transformed.
Nate Johnston: Holy Spirit firstly I rebuke these spiritual assignments that have sought to kill my destiny in its infancy and take me out of the game. These assignments have no more place of influence or access to me in Jesus name!
Brat (29 Aug 19): Now that we have three spiritual assignments broken [betrayal’s poison, witchcraft’s words, Jezebel’s muzzle ], I am convinced that the next step is for the Church to remove the Eli from her midst, as Patricia King brought up. This confirmed what I’d been praying for, for a decade.
Patricia King (28 Aug 19): In the example of Eli and his sons, we find that Eli, the leader, did not address the sin issues in the lives of his sons who were priests in the house of the Lord. When judgment came, it wasn’t only his sons who were affected but Eli; his sons and the entire nation paid the consequence. The severity of God was implemented in order to deal with the carelessness of their ways.
Lana Vawser (26 Aug 19): The Lord kept highlighting “NEW ASSIGNMENTS TO GO INTO NATIONS”. When I asked the Lord about it I saw avenues and doors opening up into nations with significant acceleration. These new assignments took on different forms, for some it looked like “feet on the ground” in nations, for others it was entering into nations through social media, the internet and the media realm (television etc) and for others it looked like manuscripts/books being written, songs being written and sung, for others it looked like connecting with people from other nations ministering to them, praying for them and as they then go back to that nation, they carry an impartation received from the Holy Spirit as you prayed and ministered to them that releases a shift into that nation. I heard the Holy Spirit say “I am increasing nations upon the heart of man”.
Rev. Kathleen Walker: In the Gospel, Jesus’ instruction is clear: “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” The picture of this banquet may be the best one ever to be posted on social media. Amen.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (29 Aug 19): What is the connection to seeing? The first verse of the portion is, “See [singular], I have given before you [plural] today a blessing.”(Devarim/Deuteronomy 11:26). The Kotzker Rebbe once shared that the reason the tenses are different is because when you give, you give to everyone equally. But when you see, each person sees in his or her own individual way. How does a person see? Our seeing is a reflection of where we are holding inside ourselves. So, part of the challenge is to work on ourselves during Ellul so we can see G-d’s blessings revealed.
Pastor John Tolle (29 Aug 19): According to Luke 6:40, “. . . everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” Begin training your children and your grandchildren according to God’s guidelines. When you train them in the way they should go, you can extend your personal influence for generations to come.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (29 Aug 19): How can we put this all into serving G-d?
Brat: Is there a Jesuit in the house? Aren’t they known for their clean-up skills? I could be wrong. Jesus…?
Revelation 2:19 “I know your works—your love, faith, service, and patient endurance. I know that your last works are greater than the first.

Brat: My friend, Loretta Davidson, shared with me the book Tattoos On the Heart by Fr Gregory Boyle.
Pastor John Tolle (30 Aug 19): ACTION POINT: Because of God’s grace in your life, you have a “story” to tell. Take time to share it (your testimony) with someone who needs encouragement.
Brat message on Facebook (30 Aug 19): To Homeboy Industries, I thought you could use some encouragement
truthinus.wordpress.com
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For the Record

30 Aug

Second Attempt with The Loose Canon 27 Aug 19
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
To: The Loose Canon
Rev. Canon Frank Logue
[Recap:
Date: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 8:28 AM
Subject: Greetings
To: flogue@gaepiscopal.org
Hello, Loose Canon! Greetings from California. I read your piece “The Cost of True Peace” in Sermons That Work, which the Episcopal Church sent out for this coming Sunday. Jesus said we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Rev 12), and so I am sharing my blog with you as a fellow blogger. My blog is my testimony.
truthinus.wordpress.com
Thank you, kindly, for reading and engaging.
Kathryn Hauser

Today: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 9:36 am
Dear Rev. Canon Frank Logue,
Hi again from California. I am following up on my last note to see if we could engage. My intention is not merely social or entertainment as a fellow blogger, but to also reveal truth. Normal protocol would require me to go to my own bishop to resolve the beast of dysfunctional Silence that has wedged into the structure, but, alas, my efforts do not break the Silence. I was wondering if you had contacts in your network who are able to break codes of Silence to unveil buried secrets. As the scriptures in this week’s lectionary readings say and I am trying to apply it to myself and my situation:
Luke 14: 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host;
I really believe that we ALL would enjoy the wedding feast if we could get to the Truth.
Maybe my latest piece will help shed some light.
[“Swish” 24 Aug 19: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/swish24-aug-19/%5D
Sincerely,
Kathryn Hauser
[Received Silence]

Swish…24 Aug 19

27 Aug

Working Dates: Saturday, August 24, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
[10 pages]
Brat: Even if you are an imaginary friend…
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Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): The enemy will attempt to disqualify you from your testimony. He will bring up your failures and foibles which become disqualifying.
Lovesick Scribe: Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): The enemy wants to devour us. If the enemy can discourage you, distract you, defeat you, throw accusations and charges at you, then he’ll make you feel condemned. That’s an idol.
Charisma (24 Aug 19): Watch the Bible come to life
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Devouring is the devil’s Modus Operendi. If you are disqualified then you are rendered inoperable.
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Brat (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): …I’m noticing the lines. Jesus said we are to be fishers of men. How many years have you been in counseling, telling your therapist what she wants to hear? You pay to keep her chair warm. Is this working for you?
Anna Blake (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): Social media is born for pontificating rage from a soft chair, gossiping with our friends who also spit venom and rant in the separate coolness of their home. It takes no special skill to see things that are wrong, especially after officials have called it out. The strange thing is that no one ranting is actively defending cruelty to horses so it’s a one-sided scream into the ethers.
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): I write from my experience.
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Revelation 17: 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Lovesick Scribe: The Danger in Drunken Sheep
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John Green (in Turtles All the Way Down, p 145): “Your mom gives a shit, you know? Most adults are just hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or booze or God they thought would save them. That’s what my dad is like—he really disappeared a long time ago, which is maybe why it didn’t bother me much. I wish he were here, but I’ve wished that for a long time. Adults think they’re wielding power, but really power is wielding them.”
“The parasite believes itself to be the host,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “Yeah.”
