Uber Chariot 28 Apr 21

6 May

Working Dates: Nine days from Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to Thursday, May 6, 2021

[39 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Acts 8:26-40 and Psalm 22:25-31 for 5 Easter 02 May 21]

EVERY MILE MATTERED

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): “A New Kind of Christian Leader – Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous”[1]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Put your armor on, we have work to do. God is with us, for us and accomplishes His will through us.[2]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): DON’T QUIT. Fight for their sakes!

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): At this time in my journey, I do not have a home church, although God called me and raised me up out of the Episcopal tradition (like in 1 Samuel 3). I currently express the communal journey through my reflective conversations on my blog, (my Opus Dei – the Work of God) [https://truthinus.wordpress.com], but I really don’t know who is my community (aka tribe). Thankfully, I am in spiritual direction with Dr. Luisa Johnson.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): People meet you—and instantly form an idea of who you are. Their perception may (or may not be) an accurate representation of who you are at your core.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): How am I supposed to respond to your question, God? Simply point out the obvious? Like I did? Because, let’s face it, there is nothing you do not know.

Brat: (Stop stalking my prayers!)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the fight at your doorstep has felt unrelenting and tiresome – because what is at stake right now is the destiny of your family, as well as the destiny of nations.[3]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Today they suffer. Their agony is what happens when worlds collide. They see their destiny. It’s big and dangerous. A part of them glories in the potential of knowing God intimately and representing Him bravely. They see themselves rebuking kings, tyrants, and warmongers. They see themselves commanding the wealth of the wicked to be handed over to the just.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Meditation: Everything Is Passing Away

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): There is a storm coming and it will definitely get the world’s attention. In this storm, there is cleansing, exposure, awakening, unrest and a divine reset. Proverbs 10:24-25 (emphasis mine) says, “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the storm passes by, the wicked will be no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): We’re so new together. I’m so new to myself. But this experience is not new to families. People age, have accidents, go through relational ups and downs, get surgeries. They weather the storms together.

Nichole Nordeman: “Every Mile Mattered” [https://youtu.be/nY7HrPIlu-Q]

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (30 Apr 21): Have you ever been cut off from loved ones and unable to communicate? I love wilderness areas of the West. Many times when I was backpacking in Colorado or Wyoming, I was out of touch with the world for sometimes as much as two weeks. As soon as I returned to modern life, and a telephone or cell signal, there was a phone call to family or friends to let them know I was OK. Despite the beauty all around me, I missed family and friends.

Steve Shultz: Almost like wandering in the desert, the Lord led me through the strangest battles, giving me the “strangest” set of mentors through the years to get me to this point.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I didn’t think of a clock, but I could see a map of the US with different TIME ZONES. Depending on the time zone you are in, you will read the clock differently. I knew the Lord was saying that not everyone is in the same “time zone.” Not everyone is “reading” the signs of the times in the same way. Then I heard “war zone,” and He began to speak to me about what it means to be in a time of war versus a time of peace. He also reminded me that He himself is a “man of war.”[4]

Acts 8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)

Nichole Nordeman: Spread the map on the table
With the coffee stain
Put your finger on the places
Show me where you’ve been

Rev. David Clifford: At the end of Acts 8:26, which reads, “An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, ‘At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza,’” Luke makes a point, parenthetically, to tell the reader: “This is a desert road.” We don’t know why Luke specified the time of day, but it might indicate that Philip was called to go out in the heat of midday. In any case, this is a tall order for Philip, which seems to come from out of the blue! The text provides no explanation for the angel’s visit. What’s more, there is no indication that Philip questioned the angel about either the message or the assignment—Why he should go? Could he do it a little later in the day when the desert heat is more congenial for travel? Was there an alternative route he could take? Wasn’t there someone else who could go on this errand or at least accompany him? The text doesn’t indicate that Philip raised any objections or asked any questions. It simply says, the angel of the Lord told him to go; “So he did” (v. 27).[1][5]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They hear themselves speaking miracles over the hopeless and tormented. Golden ideas, purposes, tactics, and aspirations haunt them like angelic visitations.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Furthermore, we are stepping into a time of unusual miracles and unseen exploits that haven’t even entered into our minds and hearts (Ephesians 3:20). The Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5, “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” As we position ourselves in agreement and alignment with God’s purposes and plans for our lives and this earth, we are going to experience the greatest demonstration of power and “wonders” manifested as God destroys the devil’s evil plans and plots, right before our eyes.

Steve Shultz: Ask the Lord to show you if that’s the case and ask Him what you should do about it.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Hosting God’s Presence: How to Influence Culture in the Right Order

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): My hope for our near future lies in those who are waking up to this Divine DNA that was there from the start—especially amid the painful experiences of life. We must all move through the universal pattern of Order, Disorder, and Reorder, and we must do it again and again and again.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Thank you for taking the time to send me something in response to my note (in a time of Order).  I have no money to share as a thank you to support your ministry.  All I have are the collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Your body and your soul fuse together as one. Nothing happens in the soul that is not reflected in the body. And nothing happens in the body that doesn’t deeply affect the soul.[6]

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): It has been terrifying as I’ve awakened daily to the reminders of what alone and invisible felt like, as I’ve helped him with basic living tasks. It’s been strengthening as I’ve chosen trust, gone through the good we share, the fact that this time it is a marriage instead of a pantomime. It’s been humbling as I’ve trusted God for strength, held on to hope, and helped the kids understand this very changed step parent.

Brat: I wake up in the middle of the night and remember how alone I feel in my calling.  These collective conversations that I write are all I have.  Apart from Christ I can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Which is wondrous.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): “I am the true vine…abide in me as I abide in you…apart from me you can do nothing.” This is not a threat—it is an assurance. Christ is saying there is nothing you can do that is not already part of me, because we are one in love. I have given my life to you. We are connected. You are never alone. In me, no one is ever alone.

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I heard the Lord say “I am bringing the lonely pioneers into tribes. I am bringing the lonely pioneers their tribe.”[7]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Don’t die before your time. God’s plan is to end like Pastor Mike Hayes teaches: “Full of days,” which means a meaningful life of productivity. Love your family, help build and serve a local church that is taking the gates, make your career your calling, take territory through it—your years won’t be wasted.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Watch as I now fight for My faithful ones, My brave pioneers who have given everything to follow Me. Watch now as I break open the way where the way has seemed shut. Watch as I overturn the bad reports and breathe My justice and favor into trials against them. Watch as I settle the score and open up what looks locked.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How do we proclaim the Good News about Jesus when we think there is just too much happening around us and in the world? The answer is never the same and will vary from person to person. Still, the text, the overall message of this Gospel, suggests this simple response: We show up. We show up authentically as ourselves. We love others. We share the Good News with others. We speak and act in ways that support this message of love.[8]

NOMADS

Donna Rigney (April 6, 2021): Sitting alone in my prayer room, I heard Father declare: “I say, ‘No longer will My children be ruled by injustice.’ Injustice is a spirit, just like pride, lust, fear, Jezebel, Ahab…These are all spirits who are assigned to destroy people, lands and My Kingdom. My Church has been assailed by injustice for many years. In droves, people have left the Church, because of the spirit of injustice manifesting through the people in these churches – both through the leaders and the congregants. [9]

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): I wanted to take a moment to expound on my subscription request, so that you’d better understand my intentions.  There is a critical spirit that goads periodically to the flock telling the sheep not to just go stalking bloggers to devour their latest words, so as not to spend real time with God to get His own words.  It’s the same pedantic spirit that told us not to go church shopping pre-pandemic.  But this spirit doesn’t look at the heart.  Its only intention is to scold and try to play the upper hand.  This spirit doesn’t consider those of us that are SENT.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I sent you there to break new ground and prepare the land for what I was about to do there. You didn’t miss it or fail that assignment but you did exactly what I needed you to. But don’t think that I did this without your family in mind…I have been leading you to the place where you will soon put down roots and finally be established. Your pioneering days are not over…soon you will build something that will last generations. Your children are going to walk in the fruit of your obedience and then pioneer and build upon what you have created in these years of blind faith.[10]

Brat: God, please make it so!! [sob]

Steve Shultz: Review your strange training history which God is now using for your benefit. Along with me, I hope you’ll end with just saying, “Wow! Who knew God would use THAT time to prepare me for my ‘NOW.'”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Maybe we can all relate to that impulse a little bit. Because on some level, in whatever context we might find ourselves, I think we all hope that we’re going to make a good impression. We hope that our fruitfulness, whatever that means for us—maybe our work or our pastimes or other manifestations of our personal fulfillment—is really going to WOW whoever it is that we think is assessing us. Our family. Our neighbors. Our friends at church. The people on Facebook. Maybe even God. [11]

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): When we examine history, we know that there has scarcely been a time period, community, or country which did not regularly experience war, famine, torture, families separated by death or distance, relentless injustice against which people felt powerless, domestic violence, sexual abuse, imprisonment, natural disasters, disease, even wholesale enslavement, persecution, and genocide. All of these are emotionally traumatic for the human psyche; such memories are held in the body itself—so much so that, in many cases, the mind cannot remember the trauma until years later.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This Is Why We Fight

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): A Generation of Digital Nomads

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): To the point that the Great Magid taught, “A small deficiency in the body is a major deficiency in the soul.”

Brat: Often the prophet holds the small deficiency representing the larger group, even if she doesn’t see that she has that deficiency personally.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Limited License

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Normal life gets hard.  It challenges survivors of trauma in ways we’d never expect.  Normal emotions trigger, typical life challenges and changes grind us to a halt.  All of Normal asks more than Normal for survivors.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): We have heard the word trauma a lot in the last thirty years or more. I am not sure if it is happening more, or if we finally have a word to describe what has probably always been happening.

