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Working Dates for the past nine days: Monday, March 15, 2021 to Tuesday, March 23, 2021

[22 pages of reflection anchored in the lectionary readings from Jeremiah 31:31-34 for 5 Lent 21 Mar 21]

Jeremiah 31:29 “In those days people will no longer say,

‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: He is bringing finality because it’s time for final chapter of the old land to close off. This is a time of transition into the new land. Just as new wine cannot be put into an old wineskin, the new wine that’s about to pour out requires a new wineskin.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): God makes four covenants in the Old Testament with human beings: with Noah (Genesis 9); with Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, 17); with Israel at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19–20); and with David (2 Samuel 7). But here in Jeremiah 31, God speaks of making a “new covenant” with Israel—but not the older covenants such as at Mt. Sinai, which the Israelites broke. This new covenant will be written on hearts instead of on stone tablets. Stone tablets gather dust and moss. Hearts are living organs, and what is written on the heart gives life to the whole body. And this time God will do it all — “I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.”

Psalm 23:    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Who are you? What has God placed in you that you have yet to discover? Ask him today to show you your potential, and see what amazing things will happen when you do. [1]

Daniel & Rachel Emerson (15 Mar 21): Hello Anchoress

LinkedIn (13 Mar 21): You appeared in 7 searches this week

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): Maybe it’s time that we all recognize the inadequacy of our own self sufficiency and lie down in the green pastures of God’s Blessed Assurance.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (14 Mar 21): The 40 days of Lent allow us to reflect on our own temptations. These can be any attitude, endeavor, object, or person that seeks to gain our ultimate allegiance and motivate our actions instead of God. On our own we cannot say “no” to these idols that deprive us of life. So, the hymn exhorts us to turn to Christ alone. His perfect love and faithfulness strengthen us in trials and nourish us in the deserts of life.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): “The Exodus was incomplete.  We were grabbed and lifted out of there.  Which means we really never left.”[2]

Nate Johnston: Right now God is breaking you out of the cycles in this season. You weren’t created to go AROUND the mountain but UP the mountain.

John 12:29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Christian learned four spiritual lessons from the Interpreter that expound upon this truth: God will give us knowledge, understanding, and guidance, but we must learn how to discern what is from Him, and what is not.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): You fill the earth—from tiny grains of wheat to the mighty thunder—with your presence, and you call us to attend to your will for all creation. Grant weather that prepares the soil for seeds; protect all from violent storms, flooding, and wildfires, and watch over those who work in the fields, providing food for us. On this World Water Day, help us to work for clean water for everyone and to use this precious resource wisely. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

John 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Brat: Doesn’t that sound like coming up out of a collective baptism?

For King and Country: “Amen” [https://youtu.be/jThYchneZvw]

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): When we eventually witness the finale to this global drama we’ve been enduring, I believe EVERYONE is going to be shocked and unnerved by the surprise ending. When the revelations break and the truth is told, EVERY individual is going to be humbled and in awe. We are going to realize that each of us has only seen IN PART. The supernatural realities of the Kingdom will be revealed as never before. That which God Himself has been orchestrating from generations past, will cause every knee to bow and acknowledge that He alone has the authority and final call over the affairs of men and the plots of demons.[3]

Nate Johnston: Shake off the lies that you will never move another step and laugh at the failed plans of the enemy!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): She cried out to him, “Woe, what has become of me? I look like the Angel of Death himself! Would you still marry such an ugly person?”

Jeremiah 31:22 How long will you wander,
    unfaithful Daughter Israel?
The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will return to the man.”

Brat: If Jesus is the groom and the people are the Bride, and the Christians came back to her Hebrew roots and blessed the Jews, then hasn’t this new thing already happened?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Jews, for Millennia, Defined Their Existence by the Egyptian Exodus

Jeremiah 31:32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt–a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): “If only the Jewish People would keep two Shabbats [inner and outer] as they should be kept, immediately they would be redeemed.” (Shabbat 118a)

Brat: The Jews do keep the Sabbath.  It’s the servants and foreigners who are doing the work. (Ex 20:10)

Revelation 3:I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): Simultaneously, I don’t really know what God is giving up for this Lenten season, but I know it is not me. That’s why it was so great to be delivered from these big kinds of thoughts for a small one on the subway.

Nate Johnston: You have felt like a train running at full speed around the same track over and over getting nowhere.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): You get the idea. We can get into this other rut of distraction to *prove to ourselves* we’re not who they said we are. We solve the internal pain with external effort, while the wounds dig deeper grooves in the road.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you have:

felt spiritually stagnant;

life feels like it’s passing you by when it comes to your spiritual destiny;

feel stuck in your career, relationships, calling, finances, or goals;

struggling with behavioral cycles that are keeping you stuck instead of moving you forward

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: Jesus talks about this giving up every year during Lent. He reminds us that, “To love one’s life is to lose it, and those that hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Well, JC, I get where you’re coming from but c’mon man…we’ve been giving up so much in the last year that there isn’t much left of us. How then can we preach to congregations concerning ‘giving up’ when we don’t feel like we have much left in our lives?[4]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): Rather, for G‑d to be at home, a temple must be built from the stuff of a world in which G‑d is so hidden that it doesn’t even appear to be a creation.

Brat (19 Mar 21): Ya’know, I was thinking…since the Tower of Babel was abandoned because they couldn’t talk to each other in their common language any more (Genesis 11:9), then couldn’t God be redeeming His temple by these roundtable discussions?  He is so hidden in these dialogues that they don’t even appear to be a creation — to the point where they are taken for granted!