(Brat: That was in “Remember” 20 Aug 19)
Lovesick Scribe (24 Aug 19): When dealing with sheep, there is a parasite that can infiltrate their nervous system. This parasite causes vision trouble, the appearance of drunkenness and is fatal. I would submit that we are dealing with a “parasite” in the flock that is putting many sheep in a stupor and eternities hang in the balance. There is a deception to chase experiences and not truly be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. The call to sobriety is considered boring and “religious” while ignoring the call from the very Word of God to do so. Allow me to share with you what the Word of God has to say about sobriety and drunkenness. May the LORD find us to be sober and vigilant sheep.
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Verse of the Day (24 Aug 19): [ Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death ] I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. ~ Psalm 116:1-2 NKJV
Jennifer Brownell: It took a while to hear the voice of Christ over the chorus of accusation. When I did hear the voice, it was clear and sweet. He told me his name. And then I remembered what I had forgotten. Among Christ’s many names, none of them is The Lord of the Rules.
Monk: I read Lord of the Flies in high school (in Germany, no less).
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Brat: Did you feel that arrow of arc speak to “Huh?”, (which is only in my book and not on my blog)?
Monk: Or was that Lord of the Fleas?
Jennifer Brownell: Lord of the Sabbath
Brat: Please excuse the borrowing of someone else’s book title from Captain Underpants…
Isaiah 11: 6d … and a little child shall lead them.…
Patheos (24 Aug 19): When A Monk Dies
Monk: In your dreams.
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Anne Ballard (24 Aug 19): Laughter will be your medicine as you cast off your heaviness and embrace the joy of the Lord. In the areas that you have been crying out for answers, you are being invited to diligently pursue and hold fast to the truth. Truth is key right now, and meditation on the truth will help you to conquer anything that would stand in your way.
Elijah List (24 Aug 19): Impact The Kingdom With Your Story
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Lovesick Scribe: We have some serious and heartbreaking issues in the flock. A while ago, I wrote about goats in the midst of sheep and how proper discernment is vital. We cannot afford to spiritually eat anything simply because it has the name of Jesus attached to it. By doing this, we could be feeding upon another gospel and another Christ who cannot save. While thinking about this passage of Scripture, I pondered on the difference between drunkenness and sobriety and what the Bible says about this. You may think it odd to meditate on such a thing, but we are called to be sober sheep. Drunkenness is not modeled in the Word of God as anything to be applauded or entertained.
Isaiah 11: 6b … and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat
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Anna Blake (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): Does It Count If I Haven’t Suffered Enough?
Patheos (24 Aug 19): No, Suffering Is Not Good
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): Most Christians stop at some comfort level.
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Revelation 10: 4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”
Brat (22 Aug 19): I posted to my blog: “The Silence continues…”
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Brat (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): Lord, make Yourself known in the changing of the tides, to heal the breach, and restore Your broken kingdom. The Seven Thunders, if they are the same as the Seven Churches, have been thundering for ten (or is it twelve?) years with me, and they already know what to do. I think that’s why the Angel told John not to write it down.
Israel365 (23 Aug 19): God instructs His People to love the stranger and the convert, and to take extra care of those who are new to the community and alone. This commandment is repeated no less than thirty-six times throughout the Bible, to emphasize that as the People of Israel prepare to enter the Land of Israel, where they will be the masters and no longer the strangers, they are warned not to forget what it was like to be outsiders. They must do whatever they can to ease the struggles of strangers in their land.
Pastor John Tolle (24 Aug 19): Whenever anyone attends the next step with God, you will encounter risk, vulnerability.
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Brat prayer (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): I ask that You would infuse Your presence into this Silence to make Yourself known. I know Your holiness is not compatible with evil and this dysfunctional Silence down here is goddamn evil. You also said that where there is light no darkness may dwell.
1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Brat (23 Aug 19): I posted to my blog again: “The Silence continues…”
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): The enemy will try to distract you. He’ll get you off focus and off your priorities. He’ll keep you too busy.
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Chuck D. Pierce (in “Remember” 20 Aug 19): Offense is usually the emotional issue of our lives that stops us from advancing. So many people live with offense. In King David’s life, he not only stayed one step ahead of death, but found the key to moving forward in his life by staying beyond offense.
Brat: Try not to get offended if you can.
Matthew 11: 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Brat: You chose to turn your back on one who was never supposed to be left behind and you did not really hear what I was saying, but then countered Pastor John’s 21-day fast with your 7-day plan of praise. Both of these are valid tools. Neither of them address the root issue. You’re both lobbing Arc Speak over our heads like “the rockets’ red glare.”
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): Most of us react in the flesh.
Lovesick Scribe: Drunkenness is mentioned several times throughout Scripture. Its mention carries a negative connotation and is strongly admonished behavior barring one from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Galatians 5:21 lists drunkenness as a work of the flesh. Ephesians 5:16-18 says,
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”
Brat (in “Remember” 20 Aug 19): So what prevents the Church from writing me back? Sophia swears that many, many people read me, but from where I sit the stats reveal more grinding Silence. They say that numbers don’t lie, but 666 is the number of the beast, and most people know that the beast is a liar. God help the man in denial.
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): It’s amazing how Christians allow fear to be their god even though they love God.
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Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): I don’t know if you’ve been harassed, but Saul sought legal permission to persecute. [Acts 9:1-2]
Hebrews 12:21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): “Like the three Hebrews in Babylon’s raging fire, this is a time when you will feel the intensity of the heat. However, this will not consume you but prepare you to hold on to My promises. The fire I have set within you will overcome the fire in the earth realm. My consuming fire is coming to those things the enemy set you in to overtake you. My spotlight is on you. You are to radiate and cause the light I put on you to cause the darkness around you to separate and dispel. My light is on you, and you cause the darkness around you to separate and dispel.” (Acijam Otxoa, Chuck D. Pierce, Keevy Phillips, Kendrick Lewis, Robyn Vincent)
Brat: I hear what you are saying. I believe God, not you. Glory of Zion Ministries broke my trust. I forgave you a long time ago and no one wrote me back after countless attempts at sharing.
Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Remember” 20 Aug 19): As I travel, one thing that I frequently hear is how someone has been offended because of something. There is a way for us in the Body of Christ to get past offense. THIS IS THROUGH PRAISE!