Zane (30 Apr 21): GRACE | Standing Together to End Abuse

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): A doctor, the Talmud says, is licensed by G‑d to heal.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For the dozenth time today I caught the fear and placed it in “now.”

Michael Poffenberger (26 Apr 21): Like many of you, we had no idea how much the challenges of 2020 would force us to change or adapt. Thanks to your support, the CAC has been able to continue the work of reminding more and more people of their inherent belovedness. And, if the tremendous volume of emails and letters we’ve received is any indication, there continues to be a great appreciation and growing need for this to continue to expand.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have been asking, “Will we be nomads forever?” because the migratory season has not been as simple or clear as it seemed it would be. “Will we move from place to place forever?”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Nichole Nordeman: Is that California where your teardrops dried
You drew a circle around Georgia
Can you tell me why

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Thank you for reaching out to us. You clearly have a rich spiritual life and love of God. Where are you? Do you live in SOCAL?  

Brat: Thank you for reaching back to me.  Yes, I live in Southern California; in Camarillo (in Ventura County.)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There are steps and jumps that don’t make sense; cities, locations, and seasons of saying “yes” that seem to have been in vain. “What did we do that for, Lord?” many have said. “It doesn’t make sense!”

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21 – in “Emboldened”): Lord, I don’t really know what You want me to do.  I don’t have peace about what You really want me to say.  I have peace about trying to contact CAC (Richard Rohr), but I have no confidence that they’ll do anything.  I don’t know what to say.  I feel like no matter what I try, I’ll get ambushed again anyway. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): So get a good doctor. Follow his instructions. Respect his divine license.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): And this survivor of abuse in a previous relationship can now exhale. The exhaling comes with jagged sobs, nightmares that process trauma, insecurities, doubt, and daytime conversations with self about what’s *now* and what was the awful then.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Right now, so many pioneers are facing disappointments, red tape, roadblocks and bad reports on every side. “Which way do we go? We have run out of options!” they have said.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): It’s time to turn “good manners” humility into self-confidence we can honestly depend on. A confidence that can lift our horses in a way humility leaves them hanging. [12]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED[13]

Steve Shultz: She has made it her “cause” to rescue the perishing!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I heard the Lord say, “Do not say you are nomads, because I planned your steps and knew exactly where you needed to be for the time I called you there. Each season was a purpose you still do not see yet, but soon you will see how the seasons and scenes connect.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): A cowboy walks into a bar…

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thanks to your support and prayers, this Outreach was a resounding success. You helped us bring the Gospel to these Jewish people and their neighbors – many thousands of them! – along with much needed medical care, clean water.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The first nomadic Believers were Abraham’s group and these were all ENTREPRENEURS—business people, not temple officials or government employees. They had to do CHURCH as a FAMILY before they learned to do church around the Tabernacle of Moses.

Microsoft Services (02 May 21): In the Terms, we’ve added section 15 along with a reference to section 15 at the beginning of the Terms on waiving entitlements that would otherwise be applicable to microenterprises, small enterprises or a not-for-profit organisations under the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A few of them will be in pulpits, but more of them will be in politics, business, science, law, entertainment, music, and a thousand other fields of endeavor. They will not introduce subjects; they will introduce eras.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Sometimes it appears we are all “interims,” no matter what task we are doing or what title we have. We all walk a great path, with our steps mattering to the greater march of humanity. We can learn how to thank ourselves, in unfinished ways, for the great unfinished of our lives.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): We can trust horses to let us know if we manage to become arrogant asshats, have no fear. And we will always be learning, but in gratitude to all the horses that came before, let’s brag about ourselves, too. Be proud, we are their legacy. Let’s claim the credit we deserve and see what happens next.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” – Amos 8:11 (NIV)

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Words of the Prophet

Nichole Nordeman: I see should have beens, could have beens
Written all over your face
Wrong turns, and bridges burned
Things you want to change

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): My love, this true partner of now, has been debilitated, dependent, physically disabled. The concussion and then anesthesia shifted his cognition, his personality. For 8 weeks now, I’ve been alone but loved from within his physical and cognitive confines.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I’ve spent my life trying to remind people of their inherent belovedness, and I pray that our work at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) has played a role in helping you to see, feel, and experience the hope of your own chosenness in God.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Does it really matter what people think of you? Why should you care?

IN THOSE DAYS

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see ‘the human one coming on the clouds’ with great power and glory. . . . Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:24–27, 31)

Brat: Why did you leave out verses 28, 29, and 30 when everything has already been fulfilled?

Mark 13:28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Our All-Vulnerable God

Mark 13:30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 

Brat: Is this not a testimony to God’s mercy?

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): King David teaches us about man’s vulnerability and his desires, as well as his ability to soar to the heavens and redeem his sins through repentance. While sin is hidden, repentance in David’s eyes must not be clandestine: it should be public.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): The public is requested to pray for the wounded as well as the many people who were traumatized by the event. [14]

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (30 Apr 21): Please pray for God’s compassion on the injured and His comfort for the grieving families at this difficult time.

Steve Shultz: None of your trials have been wasted by the Lord. Even the works of darkness that satan threw at you, God is using for your good.

Jewish Journal (03 May 21): DAILY ROUNDUP: Stop Justifying the Deaths of the Meron 45

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we know that God suffers, too. Jesus is continually drawn to the suffering ones and suffers with them. Our English word “pity” doesn’t do justice to the Hebrew concept of the bowel-shaking empathy Jesus felt for the wounded people who came to him.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His zeal; He cries out, He shouts aloud, He shows Himself mighty against His foes. For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor. (Isaiah 42:13-14)

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “I am jealous for the next generation.” They are a generation longing for connection because they are operating as digital nomads in an electronic culture.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): We did not follow the Rules—other peoples’ or our own.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): If religion cannot find a meaning for human suffering, humanity is in major trouble. All healthy religion shows us what to do with our pain. Great religion shows us what to do with the absurd, the tragic, the traumatic, the nonsensical, the unjust. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Psalm 51 is David’s public response to his misdeeds. It begins with a glaring title with which David indicts himself right from the start: Natan the prophet came to me after I had gone in to Batsheva (verse 2). In verse 5, he declares that his sin is always with him while he begs the Lord to cleanse him of his iniquity. David is not satisfied with his own personal repentance but he declares that he will teach others the path towards repentance and atonement as well (verse 15). Though he erred, because of his commitment to return and to bring others closer to God, we continue to herald King David as the greatest king of Israel.

Donna Rigney (April 3, 2021): Father explained that this is how our life on Earth could be, if we would just spend more time with Them. We would be in a crossfire of love all the time! He showed me that His children only accomplish their destiny to the degree that they spend time with Him: “Look at Samuel – he abided in My courts day and night. He lingered with Me; he listened to Me giving him clear instructions. Eventually he led all of Israel. He fully accomplished his destiny. The same is true of David, a man with a heart after Mine. From a lowly shepherd, I made him into what I created him to be – the greatest king of Israel.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Jezebel wants to steal their inheritance. The policy-making of ignorant men in high places is making your task harder. We fight because economic meltdown is a possibility. We fight in the Spirit to store up the resources our children need to FINISH what we began. Solomon built David’s house.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): What am I supposed to say about what I see? About beyond what is right in front of me? Do I paint a pretty picture so folx don’t lose hope or get angry? Or do I tell the truth about a system that is guilty as hell, rotten at the core?

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Discernment: The Lord may reveal the true motivation of an individual by bringing to mind a friend or foe from your past. This is a warning or a confirmation of what your gut is saying. If you personally fail in making a good impression, it takes twenty subsequent interactions to alter or reframe someone’s original perception of who you are. Sometimes the initial interaction frames a permanent wrong impression. Spiritual warfare in the area of your interactions with others is essential, as you need particular individuals to help you accomplish your calling and unique purpose. Declare a divine veto on gossip, slander, and negative commentary, which only serve to corrupt the context of the impression you convey.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Could this be what mythology means by “the sacred wound” and the church describes as “original sin,” which was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us? I believe it is.

Brat: Are impressions a sacred wound?  My best friend tells the story of how she met her father for the first time when he came home from World War II.  She was maybe five years old.  She describes how she, in her pure innocence, absorbed his PTSD from his war wounds that he experienced overseas.  I understand her completely.  I think I did the same thing with my mother.  Maybe this is a valid point of calling these “sacred wounds.”  I know we felt them for our parents because of our love for them and our innate compassion we carry inside of us.  Now the process is one of honoring, blessing, and releasing.  Jo did that when she felt a release when she went to Normandy a few years ago.  What a sacred thing she experienced!

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Pioneers, this is when you need to DRINK the most. This is a moment when choosing to lay down in My presence is going to be more fruitful than swinging your sword, and choosing to receive My fire over the temptation to put out fires around you.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Wait, maybe it wasn’t a cowboy. Not a sober one, anyway.

Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): In Romans 12:21 we are told, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Our divinely powerful weapons are how we do this. We overcome every evil with the good that is the counter to it, as the verse before states: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty given him a drink. By doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”[15]

Brat (04 May 21): Food for thought: (Going back to Fr. Richard Rohr’s broader point of sacred wounds and holding it up to Lance Wallnau’s discernment candle,) if the “original sin” was not an impression and … “was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us” then shouldn’t there still be some form of accountability?  It may free us from the burden of guilt and lets us off the hook from our disobedience to God’s instructions, but there’s still no consequences or an end to them recurring in this worldview.  If we are passive victims of the serpent’s wiles and the effects of the lies that were done to us, then how do we grow up to fight the serpent in this framework?  Even Montessori lenience and tolerance has limits in adulthood.  If sin was the effects of something done to us, then why would there even be a need for repentance?  What would we be repenting from?  No fault, no foul?  I’m not saying we need to peg someone with guilt and shame.  There is no health in scapegoating.  However, we can collectively rise up and say that we’ve had enough and do the right thing, rather than the sideways thing.

