O Mortal 27 June 21

10 Jul

Working Dates: Fourteen days from Sunday, June 27, 2021 to Saturday, July 10, 2021

[30 pages of praying and working through Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Psalm 123 from the lectionary readings for 6 Pentecost 04 July 21]

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): What are some daily habits you employ to stay positive and focused in your life?

Brat: I just told you.  What do you think I’m doing?

Kay Lindahl: Most important, as you practice reflection, notice that what you want to say (the ego) matters less than what wants to be said (the soul). Reflective listening is a slowing down, waiting, practicing patience with yourself.

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): Many of our future rewards (or even earthly ones) will be determined by how we chose to spend our TIME (rather than squander it) here on Earth.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): The seven nations that occupied Canaan exist within the human soul. They are the seven raw emotional modalities that every human being must conquer and transform—such as selfishness, anger, impatience and jealousy.[1]

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): The way that we each step into our Kingdom assignment is through our willingness to reroute, redirect and reposition ourselves wherever and whenever the Holy Spirit asks. That way, we can be a part of what God is about to do. [2]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): But before entering Canaan, the Israelites first had to battle with Midian.

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): Continue to break our heart for what breaks Your heart.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian is the place in the human soul where there is no room for another. It is not rational, nor can it be reasoned with.

Ezekiel 2:1 He said to me: O mortal [!], stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for the LION’S ROAR to DROWN OUT the seducing voices of false shepherds and counterfeit leaders.

Nate Johnston (in “Lighting the Gaslighting Jackal” 09 Feb 21): And as our feet were stamping the ground it was sending shockwaves around the world that were awakening the rest of the bride, breaking off shackles, and revealing and exposing what had been under the surface. I saw the counterfeit movements that were suddenly being revealed for what they really were. They were FALSE and appearing as light but they were part of the enemy’s religious agenda to deter the bride from her real post. In my spirit, I heard “Esther will not right for the wrong cause!” This is a moment to know what you are about and for but the raw war cry will make it clear. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): I am afraid that the closer we get to the Light, the more of our shadow we see. Thus, truly holy people are always humble people. Christians would have been done a great service if the shadow had been distinguished from sin. Sin and shadow are not the same. We were so encouraged to avoid sin that many of us instead avoided facing our shadow, and then we ended up “sinning” even worse—while unaware besides! As Paul taught, “The angels of darkness must disguise themselves as angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The persona does not choose to see evil in itself, so it always disguises it as good. The shadow self invariably presents itself as something like prudence, common sense, and justice. It says, “I am doing this for your good,” when it is actually manifesting fear, control, manipulation, or even vengeance. Isn’t it fascinating that the name Lucifer literally means “light bearer”? The evil one always makes darkness look like light—and makes light look like darkness.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): What’s in Your Heart?

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: There are people who can teach us a different way to approach life, however – people whose lives look nothing like a fairytale – people whose lives are not in any way conventional, but who find deep joy and purpose. You probably know someone who has suffered great loss and whose life did not play out as they had hoped, but still, they find joy and a deeper purpose despite it all. Often, these people have found meaning beyond the expected storylines of their culture and are people of faith. John the Baptist is just one example among many from the Bible, along with the many saints and faithful who offer different scripts – alternatives to the lives prescribed by Hollywood, Disney, social media, or even our cultural traditions. This script is God’s script, and it follows God’s purpose and calling on our lives instead.[3]

When Light Came In (04 July 21): Advice is defined as guidance by someone with experience or authority. What gives that person authority in your experience?

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 July 21): “Torah is meant to bring people together, not divide them apart.”[4]

Steve Shultz (08 July 21): As long as time remains…as long as the righteous and the wicked live on the earth, there will be seen great, NEW contrasts between the righteous and the wicked.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): With unconditional love, irrational hatred is conquered and transformed.

Nations 9th of Av (24 June 21): We like to say that Israel is blind (in part), but did you know that the nations of the world are doubly blind? In Isaiah 60, speaking of Zion, it says, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Why must a new light shine out from Zion? Because “darkness shall cover the earth. And deep darkness the people.” The peoples of the world are in darkness and blind to much of what God is doing in the world today. It is up to the people of God to excitedly join in with God’s redemption plan, and as we are diligently faithful to God’s plan, may the light of His glory begin to shine forth from Zion, even as it shines now, within each our hearts!