Bishop Diane Bruce (26 March 2011): I’m not sure what specific ministry in a diocesan setting that God is calling you to. In our current structure people with your articulated call have no regular ministry. I understand, though, that you provide insights to others on email? That’s a blessing, to be sure. It may be the beginning of using or living out your call.
Brat: Isn’t that what we’ve been doing all these years?
Chuck D. Pierce: “You have forgotten where you have come from. Some of you have settled yourself into where you are now but forgotten that you are from a royal priesthood. Do not confine yourself to where you are nor the bloodline that you’re in, for there is a higher stream of Blood that I have given to you. The same Blood that ran down Calvary’s Cross is your blood. Do not submit to the bad things in your bloodline, for there is a higher blood. Forget not where you come from, for you are My sheep and I still am the Good Shepherd! Watch Me shepherd you as we go into this new era; I will reveal myself as the Good Shepherd.
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): Know your job
Lovesick Scribe: Paul goes on to explain what it means to be filled with the Spirit and how we are to praise and worship the Lord while displaying reverence for Christ. There are other passages that speak of drunkenness and each one is an instruction to avoid it. I know that some will take offense to what I am sharing, saying that these are speaking of intoxication by natural means, but if this type of natural drunkenness is not acceptable before the Lord, we need to test the spiritual aspect in the church. With all humility I say this, as sheep belonging to the Shepherd, we are not instructed to be drunk physically or spiritually. Intoxication impairs and lowers inhibitions, removing self control, which is a fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:23. Please hear me on this. We are called to be sober and vigilant. Sober sheep will hear the voice of the Shepherd. They will not follow a stranger.
Richard Murry: DECONSTRUCTING “THE WRATH OF THE LAMB”
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): Speak up! Report when something is wrong!
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Chuck D. Pierce (in “Remember” 20 Aug 19): The word “offended” in the Greek is “skandalizo,” which means to put a snare or stumbling block in the way. The noun to which it is related refers to the bait stick of a trap. In the New Testament, skandalizo is always used metaphorically as that which hinders right conduct or thought, hence, “to cause to stumble.”
Brat (in “Poor Wolves” 12 Aug 19): They have a dream while I still have no sanctuary and the barons can only spiritualize “sanctuary” to justify their own position of neglect in the situation.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): “I see you in your enclosed place. I see you as you sit and attempt to heal that which needs to be healed. But this is not a time of licking and mending your wounds over and over; this is a time for you to come out into the sun. The sun will heal your wounds and burn out what is within you. Don’t back up and hide again! Come out and watch Me begin to bring you into wholeness.
Pastor John Tolle (4 Aug 19): I’m not letting her get away.
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The Foursquare Church (23 Aug 19): Are you holding people back?
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Brat: Is this a Game of Thrones battlefield?
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1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Brat (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): Then I hang my head. Forgive me, Jesus. Forgive us. I am sorry. As for me, it is listening through the grinding SILENCE that has kept me alive all these years. Has there ever been a prisoner of war that has been held a decade in solitary confinement in a pit in Vietnam and survived? It was the Church that put out the edict to not respond to me, as if I was a disobedient wench among the courtiers. I cannot restore our Church family in this grinding Silence while the Watchers watch on. My Achilles heel IS writing AND THEY KNOW IT and use it against me, just like they know Sophia talks too much and use it against her. I love her.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (23 Aug 19): And behold, following [in Hebrew, “ekev”] the edicts which you heard… (Deut. 7:12)
Brat: The Church holds the Secrets and their edict was to keep them.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Lovesick Scribe: John 10 has been a passage where I have kept pasture lately. It is a beautiful revelation of Jesus being the Good Shepherd and of the relationship that His true sheep have with Him. As He explains the meaning of this truth, I found myself coming back to the passages where He says, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:3,4,27) Jesus said that His sheep will not follow a stranger, for they do not know the voice of strangers (John 10:5).
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (23 Aug 19): Rashi explains that the word “ekev” literally means “heel”. He says that this verse is referring to the easy and habitual mitzvot that a person may sometimes feel are unimportant and therefore metaphorically treads upon with his heel. It is our job to be careful with all of the mitzvot, even the easy ones, so that our whole bodies – from head to heel – are serving G d.
Revelation 11: 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
Brat (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): God, amplify Your will and TRUTH to break this goddamn Code of Silence that the beast has been enforcing all these grinding years. The dysfunctional Silence started at St Patrick’s long before I became acquainted with the prophets or the rabbis. I can’t restore squat, Jesus, but only say the word into someone’s ear and we can begin the healing process through correspondence. Forgive me for doubting even while I ask, for in the past I was accused of manipulating by asking for my own needs.
Kaji Douša (23 Aug 19): May our thoughts and our words about seeking God in the toughest of circumstances never center ourselves first.
Brat: Seewhateyemean?
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Isaiah 11: 6c … and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
Brat (24 Aug 19): I posted to my blog again: “The Silence continues…”
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9:25 am Journal: Sophia is constantly talking about Meyers-Briggs and personality types. At its core, doesn’t it really boil down to style and how we process? How can the “heel be heard” when we all seem to be grinding in each other’s styles? The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 just had different styles. And, Jesus, isn’t that where You were crucified? Between the Sodom of excess and the exile of Egypt?
Anne Ballard (24 Aug 19): Try taking a personality test and sharing the results with one another, taking time to learn about your spouse and the ways in which you are well-suited for one another.
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House of Destiny (23 Aug 19): Becoming A Prophetic Person In Pathetic Times
Pastor Steve Dittmar (in “Scheherazade” 13 Aug 19): Our devotion is prophetic. I know some of us are tempted to think that our devotion is more pathetic than prophetic, but that’s not true! Every heart that moves into Jesus’ proximity moves into the prophetic, because the testimony of Jesus is prophetic. And it’s discovered in worship. “Worship God,” the angel commanded John, as he rebuked John for his ill-directed worship: “I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10b).
Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off?
Brat: Did you feel that arrow of arc speak to Pastor Steve Dittmar, who is just around the block (literally) from Kim Clement’s (House of Destiny) hive (dive?)?
