Benefit of the Doubt 06 Apr 21

13 Apr

Working Dates: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Tuesday, April 13, 2021

[33 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from John 20:19-31 for 2 Easter on 11 Apr 21]

Just Believe

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Pilgrim’s Chapter 10: Valley of Humiliation

Rev. Andrew Chappell: “Do you believe because you see me? Happy (blessed) are those who don’t see and yet believe” (John 20:29 CEB). These are Jesus’ words, and they round out a story that historically resulted in the term “doubting Thomas”—not to mention a lot of guilt for some growing up in hard-nosed Christian homes. [1]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Right now, I am bringing them out of exile. I am gathering them from all over the earth where they have been hidden and in waiting for a long season. They have wondered if I had abandoned them or if they would ever be used in the Kingdom because they were never fully accepted as a part of it, but right now they are emerging in the world’s greatest moment of pain and the Church’s hour of desperation.[2]

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): The Lord says that these Believers include even His “forgotten” people: the older generations, the unknowns, the “outsiders,” the seemingly invisible Believers who are often overlooked or dismissed or rejected or discredited. They will all ride together, the great and small who still call upon His name; all will be lifted by these waves to the high places on the earth and delivered to their new assignments.[3]

John 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: The story itself is covered in peace. Jesus appears on Easter evening to his disciples and speaks “peace” and “forgiveness.” Of course, Thomas isn’t there. The disciples tell Thomas upon his return that they have seen Jesus. But unless he sees the wounds of Jesus, he will not believe them. Eight days pass and the disciples are in the same spot. Jesus appears and utters “peace” and then looks at Thomas. Jesus shows Thomas the wounds and says, “Believe!” And Thomas believes.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): “A thief also believes.  You have to have trust.”[4]

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. —Ephesians 6:13-17 [ESV]

Wishful

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Jesus became the scapegoat to reveal the universal lie of scapegoating. He became the sinned-against one to reveal the hidden nature of scapegoatingso that we would see how wrong even educated and well-meaning people can be. This is perfectly represented by Pilate and Caiaphas (state and religion), who both find their artificial reasons to condemn him (see John 16:8–11 and Romans 8:3).

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): But as soon as a legislative hearing is over or a march has disbanded, I take off the collar. I don’t ride the bus wearing it. I don’t go to lunch wearing it. I take it off.

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Then no one can ever reach them?”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Statements of wish are important in leadership, in parenting, in mentoring, in counseling. They help us to lead from a place of hope and care. What statements of wish have you spoken over someone lately?[5]

Osama Abdallah: The Bible agrees with Islam that Jesus was never crucified.

Brat: I know Jesus as my Husband through mystical marriage and He showed me His wounds.  May Jesus introduce Himself to you and the Holy Spirit show you what He suffered on your behalf.

Osama Abdallah: In the old Aramaic and Hebrew, GOD Almighty was called what-is-equivalent-to-Islam our Rab and Wali.  But that doesn’t make GOD Almighty our actual Father.  This is exactly as Judaism metaphors such as idolatry is equivalent to spiritual adultery.  No Jew is actually married to GOD Almighty to actually commit a personal marriage-adultery against GOD Almighty! 

Brat: Jesus Himself asked me to marry Him.  It was by His invitation.  And God the Father gave His blessing!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I am not shutting down church as we have known it, but at the same time, the Church will never be the same way it was ever again. What had to be shaken was shaken. What had to fall and die fell and died, and what hasn’t had My Spirit upon it is right now breathing its last. For I am jealous for My Bride to be the PURE Bride!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): A Torah scroll is the nearest thing Judaism has to a holy object. Still written today as it was thousands of years ago — on parchment, using a quill, by a master-scribe — it is our most cherished possession. We stand in its presence as if it were a king. We dance with it as if it were a bride. We kiss it as if it were a friend. If God forbid, one is damaged beyond repair, we mourn it as if it were a member of the family. [6]

Aelred of Rievaulx: Indeed such great honor, remembrance, praise, and wishes are attached to friends that their lives are considered worthy of praise and their deaths precious. One truth surpasses all these: close to perfection is that level of friendship that consists in the love and knowledge of God, when one who is the friend of another becomes the friend of God, according to the verse of our Savior in the Gospel: “I shall no longer call you servants but friends” [John 15:15]. [7]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): They Aren’t Rebels – They Are the Rescue Team!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): The Talmud says that before a robber breaks in, he prays that G‑d should help him.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will be the brokers of Heaven’s storehouse for this hour. They will be the ones who lead the Church back into My domain and open up the forgotten storehouses of access and authority which they have forgotten existed. They will take the empty-handed and hopeless into My house and put back hammers in the hands of reformers who had theirs stolen, songs back into the mouths of worshipers who were shut down, books and pens into the hands of the scribes, and restore the voice of the Church where she has been silenced and voiceless.

Just You Wait

Revelation 13:The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): There is also a biblical principle that what we receive too easily or too fast is usually insignificant. The great messengers of God in Scripture and history were many years and even many decades in the making. The great promises of God likewise require great preparation. [8]

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Perhaps the reason Thomas demanded proof before he would believe is because he no longer trusted his ability to believe. He’d been so sure that he could stand by Jesus all the way to the cross, that he could lay down his own life alongside his teacher. His belief in himself had been crushed by grim reality. How could he believe that Jesus had risen from the dead when he’d been so desperately wrong to believe in his own perseverance?[9]

David Brenner: Friendship is one of God’s special gifts to humans. Remarkably, friendship is one of the terms God uses to describe the relationship [God] desires with us. Friendship is therefore no ordinary relationship. [10]

Deborah Perkins (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): In weaker moments, I secretly wished that I had a dedicated prayer room, an office, or a truly quiet place with a closed door; a “sanctuary” reserved for times of prayer and prophetic counsel. I blissfully remembered beautiful prayer rooms I visited at conferences and in churches around the world. There was simply no space in our current home to do so! [11]

Brat: My prayer all along for the last thirteen years has been for a closet or hermitage or “sanctuary” where I could pray and anchor.  On some level, are we not all slaves in the quest for sanctuary?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Really? We are slaves? We are not in Israel?

Osama Abdallah: Jesus said Prophets are Servants, Jesus is the Son.  But the Old Testament thoroughly calls Jesus the slave of GOD and who also fears GOD.  Yes indeed, the Islamic Isa (eesa) is the Messiah.  This is his special sonship.  He is also the Lord of his Mansion, which has twelve thrones or fruits. 

Isaiah 50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): The Koran calls Jews a “people of the book”, but this is an understatement. We are a people only because of the book. It is our constitution as a holy nation under the sovereignty of God. It is God’s love letter to the children of Israel. We study it incessantly. We read it in the synagogue each week, completing it in a year. During the long centuries of Jewish exile, it was our ancestors’ memory of the past and hope for the future. It was, said the German poet Heinrich Heine, the “portable homeland” of the Jew.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Faith is something you may or may not have. But trust is something you do. Hard. [12]

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): These people are confusing trust with faith.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): Impatience is counter to faith in God and leads us astray from His will. This is why to grow in our faith we must also grow in patience. Both faith and patience are required to receive the promises. In Hebrews chapters 3 and 4, rest is equated with the Promised Land. The one thing that Scripture tells us to strive to do is to enter His rest. This doesn’t mean that we just sleep and lay around all the time, but in fact it is a rest that we experience when doing His work. That’s why Jesus promised that if we would take His yoke we would find rest for our souls. You don’t take on a yoke to go to bed, but to do work. 

Brat: And where do I do that?

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): “My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside [to the seductive places of idolatry] on the mountains. They have gone along [from one sin to another] from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their [own] resting place.

Julian of Norwich: But we cultivate our intention and wait for God. We have faith in his mercy and grace, and trust that he is working within us. In his goodness, he opens the eyes of our understanding and gives us insight. Sometimes we glimpse more, sometimes we see less, depending on what God gives us the ability to receive. Now he elevates us; now he allows us to come tumbling down.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): Patience is required to stay in the timing of the Lord. Moving in God’s timing is vital for His work. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and is required to be led by the Spirit. Impatience is the fruit of our fallen human nature and will lead us astray. What impatience compels us to do will not be a work of the Spirit. Impatience will lead us away from His will, and often seeks to counter His will. It takes the peace of God and faith in Him to wait for Him. 

