Archive | February, 2020

Call to Build 20 Feb 20

23 Feb

Working Dates: Monday, February 17, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
[10 pages]
A Call to Build the House of the LORD
Haggai 1:2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.’”
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: For instance, when a person wants to build a palace he needs both strong stones and fancy stones. Fancy stones, however, are meant to be few and well placed, while the strong stones have to be used in abundance from the foundation up. A nation is the same way: it needs strong stones, energetic stones, committed stones, smart stones, but only a few “head” stones.
Psalm 137:9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.
Jennifer Brownell (22 Feb 20): Both “How do you…?” and “How could you…?” create distance rather than build relationship between the questioner and the questionee. “How do you…?” places the other on a pedestal. “How could you…?” pushes them into the mud.
Matt Laney (21 Feb 20): Today, my brother and I are friends and mom has forgiven me for that punch. When she gets between us now, it’s usually for a photo op. Like Jacob and Esau, reconciliation took time for my brother and me. But now, instead of making life hard for each other, we help each other through hard times.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: A well-known story describes a meeting between an unobservant person and a 5 year-old boy in the Meah Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 2:3 While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him 4 and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it.
Anna Blake (17 Feb 20): Photo & Poem: Natural. Magic.
The young visitor stared at the bay mare’s mane. “Would you like to
brush her?” I ask. Sending the girl for the grooming bag, I haltered
the mare, a visitor to the farm herself. After showing the girl about
curry combs and brushing with the grain of the hair, she set to the task
with immense thoughtfulness in each stroke, giving special attention to
the mare’s mane until it was perfect, her other hand smoothing it down,
chipped nail polish on small fingers, so delicately she could have been
a fly, while the mare kept her head low to her hay. “Would you like to
lead her?” I ask. The girl nods, her eyes solemn with the responsibility.
Inside the pen, I walked the first circle with them, asking the girl to
stand at the mare’s shoulder, to let the rope be slack, and with a nod
to the mare, I stepped back, suggesting the girl take giant steps and baby
steps, like Mother, May I? And the mare naturally matched her, as she
had done with her herd since she was a filly, but the mare’s size made
it seem magical to the girl. Walking over, I un-click the lead rope, roll it
up, and say, “Big breath, and walk just like before.” The girl is uncertain
but ventures a step. Instinctively the mare picks up a hoof, and the pair
walk on together. It was never the rope. The girl steals a look to see if
I’m watching, her face flushed with wonder, and I smile back so the
girl knows it’s real, as the mare absentmindedly continues the baptism.
Zechariah 2:5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: The child asks the adult why his head is not covered. The adult tries to be to be poetic and responds that the blue sky above him is his head covering. The boy, opening his eyes wide and rolling his head answers, “With such a small head, why does it need a hat so big?!”
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): We never know what crises God may allow to develop in our lives … not to crush us, but to make us witnesses of God’s sustaining grace under fire.
Zechariah 2:6 “Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the LORD, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the LORD.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Singing” 15 Feb 20): One’s voice can communicate what one is thinking; the Sages teach that there were five voices that accompanied the giving of the Torah to illustrate G-d’s infinite nature – beyond that of the four levels within Creation – or even beyond the Four Worlds.
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): God has had me pray recently for the strengthening of the Body of Christ and elevation of the five-fold ministry gifts. God began to download prophetic words and decrees to release over each of the ministry offices. As God moves us closer to the promised and prophesied next wave of great outpouring and the apostolic move of God in the earth, the alignment of the ascension gifts with the plans and purposes of God is of great necessity.
Ephesians 4:11, “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): For this to be accomplished we must understand that passing laws can change behavior, but does not change hearts. The civil government can only do so much. It is the responsibility for us, the people, to address and confront the evils of bigotry. We must resolve that this will be a land where no one is judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. This was not just the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.—it is sound biblical truth and the true American dream.
Brat: I’m white and still a slave to the Arc Speak, cuz we seemingly cannot talk about IT.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): The Hebrew word for “widow” is almanah, coming from the root elem, meaning “mute”. A widow is vulnerable; she is like a mute who cannot speak (see Tehillim/Psalms 39:10). The Hebrew word for “orphan” (yatom) comes from the root tome, meaning to be “used up”. An orphan, particularly a child, has no one to protect him or her and so can quickly “use up” their mental and physical resources (see Bereishit/Genesis 47:15).
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): I recently faced a daunting challenge in my life. As the challenge unfolded, my main focus was on how to get through it. I kept praying about it, kept trying to remain hopeful, and kept being open to all possibilities for resolution.
Brat (to Phil 17 Feb 20): On the other end of the same spectrum is a crushing dysfunctional Silence. In contrast, this kind of silence is unholy and makes its own laws, and then changes them (or ignores them) to suit itself. This then feeds a spirit of lawlessness, because it cannot stand up under its own weight. This beast knows it did wrong, but cannot confess. Bullies never do (in my experience). It cannot make restitution, because it feels no conviction.
Psalm 2:12 kiss His feet, or He will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for His wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in Him.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “God has anger for the Jews, but this anger will be taken out through this plague on idolators. In truth, the corona was supposed to be on us but it is on them in order to send a message to the world. There are horrible things in the world that need to be fixed: immodesty, lustfulness, profanity. God’s face of judgment is being seen today by the entire world. He is taking all this anger and judgment and throwing it down as a plague.
Psalm 2:5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: He shall plague peoples in our stead and kingdoms under our feet. Psalms 47:4
Zechariah 2:12 The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): Still, Though
Zechariah 2:13 Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): …The truth is our most valuable possession. For any Christian leader to compromise it, or fail to declare it, they have at best become a hireling and are not a true shepherd. To compromise the truth is to fear men more than God and deny the One who called us. Is this not the reason why we see that the cowards are the first to be thrown into the lake of fire on the judgment day (see Revelation 21:8)?
Brat: And when I get no response from the hirelings?
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: A SLAVE TO THE KING IS A KING!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet, each of us also possesses an inner thief who schemes to steal these gifts and use them according to his own will. This “thief” represents the “destructive inclination”—yatzer hara, in Talmudic jargon—that exists within the human psyche and constantly seeks to control his or her body, soul, and life by abusing their identity, violating their integrity and derailing them from their appropriate course of action.
Zechariah 8:9 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the LORD Almighty.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): The task is simple. Look for Jesus. When you finally do catch a glimpse of him, your perspective will change in an instant. He may not always appear in the way you want him to, or in the way you think he should, but nevertheless, he will be there.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): It would be a tragic mistake not to honor the American Founding Fathers for their remarkable and unprecedented accomplishments. We must also honor them by carrying their work forward. To do this we must learn from their mistakes so that we do not continue to make them.
Haggai 1:3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Because we encounter Jesus in our lectionary readings from week to week, we are used to him. While that’s a good thing, these familiar stories can become predictable. Our God-made-human may begin to seem ordinary, par for the course.
Zechariah 8:10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): When our nation falls into darkness, it is because the light is not shinning from the church. When corruption increases in the land, it is because the church is not being the salt it is called to be. We may need better leaders in government, but we also need true shepherds as leaders of the church.
Kaji Douša (23 Feb 20): The Blackness of the night sky, of the tough news and the stars that ascended, bid me to look up. I wanted the blackness, I needed to see what could come when I didn’t flick to the light too soon. I wanted to turn off the lamp for a moment.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): This is why, as long as the widow was shouting, her husband was shouting from Heaven, and, therefore I could not allow myself to enter the house.”
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): We are still dealing with the compromises of our stated core values that led to The Civil War. That war may have eliminated slavery, but it did not eliminate discrimination. This is still a root problem of our most potentially deadly conflicts today. To have been blessed with this great revelation, and to have articulated such a truth with eloquence and power in The Declaration of Independence, was extraordinary. Yet, to not implement what they proclaimed almost destroyed their great work in founding the nation.
Thomas Griffin (and the spirit fuel team): Speak it again, GOD IS WITH ME. Amen? Blessing you in the name of Jesus
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Talmud [Yuma 86b] puts it thus: “Great is repentance, for as a result of it, willful sins are transformed into virtues.” When you, sadly, fail, and allow your life to go to shambles, but then confront the thief and reclaim your authentic life as your own, those previous failures bestow upon you a perspective, an appreciation, a depth and a determination that otherwise would not have been possible.
Brat (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): Excuse me? I was talking to Preacher Man. Making it look like you are engaging directly with me by hiding behind your sermon is spiritually pimping. That is pretending, stonewalling, and gaslighting. I share my words directly. These dialogues are the only way I have a voice. I need conversation and connection for my very survival. That is a basic human need. Using people to make a profit off of another’s need is slavery. This has been going on for thirteen years. The Church was supposed to not tolerate Jezebel (Rev 2:20), but Thyatira’s been too busy making a one world order.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): This is not to imply that the church in America has not done anything to address the evils of bigotry and discrimination. It was the church that gave birth to the Abolitionist and Civil Rights Movements. However, even then the vast majority of churches remained silent and neutral. As the Scriptures declare, to be a watchman that did not sound the alarm, or a shepherd that did not confront what threatened God’s people, is a fearful thing on the day of judgment.
Jennifer Brownell (22 Feb 20): There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner. – 1 Kings 21:25-26a (NIV)
Rabbi YY Jacobson: For example, when a powerful instinctive craving compels me to surrender to despair, to lose my temper, to binge, to gamble, to drink, to consume something destructive for my body or spirit, my inner “thief”—or destructive craving—has just “kidnapped” part of my soul
Phil (16 Feb 20): Because in that gap between the person God intends for us to be and the person we have allowed ourselves to become—that is the void where sin and despair creep in. The Law, which Christ fulfills, beckons us into the glory of God, and, as St. Irenaeus writes, “the glory of God is the human person, fully alive.” Fully oneself.
Psalm 2:7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): This week’s Torah portion is called Mishpatim. Mishpatim means “judgements” and refers to commandments that are rational, straightforward and relatively easy to understand. It is appropriate that an almost entire portion of laws that we read this week should follow last week’s portion, Yitro, which was about the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. But why specifically the mishpatim laws that are so straightforward we could have deduced their need ourselves? Laws that are between man and man (rather than between man and G-d).
Verse of the Day (17 Feb 20): Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. ~ Romans 8:35,37 NIV
Brat: Whenever Church leaders omit a verse or passage, it piques my curiosity and I have to check to see what message they are hiding.
Romans 8: 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Brat: Oh, it was the missing sheep! I wondered what they left out.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “God chooses them,” Rabbi Zissholtz said to Dadon. “The only way they are revealed is if God decides that they need to be revealed. But it really isn’t important for people to think about them. We don’t need mysticism to serve God. These people suffer greatly just for our benefit.”
2 Peter 1:21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Phil (16 Feb 20): And each of us, looking back at our lives, can probably recognize a juncture when embracing the true and necessary thing might have cost us a great deal. Our sense of security. Or our livelihood. Or maybe friends and loved ones who have rejected us.
Brat (to Phil 17 Feb 20): I have reached a junction in my own life where all I can do is stand up to the beast, even though it pretends to see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. Not my monkeys, not my circus. At least there is a record of this journey on my blog. If the five-fold ministry was working properly, there would be a safe-house for whistleblowers, wagon-wheel repairers, and worn-out dancers. And, of course, for the missing slaughtered sheep –
[Echo]: Romans 8:36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Kaji Douša (23 Feb 20): There I met people thrust into the world of prophecy, which is not an easy world to inhabit, you know. They shared little bits of their truth and beauty and witness.
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): In the heat of my challenge, my twenty-three-year-old daughter said to me, “Daddy, I know that what you’re facing is hard, but you are being so honest and brave about it. I want you to know how that inspires me.”
Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): Once Rabbi Dovid of Dinov [3] visited a village with the Rebbe of Sanz. They were invited to the home of one of the residents. But when these two tzadikim were about to enter the person’s home, a widow came and started shouting that the man owed her money and she would not let them go in until she was paid.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Torah, in the above law, offers instead this piece of advice: “If a man shall give money or vessels to his fellow to safeguard, and it is stolen from the house of the man, if the thief is found, he shall pay double.” Go out, suggests the Torah, and find the thief. Then you will actually receive double of what you possessed originally!
Jennifer Brownell (22 Feb 20): As children of God, we have the opportunity to ask different questions than the rest of the world asks. Questions that help us truly meet one another on holy, even ground. Questions like: “What is happening in your heart?” “Who do you love?” “Why does this matter?” “When did things change?” “Where do you turn for support?” Or, if it must be a “how” question, maybe just “How are you?”
Mary Luti: At the world’s table, no one waits for anyone. It’s a demented scramble to be first, shoving others aside, stepping over bodies. Be first and you get prime cuts and excellent wine. Limp in later, you get gristle and dregs. At the world’s table, the wealthy, the privileged, and the strong devour everyone else’s share of the feast of life. But at the Lord’s table, mutual deference is the sacrament’s outward sign, every bit as much as bread and wine.
Revelation 6:5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): Immediately the two organized a rabbinical court to judge the situation and when all sides were examined it was decided conclusively that the woman was not owed anything. The Rebbe of Sanz then asked the Rabbi of DInov, “Reb Dovid, if this is the case, we can now enter the house?” The problem was, the widow was not satisfied and continued to insist that she would not let them enter until she was paid! The Rabbi of Dinov said to the Rebbe of Sanz, we will not go in until she is appeased. In the end, the man paid her a small sum, even though it was in no way required. Only then did the two righteous men enter the house.
Matthew 17:26 “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him.
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: A half-shekel was the uniform contribution of every Jew, rich or poor. Allegorically, this can be understood as a reference to the “lowest common denominator” expected of every Jewish person in his or her service of G-d.
Matthew 17:27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “If a man shall give money or vessels to his fellow to safeguard,” can be understood as a metaphor for the Creator of life entrusting man with “money and vessels to safeguard.” G-d grants each of us a body, a mind, a soul, a family and a little fraction of His world’s resources. He asks us to nurture them and protect them from a myriad of inner and outer forces that threaten to undermine them.
Luke 15:8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): The Rebbe asked the Rov, “Why did you refrain from entering after we had a clear legal judgement that she was not owed anything and was shouting for nothing?” Reb Dovid responded, “The verse says, אם ענה תענה אותו “If you will maltreat, maltreat him.” We have to understand the repeated word. And why does the verse use the singular male form, אותו and not the plural, “them” אותם, referring to the widow and her orphan son?”
Revelation 12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): Reb Dovid answered, “When an orphan or widow are in distress and are shouting, the father/husband in Heaven shares their pain and shouts with them. This is the reason why the verse repeats the word “maltreats”. The first time relates to the widow and orphan and the second time, the husband/father in Heaven. The verse continues, “If they shout (the orphan and widow), he, the father will also shout to Me (in Heaven), says G-d. “
Luke 15:9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
Kaji Douša (23 Feb 20): There is a lamp. It has to do with your faith. There are stars, too. But they’re not the only point.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (18 Feb 20): “Everything is dependent on Israel repenting or not.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Gentlemen, I truly believe that the inner purpose of this great gathering was that we all gain a deeper perspective of the true meaning of the Mishnah’s statement, “Judge every man favorably” (Avot 1:6). If the search had been conducted and the coin discovered in our venerable associate’s pocket, is there anyone in this room who can honestly say he wouldn’t have presumed that he had stolen my coin—especially after I had influenced you by saying there wasn’t another one like it in the world?
Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Mary Luti: We eat the Lord’s Supper truly not when we’re morally pure or doctrinally sound, but when we’re giving no advantage to the privileged. When in deeds personal and political we refuse to shame the poor. When our own well-being is inseparable from others’. When we set welcome tables in the streets of our grasping, unequal world as intentionally as we set Communion tables in our sanctuaries.
Haggai 1:7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): My focus was on my challenge. I assumed everyone else’s focus was on my challenge, too. It never occurred to me that when I find myself in a crisis, people not only notice the crisis. People pay attention to me.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): There are two aspects in this. First, if we were going to set our observance on our own intellectual understanding, it is not impossible that we could not only convince ourselves that doing damage to another person is permissible, we could decide it is even a mitzvah, a commandment, something that G-d wants (G-d forbid). Since our intellect can prove something and its opposite at the same time, it can’t be used to control our ethical behavior. Secondly, just like G-d is infinite, so are His commandments. When we understand that something comes from G-d and not from our intellect, we know there are infinitely deeper levels of understanding. We should not lose out on what is really there, but hidden. (Adapted from Shulchan Shabbat, Shemot, page 171).
Mary Luti: It’s the Lord’s Supper truly when we wait for each other. When we wait and work and witness until everyone arrives, everyone is seated, everyone is served, and everyone is fed.
Haggai 1:10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
Brat: You called for it?
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Ten years ago, Israel was suffering from a horrible drought. Someone asked Rabbi Kook when the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) will be full. Rabbi Kook said, When the Messiah arrives, the Kinneret will be full.’”
Haggai 1:13 Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): The Torah continues, “If you maltreat him, when he cries out to me, I will be sure to hear his cry. My anger will flare up and I will kill you by the sword. Your wives will then be widows, and your children orphans.” (Shemot/Exodus 22:22), When G-d says, “…my anger will flare up…”, it means He will hold back rain (see Devarim/Deuteronomy 11:17). Rabbi Shimon and Rabbi YIshmael were among the Ten Martyrs [2]. When they were taken out to be killed, Rabbi Shimon said to Rabbi YIshmael, “Can you remember perhaps once an orphan or widow came with a case to be judged before you or to ask you a favor? Perhaps at the time you were eating or getting dressed and you made them wait, not giving them an answer until you finished with your own affairs? If so, then the verse, “If you maltreat him…” may apply to you. The Torah likens a minor maltreatment to a major one.” “You have comforted me,” said Rabbi Yishmael. “You explained my transgression and I can therefore accept my punishment.” (Yalkut Shimoni. Volume 3. Page 324)
Mary Luti: When you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s supper, for each of you goes ahead with your own. Thus some go hungry while others get drunk. Why do you make those who have nothing feel ashamed? My siblings, no: when you come together to eat, wait for each other. – 1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33 (adapted)
Jewish Press (19 Feb 20): Shabbat Catered by BUTCHER BLOCK
Jennifer Brownell (22 Feb 20): Prayer
Holy One, help us to ask the right questions, so that we might draw nearer to one another, and to you. Amen.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: You know you have a problem when everyone asks who is in charge but thinks that they should be in charge.
Kaji Douša (23 Feb 20): Prayer
Day will dawn, O God. Thank you for reminding me that the dawning of the day is not my job.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “No, this teaching is not as simple as its wording makes it seem. The lesson of tonight is that even if all indications point to a person’s guilt, we still have to presume his innocence until proven otherwise. That is the divine providence of the unforgettable events of this thanksgiving feast.”
Haggai 1:12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD.
Mary Luti: Prayer
Forgive us for profaning the feast of life. Teach us to wait for each other.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): G-d is called the King of orphans and the Judge of widows (Tehillim/Psalms 39:10). Obviously, G-d is King and Judge over all humankind, but the Torah is teaching us that the orphan and widow have no one to rely on except for G-d Himself. He Himself will take up their cause (Yeffeh Toar. Page 124).
Haggai 1:14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the LORD Almighty, their God,