Daniel & Rachel Emerson (15 Mar 21): Congratulations! We got you plugged in!

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): But in real life … not so much.

Brat (15 Mar 21): WTF?? What did I do now?  What button did I push to get myself into THIS mess?

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): Deliver us, O God, from philosophical problems we cannot solve and send us some sweet ones we can really enjoy. Amen.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): It takes a lot to see potential sometimes. It definitely requires imagination. But when people’s lives are so messed up that they can’t see out of their situations, we need to be the ones who can see past their circumstances for them. But before we can do that for others, we need to be able to do it for ourselves.

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “I am bringing forth My MILITANT WOMEN! I am pulling out of obscurity women who have been hidden for such a time as this. I’m building an UNUSUAL army of WORSHIPING WARRIORS who have fended off such mighty attacks at home that they are UNAFRAID of what’s on the battlefield! The “messes” have prepared them for the masses; the “housework” for the workings of the Household of Faith.[5] 

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): However long it takes, O God, make me new.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Leadership is Synonymous with Sin

Nate Johnston: You have been like a bird in a cage feeling helpless and hopeless, unable to move in any direction.

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Without hope you are in a cage of your own making. The man was old and had lived a lifetime with no hope. The key was in the door, but the man would not use it. He couldn’t see his way of escape, and he had remained in the cage because he focused on his feelings and not the hope that was available to him.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): The opposite can also happen. We don’t like despair, so we jump into “living.” We sign up for volunteering, take on big projects at work, become the room mom for our kids’ entire school, run for senate, invent a cure for cancer…

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): You need to be a partner in your own Exodus.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): In this, at least, David is a model for us. During this Lenten season, may we be quick to confess the sin that weighs us down so that we might walk in the way of the cross with unburdened hearts.

Nate Johnston: There has been a specific assignment raging against you in the past 2 years – to keep you in limbo, in waiting, treading water but never getting anywhere. To keep you fighting, warring, barely surviving and leaving you constantly depleted and exhausted.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Every day since, we’ve been running from slavery in Egypt.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): There are times we may look at someone and think they’re crazy, or see a situation and see no solution. We think to ourselves, “There is no possible way to make this happen,” or, “She is definitely out of her mind!” This is human. But to look past the circumstance or reality and see God’s potential, this is supernatural.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: For those of you who have said yes to God, He is bringing a finality to many things in your life right now. Things are not what they seem to your natural eyes. Ask God to give you His perspective of yourself and every situation and circumstance. What does Heaven say about you and your circumstances right now? Be bold to ask this and then partner with Heaven on what you hear back.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): Tell God today what you’re going to do. Write it down. Take a step of faith. Trust God. You’ll see amazing things happen when you do!

Matt Laney (11 Mar 21): Dear God, who was lost but will be found again and again, may I never stop looking for you.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

Brat: Jesus, that’s what You did in the wilderness.

Brother Dennis Gibbs, CDL (21 Feb 2021): TEMPTED BY GOD

Led into the wilderness

I am,

like Jesus

tempted

in the desert

of my own life

by so many illusions,

seduced with things

that separate me.

I hold fast

The best I can

to you, O God,

yet sometimes

I tremble.

In this desert of my life

there is only one temptation

that need win my soul

that of your truth,

and your love.[6]

Psalm 51:4 Against You, You alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and blameless when You pass judgment.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): This psalm is traditionally attributed to David, when the prophet Nathan confronts his sinful behavior (2 Samuel 12). “Have mercy on me, O God!” cries David, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

Brat: My inbox is absolutely inundated.  I can’t get rid of them!  They keep coming back like an infestation!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): The Haggadah itself admits: The liberation from Egypt remains incomplete.

Staples (17 Mar 21): Virtually manage all your mail.

Brat: That’s not the point!!

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.

Henri J.M. Nouwen: “There are two extremes to avoid: being extremely absorbed in your own pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far away from the wound you want to heal.”

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): Ever been riding a bike that gets stuck in a groove in the path? That’s what both the options in this quote are like.

Nate Johnston: Its purpose has been to prevent you from finding your promised land, your promised people, and the fulfillment of what God spoke over you.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The answer is as we have learned. When a person prays and praises his Master and rejoices in his learning Torah and sings his learning out loud in a melodious way, that is the gladness and singing referred to in our text.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): I still do this sometimes when I get a text. I’ll even write a few different versions of what I want to say, and try out the tones of voice and think of how those may come across. Then I’ll either wait to respond until I’m feeling stronger, or I’ll tell myself: we all still feel a bit like middle schoolers in grown up bodies sometimes, even the “normal” people with “normal” lives.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (17 Mar 21): Let me know by text what you would prefer.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): If God asked you to a party, would you come? I mean, really… would you? I’m sure you’re saying yes, because that would be the best party ever! But if God asked you to do something, would you do it? Sometimes we feel the gentle nudging of his hand or the slight conviction as we know we’re called to more. But yet we just settle for mediocrity and explain ourselves with excuses.[7]

Jeremiah 31:30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (16 Mar 21): Kathryn, please feed their hunger

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): We’ve noticed many of you have become hungry for more in the prophetic. Recently we talked about PROPHETIC MENTORSHIP that was coming for anyone who wanted to talk with us 1-on-1 concerning their purpose, gifts and function in the world as a believer.