Patheos Catholic (03 May 21): Kill the Cat Apologetics

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): This story is being played out before our eyes as political authorities are entering churches across the globe to shut down our worship to God. Looking to accuse us of foul play, I believe Jesus’ response would be the same today as it was back then – we must serve God rather than men. We cannot allow the hardness of men’s hearts or political spirits to stop us from doing good and bringing life to those around us.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Many Christians see the sacrifice of Christ as necessary for the remission of human sins. I don’t. I see the crucifixion as a massive injustice and human failure. It never should have happened. Sadly, that historic bloody lynching has been turned into a transactional requirement for salvation. That is tragedy upon tragedy.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): This past Sunday during corporate worship, the Lord reminded me of how powerful we truly are. Listening to the passionate praises of the people, the Lord let me know… He heard us the first time…

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Remember I told you this…in the next few years a new kind of Christian leader will appear. They will not fit any present mold. They will be the catalysts. They will usher in the next great awakening.

Brat: Are we not living “In those days, AFTER the tribulation…”?? (Mark 13:24)

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I have marked you as My agents of change and breakers for the Church, and I have anointed you as diplomats that will have NO STOPS where I send you! Expect to see good news once again. It has been a long time of only hearing the thumping feet of giants in the land, but now I will remind you who carries the keys of victory!

Lana Vawser (in “Emboldened” 22 Apr 21): In the vision, I saw people who were in deep anguish before the Lord; they were crying out for deliverance from the weight of confusion and despair that was surrounding them. I continued to hear the words, “I just don’t know anymore.” Many of them were feeling so weighed down and taking on this confusion as their own. [16]

Brat: Grrrrrrrr…. This feels like gaslighting! Do you not know how much it hurts to see one’s own prayers in print by someone else when there is no contact to make friendship?

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Arguing with a narcissist is like getting arrested.  Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Brat (05 May 21): This is a current topic and came up AGAIN yesterday as Sophia and I were discussing this stress arising once again inside the Church.  We came against it with prayer and post.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): The chaos you see and the turmoil you feel are because the enemies of the cross keep screaming from the sidelines as they are headed to the pit. It is the demons who have lost that are vying for your attention and distracting your gaze. The deliverance you have sought is already underway and the hordes of hell have been forced into submission. Do not let their expulsion divert your direction or their temper tantrums sidetrack your purpose.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Paul’s letter to Titus about the qualifications of elders he also lists being pugnacious as a disqualifying characteristic. This is to be prone to arguments, which is also revealing an immaturity that an elder cannot have. The mature and stable can debate with those who have differences without taking it personally and without getting impatient or offended with those who disagree. Those who cannot do this without it deteriorating into an argument are not demonstrating the maturity that one representing Christ as one of His leaders must have. [17] 

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: Our epistle reminds us that if we love one another, God lives in us. God abides in us. There is no secret we can keep from God.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Exposure is coming from Heaven in this hour, and EVERYTHING that has been done in secret will be shouted from the housetops (Luke 12:3). Our prayers are being answered, and as exposure is being realized, the devil is throwing a fit.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): You are also causing the Ekklesia to rise up and stand strong in faith. We are part of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, regardless of what is thrown its way. We, Your Ekklesia, will declare and act in faith. We will continue to decree against what Hell is attempting to put in place. Faith is rising to oppose its every action. Together with the angel armies, we will defeat the enemy’s plans.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Apart from the book of Revelation, Mark 13, along with parallel Gospel passages, is a primary example of apocalyptic literature in the New Testament. It is Jesus’ way of showing that everything is passing away. If we don’t hold this counterpoint in mind, we do one of two things: we take this world far too seriously, or we try to hold on to everything. We think it’s all going to last, but it isn’t. The 21st century, the United States of America, capitalism, our churches and our political parties, and all the rest are passing away. We might recall the Buddhist heart sutra “Gone, gone, entirely gone” when we watch old movies—even celebrities and stars die. We can take this as a morbid lesson, or we can receive it as the truth ahead of time, so we’re not surprised, disappointed, and angry when it happens in our generation.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): It is the Church’s responsibility, not the government’s, schools’ or any other organization’s, to change our environment using the spiritual weapons God has given us. We are no longer going to linger INSIDE of a church building, but we are being launched into this world to bring life, hope and rescue to those trapped in deep darkness.

Nichole Nordeman: Get the box off the top shelf
With the black and white
Snapshots of your old self
In a better light
Ghosts and regrets back again
I can see it in your eyes
Send them home, let ’em go
Don’t you think it’s time

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Before I could push back and turn the question around on you, God, before I could ask you what it is you see, you pour out your lament, your rage, your grief.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Apostle Paul writes about the qualifications for elders in Titus Chapter One, and “outbursts of anger” is one of the disqualifying characteristics for leadership in the church. Rage from those in leadership can do great damage, and this is something most quality organizations will not allow in their leaders or managers. Those who are prone to such a loss of control of their spirit are certainly not mature enough or secure enough to be leaders representing our King. 

Brat: I remember when you went through your raging period a few years ago.  It seemed that no one respected your authority.  I prayed for you and was grateful to God when you came back to yourself again (and I told you so with “Welcome back!”)  You are now anchored.  Glory to God!

Steve Shultz: She willingly and regularly goes into the dark places on Earth and ministers to those greatly affected or caught by the enemy himself.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Two months ago, my love had his accident. One month ago, he had the surgery. He’s beginning to function as himself again.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): For purposes of this post, the translation could be: “If a man isn’t caring for and cultivating the lives of those closest to him, how will he handle a larger group that have less personal ties of endearment?”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): In our world, it’s considered good manners to praise the horse on a good day, and for the rider to take the blame if things go sideways. There is nothing worse than watching a horse get punished for a rider’s frustration. So yes, take the blame, but if in this process, as we slouch and mumble about our shortcomings, what does the horse see? We act humble for the humans nearby, as if horses don’t keep us humble without us acting it out.

ETHIOPIA

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): So many pioneer families have stepped out into the unknown in faith and have faced assault upon assault, with barricades and obstructions blocking the promise that they were given to the point where they have wanted to go back to Egypt.

Allan Boesak: For people who face situations like [apartheid in South Africa], the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change.

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Field Update from Ethiopia

Acts 8:27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship

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Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you for blessing so many Jewish people in Fiche, Ethiopia! Earlier in the year, we told you about our upcoming Medical Outreach to Fiche. Our team went to help impoverished Jewish people living on the outskirts of an already rural community.  

Rev. David Clifford: I have often heard sermons preached on Philip’s meeting with the Ethiopian eunuch as a reflection on the importance of our evangelistic work or our treatment of the foreigner. And, of course these things are amply important. However, as the political conflict continues to erupt over our (United States of America) own border with Mexico, it seems as if many in the USA seem to think that we, like Philip, have the answers for the foreigner seeking assistance. [18]

Acts 8:28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Brat: I wept with hope and gratitude when I read this cross-reference! I relate to this so deeply!  God…[sob]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): You swore justice.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the red tape has only tightened its grip, the roadblocks seem to have multiplied, and the delays have increased to stop your advancement. This is why the war on your home has hit an all-time high, and you have had to war for peace and clarity on a daily basis, because the enemy sees the breakthrough coming to your family line and the promise over your future. He sees the freedom that has come because of your faith leaps, the new bloodline that has begun, and the anointing that has doubled because of your yes.

FAVOR

Fr. Richard Rohr (01 May 21): Most Christian denominations made the Gospel into what CAC teacher and friend Brian McLaren describes as “an evacuation plan for the next world,” which does not allow us to take the incarnation seriously. The Word became flesh in this world, said yes to this world, to this planet, to this earth, to physicality and sexuality, and to materiality itself! It’s all very good, according to God in Genesis 1. But most people’s association with Apocalypse is to escape this world—not to renew it. For me, the high point of the book of Revelation is in 11:15, when John writes, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever.” This is not an evacuation plan for the next world—it is a promise of a new heaven and new earth for this world! [1][19]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The Church is changing and here are some things we can expect to see in the “face of the changing Church.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): If we can embrace this aspect of God’s nature as a demonstration of His extreme love for His creation, we are then able to consider redemptive actions we can take to defeat these wicked plans. As foundational as our prayers and prophetic proclamations are, it is time to step out of our prayer closets and worship services to engage with our communities at strategic levels. We are citizens of heaven, but we are also citizens here on the earth. God gave us this planet to steward. He invites us to influence, impact, and transform lives and lands around us to show others the glory of His Kingdom. We may be looking forward to “going up,” but He desperately wants to “come down” so that the knowledge of His glory will cover and permeate every living thing – including our cities.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve Waited Over a Decade for this Event

Martha Spong (03 May 21): In his letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches that if we’re letting ourselves accept the guidance of the Spirit, this is how we’ll be: loving, joyful, at peace, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and able to control ourselves. His list follows a catalog of behavioral sins in verses 19-21, among them one word that stands out for me: “enmities,” the active hostility to someone or something. It’s a bitter and unremitting state of mind and heart. It’s hatefulness we can’t keep inside. It’s the systemic hate that sustains racism and bigotry and fuels actions – both individual and collective – that harm people and communities and the world.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Galatians 5:19-21 we have an even more serious reason why all Christians should not tolerate a lack of self-control in their life whether they are in leadership or not

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I saw many pioneers whose hearts had been deeply hurt in previous seasons from people coming into their lives and to be in relationship with them, but it was soon revealed, that these ones had come into relationship for ‘what they could get’ and what they could receive from the favour that many of these pioneers were walking in.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): However, the above text does not say that those who have done these things will not inherit the kingdom, but those who “practice” them. Our battle with the carnal nature is a desperate and difficult one, and because we are still in this fight it does not mean that we are disqualified from the kingdom. What disqualifies us is when they become our practice, which means that we have surrendered to the old nature and no longer fight it, which no true follower of the Lord will do. We must never stop fighting, and we must take control of what we allow and do in our life.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): My friend practices random acts of guerilla compassion. She may over-tip the lunch waiter or give her mother’s caretaker a restaurant gift card or clean up an entire picnic area. Her creative acts of appreciation and recognition say a lot about what she might have liked for herself. Just a little nod to remembering that what we do matters is often enough to take us to the next step on the long path.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): The Law of Attraction: Instead of exhausting yourself with people who don’t get what you’re about, draw people who resonate with the vision you carry. Attract ideal prospects. Did you know that was possible? When this happens, you are operating in flow—dancing in rapport with others—and people that are ideal for you are picking up on your presence. These interactions are synchronous events, God’s divine appointments—not a coincidence or a moment left to chance. A series of events and Spirit-led decisions lead to this interaction. When you run into the right person at the right time you are tapping into a field of cause and effect in an unseen realm.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve waited over a decade for this event. After ten years of prayers, we’re honored to finally offer you an invitation to this Partners Homecoming on June 4 – 5, where we’ll be having the Heritage Tower dedication ceremony.

