Crumbs 25 May 21

4 Jun

Working Dates: Eleven days from Tuesday, May 25, 2021 to Friday, June 4, 2021

[36 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17 for Trinity Sunday 30 May 21

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): Your prayers are being heard! Your songs, books, letters, decrees, documents, and artistic creations are all being seen and heard by Jesus and the Father! [1]

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The curtain slowly rises as the music plays, with the promise of an unforgettable evening ahead.

CALL STORY

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21):  What in blazes is going on?  Am I going through a personal version of what Israel is facing right now?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 May 21): “Wherever there are two truths, Torah finds the third way.  Torah reveals the essence of all things.”

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): In the Temple in Jerusalem was a seven-branched menorah.

Psalm 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Then He moves to the forefront of the stage, where His majestic presence fills that sacred space. When He stops moving the audience shudders. With just a look He makes the company tremble. He’s turning His head now, beautifully dressed in a long, shimmering, white robe with a wide, golden sash. Every tongue is silent and a sense of awe fills the theater as His presence and the train of His garment fill the hall. [2]

Revelation 1:12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In the liturgy, the Spirit guides us into all truth.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): God is making room for you

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): As God makes a way where there seems to be no way, corrupt leaders will be replaced with God-fearing leaders who won’t back down or be intimidated.

Isaiah 6:2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In short, we are here, friends, not because liturgy is just a nice ritual to enact on a Sunday morning, but because liturgy at its most fundamental is the very pattern of the Holy Spirit’s movement through creation, and we are being carried aloft on the Spirit’s wings, learning, day by day, how to fly heavenward. [3] 

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): I knew in that moment in the dream that the Lord was speaking about the unprecedented miracles and demonstrations of the Lord’s power. The atmosphere in this dream resounded loudly, that if God doesn’t show up, then the impossibilities don’t move. There is nothing in man’s strength that can be done to shift the impossibility.[4]

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): In my “call story,” there is no temple filled with the hem of God’s robe. There are no six-winged seraphs, no over-the-top drama.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Have you found it difficult to move on from a past season?
Or, perhaps you feel as though there is some unfinished business.[5]

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is not a moment.  It’s a mindset and intention.  It’s deciding that we are done with their narrative and we’re writing our own now.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): The tension of this season is that we aren’t meant to disengage, just engage differently than we did. We must find the flow of the Spirit or we will keep being depleted. 

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): While these are noble intentions, you must be aware of the risk involved and, like Moses, hedge your bets. “Do not bring me to a test” we say in the morning prayers, and while you may be spiritually gifted with incredible transformational capabilities, sometimes, it’s best to be humble and stick with something safe.[6]

Anna Blake (28 May 21): If you feel sorry for the horse’s simple mind and inability to multi-task, researchers now say that multitasking drops human productivity by 40%, and can make tuning out distractions harder, and for some, can actually impair cognitive ability. Does that mean multi-tasking makes humans less trainable?

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Even the Dogs Get the Crumbs

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): In March, the General Accounting Office, a US government watchdog agency, issued a report showing that USAID did not fully comply with vetting procedures for primary recipients in the years 2015-2019 and that some of the funding may have reached terrorist organizations.[7]

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): Note that Jesus reserves his most damning and dualistic statements for matters of economic justice where power is most resistant: “You cannot serve both God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24); “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24); or the clear dichotomy in Matthew 25 between sheep (who feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned) and goats (who don’t). The context is important. Jesus’ foundational and even dualistic bias is always against false power and in favor of the powerless. Unfortunately, Christians have managed to avoid most of what Jesus taught so unequivocally and with dualistic clarity: nonviolence, sharing of resources, simplicity, loving our enemies.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): REPORT: US State Dept admits Hamas may use “Humanitarian” funds for buying rockets against Israel

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It’s time to separate ways from what has been poking holes in your fuel tank and slowly robbing your joy and hope. The wrong connections and man made relationships are only part of the problem. You need your people.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): When you are desperate for healing—and even when you don’t feel desperate but you sure would love to be healed…no matter where you fall in that spectrum, you are to come BOLDLY to God!

Isaiah 6:3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Yehudah Glick (26 May 21): Israel has witnessed so many miracles in the past year.

Defeating the Coronavirus

Defeating the Hamas

Time to praise Hashem

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Let’s hurry inside, as they are already turning down the lights. I don’t want you to stumble to our front row seats in the dark! Can you hear the orchestra already tuning up? Everyone is quiet, anxiously waiting for the beginning…

MENTORS

John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): And that is the work of Aaron the Kohen, the priest of kindness and love

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And just as an umbilical cord connects an unborn baby to its life support system, we may be nurtured and fed spiritually through a ministry, or mentors for a period.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): In chapter seven of the Gospel of Mark, we read the account of Jesus traveling to the region of Tyre and Sidon. There, He entered a house while attempting to hide from the people. A woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came to Him and fell at His feet. She was a Gentile, and begged Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” (Mark 7:27, ESV)

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): “It’s Time for You to Act!”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Israel Adhering to Torah Law in Biblically Mandated Gaza War

Matt Laney (04 June 21): Holy War Isn’t

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): What does that even mean?

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It’s the feeling of always being depleted, tired, and like your fuel is always empty in the tank. It’s the feeling of still carrying the after effects of a long season of survival and not seeing the promise. 

Helen Calder (25 May 21): But when God calls us to move on, it is time to pull up the tent pegs of the past and let those cords go.
For new things are up ahead—our Father has more for us!

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): On May 10, terrorist organizations began firing rockets at Israel, targeting urban centers. When the ceasefire began eleven days later, approximately 4,360 rockets had been fired at Israel. The Iron Dome succeeded in intercepting more than 90% of the projectiles but the attacks from Gaza killed a total of 13. The IDF responded, targeting military targets and giving advance warnings when civilians were endangered. Nonetheless, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry reported that 232 people were killed in Gaza, including 61 children and 36 women, and more than 1,600 injured. 

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): What?

Isaiah 6:4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Ignite Every Flame

Amy Sutherland (03 June 21): Do not dismiss that which you do not understand, for that is how you become spiritually deaf and blind. Instead, pray that the Holy Spirit would open your mind to understand Him and the Scriptures. “He supernaturally unlocked their understanding to receive the revelation of the Scriptures,”
Luke 24:45 TPT

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): Many prophets are saying that there is a fresh move of Holy Spirit coming. As I have mentioned before, it is going to begin with the young. We all will be needed, even we older ones, so don’t think about sitting back and getting out of the way. The young ones will need our wisdom. Therefore, start pouring in the oil and make sure you are indeed a “new” wineskin.

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): One more time?

Helen Calder (25 May 21): God often uses ministries, leaders, and ministry relationships, to birth and grow new things in our lives

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): “Find someone.  Make that someone into your mentor.”[8]

Brat (25 May 21 at 10:29 am): All of Israel can be my mentor:

Zechariah 8:23 “Thus saith the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days it shall come to pass that ten men out of all the languages of the nations shall take hold, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, “We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Journey forward with a leader or mentor who can speak into your life

Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): We pray for exposure of hidden things but that will only happen as light is brought into the darkness. It’s time to come out of the caves!

Lillian Daniel (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed.” – Luke 8:17a (NRSV)

Brat: Then allow me to lay out what I see as if this were a group therapy session.

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 May 21): In time Viktor Frankl and Edith Eger developed a friendship and he mentored her as she became a therapist, specializing in treating those suffering from PTSD. At one point, Dr. Eger was invited to return to teach in Germany, where she spent time at both a former mountain retreat of the Nazis, and the labor camp where she was held. Here she reflects on her choice to forgive Reality by forgiving herself:

Brat: Lord, will You do the same for me as You are also helping Israel?

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): If I feel that I’m able to possibly find spirituality somewhere, but it carries an inherent risk, should I go for the kill, or play it safe?

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I believe I shared with you that I had a Call in 1990s to help people who had generational ties and severe PTSD and dissociation from horrific abuse in cult groups. Jesus showed up in amazing, gentle and miraculous ways to set them free. I gave ten years of my life at some cost to my health and my family, but in obedience to our Lord, it was my honor and privilege. All to say that yes, there are cult groups out there. But this “prophecy” needs discernment. 

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): God is dealing with the demonic lies and disillusionment that has sent many into their spiritual graves. Those who once carried fire now carry bitterness and revenge, and those who once flowed in wisdom and discernment now gush out criticism and judgement and pain. God is pouring his oil on you and addressing the hardships few know you walked through and standing you back to your feet. 

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Notice the two responses to the fear of the Lord. For those who oppose Him, the Fear of the Lord will bring judgment, but for those who obey the Lord, it will produce an encounter of His glory. This same prayer produces both. I also believe this dream indicates the supernatural healing that will come to those who have been traumatized by these works of darkness. But, this isn’t the end of the lesson. The dream continued as it revealed the goal of this demonstration of Kingdom authority:

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And I believe there is such a power of the Spirit at this time—even at this moment—that bands are simply dissolving.

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is process. It is intention. It’s who we are becoming. And it’s how we let the light in.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): That is us, the Jewish people.

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

INNER PROGRAMMING

House of Destiny (28 May 21): God’s Divine Opposites; Love & Holiness

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It was a period of time where the assault on these areas had been relentless causing a deterioration and a tearing and people were not flourishing to the degree they were before. 

Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): We often think too small regarding our light or our influence within such a dark atmosphere around the world. As we’ve watched Israel be attacked by Hamas, India come under such a deadly siege of the COVID virus, Lebanon in a financial crisis that is unheard of, and pastors being arrested in our neighboring nation, Canada—we can easily become intimidated by the darkness.[9]

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Impossible situations that looked beyond repair are going to be suddenly back on the operating table and God is going to restore what was taken. 