Bashed 17 Feb 20

23 Feb

Working Dates: Monday, February 17, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
[11 total pages]
Matt Laney (21 Feb 20): Beating Up Brother
Kaji Douša (23 Feb 20): The Blackness of the night sky, of the tough news and the stars that ascended, bid me to look up. I wanted the blackness, I needed to see what could come when I didn’t flick to the light too soon. I wanted to turn off the lamp for a moment.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
Matt Laney (21 Feb 20): As kids, my brother and I fought like animals. It broke our parents’ hearts. One time my mother got in the middle of a fistfight yelling, “Stop, stop, stop!”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (18 Feb 20): Love received is love given. Love given can be given on. God is love, and perfect love casts out fear. Jesus would spend time with the Father and receive His affirming, empowering, and transforming love every day. In the same way, we are invited into the Father’s presence, through Jesus, to hear His affirming, empowering and transforming love for us. From this place, we can, in turn, love as we have been loved.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Our tradition gives us plenty of ways to look for Jesus. A couple of daily doses of prayer should do the trick. Reading the Bible helps. Saying “I love you” is a good start. Talking to God out loud is also a healthy thing to do, especially when you’re angry.
Phil (16 Feb 20): Like Jesus, and like Marta, it might lead us far out into the desert, where the evil one whispers in the Valley of Death that we are lost, that we are living with ghosts, forgotten, and that our fragile dreams are not worth tending, that nobody cares enough to come join us in the dance that we were born to do.
Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): Once while I was at a breakfast in Washington with about twenty senators and congressmen, I had been calling for boldness and courage to face certain issues. After I had finished, one of the congressmen pulled me aside and said, “You would see a lot more courage in Washington if we saw any courage in the church.” I could not argue with that.
James Blunt: “No Bravery” []
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Similarly, when I lie for short-term convenience, my inner “thief,” once again, has entered and robbed my “lips” and “words,” employing them for an immoral function, thereby degrading my conscience and soul. When I cheat in a business deal, my inner “thief” managed to get his hands on my business, and so forth.
Phil (16 Feb 20): And so when we hear Jesus teaching in today’s Gospel about the intense, seemingly impossible demands that the Law places on our hearts—when we learn from him that the Kingdom of Heaven looks like those rare moments when our inner motives are in perfect alignment with our outward actions—I believe we are hearing his invitation to brave, self-giving, authenticity.
Brat: My piece “Call to Build” expounds on that a bit more.
Isaiah 48:16 “Come near me and listen to this:
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
at the time it happens, I am there.”
And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me,
endowed with his Spirit.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Getting the word out now that the Messiah is closer than ever is a matter of life and death,” Rabbi Zissholtz said. “Haven’t you heard of Gog and Magog? That is what is going to happen very soon. Right now, the situation is explosive more than you can possibly imagine. Everyone needs to know whether they are on the inside or if they are going to be left out.”
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): I wondered about my reaction, a clench in my stomach so subtle it was hard to measure yet impossible to ignore. I believed my friend’s experience. After all, the spiritual life is different for one person than another. Some might be better equipped to read the metaphysical evidence.
Jewish Journal (12 Feb 20): Who Will Write Our History?
Brat (in “Singing” 15 Feb 20): Isn’t that what we are all doing?
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): It must be faith-affirming to experience God in such an amazing way, quite different from our run-of-the-mill encounters with Jesus in the lectionary. Seeing the face of God would certainly solidify one’s belief. Can you imagine? It’s not much of a stretch. Some people are so desperate to catch a glimpse of God that they begin to see God all over the place.
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry (in “Singing” 15 Feb 20): It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.
The Rev. George Daisa: The Holiness Tradition – or the Way of the Virtuous Life – is an ancient tradition which finds its beginnings in the fact that Jesus emerged from the forty days’ temptation in the desert having over-come the temptation of the “easy way.” Jesus was tempted throughout his life and ministry to simply perform miracles and signs so that people would believe. He rejected this easy way in favor of a radical alternative way: using his power to reveal the Kingdom of God working in and among the people. Jesus points to an inner life with God that transforms the heart and builds deeply ingrained habits of virtue. These holy habits stand at the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, the real starting-point for this tradition. We will explore the Sermon on the Mount and the Psalms as they reveal life in the Kingdom and the character of God.
Brat to Phil (17 Feb 20): Upon reflection, the SILENCE of the Valley of Death and the torment of Death Valley would be survivable – nay – celebratable if the five-fold ministries were working together like spokes on the Borax Team wagon wheels (Eph 4:11). From my perspective it’s not just about creative expression. God knows, we are all expressing ourselves! (And if not, then ulcers and constipation result.) Plus there is a learning curve time in the Spiritual Journey where dancing alone is a sermon unto itself. It is necessary in the timeline of one’s spiritual development. The Desert Fathers and Mothers intimately understood that. St Francis preached to the birds in the forest. That kind of silence is a sacred time in one’s formation.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Some folks find God in the woods on a foggy morning. Others see God in the housecat curled up in the sunshine. Some people meet God in their customers, patients, clients, and coworkers. You might even notice God in the cheerful demeanor of a passing stranger.
Verse of the Day (12 Feb 20): Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)
Brat (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): I hope the rabbis can do this, because I sure have not experienced this with the Church.
Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz: The difference between the expectations for spiritual leadership and expectations regarding secular leadership.
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): Elijah, on the run and hiding in a cave, in fear for his life, was told the Lord would pass by. I don’t know what he expected, but probably not what he got—a manifestation of the Holy One translated variously as a small voice, or a sheer silence, or a voice of stillness.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: A Haredi rabbi, privy to secrets concerning the Messiah, was sworn to silence for several decades by hidden righteous men but they have now ordered him for the first time to publicize their messages about current events and the imminent arrival of the Messiah. They tell him that it is literally a matter of life or death.
Brat (11 Feb 20): The Great They throw out their verses to the masses not even thinking from the perspective of a prisoner behind a car engine grill on an isolated island of solitary confinement by a wall of dysfunctional SILENCE for thirteen years, where the noise is so great and constant I can barely hear Jesus’ voice in my ear anymore as I sit in the park and pray. The Great They have it comfortable in their own offices so they can preach on the roster and qualities of love.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Without needing to tear out their sins given to them at the recent chastity talk.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (18 Feb 20): Love is not an emotion, although it will influence our emotions. It is not an action, although it will affect our actions. Love is a person. Love is Jesus. Love therefore, is a place of abiding. Jesus abided in the Father’s love, then carried that same love through to His disciples. It was later His disciples’ turn to carry on that love. They were not however to create the love, or even to sustain it. They were to be loved by Jesus and thereby love each other as He had loved them. Jesus’ new commandment was “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NKJV). The Holy Spirit helped me greatly with understanding this commandment. I heard Him say two things. First, “No man can love like Jesus, until they have been loved by Jesus.” And second, “We can only love as we are being loved by Jesus.” That made a lot of sense. After all, John would later say in His epistle “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19, NKJV).
Psalm 119:7 I will praise You with an upright heart, when I learn Your righteous ordinances.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Zissholtz explained that he had been charged by these hidden righteous men to break his silence and to begin informing the public of the imminent arrival of the Messiah.
2 Peter 1:18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Singing” 15 Feb 20): Everyone murmured in surprise, but they were soon pleased by the choice. The guest’s voice was both musical and powerful. When they reached the section of the Ten Commandments, the atmosphere altered radically. It had been a beautiful, clear spring morning. The sun was shining brightly, the sky a solid sheet of pastel blue, with not a dot of cloud to be seen. Suddenly the heavens darkened, and tremendous peals of thunder boomed down upon them. Fright took hold of everyone.
Psalm 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (13 Feb 20): Thunder & Lightening – Why? (Yitro 5780)
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): There may well be those among us who have had a “mountaintop” experience. Thunder crashes, lightning strikes, and God takes shape right before their eyes. But even they, like Peter, James, and John, must eventually walk back down to level ground. Even an extraordinary event can become an ordinary one after someone has a chance to turn it over in their head.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Zissholtz explained that signs that had been given to signal the arrival of the Messiah are now appearing at a lightning-fast pace.
Matthew 17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Verse of the Day (20 Feb 20): Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. ~ Proverbs 17:9 NIV
Phil (16 Feb 20): The road that leads deep into the heart of life can be lonely.
Brat: [Sigh.] I know.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Startling revelation is not necessary to convince us of the validity of our faith. Faithfulness does not grow out of God’s unanticipated intervention but from a life spent looking for Jesus at all times, and in all the ordinary places.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): One of the commandments in this week’s portion (Shemot/Exodus 22:21), is to not maltreat any widow or orphan. The Me’am Lo’ez [1] discusses this commandment at length. Widows and orphans may feel bitter and low and can easily be brought to tears. This is true even if they are wealthy. The Torah therefore stresses that we must not mistreat any widow or orphan. We are commanded not to make them feel bad and to speak to them pleasantly in every situation.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: Jewish mysticism teaches that justice is often served in hidden ways.
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
God lifted me out of the pit of despair.
Many will see what has been done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
– Psalm 40:1-2, 3 (NLT)
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (20 Feb 20): This is the meaning of the verse, “I will be sure to hear his cry.” G-d says He will do this in a preternatural manner, so that widows and orphans will not have to ask people to come to their aid when others mistreat them. As soon as they cry out, G-d will hear their voices and they will not have to cry out a second time. G-d Himself will then avenge them. (Adapted from the Torah Anthology: Me’Am Lo’ez. Pages 244-247)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Rabbi Shach was one of the greatest rabbis of our generation but what people did not know was that he was one of the lamed vav tzaddikim,” Rabbi Zissholtz said. The rabbi was referring to a Jewish mystical tradition brought in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 97b) that states that “at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”
Zechariah 8:11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the LORD Almighty.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): The biggest mistake made by the Founders was not to implement what they declared in The Declaration of Independence—it is “a self-evident truth” that “all men are created equal.” The result of that failure was The Civil War, the most deadly and costly war in America’s history.
Brat: You’re right, equality is not self-evident any more than “it goes without saying” will make one feel welcome.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Coming to worship is also important, not for the sake of average Sunday attendance, but for the sake of your relationship with God, a relationship fueled by hearing God’s word and participating in the rituals of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
Phil (16 Feb 20): It is not enough, Jesus tells us, to go through the motions of virtue if you are harboring fear and anger and covetousness deep within you. It is not enough to proclaim peace with your lips if there is war in your heart. It is not enough to fulfill the legal and ceremonial obligations of your culture if you are not also attentive to the injustices that your culture perpetuates.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): Regardless of whether this was done because of cowardness or for political expedience, for the church to remain silent on the major issues of the times is the worst kind of dereliction of our duty.
Phil (16 Feb 20): She is silent, silent as the desert. But her art, her life, her story speaks for itself.
Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “But there are things the public does have to know right now because the process of geula (redemption) is about to start happening very quickly and at a fast pace. It is important that people remain calm and steady to act properly in the right time.”
Zechariah 8:16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD.
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): Somebody’s Watching You
Brat (in “Singing” 15 Feb 20): I’m supposed to listen to them, and then they “crucify” me for doing just that!
Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: In gematria (Hebrew numerology), the letters lamed and vav combined equal 36, hence the hidden righteous men are called lamed-vavniks. The Lamed-Vav Tzaddikim are also called the Nistarim (“concealed ones”). Jewish tradition holds that their identities are unknown to each other and that, if one of them comes to a realization of their true purpose, they would never admit it. The lamed-vavniks do not themselves know that they are one of the 36. In fact, tradition has it that should a person claim to be one of the 36, that is proof positive that they are certainly not one. For the sake of these 36 hidden saints, God preserves the world even if the rest of humanity has degenerated to the level of total barbarism.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): To be trusted with truth is a great blessing, but also a great responsibility. Scripture affirms that it is a greater sin to know the truth but not live it, or know to do good and not do it. Great proclamations can accomplish much if we back them up by how we live. This is one we’re still trying to live out.
Psalm 2:10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Brat (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): Is there no safe-house in the Church for the whistleblower?
Matthew 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 — While I wait for a response…
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): True life, true blessedness, Jesus tells us, will only come when there is an integration between humanity’s heart and its hands; when we need not swear by any power beyond ourselves-by heaven or by earth— because we are so fully, authentically present to each other and to the world that Yes truly does mean Yes, and No truly does mean no. To know ourselves, and to be ourselves, unvarnished, unapologetic, humble, rooted—this is what it means to know peace, and this is what it means to be a peacemaker. This is what we are offered when we follow Christ.
Brat: So, are you telling me that the only way you can be true to the Episcopal Church yourself is to Arc Speak a response to my blog in the next sermon, so the Church doesn’t have to reply directly? That’s either chicken shit cowardice or brilliance. Either way it hurts to be treated as an object.
Sermons That Work (19 Feb 20): Christian Journeys for The Episcopal Church (sponsored)
Psalm 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: He is not emotionally and certainly not intellectually involved in his service of G d. He serves G d like a Canaanite slave-girl, perhaps not altogether against his will, but if it were up to him he’d rather be doing something else.
Rick Joyner (18 Feb 20): Cowardice has no place in Christianity. “The righteous are bold as a lion” (see Proverbs 28:1). True faith in God is demonstrated by our salt—our light in the midst of darkness. If we are to survive the present distress, the salt and light as well as prophetic boldness of the church must be recovered.
2 Peter 1:19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm Journal: God, my heart is breaking. What did I do wrong? I cared. I cared enough to write a real response back to Phil. It was wiped away as if I didn’t exist. Then the whole computer went black. You said You would save us from Babylon!
Zechariah 2:7 “Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!”
Psalm 137:8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): Prayer
Holy One, help me to keep still in your silence. Help me to hear you. Amen.
Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
Phil (16 Feb 20): May the same be said for each of us, whoever we are called to be.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (18 Feb 20): Let’s let the love of God fill us to overflowing, letting it overflow into all relationships. There is coming a day when we, along with all the saints, shall apprehend the love of God in all its dimensions. When we will be filled with the fullness of God, and the Father will receive glory in the church through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:18-21, NKJV).
Isaiah 48:14 “Come together, all of you, and listen:
Which of the idols has foretold these things?
The LORD’s chosen ally
will carry out his purpose against Babylon;
his arm will be against the Babylonians.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “I came to talk not only about what will happen but about who will merit to be part of the Redemption,” Rabbi Zissholtz said to Dadon. “A lot of religious people, men with kippot on their heads, will not merit. Many people who do not appear to be religious will be on the inside.”
Psalm 2:6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): “I’m looking for a sign,” said my friend. “God has always shown me signs.”
Isaiah 48:15 I, even I, have spoken;
yes, I have called him.
I will bring him,
and he will succeed in his mission.
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7:15 pm Journal: I went back to Phil’s blog for another try (maybe for the fifth time by now), and shared his blog and what I had written to my Facebook page. I was eventually able to find my original reply to Phil, and the message still says “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Instead of standing idle and waiting for God to be revealed to us in some extraordinary way, we are called to get up every day and look for Jesus’ presence in our ordinary lives. Admittedly, recognizing God at work in ordinary life can be difficult, especially when we face setbacks, sorrow, or general annoyance. But rest assured, God is there.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Ritz” 09 Feb 20): Actions and speech are much easier to control than thoughts. Gain some control over what you do and how you speak, and controlling your thoughts will become oh so much easier.
Brat: At least I feel better in my spirit now. Seeing none of my work in the comment box and then the whole computer go black was painful. It felt like evil was trying to silence my voice and crush me, but I feel stronger now, since I shared it on Facebook.
2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): Maybe you have heard the stories of people seeing Jesus’ face in a tortilla or a piece of toast? Maybe you have heard about a guy who claims to have recognized Christ’s countenance on the side of a glass building when the light hits it just right. Or maybe you have personally noticed Jesus staring back at you from the foam swirled on top of your half-caf mochaccino, or, perhaps, from a distant rock formation. Sometimes the people of God are so lost or lonely or out of touch that they will grasp at straws—or even French fries—to catch a glimpse of the incarnate Word.
Brat to self: [sigh.] (Oh, self, do not react.)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “There is a Messiah in potential in every generation and there are tzaddikim who know precisely who it is. This is, of course, true in this generation. But a man could be the greatest Torah scholar, appear to be the most religious man, and not merit to see the Messiah.”
Matt Laney (21 Feb 20): But it’s hard to be obedient when you’re bent on bashing your brother. Instead of punching him, I accidentally hit my mother.
Psalm 2:3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.”
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): It’s easy to get so consumed in a crisis that you think the crisis is all about you. It’s easy to forget that even in times of stress and tribulation, our lives are living epistles of the Holy Spirit. It’s easy to forget that sometimes the greatest testimony we can give to our faith in God are our actions and our attitudes under pressure.
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): How do we know if we are looking for God’s communications in the right place?
Brat: Jesus is part of the Trinity with God and the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 48:12 “Listen to me, Jacob,
Israel, whom I have called:
I am he;
I am the first and I am the last.
Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
Brat (to Phil 17 Feb 20): So, since worshiping God is the motive, then He receives the love and the glory.
[Crowd cheer.]
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): When we are looking for a display of power and glory, or fixating on the ways other people hear God, we may overlook the quiet message that could guide us to the right path. When we cannot stop telling our own stories, trying with all we have to make sense of this life, we may miss the sound of a soft whisper that points to understanding.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Israel’s Top Rabbi: “I’m Currently in Discussions With the Messiah Himself”
Zechariah 2:10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the LORD.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Cherishing Your Failures
Zechariah 2:8 For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—
David Sidman (16 Feb 20): Prime Minister Netanyahu Sings Psalm 147 by Heart [Watch]
[The video link was dead.]
Psalm 147: 12 Extol the LORD, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
Brat: Holy God, You are the BEST GOD EVER!! Woo, hoo! Babylon represented by the video link is dead. We have seen this ripple out to the strife and destruction in real time in Syria. You are GREATER than all these things! We worship You!
David Sidman (16 Feb 20): Prime Miniser Benjamin Netanyahu joined Israeli television personalities Yinon Magal, Eral Segal and Shimon Riklin in an impromptu jam session. Together, they sang Psalm 147:12-13 in its original Hebrew.
Psalm 147: 13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
Sons of Korah: “Psalm 147b” []
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Another tzaddik said that according to the current situation in heaven, there will not be Israeli elections – rather, there will be a war. This will be a reaction to the Deal of the Century. This is the current status however it can be changed in heaven.”
Rev. Warren Swenson (18 Feb 20): So, watch for him. And listen, too. You’ll know it when you hear it—that voice from heaven that rings in your ear, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased.”
Brat (to Phil 17 Feb 20): Besides, God’s love made the first move anyway, so He is worthy of all praise, honor, glory, …
[More crowd cheer]
Revelation 5:12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Kenneth L. Samuel (18 Feb 20): Prayer
Lord, use me and my troubles to show me and to show others the power of your amazing grace. Amen.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Your Inner Thief Steals Your Life, You Can Reclaim a Double Portion of It
Zechariah 2:9 I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me.
Brat: Lord, You did send me!
Zechariah 2:11 “Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.
Martha Spong (19 Feb 20): Still, though, how do we know if what we think is a sign is really a sign?
2 Peter 1:20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “In a few weeks, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) will be full for the first time since Rabbi Kook made this statement,” Rabbi Zissholtz said. He gave yet another example.
Isaiah 48:13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I summon them,
they all stand up together.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Rabbi David Abuhatzeira is a great tzaddik and many people go to see him, to ask for advice or blessings. One day, he changed his custom and began to stand when greeting the public. He was asked why he changed his custom. He said that his grandfather, the Baba Sali, came to him in a dream. Baba Sali told him that he had spoken with the Messiah who said that when he went to speak with Rabbi Abuhatzeira, he was disappointed that the rabbi did not stand up to greet him.”
2 Peter 1:17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
[…to be continued in “Call to Build” …]