Genesis 11:Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Brat: You already have a university and now you need a tower, too?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Yes, this is the right time, the right moment in history, and the right environment to birth movements. Don’t buy into what you see around you and the news headlines. What God gave you is for THIS HOUR! What you are about to birth and build next is what the enemy is afraid of. He is afraid because it’s been like the collecting of waters, the building of pressure through years of warfare that has brought you to a moment where what you have been carrying has only increased in its potency, and it is going to do some serious damage to the plans of darkness!

Revelation 12:15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): Last week the Lord was showing me many pioneers that are feeling lonely right now, they are building with the Lord and moving into the ‘unchartered territories’ but have been feeling deeply lonely. For some of these pioneers, relationships they have run with before have shifted and changed, and they now feel like they are in the unchartered waters alone. Others have been in uncharted waters for a long time feeling very alone and crying out to the Lord for community of like hearted and like minded people to run and build with.

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): Checking In

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): David, for his part, fulfilled his role by killing Philistines and getting the prophetic blueprint for the design of the temple. He got the blueprint and he funded the building.

Genesis 11:But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): As goes Jerusalem, so goes the world – at least in the biblical imagination – so of course when God wants to make a new heaven and a new earth, the transformation starts in J-town. Another way to state that claim is to say that the transformation of the universe will start in religious centers, the places where the worshipers of our God gather to worship.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Reminded of His attitude towards wickedness and readiness for war with His enemies, I began to search scriptures and ponder this aspect of God’s nature. As peace-loving citizens of a higher Kingdom, we don’t often consider what it means to burn with holy anger or righteous indignation. And yet, if we don’t understand or embrace this aspect of God’s PASSION for His people, I believe our CAPACITY FOR TRUTH WILL BE LIMITED. If we cannot fathom His actions towards those who openly defy His laws, we will be unable to see what’s right in front of our eyes. (Additional scriptures referencing God’s perspective on war: Deuteronomy 32:39-43Jeremiah, 51:20-23, Hosea 10:13-14, Jeremiah 46:10, Ezekiel 7:10-12, Job 5:11-15, Isaiah 36:5, Joel 3:9-10)

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): As I sat in the presence of the Lord, I heard Him say, “People’s eyes need to be opened to the truth. Before the great unveiling occurs, I will be sovereignly opening the eyes of My blind children. Where they’ve walked in great darkness, they will soon be seeing the light. Little by little, light will be shown upon areas of deception, and they will see and understand the truth. Where they once believed that lies were the truth, now they will know. Because of My mercy on these blind ones, I am gradually going to shine the light into these dark corners where wickedness has been hiding.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Before, during and after the trail of Officer Derek Chauvin, George Floyd’s murderer, it wasn’t uncommon to hear things like, “George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed.”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): Leaks Are Coming

Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Stretch your faith to pray for people who are far away from you in terms of lapsed time or geographical distance. Expect God’s power to bridge the gaps.[20]

Rev. David Clifford: However, if we utilize an incarnation of love interpretive framework, the thing we are abiding within isn’t a literal vine, but the love of Christ. Those who abide in Christ’s love, abide in Christ. For Christ is the vine, and we are the branches. The fruit we bear isn’t more butts in the church pews, but more love in the world. If any Christian is not loving, they are like a branch that is thrown away and withers.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9)To “abhor” something is to “have a horror of; to detest.” The question is – do we recognize what’s truly evil? Are we rightly discerning the forces at work behind the scenes that are openly defying God? Do we recognize that though God is merciful and compassion, He also burns with holy anger against rebellion and sin?

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I continued to watch as the Lord used these once lonely pioneers as CONNECTORS. The Lord was now using them in great and powerful ways as NETWORKERS and CONNECTORS to BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): No Sacrifice

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): For all the cowboys in western movies who flap their arms like chickens and jerk that horse’s head sideways with a shank-bit, while stabbing spur rowels into tense flanks, egads, would you give yourself some credit? I’m not saying they’ll start making movies of women standing next to horses and breathing. Affirmative training, working peacefully with horses, will never be as flashy as whip-cracking domination, but the world for horses will only change when we stand and bear witness to our skill and value.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature is not meant to strike fear in us as much as a radical rearrangement. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of worlds—our worlds that we have created.

Nichole Nordeman: But it’s history
It don’t define ya
You’re free to leave
It all behind ya

Revelation 2:28 I will also give that one the morning star. 

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): This is a time for our Partners and those who have supported this ministry to celebrate and fellowship with dear friends. Thanks to your faithfulness, MorningStar Ministries is expanding into the many prophetic words spoken over this organization as we continue our mission of equipping the saints. There’s so much we have planned, and we can’t wait to show you.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Instead of hitting snooze, let’s interrogate how white culture habitually turns a tragedy into an opportunity for “us.” Let’s see whose body we crucify for “our” benefit. Let’s also acknowledge how some elements of Christian theology inform this self-serving pattern.

Genesis 11:The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 

Brat: Lord, don’t You see Your word has been fulfilled again?!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Let’s further distinguish the character of apocalyptic literature from prophetic literature in the Bible. Since the Western mind is literal and analytic, it usually misunderstood both types of literature. We viewed apocalypse as threatening and prophecy as foretelling, and our understanding of both missed the point. Prophecy came to mean predicting things and apocalypse came to mean the final destruction of things—both in the future. We projected everything forward, instead of realizing that these writings were, first of all, present descriptions of reality right now. We did the same thing with heaven and hell. In terms of the actual biblical message of transformation and enlightenment, this approach is largely useless, in my opinion, and often even harmful. They just reinforced our reward/punishment story line which keeps us at an immature level of development.

Genesis 11:Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

Brat: Say what?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): The bartender asks in a soft voice, “How is that new colt doing?”

Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Jesus’ use of apocalyptic language is his way of showing that everything is passing away. God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes, and nothing remains the same.

Sally A. Howard: We never outgrow the need to be held in steadfast compassionate love. 

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Favor: When you meet someone for the first time, your memory slideshow begins to play. You begin by asking yourself, “Who does this person remind me of?” It is as if you experience a divine form of déjà vu. This serves as a clue to the significance of this individual. When God guides the selection process, a new acquaintance looks at you and they associate you with someone or something positive. That’s when the favor hits. Favor is like a divine covering and makes a powerful first impression.

Brat: When I got a response from Fr. Richard Rohr, I was not convinced I made a favorable impression.  I wondered if one of his paid readers wrote it in his name. He talked about his conversion/other-worldly experience and our belovedness, and then he put in a ploy for a monetary donation.

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Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you again for your financial and prayer support. You make all the difference. 

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): The problem is that many think that this mindset is correct, but your mind needs to be broken and freed from the spirit of deception. YOU have value and worth in The Kingdom!

Brat: [Slow exhale…] Does anybody listen?!

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): So, if another voice comes to question My ability, challenge my authority, or reject My methods of warfare – just remember – THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED.

Rev. David Clifford: We sometimes forget the power of the Spirit that is at work in this story from the book of Acts. Sudarshana Devadhar (resident bishop, New England, Conference, United Methodist Church) interprets Luke’s note of the time of day as an indicator of the guidance of the Spirit and Philip’s holy discernment

Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”

Brat: Like Philip goes Uber?

Nichole Nordeman: Every road and every bend
Every bruise and bitter end
All you squandered, all you spent
It mattered, it mattered
Mercy always finds a way
To wrap your blisters up in grace
Every highway you’d erase
It mattered, it mattered

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And allow the soul to thrive by taking care of the holy body to which it has tied its destiny.

Rev. David Clifford: Of course, all of this begs the question of how one might interpret the very task of evangelism through the lens of an incarnation of love. I find myself curious about how one might preach the call to evangelism through such a hermeneutical lens. Many people, especially in the younger generations, are tired of having religion and a “holy-than-thou” sharing of the “good news” shoved down their throat. Too often, the modern church has done more harm than good in our evangelical pursuit of sharing what is supposed to be good news to those in the margins of society.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): But I want us to think carefully about whether our personal anxiety about being fruitful enough—which we might interpret at times as being saintly enough, as busy enough, as able enough, as successful enough—obscures what Jesus is really getting at here in this parable of the vine and branches. Because, I would offer, this is not so much a parable about God’s assessment or judgment of individual achievement as it is a parable about connection, about the divinely-perfected integration of heaven and earth.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: As God transforms us, we transform the world. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador knew what it meant to be transformed by love; he knew what it meant to be with the people of his country and knew that speaking the truth would likely cause his death; he knew that loving the people of El Salvador meant that his actions and words mattered. He is reported to have said, “If a man knows how to detach from himself and knows how to love, he is a saint; if a man speaks too much about holiness but does not know how to love, he is no saint.” This is how we love.