Molly Baskette (27 May 21): This is how we are before God sometimes. Struggling and trying to do it on our own and failing miserably, and making ourselves miserable, and finally coming before God with all kinds of rationalizations and proofs and evidence of our exertions, and God just says, “Hush! Rest.” And wraps us up in Her great warm limbs, the big spoon to our little spoon.

John 3:7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This reply from Jesus may have seemed harsh to a mother in need. However, playing along with the allegory (or riddle), she agreed with Him and answered, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:28)

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): Let’s assume you feel completely unworthy to come to God boldly to ask for healing, either because you’re convinced you caused your own sickness, or maybe it’s just that you don’t feel worthy in any way to be BOLD toward God after the way you’ve sinned or neglected GOD.

Isaiah 6:5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Pastor Karri L. Anderson (24 May 21): In this dramatic and awe-inspiring vision in the temple, the prophet Isaiah senses that he has violated a taboo by presuming to speak with unclean lips. “Woe is me”, he says, “I am lost.” He believes that he is unworthy to stand in the presence of the holy, but in a vision a seraph comes and touches his mouth with a live coal telling him that now his guilt has departed and his sin is blotted out. How often do we too feel as if we have said something or done something which is disappointing to God and feel we are separated from God’s love. But God comes with surprising mercy and grace to welcome into God’s presence once again and commissions us to like Isaiah to be emissaries of God’s love. Through Jesus Christ, we have come to know God’s unconditional forgiveness, blotting out our sin so that we may know and live in boundless hope.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): God is repairing the connections/relationships and synergies that he ordained for you and restoring what was lost. 

John 3:9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): A report by the media watchdog site CAMERA noted that there had been no reporting on the self-damage inflicted by Hamas.[10]

Molly Baskette (27 May 21): God, next time, can you help me skip the self-inflicted independent-minded misery, and get straight to the embrace?

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): I mean that’s a perfect time to use boldness. This Scripture below means that you should be so bold, that even if you’ve sinned recently, or maybe you’ve helped create this sickness, you should still come BOLDLY to God ANYWAY!

Romans 8:13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): This connection between G‑d and the Jewish people will ultimately be very much for our benefit and defense. Nevertheless, the fact that the Nations hate us now is sadly only a reflection of our declining spiritual status. If we would each work on our Divine service, enlivening our spiritual life by studying, praying and observing the commandments with greater intention, every Jew according to his or her level, this would directly protect us from danger. Unbeknownst to the Nations, it is only our low spiritual level that makes us vulnerable.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Hamas’ tactic of using civilians as human shields contravenes international law and constitutes a war crime, a fact admitted by the United Nations.

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): Reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) used the phrase “the banality of evil.” It is a shocking phrase to many because it flies in the face of our idea that evil is demonic, monstrous, and villainous, something that everybody immediately recognizes as grotesque and terrible. Arendt’s phrase actually helps explain how the Holocaust or Shoah (catastrophe) could happen. Somehow evil became commonplace.

Lori Deschene: We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: We are living in a time in which truth-telling is as critical as ever. The Spirit of Truth is a gift that has been given to every Christian disciple. The Advocate continues to live and dwell among us, and yet many of us act as though we do not recognize the Advocate and we do not know the Savior.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): When a “soul-tie” from a past season is operating, it can work as an underlying code. It’s like inner programming!

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It was a time of the greatest assassination attempts, betrayals, word assault, and mind warfare that had caused a sudden extraction of hope and life that there was before. Maybe you have even said “I feel empty on every front” 

Kenneth L. Samuel (29 May 21): The quality of life I want to live requires a certain foolishness.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): With this attitude, you can fool yourself into thinking that you’re immune to the spiritual risks lurking in certain parts of the neighborhood. “Nah, I can be friends with them, because I will be a positive influence on them, and I will make our interactions into something incredibly meaningful. I can watch this movie and cull spiritual life lessons from it without getting distracted by the indecency,” you say.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): Theword nefilim comes from the Hebrew word nafal, “to fall.” One interpretation (Rashi ibid. Talmud Nidah 61a & Yoma 67b) was that these nefilim were originally angels who “fell” from Heaven to dwell among humans at the time of Enoch, 235 years after the creation of the world. They were extremely powerful angels who came to the physical world in that corrupt era before the Flood as a Heavenly attempt to prove that temptation and evil could be resisted. Unfortunately, and all part of the Divine plan, these Heavenly beings fell further into spiritual corruption than their mortal neighbors, and eventually led rebellions against G‑d. Of course the Jewish nation understood that G‑d was above and beyond all normal barriers and obstacles. However, these nefilim angels seemed to be a real threat.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): Working together at times (trauma can teach) apart at times (we outgrow our teachers).

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Psalm 119:126 says, “It is time for the Lord to act, for they have broken Your law.” While we understand a sovereign move from Heaven is eminent, there is also an urgency for action, not just from Heaven, but from God’s Church. When the Lord “acts” He uses His people, His Church, to occupy, take ground and be positioned in places where decisions are being made and change happens.[11]

LITURGY

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Is my predicament all that different than what Israel is going through right now?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): ‘Deep calls to deep,’ the Psalmist says, ‘at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me.’

Helen Calder (25 May 21): This is because deep within, we are still tracking with the old!
How? We have a tent peg located in the past.
It may have been right and good once, but now, it is time to release it!

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Fearless Forward Motion Is Needed

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): Strongholds are like fortresses that must be torn down one brick at a time. Every thought that hits you needs to be countered by another thought! Lies need to be answered with TRUTH. You need a proclamation in your mouth—there is an “IT IS WRITTEN!” for every battle. These truths need to be meditated upon and literally grafted into your soul.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): And we are here, deep under the waves of liturgy, treading among the shafts light in these baptismal waters because we somehow know, under the ebb and flow of the prayers and the silences, that there is TRUTH here, a truth that is deeper than our institutional stumbles, a truth deeper than our human failings. A pattern of living, revealed in the ancient pattern of the liturgy: a pattern that contains a truth you will not find anywhere else, nowhere else in the world except within the enactment of this living Word. In the liturgy, unbroken in its offering since the time of the apostles, are the tools that teach us how to live out our daily life as God meant it to be lived. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): The body will be your wick. The mitzvahs you do, the Torah you learn, they will be your fuel. A teacher will appear to reignite your flame.

John 3:2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Another voice bellows out from the far, dark corner of the stage: “Do we see ourselves as the servant He was when He walked the earth? Even today He is our example.”

Matthew Distefano (04 April 2019): Christianity Shouldn’t Be This Exhausting[12]

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Phantom physical symptoms and adrenal fatigue have been crashing those who were once feeling on top of their game but God is right now breathing the breathe of life back into them. 

S.C. Lourie (28 May 21): It’s amazing to me, how different the world around you looks when you are tired or should I write overtired. It’s fascinating how all the colours turn to grey and all the weather turns to rain. Tiredness/exhaustion has a way of distorting our vision as we tend to home into the details that loom over our heads the most. And so what I now try to suggest to myself when I find myself in that same kind of frame of mind is, is the way I am seeing my life right now really the most accurate retelling of all the details around me, or do I just need to rest and recuperate first? Feelings are currencies of energy impacted by so many variables. I have learned in my latter years that honouring them is not the same as letting them determine the vision or lens I am looking out to the world through. They are meant to have their place in the vision but not be my vision’s manager. It has offered me so much peace and resilience to lean on this truth time and time again.

Fr. Adam Bucko (05 Apr 2021): Growing up in Poland, I was shaped by many stories of World War II that I heard over and over again as a kid. . . . I believe these stories of [Fr. Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) and others] offer us a way out. A way out of the logic that our world operates on. A logic that lives inside of us and governs so many of our basic drives. A logic that led to the war these stories described and, also, in some ways, is responsible for many of the heartbreaking things we are witnessing today. Personal things and societal things. [13]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): This tactic includes launching rockets in close proximity to civilians or from civilian structures. Hamas also digs terrorist tunnels under civilian structures. When the IDF destroys these tunnels, these sections that are distant from the point at which the IDF attacks them can collapse, causing civilian casualties. Neutralizing these threats to Israeli citizens can only be entirely achieved through a devastating air campaign or a ground incursion that endangers IDF soldiers. The IDF has chosen to address these threats through precision methods that, although they are not 100% effective in preventing civilian deaths, are remarkably successful.

Brat: This is amazingly like what I’ve experienced in my prayer life.  We intercessors launched a devastating air campaign to neutralize the “Prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and ground incursions to expose the works of darkness.  But schemers also dug terrorist tunnels under “civilian” structures (those that don’t know yet within the religious sea) and New Age movements.  The problem is, this is extremely dangerous and exhausting.  Only God’s angelic host can protect as our “Iron Dome”.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Peter chuckles and shakes his head: “I see that I’m a prophet without honor at this table. Maybe you’ve forgotten all the prophecies I’ve given, as they’ve already come to pass. In fact, I have them all written down in this very scroll as I love to boost my ‘accuracy’ record. Of course, I do this to give glory to me…I mean to God.” He covers his embarrassment with a laugh.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): What if you’ve grown more than you realize?

Wanda Alger (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I saw the water level rising so fast in the basement of the church that I had to grab others to get out. It came pouring in from the bottom floor, a wall of water that was rising up from the earth, moving at a speed that was unnatural. It came up the steps and we had to quickly leave the building before going under. I had been in the LIBRARY studying my journals and books and had to leave them behind.