Happy

Rev. Andrew Chappell: I think there’s more to this story than just a simple narrative with a moral. In order to better understand, we need to look at the language. The word used for “happy” or “blessed” is from the Greek word makarios, which is also the word used in the beatitudes. Indeed, this word means “happy, blessed, to be envied,” but a more extensive meaning can be shown as the following: describing someone in a position to be envied.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): Don’t Celebrate Ignorance

Israel365 (09 Apr 21): At The Tent Of Meeting

MorningStar Ministries (09 Apr 21): Inner Court | Spontaneous Worship Moment

Charisma (09 Apr 21): Writing the Word in Your Heart

Steve Shultz (10 Apr 21): I love it when authors write prophetic and teaching messages…that you really need to dig into.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (09 Apr 21): This Weekend: God’s Elevation for Your Life

Aelred of Rievaulx: How happy, how carefree, how joyful you are if you have a friend with whom you may talk as freely as with yourself, to whom you neither fear to confess any fault nor blush at revealing any spiritual progress, to whom you may entrust all the secrets of your heart and confide all your plans. And what is more delightful than so to unite spirit to spirit and so to make one out of two that there is neither fear of boasting nor dread of suspicion? A friend’s correction does not cause pain, and a friend’s praise is not considered flattery.

Whazzup?

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): For all their raving, dancing, and prophesying, Jezebel’s followers cannot initiate a move of God! In a dramatic and even unified effort which includes 12 hours straight of prayer and worship, these self-appointed prophets cannot create fire; “…there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.” (1 Kings 18:26) [13]

Brat to Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (05 Apr 21): Hello Dr. Robin,

I got a phone message from Pastor Jessica asking me to call her back.  It is now after hours.  In her message she said that you and Dr Christian Harfouche had asked her to call me.  I don’t know in regards to what.  Maybe you could pass along my email to her and we could correspond?

Thank you.

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): When safe people make mistakes, they make repairs. Apologies without action are an insidious form of gaslighting: it’s not about what happened, it’s about them feeling bad.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): When the word of the Lord comes to you with instructions like those that came to Jeremiah, pray for understanding. As Jeremiah sought God and had dialogue with Him concerning the act of obedience that he had undertaken, the Lord spoke to him and gave him insight into the dynamics of the situation, including the reasons why Jerusalem had found herself besieged by the Babylonians and on the brink of ruin. It is clear from what he heard that the people of Jerusalem had taken God’s goodness, mercy and grace for granted and had become insensitive to Him and to the requirements of a godly life. [14]

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (08 Apr 21): I am reaching out on behalf of Apostles Harfouche to see if you have any prayer requests you would like for us to agree with you on. 

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): I am touched that you asked for prayer requests.  To respond to that, I first offer this context as a cradle for understanding:

I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through our collective voice.  Basically, I track the Arc Speak.

‘Arc Speak’ is a political tool used by those in power (from family members to salesmen to Pharisees to governments) to address issues without having to touch the individuals affected by those issues.

Laurie Ditto (2019): The Hell Conspiracy[15]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): Witchcraft is, of course, prohibited by Biblical mandate.

Revelation 13:It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): The Arc Speak of readers speaking over our heads into the collective conversation continues, and has continued for thirteen years.  It is perpetuated by the religious leaders.  Only honesty can break this curse.  The Truth will set us free.  And only a loving tribe would provide protection from this gaslighting abuse.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): In ourselves we have nothing to offer Him but He has made a way for us to see the truth and put things right. When God gave Jeremiah understanding, it came with a promise of restoration. I believe the Lord is doing such a work of restoration with His people today. Recognize where you have been bound, and let the truth set you free and into the liberty that He’s promised us. There are so many good reasons to be in His Word today and this is one of them. He is bringing you out and taking you through into the new season!

Gethsemane

John 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Stumbling forward and back, Christian tried to get used to the weight of his new armor. Watchful’s daughters had fitted Christian with a metal suit to prepare him for the next stage of his journey. With one wide step, Christian began tumbling down the hill, and heard the words of Watchful’s daughter echo after him: “It is difficult for anyone to go down to the Valley of Humiliation, and when they do, they must walk alone.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: “Do you believe because you see me? Blessed (and to be envied) are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): People ask, “How can I have confidence that everything will work out for the best? Perhaps I don’t deserve the best. Perhaps I’ve already messed up so bad, G‑d has given up on me.”

Brat to Jo (06 Apr 21): The gaslighting continues and I don’t know how to stop it.  I see it happening.  I watch it like a mutating cell in a petri dish.  But unlike a petri dish, I am not detached completely from it like a scientist.  To me, it’s personal and it hurts like hell.  I have no one to ride to the trough with.  …  And yet, we’re tethered at the heart.  I too, am so on the verge of disappearing that I’m not confident enough to ride outback alone.  Then again, Jesus never went into situations alone, or at least he tried.  Even in the Garden of Gethsemane he had his best friends with him and asked them to pray with him.

Luke 22:46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Brat: One of the effects that Sophia and I both experience from gaslighting is the onset of sudden and extreme fatigue and sleepiness.  We often have to call each other and pray for one another when these attacks happen.

Jonathan Bernis (10 Apr 21): “…democracy has exhausted itself.”

Brat (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): I pray for closure on the old wound.  There never was any closure or recompense, no belonging to a tribe, or sanctuary.  And in this pandemic culture, evidently even freedom of speech is relative.  However, Julian of Norwich knew something about how to navigate these kinds of troubled waters.  God raises up anchorites for such a time as this.

The Elijah List (05 Apr 21): “Where are your papers?”

Matthew Fox (2020): A time of crisis and chaos, the kind that a pandemic brings, is, among other things, a time to call on our ancestors for their deep wisdom. Not just knowledge but true wisdom is needed in a time of death and profound change, for at such times we are beckoned not simply to return to the immediate past, that which we remember fondly as “the normal,” but to reimagine a new future, a renewed humanity, a more just and therefore sustainable culture, and one even filled with joy.[16]

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): We who read these words are still living and can aim to embody this Easter message and mission: death need not have the final word! While we still have breath in our bodies, let’s strive to be living examples of “what God has done.”

Talitha Arnold (11 Apr 21): The new Christian community wasn’t focused on seeing the Risen Body, but on being the Risen Body, doing what he had done. They didn’t just proclaim God’s resurrection power. They became that power by offering new life to others.

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): You give a piece of yourself to the other.

You see a piece of yourself in the other (usually unconsciously).

This allows the other to do the same in return.

You do not need or demand anything back from them,

Because you know that you are both participating

In a single, Bigger Gazing and Loving—

One that fully satisfies and creates an immense Inner Aliveness.

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): As we have gathered as communities of faith, we continue to be touched by the Holy Spirit in new and different ways. What must it have been like for the early church to navigate a new way of being together and to share peace with one another as individuals as well as a community?

Talitha Arnold (11 Apr 21): Our world needs that resurrection power now more than ever. It also needs the church—my church, your church, all churches—to be an Easter people by giving of ourselves and our possessions. The first Christians knew they were living into God’s new life when no one was in need. That was their plumbline for being the Risen Body of the Risen Christ.

John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Censored

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): Honestly I take it as an honor at this point lol I guess my Facebook memories are worth censoring![17]

Fr. Richard Rohr (05 Apr 21): My friend Matthew Fox published a book during the COVID-19 pandemic about Julian of Norwich. I love Julian’s teachings because she focuses on God’s infinite love, goodness, and mercy. Even during the Black Death (bubonic plague) in which perhaps a third [!] of the world’s population died, even during her own near-death experience when she received visions of Jesus’ brutal crucifixion, Julian trusts that “all will be well.”

Brat: Revelation 8 has already been fulfilled.  Notice all of the “Third’s” [!]: I counted thirteen of them in that chapter (not including the third angel).  Since Revelation 8 was fulfilled in Julian of Norwich’s day and again in our day, then why are we revisiting this now?

Facebook Note: We limit how often you can post, comment, or do other things in a given amount of…

Sophia: What I was trying to share…

[Facebook came and blocked the message on top of what Sophia posted… “You Can’t Share Right Now. To prevent any misuse, we limit how often you can do certain things on Facebook.  It looks like you hit one of our limits.”[18]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): I wait in between posts and each day they allow me to post less than the day before.

Chris Yoon: Watch “I’m getting censored and banned but God says STAND FIRM” on YouTube [https://youtu.be/bARkUDnNvHQ]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): My question is why would they censor posts like this:

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – Who is forever praised. Amen.”

Revelation 13:People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): A mirror is simple. It has no shape or image of its own. If it did, it would not be able to reflect the image of other things.[19]

Deuteronomy 18:20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

Me to Sophia Valentina Buller (09 Apr 21): …censoring our speech to these points is maddening!  Lord Jesus, break the muzzling mechanism!  You ARE the WORD and we stand with You!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust is when, in times of trouble, you cleave so unshakably to the heavens, you pull them down to earth.

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): They gave me my facebook memories tab on Facebook. I shared this post someone else shared last year and yet I can’t share it again. I also can’t share anything else again today.