Singing 15 Feb 20

16 Feb

Working Dates: Saturday, February 15, 2020 to Sunday, February 16, 2020
[10 pages]
Paula (Jewish Voice) (12 Feb 20): Praises and prayer requests from the Poland festival
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The repetition of the festival Standing Prayer was followed by the joyous singing of Hallel (“Thanksgiving”) and chanting of the Akdamut. The festival joy was palpable. The rebbe signaled for the Torah scroll to be brought out and rolled to its proper position in the Torah portion of Yitro for the Shavuot reading. (Ex. 19–20) He then gazed at the surrounding crowd and slowly swiveled his head. It was clear that he was searching for someone. His gaze finally settled on a tall, very distinguished-looking man whom nobody else seemed to know. The Zeide summoned him to be the Torah reader.
Sirach 15:15 If you choose, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): One of the first things we Jews did together as a people was sing
Sophia Valentina Buller (15 Feb 20): To all the voices lost in the crowd.
Sirach 15:16 He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.
Chanarachel Frumin: A new Carlebach songster
Joan L. Roth: Beautiful sweet warm and loving just like you!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why You Should Be a Proud Jew
Sirach 15:17 Before each person are life and death, and whichever one chooses will be given.
Chanarachel Frumin was live — with Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz and 47 others.
Brat: We sing in worship to You, God! Yeah!! Thank you for your faithfulness! And thank you for including me!
Christian Women For Israel (16 Feb 20): Why the smiles? There is tremendous satisfaction that comes from a person they helped last month who called to express their gratitude, along with a desire to return the mitzvah to help others.
Chanarachel Frumin: Shlomo is back!!!!
Brat: Shlomo?
Wikipedia: Solomon, king of ancient Israel, according to various religious texts
Donna Schaper (16 Feb 20): I met some of the people I was supposed to meet with the next day. They said, “I didn’t know you belonged to the chamber.” I said, “I don’t.”
Laila Alawa: Truthfully, The Tempest was started out of a deeply personal need for community – so I want you to know that you have space here, too.
Sirach 15:18 For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything;
Rabbi YY Jacobson: You can sit on your couch on Sunday and be a fan of one team or another; you can be an admirer, a cheerer, a supporter. But why did Jethro feel the need to undergo a metamorphosis from spectator to player? Why did he have to link his fate to the Jewish fate?
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry: Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): “I’m raising up prophets who will live a lifestyle of holiness to call My people back into a place of consecration and seeking My face. The prophets shall be the ones that do not draw men unto themselves but teach them to hear from God for their own lives, their own families, and their own ministries.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): Prophets are often living parables, walking out and experiencing a prophetic word firsthand, before they are released to communicate that specific prophetic word. This is why so many strange and unusual circumstances happen to them. It is not just another strange and bewildering incident that occurs, but the Lord is divinely ordering their steps for this very purpose. Somewhere, somehow, God is in that situation with a potent word, not just to the prophet, but also through the prophet.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Note the question of the Talmud: “mah shmuah shama uba,” what did Jethro hear which compelled him to COME? Why would a person of such stature abandon everything in order to pursue an attraction to Torah? What compels an aristocratic celebrity to abandon his comfortable habitat and glorious lifestyle and come join a nation of nomads in a desert? Yes, the Torah tells us that he heard what G-d did for Israel and that he took them out of Egypt. But Jethro could have been content with hearing the stories from far, watching them on CNN or Fox News, reading the blogs, and following the Jews on Face Book. What motivated him to say goodbye to his past and become one of three million Jews?
Sirach 15:19 his eyes are on those who fear him, and he knows every human action.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “I’ve waited a long time for that wicked man to change his evil ways. But this is intolerable. He has to be taught a lesson. It is time for him to hear the Ten Commandments. There is no choice.”
Sophia Valentina Buller (15 Feb 20): This topic is very hard to talk about because of all of the stigma around it. Well-meaning people often assume without checking facts. Church goers assume without prayer. It is a weird kind of lonely because you know you exist yet people deny your reality and you are told the opposite of what you know. In basic terms you are told that your abuser is a saint and you are the problem even when you gave all you could and no matter what you do or say you are judged for it. Anyways I’m Led to make a post.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: For this, the sages present three alternative answers. For one, Jethro witnessed the war of Amalek against the Israelites; for the other, Jethro heard of the Torah. For the third, he heard of the splitting of the sea. These three events capture the three timeless features which embody the Jewish story.
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): The Lord says, “Many of My pastors are wounded warriors who continue to serve on the front lines. I have seen your labor of love, I have seen your sacrifices, I have seen your faithfulness, and I have seen your brokenness. There is healing balm extending from My hand to bring healing to your hearts and restoration to your souls. Even as you experience My healing power, it will free you from bondages that have held you in captivity.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): In this encounter, He picked me up out of my bed in the most tender embrace. While He did so, something from Him tangibly dropped into my heart. I’m not referring to my physical heart, but to my inner man and the very core of my being. I was absolutely undone like I’ve never been before. Until that exact moment, I was completely unaware that my heart had half died until it was resurrected by that powerful encounter. Sadly, my heart had turned to stone and I didn’t even know it (Ezek. 36:26).
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: His disciples from a rural area outside Shpoli had been suffering for years under the heavy yoke of their cruel landlord, a high-ranking member of Poland’s nobility, who owned all the land in that area. He was constantly raising the rents on their homes and the leases for their businesses. But that he did to his non-Jewish tenants too. What hurt more were his vicious anti-Semitic twists. He would make Jews who were indebted to him sing and dance in front of his aristocratic friends during their drunken parties, so that they could enjoy themselves laughing at the Jews. He had tried to force them to open their businesses on Shabbat. But his most recent depravity was the worst: he had issued a decree that in all buildings on his extensive properties, there had to be hanging a depiction of “that man” from Nazareth, around whom the Christian religion was centered.
Sirach 15:20 He has not commanded anyone to be wicked, and he has not given anyone permission to sin.
Lana Vawser: There is a divine reactivation upon you right now, it is a divine reactivation by the hand of God and by the power of the Spirit. The Lord knows you have been through an intense battle, He knows how hard the battle has been, He knows how you have fought and He knows how ‘knocked around’ you have been in the battle. Many of you are very weary. Many of you are discouraged, disappointed and hurting. There are others of you who deep down in areas of your heart you have given up the fight, you are too tired from the battle. There are others of you who feel you just cannot believe for more or continue to run. There are others of you who feel so disorientated from the battle you don’t know which way is up. There are others of you who have lost your confidence in the voice of God in your life because there’s been so much disappointment and confusion. There are others of you who are simply exhausted. Whatever level of battle weariness you find yourself in, this word is for you.
Sophia Valentina Buller (15 Feb 20): I was given some “rules” that were impossible to follow because I wasn’t welcome in their home. Anyway my point is this started off subtle and built its way up to be more intense. I gave it all I could and no matter what I did it was never enough. Always a catch 22. After that there are many more times I tried to love through all of the garbage. When we were pregnant with our first born I tried to reconcile because I didn’t yet see that I was being abused. I used to be super idealistic and believe that if we just loved someone enough they would change but that’s not what happens, there is only so much benefit of the doubt anyone can give.
Donna Schaper (16 Feb 20): Prayer
O God help us to fake it till we make it. And get us to the heavenly feast, even if it is only supper. When we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged. Amen.
Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): The Lord says, “There was a day when the evangelist was My bread and butter. Many people have neglected this calling on their lives and stepped falsely into other offices. I’m RECALLING many of My servants who are trying to operate as prophets and pastors to their true and original calling. I will begin to make them feel uncomfortable and uneasy in their roles until they embrace the true calling upon their lives.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): I touched on some of this last year, but it still needs emphasis this year. We read in Luke 14:16-24 about the man who invited many to a great supper but how “they all with one accord began to make excuses” (v. 18). One said he bought five yoke of oxen and was going to test them, then another said he bought a field and needed to go look at it, and another said he just got married and couldn’t come. Maybe I’m reading into this, but who buys land and that many oxen without viewing and testing them first? And then why would you not take your new wife to a party? Was something defective with her? I doubt it. It was just an excuse.
Jo (16 Feb 20): So here I sit wondering how to get thru this knowing there is no other path. So I must just forge on pretending I am sane. I left sanity weeks ago. I am just wandering dislocated from myself.
Brat: I’m supposed to listen to them, and then they “crucify” me for doing just that!
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (13 Feb 20): The Dubno Maggid explains it this way. There are Jewish people who make a distinction between observing the Shabbat and remembering the Shabbat. The poor person likes the observing” aspect, the prohibition of working, more. He works hard the entire week and needs a little rest. On the other hand, the “remember” aspect, sanctifying the Shabbat with our speech and actions, is harder from him. He does not have the resources to honor the Shabbat with good wine and special foods. Conversely, the wealthy person can be totally into the “remembering” aspect. Special clothes, food, drink, all the pleasures are no problem for him. It is the “observing” part – the prohibition of work that may difficult for him. He doesn’t like stopping work on Shabbat because he is afraid he might lose income by keeping Shabbat. This is why the Rabbis said that observing and remembering were said at once, simultaneously. We are not allowed to separate them! The wealthy person must keep “observe” and help the poorer person to keep the “remember”.
Matthew 11: 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
Jo (16 Feb 20): I know it’s almost insane but I keep expecting the miracle.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): What caused my heart to die like that? I learned later how I had subconsciously deadened my own heart in response to pain, grief, betrayal, and so much more. When your heart dies and turns to stone, you don’t feel this happening to you. As a matter of fact, you won’t feel anything at all. You don’t feel pain, you don’t feel empathy or compassion, you stop crying, and you generally stop caring. Even worse, you stop feeling the presence of the Spirit and you can’t discern as sharply. You begin to go spiritually and emotionally blind on the inside.
Wordpress (14 Feb 20): How do you respond to customer feedback?
Brat: I don’t get feedback. I get one “like” every now and then and no comments or responses. I get no real engagement from the Church, just Arc Speak, gaslighting, stonewalling, abuse, and neglect. Such good sport for them.
Matthew 26: 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): Are you being spiritually tormented? Have you been subjected to a demonically induced terror? For some of you, this is happening in your dreams or it’s happening to you when no one is watching. I know that I know that if you didn’t carry something from God that severely threatened satan’s kingdom, this spirit or these spirits would leave you alone. The spirit realm often knows who we are in God well before we do.
Brat: Jesus consistently calls me His Bride. I am convinced that the torment will stop, not just by more declarations, but when the Church does what she has been called to DO and DOES the right thing.
Matthew 11: 16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: One’s voice can communicate what one is thinking; the Sages teach that there were five voices that accompanied the giving of the Torah to illustrate G-d’s infinite nature – beyond that of the four levels within Creation – or even beyond the Four Worlds.
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): God has had me pray recently for the strengthening of the Body of Christ and elevation of the five-fold ministry gifts. God began to download prophetic words and decrees to release over each of the ministry offices. As God moves us closer to the promised and prophesied next wave of great outpouring and the apostolic move of God in the earth, the alignment of the ascension gifts with the plans and purposes of God is of great necessity.
Ephesians 4:11, “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Poster: It’s important to forgive those who hurt you … but you don’t have to hang out with them anymore. ~
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Jethro understood that to experience this immortality he must leave his mansion in Midian and join the nomads in the desert. To become part of a story which transcends nature, you must transcend your own nature and actively join the symphony of eternity.
Brat (in “Frogs to Balaam” 01 Feb 20): So, just to be clear, you can have sanctuary while you wrestle with your psyche and soul and I can’t, even though Jesus promised His bride that His Father’s house has many mansions, so I would have a place to work in peace and quiet in an anchorhold with a tribe that loves me for who I am, while I steward the story for the greater whole? And this Pharaoh spirit is to help the cause of redemption? Just clarifying…
Rabbi YY Jacobson: It was not a territorial dispute which ignited the conflict, as Amalek did not even make the claim that the “Jews were occupying his homeland.” The Jews were traveling in the wilderness, remote from Amalek’s territory. Nor were there any political, economic or military motivations, as Israel was minding its own business and not intending even to visit Amalek’s country. Pharaoh at least had the excuse of fearing that the Jews would take over Egypt. What was Amalek’s excuse to come and kill Jews?
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): You see, excuses come in justified packages. They justify themselves and parade about as totally legitimate. We use excuses to get out of crystal-clear invitations and directives from the Lord. We use excuses to live below our worth. We deceptively believe this is okay, but it’s not. It’s covert disobedience and cuts short the plans and purposes of God in our lives.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Enough!” the Shpoler Zeide called out. “That’s the final blow!”
Sophia Valentina Buller (15 Feb 20): Anyone who has gone through the abuse I have endured can probably relate to this. No matter what you do or say or how much you love them through it these people seem to project everything back.
Laila Alawa: But in the middle of it all, I’ve found a new kind of movement with each of you here, a movement that has kept me going, even during days where it feels most dark.
Sophia Valentina Buller (15 Feb 20): There are not many people who speak up about toxic in-laws, it’s seen as taboo. I’m Led to break the silence. Remember this scripture:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~ Matthew 10:34‭-‬39 NKJV‬‬
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer is: He did not need an excuse. This was not rational, calculated hatred. He just hated them because of their very being.
Donna Schaper (16 Feb 20): I know lots of people make ways when there are none under much more dire circumstances. I know Syrian refugees and Guatemalan border crossers. I wonder if the Chambers of the world would be fooled by somebody who didn’t look like me.
Matthew 11: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
Laila Alawa: Hey there!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When hate is rational, based on some fear that has some logic to it, even if it is unjustified, then it can be reasoned with and brought to an end. If I hate you because I feel that you undermine by business, or you don’t respect me in the company, the hatred has a cure. If I can see that you mean me no harm, or that you too have been operating out of fear, we can mend the relationship.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): One day, I was led by the Spirit to pray a specific prayer over myself for (what seemed like) no particular reason at all. I began to call out daily to the Lord to “Create in me a clean heart” (Ps. 51:10). I couldn’t point to anything outrageously wrong with my heart at the time, but then nobody really knows their own heart except God alone. Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things…” (Jer. 17:9) – mostly because we can’t see what’s in there until the light of God comes and reveals it.
Psalm 119:4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Jethro was not Jewish. Yet he made an awesome sacrifice in order to join the Jewish people and internalize Torah. We were given this gift by birth. Will we not leave our comfort zones to embrace it, celebrate it, study it, and make it part of our lives?
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): The Lord says, “These are those people that have the Word of God hidden deeply in their hearts. I will cause My teachers to not only be able to rightly divide the Word through careful study and prayer, but to teach under a spirit of revelation.”
Psalm 119:1 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Laila Alawa: I wanted to reach out and personally welcome you to the fam. Here at The Tempest, our community is a space for us to come together to share stories, change norms, and disrupt the world.
Psalm 119:2 Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart,
Jo (16 Feb 20): The wondrous thing about good fiction it rescues one from the horror and terror of life. There is no doubt, no questions unanswered, no fear unless it is intended and the nervous system knows you are ok, so no fault. Safe in a world written by someone who has no more answers then I do. So the author and the cast and I get to go to this world where I don’t have to think, anguish, question. Actors are in the car trunk for me. They have a tangled love affair for me; they are not real and I am craving that right now.
Laila Alawa: You know just how powerful authentic storytelling can be – in every sense of the word. We’re all in different parts of our lives, making our way through the world – a world that doesn’t always have our back.
Jewish Journal (12 Feb 20): Who Will Write Our History?
Brat: Isn’t that what we are all doing?
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry: It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.
Demontae Edmonds (31 Jan 20): The Lord says, “Because I’m teaching you how to build – sometimes with little help, little resources, and little support. You will learn to build by My supernatural wisdom and My supernatural faith. I’m sending you sons and daughters who have been wounded, disappointed and broken. Taking you by the rough way will allow My Spirit to create a deep well of compassion for those that are broken. You will comfort these leaders that I send your way with the same comfort that I have given you (2 Cor. 1:4).
Paula (Jewish Voice) (12 Feb 20): Let’s Pray: Lord, only You fully know and could accurately retell all the wonders You did in Warsaw through this Festival – and foretell all that You will continue to do. May we treasure these praises in our hearts and continue to water through our ongoing prayers the seeds that were planted. Make Warsaw and Poland a place of healing, shalom and light – the Light of Messiah – to those within its borders and to the world. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Psalm 119:5 O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Brat (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): There was never any accountability or restitution. Restitution is a result, product, or evidence of genuine repentance.
Psalm 119:3 who also do no wrong, but walk in His ways.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Listen carefully, please; this is what you must do. I know that every year for Shavuot you all travel to the city in order to celebrate the festival with a large congregation. This year, don’t leave. Instead, stay home, and gather together at the home of the tenant with the largest property for the prayers and the communal holiday celebrations.
Matthew 11: 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): When that demon entered my room to torment me once again, a sense of faith suddenly filled my heart. This was not my faith, but His faith speaking through me. I then spoke to the spirit with perfect authority, “I will not serve you. I will only serve the Lord Jesus Christ.” It left immediately and never returned. I also lost all fear of the demonic and had a sense of spiritual authority that I did not have before.
Psalm 119:6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
Paula (Jewish Voice) (12 Feb 20): A key church leader there told us, through tears, “You must understand. This has never happened before in Poland.” To his knowledge, never in Polish history had thousands of people – many of them Jewish – come together and heard the Gospel presented in a Jewish context by a Jewish Believer in Jesus.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): After this encounter, which was incredibly beautiful, came the most difficult work of dealing with every reason that my heart died in the first place. This involved highly-skilled inner healing and deliverance ministers, as well as professional Christian trauma therapy. Healing has cost me much time and money and has been a slow process, mostly because the pain of healing is often worse than what caused the damage in the first place.
Christian Women For Israel (16 Feb 20): “Do you remember me? You helped me about a month ago, and I want to wish you good health and happiness. Please continue to help more people.”
Psalm 119:7 I will praise You with an upright heart, when I learn Your righteous ordinances.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Everyone murmured in surprise, but they were soon pleased by the choice. The guest’s voice was both musical and powerful. When they reached the section of the Ten Commandments, the atmosphere altered radically. It had been a beautiful, clear spring morning. The sun was shining brightly, the sky a solid sheet of pastel blue, with not a dot of cloud to be seen. Suddenly the heavens darkened, and tremendous peals of thunder boomed down upon them. Fright took hold of everyone.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (13 Feb 20): Thunder & Lightening – Why? (Yitro 5780)
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The reader’s voice rose in volume and intensity. “I am G d who brought you out of Egypt.” A Jew stood next to the landlord to translate word by word, but amazingly, the man realized he was able to understand directly, without aid, even though he didn’t know a single letter of Hebrew. “You shall not have others’ gods before Me. Do not make any statue or image…” The lord trembled and felt weak in his stomach as he thought of how he had demanded the Jews put engraved images of Christian worship on their walls.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): My simple prayer for you is this: “Holy Spirit, I ask You to come to the rescue.”
Anna Blake: But it was more than that. When you flew you felt a thing too elusive to put a human word on. Was it some kind of grace? He didn’t hold your random impatience against you. This horse was always the kinder and more forgiving half of the dance. He took care of you when you didn’t know better or might not have deserved it. This horse was your treasure, so you arranged your life to support him, spared him nothing, and it still felt like you got more than you gave. The two of you had the very best luck and did everything just right, but time passed, and the horse died. You were shocked or you saw it coming but he was just as gone.
Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When he heard “Remember the Shabbat day that it should be holy,” his knees buckled. His throat was constricted. Why had he tried to force the Jews to open their businesses on their holy day? “…The seventh day is the holy Sabbath of G d.” He felt he was close to fainting.
Anna Blake: You sobbed, choking on air, eyes swollen bloody red, or you went marble-cold, pale and silent. Utterly silent.
Jennifer Eivaz (16 Feb 20): At the same time, you cannot consent to demons. What I mean is you can’t submit to spiritual harassment and then go dormant in your faith to avoid it. Elijah asked the Israelites at the stand-off between him and the prophets of Baal, “Who will you serve?” And in fear they answered not a word. They went dormant, limp, and were double-minded. Still, God proved Himself to be God in the face of the prophets of Baal. My point is this: you must learn how to walk out your spiritual authority.
Christian Women For Israel (16 Feb 20): Returning Goodness
Psalm 119:8 I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.
Casting Crowns: “Love Moved First” []


16 Feb

… Brat (in “Liable” 11 Feb 20): Is there no safe-house in the Church for the whistleblower?
Matthew 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 — While I wait for a response…