Rev. Jacqui Lewis: Radical change requires radical love. When we put our own needs second, and join the love revolution, then will we find ourselves in God’s Kingdom. 

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This next generation among us is beautiful and precious and so sold out to Christ.

FAMILY

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21- echo…): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Your home and those family relationships are the most important assets in your life! Don’t treat them poorly; they are the first sanctuary on the way to church.

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): (I already told you…) 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.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw a vision of these pioneers with their families in a “crossing the red sea” season, and they looked tired. It’s been a season of crossing over and leading the way into new territory, and this journey between the wilderness and the promise has been long.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): There is no doubt about it—family is a higher priority than your church or ministry. It’s the FIRST Mountain.

Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I remember feeling very special, very chosen, very beloved, and it was my secret. The rest of my family didn’t know what I was knowing—see how my ego was already getting involved? Like the Apostle Paul, I now believe that chosenness is for the sake of letting everybody else know they are chosen, too.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): You have a prayer for our community that we would all see our inherent belovedness.  I add to that that there is no way to reach a community if there isn’t one to belong to in this apocalyptic revision and there is no value recognized in the gift (in the time of Disorder). 

Elijah List (26 Apr 21): “Jesus, help”

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Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): When we are thanked, we go on to thank others. Blessings multiply into happy endings; ingratitudes multiply into messes. How to get the appreciation we ourselves want? Appreciate others. How to get the encouragement we ourselves want? Encourage others. The golden rule is truly golden and has many applications. Once we know that what we do matters, we go on to help others recognize the same.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): To change people’s consciousness, we have to find a way to reach their unconscious. That’s where our hearts and our real agendas lie, where our mother wounds, father wounds, and cultural wounds reside. The unconscious is where it all lies stored, and this determines a great deal of what we pay attention to and what we ignore. While it took modern therapy and psychology for us to recognize how true this was, through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were already there. We can’t get to the unconscious logically, literally, or mechanically. We have to fall into it, I’m sorry to say, and usually by suffering, paradox and the effective use of symbols. Until our certitudes and our own little self-written success stories begin to fall apart, we usually won’t touch upon any form of deeper wisdom.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): If you mess up the order, your banners start falling off the wall.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They are a walking paradox. They feel weaker. They feel stronger. They feel disoriented. They feel focused. They feel discombobulated. They feel settled.

Brat: THAT IS SOOOOO TRUE!

Steve Shultz: And I’m so pleased to note that someone closer to my age, along with these young, emerging prophets and evangelists, is happily and strongly promoting the brand new thing God is doing with this next generation.

Dutch Sheets (20 Apr 21): Lord, give us eyes to see what You are doing. Give us ears to hear what You are saying. Give us courageous hearts that stand ready to hold the line for righteousness, justice, and truth. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can push back evil, restore divine order, secure peace and see Your Kingdom advance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “If you’ll take care of your own, I’ll take care of the REST of your concerns.”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Brother Jesus, you show up and show us the way to feed those who need feeding. Keep showing us. Amen.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: But what is love? We could attempt to define it in many ways, and we could provide examples of how we have experienced love, yet it would still not be enough. We could look at our relationships and draw from those, but even then, we would not have a certain definition.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Relationships are the most valuable treasures we have in this life. How many have been ruined by the lack of self-control? This causes things like outbursts of anger, saying things that cannot be taken back, or doing things that irreparably damage a relationship and sever us from those who would have been great treasures in our life. How has the lack of self-control kept us from promotions or positions we would have otherwise received? We will not know until the Judgment Day just how costly this one thing has been to us, but if this is a problem we have, there is no doubt the cost has been great.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Lord, our declaration of faith is that You have brought us to an era of Pentecost. What You are about to do, the world has never seen. You are not an indifferent bystander, simply watching over the affairs of men. You are rising up. You will thunder against iniquitous roots that mock You. You will rise against sin and its destruction, against idolatry, and against governments that disdain Your Word. You will judge in fairness. But You will not be mocked and You will not be stopped.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Time for an Answer

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): As soon as I heard those words, I looked out at the horizon and suddenly I could see the assignments that God had given to these pioneers, and why their assignments had been so heavily contested. Then I heard these words: “This is over territory, inheritance, and legacy!”

Genesis 11:So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Understanding that He will protect us and bless us in our going out and coming in gives us this supernatural boldness to accomplish His mission and assignment for us as we go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel to everyone. He gives us language to use that is understandable to the hearer, and opens the hearts of those who are hardened to listen to life words that produce a life change in them. We are His kids and we were never designed to live broken and apart from Him.

Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): The enemy has been trying to prevent and hold back the next scene of the play but while it can be delayed, nothing cannot stop what God has been planning to unveil.[21]

FRUIT BASKET

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit. He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” – Amos 8:1-2a (NRSV)

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes and nothing remains the same. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. It’s a hard lesson to learn. It helps us appreciate that everything is a gift. We didn’t create it. We don’t deserve it. It will not last, but while we breathe it in, we can enjoy it, and know that it is another moment of God, another moment of life. People who take this moment seriously take every moment seriously, and those are the people who are ready for heaven. If religion isn’t leading us into an eternal now, an eternal moment, an always-true moment, an always-love moment, then we have not lived the moment at all.[22]

Rev. David Clifford: There is “good news” in these scriptures for this difficult task. The strength and power of love that we so desperately need in our society comes, not from us, but from Christ. For Christ reminds us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart form me you can do nothing…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15: 5 & 7 NIV). We remain in a Savior that is the true incarnation of God’s love – not one that cuts off all the people we don’t like or that don’t act the way we desire. Christ is a Savior that prunes the hate of the world so that love will blossom and grow. This is the incarnation of love.

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (29 Apr 21): The vinegrower in this “I am” saying is a master pruner because instead of killing the vine, it bears more fruit. I’m sure if I were to attempt to prune the vine, I’d kill it. Fortunately for us, we can let God do the pruning. What needs pruning in our lives so we can grow and bear much fruit? Are we ready to let the master vinegrower remove the withered branches of our lives?

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): So, for example, in today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus talking about being the vine and his Father being the vinegrower, and we are the branches who are expected to bear fruit, to bear MUCH fruit, in fact, so that we can glorify God…or else we’ll be burned up and thrown away into the fire. And if we’re accustomed to always thinking that somehow we need to be impressive to be of value, that sounds a little intimidating. like an ultimatum—be fruitful or else!

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, God abides in us. God abides in our relationships. God transforms. God will allow us to bear fruit. Amen.

Acts 8:30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking, especially if we’ve become overly attached to them.

Rev. David Clifford: I wonder how we might interpret this scripture differently through the lens of an incarnation of love in Philip’s spirit. Could it be that Philip is able to share the good news of the gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch because he was so connected to the love of God through the incarnation of Christ? The preacher of these texts might explore the ways our spirit of love, as connected by Christ, affects and calls us to treat our fellow human beings differently and with more understanding (a play on words from the conversation Philip and the Ethiopian share).

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: It is a slow and transformational relationship between the vine grower and the branches. Just like the Ethiopian eunuch in our first lesson, we will not always understand. We may ask, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” These relationships require honesty and require us to let go of all those parts we think we can hide from the world and God. How many times have we been afraid to ask for help? Or even embarrassed to ask, “Who can guide me?”

Kaitlin Curtice: The next step after naming my trauma—the trauma of assimilation, the trauma of being an Indigenous woman who grew up in the Baptist church, the trauma of a broken family, the trauma of struggling with anxiety, and more—was to learn how to live with the reality of those traumas, because once we name something out loud, it becomes true in a way it wasn’t before. My journey with trauma includes learning to love myself in a more embodied way, continuing therapy, and actually stepping out of toxic church spaces and institutions into a fuller journey with the Christian faith that accepts me as I am.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My intention of sharing with you is not to get seen on the Daily Meditations or on social media.  I realize you do not respond to every submission.  My intention of sharing, however, is to make a connection, as heretofore everyone I share with reciprocates with more grinding Silence and it is impossible to forge an honest relationship without partnership.  There is no relationship with Apathy.  I am sharing out of a genuine heart cry.  Without a “Boaz” I’m perpetually gleaning the fields…

Acts 8:31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.

Rev. David Clifford: In a similar way, the incarnation of love from 1 John may adjust the ways in which we interpret the lectionary text from the Gospel of John. Similar to the text from Acts, I have often heard sermons preached on this text from John’s Gospel as an elaboration of our call to evangelism. The usual interpretation says that if we are truly united with Christ, we will bear fruit and see the harvest of our work (which is so often translated as church growth).

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We ARE the Church; it’s not a building with a cross on it. God’s “Church” is equipped and designed to move in power and authority, destroying the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8). The “Greater One,” JESUS, lives inside of us, and the same authority He has, we have.

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): That sense of needing to be impressively fruitful can shape how we think about our faith, our relationship with Jesus, and it can affect how we interpret certain passages.

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.)

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): The Authority of Those Who Have Suffered (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2005), MP3 download.

Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.

Brat: And the Church said nothing…

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): The Lord uses prophetic words, visions, and dreams to encourage us. These manifestations of Holy Spirit help us to see what He is doing. They also provide strategies to help us carry out His will on the earth. He releases them to bring direction and they provide strength against wavering when adversity comes our way.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): It is your FAITH that I respond to and it is your TRUST IN ME that moves My heart. I LOVE answering your prayers and I DELIGHT in manifesting My goodness. The reason for seeming delay to your answers is not because I am hard of hearing. It is not because I am still fighting or struggling to overcome.

Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Brat (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Then why don’t they write me back?  Ellen wrote me back, and she hears me, but friends can only do so much.  Where’s the Church?  Thirteen years of enforced SILENCE is nuts!