Brat: And in reality, I work in a library and have shared my journals and books.  At other times my journals and books were deliberately not shared publicly (ie, left behind) when they were meant to be private, but they were hijacked anyway.  This is the third time we’ve had to collectively cycle through this same scenario with different prophets who can’t resist camping on the “library” and “scrolls” theme.  To me, the undercurrent of energy is one of provocation, because the theme and variations have been a trigger for me in the past.  When one plays with explosives, one can expect an explosion.  Thankfully, God has His hand on my shoulder to anchor me.  It may not seem like it, but I’ve had to curb my sharing and at times even stop journaling altogether and lean into praying in tongues in order to deter familiar spirits from camping on my journals, thoughts and prayers.  Who’s ever heard of such a thing?

2 Kings 9:32 He looked up at the window and called out, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked down at him. 

Rick Joyner (25 May 21): Many great books have been written on how to resist the devil, and we do not have the space here to address this as it deserves, but it is something we should accept as a calling. We should have vision and excitement about these battles because there can be no victory without a battle.[14]  

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): Although it seems that what happens in the nations goes unchecked sometimes, God has established a cyclical Kingdom communications system that involves not only prayer, but also angelic activity through messengers sent to serve those who will inherit the Kingdom. (Hebrews 1:14.) Do not discount the activity of the angelic in this hour! Nothing is going unnoticed.

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): When the Apostle Paul said that we “wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers,” what did he mean? Ephesians 6:12 makes something very clear. Paul did not believe his warfare was a battle with people, political institutions, or even personal circumstance. Our warfare, like his, is an intense, personal, and close wrestling match with disembodied spirits.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Often we too are stuck in familiar arguments, predictable conflicts and entrenched positions. Christ’s presence shatters all that, renders it null and void. The old has passed away; there is, in Christ, a new creation. In Christ, God is doing a new thing.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): With a great burst of love He proclaims, “Behold, I make all things new!” He continues walking that lonely road to the place of the skull.

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): A comedian could call that a blockhead, nu?

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Last night I dreamt of a series of networks like brain synapses or muscle tissue that were reconnecting after what looked like there was some kind of tearing, breaking, or trauma… In the dream as I saw this I said “The breath of life is here! He is making all things new!”[15]

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is health. It’s boundaries, practiced well, screwed up, revisited. It’s missing what was familiar, but reminding ourselves recovery will be familiar, too, one day. It’s tears. It’s holding our wounded hearts, whispering “keep going, you’re not alone.” It’s shattering and picking up pieces and standing up again.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): It’s like this, for example: If after not behaving very well, you come SO BOLDLY to God, EXPECTING HIM to heal you, your friends who know all your failings JUST MIGHT “diss” you by saying, “Well, that takes a lot of BOLDNESS AFTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE!”

When Light Came In (25 May 21): Nothing in us will heal when we despise it, shame it, or try to banish it.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): A stronghold authorizes a demon to come in through cycles in the life of the family, to steal and destroy. One member needs to rise up and do what should have been done earlier—the agreement established with hell must be broken. The blessing breakdown has nothing to do with you, yet you are the one God anointed to fix it!

Dr. Edith Eva Eger (2017): [Frankl] is speaking to me. He is speaking for me. . . . I read this, which is at the very heart of Frankl’s teaching: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. [1][16] Each moment is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. And I finally begin to understand that I, too, have a choice. This realization will change my life.

Isaiah 6:7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): And that same Spirit of truth, that same Spirit that swept over the waters at creation, that same Spirit that descended at Jesus’ baptism and at your own, that same Spirit is still calling out to you, still guiding you, still animating THIS community and THIS liturgy, still saying YES: God desires for you to be close, God desires for you to take your proper place in creation, God desires you to live in fullness, God desires you.

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Are people watching you stand around with a halter? Good. Cock a hip and puff your belly out. Have the courage to be patient right out in plain view. It’ll drive them nuts. 

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): But I’ve been told that people think I’m nuts.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the lie. As the world denies the existence of its Maker, for these precious minutes you can choose to do the opposite: To deny the existence of anything in the world other than the meaning you are giving it right now.[17]

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): EXACTLY!

Kenneth L. Samuel (29 May 21): And I think about truths that are more wondrous than even the best of what I could ever imagine. Like the truth of unjust suffering being redemptive, and the truth of the universal being embedded in the specific, and the truth of the denied stone becoming the cornerstone.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): Find yourself someone you can rely on for advice and counsel. Someone who understands you and whom you can trust and respect. If that person turns you down, insist and persist.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): The words may have shut doors on you and backed you into a corner but it didn’t close out your future – so now there is a new beginning for those who been under criticism and verbal assault. 

Donna Rigney (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “Daughter, you will see Me act very soon and very swiftly. Nothing escapes My all-seeing eyes; wickedness cannot hide from Me. My glory, outpoured, is the reward for the righteous who steadfastly believed and obeyed during this onslaught of evil. Just as My judgment will shower down on the unrighteous exposing all their wickedness, My glory will pour out upon My righteous remnant and they will rejoice!”

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): I trust your voice and it carries weight in our collective conversation.

[Received silence…]

Steve Porter (29 May 21): You can hear the audience quietly weeping all over the great auditorium.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): History shows that we will almost always compromise or completely avoid the Gospel issues of justice, power, money, and inclusion. Only a small number of Christians have learned the contemplative response to these same social evils, but the number is growing. More and more individuals are finally learning the artful balance of practicing clear-headed critique and open-door compassion—at the same time!  These are people who recognize the human need for restitution, making amends, and full public accountability, and the divine capacity for forgiveness and patience. If either are sacrificed, we do not have the full Gospel. Yes, it is still a small minority who know how to do both, but they are the hope of the world.

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Small Groups Have Great Influence

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): Moshe took the issue to another plane. How well the Jews do or do not perform their Divine service becomes irrelevant. The sanctity of G‑d’s Name becomes paramount. This is the essence of the prayer that we chant, every time the holy Ark is opened.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): I must pause here to note that although Jesus was born in a stable where sacrificial temple animals were raised, and was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and found lying in a manger, it didn’t make Him any less a King. Although He washed dirty feet, rode on a donkey and suffered a criminal’s death, He was and still is the conquering King, the risen Lord. He is now judge and jury. All power is within His grasp. There is no one higher than He!

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): On this day and every day, the Great Mystery, whose preferred pronouns are sometimes plural, invites our full participation in an epic story, asking, “Whom shall I send?”

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: Our readings for this day, for instance, from Psalm 29 and Isaiah illustrate the compelling power of God’s voice, able both to create and destroy creation all at once, and able to convince the most unsuspecting of us to assent, indeed, proclaim with vigor, “Here I am, send me!” The voice can call us to return to the myriad problems of terra firma and risk being a prophet, pointing out all the ways in which we, as God’s people, just have lost our way and need to, at least, reform our behavior, if not full-out repent and begin again. People, understandably, do not like to hear the prophetic voice, which explains why Jonah tried to get as far away from Nineveh as possible.[18]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): That every soul should burn its own flame, and not a single one should remain dark or dim.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): We sometimes think that affirming oneness means refraining from taking a stand on issues of importance. Instead, clear-headed dualistic thinking must precede any further movement into nondual responses, especially about issues that people want to avoid. We cannot make a nonstop flight to nondual thinking or we just get fuzzy thinking. First, we must use our well-trained and good mind, and then find our response in a holistic (body, mind, soul, and heart) response. This is at the heart of mature spirituality, and one of the most common confusions. Many assert justice by naming the problem in stark relief and “prophetically” staying right there. Others speak too quickly of love, forgiveness, and communion before they have themselves hung for a while in the “tragic gap,” as Parker Palmer calls it.

RevelationMedia (25 May 21): This message is an AUTO RESPONSE to your email inquiry.

Brat: The Auto Response IS the “tragic gap.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): As I watched from my seat, a divine being appeared in front of us. It seemed that he had flown upward from a dark void beneath to approach Christ at His seat. 

Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): When the angelic being approached, I heard the Spirit announce that he was a “sentinel.” The sentinel was dressed in white and seemed (in form) to be like a young man; a messenger of some kind. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (31 May 21): Foundational hope demands a foundational belief in a world that is still and always unfolding to something better. This is the virtue of hope. Personally, I have found that it is almost impossible to heal individuals over the long haul, if the whole cosmic arc is not also a trajectory toward the good.

Rick Joyner (25 May 21): Peter ends this exhortation with the fact that the trials are going to come to an end, and the Lord will use them to “perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” Basic to following the King is to trust Him to use all that we go through for this high purpose. So, let us have more faith in God to lead us to the victory than we do in the devil to lead us to defeat. 

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Nonetheless, the Torah does allow, and even mandate war under certain circumstances. According to most opinions, the current conflict is defined as milchemet mitzvah, a necessary defensive battle for Jewish existence in the boundaries of Israel. Such a war does not require the approval of a Sanhedrin nor does it require a king. The Rambam rules that there are no exemptions in such a war and even “a bride from under her wedding canopy” must participate. 

Greg Wark (19 May 21): In this two-part series called The Beasts and The Bride I will bring you to the 12th and 13th chapter of the book of Revelation, and show you how the beasts written about by the apostle John are alive and functioning in the very day that we live. It is no surprise to any of us that we live in perilous times. In such times we must have a 360° view of how we are to respond and conduct our lives. And the enemy isn’t just somewhere out there, but the enemy is also flourishing within the body of Christ today.