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Jennifer Brownell (24 Aug 19): One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.” – Luke 6:1-5 (NRSV)
Pastor John Tolle (in “Remember” 20 Aug 19): Matthew 9:14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Brat: Pastor John is orchestrating a (yet another) three-week fast that will end on 9/11. He said he didn’t plan that.
Jennifer Brownell (24 Aug 19): But look! Here are the enforcers, right here in the fields with them! These enforcers can’t see the growth and sustenance and new life all around them. All they can see is the broken rule.
Pastor John Tolle (24 Aug 19): I’ve been surprised how people have grown calloused in their spiritual life.
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Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”
Israel365 (24 Aug 19): Please note, our offices are closed on Friday and Shabbat (Saturday), so if you’ve contacted us after office hours on Thursday, we will reply when we return to the office.
Isaiah 58:13 If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: “It is our job to be careful with all of the mitzvot, even the easy ones, so that our whole bodies – from head to heel – are serving G d.”
Brat (in “Love the Stranger” to Israel356 on 24 Aug 19): It is easy for me to write, but I don’t get actual correspondence back from anybody. That’s the awful part. It’s the accursed Silence that kills me. Nonetheless, God insists that I “share the journey.” I don’t understand it, but I do what He says.
Sophia (25 Aug 19): People read your work just to find fault in it.
Brat: I think you’re right. Holy Spirit, please remove the critical spirit once and for all and replace the hole it leaves behind with Your kingdom.
Israel365 (23 Aug 19): You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt ~ Deuteronomy 10:19 (The Israel Bible™)
Brat: Will you be my friend?
Charisma (24 Aug 19): Love and be loved
Lovesick Scribe: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 ESV
Brat: Having a friend would do wonders in healing parched places, and probably not just my own.
Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
Israel365 (24 Aug 19): Thank you for contacting us. We love being in touch with our readers and customers and try to respond to each email in a timely manner.
Pastor John Tolle (25 Aug 19): You protect yourself from anything adverse in your life.
[Swish…]
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (23 Aug 19): The beginning words “Ekev tishmi’un” can be translated as “the heel will be heard”. Each new generation is compared to the heel of a foot while previous generations are considered like “heads”. Because they were closer to the source, earlier generations were capable of fulfilling mitzvot with higher levels of spiritual understanding to which we are mostly oblivious. Nevertheless, our deeds are “heard”, as the verse affirms. G d accepts the mitzvot of our generation as if we, too, had the higher spiritual consciousness. This is because we have a strength earlier generations did not have. Our faith is so strong we can serve G d even in our relative blindness.
Hebrews 12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Brat (in “Huh?” 22 Aug 19): Would the Jews be willing to take on the role of the men of Nineveh? Or wait! Maybe you already have but in the Great Silence I didn’t hear about it.
[Swish…]
Lovesick Scribe: When referencing 1 Peter 5:8, the word sober means to abstain from wine, to keep sober, watch. It signifies one that is free from the influence of intoxication. Paul instructed Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:5 to always be sober-minded. Notice it says, always. Timothy had a ministry to fulfill and in order to do that, he needed to be sober to preach the Word because he was going to be coming into a time when many would not endure sound doctrine. They would listen to the voice of a stranger so to speak. They would wander from the truth, from the Shepherd. Oh God, find us sober and alert!
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): The enemy will do what he can to discourage you. That is part of persecution.
Brat: Duck! Incoming!
Jennifer Brownell (24 Aug 19): I get it. I have loved the rules. Many times, I have stood in fields of abundance, noting only the infractions of those close to me. But recently I found myself on the other side of the rule equation: the enforcee rather than the enforcer.
[Swish…]
[Baam]
Pastor John Tolle (24 Aug 19): I’ve been slammed a few times in my life.
Lovesick Scribe: I share these things not to condemn, but to get us testing ourselves and testing the spirits as we are instructed in the Word of God. The danger in drunken sheep is in discounting sobriety so that we can discern rightly what is going on around us and to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ in Spirit and in truth. I fear that in desiring drunkenness, we as the sheep inadvertently stop listening to the Shepherd and with our inhibitions lowered, we listen to the voice of a stranger, and before we know it, we are snatched by the wolf. We are not to seek an experience, but we are to seek Jesus Christ. Experiences can deceive you and I. God’s truth, the only truth, is what I am personally seeking. It may not be flashy or full of goosebumps, but to know Him and to follow Him is all that matters. I encourage you to stay sober and to test this word for yourself. Bride of Christ, we must be awake, alert and sober sheep in this time.
Isaiah 11: 6a The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
[Swish…]
Hebrews 12:25 See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven!
Brat: (Check out the dates of these attacks. The dates aren’t necessarily when they were written, but when I received them into my inbox from the orchestra pit. Switch did sing, “We are writing a symphony…”)
Switch: “Symphony” [https://youtu.be/C_90_NAbv3k]
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Post Script (25 Aug 19): The antichrist spirit is trying to snuff out the light of God’s anointed ones, but Sophia and I are protected and covered by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross and we are held in His arms. So, therefore, Jesus told me to SHOW the battle, since the dysfunctional Silence has ground conversation toward reconciliation to a halt. Lord, we have prayed for a move of God. Please use this piece for Your glory and forward movement of Your good will. Amen.

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Remember 20 Aug 19

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Working Dates: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019
[13 pages]
Rabbi David Sterne: Not by Bread Alone
Quinn G. Caldwell: Scoffers? Pshaw. Scoffers are losers.
Pastor John Tolle: Matthew 9:14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Brat: Pastor John is orchestrating a (yet another) three-week fast that will end on 9/11. He said he didn’t plan that.
Quinn G. Caldwell: I mean.
Brat (in “Wifie” 23 July 19): Are you saying that I have to wait three more weeks to get a quiet, peaceful closet to pray in?
Pastor John Tolle (28 July 19): The restraining force is the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
Rick Joyner (20 Aug 19): As we see in Revelation 3:20, The Lord stands at the door of His church knocking to see if anyone will open to Him. In this age, He will not force Himself on those who do not want Him, even if they are His own church. Our federal government, mostly through the judiciary, has basically told The Lord to get out of our country. This was in direct violation of our Constitution and the will of the majority of the people. Yet, no one has effectively stood up against this, and so we’re paying a terrible price.