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): I want my intimates to remember my birthday. I’m not sure I want God to remember my birthday. God has so much else to do, as I see it. Rainbows. Dawn. Dusk. Thunderstorms. Feeding me and my kids and my friends and the kids and friends of people I don’t know and never will. Accuse me of being one of those Christians who believes God wound the clock and did so with miracles embedded and then stepped away. Think of me as a believer in evolution.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you are not YET a covenant partner that needs/wants to sign up please …

Brat: I marked it as spam and threw it in the trash.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Because the only way to attain real freedom is to take some responsibility for your own life, with conviction, purpose and meaning.

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your pen, your song, and your creativity.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Friends, if you are one of these ones that have found yourself in this deep place of discouragement and battle over the commissioning of the Lord in these new assignments and have come to a place of feeling so empty and even doubt over the assignment, I speak to you today, the Lord is re-commissioning you afresh. Position yourself afresh in the secret place with the Lord for this refresh commissioning. The Lord is not only breaking off this attack, He is not only clarifying the vision and the assignment again, He is adding increase to the vision and commission.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): It must be built by creatures who belong in such a world, who struggle with egos that convince them that they themselves are their own creator.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): You promise to write your law on our hearts. Guide citizens throughout the world to shape communities that reflect your mercy, justice, and peace, and give them creativity to work for the welfare of all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (17 Mar 21): I understand you do creative arts.  I write blog conversations based on the weekly lectionary readings built from common threads coming into my inbox.  I listen to where the Holy Spirit is leading us collectively and show it through the conversations.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (22 Mar 21): They’re DEEP!

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): We are worth the time it takes to heal.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): This will be a collective cleansing and humbling in order to form a more perfect union under the Lordship of Christ. The sovereign right of the Champion of Hosts will overshadow every other claim to ownership. HIS is the only true authority that has the power to change the affairs of men and overcome every scheme of hell.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): And it must be built by means that belong to such a world alone—through a struggle with the sinister darkness, with the lust and the evil within the hearts of those builders, to tame that beast and tie it down again and again.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): You’ve been granted access to ‘Destroying the Act of Lust & Pornography Offer’

Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Is Sacrifice Foolish? When Is It Noble?

When Light Came In (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Asking the right — or most helpful — questions is how we get to the core of “how did this happen?” and “how do we prevent it from happening again?”

Journal (10 Mar 21): A spirit of Entitlement ravaged the Church (which ironically had the gift of hospitality!) and turned what was beautiful into a raped pole dancer.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): It’s the things they assumed about their own value, power, position, ability to control the world that led to their behaviors.

Brat (21 Mar 21): Vicar Amanda Berg was talking this morning about how Jesus showed us the power of love over the love of power.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): But, do you know what? God has not called us to live behind excuses. He has called us to be great men and women of God who accomplish great things. He does not call us to live in the molds of the past – He destines us for something new.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): David knows better. Unconfessed sin is heavy, too heavy to bear. So David makes no excuses for his behavior, but relies on God’s abundant mercy to take his broken heart (verse 17) and create a new heart within him (verse 10).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): Why didn’t He create a temple for Himself at the very beginning? After all, He designed endless worlds of beings ever-cognizant of him.

Nate Johnston: Its purpose has been to stop you from birthing what you have been stewarding in secret for many many years and has been ripe.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): The process that you have been in has not only been making room for the new things but has so been preparing you to be able to steward well what you are called to. It has been intense for many of you. Hang in there! Nothing you have gone through was in vain! You are about to see the fruits of your labor! (Read Psalm 1)

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): We are more than our wounds.

Jeremiah 31:16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
declares the Lord.
    “They will return from the land of the enemy.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you are ALREADY a covenant partner who sows into our ministry of $50 or more I want you schedule a time with us here:

Rabbi YY Jacobson: How Can People Be So Callous in the Face of a Pandemic?

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Just who are the arbiters who create these ever-expanding blacklists? It’s not the clergy, theologians, or ethicists. We are being reprimanded and our children brainwashed by self-righteous schoolmarms, social media mobs and millions of anonymous Twitter trolls, all with mischief and malice in their hearts and too much time on their hands.

Brat: [Slow exhale…] 

Was that a hissssss…?

Put the snake on a pole?

I was a schoolmarm for nine years; I post a social media blog; my friend Cynthia just shared encouragement from Instagram that may have come from an anonymous Twitter troll to her friend before she shared with me (but I doubt it), and millions of us on unemployment have too much time on our hands, but some of us are finding constructive ways to use it (though it profits us nothing.)

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): WE DON’T GET GOOD COUNSEL

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The joy was represented by the Priest who is always far from strict judgement [because he is rooted in kindness (chesed) the opposite of din]. A Priest should always show himself with a shining face – happier than all the rest of the people – because his crown [literally “ keter“, of priesthood] enables him to.

Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): True conversion, profound change that starts on the inside and is manifested on the outside, takes time. Repentance, like any U-turn, requires a significant slowdown before the change of direction. New life comes in fits and starts, and only after a gestation period.

Brother Dennis Gibbs (08 Feb 21): Each day since has been a surrender to God’s will in my life. There have been starts and stops. Sometimes my ego pokes its head in the door, just to see if I want to go on a little trip. Then I remember what a beloved friend and mentor who died with fifty-two years in recovery once said: “Your ego is not your amigo.” Truer words were never spoken. Each time I decline the invitation for an ego-trip, I get a further glimpse of the freedom that comes only with surrendering my will over to the care of God.[8]

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Let it go and let Him into those places. God asks us to lay things down when He has something greater to give in return. He has something planned for you already. Before you even get there, He is already there. Obedience is the key for you. You do your part and He will do His. Your action will cause traction.