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): In my last spiritual direction session, Dr. Luisa [Johnson] pointed out how often the prophets use the word “enemy.”  It becomes part of our dialogue and therefore also a reflection on me.  Can we ease up on the obsession with battling the Enemy?  The enemy’s not the one who is supposed to be getting glorified in our dialogues.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Jesus stands there alone, His eyes filled with love. He speaks not a word in His defense, nor does He grandstand, boasting of His power or piety.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): The Lubavitcher Rebbe differentiates between “enemies” and “haters”. An “enemy” is one who fights against others and sees them as his or her opponent. Many times this animosity is a reaction to suspicions felt or perhaps a desire to protect oneself. The second category, “haters”, is much worse. Hatred is something that flows from the core of a person. Not only does this type of person fight his or her opponents, he or she constantly seeks to annoy and whenever possible, damage their enemies. We see this clearly from another verse where these two types are again mentioned as a punishment for the Jews: “Your enemies will defeat you, and your haters will tyrannize you”  ( Bamidbar /Numbers 26:17). Tyranny can sometimes be worse than outright defeat.

Matthew 24:30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Then a low voice demands, “Prophesy who hit You…are You not the son of God…a King? Isn’t that what You’ve said?”

Brat (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Meanwhile, I kept sharing the journey.  And the Church didn’t care.  They’d still take pot shots: “Who hit you, prophet?” (Mt 26:68)

Fr. Richard Rohr (31 May 21): If our God is both incarnate and implanted, both Christ and Holy Spirit, then an unfolding inner dynamism in all creation is not only certain, but also moving in a positive direction. A divine goal is always before us, waiting to be unveiled. The strong death wishes, mass shootings, suicides, and the high amount of emotional struggle we experience in our world today is surely, in part, a result of our major failure to provide Western civilization with a positive and hopeful understanding of our own “good news.” And the good news must be social and cosmic, and not just about “me.”

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The music again deeply touches the hearts of the people as smoke fills the stage. Lights beam from different angles. Moments later, Jesus is carrying a Cross that digs deep into His wounded back. He falls, His knees torn and bleeding, injured by the sharp stones in the road. Each time He lifts the Cross to carry it farther, the weight of the Cross digs deeper into His back and neck and drives the crown of sharp thorns deeper into His skull.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): As I revisited this encounter, I felt so strongly that Father wanted to encourage those who are interceding for nations, churches, cities, and individuals today.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): “Jesus puts us,” a wise teacher once said to me, “where we all want to be and where we all don’t want to be: in the presence of God.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): Why are the people who hate the Jews also considered haters of G‑d, and why is it important to me? This is because each of us, the Jewish people, are known as G‑d’s people, “The chosen of the nations”  ( Shemot /Exodus 19:5). For this reason, anyone who hurts the Jews is making G‑d his or her enemy.

Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin (01 June 21): When discussing this sensitive and often painful topic, we need to bear in mind that every situation is different. There are many kinds and levels of abuse, and different people can cope with and tolerate different situations and relationships. Nevertheless, we will try to give some perspective and general halachic guidelines.[19]

David Suissa Podcast: When Haters Hide the Lovers

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): Who Will Go for Them?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): You. 

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): OK? Got it?

Noel Niemann (31 May 21): Still God continues to create. We come into this world naked and are not ashamed. Far too many of us, however, grow believing voices telling us to be something different than who we are. The opposite of love is not hating, but getting control. It’s impossible to have both love and control working simultaneously in a relationship. God creates us in love, and we are called to love one another.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): G‑d speaks to the soul of a Jew:

You have light. Powerful light. It is hidden within you.

I have light. Infinite light. It is hidden in my Torah.

So let us make a deal.

You will make the light of my Torah your light. Then the light of your soul will become My light. And then there will be no place left in the world for anything but light.[20]

Revelation 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): “I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”

THE CORE ISSUE

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): Recently, I had a dream and I was sitting across the table from a prophet and we were having a discussion of the season we are in.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): The first Jezebel was called out by Jehu, the Israelite king, but it was the eunuchs that threw her to her death. Where many mighty men have challenged the authority of this lingering principality and spoken of her demise, it is the women of valor who have been given rights to destroy the devil’s lair and vanquish Jezebel’s reign over the nations. Being castrated of their God-given authority to speak for the King, these prophetic women of valor will take their place and be silent no more.[21]

Pastor Dan Makokha (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): God has set you and your ministry aside. Remember: You are at your best when you just be yourself!

Brat: My point is that when one belongs to a tribe, where one truly belongs and their style of being is welcomed, then there is grace for the seasons of waiting at the windows for opportunities, and grace for the shallow waters of boredom; there’s grace for the rapids of uncertainties and grace for adobe walls and making mud bricks without straw; there’s grace for the times of insight and growth, and grace for eunuchs pushing limits and confronting lies; and there is extra grace for the painful baptisms that life throws at us when we’re empaths and feel EVERYTHING to the point where mercy is questioned and feels like a curse rather than a gift.  When one belongs to a caring tribe, then there is grace to just BE rather than always preaching on being.

Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, JD: Isaiah’s experience of God, the vision that we read about beginning in chapter 6, is one of those attempts at expressing faith. Some experiences of God were so clear and intense that the prophets try to share them in ways that the reader is invited to see and feel it, too. The prophet Isaiah manages to capture the unimaginable expansiveness and power of God using all of his senses. Whatever happened to Isaiah was a holistic event, felt spiritually and physically. We read of experiences like this from other prophets, including Jeremiah 15:16, where Jeremiah says he “found” and “ate” God’s words, and they became a “joy and delight of my heart.”[22]

Brat: Years ago, when I was praying at Seacliff, I asked and took the scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it.

Revelation 10:So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I asked the Lord what this particular scroll pertained to; what was its subject? 

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): We have overfed the American audience with Christian content, yet starved the mission field.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I believed the sentinel to be a high-ranking angel over that nation, just as there are angels over the churches in Revelation. (Revelation 1:20.) He represented that nation’s interests before our King, and could transmit messages back to the nation as the Lord desired. (Daniel 4:1323; see also Revelation 2:1,8,12,183:1,7,14.) 

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): Some congregations changed and embraced the new converts, some would not.[23]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Imagine a missionary or mission organization being able to go to a single source and browse Christian content in the language they serve in, then access that content for free!

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Soul ties, like tent cords and pegs, can run deep.
On that day the power of God came upon me, I felt that He severed a hidden “umbilical cord”. This was from the 16 years my husband and I served a mission organization.
We believed it was a life calling—but instead, it was a chapter that suddenly closed in 2004.

Pastor Scott Kegel (29 May 21): Also, I know that a few local churches have had antagonistic folks showing up intentionally trying pick verbal fights to capture on film. If that does happen our best approach is not to engage. We pray this won’t be an issue but wanted to give you a heads up in case it does.

Anna Blake (21 May 21): It’s easy to get a conditioned response from an animal. All it takes is a treat or some light intimidation. Like we haven’t all teased an animal with food. Like all of us haven’t gone along with a bully just to keep the peace. You want something different. You know that it takes more than a shared breath to make a connection. You know that creating anxiety, positive or negative, may get a quicker answer but that isn’t the same thing as trust. 

When Light Came In (25 May 21): And there is nothing we’ve done to cope with trauma or abuse — or the recovery process — that is novel or surprising to the human race.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The stage fills with smoke and quickly transforms into a scene in Pilate’s palace.

Rick Joyner (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I do believe that all sickness comes from the devil, and that we can open ourselves to it by disobedience. Some of the things the Lord said to the afflicted affirm this. I caught Covid because I had been hypocritical in telling people how important it was for people to wash their hands, and after a time I became careless about this myself. I repented, and knew the Lord had forgiven me, but I also knew that I had to go through what I had opened myself up to with my hypocrisy and disobedience.  

Brat: I find this prophetic, because you washed your hands of me the way Pilate washed his hands of Jesus when I reached out to you, and yet you preached for years on how evil happens when good men do nothing.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Pilate washes his hands in a bowl and slowly dries them, then throws the towel on the floor as the light dims in the great hall.

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Lawlessness is defeated when the Church arises & takes her place

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): The Torah requires that an attempt at reconciliation be made before a battle is initiated. 

Wanda Alger (17 May 21): Until there are altars of prayer, worship and dedication to the Lordship of Christ in EVERY sphere of influence in our culture, the rising altars of the spirit of anti-Christ will OUTNUMBER US. This is why this is an urgent hour. The “judgments” standing at the door of this nation will only have power if we stand back and do nothing. James puts it fairly clearly: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17 ESV). The OPPORTUNITY before us is historic. We are about to be a part of the greatest move of God the world has ever seen – but ONLY if we respond rightly to His initiatives and invitations.[24]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Where we have grown comfortable and self-congratulatory, break in upon us O Lord with your new creation and fresh urgency. Amen.

K. Albert Little (20 May 21): Church Splits Driving Evangelicals to Catholic Church[25]

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): The sentinel angel had come from the nation of Italy bearing this scroll. In a sense, he was one of heaven’s “reporters.”

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It’s pretty easy for Christians, and maybe especially liberal Protestants, to say, “Look at those uptight, narrow-minded religious legalists. Thank God, we’re not like them! Thank God, we know that human needs like hunger, healing, or help in crisis are more important than religious ritual or observance.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): As both Thomas Aquinas and C.S. Lewis taught, for evil to succeed, it must disguise itself as good, which is apparently much easier to do than we imagine. [2][26] What previous generations called “the devil” is still quite active, though disguised in the banality of evil. The devil isn’t going to appear in red with horns and a tail and entice us to follow him. When Paul talks about the devil, he uses words like “powers,” “principalities,” and “thrones” (see Colossians 1:16). These are almost certainly his premodern words for what we would now call corporations, institutions, nation-states, ideologies of supremacy, and organizations that demand our full allegiance and thus become idolatrous—not just “too big to fail,” but even too big to be criticized. Suddenly, the medieval notion of devils comes very close to home.