Brat (17 Aug 19): And surely Pastor John will say that he doesn’t hear anybody confronting the issues, as he does every week. But that simply perpetuates the problem. Do you remember Jesus’ word to the angel of Laodicea?
Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
Pastor John Tolle (28 July 19): We pay the price.
Charisma: Nothing to Hide, Prove or Fear
Chuck D. Pierce: There is also a price to pay to enter into praise and worship. There is a cost to this process, and we are faced with a fundamental issue: Will we choose to just enjoy the efforts of others, or will we enter into the sacrifice of praise in a personal way? Furthermore, will we choose to offer this sacrifice in the good times as well as the trials? We must be willing to embrace these costs to experience the real fruit of our praise.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): The Holy Spirit has to start taking authority in those closets where His authority is not in place.
Candice Simmons: It’s time to join Him in throne-room prayer to get His wisdom and to implement it. The Scriptures say that tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly Believer (James 5:16). This will give us His heart and His solutions for our nation, the nations, our lives and others.
Psalm 2:3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
Rev. Ken Kesselus: He drew a circle large enough so it would not exclude anyone or seek power against anyone. He used the power of love to unlock the God within each of us, a power through which we can follow him in giving ourselves away and caring for others.
Candice Simmons: Whose report are you believing for your life today? It had better be the Lord’s. It’s time to take your mountains! God is with you!
Rev. Ken Kesselus: The gospel’s central issue focuses on the application of Sabbath rules – specifically whether it is forbidden to heal on the seventh day, the day of rest. Actually, ancient Sabbath restrictions did not include a ban on all work. For example, acting to save human life was a permitted exception. We might wonder about this detail: whether the compassionate act of Jesus healing the woman with a crippling spirit could have been understood as an acceptable form of work.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): A lot of our Christian walk doesn’t work because we’re not all in.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): THIS was the tipping point, when all the pieces started rushing together –like when you find the last hidden piece of a puzzle and suddenly, all the pieces come together to form a beautiful picture. Peter preached Jesus, so by the time he declared, “Jesus saves!” everyone in the room got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit! These are the last words Peter could speak, and they were the very words Cornelius and his household needed to hear: “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name [Jesus] whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
Steve Shultz: To know this is to get a clearer “read” on what God is saying and through whom.
Candice Simmons: Not only did I hear the Lord say, “It’s time to go up the mountain,” but He also said, “It’s time to take mountains.” I saw people planting their own personal flags on mountain tops. These mountains are not the mountain of the Lord, but they can represent the fears that are holding you back from your God-given dreams and the hurdles that have kept you back from pursuing God’s good and perfect will for your life. Maybe your mountain is to start a new business, write a book, get a new job, start a ministry, or maybe its conquering mountains of debts, or depression, or conquering old habits.
Daniel 5: 4 They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
Revelation 17: 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.”
Brat (18 Aug 19): It didn’t occur to me until just now that this could also be relating to the Church’s consumer worldview and behavior. I had always looked at the verse through balanced and sane eyes, but it makes sense in this consumer context, especially since right before this He addresses repentance again:
Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Bible Gateway (19 Aug 19): See How Context Changes the Way You Read the Bible
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): God loves to work in our context.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Why don’t we believe that for now?
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house without all the pieces put together, but he gave place to the reproof of God. He stated the obvious to Cornelius while he also gave place to this new thought: “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28).
Proverbs 29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
Lana Vawser: In the firing the Lord is dealing with the mouths of many leaders and five fold. The Lord does not condemn, it’s a loving correction from the Lord to bring forth repentance out of His kindness and bring forth a greater unity in the body of Christ. In the firing the Lord is healing the “root cause” of where these words are flowing from. The Lord is dealing with the hurts, pains, offences, insecurities, traumas, unforgiveness in the hearts of many leaders and five fold ministers and bringing them deeper into the place of wholesome speech and edification of one another. (Matthew 15:18, James 3:6)
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Jesus was confronted by religious people. They like to let you know what’s wrong with you and me.
Daniel 5: 5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.
Charisma (16 Aug 19): Line: Pray…and then seek counseling
Matthew Laney (21 Aug 19): Prayer
Just for today, help me see your image in me and in those I meet. Let me see your name written on our hearts in permanent ink.
Brat (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): …I’m noticing the lines. Jesus said we are to be fishers of men. How many years have you been in counseling, telling your therapist what she wants to hear? You pay to keep her chair warm. Is this working for you?
Quinn G. Caldwell: Then I shake that nonsense out of my head and try to come up with a clever comeback that will get me a lot of likes from people who already agree with me. It won’t change anybody’s mind, which is what I’m trying to do, but it sure will feel good.
Daniel 5: 3 Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Perfect Timing.
Rabbi David Sterne: G d initially brought a very high level of revelation of Himself and of spirituality into the world. He wanted to make us the beneficiaries of tremendous spiritual illumination and revelation. It turned out, though, that His creation was just not ready to receive it. The result was like pouring hot water into a cold cup – the cup breaks. Creation couldn’t take it.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: For Christians, the bottom line about power and control is best understood in this way: its negative use, like that of the leader of the synagogue, is a function of power over and against. Whenever we use power over others in the absence of love, the action leaves us separated from God and the values of God. It denies access to God-given-ness within each of us. The leader of the synagogue attempted to preserve his own power and control of the community by using the power of his authority and a literal expression of Sabbath law to dishonor and weaken Jesus and control those present so they would not follow a rival.
Quinn G. Caldwell: What would it look like if there was less scoffing? On social media? In your heart? If the people on your side of the issue didn’t reward you with so much praise for throwing so much shade, for having such sick burns, for reading your enemies so well? What might happen if we approached our disagreements with a little more curiosity and a little less derision? What tides—and hearts—might turn then?
Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): Are You a Jealous Person?