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): I have been struck the past few weeks by what the Lord has been showing me about the level of attack that many have been under. I saw this attack that was coming against many was coming almost in a ‘circular’ motion. It was coming from many directions and surrounding them in what seemed like every front. It was leaving these ones feeling confined, pressured and suffocated. It was a level of heaviness that they had not experienced before. As I was watching this take place I then heard the Lord say “I am breaking the clutter”. [20]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Simplicity is what makes a mirror a mirror.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): My part in this is to bring you into an atmosphere of a Holy Spirit encounter and then feed you through the Word of God and through the presence of the Almighty Holy Spirit everything that you have need of.

Rev. James Liggett: But there is good news here as well—Good News for Thomas, for the disciples, and so for us, the Church. For Christ is risen, and he comes to us. Risen, he comes to the Church—even when the Church continues to huddle in fear behind locked d­oors.[21]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): I wonder…is Facebook afraid of people having religious beliefs!?!? We don’t live in Communist China or North Korea…

The Elijah List (09 Apr 21): I bet you’re SICK of being banned

Sophia Valentina Buller (12 Apr 21): Fb Censoring Again… I didn’t share anything today[22]

Rev. James Liggett: Virtually everyone “out there” is like Thomas. Virtually every­one “out there” – and that includes our children and grandchildren – depends upon people who already believe to point them toward faith. Virtually everyone “out there” – and that includes our children and grandchildren – depends upon us.

John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Deborah Johnson (08 Apr 21): Peace be with you. Jesus said it to his gathered disciples—and to us—three times. The Holy Spirit came upon them and comes upon us. God’s promises have been fulfilled. The Messiah has come! Jesus is the light of the world and that light cannot be overcome.

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): If I’m getting censored it means that Jesus must be Shining Bright Through me so thank You Jesus keep SHINING BRIGHT 

Nations

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus. We take our text today from Jeremiah 32.

In this chapter we find the prophet Jeremiah imprisoned by Zedekiah, king of Judah, for speaking the word of the Lord to him concerning the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and the impending captivity of the Israelites. At this point in time, the Babylonians have closed in on the city of Jerusalem and in a short while will take control of it and burn it down.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): WITCHES IN JERUSALEM[23]

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): He stood up, disoriented. Christian had just been encouraged by Watchful and his family that, as a son of the King, he would never walk alone. And yet, Christian found himself clad in heavy armor in a dark valley with no one else in sight.

Fr. Richard Rohr (12 Apr 21): Depth psychologist and author David Benner has been a great source of wisdom and kindness for me over the years. He highlights how modern forms of friendship rarely become the life-giving relationships that our souls desire

Laurie Ditto (2019): The five pains of hell: water, bone marrow, breath, agreement, and the garment.

Nahum 3:all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,
    alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
    and peoples by her witchcraft.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): If the dead works of religion, compromise, and control are more appealing, then I believe we will miss the pure revival fires of the Lord, who still desires to be Head of His church. The overcomers who hold fast to Jesus in these end times comprise a remnant-Bride who will ultimately receive authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:18-29.)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): Let no one be found among you who consigns his son or daughter to the fire, or who is an augur, a soothsayer, a diviner, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, or one who consults ghosts or familiar spirits, or one who inquires of the dead. For anyone who does such things is abhorrent to Hashem, and it is because of these abhorrent things that Hashem your God is dispossessing them before you. ~Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Innocent blood has been shed for far too long in the nations, and there has been but a few that have stood to face true evil and given their lives to see it overturned. But My wild ones will not be those who back down – no, they will be like Esther who chose to give her life to see every injustice overturned.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): In discerning the word of the Lord to us today, it is important for us to pay attention to the timings of these events. At the time when Jeremiah received the word of the Lord, he was imprisoned and under the guard of a compromised leader that had allowed the nation to be breached. The land was about to be seized and destroyed by the violent Babylonians, and yet it was at this very time that Jeremiah was instructed to buy a piece of land.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): “Do you know why American money is so successful?  Because it says, “In God We Trust.”” ~the Rebbe

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance. — Saul Bellow

David Brenner: But this still falls short of the ideals of friendship. The coin of friendship has been continuously devalued by being applied to these lesser forms of relationship. Relationships between acquaintances or associates involve little of the intimacy, trust, commitment and loyalty of real friendships. Friendships may grow out of these more casual relationships but are not the same. Unfortunately, true friendships are also much more rare.

Jonathan Bernis (07 Apr 21): To the Jew first and also to the Nations

Deuteronomy 18:14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 

Sorcery = a type of magic in which spiritsespecially evil ones, are used to make things happen

Divination = the skill or act of saying or discovering what will happen in the future

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): God [is] unveiling great wickedness, including leaders in many areas of influence.

Jennifer LeClaire (08 Apr 21): The Plumb Line: Prophecy: A Season When Kings Go to War

Brat: Just last week I upgraded my Internet router to make it more secure.  If this Arc Speak war is not being done by electronic surveillance, then it must be sorcery.  I didn’t want to believe it from fellow believers, but I can no longer give wolves the benefit of the doubt.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): We have to do the work. So do they. They are responsible for their healing. They are responsible for their words, actions, choices.

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): And I saw that the assignments were primarily the same for all of these saints of whom the Lord has said, “Trustworthy.” They are to declare the Kingdom of God in everything they do and say, and make the glory of the Lord known in these places of power.

Donné Clement Petruska (12 Apr 21): This will feed your soul today, this will prepare you and equip you and guide you. 

Revelation 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): “In other words, in ancient times there was evidently a link between sexual immorality and witchcraft, two ‘qualities’ or ‘professions’ which were possibly on the fringes of society, but which men needed,” Prof. Bar Ilan wrote. 

Me to Pastor Jessica Owens (09 Apr 21): I would love to work full-time in my anchoress ministry, but until my work is acknowledged, my efforts remain as if they were dormant or hidden and then gaslit for the next wolf to exploit. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (11 Apr 21): Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): God’s challenge to the New Testament Church is the same. Revival tarries when, like the church in Thyatira, the Bride of Christ tolerates Jezebel: compromising herself with sin and yielding her flesh to moves of religious spirits instead of the movements of the Spirit of God. Throughout the Bible, the message is the same: it’s Jesus plus nothing!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I have given them an anointing that will be like a clear clarion call to the Bride, calling her back to first love, and it will clear the air from all noise pollution and the chasing of vain desires, and bring the hearts of My people back to Me again. Above all, My wild ones will offend the Church out of her idolatry of her own brands and reputation and cause her heart to return to Me. My wild ones will usher in a move of repentance that will cause those who have veered off course to correct their path, the lukewarm to run to Me, and those who have been chasing buildings and empires will forfeit them like crowns at My feet. They live for one thing and this is to point and lead people to Me…to reveal Me in the earth.

David Brenner: The ancients viewed friendship as the crown of life, the fulfillment of all that is most distinctively human. Moderns all too often assess its value primarily in terms of its usefulness for achieving material ends (friends as business contacts) or minimizing boredom and loneliness (friends as people to kill time with). . . .

Steve Shultz: Friends of the Elijah List, this IS the day and the hour that God is beginning to really perform this word. Make sure you get “in” on this promise through devotion to Christ and seeking first HIS KINGDOM. Right now, if you willfully put GOD FIRST, “ALL THESE THINGS” will be added unto you!

House of Destiny (12 Apr 21): Kim Clement Prophetic Teaching! Dispossess Your Enemies In Order To Possess Your Territory

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Apollyon then rose from the ground and revealed his true form: the roaring red dragon. Flying high above, and swooping down to attack, blow after blow landed. Apollyon and Christian fought for hours, and Christian began to grow weary. Unrelenting, it appeared as though Apollyon would defeat the weary pilgrim. But, when Apollyon made a last attempt to finish Christian off, with one last strong motion, Christian plunged his sword deep beneath Apollyon’s scales.

Donné Clement Petruska: Keep emailing me at Codebreakers@houseofdestiny.org I love to hear from you. 

Brat: Every single time I email you, I hear nothing back.  It was the same with your father, Kim Clement.  My sharing then becomes more fodder for your sharing to your platform, while my desolation deepens in the abomination.  I never doubted his prophetic clarity and truth.  My cry along with the anchorites of old is for courtesy.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): Daniel prophesied that the iron-and-clay feet of the man in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream symbolized a divided kingdom that would not hold together. The super strengths and the stagnating weaknesses of that kingdom would eventually prove to be utterly inconsistent, and lead to the kingdom’s demise.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): As one commentator writes, God is not interested in “divided devotion.” Like an unfaithful spouse, 9th century Israel wanted to keep both their marriage partner and their illicit lover! The Lord has a legitimate claim to the exclusive devotion of His Bride. He will not tolerate lukewarmness any more than He will tolerate Jezebel. (Revelation 2:4 & 2:20.)