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Revisiting this dream now 5 years later with much more information on the horrific global realities at work, it has much greater significance. This is not just a symbolic picture of a Jezebel principality, but the specific reference to the ongoing Satanic Ritual Abuse against our children that has been taking place all around the globe – for decades. The outright brainwashing of an entire generation has taken place and the spiritual fathers and mothers have not been prepared for this assault.[27]

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): The devil may have power to shift minds with his lies and manipulation, but he DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY—WE DO!

When Light Came In (25 May 21): The only thing that may be wholly novel in this moment is the idea that loving ourselves is the path to healing. If hate could bring good things, how’d we end up so broken by their abusive words and actions?

Jennifer LeClaire (in “You People ♥”14 Apr 21): The Plumb Line: Prophetic Dream: The Unleashing of Jezebel’s Daughter

Fr. Adam Bucko (05 Apr 2021): This logic can best be described by what philosopher Hegel [1770–1831] called the “master-slave dialectic.” Applied to our societal history, it tells us that, when left to ourselves, we often organize our lives according to the principle of domination. . . .

John 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Inner Practitioner @MindTendencies2 (17 Oct 2020): Trauma teaches you to close your heart and armor up.  Healing teaches you to open your heart and boundary up.

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has given us a weapon. It is not just the righteous prayers of the faithful; it is the manifested FEAR OF THE LORD that will totally disable and disempower these demonic entities. But, not only must we prophesy this fear of the Lord – we must operate in it ourselves. Principalities and powers recognize the difference between prayers that are words versus those that are lived. The true Fear of the Lord is born of radical obedience when one encounters His holiness, His righteousness, and His glory.  It becomes a life-force and when one prays from this posture, the enemy cannot stand and cannot take any more ground (Joshua 4:24 ESV).

Lillian Daniel (31 May 21): Admit it. Pride is a powerful force that deserves our spiritual attention. Sometimes we take too little pride in ourselves. Other times we take too much. Either way, pride has power and it can still trip us up.

Pastor John Klawiter (20 May 21): Holy Advocate, testify on our behalf when our pride gets in the way of the relationships you are looking to foster in our lives. Thank you for your persistence to lead us to your truth. Amen.

Angela Greenig (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Zechariah 10:3-5 (NIV) is such a powerful promise from the Lord, and I believe this is a word the Father is releasing over us right now:

“My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the Lord Almighty will care for His flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.”

Brat: We’re not tolerating Jezebel.

2 Kings 9:33 “Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Jesus was obviously taken by her response as He answered, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” (Mark 7:29)

Anna Blake (28 May 21): The rider is fighting for control and as always, horses ask just one question. “Am I safe?”[28] 

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): When the Church is mobilized into action, knowing the authority of Jesus residing inside of us, God backs us up in the places He sends us to take ground and make decisions according to His plans and purposes, thus bringing things back into alignment and overturning destructive decisions.

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): “Delay has screamed and stolen from their lives, but NOW I am marking the ground with flourishing and blossoming life. The move of My mighty hand bringing forth mighty miracles in creative ways will cause the ground to FLOURISH again and angelic hosts will guard these places standing alongside My people with their hearts full of faith in who I am and My faithfulness, that what I have spoken will not be delayed or stolen again.”

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): God’s eyes go back and forth throughout the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him (see 2 Chron. 16:9). He’s looking for people who will take the charge and TAKE BACK WHAT HAS BEEN STOLEN. His power is unlimited, and His plans are sure.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): Many believe that truth is the domain of great minds, that the greater one’s intellect, the closer one can come to truth.[29]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It’s the kind of statement that creates a moment of truth: what is God doing right now? What does God require of me, of us, right at this moment? We are in the presence of the living Christ; what now?

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The audience is still holding their collective breath, dreading what will come next.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This riddle references that Jesus came first to the Jew and then to the Gentile.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): But if a truth is truly truth, it is to be found everywhere. For truth is that which knows no bounds.

John 3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): With the next new move of God, we will need a strong mix of wisdom and revelation (His fresh Word). He never asks us to completely abandon what He did yesterday, and certainly not to forget what He taught us. He does, however, add a freshness to it. Jesus had great depth of wisdom and knowledge, yet, He was always listening in the moment for what Father was saying.

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Perhaps God has similar questions for me: “Hello, you who are made of stardust and mud? Why haven’t you checked in with me? Where are you rushing off to? How is your breath? How is your flesh? Who has your attention? When will you start embracing heaven?”

TERMS

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): When you approach a town to attack it, you shall offer it terms of peace. Deuteronomy 20:10

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 May 21): Torah is a way of peace between all opposites, a light to discover the truth within all that G‑d has made. An absolute oneness beyond all binaries.​

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Small groups that are intentional in prayer, receiving strategies and taking action will be used by God to shift cities, counties, school districts and neighborhoods, and as they multiply and mobilize, change will happen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): The same truth that the genius perceives in his world of intellectual abstraction is found in the simple world of the child, where every thought can be touched and seen.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): What a lowly place the Lord chose to lead from.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): My light is in your hand. Your light is in my hand.
When you take care of my light, I take care of yours.
-Midrash

When Light Came In (19 May 21): Trauma and healing, the dark and light wrapped in us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): If they had asked Moses, what would he have said?

John 3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Peace is an ideal in Judaism and the culmination of the redemption process is a condition in which all human conflict will be settled by God, as described by Isaiah.

Thus He will judge among the nations And arbitrate for the many peoples, And they shall beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up Sword against nation; They shall never again know war. Isaiah 2:4

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): And so now, when they were to enter the land themselves, as mortal beings with mortal powers, to conquer the land, plow the land, sow and harvest from the land by their own hands—

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): A stronghold is something that exerts an influence or leverage over the thought patterns that play in your mind. They produce a harvest of consequences.[30]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It is easy, in other words, to be smug about our open-mindedness, and to congratulate ourselves on our more flexible and magnanimous – and certainly not hidebound – faith.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This week, I spoke with a ministry that has had great success broadcasting Christian content into the Middle East. But they are facing two challenges: first, there is a shortage of Christian content available; and second, the cost to hire a broker to acquire more content is very expensive.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): But even when the apostles contribute, there is still nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  All the apostles really want is for their agendas to be promoted.  Even when they read me, they don’t see any need to come back to ‘the least of these’ as they walk over me to climb their ladder.  Ya’know, angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man (or son of man = prophet) …

John 1:50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree [= vulnerable]. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I could not discern in the vision which Hebrew letter I was looking at, but I knew that it represented one person, or one person’s story. 

Psalm 29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Before we ended our call with our friends who are broadcasting into the Middle East, my promise to them was to provide lots of quality content and to provide it for FREE. They are already airing The Pilgrim’s Progress, and are now looking at the other films we have licensed. As the western slang goes, “This is a no-brainer!”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): In the same interview, he also justified targeting Israeli civilians while refusing the option of negotiating with Israel.

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Is it a refusal? That’s a harsh word. Maybe he just wants a minute. We humans always want immediate perfection in our horses, but that’s not happening. Can we manage to say good boy, just because he’s thinking? Listening without fixing is the big thing right now. Acknowledge his choice and let that stand. Assume he is right. It takes courage to let a horse have autonomy. Besides the conversation doesn’t end when one of you wanders off. It isn’t a problem, it’s an invitation.[31]

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): This meant that when Jesus read the more general scroll, He was also reading about individual lives through each letter. It was as if each letter became a “gateway” or portal through which He looked down into people’s lives to see or understand what was happening with them. 

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure from trauma is not a point of resolution, like the end of a school year or closing paragraph of an essay. It’s more like the procedure for ending a debate or repairing a car. It’s steps we take *away* from what breaks us, what keeps us bound. Steps we take *toward* what frees us, toward increased safety and sanity for ourselves, our children, our future.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): The tongue of flame, and the wind, and the dove, and the water, and the bread, and the blood, and the unbroken song, and the unbroken prayer and the unbreakable bond: in the liturgy these things are present, they are given.

John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Where are all the disciples? Where are those who had loved and worshiped Him?

Len Halvorson (12 May 21): Perhaps several generations after Peter and his community, the First Letter of John is written to believers, but now ones whose witness seems to be threatened by division. Throughout the letter those considered as the faithful among these believers will be called by the endearing terms of “Beloved,” and “little children,” but in today’s verses the main descriptor is “you who believe.” The author speaks of a serious ministry and purpose in the face of those who might be a threat to the central confession of the Christian witness: “I write… so that you may know that you have eternal life.” This proclamation will sustain and guard a beloved faith community in the midst of threats from those around them. We have eternal life. You have eternal life. And that life has been given to us in the gift of the Risen Jesus and in the continuing witness of faith to the good news of the Resurrection.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And then, there is commitment and responsibility

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): You have to take ownership of your mission in life, making informed decisions and sticking to them—decisions that come from you as you are here in this world, with all the uncertainty and hazard that this world carries with it.