Brat: I see “light” as enlightenment.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): God lift us out of the ways of death and lead us all in light everlasting. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): “The ultimate Revelation will be when we open our eyes to see that everything is here, now.”

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation (04 July 21): Matthew’s Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This is explained in works of Chassidut on the verse, “You yearn for the work of Your own hands.” In a certain way, we can say that the Creator yearns for His creations to make His presence tangible in His world.

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: When our lives find their meanings and purposes – not in human storylines, but in God’s storyline – the God who called John the Baptist, the prophets, the saints, and each of us to a life of faith, then we can start to see our lives very differently and adjust to new expectations. We can throw away the scripts and storylines someone handed to us or that we embraced long ago and realize that our lives find their deepest meaning and purpose in something much bigger and greater than ourselves and our individual storylines. And as we root ourselves more deeply in God and God’s Word, we begin to see that our lives have the potential to impact others with the love of God in a much deeper way than we ever imagined.

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): The reason that Truth sets us free (John 8:32) is because it’s SomeONE that does it, not someTHING. If we want “the truth to come out” and be revealed, it can only come through the Spirit of Truth, the third Person of the Trinity. This goes beyond INFORMATION to REVELATION. It is the revelation of HOLY SPIRIT as the source for all that is true and good that will set the captives free. THIS is the Great Reveal that is commencing. [5]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): And I have to believe that as Jesus looks to us now, to the very ground on which he trod, he would continue to weep, as he did when he looked on Jerusalem in his own days. Jesus knew – and this is even clear in his response to the violence he met in his own life – that the solution to the problems he encountered was never going to be military.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The field hospitals the IDF has maintained for Syrian refugees provide one example of the fact that the Israeli army is the most humanitarian one in the world.

James Finley: Mystic teachers . . . offer trustworthy guidance to people who feel interiorly drawn toward this deeper unitive experience of God’s presence in their life. . . . [6]

Nate Johnston (27 June 21): To the Feelers…

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Action Command

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): He would count on us.

Alane Haynes (21 June 21): “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:18-20 KJV)

Brat: The end of the world?

Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): But although I love them and find them endlessly fascinating, here’s the trouble with ghost stories: as compelling as they can be, they are, ultimately, always about death. Death always wins, death always controls the narrative. And as such, ghost stories are about endings—about unfinished business or revenge or longing—and the ghosts we encounter are almost always conditioned permanently by the circumstances of their former life.[7]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): What about now?

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): Father, we confess to You and repent of the antisemitic sins of our Church forefathers that have led to such relentless, horrific, murderous persecutions in Your name.

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): Being led by the Spirit can sometimes mean making simple or small adjustments that redirect or reroute us to move forward into God’s plans for us. Just as a chiropractor makes small adjustments that realign your entire body, when we are obedient to take those small adjustments from the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves in perfect alignment with Him. And when you are in perfect alignment with the Lord you will see His Kingdom invade absolutely everything you do.

Wanda Alger (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): Heavenly Father is going after His prodigals! He has let them go after the world for their determined time, knowing there would come that divine moment of awakening and return. Knowing the willfulness of His sons and daughters, He has allowed some to go after their flesh to pursue their counterfeit dreams and personal ambitions.[8]

Nations 9th of Av (30 June 21): We repent of the blindness of our religious leaders who did not want to learn Torah with our Jewish friends who brought the Word of God to humanity.

Steve Shultz (08 July 21): More and more you will begin to witness with your own eyes that, primarily, the wicked are living troubled and afflicted lives because they refuse the Savior who would love to rescue them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): It [intolerance] is the core of all evil. It is what holds the human soul in exile from the garden.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): For everybody.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Sodom and Gomorrah, along with three other cities, formed a large settlement at the terminus of the Jordan River. It’s a deep valley, and before these cities were overturned, the Jordan branched out into a delta, watering the earth well and sprouting rich, lush greenery. The earth was rich in nutrients as well as precious minerals. All in all, a virtual garden of Eden.

Anthony Robinson (28 June 21): “For the Lord will comfort Zion, God will comfort all her waste places, and make her wilderness like Eden.” Never give up.