Pastor Julie Morris: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): It was that G‑d took us out of bondage “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.”

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): And do you want clarity for where to turn?!

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your clarity, your peace of mind, your direction, vision, and movement.

John 12:30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): To be unwilling to place our security in the hands of the Good Shepherd is to forfeit our rest/restoration. And that forfeiture only makes us more susceptible to the ravages of predation.

Psalm 23:The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): However, the world doesn’t see a need for spending that much time with God, and definitely sees no profit in it, unless they’re in the circuit of pimping their schools, coaching, books, and charms.  And yet God sent me into a Church-world where there was no difference between the world and the Church.  Hence the lectionary gospel reading on the moneychangers which is so relevant.

When Light Came In (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Instead of “why did you stay?” let’s ask “how did they make that your only option?”

Brat: They made it my only option by the unilaterally-enforced Silence.  There was nowhere else to go, just as Peter also experienced that there was nowhere else to go and said as much to Jesus. (John 6:68)

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): Because God provides for His purposes, the most challenging or frustrating places of our lives often involve the mistakes we made. We’ve all done it. A wrong turn, delay, an unwise choice. But God factors in grace for these areas we’ve been blind to or stumbled over.

Brat: Nothing personal. And Jesus continues in His response to Peter by bringing up betrayal. (John 6:70) It wasn’t personal with Pergamum either. Who needs a white stone when you’ve already tripped over one in your blindness?

Chabad U (11 Mar 21): I am for my beloved, and my beloved is…fighting me?

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Hello [NAME]! 

We wanted to personally thank you so much for following and supporting our School of Ministry Online. It is because of each of you that we able to invest in people through our online ministry and also our growing consulting & coaching business. Between God and your love, we are blown away by this season and we just want to especially thank you. Which is why we wanted to offer some 1-on-1 time with you. (If you want it of course!)

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Be content to wait in patience for the things the King has promised, and don’t be tempted out of the way. Passion demands what it wants, while Patience is willing to enjoy blessings as they come. Christian is implored by the Interpreter to wait on the King and His promises.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “If you cannot operate on an international level, you cannot be the prime minister of Israel, and to work with public opinion, and work with world leaders. I can do this. I am not a king but I can do this.”

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): I have made you; you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. – Isaiah 44:21

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): Between ego-driven certainty and humble salvation, Saul spent three days cocooned in darkness. He was stuck until a terrified but obedient disciple named Ananias restored his sight and received him into community. Only then did his new life truly begin.

John 12:26 Whoever serves Me must follow Me, and where I am, there will My servant be also. Whoever serves Me, the Father will honor.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Give us your truth and wisdom and teach us to follow Jesus. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): Stand fast in this moment of anticipation and know that even in this “dark winter” we have not been alone! Heaven’s armies are backing up the earth realm because of the rising swell of God’s people declaring that HE ALONE is God! The collective cry for justice, truth, and righteous rule reached heaven’s ears a long time ago and they have been drawing closer ever since. The false rulers of this age on their man-made thrones are about to be eradicated and replaced. This dark season is about to be a long-lost memory and but one page in the history books. SPRING is just around the corner and it is heaven’s TIME for NEW LIFE and NEW BEGINNINGS. The season is about to change!

Brat: “…and but one page in the history books” reminds me of the heavenly scroll.

Revelation 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 

Brent Kercheville: A scroll with writing on both sides pictures a complete message. The whole scroll has writing, even on both sides. Therefore, God’s complete message is ready to be revealed. The image of a scroll with writing on both sides is not unique to the scriptures.[9]

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Everything is going to be ok! Look how far you have come! Look how much weight that was slowing you down has been removed! Keep advancing forward because you are taking ground on your new territory! You’ve got this and God’s got you! 

Ezekiel 2:Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.

Brent Kercheville: Notice the scroll given to Ezekiel has the same characteristic of having writing on the front and back. Ezekiel also notices that the scroll is full of words of lamentation, mourning, and woe. I think we have an indication of the things we are going to read in the Revelation scroll when we are told that it has writing on both sides. It is a scroll of judgments and woes.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Recently, I heard the Lord speaking over many “I am re-commissioning you”. When the Lord spoke these words I knew that these ones had had an encounter with the Lord where He had commissioned them into their assignment for the season and what it looked like, and since that encounter where the commission was released, it seems like all hell broke loose against that commissioning word of the Lord over their lives.[10]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): What went wrong?

Rev. Phil Hooper (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Nostalgia will not save us. It will not save us in the church, it will not save us in this country; it will not save your life or mine. Try as we might (and God knows I often try) we cannot live on memories or longings for what used to be, for the ways things were, even the way things were a year ago. The pre-pandemic world is gone. The “before” time—the time when we did not know all that we know now—that time is gone. We have seen too much now. We can’t go home again.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “I am here in the heart of Israel with people who are partners in the vision, partners in nostalgia. These are our roots in our land. This is our land,” [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu said. Netanyahu described an understanding he developed after the 1967 war. “I realized that if we didn’t have the political power that comes from the US, they would always be able to push us out. We cannot protect all the parts of our land just through military victories. In the modern world, you can only protect through military victories if you also have victories through statesmanship. And you can only have this if you win over the public opinion.”[11]

Jeremiah 31:17 So there is hope for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
    “Your children will return to their own land.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): We must not run home like those who were afraid. Let us, like Gideon, embrace a smaller, but pure and chosen, army. Let’s not worry about preconceived ideas about ministry; let’s go with God, willing to fight with the weapons and strategies He gives us in this season.