Because real change is always an inside job.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 May 21): While we have the language of philosophy, psychology, modern science, and sociology to describe the truth of universal interconnectedness, the mystics first described it based on their own experience. In this meditation, African American mystic and scholar Howard Thurman (1899‒1981) reminds us of how our love for God is one with our love for our neighbor.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: In many churches and dioceses in The Episcopal Church, we have been given a charge by the presiding bishop to work toward becoming Beloved Community. The Beloved Community is the place where God-loving people have been trying to arrive since Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. From time to time, it seems to be in view, but somehow, humanity falls short of the goal, steps backward, and then lurches forward again toward the destination. Social injustice and racial inequity keep us all from getting to the Promised Land.[32]

Brat to the Episcopal Church’s Facebook page (24 May 21 at 9:10 am): Speaking of truth-telling…I share “Going Up” with the Church [Going Up 12 May 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)

[Received SILENCE…]

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): I share all of this with you because I sometimes observe that, if we talk about the Holy Spirit at all in our church, we don’t tend to talk about the Spirit in connection to our experience of liturgy. Maybe it’s because we are so often focused on the Father and the Son, or maybe it’s because we think that too much talk about the Spirit might open the door to a level of exuberance to which we Episcopalians are not generally accustomed. 

John 3:12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

Nate Johnston (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Daily reconcile your heart challenges, hurts, frustrations, and disappointments.

Brat: I get it; more dying to self… There’s perpetual descension into Dante’s Inferno, but where’s the ascension into a loving community?  Dante never got to marry Beatrice.  He was exiled forever.

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): Got it? You MUST be so bold when you approach God for healing that your detractors might even accuse you of being RIDICULOUSLY BOLD after all you just did.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Before your soul descended to this world it burned with a passionate flame of love to merge within the divine, infinite light of G‑d.[33]

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Right now, God’s grace is here to help you pull up tent pegs of regret, envy, and disappointment. You can be free from the negative effects of past relationships.

Brat: Who would have ever thought that the Church herself would cause so much grief over sharing the Gospel with her when Jesus Himself gave us the Great Commission after His sacrifice?

Verse of the Day (02 June 21): Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): They can see His devotion and can’t help but weep at such a sacrifice. Who are they to deserve such unselfish and humble service from the very King of the universe Himself? In this moment, they have a new-found revelation that while their feet are clean, their hearts have been transformed by the power of His love.

THE POWER TO CHOOSE

Anna Blake (21 May 21): By now the horse has probably stretched his neck a bit, walked an arc or two. Quiet calming signals without hurry. He might be getting a bit curious about you continuing to listen and still not fixing. You’ve got him right where you want him now. Horses need some space and quiet before they speak up. Consider this time investing in your horse’s trust. Besides, only listening for the answer we want is the best way to miss another message.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 May 21): The test to which Plotinus puts us, however, is very searching. To be in unity with the Spirit is to be in unity with one’s fellow people. Not to be in unity with one’s fellow people is thereby not to be in unity with the Spirit. The pragmatic test of one’s unity with the Spirit is found in the unity with one’s fellow people. We see what this means when we are involved in the experience of a broken relationship. When I have lost harmony with another, my whole life is thrown out of tune. God tends to be remote and far away when a desert and sea appear between me and another. I draw close to God as I draw close to my fellow people. The great incentive remains ever alert; I cannot be at peace without God, and I cannot be truly aware of God if I am not at peace with my fellow people.

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): One of the things I’ve noticed is that when I am in warfare, I don’t feel like myself. I feel disconnected, awkward, and inauthentic. I’m not myself and I don’t even like who is showing up. Do you ever feel like this? It’s like you’re someone else. Something is trying to take over your thought process. Remember: the battle zone is in your thought life. The secret is to catch the enemy when he attempts to slip into your thought life like the serpent in the garden. Don’t let the thought take hold.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): To me, the armor of trauma, as we pursue healing, doesn’t just one day come off. It *changes* from clunky, thick, heavy and impenetrable to skin-like. If we were to simply take off our armor and replace it with boundaries, that would leave us exposed when we’re still tender, deeply wounded. (Maybe that’s part of why we sometimes resist letting the trauma go, we fear it’s asking us to do this?)

Noel Niemann (31 May 21): God saw humans and sees us just as we are. God knows us because what God created was very good, and, therefore, was without shame. Suddenly, it all changed. The original vision was gone and now humans saw themselves to be unacceptable in God’s sight. Labels replaced acceptance. Self-image became more powerful than genuineness. Anxiety entered the creation as self-determination became more important than God’s words. The serpent’s promise was true; creation was as powerful as the creator, but without God’s love. Creation was broken; sin had entered the garden.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 May 21): When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): While I’m not surprised to hear of their needs, I remain extremely frustrated, nonetheless. In America, we produce new Christian movies every month! Why isn’t this content (for the most part) reaching the mission field?

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Bringing back into alignment God’s plan and purpose and His power and favor backs His will. Prayer is the MOST important action needed as God divinely instructs His people with timing, wisdom and plans to advance His Kingdom and set in order the things that are out of order.

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is lifestyle. It’s moment by moment, breath by breath, choice by choice. It’s lining up our lives with what is true, loving, and honest. It’s withdrawing attention from what takes us from that pursuit.

Viktor E. Frankl (1959): We who lived in concentration camps can remember the people who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. . . .[34]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): I thought of the account above with the Gentile woman. Herein lies the problem:

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Humans are just like horses, some of us nervously blurt out an answer without thinking and some of us freeze up trying to reason it carefully. We doubt ourselves. It isn’t a question of giving the right answer for either of you. It’s about listening to calming signals and staying in the conversation. Stand and wait. Any horse will tell you that humans are too result oriented. The problem with tunnel vision on a task is that we are focusing only on the one response we want. It’s like putting blinders on our ears. We’re not just limiting the conversation; we’re diminishing his confidence. 

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): In America, we have this unstated agenda that our content goes to Americans first. Why? Because they have money. The mission field receives the crumbs.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): The devil is trying to rob you and your children of God’s inheritance. He does this by working to get you to compromise and bow your knee to unbelief, apathy, fear, lust, addiction, and depression. Don’t let him succeed. Put up a FIGHT!

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): We must first convict evil in its glorified organizational form. When we idolize and refuse to hold such collective realities accountable, they usually become demonic in some way. We normally cannot see it until it is too late. [3][35]

Donna Rigney (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “Veils of deception will be ripped off of My children’s eyes in this time of great reckoning. Yes, a time of great reckoning is upon this world. For the wicked deeds and gross injustice that I have seen perpetrated – there is going to be a price to pay.[36]

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): We got the news that the bad boys of leadership will be held accountable.  Now where do we share where it can’t be buried again and covered up by those same bad boys?

[Received silence…]

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Our faith in God gives us three magnificent gifts. God promises us the gift of eternal life if we will believe and follow. At funerals, you will often hear it said, “Though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus gives us the gift of love. He modeled love and urged us to love each other as he loves us. Beyond human love and intimacy, Jesus gave us agape love, unconditional love that can only come from God. The Holy Spirit then descended to forever tie us to the love of God and the presence of the Lord. The advocate came to encourage us to devoutly and unapologetically speak the truth to a world desperately in need of truth-telling. The truth is we are all divinely created in the image of God. People of color have an equal right to live in the world without fear of loss of life at the hands of those who have a perception that they are less than equal. If we are ever to get to the Beloved Community, we must reckon with the sin of racism and eradicate it from our lands. This pandemic tears at the fabric of the world God calls us to. Let us embrace the Advocate, and with great courage proclaim the good news that God is love and that we all have an invitation to share in the beauty and wonder of God’s enormous capacity to hold us close.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The lights go out once again as the music fades. The curtain falls, and the audience can’t wait to see what happens next. Those in the crowd ponder the actions of the humble Master as the curtain slowly lifts to reveal a new scene.

THE MISSION FIELD

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): Is There a Limit to What We Can Make Holy?

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This may be difficult to hear, but it is absolutely true. Few moviemakers or distributors really want to discuss it. Sadly, we have overfed the American audience with Christian content, yet starved the mission field. I understand that without the funding from Americans, moviemakers would not be able to make movies, but why do we put so little emphasis on providing content in the languages of the mission field?

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): We are “open,” but are we open to that?

John 3:8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): This promise is fulfilled in the Pentecost account recorded in the Book of Acts, when the disciples were transformed by wind and flame from somewhat hapless followers of a beloved teacher into the undaunted, fervent agents of Christ’s mission on earth. And it was not just the Son of God, but the ongoing work of the Spirit of God that drew them into the lives THEY were intended to live—it was the Spirit that animated their mortal bones and caused them to prophesy and to see visions and to dream dreams. It was the Spirit that sustained their dedication far beyond the typically fickle, faltering enthusiasm we tend to give even the most worthy causes of this world.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): Each of us is a flame. One flame burns softly. Another burns with a roar. Until seven branches are filled with millions of distinct, unique flames.

All are drawn upwards, all yearning to reunite with their Beloved above.[37]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): I do believe that film producers are more than willing to license their films for the mission field, but no one is really asking!

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): I prefer to be the one asking questions, please and thank you.

Pastor John Klawiter (20 May 21): Do you ever let anyone help you? It can be tempting to refuse help—and think we can do everything on our own. There’s some stubbornness to this or perhaps a deeply ingrained belief that asking for help is a weakness.

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): Subject: Reckoning Help

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Maybe I should focus on answering them.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Maybe we changed a relationship, closed the door on a toxic relationship, or opened it to a new and healthy one. Or we opened to a new friendship, discovered it wasn’t so good, and got out quicker than we would have in the past.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): In this way God uses our warfare to do something that totally frustrates the enemy. It makes us stronger! This connects us to the lineage of overcomers described by the writer of Hebrews who said: “Out of weakness they became strong!” (see Hebrews 11:34).