Liable 11 Feb 20

13 Feb

Working Dates: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Thursday, February 13, 2020
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Matthew 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’
Liable Definition: 1) responsible by law; legally answerable; 2) likely to do or to be something
Pastor Steve Dittmar (11 Feb 20): The law of first mention is a simple name for the moment when God introduces a promise (or act) that will continue throughout time. That first mention sets an order that will be continually repeated both in pattern and in multiplication. In Genesis, we see creation being brought forth all the way through to Adam and Eve, with the Lord blessing and saying to them “‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it’”¬ (Genesis 1:28, NKJV). What had come first, now could come second, and third, and so forth. Jesus in His resurrection is called “The firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29, NKJV). This means that, in His resurrection, we are now being conformed into His image.
Brat: And after four hundred years since Shakespeare, the word ‘subdue’ is still the Taming of the Shrewd.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: Well, today it seems that we’ve got our preacher character, but it seems that we have lost – hopefully temporarily – our powerful language of sin.
Anna Blake (in “Frogs to Balaam” 01 Feb 20): There aren’t so many of us now. Just three dogs. It’s Preacher Man’s yap-a-versary. He has the soul of a pirate, the athleticism of a flightless bird, and the voice of an operatic tenor having dental work without anesthesia. Barking is his superpower. Preacher appointed himself my Warrior-Guardian and as such, growl-yips at the Dude Rancher each time he comes within ten feet of me. If we are all in the same room Preacher does an impression of every siren he’s ever heard, nonstop without taking a breath. My life is that valuable to him. (His primary calming signals are tense agitation, looking away, licking his nose, the air, and yawning. Correcting any of these is cause for panic peeing, usually inside the house.)
Rev. Joshua Bowron: …Preacher characters are a solid comedic device. If you have an everyday line like, “Get off the phone,” you’ve got nothing, but if you say, “Get off the phone, sinner!” well then, you’re halfway to a joke. At the end of the comedian’s sermon on the importance of preacher characters, he weighed the Bible in one hand and another book in the other hand, finishing with this thought-provoking question: “What weighs more, the Bible or a collection of Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoons? Think about it.”
Brat: Hitting a pause button on the comedy for a moment, all this shows me is that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s office reads what I write and has the canned sermon team script an Arc response in their next sermon of the week. (Although the bishop himself may not know anything about this sport.)
The Church of England (13 Feb 20): Sports and fitness activities are to be championed as part of plans by the Church of England to reach more people with the message of the Christian faith and promote the wellbeing of communities, it is announced today.
Thomas Griffin (and the spirit fuel team): Speak it again, GOD IS WITH ME. Amen? Blessing you in the name of Jesus
Brat: Excuse me? I was talking to Preacher Man. Making it look like you are engaging directly with me by hiding behind your sermon is spiritually pimping. That is pretending, stonewalling, and gaslighting. I share my words directly. These dialogues are the only way I have a voice. I need conversation and connection for my very survival. That is a basic human need. Using people to make a profit off of another’s need is slavery. This has been going on for thirteen years. The Church was supposed to not tolerate Jezebel (Rev 2:20), but Thyatira’s been too busy making a one world order.
Deuteronomy 30:18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (11 Feb 20): Pope Pushes One World Religion on Israel’s Independence Day
Brat: That way Thyatira doesn’t have any other burden put on her (Rev 2:24)
Anne Hoffman (12 Feb 20): Jesus was not one to run away. How could he run from what was happening? All that colluding between the temple hierarchy and the Roman state. All that profiteering at the expense of the weak. It would have made anybody furious. He hit his breaking point wielding that whip, animals squealing, wood splintering, coins clattering.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): All acting on the presupposition that by having been with someone else, their union with their future spouse doesn’t mean much–or worse, doesn’t mean anything at all.
Brat: Jesus is our Spouse and our union is supposed to be exclusively with Him.
Deuteronomy 30:20 loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: One of the problems with sin is that we have made it rather large and cosmic. But sin is our daily companion, often consisting of the little wanderings from the way of God into our own ways. Yes, sin is cosmic and is a by-product of a created universe that allows for freedom of choice, but mostly sin is daily and, well, domestic.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Unless the woman is, in fact, just an object.
Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.
Brat: And the Church?
The Church of England (12 Feb 20): And further call on Her Majesty’s Government to develop with Council leaders, a national plan and basic standards for pauper funerals, which should include allowing a Christian funeral service to take place in Church or at a Crematorium; for family or others to attend; and the return of the departed (where permitted) to family members.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-times author, noted that in many surprising respects, the Vatican is now practically indistinguishable from secularism.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Emperor, the Elder and the Fig Tree
Brat: I relate to the Elder.
Kara Lewis (05 Oct 2018): As Iliza Shlesinger paces across the stage in her Elder Millennial Netflix stand-up special, sporting an all-black outfit, red lipstick and dramatic high ponytail, she seems to radiate confidence. Thirty seconds in, her voice drops into a shaky register and her shoulders hunch, she quips, “Gather around the Snapchat, children.”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (in “Ritz” 09 Feb 20): Sanhedrin Gets Authorization to Use their Trees for Third Temple
Rev. Joshua Bowron: If we have this community-creating aspect of Jesus’ sermon in mind, then we begin to notice a new color entering it. Jesus draws out the communal aspect of sin when he says that if any of them have anything against a brother or sister, they should keep their offering at the temple, leave, become reconciled with that brother or sister, and only then return to the temple. Jesus is trying to get us to know that our relationships with our neighbors – that’s everyone – is reflected in our relationship with God. What good is it that you say the prayers and receive your Eucharist if you are hateful to another person? There is a seamless continuity between our relationship with God and all our other relationships.
Brat: I HAVE TRIED! Three times I have gone back and tried to reconcile! Jesus came with me every time.
Revelation 12:14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Like anything good, it takes effort and practice to get yourself into the mode. But once you’re in the habit of pondering these thoughts deeply, they return all on their own and grab the controls.
Kris Vallotton (in “Ritz” 09 Feb 20): It’s imperative that we understand that Paul was not only commissioned by God to be an apostle (apostle means “sent out one”), but he also came into submission to God’s apostolic leaders where they acknowledged the calling of God on Paul’s life by “sending him out” to the Gentiles to teach and preach the word of God.
Brat: For thirteen years the Church has consistently shown that she neither respects nor values God’s word nor my ministry which is founded upon God’s Word.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (11 Feb 20): In the New Covenant, Jesus sent His disciples forth (after His resurrection) by breathing the Holy Spirit on them and giving them authority both to remit and to retain sins. “He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:22-23, NKJV). On the day of Pentecost, Peter proclaimed Jesus and directed all to repent, be baptized for the remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call’” (Acts 2:38-39, NKJV).
Brat: The Church has proven over the course of thirteen years that she doesn’t care. She has made her choice.
Lana Vawser (11 Feb 20): My heart was gripped. I saw Jesus continue to invite them to turnaround and the more they ignored the hand of the Lord on their shoulder to turn around, I saw Jesus moving off the platform. He was no longer the focus or the centre.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Ritz” 09 Feb 20): You can’t directly observe the raw perceptions and feelings that form your current character and personality, just like you can’t directly see your own eyeballs. Your thoughts act as a wondrous kind of a mirror—but a crude mirror, displaying only a very muddy reflection of what your brain and heart are up to. It may display ideas and emotions, but its fabric is the language(s) you’ve learned, things you’ve seen and sounds you’ve heard.
Brat: And now I suffer from PTSD from all this on-going spiritual warfare over all these years. I know that I’m not alone in that. I read once that Billy Graham suffered from it, too.
Psalm 35: 23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): They all address the person as a future possession of someone else. Aka, as an object. Aka, as a receptacle for someone else’s release. Aka, as fertile ground to be tilled.
Thomas Griffin: Don’t You Dare Give Up!
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Seeing the world as one is how it was in the days before the Tower of Babel,” Rabbi Winston said. “This was when men joined together to take over the world and kick God out.”
Susan Michael (11 Feb 20): How anti-Semitic alliances unite enemies
Rev. Joshua Bowron: So, we begin to see this part of Jesus’ sermon as the constitution of a community, and it’s a community that no longer trusts in its own righteousness. This is where the Church and Alcoholics Anonymous share something in common: members of both gather for the expressed purpose of recognizing that they do not have power over their own righteousness. Instead, we need God and we need each other.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “They can’t get rid of the Jews and what they represent anymore by simply attacking us, which was how it was done for 2,000 years,” Rabbi Winston said. “Are they trying to get rid of the Jews and the Torah by creating one world religion? Anyone who wants a one-world order has to get rid of the Jews because all of human history has proven that the core of Torah Judaism doesn’t change, even, when necessary, and the cost of death. We are still the same people in the same land with the same Torah.”
Matthew 5:23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, …
Ryan LeStrange (11 Feb 20): Fight for Your Family!
Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.
Brat to (11 Feb 20): Healing from Betrayal. I have been watching your broadcast on betrayal with Patrick Doyle (8 Sept 15). I concur that spiritual betrayal is the worst, as I have experienced exactly what you were talking about. My blog is an expression of how God is working with us collectively through this “divorce”. I pray someday someone in the Remnant will see the value and beauty in my blog:
[Received Silence]
Lana Vawser (11 Feb 20): The response to a word like this is to get before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal ANYTHING or ANY AREAS of the heart where there has been pride, self-promotion and an unhealthy love of self. It’s time to really examine hearts in the light of His presence. (Psalm 139:23-24) If the Holy Spirit reveals something, we respond in repentance. It is His LOVE that is beckoning His people into the place of right alignment through His correction.
Matthew 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
Brat: I’ve tried and my church family doesn’t want it or care, and my own family can’t hear or communicate.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: The question is: what is sin good for? What is sin good for? There certainly are some good reasons for being good. Having a decent society is a good reason. If everyone did whatever he or she wanted, things would be chaotic and destructive. On the other hand, for millennia those in power have attempted to use ethics and the notion of sin to control the bodies of the populace. But besides all this good citizenship, what is the point of having a concept of sin and not committing sin?
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “They used to say that secular values and liberalism were bad but when the people changed and liberalism became widespread, the Vatican reversed that position,” Rabbi Winston said. “How can a religion claim to be from God when a man can decide to change it?”
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Yes, these are well-intentioned phrases, but the older I get, the more I realize good intentions more often than not hide poisoned wells of perception and ideology (check out my recent post No, Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough).
Verse of the Day (11 Feb 20): Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV
Brat (11 Feb 20): This Arc Speak rebuttal comes across as accusation to me, because I have kept a log for years to keep my own sanity! It takes a lot to get me riled. When I was a kid, people outside of my family would marvel at my patience and comment on it. I have not sought to dishonor others. They have taken my words that way. They have brought it upon their own heads. I have not sought to puff myself up. Self-seeking? Writing a journal is not the same as having the equivalent of a narcissistic embolism. Envious? Boastful? Proud? None of those qualities even surface when a person is respected and valued for who they are and their contribution that goes with them.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): You are not an object, and you shouldn’t treat yourself, or someone else, as one either.
Rabbi Avraham Brandwein: In the time of Moshiach, prophecy will be a natural thing, even for young boys and girls!
1 Corinthians 3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
(The Rev.) George Daisa (13 Feb 20): The Pharisees and Teachers of the Law – bless their souls – are often the vehicles for Jesus’ teaching on living in the Kingdom of Heaven. Did Jesus just like to pick on the “God Squad?” Were they just “too perfect” and unwitting to be the butt of examples of what NOT to do? Maybe. Then, we must ask ourselves, why does Jesus use the religious leaders as examples of what NOT to do? What can they teach us about how to live in the Kingdom? The answers are not found in their actions. They are found when we dig deeper into their motivations, their intentions and their actions. The answer is to be found in 1 Samuel 16:7 …
1 Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): What do all of these phrases, recycled through SO many chastity talks, have in common?
Rev. Joshua Bowron: The divorce statements in this sermon might make some of you squirm; no one is here to make divorce fine and good, though of course, it may be necessary in some cases. But what Jesus is describing is a community that doesn’t require the remarriage of women. Remember that these words were spoken at a time when a woman was economically and socially required to be married. If she was not, then great sin must have accompanied her. Here, Jesus is constituting a community whereby, in the words of theologian Stanley Hauerwas: “[If] women who have been abandoned do not have to be remarried, then surely the church must be a community of friendship that is an alternative to the loneliness of the world.” In the first century, the conservative patriarchal Roman family would have looked at the immoral Christian community as a den of iniquity and unusual friendships.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Historically, the Vatican was no friend to the Jews but its new initiative aligns the Catholic Church with Islam in a one-world religion that may be the biggest threat ever to the Jewish People. A major event to advance the project will take place on the anniversary of the birth of the State of Israel which, according to one rabbi, is fitting since Judaism is the last bastion, entirely incompatible with a New World Order.