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): At salvation, God gives us all of Himself but does not necessarily receive all of us! In our own repentance, we are then positioned to repent for the sins of the land, to remove the enemy’s platform and defenses. We can then attack with Holy Ghost bombs of the Word of God, specifically released by the Lord to hit the target, and possessing the power to destroy the strongholds. The enemy cannot attack where the Blood has removed their right to attack!

Nate Johnston: The war has been on the doors that you were meant to open, the paths you were meant to walk on, and the places you were called to occupy.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): In this tortured exercise in national-abasement, diversity and equity can be achieved only after a bloodbath of America’s moral failings. The intersectional mantra of inclusiveness specializes in excluding those who challenge the premises of an oppressor paradigm. Assigning blame is the first order of business in this new national ethic of purging without absolution. Unlike the 1950s, the catchphrase for this era is not “naming names” but deleting them.

Brat: I often felt “deleted”, stonewalled, and gaslighted.

Elijah List (12 Mar 21): Face it, you’re stuck.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): When we’re all about our wounds — without moments of sunshine, rest, relief, connection, hobbies — the world narrows. Everything is grief, brokenness, feeling outside of life. The rut drives us farther from life and our own hearts.

Nate Johnston: To keep you in dysfunction, in chaos, and a never-ending rollercoaster of drama that you can’t seem to leave.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I saw these ones had been through such intense battles over this “commissioning” that they have been left feeling stuck, hopeless, confused, and doubting the commissioning. I could hear the sound of many hearts crying out “Is the commission still the same for this season? Has the assignment changed, Lord?” It was a cry that came from the deep weariness of battle. The commission that they had received from the Lord were specific assignments and what the assignments would look like for the season.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): When G-d sees a physical human being, filled with struggle and anxiety, stretching out his hand to help a person in need or engaging in a mitzvah, G-d turns to the billions of angels filling the heavens, and says: “Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than that (11)[12]?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): But in those worlds, He cannot be at home. Because there is no place or heaven, or heaven beyond the heavens that can contain an infinite G‑d.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “As you know, we doubled the population in Gush Etzion during those difficult years,” Netanyahu said. “Because I knew how to stand like a fortified wall before these political pressures. This is due to the decades of experience I have with public opinion in the US. In a democracy, this public opinion is the deciding factor.”

Nate Johnston: Get ready to say goodbye to limits and ceilings, dead ends, being house-bound, broke down, and decommissioned.

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): When God called me, I said, “No.”  I didn’t want the job, thank You very much.  I knew what religious leaders did to prophets, and they did to Elijah what they wanted because they didn’t recognize him. (Mt 17:12) Even with the Anchoress part, I had to struggle to wrap my heart/mind around the idea that a church would want to wall me in and I’d have to depend on outsiders to support me.  (Ummm … Trust issues.)  I wasn’t too thrilled about that on top of prophetic abuse.  Plus, I hadn’t met anyone with a dual calling before, so it seemed terribly unfair that I should be yoked with two of them.  I confess that I perfected the Jonah Pout for a while.  So, that discernment process with God took extra time.  But I also needed large chunks of time to be with God “to sit before the immense mystery and presence of God and report back with honesty to the world.” (Love that!)

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Those who oppose allowing Jews to build communities in the Biblical heartland claim that it will create friction with the newly installed Biden administration which is pushing to create an unprecedented “Palestinian” entity inside Israel ethnically cleansed of Jews with its capital in Jerusalem. 

Acts 4:11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): And in the excruciating paradox of that battle, of those earthy hands molding a divine life, there is a home for G‑d. Beyond infinity.

Jeremiah 31:31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Netanyahu’s assessment was accurate. After forming a unity government with his opponent based on rotating the PM position with his political rival, Netanyahu supported an initiative for government ministers to issue a declaration of intent to legalize Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. This initiative was continuously blocked by Gantz.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): Remember that God can see everything you cannot. He has also heard conversations about you behind your back that you do not know about. God can see all intentions and motives of people that we didn’t catch on our radar. Thank Him for saving you from hinderances that could have been a danger to where you are called to. 

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): God has a very different view of you than you have of yourself. He sees you in a way that no one else can see you. He sees you for who you are, unhidden, transparent, and with all the personality, gifts, and talents that he placed in you from birth. Many times the weight of the world puts layers on our soul. It takes awhile to peel back the layers of the onion, but when we finally do, we are able to see more of what God sees. When we see more of who we really are, we become freer in the realization that God is our source, and we can do anything with Him.

Pastor Julie Morris: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): Then we get out there in normal life and the simplest things can bring up the fight-flight-freeze-fawn response. Because our abuse was in relationship, these common everyday aspects of relationship feel like Mt. Everest.