When Light Came In (28 May 21): I believe we have.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): One by one these faithful overcomers are given their great rewards…the nameless and faceless, those who have always hidden behind the Cross and have given Him all the glory; those who never used people to build their ministry but used their ministry to bless the people. They completed their earthly assignments to the best of their ability and remained faithful to the end. These mighty warriors who followed the way of the Master and served, loved, and honored those around them are exalted and given great responsibility.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): To what lengths do we go with our transformative efforts?

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Look for it. Ask a friend to help you see it. The growth is very much there, dear one.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Loyalty, love, and service are qualities that create a deep connection

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): There is good news, though. Since its inception, RevelationMedia has been committed to securing quality Christian content for the mission field. We did this with our flagship film, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and we have since licensed over 50 hours of additional content. We are in the process of licensing even more! Our desire is to work in no fewer than 100 languages. This means that we can reach over 90% of the world’s population with Christian content in the first or second languages of the people. We are already working in 25 of these languages, and we are looking to consistently add more.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): But at the end of the day, spending your life mission like a salaried employee following instructions is not going to change the world.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Jesus, before he was taken to the cross, called his followers “friends” and released all from the second-class role of servant, thus creating a pathway for a society that is equitable. Additionally, we are all equal and Jesus wanted that message delivered to the world so that we might love one another.

Martha Spong (18 May 21): In other seasons of the church’s life they serve on search committees, or organize mission studies, or make sure the Sunday School doesn’t run out of crayons. They put their gifts and skills to work for the good of the whole when the idea people have moved on to the next project. We rely on their spreadsheets and phone trees and care for others.

Rick Joyner (18 May 21): The Holy Spirit is the Helper, and all of the gifts of the Spirit are for helping others. The ministry of “helps” is actually the foundation of all ministry. We tend to think of this as doing the menial tasks, but that is far from all that this ministry is. First, for those who do all that they do as unto the Lord, there are no menial tasks. When a person is drowning, what do they yell? “Help!” Those who respond and help those in desperation are also walking in the ministry of helps. 

Martha Spong (18 May 21): We rely on them just as Paul relied on Titus.

Rick Joyner (18 May 21): Both Stephen and Philip were ordained as deacons to serve tables. Yet, they became two of the most powerful ministries in the Book of Acts. Getting to know the nature of the Holy Spirit as the Helper is the path to being trusted with His power.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Relationships form bonds and are a crucial part of our lives

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): Not only will these women of valor be honored and celebrated for their place at the King’s table, some will rise up as mothers over nations to bring deliverance and healing to the land. They will be esteemed for their wisdom, counsel, and courageous actions against those who threaten the King’s domain. Theirs will be the mark of Deborah, the prophetess, who foreshadows the kind of mothers that will be called to lead the charge and deliver nations.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): Go out into the world and you will see: He created a world in which He can achieve anything He desires in any way He pleases.

And not only that, but He can do it through you.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): God desires you so much, in fact, that God has made a home within you; God has fed you with his own flesh; God’s holy breath is on your breath as you offer up these ancient and eternal prayers week after week.

Pastor Karri L. Anderson (26 May 21): But even in the midst of struggle, hope can flourish when we claim the Spirit’s witness to us, that whatever comes, we are still God’s children—we are never alone. Though we tend to think of hope as a personal experience, the truth is hope cannot survive in isolation. Hope needs community. People need each other for hope to thrive. It is through others, joined together as God’s chosen ones, that the Spirit of God continues to come to us and breathes life into hope.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): We don’t have to let the mission field receive only the crumbs. While the primary focus of RevelationMedia is to produce iBIBLE, our secondary goal is providing additional quality Christian content to America and to the global missions community. It is our hope that by the grace of God, the mission field will get so much more than crumbs!

Brat (25 May 21 at 8:30 am): I willingly share mine with you for the global missions community also: “Going Up” 12 May 21 [Going Up 12 May 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)] ~Kathryn Hauser

[I have shared many times with them and even got a live response once.]

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): “Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.”

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Let us pray: Most Gracious God, we are very grateful for the gifts that you give us, and in particular, we are grateful for the gift of the Advocate, the truth-teller. Give us courage to tell our truths, Lord Christ, that will lead to a world filled with justice and love. Amen.

“COME!”

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Hear God say, “Come, be with Me. Let My love and power dissolve every tie to a past season.”

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): WE VALUE YOUR PRAYERS – We are grateful for continued prayers for Steve and the ministry of RevelationMedia.com.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): But be assured that the Spirit IS here, in candlelight and in quiet gesture and in the swelling note of song, the Spirit is here in the silence of your prayers and in the outstretching of your hand towards Christ’s body, and we should be encouraged, emboldened even, to name God’s dynamic presence in our liturgy, and to say to the world, to our neighbors and our friends and those who have fallen away from faith: COME, see what is TRUE. COME, see what the shape of love is. COME, see how God teaches us to embody, in this liturgical gathering—in this school of the Holy Spirit—the essential vision of a sanctified life: gratitude, praise, confession, lamentation, reconciliation, offering, receiving, communion, contemplation, joy. COME, and see, and live.

Vicki Kemper (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Into the Cloud

Acts 1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): Look up believer! Look up and watch – listen – for the coming of the Lord. Do not wait to GO UP – for He is COMING DOWN! Heaven is coming to earth and the glory of God will be revealed as HIS STORY unfolds before us.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (13 May 21): We beseech you, Lord Jesus,

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): Come, Lord Jesus, come

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Where Are You?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Then it entered a body, a creature of sinews and bones. So that here it would learn the ultimate meaning of love.

Julian of Norwich: “And our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well, and I will make all things well; and you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well. When he says, ‘I may’, I understand this to apply to the Father; and when he says ‘I can’, I understand it for the Son; and when he says, ‘I will’, I understand it for the Holy spirit; and when he says, ‘I shall”, I understand it for the unity of the blessed Trinity, three persons and one truth; and when he says, ‘You will see yourself’, I understand it for the union of all men who will be saved in the blessed Trinity. And in these five words God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and peace.”[1][38]

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Grant peace when there are no answers, God, and bless the questions that search for peace.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): We ought not be timid or bashful about this. Because one thing I know is that there are countless people—some of whom you probably know quite well—who are desperately longing for the type of life we seek and strive for here. A Spirit-driven, Christ-shaped, liturgically-enriched life. There is no greater gift that we can give than to invite others into the practice of their truest, most beautiful humanity. 

Steve Porter (29 May 21): JESUS, King of kings and Lord of lords, is present! This same Jesus is the risen Lord, no longer limited to an earthly body. He now sits on a golden throne ready to award the faithful on Earth. The ‘Great Reward’ assembly is finally here. The marriage supper of the Lamb is upon us and His Bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Rev. Betty King (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Many things in the Body of Christ today are in the hands of stewards, who are working with what is there because it’s available; but in order for the inheritance that is being built today to last and fulfill its purpose, sons need to be raised up. It is not enough only to be blessed in the present, because the future must be secured. Abraham feels this in his core and brings it before God.

Brat: God, I’ve written the reverend before.  Writing directly doesn’t get me to my welcoming tribe and even if I were to bring it up, I’d be accused of manipulating to get what I want.  None of that occurred with Paul and Onesimus.  Lord, You said that there were many rooms in Your house.  There is a place for me where my legacy, our story, has merit and value to set things right and I am loved for just being me.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): It is time to recognize this company of women and call them forth. Their humble disposition has kept them hidden, and yet, it is the very selfless nature of their heart that is desperately needed in the battles of this age. The enemy has no hold and hell has no authority over those who walk in humility and purity of purpose. They are the ones religion would deem weak and inferior, but heaven calls them highly favored and worthy of their due. As the first shall become last and the last shall become first, heaven now issues the charge for women of valor to come forward. Your time is now and victory is assured.

S.C. Lourie (28 May 21): So, my darling, I just wanted to share that with you, as I ponder on my daughters and how much they are growing right now in front of me. It does so much good for our souls and bodies if we learn to rest our tired eyes rather than define our lives by what we see through them. I am sure you have experienced the power of a nap, or a weekend off from all the stress, or a vacation away from all the intensity – the world can feel new again. It’s not that anything in particular changes around us, it’s just that we get into a space of mind where we can notice bright and new details. The horizon expands because our vision does.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Is that happening in our churches? Is there that sense of gospel urgency?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): This is Spirit-driven, Spirit-led work.

Israel365 (25 May 21): Hashem brings splendor following darkness

John 3:17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; God does whatever God pleases. … The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth has been given to human beings. – Psalm 115:2-3 & 16 (NRSV)

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): If there was ever a time for God’s Church to ACT, it’s NOW!

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Thank you for your prayers and support. Together, we are helping to fulfill the Great Commission in making disciples of every nation!

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘ALL authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. THEREFORE GO and make DISCIPLES of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18-19 emphasis mine)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Ask Before You Talk

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 

Brat: Hello, love!  Did you get what I shared?

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): INQUIRIES – We are generally able to respond to specific inquiries within 3 -5 business days.

Brat: It’s been eleven so far…

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Informed Decisions

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): RE: Even the Dogs Get the Crumbs

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): What did these spies say to cause such doubt in G‑d’s abilities? They spoke of having seen the nefilim in Israel (Bamidbar/Numbers 13:33). Who were the nefilim that they instilled such panic?

Matt Laney (04 June 21): Last month, 230 people were killed by Israeli airstrikes. 65 of the dead are children. Meanwhile, Hamas rocket fire killed 12 people, including 2 children. In light of those atrocities, verses like the above – in which God ordains seizing inhabited land and doing harm to the inhabitants – make me nauseous.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): The spies were sent to view first-hand the lay of the land, its beauty and its weaknesses, so that it could be transformed into a holy land.