Deuteronomy 30:16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” the Pope said when he first proposed the summit.
1 Corinthians 3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready,
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The Pope cited the aphorism “It takes a village to raise a child,” explaining its place in his global vision.
1 Corinthians 3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The Pope described the need for the global alliance.
“‘Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity,’” he said.
The Church of England (13 Feb 20): “We believe that this work presents the Church of England with an opportunity through its dioceses to reach many millions of people who would not otherwise be in church on a Sunday.”
Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Notable words from the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe – “It is obvious that the contents of this general letter apply to each man and woman involved, may they live and be well, just as if it had been written to each one individually.” And you are involved!!
Rev. Joshua Bowron: Jesus’ teaching on the taking of oaths is probably the best indicator of his community-creation ethic that is centered on him. Here, he tells us not to swear by anything and instead let our “Yes be yes and our no be no.” Oaths are interesting because, when you think about, they basically say, “We usually lie a little bit – or a lot – but in this case, I really mean it.” Taking an oath means that lying and deception are the usual workings of things, but now, now I’m really telling the truth. Haven’t you been in a situation where someone says something outlandish and you respond, “Really? Swear to it.”
Verse of the Day (12 Feb 20): Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)
Brat: I hope the rabbis can do this, because I sure have not experienced this with the Church.
Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz: The difference between the expectations for spiritual leadership and expectations regarding secular leadership.
Brat (11 Feb 20): The Great They throw out their verses to the masses not even thinking from the perspective of a prisoner behind a car engine grill on an isolated island of solitary confinement by a wall of dysfunctional SILENCE for thirteen years, where the noise is so great and constant I can barely hear Jesus’ voice in my ear anymore as I sit in the park and pray. The Great They have it comfortable in their own offices so they can preach on the roster and qualities of love.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Without needing to tear out their sins given to them at the recent chastity talk.
Matthew 5:25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.
Brat (11 Feb 20): Where is my accuser? In ghosts haunting my dreams? In shadows stirred up in the Santa Anna Winds? There is a very fine line in my experience between “accuser” and “abuser.”
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Taking the Fifth
Deuteronomy 30:17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them…
Lana Vawser (11 Feb 20): The Lord is and will deal with idolatry in the Church in very deep ways in this new era, it’s the time for a very, very deep cleaning of house. We are in the time of judgement beginning in the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17) It’s time for us as God’s people to make sure our houses are in order and make ourselves ready.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: When, because of ego, judgment is taken beyond its useful limit, it becomes intolerance or anger, which produces evil results.
The Church of England (12 Feb 20): Sam Margrave, a General Synod member from the Diocese of Coventry, introducing a motion to the General Synod, said bereaved families unable to afford funeral costs experienced a ‘postcode lottery’ of different practices.
Anne Hoffman: How’s that rage of yours? Have you got it pushed into some jack-in-the-box, waiting to be cranked into exploding? Some days it feels like that, doesn’t it? Some days, I could smash half the world and walk away happy. But anger has a habit of turning on itself, especially if you try to push it down or run away from it.
Brat (11 Feb 20): How does one come to terms with their accuser, when the Great They remains in the Cloud, aloof and untouchable, splitting religious hairs to justify their own wrongdoing and not-doing? By their own decrees and inaction they have handed me over to the judge, the guard, and into this prison by choosing to enforce this Silence and making a pact with this unholy god. And then slap on a verdict of “victim” to reinforce their stance and nail in the lid of the coffin to keep the isolation intact as if this was all MY self-esteem issue! Yah, right; like rape is a self-esteem issue? They don’t see their own power trip? I choose Life and push up on those coffin nails! They may push down in the suffocating Silence, but I push up to let fresh air in!
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): The modesty movement and the chastity movement here go hand in hand: your body is a walking reservoir of sin; cover it to prevent others from sinning just by looking at you. To prevent sin (because we all know that the victim in sexual objectification, harassment, and assault is always the one to blame), we must treat women’s bodies like objects, inherently created to drive otherwise decent, moral men into depths of depravity.
Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: My friends, listen to me: there is no harder thing than seeking forgiveness when you are convinced that you are good. What do you have to be forgiven for? Well, look at Jesus’ sermon. How are you doing by that measure? These so-called rules are not here to make you feel bad. They are here to draw you closer to God and to your brothers and sisters here in this congregation. Once you realize that you are not as good as you thought, then you begin to rejoice in the goodness of God.
Lana Vawser (11 Feb 20): “There are too many attempting to take My Glory for themselves and this is the season where I will shake and I will expose to bring forth a purification. For those that will carry My Glory and the move of My Spirit that will be released in this new era will be those with clean hands and a pure heart and give not their hearts to another. My heart is grieved as the worship of “self” has gone to another level in My Church and I am coming swiftly to deal with it. I am coming to bring many to account for the stewardship of their hearts and their platforms in this new era. Watch and see in this new era how the increase and acceleration will expose hearts and motives in this new era. It will be shocking. It is out of My love and My kindness that I am exposing and I am bringing the dross to the surface for I am the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and My Glory and My anointing is not to be messed with. My Glory is not to be touched and taken by another. I will not share My Glory and too many of My people are in love with themselves and the approval of men rather than My approval and favour. It will come down in this new era.”
Brat: Well, we already know what happened to Haman and his platform. (Esther 7:10)
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live
Rafael Moshe Luria: Through enthusiastic song and joy in holiness a person can not only escape all types of difficulties, but can also cause an increase in financial income!”
The Church of England (11 Feb 20): “But we need to be fit for purpose in the twenty-first century with robust governance structures, healthy finances and excellence at every level.
Anne Hoffman (12 Feb 20): Making a whip of cords, Jesus drove all of them out of the temple. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. – John 2:15 (NRSV)
Matthew 5:26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
The Church of England (12 Feb 20): The General Synod today called on the Government to end the ‘cruel’ experience of so-called ‘pauper’ funerals in a debate where members heard of the plight of those unable to afford funeral costs.
Anne Hoffman (12 Feb 20): Prayer
God, you see it, don’t you? You see that unbounded greed loose in the world. You see the bullies running amok. Help us get angry to a purpose. Direct our rage like a laser and let us cause enough commotion to call attention, to stir resolve, and to catalyze your people.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (11 Feb 20): The Holy Spirit is the gift of forgiveness. He comes because of Jesus’ resurrection pouring out love into our hearts through forgiveness. He does not empower us to live in the law, but rather in Christ’s forgiveness. Our sins are forgiven, and we can forgive sins too. The free gift is forgiveness, because Jesus is empowered by the Holy Spirit. But what happens if we separate forgiveness and the Holy Spirit? Then the law returns with works, debts and its curse. No longer forgiven, we seek to live right and demand that others do the same. Holy Spirit cannot be bought or sold. He is the free gift of Jesus, promised by the Father, and sent because we are forgiven. When we forgive sins, we empower Holy Spirit to unlock hearts and save souls. The first heart He unlocks is always mine.
Brat: Forgiveness is only the first step in the healing process.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: One of the first things we Jews did together as a people was sing
Brat: There was never any accountability or restitution. Restitution is a result, product, or evidence of genuine repentance.
Lana Vawser (11 Feb 20): “Many platforms and ministries that have been built will crumble in this new era because of the impurity of the heart, because of sin hidden in the darkness and because of a rebellion against My voice and My conviction. My Glory will lift off many of these platforms and places because of compromise, impurity and the touching of My Glory.”
Matthew 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
Brat: And this is still spiritual pimping!
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Winston noted that the counterintuitive mix of secular intellectualism and religion appeared later in Genesis.
Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Brat: And by not bringing closure and accountability the Church keeps pimping God’s Word (and me).
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:08 am Journal: The Santa Anna Winds blew an empty soda can to my feet. On the can it said, “REDD’S WICKED APPLE.” I stomped on the can with my heel and prayed, “God! Crush the serpent of this wickedness!”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Rabbi Winston noted that the theme of one-world order as presented by the Pope was presented several times in the Bible.
Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Brat: (…speaking of AA membership…)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites.” Psalms 83:5-7 (The Israel Bible™)
Rev. Joshua Bowron: If we separate Jesus’ sermon from Jesus himself, we are indeed in big trouble. You see, these prescriptions for behavior are to be closely tied to our understanding of Jesus as the Son of God. Specifically, Jesus is not merely giving a new way of living that is impossible; rather, he is creating the new community of those who live as if Jesus is Lord. In a word: the Church. So, we begin to see that these ways of living that Jesus describes are more about the community than individual persons. I’d wager that everyone here, upon hearing these laws laid out, felt hopeless, guilty, and perhaps a little resentful, asking, “Who can live that way?” Indeed, no one can live these standards on their own. That’s actually the whole point (cf. Stanley Hauerwas’ Matthew, 2006, p. 61). These prescriptions for living are meant to take away our confidence in our own individual goodness and instead rely on God and each other more and more.
Brat: And God is holding the community accountable!
Moshe Miller: This wisdom affected their emotions as well.
Matthew 5:31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Dear Chastity Speakers, Please Stop Speaking
Matthew 5:32 But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Chastity talks like to speak to the sexual issues of our age by acting as though treating female reproductive organs as thrones for one man’s possession (as though our persons were created just for our bodies) will eradicate the evils that have been brought up on men and women in the senseless use and disposal of the other in played (and abused) sexual games. But although their argument looks prettier, it’s still treating virginity, sexuality, and the marriage bed as nothing more than an object, as the secularists do, only with one great difference: the hedonists are at least pursuing objectification for the sake of pleasure, and hopefully one that both sexual partners feel; whereas the chastity movement upholds objectification for the sake of a cold “divine” calling that sacrifices the woman’s pleasure to appease unflinching ideology.
Matthew 5:33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’
Jenn Riley (04 July 2018): Without needing to provide a list of flaws to be approved of before saying their vows.
Brat: Sophia, Cheryl, Cynthia, Jo and I should be loved and respected for who we are.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: I’ll note that it is nearly impossible to receive forgiveness from someone who knows that they are good and that you are bad. But if Jesus’ sermon has taught us anything, it’s that all of us, all of us, have fallen short of what God wants and it is our common knowledge of that fact that binds us together. If we say that we are without sin, we deceive ourselves.
Brat: Satan’s so-called “deep secrets”? (Rev 2:24)
Matthew 5:34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
Sophia (11 Feb 20): You cannot treat people like garbage and worship God at the same time.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: No, Jesus is saying that in the Christian community, what you can expect from Christians is speech that is disciplined to the truth (cf. Hauerwas). Just as Jesus’ teaching about the gift at the altar of God and our relationships with our neighbors are bound together, so too is our speech. We should always be mindful that our speech is ever before God. Taking an oath should not be necessary because everything that we say happens in the presence of God.
Brat: That’s also a cop-out for the Church not taking responsibility. Neglect also happens in the presence of God and He sees it.
John Veal: Please understand that losing a battle here and there does not mean you’ve lost the war. Jesus won every war, just for you.
Matthew 5:35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Sophia Valentina Buller (12 Feb 20): One of the hardest things with my anointing is Seeing the GOOD Jesus Wants to Bless people with and they reject God’s Way and Will. I feel His Sadness today, there is a lot Jesus Wants to do but some people have stubborn hearts. God Wants to do so much GOOD. Jesus IS GOOD
Rev. Joshua Bowron: What we have then in this sermon is Jesus making an ethical community that needs God and each other, a community that no longer lives by the virtue of its own righteousness and instead knows its sin all too well. Yes, we are sinners. Now what? If we didn’t sin, we wouldn’t need God, and we definitely need God.
Matthew 5:36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Rev. Joshua Bowron: So, to be a sinner is actually a moral and ethical feat. It is those convinced of their own righteousness who do not feel the need for forgiveness that should scare us. We are all sinners, and that is good. Now that is a final line of a sermon: We are all sinners, and that is good. Amen.
Revelation 1: 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
Brat (in “Litigation” 4 Feb 20): Thomas Merton had an anchorhold. Julian of Norwich had an anchorhold. Neither one of these were perfect. Stop splitting hairs in your position of power and do what is right.
The Church of England (11 Feb 20): There will be new visitor centres, redevelopment projects, and special art and light shows. The National History Museum’s T Rex: The Killer Question comes to Peterborough Cathedral, Durham launches the Northern Saints Trails while Norwich Cathedral welcomes Dippy the Dinosaur.
Brat: Is there no safe-house in the Church for the whistleblower?
Matthew 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