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): Lord, when the option to flee is not feasible and the option to fight is not viable, thank you for still being the Strength of my life. Amen.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Restore the joy of all who need to know your presence: those who are lonely or feel unforgivable, those who need healing of mind, body, or spirit, those who are dying, and all who grieve. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): Many of us have had painful experiences of what we thought was “love” in various types of relationships. Superficial affection, self-interest, and even abuse can masquerade as love and make us doubt if such a thing even exists.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): Domestic abuse is very similar in its effects to that of being a prisoner of war. It is damaging, dehumanizing, demoralizing, disorienting. It’s not normal life, and it even can erase our memories of normal.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): For some of you, God either has or will be cutting off toxic relationships in your life. Trust God because the people He exposes to you and/or removes from your life has absolutely no permission to move forward with you in the next part of your journey. It can be painful for you when God exposes this. Though, God has better relationships, friendships, and Heavenly connections that will walk alongside of you on your journey to help you along. For those of you that have already had this exposure or are about to, I pray that God gives you His strength to bear and overcome what He shows you.

Brat: I pray healthy relationships for Israel, too!  I have seen some breakthrough for them lately.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Many churches have lost “soldiers” in ministry in one way or another, and while they may have been talented, good people, maybe God knew they weren’t who we needed in that season. How we do ministry will look different, and we must embrace the changes God asks us to make. His character never changes, but His methods continually do.[13]

Community of Divine Love: Alongsiders are individuals who live in residence with the community in an intentional way as they discern where God may be leading them. They join us in our life of prayer, work, and study in the monastery. Some may join us in ministry outside the monastery in the jails, but it is not a requirement. Our goal is to allow individuals plenty of room in the sacred space of the monastery while giving them a real taste of life in our community.

John 12:27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.

Brat (20 Mar 21): I think I would like to join monastery life VERY, VERY much!  God, if this is also what You want, open the doors!!  I want Your perfect will for my life.  Forgive my lack of confidence in this moment.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in an electronic jail.  I’m afraid I want the monastery too much.  Just because my heart aches with longing for this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily perfect for me.  But the monastery fits the image that came with the beginning of my calling! 

What if this is just more drama and cosmic teasing? 

Is this a sweet nothing You are whispering in my ear?  You will often arrange for someone’s provisional will because of their passion, but that may not be Your perfect will.  How many marriages have You allowed because of a couple’s passion and insistence, but You knew a better way, but they wouldn’t listen?  What if I’m too close to really hear You?  Dad can’t hear me either, and besides, he’s part of my current assignment, so I couldn’t leave him.  We’re supposed to honor our parents!  God, what do You want from me? 

Plus, I have been so hurt by the Church in the past!  But I still love them!  Is this more Stockholm Syndrome again? 

Golly, my emotions are all over the map!  It feels like Fate took a shotgun to my faith!  I need Your help to anchor!  Anchor the Anchoress!!  I’d prayed for a clean heart, which I have now, but a clear conscience doesn’t heal old wounds.  It’s the soul wounds that take longer to heal, and it will take a community to heal them.  So, I just prayed myself in a circle.  God, help!!

Nate Johnston: Prophetic Word: I Heard The Lord Say “The Catch 22 Over You Is Breaking!”

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): As we journey toward the cross, we are called to surrender false notions of love and our very selves to the One who is true love.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): God removed the fearful soldiers from Gideon’s group, but He also removed the ones who drank conventionally (vv. 5-7). He knew Gideon needed those who would be open to new ideas and strategies. God could choose better men than Gideon would have.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): Loving God, forgive us for the ways we have hurt or failed to love others. Pour your love into our lives to heal our wounds and free us to truly love you, ourselves, and the world for which you died. Amen.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): It feels simpler to be focused on the wounds — they are what our life was, once. It feels simpler to follow distractions, they numb the wounds. But healthy, real life is the wide path of discovery between extremes.

Elijah List (16 Mar 21): My head is spinning

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Does your purpose seem blurred?

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): No, it’s not just you. We all feel like we fell off the normal cart.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I began to see these ones that have been in the thick of the battle over this ‘commissioning’ going into incredibly deep encounters with Jesus. I saw Jesus standing before them and again He was revealing the blueprint strategy. He was again revealing and sharing heaven’s assignment for their lives. As the Lord spoke the haze cleared. As the Lord spoke I heard the sound of an attack against the commissioning, breaking. I knew immediately that the attack that was breaking was the spirit of witchcraft that had come to ‘twist’, ‘manipulate’, and cause a ‘haze and a fog’ over the vision that came in the commission. The Lord was bringing such deep clarity to the commission and the vision that these sons and daughters of God began to stand up straight with a strong countenance of conviction of what the Lord has spoken. The atmosphere then began to surround me with the Lord’s love at such a deep level. I began to feel the atmosphere so thick with His love and the sense of “increase” and “repayment” surrounded me strongly. Jesus smiled and looked at these ones and He spoke “Not only am I commissioning you afresh into the assignment I gave you for this hour, but I am now taking you into greater increase. I am now bringing you into a deeper understanding, a greater expansion and increase of the vision. I am not only confirming the vision again, I am unveiling deeper revelation of the assignment and new areas of increase within the assignment. I am breaking the heavy yoke of the enemy and his assignment over you this day and I am bringing you into the deepest rest in Me that you have known in this assignment that I have commissioned you into in this season. I am bringing forth greater breakthrough, empowerment, and provision within the assignment. You are going to see in so many different ways why the enemy has chased after you regarding this vision.”

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your revelation, your relationship with God, and the secret place where blueprints for break-through are forged.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): We were grabbed and lifted out of there. Which means we really never left.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (14 Mar 21): Mighty God, reveal to us anything seeking to take your rightful place in our lives, and give us the strength and courage to depend on you. Amen.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Ask God to open your heart to new ideas in ministry, and to make His desires for you clear.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Let’s set up a time to talk! We will schedule a personal 1-on-1 with you to discover how specifically we can assist, train and equip you.