Matt Laney (04 June 21): The journey into the Promised Land of true beloved community is long and hard and so worthwhile. It will take generations of courageous acknowledgement, seeking forgiveness and reparations to bring peace to the Holy Land, to American land, and to the world God relentlessly loves.

Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): Why then does Jesus tell stories that show harsh judgment, casting the rejected into “outer darkness” and “eternal punishment,” especially in Matthew’s Gospel (see Matthew 25:46)? This seems to undo all the mercy and forgiveness Jesus demonstrates in the rest of his life and teaching. Let me explain how I see it.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): Are you experiencing a breakdown in your life? It could be a divorce or violence or poverty, any number of hardships. Perhaps you are thinking: “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. Why is this trying to get on me? It was supposed to be my harvest time!”

Maybe God has a bigger harvest in mind.

House of Destiny (02 June 21): Trusting God’s Timing

Helen Calder (25 May 21): In addition to this, those of us who are intercessors labor in prayer. We may travail to bring God’s purposes to birth.
If you are a prayer warrior, you will know your ministry creates a close, heartfelt bond.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): We don’t just take it off. The armor changes around us instead. *We* change it. We pound out this part which no longer serves us, that part which now pinches our growing self. We stretch the armor in our toughest times of healing – metal stretches with enough heat.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): There is a new breed of women rising on the earth. A new company of women bravehearts are emerging who carry an authority not given by man, but gained through personal victories. These women have already been tested by the pharisees of religion and been confronted by the seductions of the snake. They have already faced the powers of the age and have overcome. Most have remained unseen by the masses because they never sought the spotlight. They have been quietly exercising their spiritual muscle in the secret place and overcoming devils with an audience of One. Yet, they have been recognized by the hosts of heaven, for they have demonstrated not only strength of soul and purity of heart, but a distinguishing characteristic more commonly given to the warriors of old: VALOR.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): As a Believer, you are not under the dominion of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). God created man in His image and in His likeness and gave him a territory called a garden. In that sphere of influence man was in charge. He had authority over the snake. God has put you in the garden of your life. He wants you to be free to flourish, create, and expand dominion. God made you in His image and wants your mind free to see, sense, discern, and judge.

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): As spiritual wineskins, holding the wine of Holy Spirit, God needs to refresh us as well so that we can be used in each new move of His Spirit. When the new wine of revival comes, it will stretch us; we will need fresh faith, giftings, and insights. The Lord will even ask us to do things in new ways.

Quinn Caldwell (in “Emboldened” 22 Apr 21): Turns out, blessings don’t depend on the character or history of the person giving them so much as they do on the God who fulfills them.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): The most common mistake is to confuse apocalyptic literature with prophetic literature.  They serve very different functions. Apocalyptic writing deconstructs the “taken-for-granted world” by presenting a completely different universe, similar to what a good novel or even a science fiction movie does for us. As the Buddhist heart sutra says it, “Gone, gone, utterly gone, all has passed over to the other side.” It makes room for the reconstruction of a new vision of peace and justice, which is the job of the prophets. Yes, prophets do plenty of deconstruction too, but it is always to make room inside the mind and soul for vision, expansion, hope, and a future inhabited by God and not by fear.

Brat (26 Apr 21 at 7:10 am): Excuse me. Last week I wrote to you and your crew and this week you are writing about apocalyptic literature and a time of unveiling.  I realize you cannot respond to every submission and yet the conversation continues over my head, where it seems that it is being used as a springboard.  In the past I would have been honored, but to me now, this feels like more gaslighting, which I’ve experienced from everyone else, because we never were able to establish a real relationship.  Please don’t use me like everyone else has done.  Please don’t take me for granted!  Put flesh on these bones.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Just like the valley of dry bones – we are about to see the 4 winds come and restore and reconstruct tissue and flesh. We are going to see every tearing point, BREAKING point restored and people who have been taken out restored and standing to their feet. 

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In the liturgy, these tired bones–yours and mine–can live. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): And here you will learn that even a creature of meat and bones can yearn for the infinite light. Because, in truth, there is nothing outside that light.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The orchestra plays on, enveloping the audience in a beautiful atmosphere. Everyone sits in holy silence during this sacred moment. The lights are slowly dimmed. The orchestra is silent. No one moves. The scenes on the stage has imparted a revelation of new life and what it’s like to live according to His presence. Some audience members are still weeping. Some laugh with delight.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): That these laws of nature, they are nothing but G‑d’s miracles in disguise, doing His will and concealing themselves within a weave of endless patterns.[39]

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Verbally release any personal responsibility you bore (including towards the fulfillment of a prophetic word). By faith, hand the outcomes over to God.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Our healing may feel like we’re going in circles, like chaotic scribbling. Then we tilt it, look from the side, start to see the scribbles from new angles, and realize they’re outlines of our growth.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): It means that you can, should, and MUST be BOLD in your approach to seeking God for healing. Here’s a better picture…

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): It takes tremendous courage to believe in your own voice and to be faithful to put it out there for others to hear. But when you are true to the one thing that you alone were created for, you tap into the inner strength that confirms that you’re doing the right thing—even if no one around you understands.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): As Jesus gathers these dear, faithful saints into His loving embrace, the narrator offers these final words: “The wedding is about to begin!”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): May each and every one of us succeed in fulfilling our mission, to make all aspects of our lives, including the smallest material details, vehicles for holiness, and may this lead to the immediate redemption.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): Alter The Altar, Break The Curse

Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

Brat: Truly the coal was live and I reached out!

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): Thank you for contacting RevelationMedia. Although we may not be able to answer every email, we do read each and every one. 

Brat: So, you read it and consume it just like all the rest and the energy pools in a buffer of no-man’s land, but the nations get the very crumbs you talk about as I share these blogs through my Facebook posts.  Truly the global mission field receives the crumbs.  We are now on the cross that Jesus called us to take up.  We have not profited or gained the whole world.  What shall the Church give in return for her soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)

John 3:11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The way of the Master is clear now, even to those who were previously blind and could not see. Will you see?

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[1] Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): THE SENTINEL AND THE SCROLL (hisinscriptions.com)

[2] Steve Porter (29 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25569)

[3] Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): School of the Spirit: A Sermon – By Another Road

[4] Lana Vawser (17 May 21): UNEXPECTED, UNUSUAL CREATIVE MIRACLES  – Lana Vawser Ministries

[5] Helen Calder (25 May 21): Tent Pegs: 5 Keys to Cut Soul Ties from Past Seasons (enlivenpublishing.com)

[6] Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): Is There a Limit to What We Can Make Holy? – Guest Columnists – Parshah (chabad.org)

[7] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): REPORT: US State Dept admits Hamas may use “Humanitarian” funds for buying rockets against Israel (israel365news.com)

[8] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): Mentors – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[9] Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25570)

[10] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Media ignores report that more Gazans were killed by Hamas rockets than by the IDF (israel365news.com)

[11] Cindy McGill (25 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25552)

[12] Matthew Distefano (04 April 2019): Christianity Shouldn’t Be This Exhausting | Matthew Distefano (patheos.com)

[13] [2] Adam Bucko, “Love in Times of Hate,” homily, April 5, 2021, Patheos.com,  

[14] Rick Joyner (25 May 21): The Path to Victory, Part 4 | MorningStar Ministries

[15] Nate Johnston (26 May 21): THIS IS A SEASON OF REWIRING, RECONNECTING, & REFRESHING. THE BREATH OF LIFE IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW! – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[16] [1] Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press: 1959, 2006), 66.

[17] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the Lie – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[18] Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: You Will See Yourself, Trinity Sunday (B) – May 30, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[19] Yehuda Shurpin (01 June 21): Must One Honor Abusive Parents? – Mitzvahs & Traditions (chabad.org)

[20] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): My Light Is Your Light – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[21] Wanda Alger (02 June 21): IT IS THE WOMEN OF VALOR WHO WILL VANQUISH JEZEBEL – wandaalger.me

[22] Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, JD: Trinity Sunday(B): Speaking of the Trinity – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[23] Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25578)

[24] Wanda Alger (17 May 21): IT’S TIME TO LEAD THE WAY, NOT LEAVE THE PLANET – wandaalger.me

[25] K. Albert Little (20 May 21): Church Splits Are Driving Evangelicals to Catholicism | K. Albert Little (patheos.com)

[26] [2] Aquinas describes the devil’s deception through evil “that has a semblance of good” in his meditation on the Lord’s Prayer. See The Three Greatest Prayers: Commentaries on the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed, based on trans. by Laurence Shapcote (Sophia Institute Press: 1990), 152. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (1942) offers numerous examples of the ways evil presents itself as desirable. 

[27] Wanda Alger (20 May 21): HEAVEN’S WEAPON AGAINST SATANIC TERROR AND ABUSE – wandaalger.me

[28] Anna Blake (28 May 21): Why Horses Don’t Multi-task – Anna Blake

[29] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): Truth For All – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[30] Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25572)

[31] Anna Blake (21 May 21): The Best Horse Conversations Start With “No” – Anna Blake

[32] Rev. Kathleen Walker: The Advocate, Day of Pentecost (B) – May 23, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[33] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Nothing That Doesn’t Burn – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[34] Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press: 1959, 2006), 65–67, 112. Note: Minor edits made to incorporate gender-inclusive language.

[35] [3] Richard Rohr, What Do We Do with Evil? The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (CAC Publishing: 2019), 50, 51. 

[36] Donna Rigney: The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25510)

[37] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): Ignite Every Flame – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[38] [1] Julian of Norwich: Showings (Translated by Edmund College, James Walsh, Paulist Press, New York: 1978) p. 229.

[39] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): Impossible – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

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