Ritz 9 Feb 20

10 Feb

Working Dates: Saturday, February 8, 2020 to Monday, February 10, 2020
[11 pages]
[… Continued from “Proclaiming” 8 Feb 20 …]
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): There is a deep place of encounter awaiting God’s people right now where there is a FRESH COMMISSIONING taking place in the UPPER ROOM for the new frontiers that are before the people of God. There is an invitation to leave behind the noise and distractions and come into the upper room for the fire of God is falling and the Spirit of God is about to fall in such POWER it will cause everything that can be shaken, to be shaken.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Stop and listen to the thoughts running through your mind. Yes, we all have them. Everyone describes them differently, and some are more aware of them than others, but they’re there, buzzing non-stop.
Jane Hamon: “Jennifer LeClaire’s Seer Activations is pure fire! As you read, it will excite your spirit man to be released into a whole new level of seeing in the supernatural dimension. The activations are simple, yet profound, and when practiced will open your spiritual senses to see, hear, sense and feel in an explosive new way. Thank you Jennifer for this valuable tool to equip a Seer Company for this critical hour.”
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: If you don’t hear your thoughts, try this simple, well-known hack: Stop everything you’re doing and listen to your breathing. Within a short while, as your breathing becomes more rhythmical, your thoughts will seem to become louder. Now you can start observing them.
Patricia King: I meet so many Believers who tell me they can’t see in the spirit.
Here’s what I know: The enemy doesn’t want you to see in the spirit because when you do, everything changes!
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): EVERYTHING that is needed will flow IN and FROM the upper room. In this season of unprecedented acceleration, pioneering and extending and building the Kingdom of God with Him, it requires MUCH prayer and fasting and WAITING/LINGERING with the Lord.
Psalm 35: 14 I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Ugly, toxic thoughts are symptoms of an emotional whirlpool—and we all have those whirlpools. Those emotions are you, but you can’t pull yourself up by tugging at your own heartstrings. You don’t want to step near there without a mentor or a good, wise friend who can pull you out.
Andrew Towe: God brought me to the Book of Esther. It begins with the story of Queen Vashti refusing to display her beauty for the King of Persia. Her actions caused her to be stripped from her title, which led the King to search for a new Queen.
Israel365 (5 Feb 20): How To Attain Honor
A man’s pride will humiliate him,
But a humble man will obtain honor
Proverbs 29:23 (The Israel Bible™)
Pastor Steve Dittmar (4 Feb 20): A multigenerational story of sin and dishonorable acts had now come to rest. Revenge is never enough. A mother’s love revealed a king’s heart to heal a wound that everyone would have liked to have forgotten. From honor to forgiveness, to healing, to the giants finally being slain. After this David wrote his famous song of deliverance from all his enemies and from the hand of Saul (2 Samuel 22, Psalm 18).
Thomas Griffin: So, I wrote this song to minister to the Lord. It’s my heart’s attempt to glorify Him for being so beautifully long suffering, and never holding it against us when we loose sight of His reality. Neither when we were sinners and even more now that we have become Sons and Daughters.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Switching thoughts in midstream is not always easy. It’s certainly easier to switch actions or choose which words to say—and which not. And by practicing self-control in those easier situations, you’ll find yourself in a far better position when wrestling with your thoughts.
Lana Vawser (10 Feb 20): I had a vision recently and I saw intense winds blowing against God’s people. Many were in this cycle of being “knocked down” and then to get up again, only to be knocked down harder again. This cycle has been going on, over and over and over. There is a deep cry that has been rising to the ears of the Father from many in the body of Christ “God, WHEN is this ever going to break? Lord, what do I need to do?”
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: You can’t choose how you feel, but you can choose what you think, and what you think has the power to change how you feel.
Patricia King: It’s time for you to go beyond hearing what God is saying to seeing what God is doing!
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): The truth is that what seems to be a merely technical argument is a profound meditation on the nature of true leadership, and on the ability of a leader to inspire a sense of unity and purpose within a fragmented people.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (4 Feb 20): It started before the 11:00 am service in two different prayer meetings. First it happened with the men; then it happened again in the pre-service prayer meeting. Prayer released a covering of love and honor, tearing down what had been sent to separate and destroy us from one another.
Psalm 35: 20 They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
Andrew Towe: Don’t miss the prophetic symbolism in this text. The Lord revealed to me that the king’s bride having been summoned to display her beauty before him and his guests was like the bride of Christ (the Church) who has been summoned to display His glory before Him and all the earth. Queen Vashti was rejected because she refused to answer the call of the King. We are on the edge of a move of God unlike any that we have ever seen. God is calling His Church to move into the glory realm. God is sounding the alarm to awaken His bride. Will you answer the call? The time is now! Will you display your beauty which He has bestowed upon you so others may see?
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): It is the season to RUN but it is the season to RUN with the Lord FROM the upper room. The saints are going to be empowered by the Spirit of God like never before.
1 Corinthians 2:13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.
Patricia King: “Jennifer LeClaire is a seasoned equipper in the area of the prophetic with unselfish passion to see Believers activated to flow in prophetic gifts and revelation. Her book, Seer Activations is a powerful tool to give you practical exercises that are sure to position you to receive prophetic revelation, interpretation and activation.”
Psalm 35: 27 May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Even better, memorize. For thousands of years, Jews have memorized the Psalms, key passages of the Torah, the Mishnah and other key works, and repeated them over and over every day and even while at work. Memorizing means to engrave the words in your heart. They become a component of your psyche. When you’ve achieved that, you’ll find those words spontaneously and almost effortlessly running in the background.
John Veal: The beginning of the year is usually filled with great anticipation, expectation and appreciation. However, this year has been a bit different for me. Many great doors opened, but the spiritual warfare found behind them was not ordinary.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Jezebel intimidated Elijah with a report that said, “Tell Elijah I am going to kill him!” (1 Kings 19:1-2). The history-making prophet who just served as the catalyst in the Mt. Carmel “fire from Heaven” confrontation was now afraid and running for his life. The devil is trying to get prophets to run away from demonic intimidation and hide in nice, cozy charismatic caves.
Charisma (06 Feb 20): The Plumb Line: False Deliverance Ministers (and Witches) Are Rising
Psalm 35: 8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Or it may be that you’ve just become more sensitive to your thoughts, and now you’re noticing the junk that’s been lying around up there all along.
Nate Johnston: “Soon you will see the fruit of this season of waiting, warring, worship as it manifests explosively in your family, marriage, relationships, finances, health, and destiny in the days to come. You are going from the war-room to the store-room where you will open the door to a realm of access in MY kingdom you didn’t even know you had. You will see that I didn’t waste a moment of this past season and only caused it to store up blessing for you in ways you never imagined possible.”
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The report, which was compiled by the research organizations and circulated by the media network, goes on the offense against the new antisemites emerging in America. It uncovers their identities, affiliations with Palestinian terrorist groups, current strategies and methods, ultimate goals and funding sources so that the public and decision-makers can take direct action against them before it’s too late.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: The same with your thoughts. You can choose what to think, but when you let go, your thoughts don’t stop. They never do. You may be thinking about nothing, but you’re never not thinking.
Ryan LeStrange (07 Feb 20): Kathryn, It’s Time to EXPOSE WITCHCRAFT IN THE PROPHETIC!
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Not all thoughts come from thinking.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): Chabad has sometimes been accused of being a cult. I always find this humorous, because I know of no other Jewish figure who urged his students to be more independent, ambitious, individualistic, creative, revolutionary, and innovative than the Rebbe. He loathed when people squandered their talents and gifts, and truly believed in the infinite power of each individual to compose his or her unique song that will set the world on fire. I still recall a public address of the Rebbe, in the summer of 1988, [2] when he expressed frustration that some of his followers feel they are inept to become the authors of their own biography, and are always waiting for orders.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Now that’s important to know. Because the autopilot function in your brain is not the pilot of choice in anyone’s cockpit. And it’s easily hijacked by your worst enemies.
Psalm 35: 21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
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Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): It’s good to have Christian marketplace events and groups; this is where we rally together, build relationship, and get discipled. The gatherings, meetings and rallies are a necessary starting point, but God is not evaluating our Kingdom success based on attendance numbers at a Christian event; He’s evaluating our impact based on how we are contributing to and influencing the greater cultural conversations.
Bill Myers (in “Litigation” 04 Feb 20): It’s been a while since writing. I apologize. Between the books and the movie, “Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog, Splat,” (scheduled for release late Summer) things have been crazy. I promise to do better . . . especially with more movies and books (for kids and adults) soon coming out. Until then, here are a couple photos from our production!
Brat: Oh, I see, it’s a canned email that stars put out to fans. Cynthia goes through this all the time in her arena. So I’m seen as a “fan”? Not a contributor?
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Where are the prophetic leaders who become respected, or at least listened to, who speak on the center stage of economic discussion or political debate, or the formation of laws, or in developing mainline television programs or films? I know there are some, but not enough.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): (Note the critical words: “Moses his servant.” Throughout history many a dictator inspired radical submission and loyalty, through fear, charisma or genius, but the objective was the worship of an individual. In contrast, Moses, “the humblest man on earth” was anything but that. He was completely dedicated to G-d; he could unite and embody the zeitgeist of the nation because of his ego-lessness, seeing himself as nothing but a conduit for an infinite G-d).
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: So keep a vigilant watch over what’s happening up there. The more mindful you are of your thoughts, the better you’re going to feel about yourself and about life.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): No, argues Rabbi Nechmyah. If Moses truly captured and embodied the quintessence of Israel, rather than his own ego, they would be able to find his song within themselves and would not need to hear their song from his lips before they could sing it themselves. The real leader, argues Reb Nechemyah, creates not followers but leaders. He shows people how to discover the leader within themselves—how to find within their own heart the infinite light and the song of Moses.
Christian Women For Israel (7 Feb 20): Did you know tonight’s moon, the February Full Moon is commonly referred to as the “Hunger Moon”? This was due to scarce food sources and hard hunting conditions during mid-winter.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): Do we not already know creation’s verdict?
Anna Blake (9 Feb 20): Photo & Poem: Hunger Moon
Fresh snow fell yesterday and more
will come tomorrow, but in the still
between-time, a full moon sits high
in the sky, casting steely shapes on
the ground, dimly lit to a haunted
gray pallor. Unnatural colors that did
scare me as a girl, when my shadow
chased me for sport. Turn away from
the false lights of the house, give in
to the restlessness and walk the blue
pasture, boots crushing thin ice to
the powder below. Drawn to the
light that darkness holds, midnight
sky over glittering earth, to greet
those that still live in the shade of
the moon. Dear ghosts, come find me.
Lillian Daniel (9 Feb 20): Prayer