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): Cancel Culture vs. the Church

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It is no wonder that Jesus teaches so much about forgiveness, and shares so much healing touch and talk. He does not resort to the usual moral categories, punishment practices, the frequent blame, or the simplistic sin language of most early-stage religious people. That is why he is such a huge spiritual master. Christians almost avoided seeing this by too glibly calling him “God.” He offers everything to us for our own transformation—everything! Not to change others but to change ourselves. Jesus never “cancels” other people or groups.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw, specifically, a 3-year season of contractions and pushing that ended in nothing, and these pioneers were exhausted and wanted to stop pressing in for the promise. I saw the books and manuscripts and songs that had been blocked and held back – the creative solutions that were NEEDED for the season we have been in, but they came under fire and were never birthed.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): “How long must we wait, O Lord, how long? How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?”

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Remember the power of your declaration and the proclamation of My Word. From the very first time you cried out to me on behalf of this nation, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you came together in unity of heart and interceded for the governments of men, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you raised your voice in faith asking for justice, I HEARD YOU.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For me, *together* is still so new, so fragile. But I’ve seen and felt and heard enough love and goodness from this man that I can lean in to hope.

Acts 8:34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): And because people grow and change better inside community than outside, they also developed reinstating rituals of forgiveness and healing for whenever people needed them. Good thing, too, because to this day most Christians still don’t stop sinning cold turkey, even if we try to, even if we want to, or want to want to.

Pastor Steve Dittmar (27 Apr 21): There once was a man who saw what God wanted to do. He saw it so clearly. He knew what God wanted to do. Actually, it was only a speckle of what God wanted to do, but he stared at it so long, it became all that God wanted to do…so begins the journey a man who saw what God wanted to do and the speckle of God. 

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): I am someone who journeys with trauma.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): When your heart is broken, ask Him to mend it.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Accept praise graciously and authentically. Remind yourself to simply say “Thanks, it felt good to get that right.” Being humble doesn’t mean under-valuing yourself.

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): Sadly there are many who believe that if you continue to see themselves as a worthless nobody, then no one will require anything out of them. If you’re someone that no one else needs, someone without value, or any desire to ever accomplish anything; then everyone will always see you as a person of no interest.[23]

Brat: Said by someone in a position of power.  So, I accept your request to “like” your ministry, but you don’t have to “follow” mine?  Just sayn, it’s a very one-sided world I seem to be in, which God sent me into.  All this talk of love and a simple courtesy would go much farther.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): When David is confronted by the prophet Natan with rebuke (II Samuel 12), he responds with a single word: “Chatati (‘חטאתי’): I have sinned.”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Is it that we think we’re the only ones who fall short? Is it a poorly kept secret that mistakes happen? We’ve got this backwards. We’re human, we screw up. It’s our nature. Normal. Ordinary. No reason to constantly point out the obvious. It’s dull conversation.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A side of them ponders the cost of greatness with fear and trembling. Another side of them exuberantly embraces the cost. They are reaching a tipping point in their misery. One of their worlds is about to be absorbed by the other, ushering in the next great awakening! Why not you?

TRAINING GROUNDS

Acts 8:35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.

Steve Shultz: I would NEVER have believed back then that this training would lead me to the opportunities and destiny that God is opening before me.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (02 May 21): Kathryn, What are you waiting for?

Ryan LeStrange (26 Apr 21): My Monday Word for You…Breaking Free from Dominating Leadership!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There has been a global demonic assignment of delay sent to stop the move of God in the earth, and to stop the movements that pioneers have been carrying from coming into fruition, but right now the waters are breaking!

Acts 8:36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): A mother called the church not long ago and asked if we would baptize her toddler, who’d been denied baptism in another community because of Rules. The Rules didn’t make much sense to her, or to me, so we arranged to baptize the little one.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): In a vision, I saw waves and rushing river rapids from many different streams, all beginning to collect like headwaters in a basin, and they were swirling but unable to move any further. As I looked closer I saw that there was an obstruction stopping the flow which looked like a dam wall, but the waters were too much for the wall and it was beginning to crack. Then I heard the Lord say, “The waters are about to break!”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Saint Teresa of Avila once came upon a moving image of the suffering Christ. Falling to her knees, she determined not to rise until Jesus healed her moral carelessness, which she believed was wounding him. Her pious biographers claim she was immediately converted. But Teresa knew better. She wrote, “From that moment on, I began to begin getting better.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): By choosing a life of simplicity, service, generosity, and even powerlessness, we can move forward trusting both Love and Mystery. We don’t need to be perfectly certain before taking the next step.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have seen new and terrifying giants emerging and standing at the gates to their life’s greatest promises, but this is not a moment to retreat or be intimidated! Giants like to camp around your greatest promotions, but just keep going! Many have been saying at this point, “Do we turn back around? Do we retrace our steps? Did we miss it?” But over the next few months there are going to be some major reminders of your call and major wins to lift you out of defeat.

Brat: Giants? What giants?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Maybe you think the railbirds are judging every move you make. They can be real folks wearing celebrity-trainer hats, trying to pass by parroting things that sound tough, saying you’ll spoil that horse. They can be imaginary railbirds, who live in your head and are even worse. They sing-song in your ear, “You pansy, are you afraid? Can’t you make him do it? Show him who’s boss.” The imaginary railbirds say the meanest things.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): For when you fear a thing, you open a door for it to enter.

Brat: And Jesus tried to nip even good things in the bud before they could spread by saying to the amazed Pharisees things like, “And surely you will say …” (Luke 4:23)

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Rules

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): What Do We Do with This Pain?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Recently, the Lord began speaking to me about pioneers and pioneer families who have been facing impossible obstacles and giants that have been preventing them from advancing.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim compared this to the clash in the Bible when Lucifer rebelled against God. He attempted a coup d’etat and led one-third of Heaven’s angels against the Godhead. Michael and his archangels fought against them and won. As we know, Lucifer and his rebellious angels were then cast out of Heaven.

Brat: And look where they landed!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were finding a language and set of metaphors that would stir the power of the imagination and shake the unconscious. The Book of Apocalypse or Revelation was written almost entirely in this apocalyptic style, with archetypal symbols of good and evil such as the Heavenly Woman, the Lamb of God, the Mighty Warrior, and the Red Dragon. The genre we are familiar with that comes closest to what Revelation does is science fiction—but please don’t think I’m dismissing the divinely inspired character of the book. The well-known Bible translator Eugene Peterson (1932–2018) understood the symbolic power of the Book of Revelation

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Be assured that I’ve been overcoming this darkness far longer than you know. Before you uttered your first prayer, I knew what was coming. Before you even understood the battle, I already arranged for the victory. 

Acts 8:38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Lana Vawser (26 Apr 21): “Drink deeply of the living water of My Spirit and My Word and be filled to overflowing with the revelatory truths of My heart. Many of your lives are about to change as you see the power of My words (Psalm 119:68 – TPT).”

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have come to what feels like an impenetrable stop on every side, but this isn’t the end of the story – the hold-up is breaking, the hold-back is breaking, the resistance is wearing down and soon MOVEMENT will come.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): It turns out, I also have Rules about baptism, and we had to suspend those, too. Because we were still in quarantine from the Covid pandemic, the baptism was not via the lovely font under the soaring roof of our sanctuary. Instead, the water was poured into an ordinary bowl of water under an unseasonably sunny sky. Because we were still gathering virtually, the whole congregation could not witness the baptism in person. Instead, one masked representative stood in for everyone. And the toddler splashed his hand in the ordinary bowl of water in the middle of things, which seemed as holy a way to bless the water as the solemn words we had planned.

Brat (04 May 21): Over the last decade the whole world has gotten cosmic baptisms by global fires, floods, blood moons, diminishing icebergs, rising sea levels, rising earth temperatures, regional (Ebola) and global (Coronavirus) pandemics, smart bugs, droughts, political prisoners, slavery, restricting human rights, … (need I go on?)  And Jesus has been with us just as He promised in the Book of Revelation where all these traumas were also described.  These baptisms have been waking us up.  Sophia, Jo, and I believe we are in the middle of another wake-up call right now.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed? Really? Who is “we” in that sentence? A now-famous Black Lives Matter protest sign addresses the issue squarely: “George Floyd isn’t a wakeup call. The same alarm has been ringing since 1619. Y’all just keep hitting snooze.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I quickly realized that though we Americans don’t see tanks on the streets, we are most certainly in a time of war. Because the weapons are unconventional and largely out of sight, we don’t realize the implications of what is taking place. Not only is there chaos at every turn, there have been untold casualties in this war. Ever since the lockdowns began last year, countless people have been dying from man-made tools of war, inciting terror in the hearts of citizens everywhere. If we understand that we are in a war zone, our perceptions of reality and subsequent responses to the crises will vastly differ from those who don’t. More importantly, we cannot say we are in a time of peace when God says we are in a time of war. We cannot simply go on with life as usual when forces of darkness are literally trying to kill us.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): In the early church, some bishops believed that Christians who sinned post-baptism (especially The Big Sins, like fornication, fraud, apostasy, and murder) were not Christians at all. Baptism made you a new creature, so if you were still sinning like an old creature, clearly it didn’t take. Big Sinners got excommunicated. No way back in.

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): When a society embraces godlessness, it results in anarchy. The Lord warned to not embrace a lifestyle of “everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8, ESV).

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Here we see that enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, and dissensions are listed with such things as immorality, sorcery, and drunkenness. We are also told that those who practice them will not inherit the kingdom of God. How much more serious could this be? 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We’ve already crossed over into this new era, and God’s plans will succeed!