Brat: Excuse me? Please turn and look me in the eye, rabbi. By looking me in the eye you can see there is no jealousy in my heart. Jealousy is a heart issue. God knows, I have so many issues, and it’s not that I don’t feel jealous sometimes. I’m human. But I want to clarify that I wake up every morning with Love in my heart even after all these years of religious abuse. I think that in itself is a testimony to Jesus’s resurrection miracle in my heart on a daily basis. Then I get on the computer in vain hope that maybe someday the breach of the Great Silence will be healed. Maybe someday there will be reconciliation of the Seven Churches. Then I see what the Funny Bunnies write in my silent world. It hurts deeply every single day that I see action absent from the words. It pains me the worst when I see how it makes God Himself weep. They don’t seem to see, notice, or care how their hypocrisy, games, insatiable, voracious appetite and apathy affect Him.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): I think I am going to go pray now; I am getting very hungry….
Rabbi David Sterne: The spiritual light of creation, so to speak, shattered, falling into places where it didn’t belong. The highest categories of creation fell furthest into the grasp of non-spiritual forces that actually hide, rather than reveal, G dliness in the world. The highest categories of creation fell into the kelipa, the shell that conceals G dliness.
Brat (in “Turtles” 19 Aug 19): We’ve been feasting on God’s revelation to the Churches like a wedding feast for ten years and now Pastor John wants to do another 21-day fast as if the bridegroom had never shown up?
Daniel 5: 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Nevertheless, such a technicality is not the essential point of this encounter between Jesus and religious authority. Rather, it is about power and control. It is really about the way the leader of the synagogue tried to use Sabbath rules to discredit Jesus, regardless of the good he had done. He made a power move over and against Jesus, as he indignantly and repeatedly insisted that Jesus was wrong in not waiting for another day to cure the woman.
Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, you taught us that evil is to be resisted, not excused. Let me do so with earnestness, not scoffing. Amen.
Brat (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): Lord? You could be talking about the Church, who sits in her chair and therapizes at others but doesn’t see the empty hole in her own soul, and does nothing to redeem the times.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 Aug 19): A Jew’s job – make unity
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Finally, this prayer is summarized in today’s collect. In it, we look to the hopeful reality that God may enable us in the unity of the Spirit to show forth God’s power of love among all people.
Brat: So what prevents the Church from writing me back? Sophia swears that many, many people read me, but from where I sit the stats reveal more grinding Silence. They say that numbers don’t lie, but 666 is the number of the beast, and most people know that the beast is a liar. God help the man in denial.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: But understandable as this may be, for today’s purposes we also see the underlying motivation of a defender of Christianity threatened with loss of the power of numbers; threated by the loss of momentum by a rapidly growing body of the faithful and the fear of losing even more. Hebrews uses the power of persuasion in an effort to control whether individuals worshipped on Saturday or Sunday, at the synagogue or the Eucharist.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Most don’t contend for breakthrough. They slide. People drift. We get into a place with God where we coast. You cannot maintain the intensity.
Lana Vawser: Over the past week and into this week the intensity is increasing in me regarding the miracle working power of God. There is such a deep stirring within me of God breaking down impossibilities and turning around that which looks like it cannot be turned around.
Revelation 17: 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Lana Vawser: God is uprooting the root of unbelief, unbelief has held you captive. There must be a repentance of unbelief when we see it in our hearts. Unbelief has held many of you captive, now faith will set you free. You will see His power flow to you and through you in a measure you’ve never experienced.
Brat: [Raised Spock eyebrow]: Smyrna has endured her persecution because of her belief.
Lana Vawser: “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” (Revelation 3:11 – NLT)
Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD!!
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): God has shown me.
Revelation 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Bam! While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word: “And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, ‘Can anyone forbid water, [water baptism] that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’” (Acts 10:45-47).
Revelation 17:7 Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast, with the seven heads and the ten horns, that carries her.
Rick Joyner: The judgments of The Lord are rarely Him actually striking, but when a people or a nation does not want Him, He leaves. When He leaves, so does the hedge of protection He promised to those who seek Him. Just one example is how we have gone from being shocked by ten billion dollars a year in damages from natural disasters to spending well over $300 billion last year for natural disasters! Some want us to think this is climate change, but even if it is, do we not think God is capable of using a shift in climate to bring about His judgment? Search the Scriptures and see if all of the disasters we’ve been suffering are not those it is written will come upon the nations that turn away from following God.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Furthermore, a review of church history reveals many instances in which power and control led to examples of group narcissism – sometimes in tragic detail. Group after group attempted to use ritualistic and legalistic power to gain control. This took place between the Roman Church of the west and the Orthodox Church of the east. It erupted in bloody wars between Protestants and Catholics. It continued in the verbal and political fights of Evangelicals and Liberals, High-Church and Low-Church factions; and Eucharistic-focused verses Confessional-based churches. If we look around today, we will see the effects of group narcissism as leaders attempt to use power to control others and “win” for their particular views of the faith.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): The rest is history! But there is still so much more to come, and it will be just as amazing as this moment, as the Holy Spirit brings the Body of Christ into experiential truth that we cannot currently think or see. The good news is that the same Holy Spirit is here to help so that we see and perceive all the glorious salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ in truth!
Daniel 5: 2 Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
Katie Souza: Hezekiah had already given his personal money and God’s money (from the temple) to appease the Assyrians…but they still wanted more. This is the nature of idols! They always want more, more, more, more. When we have idols in our hearts (souls), we can never find satisfaction, can we? We crave the next new thing (iPhone, car, trinket, romance). We want more pleasure, more comfort, more fame, more, more, more. It’s a bottomless pit, isn’t it? It promises so much, but delivers only more emptiness to our souls. What liars idols are!
“…there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.” (John 8:44 AMP)
Daniel 5: 8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Trying to convince Christians they are an army of the Lord is incredibly difficult. They’re our family and here to encourage and support them.
Candice Simmons: Psalm 46:10-11, “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Here He stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob fights for us!”
Mary Luti: It’s about beating back panic while you calculate your chances, bail water, offer a limb to any god in exchange for sunrise and the shore. I’ve bailed and bargained. Have you?
Daniel 5: 6 Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): It had never occurred to me until this week that the Book of Acts proves John 14:12. When you look at the Acts of the Apostles, you see greater things were done than what Jesus did. They reached regions and nations that Jesus never stepped foot in.