Israel365 (07 Apr 21): Never Again

Rev. Andrew Chappell: I believe this is what the author of John is doing for his community; a community struggling with not having been a part of the wave of the first generation. He is sharing a statement of wish. “You are not cursed. You are actually blessed. You are to be envied. Because you have not seen and yet you believe!” And perhaps over time, the reading and rereading of this passage reminded the audience that they were indeed blessed. Perhaps they came to really know that they were blessed.

Brat: I know I’m blessed!  I’m asking for courtesy! Balaam blessed and did not curse.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “When was the last time they boldly came to the throne? Religion has created a minefield of impossible hurdles to get to Me, but I am not like that. It has created a mindset of unworthiness that has stopped people from encountering Me and even longing for Me to make them feel known. To replace encounters, religion has instead made an intellectual idol out of Me and I am removing it from the Church in this season, and My wild ones will overturn those tables and restore My presence again!

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people don’t KEEP HURTING people, hurt people help people.

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): With such deep and tender wisdom, is it any wonder that Julian is one of my favorite mystics—and human beings?

Shock Value

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Preacher Charles H. Spurgeon put it this way in the 1800’s: “How many more dead sermons do you want? How much more drought? How much more sickness? How many more graves for your families? The people of God lacked the courage to answer Elijah, just as many people today lack the courage to either defend their position or to change their minds.”**[24]

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): A Great Unveiling of Wickedness!

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): When He spoke those words I felt immediately that the Lord was breaking this demonic assignment against many that was coming in such a way to bring ‘chaos’ and a sense of high level anxiety that left them feeling like they couldn’t take anymore. This was not a ‘natural realm’ chaos from circumstances, this was a demonic assignment bringing chaos to attempt to steal their vitality, their life, their joy, their clarity and their momentum. The attack was coming to distract them, to attempt to cause ‘mis-alignments’ by putting such pressure on them to cause them to withdraw, give up or lay down the fight of faith in what the Lord had spoken because this battle had been so long. The enemy was attempting to bring such a pressure upon them to steal clarity and cause them to doubt what the Lord has said.

Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): Whatever storms or darkness may come, I believe they are being steered by the hand of God Almighty. No schemes of the enemy can outmaneuver the will of God! They will serve HIS greater purposes, and will bring all of mankind to the full revelation of His Kingdom. I believe the rains of heaven are about to pour. Get your umbrella. [25]

The Elijah List (11 Apr 21): Change is coming faster than you think

Martha Spong (07 Apr 21): Mark’s Gospel leaves the ending open, puts us in that space, in that feeling, where what’s happened has moved us to a silence accompanied only by our trembling. I’m glad these brave women who left home to follow Jesus had each other in that moment when the shock of grief became fear of the unknown. These three sisters in the struggle ran until they stopped, and one put her arms around the others and found the words: “I know we’re shook, but maybe, maybe, this news is good.”

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): What will be unveiled will SHOCK many!

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): I don’t want her to be unsafe. And I don’t want her to be unloving. But I didn’t have the words. How do I teach a child the great commandment in a world like this?

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. —1 Peter 5:8–11

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): There are many exhortations in Scripture to wait upon the Lord, but I have never found one that says we must hurry. It seems that our biggest problem is waiting. Patience is a crucial element in receiving from God, and is linked here to faith because patience is perhaps the greatest element in real faith and real trust in God. 

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Today, a narrow window of time remains for the Body of Christ to determine where she stands. If God is God, it is time to stand for righteousness and truth. 

Revelation 2:21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Trust in G‑d is when your belief changes the way you live.

Scaredy Cat

Rev. James Liggett: The other disciples told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” But they were scared; they were hiding behind locked doors; they were only talking to each other. Just a week earlier, Jesus had stood among them—but you couldn’t tell it from them. They sure didn’t act like something wonderful had happened at Easter. So, Thomas didn’t believe them, even though he wanted to. That’s the way it was, and all too often, that’s the way it still is. Thomas was not the problem. Today’s doubting Thomases are not the problem. The problem is the authenticity, the power, and the persuasiveness of the Church. That’s the bad news.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): When asked how identifying as witches helped her cause, she answered, “We are the witches you couldn’t burn. They are trying to burn and bury us. So if they are so scared of us, we will be witches. We call ourselves witches for the same reason we call ourselves sluts. If that is what they call us in order to shame us, we will take the word back and own it, wearing it proudly.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): In the midst of tragedy or loss, the Christian life often feels the most lonely. When bearing the weight of sorrow or grief, companionship may seem too far off to be of any help. The “valley of the shadow of death” from Psalm 23 is a common experience in the Christian life. Suffering is all too real for believers. Yet, when our faith is tested, it is our faith that must stand up against the temptation to give in.

Luke 22:45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): Feeling bad for having to face the consequences. Feeling bad for being caught. Feeling bad for having to work on relationship in a counseling office. Feeling bad because we won’t let them do what they want.

Shira: “We, the sluts, will stand and not let them take us back to the Middle Ages. We are here now and we will come again. You can’t ignore us. You won’t be able to prevent us from existing and loving.”

Matthew Fox (2020): Julian of Norwich [1343–c. 1416] is one of those ancestors calling to us today. After all, she lived her entire life during a raging pandemic. Julian is a stunning thinker, a profound theologian and mystic, a fully awake woman, and a remarkable guide with a mighty vision to share for twenty-first-century seekers. She is a special chaperone for those navigating a time of pandemic. Julian knew a thing or two about “sheltering in place,” because she was an anchoress—that is, someone who, by definition, is literally walled up inside a small space for life. Julian also knew something about fostering a spirituality that can survive the trauma of a pandemic. While others all about her were freaking out about nature gone awry, Julian kept her spiritual and intellectual composure, staying grounded and true to her belief in the goodness of life, creation, and humanity and, in no uncertain terms, inviting others to do the same. . . .

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): My invitation to you…

John 20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Christian had to endure this battle alone, just as we are called, even in the throes of loneliness and misery, or pain and suffering, to remain steadfast in our faith. No one else’s faith can endure on your behalf. You must believe, trust, and use the gifts God has given you to fight off the evil one. God never leaves us without help. 

Aelred of Rievaulx: The wise man says, “a friend is medicine for life.” What a striking metaphor! No remedy is more powerful, effective, and distinctive in everything that fills this life than to have someone to share your every loss with compassion and your every gain with congratulation. Hence shoulder to shoulder, according to Paul, friends carry each other’s burdens [Galatians 6:2]. . . .

Rev. James Liggett: This doesn’t mean we are off the hook. It doesn’t mean we have no respon­sibilities and no vocation to service. It doesn’t mean that Jesus will do it all for us, and we can take it easy. But it does mean that we are able to continue–warts and all—in hope and in confidence. It does mean both that we are not alone, and that we do not need to be afraid. Sometimes we fail, as the disciples failed with T­­­­homas. But we don’t stop, and we don’t give up, and we are free to do our best, even if it’s risky. While there is always room for improvement, there is never cause for despair. We continue to struggle forward together, and Jesus continues to be found among us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust is a mighty, heroic bond. Trust changes who you are—and what you deserve.

Striving

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): When we see any Christian who is constantly striving, running from need to need, emergency to emergency, with little peace, we can be sure they have departed from the will of God in their life. Those who walk in His will will have peace, and their faith in God will be demonstrated by their patience.

Brat: Sophia and I are certain that God is dealing with the Enablers right now.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Remove the barricades and the gate-checks, for they aren’t the rebels that they have been seen as. They are, in fact, the rescue team! They didn’t quite fit the mold and they didn’t measure up to the standards of the institution, but they are sons and daughters who know My heart and know My house well. They have been in hiddenness for this very moment to bring HOPE to where many are prophesying hopelessness. They are the ones who have My eyes and see how I see. They know what is to come next. They aren’t swayed by temporary storms, but they are the ones that will point the way to where I am moving and what I am doing.

Brat to Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): Several weeks ago (on 16 March 2021), I talked with Pastor Julie Morris and she referred me to your community, as I have always felt drawn to monastic life.  The stone in the shoe is that I don’t fit the institutional mold, as my Discernment Committee found out ten years ago.  In your community Rule, you say, “We strive to see God in all things and in all people.”  I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through all this.

[Received SILENCE.]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): The thread snaps and your eyes look up to see nothing more than the open sky. Hope is gone. All you can do now is trust the One who has no bounds.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Jeremiah had a right to inherit the land that he bought, and as kings and priests we too have an inheritance in God that is ours to claim, but too often the claims are not made due to unbelief and disobedience. Now is a time to be alert, because if you do not lift your eyes to see what He sees, you may miss the moment to act decisively. If you are looking for His deliverance, you will see the keys when they appear.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): This is your determined intersection with destiny!

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): But if you assume that women were sometimes in charge, then the meaning seems quite plain: the author was writing to the chosen leader of a group of Christians—what today we might call an “ordained minister” or “called pastor”—and to the members of her congregation.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): I am an anchoress without a place to anchor.  But until God sees fit to answer that prayer, what would help me and hopefully bless the apostolic women (of which I include us) would be for readers of my blog to click the “FOLLOW” button, so that I’d have a better idea of who reads me. 