Brat: For the most part, yes, we have crossed over.  But we have not crossed over into the new era in the department of courtesy!  Courtesy is always the last thing to be repaired even if there is reparation in other significant areas.  In past epochs, courtesy wasn’t necessarily ever restored.  Look at Camelot.  God’s plans have already been fulfilled and His word goes forth whether or not anyone reads it.  Jesus is still the Alpha and the Omega.  BUT, the Pete’s and repeats will continue for lack of listening within the leadership, because there is nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  There is no accountability even among the apostles.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Reflecting on trauma has made me think that much of the human race must have suffered from what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is heartbreaking to imagine, but it gives me much more sympathy for the human person caught in repeated cycles of historical violence.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim said that he feels this coming clash will once again involve Michael and his angel armies. It will also involve the Church, the heirs of God, the joint-heirs with Christ. He stressed that God is saying to His Ekklesia now what He has said so often through the ages: “You have My authority. Take care of this. You’ll win. Stop the takeover and do not fear a clash with the Titans.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): For people who face situations like these, the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change. . . . But we shall have to learn to read it differently. . . .

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Pretty soon the bishops realized that a church of the perfect was doomed to extinction. Christians were going to sin, even if they knew they shouldn’t, tried not to, and didn’t want to. So church leaders began thinking of baptism not as a one shot transformation, but as a life-long unfolding, a grace that recreates us over time.

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: Our God, who poured Herself into the creation of all that exists, is subject to risk, to being fractured and torn, just as we are. . . . The knowledge and experience of God’s solidarity and union with us is profoundly healing and can alter the sequela of trauma so as not to become repetitive and recurrent. God desires closeness to all our experience, naked and raw, in its particularity and commonality. . .

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Only One, Friend and Defender of the Oppressed,

whose Child was pierced with metal by militarized police,

we know that wherever there is a broken body,

wherever there are tears, you are there.[24]

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, we invite God into our lives – however messy that may be. When we abide in God, we are empowered to seek our place in this world, loving others, living into the mission of the Church, restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): So if you want to be healthy, put yourself in a healthy space.[25]

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: By providing the safe dwelling place, God defeats the horror in our lives. God catches up our trauma and weaves any horror-filled participation into an unending relationship of beatific intimacy. When we recognize God in our own narrative, there is no wound so deep that God cannot heal. [1][26]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): God, give us courage to ask hard questions and the audacity to expect a response. When we pray, we “pinky-swear” to listen and make space for your response so that we might live as a resurrection people called to speak life as love and justice embodied in the world. Amen.

WHERE’S BOAZ?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Now that I think on it, it wasn’t a cowboy after all. It was a woman. A friend who has a passion for horses. And no, it wasn’t a bar, it was your kitchen, and you made her tea.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Give me the grace to want to, O God. And to want to want to. And to want to want to want to…

Brat: I admit, the narrative sounds good on paper.

Acts 8:40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Your voice has value in our community.  Mine is not seen as a gift although I am chosen.  Boaz bought Ruth’s freedom in choosing her and the elders bore witness. You yourself don’t have to play the part of Boaz (in the time of Reorder), but you can pass me along to someone in the Church who wants to.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Wanting to Want to

Steve Shultz (05 May 21): Please share this with all of your friends…the intelligence in this is out of this world – literally!

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): The spiritual message is really quite simple, although a very hard one for us to learn. It is saying that nothing is permanent. Apocalyptic literature tells us to be prepared for that, so we won’t be shocked or scandalized when someone dies, or something is destroyed. You might learn this truth the moment after you hear of the death of your mother or father, when the rug is pulled out from beneath you. Or, during that moment when you go to the doctor and get a fatal diagnosis and are told you have three months left to live. Or when your house is destroyed by a tornado or flood in seconds. Apocalyptic literature describes such moments and crises. Again, this message is not meant to be heard as a threat, but as a truth that nothing lasts forever. Our great hope is that there will be something we can grasp onto, something that’s eternal, something that’s God. We want the absoluteness of God, the eternity of God, and we can’t fully find it here.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): You’d think that confidence was the exact same thing as arrogance, some sort of poison to be avoided. Or like there is some reward for seeing ourselves in a lesser light. Does it tear us down a little bit, contributing to a self-fulfilling prophesy? Do we become a club of false humility? Some of us will only say a nice thing about ourselves, if we disclaim it three times first by listing other faults. I swear, the way we talk about ourselves, it’s amazing our dogs like us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Prayer means that when your heart bursts with pain, pour it out to Him.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): So beautiful and so raw.  I know exactly what you are talking about!! Yesterday I felt whole body pain.  I thought it was my body reacting in pain to the ear biopsy (which they have already told me is NOT cancer. Thank You, God!!).  But my ear hurts terribly and I have no tolerance for any pain.  Ironically, it is the ear that is my most prophetic part!  My mission is to “hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And the opposite as well: If there is a problem in the body, its origin is somewhere in the soul.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): The pain doesn’t just stay in the ear but escapes EVERYWHERE like the Pinball Wizard into all my arthritic joints.  The pain was unbearable!

The Who: “Pinball Wizard” [https://youtu.be/4AKbUm8GrbM]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): “Doctors are healers.  Doctors are not prophets.  Never give up.”[27]

Luke 4:23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): Aviva Spiegel, a resident of Tsfat who was at the event, released an audio in which she described her experience: “Whatever they say in the media that the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) were pushing and trampling, that they were like animals, hopefully, the media won’t, I want to tell you that when the sirens started blaring, I saw Hatzala workers running, and I saw men pumping chests, giving CPR,” Spiegel said. “What I saw was a nation that was so united. There is the story of death but the real story is the … thousands of people who were davening (praying) for them…Everyone was saying Tehillim (psalms). The heart of the nation is pure. Even though were dealt a huge blow. We were crying out for our brothers and sisters. And this is what brings geula (redemption). We pray for each other, and give tzedaka (charity).”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): So that the two must be healed in tandem. Heal the body by healing the soul—with more mitzvahs, more Torah, more focus on your spiritual growth.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Even now, many have begun to back-peddle on their calling and have reduced their vision because the gates to nations look shut, but I haven’t called My pioneers to operate under the constraints of the natural, but in the realm of the impossible. So believe Me again!

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): I was trying to tell Sophia yesterday that I wish the rabbis could see that it is not always so that our bodies reflect what is going on in our own souls.  It can be more than inside-out reflection and maybe not that at all.  What about babies born with terrible diseases?  What about their own 45 deaths in the stampede in Meron, Israel, yesterday?  I want to shout to them that with the prophetic, sometimes we carry in our bodies what is going on in our “herd,” even if we don’t necessarily see the greater pain as originating within ourselves.  It’s hard to explain if one hasn’t experienced it.  I think this is a form of uber compassion.  And you are right, I think it ties in with mercy, because we come alongside others, even though we can’t do anything for them.  We pray and let God do for them.  Anything else at that point would be a form of playing god.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): No one will be able to buy them off or get them to change the subject. They will operate on a disquieting plane of holiness and consecration. I believe that A.W. Tozer was describing them when he said, “They serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Make your heart His sanctuary, the place where you find Him.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): The clue to understanding the Apocalypse as protest literature—and at the same time the answer to the question as to why so few scholars understand it in this way—lies, I think, in Revelation 1:9: “I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance [of suffering].” This is the key. Those who do not know this suffering through oppression, who do not struggle together with God’s people for the sake of the gospel, and who do not feel in their own bodies the meaning of oppression and the freedom and joy of fighting against it shall have grave difficulty understanding this letter from Patmos. . . . It is understanding the comfort and the protest, the prophetic, hopeful song of victory that the church already sings, even in the midst of suffering and fear, destruction, and death.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The LAST thing the devil wants is exposure of his evil schemes, yet God’s will is being done, just like it is in Heaven, and that means hidden things are coming to light for ALL to see. It’s a time to confess to God the things that we all need to own up to and change the things in our own lives that God is putting His finger on. It’s time to get ready to be MIGHTILY used by Him in this accelerated time we are living in.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): You Can’t Go Back to “Normal”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): I confess, though, that even knowing this is true, there are days, especially after the exhaustion and despair of this past year, that I still worry, because, if anything, I feel a lot more like that withered branch in the parable, the one that is all dried up and gnarled, with seemingly no fruit at all. 

Brat: I hear you.  I sobbed at Isaiah 56:3-5.  Is this where I’m supposed to say that I want to grow up to be like the bard of the Nibelungenlied or other epics from the Middle Ages?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Because never was he given a license to prophesy.

Psalm 22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

Brat: I have been! God bless God!

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): No perfection, instant or otherwise. Just the good news that we’re not done; that grace never runs out; that beginning to begin and wanting to want is not deficiency or failure, but a holy path; and all the way to God is God.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Thank You

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Brat: I HAVE paid my vows before those who fear Him. All I have are these collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): We will lock onto covenant promises and inherit new territories. You will not be stymied, blocked, or stopped. You will shake open the way before us. And we will arise, pursue, and recover all, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Supernatural Authority and the Fear of the Lord

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “You People ♥” 14 Apr 21): The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in everything. It is to mirror things correctly, deeply, and fully until all things know who they are. A mirror by its nature reflects impartially, equally, effortlessly, spontaneously, and endlessly. It does not produce the image, nor does it filter the image according to its perceptions or preferences. Authentic mirroring can only call forth what is already there.

Revelation 2:19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

AUTOREPLY

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): It is time for an answer, don’t you think?

From Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21 at 4:07 pm): Automatic reply: A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): An initial impression is set in just 30 seconds or less.

American Friends (27 Apr 21): Sometimes Seconds Count

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then the Lord spoke to me, “Do they think the bad reports are a match for My goodness? Do they think that the red tape of man’s kingdoms overrides Mine?”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): “Then the great unveiling will happen, where all will see what has been hiding in the darkness. Pray, before that day of the great unveiling, that many will allow their eyes to be opened so that the shock will not be so great.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): “As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.” (Daniel 9:23 NIV)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Come to the oasis. The depth of revelation you will receive will be proportionate to how much you have filled yourself up with Me. This is where My voice needs to be the loudest thing you hear and the rhythm of My heart the only thing that gives you purpose every day.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): And this is a radical shift, even from the Old Testament imagery of Israel as the vine and God as the gardener, because now God has integrated God’s own life into the plant itself, so that it will never have to survive by itself.