Chuck D. Pierce: “You have forgotten where you have come from. Some of you have settled yourself into where you are now but forgotten that you are from a royal priesthood. Do not confine yourself to where you are nor the bloodline that you’re in, for there is a higher stream of Blood that I have given to you. The same Blood that ran down Calvary’s Cross is your blood. Do not submit to the bad things in your bloodline, for there is a higher blood. Forget not where you come from, for you are My sheep and I still am the Good Shepherd! Watch Me shepherd you as we go into this new era; I will reveal myself as the Good Shepherd.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): In Acts Chapter 10, God took the reins from the apostles and completely took over. He brought them up to speed quickly with where He was and with what Jesus was doing. Up until then, only Jews and some Samaritans were getting saved, but Gentiles? No, they were totally left out.
Isaiah 33:5 The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
6 and he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.
Katie Souza: God delivered Hezekiah from the hand of the Assyrians. In the end, Hezekiah had health and great, abundant wealth and blessing. What was his key to victory? How did he get this cosmic level of blessing? The answer is found in the preceding chapter—He cleansed Jerusalem of all the idols!
Israel365 (20 Aug 19): ✡ A Jewish-Christian partnership to comfort Israel
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: And if the host wishes to honor [one of the company with saying the blessing on the bread and slicing it], he is given the authority to do so.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Blessings didn’t end with the apostles as some believe.
Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
Brat: And Pastor John wants to do another fast?
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Enjoy the feast that frees; the feast of fasting.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Understandably, the synagogue leader felt threated that he might lose control of his congregation and would probably be left with diminished power as a result. He ignored the benefit to the woman and employed a literal, self-serving interpretation of the law in an attempt to control Jesus and protect his own institution. This, of course, foreshadows grievous, even deadly, uses of power for control, demonstrated by Jewish persecution of early Christians described in the Book of Acts.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Peter entertained and gave place to the word of the Lord, and by the time he heard Cornelius’ experience, the revelation of Jesus came like the day dawning. Peter perceived! “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality’” (Acts 10:34).
Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Peter was praying; that’s a good thing. Peter became hungry, so Heaven’s food truck was right on time! After the vision, Peter was left wondering. Wonderment, by the way, is an awesome, childlike quality that allows an experience to continue without us having to make a decision about it.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Today’s gospel clearly reveals the tendency for humans to resort to methods of power and control to achieve what they want or feel they need. It verifies an insight struck by Richard Rohr in The Divine Dance. He terms this “group narcissism” and says it “has nothing to do with love for God; it isn’t a search for truth or love. It’s a grasping for control, and every group at its less mature stages of development will try to put God into the pocket of its own-members-only jackets!” He contends that all religions do this – Jews, Christians of all sorts, and Muslims among them.
John Green (in Turtles All the Way Down, p 145): “Your mom gives a shit, you know? Most adults are just hollowed out. You watch them try to fill themselves up with booze or money or God or fame or whatever they worship, and it all rots them from the inside until nothing is left but the money or booze or God they thought would save them. That’s what my dad is like—he really disappeared a long time ago, which is maybe why it didn’t bother me much. I wish he were here, but I’ve wished that for a long time. Adults think they’re wielding power, but really power is wielding them.”
“The parasite believes itself to be the host,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “Yeah.”
Quinn G. Caldwell: “The devising of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to all.”
– Proverbs 24:9 (NRSV)
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The host knows how much food he has for the guests. He should be generous, showing a “good eye” because this causes bountiful blessing to descend on the company. The phrase “good eye” is a code referring to the verse “He who has a generous eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.”(Prov. 22:9) And the sages say, “Don’t read that he shall be blessed, rather that he should be the one to make the blessing.” (Sota 38b) The reason is because his generous eye will stimulate a generous response in the spiritual world causing all to benefit from his blessing. He makes the blessing on the bread with this generous intention and then slices it in a generous manner for the company, serving the three representatives of higher consciousness first.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Rohr’s assertion about group narcissism also seems to ring true in today’s epistle, though in a non-physical use of power for control. Most scholars think Hebrews was written to dissuade recently converted Christians from returning to Judaism. Some think that in this particular passage he even twisted logic in order to make his argument. In any case, he tried to show that the Jewish view of God was clearly inferior to the God recognized by Christians through knowing Jesus. Given our understanding of God’s self-revealing through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, this might make sense to us.
Quinn G. Caldwell: What would the world be like if we actually regarded scoffing as an abomination? If we could disagree with someone and still treat them with respect? If we could be angry with someone without belittling them?
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): My priorities were out of order.
Rev. Ken Kesselus: The historic period of today’s readings was certainly in the “less mature stage” of Christianity, as Rohr mentions, but this use of power for control obviously continues beyond that stage, as we have seen now for 2,000 years of the church’s life. There is a natural tendency for us to maintain control of familiar institutions that support our priorities.
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): Why can’t we have war without casualties?
Francis Anfuso poster (19 Aug 19): You can reach people who have no desire for God if you know their need. Exodus 2:4-6
Brat in comment box: Just to be clear, in my case, it is as basic as this statement: Write me back. The death of the vision came about because the conversation died, however the content and message carried on, being vamped and sucked off the Arc Speak, and still I have been treated as if I don’t exist. That’s just plain cruel, yea evil. God promised to dislodge those peoples before me little by little, so that the beasts would not hurt me. (Dt 7:22) Writing back IS a strategy to break the delay! Writing back gives grace space for truth and honesty to lay a new foundation. Writing back shows that reconciliation is a priority to the parties who had been silent watchers.
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Simcha-Shmuel Treister: These table manners, that are still prevalent today at meals given in honor of the performance of a mitzvah, have deep and meaningful significance in drawing down abundant blessing on those who merit being there!
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Today’s tendency to center so much of our lives on power and control – especially in selfish ways – is as dangerous a trend as in any era. Sadly, we seldom dare to admit this truth within and among us. We repress it, cover it up, hide from it, ignore it, and sometimes are simply unaware that it is a part of what drives us.
Charisma (21 Aug 19): Longing for Honor, Covered in Shame
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): “Doubt nothing.” Doubt is the mind separating and dividing. Doubt is dismissing a new thought or journey (just like the one Peter was embarking on) before we can even get started.
Chuck D. Pierce: As I travel, one thing that I frequently hear is how someone has been offended because of something. There is a way for us in the Body of Christ to get past offense. THIS IS THROUGH PRAISE!