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): I feel that many have already received instructions from the Lord for the times to come, but there are issues to be addressed and blockages that need to be removed. As you read this word and look over the Scriptures, pray for understanding and to see the Lord is pointing out to you. Once you’ve got it, hit the reset button by applying the Passover Blood of Jesus Christ, calling on His name, and acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior over all the areas of your captivity, and in whichever areas you feel bound. Look to the Lord to set you free from addictions, habits, attitudes, and compromises. He truly is a Passover Lamb without blemish.

Stories

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Scholars believe that of the four gospels, John was likely written last. And like many of the other writings that make up the Bible, this gospel was written to a specific community. The community of John was likely made up of folks that were second (even third) generation Christians. They didn’t have the experiences of the first generation. They didn’t know Paul or many of the other disciples. They had never met Jesus. All they had to go on were stories.

MorningStar Ministries (05 Apr 21): Reminder: Your Life is Extraordinary

Rev. James Liggett: The heart of the story of doubting Thomas is not about doubt (Thomas’ or anyone else’s), it’s about the call of the Church to witness to the Resurrection. And the biggest piece of good news is not that Thomas comes to faith; the biggest bit of good news is that the Risen Lord still comes to his Church. That good news is for us. We are called to be witnesses to the Resurrection, and our Lord is with us.

John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Thus, it would make sense that this story would (only) find its way into the latest gospel. To a community who struggled with having not seen Jesus and the time of the first generation, the author of John sends an encouraging word. “You think the disciples were blessed because they saw? They aren’t to be envied. YOU are. After all, you have not seen and yet you still believe.”

Rev. James Liggett: At the same time, we can’t let Thomas slip by us without saying something about doubt, real personal, bone-deep doubt as to the truth or value of parts (or all) of this whole religious enterprise. First of all, doubt is always part of the life of faith.

Shirley Seger (06 Apr 21): The alarm is sounding! Heaven and Hell are real. Where will you go?

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Suddenly, the Interpreter’s words came back into Christian’s mind: “For you will meet people who pretend to lead you in the right, and will only lead you into misery.” He immediately recognized the man before him. This was no mere prince, and certainly no mere man—this was the Devil himself! Christian rebuked him strongly, and refused to leave the path to the Celestial City. His commitment was to the King and to the King alone.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will be the brokers of Heaven’s storehouse for this hour. They will be the ones who lead the Church back into My domain and open up the forgotten storehouses of access and authority which they have forgotten existed. They will take the empty-handed and hopeless into My house and put back hammers in the hands of reformers who had theirs stolen, songs back into the mouths of worshipers who were shut down, books and pens into the hands of the scribes, and restore the voice of the Church where she has been silenced and voiceless.

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): Too many of our siblings across time and space died way too early due to 100% preventable injuries and injustices. There are uncountable names, hashtags, thoughts, and prayers flung about for clout that it’s hard to keep up with the people media highlights or the millions of others whose stories we never get to learn.

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Brat prayer again (05 Apr 21): Lord, what would You want me to say?  I’m trying to see how You are leading the collective conversation

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Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Their keys were stolen and it’s time they got them back! And I am using this remnant to remind the Church of what she has settled for in this season. Religion has caused My Church to forget how loved and accepted they are and the permission upon them to do what they have inside of them. But they (the wild ones) will usher in a new season of permission to those who were squashed and crushed under religious red tape and protocol.

Used against

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): After taking a better look at his new armor, it occurred to Christian that his friends were preparing him for battle. Christian met a man, and immediately drew his sword. “You don’t recognize me? Why, I am your prince!” Disguised as a man, the evil Apollyon began his attempt to coerce Christian to leave behind the path to the Celestial City and go home to his family. Using Christian’s greatest fears against him, Apollyon asked him what would happen to his wife and children if he made it to his destination, “What of them?” He asked.

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): I live with my 89-year-old father.  I care for him, so living apart from him is not an option at this time.  However, I would still like the conversation to continue, so as to nourish the love I have with you and the Church.  I look forward to exploring more with you.

Rev. James Liggett: It’s the same way now. The temptation is to say that the problem is out there, with all of those unbelievers like Thomas—if they would only shape up and believe better, (preferably to the point of becoming Episcopalians), then things would im­­­­prove immeasurably. It’s easier to do that, to complain about them, than it is to pay careful attention to the less-than-persuasive words and lives of today’s disciples—of those who are called to be witnesses to Jesus. It feels better to call Thomas “doubting” than to call the disciples—or our­selves—“unconvincing”.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Jesus was confronted with this question in the Gospels: what about all of the things we have to leave behind? Who will plow the field if I follow you Jesus? Who will bury my father? What will happen to my family? He responded with what seemed like harsh words, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)

Brat: So, what are you doing hijacking my correspondence and addressing by Arc Speak into my situation?  Are you not putting yourself in Apollyon’s shoes?

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend: “Unsafe people are “sorry” not sincere.  They may say all the words, and some are taken in by their tears and “sorrow.”  But in reality they are more sorry about getting caught.  They do not change, and the future will be exactly like the past.

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): Stranger Danger

Brat: Satan also knows scriptures very well.  However, he does not have God’s mercy controlling his decisions.

Blue Chair Blessing: “Thank You, Lord, that You are in control and I don’t need to fear.  I’ll keep trusting You.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (09 Apr 21): I am convinced that the Gospel offers us a holistic understanding of salvation. If we understand the resurrection as a universal phenomenon, we can see this idea everywhere in Pauline passages, expressed in different ways. Here are some examples: “in that one body he condemned sin” (Romans 8:3); “he experienced death for all humankind” (Hebrews 2:9); he has done suffering and sacrifice “once and for all” (Hebrews 7:27); the embodiment language of Philippians, where Jesus is said to lead us through the “pattern of death” so we can “take our place in the pattern of resurrection” (3:9–12). And of course, this all emerges from Jesus’s major metaphor of the “Reign of God,” a fully collective notion, which many scholars say is just about all that he talks about. Until we start reading the Jesus story through the collective notion that the Christ offers us, I honestly think we miss much of the core message, and read it all in terms of individual salvation, and individual reward and punishment. Society will remain untouched, leaving Christianity little chance of changing the world.

Brat: I offered to the community that I wish to continue the conversation to nourish the love.  You go bury your own dead…

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Their hammers will be mighty, and they will seem ferocious, but it isn’t out of rage but out of righteous conviction to set the record straight and RESCUE & LEAD the Church forward. In fact, I am right now baptizing them afresh with a love for the Church, in all of her expressions and parts, so that they won’t be the demolition team but the bridge-builders. Like Nehemiah, they will grieve that parts of the city are in rubble and they will build and restore what has been broken down.

Rev. James Liggett: And he brings to completion the work that a weak and sinful collection of disciples cannot do alone. Work that we cannot do alone. The good news is that Jesus continues to be with us, that he continues to be for us, and that he continues to speak to us and to his world his words of forgiveness and of peace.

Matthew Fox (2020): Julian’s response to the pandemic, as we know it from her two books, [is] amazingly grounded in a love of life and gratitude. Instead of running from death, she actually prayed to enter into it and it is from that experience of death all around her and meditating on the cruel crucifixion of Christ that she interpreted as a communal, not just a personal event, that her visions arrived. . . .

John 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): Your part is the “get up, girl”—talitha cumi. You have to get up and make up your mind. You’ve heard the Holy Spirit, and now is the time to answer the call of God.

Brat: I did.  And who will answer me?

Julian of Norwich: Throughout the time of my showings, I wished to know what our Beloved meant. More than fifteen years later, the answer came in a spiritual vision. This is what I heard. “Would you like to know our Lord’s meaning in all this? Know it well: love was his meaning. Who revealed this to you? Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why did he reveal it to you? For love. Stay with this and you will know more of the same. You will never know anything but love, without end.”

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): When it came to God’s best for my life, I had to wait longer than I wanted to. I had to learn to out-wait the devil’s best offer first. It’s important for us to wait for that right pitch and then not let it pass by. The best hitters in baseball learn to “wait it out” for that right one.

Cracked

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will raise up other builders and teach them to build the new while still honoring what has been built before them. They will seamlessly connect the seasons and the moves of My Spirit and reveal the pathway forward for My pioneers to run in. For many have said, ‘They are against what I have built!’ but I have not raised them to tear down what I have given you to build, but to tear down the enemy’s work and add and increase what you have been building. I have given them an anointing to see the cracks in the foundations and to fix and address them.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): “How many times have you already failed Him on this journey?” Apollyon shifted his focus. “You are a disgrace to this King of yours!” Since his subtle coercion didn’t work, he attacked Christian with his own sin. But, Christian fought back with the goodness of the King: “Which makes His mercy and forgiveness the sweeter. You are a deceiver that binds your subjects with invisible chains. The King has broken mine and I am free!”