Pastor Julie Morris (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Hi Kathryn – How about meeting next Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 in the Mount Cross prayer garden?

Brat (09 Mar 21): sounds great!  Thanks!

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): In a vision, I saw that these women knew how to cut to the chase; I saw them running to specific places around them and UNHOOKING barricades or roadblocks which seemed to have no connection to freedom. Yet what they loosed broke open the way for those coming behind them! 

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Is Belief in the Exodus Story Irrational?

Wanda Alger (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): He is preparing us for GOOD WORKS ahead! I pray we can remove these roadblocks so that, together, we can see clearly the path before us and prepare a highway for our God.

Nate Johnston: The legal roadblocks that have been set against you are being torn up and God is opening the way forward.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: Our creature comforts have often become roadblocks on the path to Jesus. We rely on bars and restaurants; movies and sporting events; in person worship followed by coffee hour; dates with partners, moments with family…the list goes on and on. With all of these moments simultaneously stripped away, our lives have become seemingly less, somehow—at least on the surface. Loneliness and separation have cost people loss of life in multiple ways, so how can we continue to lose what we don’t have?

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: This process you have been in has been preparing you for the new wineskin. The old wine has run out so stop trying to use it. If you keep trying to use the old wine in the new land, it is not going to work. It’s time for the new wine to flow through you. It’s new. It is nothing that you have been use to in the past. Do not be afraid to taste the new Heavenly wine. Be open minded with God and obey what you are hearing.

Matt Laney (11 Mar 21): Keep watch for that person this Sunday and next Sunday and the one after that—yes, even online. You have a role to play in revealing the presence of God. You can assure someone that love is not lost.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: God sacrificed God’s entire human life to save it. Let’s remind people of that.

Pastor Julie Morris: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Nothing of the old has permission to go with you into this next part of your life. This includes the way you have been thinking as well as the way you have been doing things. Ask God what you are suppose to lay down in this season right now. There will be a great exchange when you lay things down. The reason why you have to lay things down from one season to the next is because it makes room for what is coming. So, make room for all the things that God wants to release to you and fill you with. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): “In your earthly hands molding life in this world, there dwells God.”

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): “For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it, for how should My name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “They will be signs and wonders of a new generation of believers and warriors who fight on their knees and WIN because of their prolific FAITH in Me and their willingness to do things My way. These are warriors who have been “seasoned” in kitchens, not boot camps. They’ve been trained in the ways of the heart, and their passionate cries to Me have not gone unnoticed. 

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): The fiery darts of the enemy tried to kill the vision, but now in deep encounters with Jesus, you will be recommissioned afresh and move forward carrying HIS FIRE. Stay close to Jesus, stay close to His chest with your ear upon His heart to listen to what is on His heart and walk in His way, for you are about to host a mighty move of God in this assignment that has caused the enemy to tremble. Mighty, victorious one, arise and go forth, commissioned afresh into these new assignments again.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): “And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around.” -2 Kings 6:17

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Thank the Lord for His vision, that He sees exactly what is needed and provides the right people and resources for each unique season in ministry.

Brat: It was Pastor Julie Morris who recommended to me the Episcopal monastic ‘Community of Divine Love’.

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): We like to think conversion comes quickly, that transformation is a smooth process, that new life happens like magic, with a burst of Spirit power. This is, after all, how it works in the movies: In one scene our heroine is a wealthy socialite; in the next she’s given all she has to the poor.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Poverty remains. Evil thrives. We are all still slaves.

Matthew 5:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Friend, if that’s you today, I want to encourage you, the Lord showed me that the enemy is TERRIFIED of you walking in this assignment. He is TERRIFIED of you walking out this commissioning in your life and he has come to weary you, intimidate you and discourage you, but take heart. The Lord has seen the battle, He has seen the level of warfare you have endured, He has seen the tears that you have cried and the level of weariness within your heart, and I hear the Lord saying “Get ready, a FRESH ENCOUNTER is upon you where I am RE-COMMISSIONING YOU AFRESH”

John 12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need. You wash us through and through and remember our sin no more. Make your church a community of forgiveness throughout the world. Give your people courage to forgive; through them, show the world new possibilities. Bless ministries of repentance and reconciliation, and strengthen our commitment and work to be an anti-racist congregation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): True discernment is summarized by the Interpreter: “Look, do not just see. Listen, and…” “do not just hear,” Christian chimed in. He understood the lesson! 

John 12:33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: How To Fill Your Voids

Brat: I feel like my life experience is a lot like what the Jews have experienced.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Pray that you would have the courage of Gideon and his men, who trusted God enough to go out against a huge army with unconventional weapons and strategies (Judg. 7:16-20).

Pastor Julie Morris: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): Not So Fast

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Trust God and keep advancing forward in the way that God wants. His ways are higher and His thoughts are higher than yours. I pray that you have God’s eyes to see that He is answering your prayers. It is being done in a way you never thought of. Let Him have His way.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): Create in us clean hearts, O God. Give us grace to confess our sins to you and to one another, so that we may again rejoice in your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the People: Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): Such a prayer is countercultural in today’s world. We rarely hear a public figure confess sin and ask for forgiveness. Instead, non-apologies go something like this: “Mistakes were made.” “I should have known better.” As if sin is simply a temporary lapse in judgment, a quirk to be passed over quickly.