Brat (in “Poor Wolves” 12 Aug 19): They have a dream while I still have no sanctuary and the barons can only spiritualize “sanctuary” to justify their own position of neglect in the situation.
Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Lauren Daigle: “Rescue” [https://youtu.be/3U4Q2R7ZZAE]
Pastor John Tolle (18 Aug 19): We all have little closets, places in our minds where we go to the Lord. I’ve learned to treat myself better because I have better disciplines.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Line” 17 Aug 19): “I see you in your enclosed place. I see you as you sit and attempt to heal that which needs to be healed. But this is not a time of licking and mending your wounds over and over; this is a time for you to come out into the sun. The sun will heal your wounds and burn out what is within you. Don’t back up and hide again! Come out and watch Me begin to bring you into wholeness.
Pastor John Tolle (4 Aug 19): I’m not letting her get away.
Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”
Rev. Ken Kesselus: Admittedly, the use of power and control is not always bad. It can be an important self-protective mechanism when we are in harm’s way or a way to produce justice and defend the helpless. Despite the fact that power can be used for good in other ways, we are called to resist negative use of power for control and rather to look to the model of Jesus for direction.
Lana Vawser: I heard the Holy Spirit say “I am removing many leaders and five fold ministers from thrones they have placed themselves on and I am taking My rightful place”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Wonderment was the first response to the Lord’s intervention in Peter’s faith. While Peter was wondering, the three men sent by Cornelius arrived and were looking for Peter. The Spirit took this moment to inform Peter of their arrival, to instruct him to go and greet them, and “not to doubt.” The Holy Spirit then said, “For I have sent them” (Acts 10:20). God is so good to put content into our context and to tell us first what not to do.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 5 pm Dream Log (in “Endure” 6 Aug 19): Parked at Pleasant Valley Park. I have a migraine. Mercifully I fell asleep. I dreamed I was at a house of a friend in the high desert. I was sleeping in my car in the dream, too. Robin xx asked to see my sermon notes from church this morning. I reluctantly found them and passed them to her. I had folded them up into a one-inch square of paper. She said, “That’s unusual for you.” That’s true. How did she know that of me? I unfolded the pages and I stuck my nose into the notes so that my head deliberately blocked what I’d written from Robin’s view. I started quietly weeping. I was not allowed to pray the Divine Office. How did Robin know that? Robin said, “You’ll have to petition another Discernment Committee.” I groaned, “AGAIN?!” I can’t go through it again. It’s all written down.
Daniel 5: 7 The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”
Rev. Ken Kesselus: But the Gospel story also provides an example of the better way to use power. Today we witness Jesus acting out of compassion for the plight of the crippled women and employing for her benefit the greatest power in the universe, the power of love. He used that power for, not against, not to control, but to help and heal and give life. Jesus used his power – the power of the Holy Spirit – the power of compassionate love – to heal the woman. This is the Jesus about whom St. Paul wrote in Philippians as the human Lord who did not misuse the power of God, did not exploit it with selfish purposes, but humbled himself in obedience to God – giving himself away, even unto death on a cross.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (20 Aug 19): Holy Spirit for ALL!
Chuck D. Pierce: Every child of God should express praise. Human praise of a holy God is a major theme throughout God’s Word. Praise is expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of His worth. Praise says “thank you” for each aspect of God’s nature. Praise expands our awareness of God’s character. “Praise” comes from a Latin word meaning “value” or “prize.” When we praise God, we proclaim His merit or worth and His value to us here on Earth.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The host is parallel to The Master of the House (G d) and as such represents the conduit to draw down blessing on all the diners. At the same time, the response of “Amen” from the diners is an integral part of the blessing, so he must wait for them to respond before eating. By saying “Amen” the company is affirming that they are tuned into his blessing and wish to be part of it; they then become a vessel to receive it.
Katie Souza: Remember this: All the power of Heaven is ready to back up your walk of faith, love and obedience to God! Grace and mercy will meet your impossibilities and do the impossible in your life when you choose to remove the idols from your heart.
Chuck D. Pierce: Offense is usually the emotional issue of our lives that stops us from advancing. So many people live with offense. In King David’s life, he not only stayed one step ahead of death, but found the key to moving forward in his life by staying beyond offense.
Brat: Try not to get offended if you can.
Matthew 11: 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Brat: You chose to turn your back on one who was never supposed to be left behind and you did not really hear what I was saying, but then countered Pastor John’s 21-day fast with your 7-day plan of praise. Both of these are valid tools. Neither of them address the root issue. You’re both lobbing Arc Speak over our heads like “the rockets’ red glare.”
Sophia Buller text message (21 Aug 19): I feel the storm…Jesus Christ is LORD over the storm!
Quinn G. Caldwell: My enemies are obviously dumber than I am, less evolved, less educated, less aware, more ridiculous, more in need of therapy. But every once in a while I wonder, “What if I assumed that my enemies are actually more or less intelligent people with good intentions and different life experiences, who might also be correct in some way hidden to me? Or that they might be very wrong, but maybe there’s a whole history of pain there that I can’t see? What if, before I respond, I breathe for 15 seconds and remind myself that God loves this person?”
Sophia Buller text message (21 Aug 19): No weapon formed against us who belong to Christ shall prosper in Jesus Name, but instead shall tear down strongholds of the enemy and as the Bible says in many places the wicked shall fall by their own wickedness in Jesus Name.
Chuck D. Pierce: The word “offended” in the Greek is “skandalizo,” which means to put a snare or stumbling block in the way. The noun to which it is related refers to the bait stick of a trap. In the New Testament, skandalizo is always used metaphorically as that which hinders right conduct or thought, hence, “to cause to stumble.”
Dr. Karen Singh, Psychiatrist (in Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green, p 89): “One of the challenges with pain—physical or psychic—is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.”
Brat (19 Aug 19): Then how beautiful and amazing Jesus is that He told us to remember Him when we take communion at the table. (Luke 22:19-20) He went through unspeakable pain and allowed His life to become a prophetic metaphor when we remember His sacrifice and what He did for us. Then He IS God-with-us, Immanuel. The wine represents His blood. His blood covers us. His blood is in our blood. When we remember Him, He becomes part of our language, the Word in us and us in Him. Then His language and body redeems our pain and us His. Amen!
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