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Elijah summons the people to him and begins to build an authentic foundation for the altar of God. Noting in prayer that it is at God’s word that he builds, Elijah takes 12 stones, one for each of Israel’s tribes, rebuilds the altar “in His Name,” lays out the sacrifice, and begins to pour pitchers of water on something that he hopes will burn.

Israel365 (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Sincerity In Our Actions

Revelation 21:12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): And the Lord says, “These assignments are for the mountaintops…not just any mountains, but the Seven Mountains of influence: Religion, Government, Media, Family, Education, Arts & Entertainment, Business.” The Lord says, “The Seven Mountains are about to be shaken, but not from the bottom. They’ll be shaken from the top as saints are carried to the tops and ushered into these systems, by the Holy Spirit, to suddenly, surprisingly, unexpectedly influence the people there, who in turn influence cultures, kingdoms, and people worldwide.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): There is no looking back when we choose to follow Jesus. Everything must be committed to Him. Our jobs, our families, our finances—everything must be subject to Him and His calling for our lives. The temptation of the Devil often works in this way: he whispers in our ears the lie that if we forsake the things of this world, God will not provide for us. We must not leave the path that the God of the Universe has called us to take in exchange for temporary comforts. 

Rev. James Liggett: It was now up to these witnesses to share the good news. That’s what they were sent to do. And, bless their hearts, their witness to the Resurrection was not even compelling enough to convince Thomas; and Thomas wanted to believe – he was ready to believe.

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): A Sacred Sweetness

Brother Dennis Gibbs (06 Apr 21): “The good news of the resurrected life must move out from the walls of our religious institution and into the world around us.  If we are to have integrity and authenticity beyond the walls of our particular faith tradition, we must be able to bring the good news of resurrection in ways that are vital and relevant for our time. The time is now for us to live our life of faith out front and center, and show the world that the reality of God that we see in the risen life of Christ is alive in us.  This life is for all people regardless religious tradition, denominational stripes, political affiliation, gender identity, race, or who we love and how we love.”

Brat: Then why didn’t the Community write me back?

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They are My undignified Davids that care more for My presence and My will and My plans than the wise plans of man. They aren’t politically correct or motivated by reputation, but they have only one thing in their sights – and that is worshiping Me and giving Me glory. Can you see them coming? Will you have eyes to see them? Will My Church accept them? Will they keep turning them away?

Rev. James Liggett: There is never authentic faith without doubt; that’s something we all know about. And doubt is not at all a bad thing; it’s a necessary thing. Doubt happens—often in times of crisis and tragedy, sometimes just all by its own self. Faith matures with ups and downs, not in a straight line.

Julian of Norwich: During our lives here on earth, we experience a wondrous mixture of well and woe. We hold inside us both the glory of the Risen Christ and the misery of the Fallen Adam. Christ protects us in our dying and, through his gracious touch, uplifts us and reassures us that all will be well. . . . We are so fragmented, afflicted in our feelings in so many ways, that we hardly know where to turn for comfort. The various pains and transgressions of this life fill our hearts with sorrow and cloud the eyes of our souls.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people of Israel did not answer him so much as a word.
~1 Kings 18:21

[Crickets chirping…]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “What they thought was rejection from the mainstream culture was in fact My protection for an upcoming season, and that season is here now. They have been set apart so that they can usher in a move of My holiness and power; a holiness so mighty that it will reveal the thoughts and intentions of men, and reveal who is for Me and who is about building their own kingdom. This is a move of purity that is exposing the double-mindedness, duality, and mixture that has subtly crept into the hearts of Believers and disconnected them from My heart.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): The feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay … while some parts of it will be as strong as iron, other parts will be as weak as clay. They will not hold together, just as iron and clay do not mix. – Daniel 2:41-43 excerpts (NLT)

Julian of Norwich: The mixture of sorrow and joy is so powerful that we cannot figure out how to handle it all, let alone assess how our fellow spiritual seekers are doing. The diversity of feelings can be overwhelming. And yet, in those moments when we sense the presence of God, we surrender to him, truly willing to be with him, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. This holy assent is all that matters. It eclipses all the wicked inclinations inside us—physical and spiritual—that might lead us to miss the mark.[26]

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people don’t have to hurt people.  Hurt people love people more.  They become therapists, teachers, doctors, social workers.  Hurt people help people.  Abusers and people who aren’t taking responsibility for their lives hurt people.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): He believes in G‑d, but he doesn’t trust Him to provide him an honest living—and so he steals and murders instead.

C.S. Lewis (1955): What I like about experiences is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong turnings; but keep your eyes open and you will not be allowed to go very far before the warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying to deceive you. The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it.[27]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 Apr 21): bi-ta-khon: The security that comes out of knowing the Creator of the universe is in love with you.

Israel365 (06 Apr 21): Love Unending; The Eternal Flame

Rev. James Liggett: Anyway, let’s consider one tiny thing about doubt, ours and his, that we can learn from Thomas’ story. Did you notice that Jesus did not come to Thomas while Thomas was on the way to work, or walking the dog, or playing a round of golf, or just thinking things over? Jesus came to Thomas when Thomas was with the disciples, when he was within the fellowship of believ­ers. Thomas was smart; he didn’t believe the disciples, but he did stay with them. He knew that if his doubt were ever to be met, it would be met there—not somewhere else.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I am using them to raise a new standard for My people. Where there have been foxes that have stolen from My people and their faith for generations, I am restoring faith. Where foxes have come and stolen the revelation of My abiding glory, My signs and wonders, and My healing virtue, they will restore them. They will point the Church back to true north and clear the overheads. They will come with their hammers and chip off the pieces of rock that have been stumbling blocks and not building blocks, hindrances and not stepping stones. They are coming as a sign of the new wine and the beginning of a new era of My Church.

Wake Up

Matthew Fox (2020): Our sister and ancestor Julian is eager not only to speak to us today but to shout at us—albeit in a gentle way—to wake up and to go deep, to face the darkness and to dig down and find goodness, joy and awe. And to go to work to defend Mother Earth and all her creatures, stripping ourselves of racism, sexism, nationalisms, anthropocentrism, sectarianism—anything that interferes with our greatness as human beings. And to connect anew to the sacredness of life.

Brat prayer (05 Apr 21): God, I listened to what You said and did not go back into my journals to see all the times I wrote to Matthew Fox and how many times my outreach was blocked by his secretary.  I listened to You when You tried to let me know to let go of the pain that is still in my heart.  The pain is wrapped in longing that was never completed.  There was never closure.  And here the Arc Speak still continues without directly communicating with me.  I will reach out again despite the pain.  Whatever resurrection is here, You will find the seed and the soil.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Yes, it’s that simple.

Brat (05 Apr 21): Sophia called and asked if I felt the spirit of gaslighting.  She didn’t know I’d been going through this also.

Shirley Seger (06 Apr 21): The Hell Conspiracy is a somber warning. It records harrowing accounts of souls enduring endless torture and eternal separation from God. It also reveals terrifying secrets of the afterlife in Hell, including…

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): I saw that each of these Believers being swept up had a “Promised Land” inside of them…a place where the seeds of all the promises given to them by God have been planted, have been buried, and which were once watered with their prayers. But for many of them, their Promised Land looks barren now, looks empty, looks like nothing is there, because so many of their promises have been forgotten, overlooked, or misunderstood. But the Lord says that those promises are still there, planted within them…like the seeds that have lain dormant all winter and are about to spring forth into the earth with the spring rains.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The most obvious, and perhaps most important, lesson of Israel’s journey was that the first place they were taken, and what was the only path to their Promised Land, was through a place that was the exact opposite of what they had been promised. They were promised a land flowing with milk and honey, and the first place that they were taken there was not even any water!

Brat Journal (in “Covenant Partner” 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.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): A thread of hope is an anchor to the ground, a narrow path you’ve set for destiny to lead you.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “The gates of My affection will suddenly fling wide open for them and they will see Me not as a hard taskmaster, CEO, or head bishop, but as Father and friend, and suddenly every seed and idea inside of them that has been lying dormant will begin to germinate. Suddenly innovation and creativity will spring forth and hope-deferred will lift.

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): “No honey, that’s a neighbor.”

Julian of Norwich: Sometimes, however, that sacred sweetness lies deeply buried, and we fall again into blindness, which leads to all kinds of sorrow and tribulation. So we must take comfort in the essential article of our faith that teaches us not to give into our negative impulses, but to draw strength from Christ, who is our defender against all harm. We need to stand up against evil, even if to do so causes discomfort—even pain—and pray for the time when God will once again reveal himself and fill our hearts with the sweetness of his presence. And so we remain in this muddle all the days of our lives. But our Beloved wants us to trust that he is always with us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): So simple, like a mirror, it reflects whatever form we choose to show it from below.