Nothing is out of bounds for you, Holy Spirit. You are always at work when we read your word. Amen.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: It may be that some anxiety-provoking issue is swirling around in your life and you just need to talk it through with someone who knows you well and cares about you.
Kris Vallotton (07 Feb 20): It’s imperative that we understand that Paul was not only commissioned by God to be an apostle (apostle means “sent out one”), but he also came into submission to God’s apostolic leaders where they acknowledged the calling of God on Paul’s life by “sending him out” to the Gentiles to teach and preach the word of God.
Brat: For thirteen years the Church has consistently shown that she neither respects nor values my ministry.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: You can’t directly observe the raw perceptions and feelings that form your current character and personality, just like you can’t directly see your own eyeballs. Your thoughts act as a wondrous kind of a mirror—but a crude mirror, displaying only a very muddy reflection of what your brain and heart are up to. It may display ideas and emotions, but its fabric is the language(s) you’ve learned, things you’ve seen and sounds you’ve heard.
Psalm 35: 23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): How do we answer for our persistent injustice?
Lana Vawser (10 Feb 20): The Lord showed me that the enemy has come so hard against many of you to try and kill and abort the ministry that the Lord has assigned you to, it has been so difficult for so many lately, but I heard the Lord say “The ministry is not dead, what the enemy has attempted to use to kill your ministry and take you out, I am turning by My mighty hand and you and the ministry I have assigned you to are now being increased. There is a new birthing taking place in the ministry I have given you where you shall see mighty demonstrations of My power like you have never seen. EVERYTHING is going to change, things will not look the same, the way My power shall manifest and My Glory revealed will leave all in awe and wonder.”
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The media network spreads awareness of information and calls for action by covering the findings of analysts and the activities of boots on the ground. By connecting these networks, we create synergies, eliminate redundancies, and drive maximum impact with limited resources. (10 Feb 20): Queens Networking Event of the Year 2020
Psalm 35: 24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God;
do not let them gloat over me.
Elijah List (07 Feb 20): What Patricia King Says About These Seer Activations
House of Destiny (07 Feb 20): J.T. McCraw – Inspecting Foundations
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The report is backed by a wide coalition of 60 organizations that are acting together to turn its findings into action. Together, the collaborating networks are influencing three key groups: the public, opinion leaders, and policy-makers. And in doing so, they are going on offense and revolutionizing the approach in the fight against antisemitism.
RE: St Patrick’s Newsletter (06 Feb 20): Fr George sent an announcement for the fundraiser for the Conejo Compassion Coalition “Putting on the Ritz”, 5:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020; $75 per ticket. CCC’s Roaring Twenties Soiree
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Think of thoughts as a kind of clothing. Just like you can change your clothing whenever you wish, so you can switch uncomfortable, unbefitting thoughts for thoughts that bring out your inner resilience and beauty.
Lana Vawser (10 Feb 20): Friend, the Lion of Judah is ROARING over you. The Lion of Judah is ROARING over you right now and the SOUND from His roar is resounding “ESTABLISHED!!!!”
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: So if you make it a habit to keep a small set of wholesome things that you’re talking about, reading about, and thinking about, you’ll always have something good to switch your mind to when toxic thoughts invade.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Truth be told, I believe the quantity of prophets intended to have “office” in the local church is very limited; many of the prophets being raised up today are meant to take their place as influencers and innovators in the “center stage” of cultural conversations. They are called to be prophetic strategists, innovators and problem-solvers within Apple, Google or Microsoft, etc.
PEN America (6 Feb 20): DARE: FBI Director says Russia is engaged in ongoing “information warfare”
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): The tabloids of heaven broadcast the controversy of a holy covenant broken by the people. Broken by us. Corrupted by us.
Psalm 35: 25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): The fresh encounters with Jesus, the fresh impartation of faith and empowerment of the Holy Spirit is happening in the upper room as His people wait upon Him. The Lord showed me many will be dazzled by the season of opportunity and pursuing ‘fame for their name’ and putting their hands to ‘much’ for the Lord, but the breath of God is not upon their works.
Verse of the Day (10 Feb 20): If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
For King & Country: “Proof of Your Love” []
If I sing but don’t have love
I waste my breath with every song
I bring an empty voice, a hollow noise
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don’t have love
I leave a bitter taste with every word I say
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The model I have been implementing to fight antisemitism in the United States brings together a network of philanthropists with three networks of nonprofit organizations: research and analysis groups, boots-on-the-ground organizations, and media outlets including social media. The model ensures that each group has enough autonomy to function without being bogged down by lack of funds, in-depth research, and collaboration with other complementing organizations.
Larry Sparks: Also, please understand, there will always be prophets in the Church or “Religion Mountain.” Your office will be in the context of a local church or parachurch ministry, and that is your calling. But I do believe this message applies to you. The office of the prophet in the five-fold ministry is not just to hear God for someone, but it’s to equip and train all Believers how to become increasingly more prophetic in their everyday walk with God, and in whatever their Kingdom assignment is.
Psalm 35: 18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among the throngs I will praise you.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: We have inherited a wealth of magnificent wardrobes for the soul. Everyone can find beautiful thoughts hanging in those wardrobes to dress up in, to provide strength in times of challenge, comfort in times of distress, and joy and peace at every point in life.
Israel365 (4 Feb 20): Awaiting the Messiah:
“You will bring them and plant them in Your own mountain, The place You made to dwell in, Hashem, The sanctuary, Hashem, which Your hands established” ~ Exodus 15:17 (The Israel Bible™)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (10 Feb 20): Sanhedrin Gets Authorization to Use their Trees for Third Temple
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Like anything good, it takes effort and practice to get yourself into the mode. But once you’re in the habit of pondering these thoughts deeply, they return all on their own and grab the controls.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): Rabbi Eliezer, however, argues that the phenomenon of two million hearts and minds inspired to yield to a single vision and a single leader will not endure. It is electrifying and transformative, but it is short lived, and not very meaningful in the long run. Have you ever been at a concert or a speech in which thousands congealed into one entity, embodied by a singular figure inspiring magnetic electricity? It is deeply powerful, but short lived. Sooner or later their intrinsic differences and counter-aims will assert themselves, and the unity will fade. Moments of radical transcendence, when the individual “I” melts into the collective “I,” are powerful, but not enduring. When the “I” resurfaces, the unity remains but a memory.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Rabbi Yitzchak, you are going abroad?” Rabbi Kanievsky asked him. “You don’t know that the Messiah is ‘standing against the wall’ [is about to arrive]?’”
For King & Country: If I give
To a needy soul but don’t have love then who is poor?
It seems all the poverty is found in me
Mattew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Christian Women For Israel (7 Feb 20): “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
Kris Vallotton (08 Feb 20 at 4:30 pm): Lastly, to the zealous ones–those of you who may be off on your own, or know the Holy Spirit has called you but you haven’t been sent out yet: God has a people group for you! When you find your people, you’ll find your destiny! I believe the Holy Spirit is already working on your behalf right now to bring into your life the healthy connections that you need to accomplish your heavenly assignment. He is reconciling, restoring, and reviving communities so that God’s people can walk in the fullness of their co-mission with God!
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: But Jews have always also pondered the meanings of everything they set to memory, extracting new lessons from the weekly parashah, wrestling with the debates of the Talmud, contemplating the secrets of the Kabbalah, and, most importantly, applying the wisdom of Torah to their daily life.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Rabbi Kanievsky told him to remain in Israel and that is precisely what he did. He stayed.”
House of Destiny (07 Feb 20): On Saturday, J.T. McCraw will be speaking to us about how almost every issue we have goes back to our foundations. You don’t get what you expect – you get what you inspect. Too many of us as believers live our lives “thinking” everything is good, but only the believer who inspects his foundation will walk in God’s strength.
1 Corinthians 2:14 Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Larry Sparks: In short, let’s continue to do what we are doing; however, it does not end alone with conferences, training and equipping, but rather, the fruit will be “societal reformation” as prophets take their place.
Psalm 35: 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD
and delight in his salvation.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Then, the door opened and someone stepped into the board room. I knew a few things instinctively about this person. One, this person had a place at the table, but they were certainly not as qualified as the other people struggling to find solutions. Two, right before stepping into the board room, I knew this person was in another room: the throne room. Third, when this person stepped from the throne room into the board room, the atmosphere immediately shifted. The papers that were hovering in the air immediately dropped upon the table. Stability was released. And when this person spoke, it was evident they had accessed wisdom from Another Source, another age, another dimension. What they received in the throne room and then decreed into the board room released a prophetic solution to a problem no one could naturally solve, and the fear of the Lord fell.
1 Corinthians 2:15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.
Patricia King: God is opening the eyes of Believers all over the world—
and He’s upgrading prophetic vision of those who already see.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Did they mention Jesus or preach a salvation message? Not necessarily. There is a time to be uncompromisingly overt and there is a time to be prophetically covert. When you release wisdom you receive from God, it carries the weight of His presence and will accomplish His supernatural purposes. This is an example of why it’s vital for us to show up and speak up.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): Prayer
God, have mercy: we are guilty of the charges against us. Christ, have mercy: we are guilty of excusing injustice. God, have mercy: we are accountable to the mountains, to one another, and to you.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Actions and speech are much easier to control than thoughts. Gain some control over what you do and how you speak, and controlling your thoughts will become oh so much easier.
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6:50 am Me to Larry Sparks: Subject: Where?
Looking at this with a calm head, and a broken heart from chasing windmills:
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): There is a conversation happening on the center stage of real life culture that demands prophetic engagement. There are major issues at stake and hanging in the balance, and we are not even involved in that conversation, but rather having conversations about that conversation in safe places. Bottom line: we are often comfortable maintaining success in a subculture while God is calling an Elijah company to the center stage of cultural conversation.
Dear Mr Sparks,
Thank you for your recent piece shared on the Elijah List. You talked about the Elijah Company coming out of our caves. I keep reaching out and get only SILENCE. I have yet to find a tribe that cares. The journey is revealed in my blog. It’s not just a sob story, but also God’s story. His Word is fulfilled! God cares. Where are His people?
~ Kathryn Hauser
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: In Winning the War Against Contemplation, I gave some advice on how to develop and sustain a thought. But the real hack is to just allow magnificent, deep and beautiful thoughts to hijack your mind. That’s what the Tanya and Chabad thought are out to provide—thoughts that sweep you off your feet, if you’ll only give them the chance.
1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Proclaiming 8 Feb 20