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “These women’s skills are needed now on battlefields around the world because traditional warfare – warfare as you’ve known it – is about to end. These creative dreamers are also creative defenders of truth and righteousness, love and hope. They will not stand for the enemy’s ploys because the motivations of their hearts are far greater: they march to the sound of love, not vengeance; reconciliation, not retaliation.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: This is where the rubber meets the road, at least for me.

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): All of a sudden lights emerged; tiny twinkling fireflies popped up, surrounded Christian, and showed him the way to the House of the Interpreter. He had been walking in deep darkness, and the light provided by the King gave him guidance and direction to find his destination. The Interpreter greeted him at the door: “I’ve been expecting you.”

Psalm 23:  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): NO ONE has fully understood what God has planned for us. None of us can fathom the depth of His thoughts as He has been writing this story from the beginning of time in anticipation of this moment. This has nothing to do with vindicating man or proving a point. It has everything to do with God vindicating His own name and claiming His rightful place.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I then began to feel the atmosphere get even thicker, and I heard the voice of the Lord and it thundered in the spirit and He said “YOU ARE ABOUT TO HOST A MOVE. YOU ARE ABOUT TO HOST A MOVE”

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): With some maturity, now I can say in truth that having the two vocations side-by-side [Anchoress + Prophet] do complement each other within my soul.  The challenge has been surviving the outside looking in, because no one wants their status quo disrupted when they see no value in it.  The irony is that the outside goes through the same process as the anchoress, even if they don’t recognize it.  Then the prophet puts words to the process.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): In the cross of Christ, your name is glorified. We praise you for those who have given us words to worship you. With all those who have died in Christ, bring us into life everlasting. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): We Christians believe that this new covenant—the new relationship established by God with all of humanity—is sealed at a Passover supper we will remember and celebrate in a few short weeks: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): That’s why we come to the Seder. To finish off where the Exodus left off. To participate in our own liberation.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: In these days, [when the Temple is destroyed, and] we can’t bring sacrifices, one who has sinned and wishes to return to his Master, certainly should have a bitter soul, and be full of remorse and weeping and have a broken spirit. But if this is so – how can he fulfill the requirement to serve G‑d with joy and with song, especially since he doesn’t feel it?

Rick Joyner (16 Mar 21): When I got Covid-19 I resolved to be thankful for the trial. The worse I felt, the more I thanked Him. I did go through three days when I felt worse than I ever had from any flu or sickness, but at the same time those were days filled with such joy because of the presence of The Lord I felt. I truly thought the whole experience was worth it many times over.[14] 

Pastor Julie Morris: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. You call your people to cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the paschal feast, that, renewed in the gift of baptism, we may come to the fullness of your grace. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): No one can predict how it will unfold. We only know it will. God has been preparing us all along for this epic demarcation in history. Where the enemy is hoping we come to a disastrous BREAKDOWN, the Lord of Hosts is preparing us for a global BREAKTHROUGH. Remain fixed in this hope that redemption draws near and the world as we know it will never be the same. The finale is quickly approaching and the Master of Ceremonies will reveal all.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Seeing What Others Can’t See

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): It does get better, with time and healing. On the days when that reassurance feels like bullshit, we’ll be here, thinking the same awkward things. We’ll be here for each other.

Journal (15 Mar 21): Night before last I laid my head down on my pillow and immediately I felt a holy warmth in my solar plexus.  God was saying, “Hello!” The warmth spread within my torso area and my mouth tasted like warm milk with honey in it.  It felt so loving and nurturing.  I felt safe and cared for.  I felt my muscles relax into God’s embrace. Then I heard God say, “Milk and honey.”  I have never understood the phrase “The Land of Milk and Honey” until that divine encounter.  It was a foretaste of what’s to come.  I cannot imagine it, but now I’ve had an experience of what it could be like from my guts and not my head.  In my natural world, I am lactose intolerant, so my natural instinct would never be to drink milk with honey in it.  I would double over in terrible pain.  This encounter was totally a God thing.  What I appreciated, too, was that there was no tinge of HOPE attached to it, so there can be no disappointment.  There was no “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Jeremiah 31:34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): Gracious God, the new covenant in Jesus’ blood frees us from bondage to sin and death. Write your name on our hearts, so that we may know you and love you more and more as we walk in the way of the cross. Amen.

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[1] Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Seeing What Others Can’t See (prismministries.org)

[2] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Incomplete Exodus – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[3] Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): EVERYONE WILL BE SHOCKED BY THE SURPRISE ENDING – wandaalger.me

[4] Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: 5th Sunday in Lent(B): Sacrifice & Loss – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[5] Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): WATCH FOR GOD’S MILITANT WOMEN! (hisinscriptions.com)

[6] Br. Dennis Gibbs, CDL (21 Feb 2021): Community of Divine Love | Facebook

[7] Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): Countering Excuses (prismministries.org)

[8] Brother Dennis Gibbs (08 Feb 21): Reflections from a Monk’s Cell — Community of Divine Love (cdlmonks.org)

[9] Brent Kercheville: The Scroll (Revelation 5:1-6) – Revelation Made Clear (thebookofrevelationmadeclear.com)

[10] Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SPEAKING OVER MANY “I AM RE-COMMISSIONING YOU” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[11] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Netanyahu at Site of Messianic Prophecy:: With God’s help, we’ll Protect Israel Eternally (israel365news.com)

[12] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): 11) See Midrash Rabah on the verse Hayosheves Baganim (Song of Songs).

[13] Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Going with God | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[14] Rick Joyner (16 Mar 21): The Weapon of Joy | MorningStar Ministries

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