Demonstrate

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): After giving the false prophets time to prove their point and summon their (nonexistent) gods, Elijah demonstrates, rather than teaches, how to summon the Living God who answers by fire. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Try it. Celebrate and the heavens will celebrate with you.

Matt Laney (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Holy ground.

Prof. Mark Tranvik (24 Mar 21): I am a teacher and it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that my job is to tell people things they do not know. But I find my best days in the classroom are the ones where I not only teach but when I am being taught. This happens when students wrestle with an idea and this sparks new insights for the entire class, including me. Those are the times when real learning is taking place.

Brat: Personally speaking, I have to wait longer periods of time lately to get a balance of five-fold ministry voices to show up in my inbox.  Would it continue to be this difficult if I was welcomed into the fold?

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): I am inviting you to an encounter that you have never experienced before.

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): Mighty deliverance was upon these ones. A mighty move of the hand of God to break the attack. A mighty wave of His Spirit, a great outpouring upon these ones to bring deep refreshment and rejuvenation. Restoration unprecedented. Recompense that had never been experienced before. A deep breath of the wind of His Spirit to bring life, healing and vitality again.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): I have learned that whenever I receive a promise from God that for a time it will look like I am getting the exact opposite of what I have been promised. This is the place where our faith and patience grow, and the wisdom that will enable us to be good stewards of what we are promised. 

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): There is great comfort in the Spirit’s presence to calm a troubled heart, to enter into conflict as well as accord. To guide how resources will be shared.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Jeremiah, however, in his imprisonment, receives a word from the Lord that he is about to be approached by his cousin Hanamel with an invitation to buy a piece of land, and that he should purchase it when the moment comes. Shortly after, Jeremiah is indeed visited in the prison by Hanamel, who asks him to buy the land as expected, and Jeremiah agrees to do so as per the Lord’s instruction.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): Do you know why American money is so successful?
Because it has written on it, “In G‑d We Trust.”
Not just “Believe.” “Trust.”

Brat: I see what you mean.  We don’t have Caesar’s or Pharoah’s face on our money.  I trust in God and am still waiting for a supportive tribe.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): The remarkable diversity of America is one of our greatest strengths. But that diversity becomes a lethal liability when differences are viewed as a license to deny, demonize, and dismiss others.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): “Hurt people hurt people” is nice, for about 30 seconds. Then it’s an excuse. Because we’re not talking about preschoolers when we say this, we’re talking about adults. And the thing about being an adult is… you have to do some adulting.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): When condemned by past sins, we must stand firm in the saving power of God’s grace and forgiveness. We will fail daily, but our King extends forgiveness continually. For, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Ps. 103:12) There is no power in condemnation for sins that have already been forgiven. Stand firm in the knowledge of the mercy of God, and Satan’s invisible chains are broken; he cannot overpower you with such lies.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): “Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): Furthermore, the money even tells you its purpose:
Upon it is written, “E Pluribus Unum.”
The purpose of all your money dealings is to bring unity to the plurality of this universe.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): E pluribus unum—“Out of many, one”—is more than just a motto. It must become the prayer and practice of all who value the American experiment.

Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): Obviously, there’s a lot more here to unpack in terms of symbols and hidden meanings. But, I believe the Lord wants to encourage us by showing us the END of the story/storm. In 1 Kings 8:12, Solomon reminds us that THE LORD DWELLS IN THICK DARKNESS. Rather than any darkness appearing like His “absence” – He is actually IN IT, PREPARING us for the LIGHT TO COME. He is the One riding on the winds and coming to set things right.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 

Chabad.org: Moshiach means that the Torah is for real.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): The Infinite Light from which our world emerges is also simple. So simple, it feels to us as though we have no source at all.

Brat: I keep looking for the sacred in the ordinary.

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (08 Apr 21): I would like to also share the invitation from Apostle Doctor Robin to our upcoming Apostolic Women Conference, April 25 – May 2: apostolicwomen.com

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): Thank you for writing to me!  Please extend a thank you to Dr. Robin for forwarding my message on to you, so that we could correspond.

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): For all the women who from earliest days have led our churches in ways deserving of Jesus-level respect, thank you. Amen.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): The Holy Spirit is taking us way beyond a conference.  And our collective voice is more potent than one voice in one crib.

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): That still doesn’t tell us who exactly this masterful ancient pastor is. But if we don’t know her, thanks be to God we get to know her daughters: the elect, the called, the ordained, the formidable, the masterful kyriai who lead our churches still today.

Fr. Richard Rohr (08 Apr 21): I believe it is a loss to our Christian heritage that Julian’s mystical teachings have not received more widespread hearing. Matthew Fox points out that she was in many ways ahead of her time. Her voice and writings were sidelined by a patriarchal church and culture unable to hear her nondual message of “oneing” and her celebration of embodiment as an extension of the Incarnation itself. Perhaps we are finally ready to hear Julian’s wisdom today.

Rev. James Liggett: That’s usually the way it is with us. Our doubts are usually met as we stay within the community of faith, as we hang in there doing the sorts of things we would be doing if we weren’t bothered (or overwhelmed) with doubt. It was a good thing, and not a hypocritical thing, for Thomas to stay with the others even when he didn’t believe a single word they said. So it is for us. There’s a very real connection between hanging around this place, and living this life, and the gift of meeting the Lord. That connection isn’t simple, and it isn’t exact, and it isn’t at all predictable, but we can depend on it. He will come to us, through whatever doors we lock, through whatever barriers we build.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): Trust transcends hope, as the sky above transcends the earth below.[28]

Brat: In our censored world, where does our testimony find sanctuary, where others can see for themselves without fear of retribution and know the depths of God’s love for humanity in a world gaslit in vapors?

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “And I will move upon those whom man would not choose. I will choose whom I choose, and I will move upon whom I move upon, and I am going to pour out My Spirit upon the most unlikely people in the most unlikely ways. So, get ready to see undeniable fruit from places that would offend the pious and self-righteous, because I have come for all, not for a few, and I will pour out My Spirit upon ALL.

John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): In this passage it seems clear He was confirming that His people have been corrupted by these mountains, even on these mountains, going from (being led from) one sin to another, and that the corruptors who have influenced them – and us all – from these high places feel no remorse, conviction or guilt, because of the CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD who have lost their rightful, ordained, and divine influence in and over and through these mountaintops.

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): Sorry without sincerity is toddler behavior and that makes it unsafe in adult relationships. Adult relationships need two adults, and it’s ok to ask for that in every relationship we have.

John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (09 Apr 21): Today, we want to pray for something that can be difficult. We want to pray that we have mercy on others. We want us to pray that we will never hold a grudge or refuse forgiveness.  

The Ball was Dropped

Charisma (09 Apr 21): Expect Miracles When You Apply God’s Word

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The wilderness threw Israel off and caused them to start doubting the Lord. This caused them to lose their patience, and so they turned back to Egypt in their hearts, or to what they had been in bondage to. It does the same for many Christians. Like Israel, the lack of trust in the Lord, and patience for His timing, cause many to spend their lives just going in circles in the wilderness. 

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): With all that was going on, everyone around Jeremiah would have said that the land was worthless and should not be bought. And this is exactly how it would appear to someone without the revelation and insight that comes through the Word and the Spirit of God.

Rev. Andrew Chappell: But is the idea that Thomas’ belief is based on sight a negative thing? After all, the other disciples saw Jesus too and they believed. Why does Thomas get the short end of the stick just because he missed the first party? Every character in this chapter sees Jesus and believes. And then along comes Thomas, who desires the same thing, and Jesus makes an example out of him!

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Invest in God’s Promises

Sophia (05 Apr 21): … They are listening to only part of the narrative and drawing incorrect conclusions.

Brat: That happened with Jo yesterday.

Sophia: The ball was dropped this morning. They don’t know any other way to be.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people may hurt people ONCE. But after that they, and we, are in charge. *Knowing* they are hurting people — because they’ve heard it from us, someone else, countless others — puts the ball in their court.

Charisma (10 Apr 21): Free Fire From Heaven

Deuteronomy 18:16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”

Martha Spong (07 Apr 21): Gracious God, we ask for the strength to carry your good news even, especially, when we tremble. Amen.