9 Feb

Working Dates: Saturday, February 8, 2020 to Sunday, February 9, 2020
[10 pages]
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): Trial and Error
1 Corinthians 2:1 When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): I do believe there is prophetic validity to the evaluation that 5780 is the “Decade of Decree.” I resonate with that descriptive, but I sense a weightier vision of what it means to “decree.” Our decrees must be coupled with bold decisions to act. Was slavery abolished because someone declared and decreed? Did wars cease, movements start, and tyrannical regimes end because someone makes a spiritual proclamation?
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Four factions developed in front of the Sea of Reeds, each with another plan of action, all erroneous. The common denominator of them all was that their plan of action originated in their own human psyche.
Brat (in “Frogs to Balaam” 01 Feb 20): So, just to be clear, you can have sanctuary while you wrestle with your psyche and soul and I can’t, even though Jesus promised His bride that His Father’s house has many mansions, so I would have a place to work in peace and quiet in an anchorhold with a tribe that loves me for who I am, while I steward the story for the greater whole? And this Pharaoh spirit is to help the cause of redemption? Just clarifying…
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): History is made by those who marry prophetic decrees with courageous action. They speak up, yes, but they also show up to the front lines. Remember, Elijah spoke up because he showed up.
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The groups within the boots-on-the-ground network are on the frontlines; they put the unique information and the strategies developed by researchers into action. The network includes a diverse group of organizations from campus to Capitol Hill, including legal groups and advocacy organizations. They are supported by the resources of the philanthropic network, the data of research organizations, and the awareness generated by the media network, which allows them to focus on maximizing the impact of their unique capabilities.
Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: We seek to know the essence of our Being – what it means to be truly human. Jesus offers what we mistakenly believe to be metaphors: we are salt and light – and as such, we are capable of fulfilling all that God requires of us as laid out in commandments and reminders from prophets. Prophets, who were and are poets.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): There is a conversation happening on the center stage of real life culture that demands prophetic engagement. There are major issues at stake and hanging in the balance, and we are not even involved in that conversation, but rather having conversations about that conversation in safe places. Bottom line: we are often comfortable maintaining success in a subculture while God is calling an Elijah company to the center stage of cultural conversation.
Brat: This blog that God has me write is my attempt at bringing the spiritual, cultural, and prophetic conversation to center stage. I share it regularly and get no response.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): How has God’s love wearied us, that we neglect mercy?
Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: Where are we? Who are we? Why are we here? What are we meant to be doing? How are we to go about this thing we call life? These are the elemental questions that humans have been pondering for thousands of years. These, says Huston Smith in his classic book, The World’s Religions, are the basic questions that form the basis of all human religious yearnings.
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The philanthropists who take part in the new multi-network model do more than just throw money at problems – they lead the efforts, spend time on brainstorming, encourage collaboration, and actively push for change. They utilize their financial resources to support the unique goals they share with the nonprofits they support and spread awareness about their important work through media and social networks.
1 Corinthians 2:3 And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.
Church of England (07 Feb 20): New Church of England guidance will ‘ask great questions’ of education leaders
American Friends of Magen David Adom (07 Feb 20): Calling All Pastors
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Those meant to be on the front lines of the cultural conversation in education, government, politics, technology, entertainment and so on have allowed themselves to be pushed into a cave by the evil one. I say, “No more!” Make no mistake. The devil, though defeated, is still that age-old cunning and crafty serpent. He’s decorated the cave to be very appealing to Christians, especially those operating in the prophetic.
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): Those words shook me deeply. The commissioning of the eagles will take place from the upper room. He will send out the eagles from the upper room filled with fire, marked by the revelation of Jesus, eyes that see with prophetic vision and clarity for this new apostolic era.
Kris Vallotton (07 Feb 20): True spiritual authority happens when you have come into submission, and therefore you’ve been commissioned to have angelic help. It’s not gift-based authority, it’s determined by who you are in submission to. What I’m getting at is, whether God’s commissioned you to be responsible for a multi-billion dollar business or empowered you to mother the next generation in your home, once you take ownership of that assignment on your life (submission to God’s mission), you will step into true spiritual authority which releases the supernatural aid and resources God has placed on that assignment for your success.
Psalm 35: 1 Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Lana Vawser: The sense surrounded me that many of the daughters of God were being hit so hard in every direction that they were in the battle to “see” what was taking place right now, but constantly fighting for the day to day and not being able to move to the place of being “one step ahead” of the enemy and moving with the Holy Spirit to shut down the plans and attacks of the enemy before they were put into action.
1 Corinthians 2:4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): What has God’s faithfulness done to us, that we reject humility?
Psalm 35: 28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praises all day long.
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): These eagles were being sent forth with eyes of DANIEL 2:22
“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” (ESV)
Psalm 35: 5 May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
Amanda Grace (5 Feb 20): These Cherubim had a flaming sword as mentioned in the King James which turns in every direction to protect and guard the way to the tree of life in order to prevent man from solidifying their separation from God for All Eternity. For even though the Lord was incredibly grieved at what had taken place, he could not bare separation from man for all eternity and immediately created a plan to redeem man and reconcile them back to Him through raising up the Messiah through the righteous line of Abel and Seth in genesis Chapter 4.
Kris Vallotton (07 Feb 20): Where have all the angels gone in the twenty-first-century Church? The challenge is that globally the church can be like a rebel without a cause. I often see people do what they want to do, where they want to do it. Too often, they plant churches, yet no one sent them. Sadly, they aren’t connected to anyone. The consequence? They compete with the guy across the street who did the same thing…yet, it’s a kingdom divided, and they wonder why they aren’t seeing angelic intervention, miracles in their ministry, or supernatural breakthrough in the lives of those they lead. So the question isn’t where have all the angels gone, rather my question for the rogue roamers out there is: did you just go, or were you actually sent? And, do the angels recognize your authority? When we are under God’s authority, which includes being under His appointed leaders, the angelic hosts that are assigned to that mission of God accompany us on our journey.
Psalm 35: 7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
and without cause dug a pit for me,
Lana Vawser: The story of Elisha flashed before my eyes in the Spirit in 2 Kings 6:12 where Elisha heard the plans of the King of Aram in his bedroom and told the King of Israel.
“One of his servants said, “No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
Psalm 35: 26 May all who gloat over my distress
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
Brat to Jo (8 Feb 20 at 7:16 am): I realized that I have that same shame in this dysfunctional Silence with the Funny Bunnies. I haven’t been able to describe to you or anybody (or even myself) the depths of pain this dysfunctional Silence causes. I was journaling about that on Thursday. Normally one would have a priest to share one’s soul pain with. Because there is no safe harbor in this journey, where even my very prayers are hijacked and used against me, the pain has created its own shame. It is not even projected by someone else at this point.
Kris Vallotton (08 Feb 20 at 4:30 pm): MY PRAYER FOR YOU
I’m sure you know what it feels like to know deep down that you are called to something great, but the pain can be crippling when you feel alone, without a tribe to support and send you out! Perhaps you’re stalled out by doubt and feel your destiny has been put on hold. Regardless of how you may be feeling, God has assigned angelic help to inject your heart with radical hope, bold faith, and unyielding determination!
Brat: Dear Reader, did you catch the timing and exposé on that development?
Psalm 35: 4 May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
Lana Vawser: “Many of My daughters have been living under apology. You have been apologising for your gifting. You have been apologising for the favour I have given you. You have been apologising for the vision, direction and revelation I have given you. You have been apologising for the expression of My heart through you. I am removing the layers of the shame from your heart and life deeper than ever before. I am releasing the awakening of your identity and CLARITY of your anointing, your gifting and your calling in these days. I am moving you from the place of living under APOLOGY to the place of living under ACCELERATION in unprecedented ways.”
Anna Blake (31 Jan 19): (His primary calming signals are a frantic wag that uses his whole body. Wrinkling his nose, sometimes one side in a kind of sneer, other times he pulls his lips up above his teeth; that thing we call a dog smiling when it is anything but.)
Lana Vawser: The enemy has worked overtime to cage the daughters of God but this is the era where God is mantling them and releasing them into the earth to set the captives free, to break open cages the enemy has placed places and people in. A mighty wave of deliverance is going to crash in with greater force and acceleration in the body of Christ in this new era that will see men and women operate together in greater ways to see the deliverance of God manifest and some of the specific revelation the Lord unveils to the daughters of God will bring forth significant unlocking of the places the enemy has locked down.
Psalm 35: 16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
they gnashed their teeth at me.
Prince: “When Doves Cry” []
How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world so cold? (World so cold)
Maybe I’m just too demanding
Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold
Maybe I’m just like my mother
She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry
Delia Owens: Just like their whiskey, the marsh dwellers bootlegged their own laws – not like those burned into stone tablets or inscribed on documents, but deeper ones, stamped in their genes. Ancient and natural, like those hatched from hawks and doves. When cornered, desperate, or isolated, man reverts to those instincts that aim straight at survival. Quick and just. They will always be the trump cards because they are passed on more frequently from one generation to the next than the gentler genes. It is not a morality, but simple math. Among themselves, doves fight as often as hawks.
Psalm 35: 15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slandered me without ceasing.
Kris Vallotton (08 Feb 20 at 4:30 pm): To the moms who are shuffling schedules and meeting the demands of a growing family; to the young ones who may feel lost navigating life; to any and all who don’t feel they’ve been commissioned by God, I release a co-mission over you. That you would be in submission to God’s mission, and you would be commissioned; that you would recognize the influence God’s given you and move forward in destiny, in purpose and prosperity, and in true spiritual authority, in Jesus’ name!
Tony Robinson (07 Feb 20): Prayer
Dear Bright Morning Star Jesus, praise be to you for rising in every darkness and for all who by doing the same, follow you. Amen.
Psalm 35: 17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.
1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
Lana Vawser: The Lord showed me with the revelation He will release to uncover lies of the enemy and strategies of the enemy in many ways even before they are implemented, we will see in this new era, the daughters of God rising up in their decree, intercession and obedience to the strategy of God that will see the Holy Spirit release a MIGHTY move of DELIVERANCE through them in their spheres of influence and cities and nations.
1 Corinthians 2:6 Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish.
Psalm 35: 19 Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): I believe the Lord gave me this language: “The center stage of cultural conversation.” This is the place where the innovators, artists, entrepreneurs, moguls, kings and rulers of this day gather to communicate. While they are exchanging “inspired ideas” that are directly discipling nations, most Christians are content in a “side-room” somewhere, having conversations with other Christians. You don’t belong in a side-room; your access to Heaven and prophetic voice are meant for the “board room!”
Kris Vallotton (07 Feb 20): To be commissioned means that you come into submission to the Father’s mission; co-mission: a mission together with God.
Nate Johnston: “You are leaving your war room, your weeping room, and your crushing room for a new place I am calling you to where you won’t have to continually fight and battle for bare minimum. The war room season of fighting for survival is coming to end and you are coming into your establishing season where you will see just what your worship and surrender accomplished. You are going to be amazed at what your dark nights produced – a greater authority, an increased anointing, and the keys to unlock doors for those stuck like you were.”
1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): As I looked closer in His eyes I could see flames of fire and I could see pathways and blueprint strategies. In His eyes I could see wisdom. In His eyes I could see His ways. In His eyes I could see glimpses of what was to come in this Kingdom age.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): A trial is underway. God is both plaintiff and judge. The people together are the defendant. And all creation – from the highest mountains to earth’s deepest foundations – is the jury.
Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: Like Isaiah, who helps us to imagine what it really means to observe a fast: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly… Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.”
Psalm 35: 10 My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, LORD?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (4 Feb 20): Imagine what will happen when we love, forgive and only bless one another.
Brat: And isn’t that what Balaam did? (Rev 2:14)
Psalm 35: 6 may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): In addition to investing money, these philanthropists invest their time, energy and social capital to help achieve shared goals. They support dozens of organizations, whether researchers and analysts, boots on the ground, or media outlets, and help them build synergies and force-multiplication. The philanthropic network and nonprofit groups must work closely together to achieve quality outcomes.
Psalm 35: 11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): Who (or what) are the “Ahabs” facing us today? There are many people operating in governance (not just in the natural government, but those who are occupying the high places of society where culture is determined) who are empowered by demonic forces. They want to change the landscape of nations by influencing citizens through the media airways, academia, the arts, policy and law, and every other institution that is shaping modern culture.
Breaking Israel News (7 Feb 20): [Watch] Miracle at Temple Mount: Israeli Policeman Grazed by Bullet Inches From Heart
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): How do we defend our case to the jury of mountains?
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): There is no silver bullet to fight and defeat antisemitism. Hundreds of millions, maybe billions of dollars and hundreds of organizations are devoted to this issue, but the age-old hatred is rising faster than ever in America.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): It strikes me as appropriate that creation should assess humanity’s culpability for injustice and injury. When we judge one another, our own sinfulness distorts our assessment of others’ sins. In another’s abuses, we notice our own greeds or traumas. In another’s errors, we find reflections of our own fears or schemes. We assess too harshly or too leniently. We acquit our own guilt. We obstruct one another’s well-being.
Psalm 35: 12 They repay me evil for good
and leave me like one bereaved.
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): Too many of these responses to Jew-hatred are reactionary and risk-averse. Organizations that aim to fight antisemitism frequently address general trends or individual instances of hate when such instances occur, rather than develop a broad, coordinated strategy to combat the groups that promotes hatred and violence toward Jews.
Psalm 35: 13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
Larry Sparks (06 Feb 20): The Lord showed me the following picture/vision which I believe applies to this prophetic word. There was a business board room where a bunch of people were gathered around a table. I felt like it was a humorously exaggerated atmosphere. Papers were flying all over the place as people were frantically scratching their heads, seeking a solution to some crisis. I knew the people seated in this board room were highly qualified. They had letters after their names, titles, and all manner of academic pedigree. Yet, they still struggled to find a solution.
1 Corinthians 2:8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (4 Feb 20): The prayer formed into repentance (I had not gotten up to do this), as we took responsibility for speaking evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:10). This was not a prayer focused for or against any one side, nor was it persuasion; rather we began to repent for the uncovering of nakedness, speaking evil, reviling, and for the hostility of our words and thoughts against one another. This was our sin, not Washington DC’s, for Jesus Christ became a curse for all men, and when we curse any man, we despise the cross and the work Jesus completed. How can we curse man when He has become a curse for all men in order that the blessing of Abraham might come upon all men in Christ? (Galatians 3:13, 14).
Psalm 35: 22 LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent.
Do not be far from me, Lord.
Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: Yet, the “rulers of this age” continue to keep us busy Wanting, Having, and Doing; craving, clutching and fussing “on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual – even on the religious – plane,” kept in perpetual unrest. The secret and hidden wisdom of God calls us to recall the essence of life, the essence of our being made of salt and stardust, is to remind us where we come from, where we are going, and what we are meant to be doing – if anything at all – which all revolve around Love – restoring justice, peace and dignity for all people in a world that too often wants us to believe it is every man, woman, and child for themselves. This is why Underhill calls us to stop all else and take time to simply Be – for it is in taking time to recollect the essence of being truly human that we are set free to be who we are meant to be and remember what we are meant to be doing.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (4 Feb 20): Rather than sharing the message I had prepared, we opened to 2 Samuel 21. Israel was in a three year drought when David inquired of the Lord, “And the Lord answered, ‘It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.’” (2 Samuel 21:1, NKJV). This is a fascinating story, and one that should be read remembering that Christ is the atonement for all broken relationships, sins against humanity, past reproaches, dishonor, and forgotten leaders.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): Moses created a generation of pupils and students who listened to his song, and then integrated it into their own lives. His vision became theirs. They did not submit their selves to Moses; they made his vision theirs. For Reb Eliezer, Moses is more like the conductor of a symphony, inspiring each musician to use his or her own instrument to produce the music.
1 Corinthians 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): The jury of creation is much more impartial, having known the faithfulness of God across decades and centuries, having experienced the upheaval and patience of change across millennia. By comparison, humans are fickle and impulsive, reckless and weak.
Adam Milstein (07 Feb 20): The participation of researchers and analysts is key to this model. Leveraging their data and expertise, they provide philanthropists and boots-on-the-ground organizations with unique insight and advise on the optimal and most strategic action to take.
Rachel Hackenberg (06 Feb 20): Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with the people, and God will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!” – Micah 6:2-3 (NRSV)
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Feb 20): There is a program in the NY State Penal System, that a prisoner who has a record of good behavior and no history of violence can be given a supervised overnight furlough. Once, in the 70s, a prison Rabbi brought a group of these prisoners to Crown Heights for a Shabbaton and one of the speakers was the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The Rebbe asked them, “How did you end up in prison?” There was silence. No one was quite sure what the Rebbe wanted from him. Then one answered, “I stole.” So the Rebbe asked, “You are the only one who stole?” They looked at each other and then one said, “We were caught.” And then the Rebbe asked, “Why were you caught?” One of the prisoners answered, “Because the others were smarter!” So the Rebbe asked them, “Are you saying you are stupid?” No one answered. So the Rebbe answered for them. “Not only are you all not stupid, you are all very smart. Let me explain. G-d created this world because He wanted to make for Himself a dwelling place in the lowest plane. And where you are is the lowest of the lowest. G-d chose you, because more than anyone else, you are clever and smart enough to transform even the darkest, lowest place into a place where G-d can dwell. He chose you above all the others, because they did not have this special ability. This is the ability that you have.”
Nate Johnston (03 Feb 20): “Out of you is going to ERUPT such a song of breakthrough that will be such a weapon for you and others because it was forged in the dark when you had to worship your way out. It’s more potent than you know and know I am commissioning you to wield it. This is where you move from warring to conquest, from battling to breaking down enemy lines for the kingdom. This is where your new story begins and you start writing history for me through YOUR story!”
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): These eagles were going forth with such wisdom, discernment and divine insight and hindsight they were going forth to uncover that which is darkness and to reveal truth, His truth. To bring forth the establishment of truth, heavenly truth in this new era.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (06 Feb 20): Rabbi Nechemiah, however, felt that this vision of leadership was still lacking. This type of leadership is meaningful as long as the teacher is there to teach and to inspire his or her disciples. When the leader is communicating his passion and song, his students can “repeat it,” absorb it and follow it. But what occurs when the captain disappears, when the teacher is silenced, when the conductor is no longer directing the symphony? Now that there is nothing to repeat, and nobody to direct, does the symphony die?
Lana Vawser (06 Feb 20): They were going forth with prophetic insight and hindsight to bring alignment, and to herald the truth of God’s Word.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Feb 20): In one minute, the Rebbe transformed a group of criminals into his personal emissaries. Each of us in turn can, like Shabbat and like the manna, wherever we find ourselves, transform our environment into a dwelling place for G-d.
Andrew Towe: This was the perfect example of God’s boomerang! The enemy meant to destroy the Jewish people, but God caused it to boomerang back to the originator. It caused promotion for Mordecai and the Jewish people. This is what He is doing for you. The enemy is going to wish he would have never sent the waves of opposition against you. Because now God’s boomerang has turned the tide back to him. I hear the Lord say, “My boomerang will cause your Haman to be hung on his own gallows. The supernatural turnaround is already in motion and you will see it swiftly.”
1 Corinthians 2:11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.