Psalm 22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What is a service that is performed within the heart? This could only be speaking of prayer.
Talmud Taanit 2a.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Christ as the vine, as the one who sustains us directly, replaces the idea of fruitfulness as our offering TO God and replaces it with the idea of fruitfulness as God’s offering to US. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): Apocalyptic literature is subversive literature. This is a key point in understanding John’s reasons for writing the book of Revelation in the style that he did.

Brat: I wonder if Posterity will call my writings “apocalyptic and subversive” literature?

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): What you do matters. It may be hard to know that in the middle of any given day or meeting or moment. You may leave more than one task unfinished, more than one email waiting for response, more than one goal unaccomplished. Most people do, including the greatest multi-taskers among us. To do is to leave some things undone.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Why would “self-control” be named as a fruit of the Spirit? Isn’t that something we do? We must keep in mind that the Spirit is “the Helper,” not “the Doer.” He has been sent to help us, but not to do what we are responsible for doing. However, He does help us to develop these qualities so they are His fruit in our life.

James Goll (03 May 21): The Feeler – Sensitivity Helps you Act on God’s Voice

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Become an expert reader of people and you can connect with and motivate anyone. What would happen if you stepped into this divine favor with each new interaction? It could change everything.

Brat: And bring Boaz?

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): People of God, listen. All around you, God’s children are starving because the word of God is being withheld from them. Ask yourself, is it just Rules getting in the way of them being fed? And then consider this. What if you suspended the Rules? Would Christ show up anyway?

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Our job is to be who we say we are and who God says we are—carriers of the divine image. “My deepest me is God,” as St. Catherine of Genoa said. I can only imagine how differently our lives, families, and nations would look if we trusted the foundational promise of Christian incarnation. When you can see Christ in all things (including yourself!), you will see and live differently.

RevelationMedia (28 Apr 21): Why “The Insanity of God?”

Brat: Actually, St. Catherine of Genoa supposedly often prayed, “O, Divine Madman…”  I so bless her!

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I began to see the Lord bringing people from near and far into the lives of these pioneers and they became covenant relationships. It was relationship on a level that they had not experienced before. For many of these lonely pioneers they were beginning to experience what it was to live in safe community. To be deeply and genuinely loved by people. To be deeply loved and celebrated in a place of purity.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It’s no surprise that the Christian logo became a naked, bleeding, suffering man. What do we do with this pain, this sadness, this disappointment, this absurdity? At the end of life, and probably at the beginning of life, too, that is the question. When I led men in rites of passage, this was the biggest question for the largest percentage of those in the middle of life: what do we do with what has already happened to us? How do we keep from the need to blame, to punish, to accuse, to sit on Job’s eternal dung heap and pick at our sores (Job 2:8)? It seems to me that too high a percentage of humanity ends up there.

Nichole Nordeman: Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered
Every mile mattered
Every mile mattered[28]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): My Word is final, My blood is complete, and My victory absolute. My ear is not closed and My arm is not short. I do not need, nor ask, for greater numbers to pray or bigger crowds to gather. I do not require louder voices or more passionate pleas. All I have asked is that you BELIEVE!

Psalm 22:28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Eastertide blessings – May God’s love surround you.

Dutch Sheets (15 Apr 21): Just as You did with Mary, hover over me until I carry Your presence. I want to radiate the power of Holy Spirit in such strength that lives are changed and Christ is formed in people. Remind us daily, Father, that we are Him here.

Psalm 22:29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): This fulfills what the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” and “their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Wherever your heart is at, whatever it is being, connect that to His Being.[29]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God will use His Church to execute supernatural events on this earth

Psalm 22:30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Let’s shake up, destroy and wreak havoc on all the fixed fortifications of Hell. Let’s love and engage these young people. Since we older ones are on the front line, let’s use our position more intentionally and engage culture. Let’s make lots of money to fund the work we turn over to them to finish. We will find and build according to the blueprints God gave us.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Where it has looked like a fruitless three years of pressing forward without seeing any progress, you will soon see what you have been pioneering in the dark! Get ready to feel a surge of fresh creativity where it has been blocked, and a fresh anointing to build and create, write, plant and pioneer the new and unseen blueprints from the Lord’s heart.

Golda Meir (Prime Minister of Israel from 1969-1974): “Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): But if he lifts his hands and declares there’s little hope—that you can ignore.

Nate Johnston: “Don’t Believe the Bad Report! The Waters Are About to Break!”

Eugene Peterson: I read [John’s] Revelation not to get more information but to revive my imagination. “The imagination is our way into the divine Imagination, permitting us to see wholly—as whole and holy—what we perceive as scattered, as order what we perceive as random.” [1][30] St. John uses words the way poets do, recombining them in fresh ways so that old truth is freshly perceived. He takes truth that has been eroded to platitude by careless usage and sets it in motion before us in an “animated and impassioned dance of ideas.” [2][31] . . . Familiarity dulls my perceptions. Hurry scatters my attention. Ambition fogs my intelligence. Selfishness restricts my range. Anxiety robs me of appetite. Envy distracts me from what is good and blessed right before me. And then . . . St. John’s apocalyptic vision brings me to my senses, body and soul. [3][32]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): “Love G‑d and serve Him with all your heart.”
Deuteronomy 11:13.

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): Learning to love myself—my child self, my adult self, my scared self, the courageous self that I keep tucked away a lot of the time—has been the hardest part of my journey with trauma. When we learn to stop blaming our child selves for their trauma, fear, and behaviors, we learn to understand who we are as adults, and we get the chance to become embodied again.[33]

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): And while I cannot claim to have fully gotten it right, I’ve certainly worked toward that goal and God HAS taken care of the rest.

Psalm 22:31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that He has done it.

Steve Cleary (02 May 21): Are Children the Door to the Unreached?

BABBLED WISDOM

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Your support is what enables this work of sharing the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition with people all over the world. Thank you for being part of this community. I hope our work has been helpful in your life this year and we are so grateful for your partnership in making it possible.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God is sending us into places where it may not look “safe.” Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be WISE as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Wisdom is of major importance as we find ourselves going into places that are not only unpredictable, but also dangerous. Yet, God told us that in the day of trouble, He would hide us and protect us (Psalm 18).

Rev. David Clifford: I have heard it said that sometimes the best evangelism strategy is to tell people that you are a Christian and then not be jerk. These particular lectionary readings seem to suggest an even better evangelistic strategy: love people. It really isn’t a new or even radical concept. Yet, it seems to be one of the most difficult things for us to do in our society. As our divisions seem to grow farther and farther apart with more and more violent rhetoric toward one another, it certainly seems that our love for one another is shrinking.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): As I wrote in the most recent edition of our biannual literary journal Oneing, this much is all I am equipped to say. This week, let my friends now take it further.

Genesis 11:That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): And Christ showed up anyway.

Verse of the Day (29 Apr 21): Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

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[1] Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25418)

[2] Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25417)

[3] Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25414)

[4] Wanda Alger (05 May 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/05/05/we-are-in-a-war-zone-and-why-it-matters/

[5] Rev. David Clifford: [1] Devadhar, Sudarshana. “May 2, 2021-Fifth Sunday of Easter.” The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2021. Ed. Tanya Linn Bennett. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2020. 67.

[6] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Healing Body and Soul – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[7] Lana Vawser (03 May 21): TO THE LONELY PIONEERS, THE LORD IS BRINGING YOUR TRIBE TO YOU – Lana Vawser Ministries

[8] Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How to Love, Easter 5 (B) – May 2, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[9] Donna Rigney (04 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25434)

[10] Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25415)

[11] Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): http://byanotherroad.com/2021/05/02/fruitfulness-a-sermon/

[12] Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Affirmative Training: A Cowboy Walks Into a Bar… – Anna Blake

[13] Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/04/26/the-command-went-out-the-first-time-you-prayed/

[14] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): TRAGEDY: At least 44 dead and over 150 injured in stampede at Lag Ba’Omer gathering on Mt. Meron (israel365news.com)

[15] Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): The Weapons of Kindness and Goodness | MorningStar Ministries

[16] Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25404)

[17] Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Weapon of Self-Control | MorningStar Ministries

[18] Rev. David Clifford: 5th Sunday of Easter(B): Incarnation of Love – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[19] [1] Richard Rohr, In the Footsteps of St. Paul, disc 1 (Franciscan Media: 2015), CD.

[20] Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Unconstrained | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[21] Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/nateandchristy/posts/2779452449051695

[22] Adapted from Richard Rohr, “The End of Worlds,” homily, November 15, 2015; and

“A Time of Unveiling,” Four Steps to the Second Coming, Day 1, presentation to Franciscan friars, November 25, 2020, video. Unpublished talk; used with permission.

[23] Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/officialryanjohnsonministries/posts/127224279449645

[24] Matt Laney (04 May 21): -from A Booklet of Uncommon Prayers: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and Beyond, by Kenji Kuramitsu

[25] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): Thinking Healthy – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[26] Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: [1] Sally A. Howard, “Secure Dwelling and Positive Meaning in the Face of Trauma,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 25–26, 27. 

[27] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Limited License – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[28] Songwriters: Ben Glover, Nichole Nordeman, David Garcia, Inconnu Compositeur Auteur

[29] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What Is Prayer? – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[30] [1] Wendell Berry, Standing by Words: Essays (North Point Press: 1983), 90. 

[31] [2] Paul S. Minear, review of A Commentary on the Revelation of John, by George Eldon Ladd, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 26, no. 4 (October 1972), 487.

[32] [3] Eugene H. Peterson, Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination (HarperOne: 1988), xi–xii.

[33] Kaitlin Curtice, “Trauma as a Journeying Partner,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 61–62.

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