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Some of the best leaders I’ve known have encouraged people with what I call “statements of wish.” They’re not necessarily statements of fact, but rather a statement painting a desire for the future, a wish. One of my favorite pastors moved to a new church where the congregation had been through it. They’d had some rough times. And she began saying in every worship service benediction, “You are beloved children of God.” Over time, that constant reminder began to make its way into my heart and the hearts of others. I began to really believe that I was beloved, that before anything else, I am loved by God. This statement of wish took hold!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They haven’t been given a red-carpet welcome, but they will be clothed in so much glory it will be hard to deny them anymore. The fire of My presence is all around them, and they aren’t here to play games but to carry the torch of revival and establish My Kingdom on the earth.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): When the attacks of the Devil happen in our lives, God has provided what we need to endure. He has given the whole armor of God to those who believe. And, this is not a matter of if he will attack, but when. Be prepared. Be vigilant. Arm yourself with the Word of God, and with trust in God’s promises, knowing that God has given His righteousness and His forgiveness to all who believe in Him. His Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, equipping and strengthening them for all of the battles they may face. Even when we feel most alone, God never leaves us or forsakes us.

Reasons

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): God’s revelation of the reasons behind a negative turn of events is a sign of His mercy and goodness. Once the stumbling stones are identified to us, they can then be removed and the curses broken. We are in a season where we can dream with God from a place of promise and truly recover all, if we are humble and sensitive to what He is speaking and what He is doing.

Revelation 13:It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 

Brat Journal (05 Apr 21): Trying again to reach the … ? Nope.  I don’t know what to do.  I rebuke the spirit of confusion!

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): I said, “Lord, what is wrong with that kid? His response surprised me. “She’s doing great. She’s not afraid of falling.”[29]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Belief is not enough—you need trust.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): As in, they (and we, too), need to recognize what isn’t working, what is, what isn’t healthy, what is, what isn’t loving, and what is. We don’t get a free pass because we’ve been hurt. In fact, we, as survivors, get called to the witness stands of family court to defend ourselves for living normal, healing lives.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. 

Deuteronomy 18:17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): And if that is truly your purpose, then you will rely on the One Creator to provide your needs.

To Account

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (10 Apr 21 at 12:02 pm):  I will be ministering the Word of the Lord for you tomorrow at 11:00 AM CT. Make your plans to join us in person or live at globalrevival.com. Text me back to confirm. -Apostle Harfouche.

Brat (10 Apr 21 at 1:10 pm): I wrote and emailed you and the conversation dropped and stopped. The message is not always about us.  Sometimes God has to hold leadership to account.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (10 Apr 21 at 1:15 pm):  Thank you! We have received it and have replied.  Hope you can join us online.

Brat (1:19 pm): What did you reply to?

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (10 Apr 21 at 1:15 pm): Thank you for your email and text. We received it and are in prayer with you. 

We noticed someone had tagged you on one of our Ministry Facebook posts asking if you are coming to our Apostolic Women’s Conference. 

Let us know if you need any information. 

Thank you!

Deuteronomy 18:19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 

Lana Vawser (09 Apr 21): Do NOT give up! Stand up and join your YES with His YES afresh, then watch and see God do the rest. You are closer to the manifestation of God’s promise and divine justice than you realise.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (09 Apr 21): We need God’s mercy so much! Let’s pray that we can be like Jesus in being exceedingly generous with the mercy that we show to others.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (12 Apr 21): Kathryn, may God give you a glimpse of your reach and your obedience and somewhere give you a sense of your purpose.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Father, You alone fully know the times and seasons of the earth. You know the plans that You have for us, to prosper and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future. Let the eyes and ears of Your people be opened to Your instructions so that they will agree and obey regarding all You have set in motion for their deliverance. Shower Your people with understanding and shine Your light on the stumbling blocks that have caused bondage so that they can be removed. We thank You for freedom! We thank You for liberty! We celebrate You today, Jesus, because You are our Passover Lamb! Take us into our new season! Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): That is Trust: When you stop suggesting to your Maker how He could rescue you. When you are prepared to be surprised by wonders and open to miracles.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Watch them now, running out of the wilderness, out of hiding, out from behind the facade of other roles that were limiting them and keeping them at bay. Watch now as My wild ones begin to emerge from all walks of life and all streams. I can see the looks in their eyes as they are, right now, standing to their feet. This is worship to them, not a task. This is the life of laid-down lovers, not the objectives of a servant. These are My friends and My Spirit is in them, upon them, for this magnificent hour of the unveiling of the Bride, the great TURNING of hearts, the harvest at hand.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): Such utterly free and gratuitous love is the only love that validates, transforms, and changes us at the deepest levels of consciousness. It is what we all desire and what we were created for. Once we allow it for ourselves, we will almost naturally become a conduit of the same for others. In fact, nothing else will attract us anymore or even make much sense.

Rev. James Liggett: But Thomas is here to make us uncomfor­table, not smug. Remember, faith almost always comes to people through the faith of others, through the life and ministry of the Church.

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (10 Apr 21 at 1:44 pm): We replied to the email as well.

Brat (1:49 pm): Thank you.  I got the email, but I still don’t feel heard.  How much prayer and faith does it take to “follow” my blog and nip some of the corporate gaslighting in the bud?

[Received glaring SILENCE…]

Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Christ meant for us to see him in his followers, especially in those entrusted with leadership in his Church. He also meant for his followers to see him in the marginalized and vulnerable, to reach out to them and lift them up in his name. The scandals plaguing the Church over the last half-century have caused so much damage to the faith of Christians, in part because we can no longer see Christ in each other.

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): After we’re gone, may the choices we make today persist beyond our deaths as a declaration of “what God has done.”

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): Suddenly, I was inspired by this fearless little girl and with this thought: If you do anything for the Lord, do it with all your heart and with all your might and don’t be afraid to fail. Failing is forward progress in God’s eyes when we don’t let it stop us.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (09 Apr 21): Any challenge is an opportunity for a testimony. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the preeminence of the Name of Jesus.

John 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): To put it another way, what I let God see and accept in me also becomes what I can then see and accept in myself, in my friends, and in everything else. This is “radical grace.” This is why it is crucial to allow God, and at least one other trusted person to see us in our imperfection and even our nakedness, as we are—rather than as we would ideally wish to be. It is also why we must give others this same experience of being looked upon in their imperfection; otherwise, they will never know the essential and transformative mystery of grace.

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): Holy Spirit, open our hearts to the movement of the Spirit in us as individuals as well as collectively in our communities. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Look up with a smile and let the Infinite Light smile back at you.

Rev. James Liggett: Sometimes, as it must have been with Thomas, what turns out to be the greatest moment of faith doesn’t feel like faith at all; it feels like doubt. Sometimes what turns out to be the greatest moment of faith feels like just hanging on and just showing up; it feels like waiting and going through the motions. But that’s alright; that’s the way it works. That was what Thomas needed to do, and that was all Thomas needed to do.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): And it is available to anybody, at any moment, no matter who they were the moment before.

John 20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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[1] Rev. Andrew Chappell: Sources for language: https://biblehub.com/greek/3107.htm

[2] Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “To the Wild Ones: This Is Your Hour!” Published on the Elijah List on 05 Apr 21 by The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25288)

[3] Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25296)

[4] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Belief & Trust – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[5] Rev. Andrew Chappell: 2nd Sunday of Easter(B): Believing in Your People – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[6] Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): https://www.theyeshiva.net/jewish/929/essay-shmini-dont-celebrate-ignorance

[7] Aelred of Rievaulx: [2] Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship, trans. Lawrence C. Braceland, ed. Marsha L. Dutton (Liturgical Press: 2010), 72–73, 73–74. Italics in original.

[8] Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The Weapon of Patience | MorningStar Ministries

[9] Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Dark Devotional: Seeing Is Believing | guest writer (patheos.com)

[10] David Brenner: [1] David G. Benner, Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction (IVP Books: 2002), 61–62.

[11] Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): A LOVE LETTER TO INTERCESSORS (hisinscriptions.com)

[12] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust, Not Faith – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[13] Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): JESUS PLUS NOTHING! (hisinscriptions.com)

[14] Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25318)

[15] Laurie Ditto (2019): The Hell Conspiracy by Laura Ditto, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

[16] Matthew Fox, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—and Beyond (iUniverse: 2020), xvii, xix, xxxviii.

[17] Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): Fb Censoring yet again… – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[18] Sophia Valentina Buller (09 Apr 21): Facebook censorship – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[19] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Mirror – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[20] Lana Vawser (09 Apr 21): HIS “YES” IS STILL “YES” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[21] Rev. James Liggett: Showing Up, Easter 2 (B) – April 11, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[22] Sophia Valentina Buller (12 Apr 21): Fb Censoring Again… I didn’t share anything today – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[23] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): ‘Witch Harlots’ hold Rally in Jerusalem: A direct prophecy from Book of Nahum [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[24] Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Spurgeon.org Library of Sermons

[25] Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): VISIONS AND DREAMS ABOUT A COMING STORM – GOING DARK TO LIGHT – wandaalger.me

[26] Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): The Showings of Julian of Norwich: A New Translation, Mirabai Starr (Hampton Roads: 2013), 142–143.

[27] C.S. Lewis (1955): Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. Copyright © 1955 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

[28] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): Trust over Hope – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[29] Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies

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