Riley Clemmons: Keep on Hoping [https://youtu.be/ASw-I8s-yzc]

When Light Came In (04 July 21): “You don’t want to be the one who gives up, do you?” No, we don’t want to give up. In fact, we tried to build relationship with our abuser in every way we could, in every way people recommended. We gave everything, including ourselves, our bodies, our self respect. Leaving this investment represents loss on so many levels, you could never understand. We’re not giving *up* now, we’re giving *in* to the truth: we gave ourselves for a lie.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): The way out of this is forward. But it’s not with rockets. Or shows of might. Or empty phrases. Or the discarding or suffering of bodies.

Israel365 (06 July 21): Despite the bitter slavery the nation suffered at the hand of the Egyptians, the Torah teaches that we must care for all of Hashem’s children, even our persecutors, and not treat them the same way they treated us.

Brian D. McLaren: What if Jesus’ secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn’t come to start a new religion—but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world?

Ezekiel 2:4 The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD.”

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Each one is listening to their own tune, yet God sent me into the pack to find His symphony through the cacophony. (Can you hear the wolf pack howl?) They talk about going back for the one, leaving no one behind, and remembering the least of these, but it’s just lip service. Showing no flow of conversation out of rare contact with me for fourteen years, – but still trying to stay in the race anyway, – is an act of God.  It is statistically impossible for Silence from leadership with me to be enforced for this long if it were simply an act of nature.  Nature abhors a vacuum, so therefore it must be supernatural. 

Nations 9th of Av (05 July 21): Give us the courage to never be silent again, to do something, no matter what the cost.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): Nevertheless, even as we do this, through our actions we also have to reveal that nature itself is directed by G‑d. We have to work on the premise that if we invest ourselves to the full extent of our ability, G‑d will help us arrive at the necessary goal, even if it presently seems out of reach. Chasidut teaches, “Nature itself is in reality higher than nature.” This is further illustrated by another saying, “Lead a supernatural life, and G‑d will provide the miracles”.[9]

Revelation 12:16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Brian D. McLaren: What if the core message of Jesus has been unintentionally misunderstood or intentionally distorted? What if many have sincerely valued some aspects of Jesus’ message while missing or even suppressing other, more important dimensions? What if many have carried on a religion that faithfully celebrates Jesus in ritual and art, teaches about Jesus in sermons and books, sings about Jesus in songs and hymns, and theorizes about Jesus in seminaries and classrooms . . . but somewhere along the way missed rich and radical treasures hidden in the essential message of Jesus? . . .

Sophia Buller (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Why do leaders protect the demons, but don’t protect the flock from those demons?

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): God and I were talking this morning and I realized that KLOVE Christian radio station makes a motto out of Arc Speak in that they encourage listeners to call in and let them know when a song they play touches someone’s heart and changes their day: “The right song at the right time!”  I, myself, am encouraged by their songs.  That is blessed because it is encouraging.  However, when I try and draw in words from others and scripture into a collective dialogue because the elect treat me like I don’t exist, then it’s considered “demonic”?  To me, that sounds no different than Balaam only blessing Israel, which Jesus brings up to Pergamum of the Seven Churches [Rev 2:14]!  Prophecy is supposed to be a balance of truth and love, justice and mercy, but instead of seeing the balance, I see each part compartmentalized in the Church rather than being integrated.  Is it even possible to experience balance outside of community in a holistic sense?

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: I’ve had to nuance my understanding of what it means to find the holy in the interruption. Interruption is not always good in and of itself. What makes interruptions good and holy is that we attend to them knowing what our end, what our goal, is.

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): Let us make our portion in life the presence of God. Let us not be mastered by the issues, fears or distractions of our times. Rather, let us break the power of satan’s weapons of mass distraction. Let us return full-hearted to God.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): The sins of those who call themselves believers in the God of Israel, make a mockery of Him, when they walk in the ways of the world. We took Jesus, the one who brought us salvation from our selfish ways and turned him into a weapon against the very people from which he came. We turned the name of our blessed Savior into a curse word for the Jewish people. 

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus rose with a blessing, not a curse on the land where he was murdered.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Yes, our Savior was talking about persecution of the Early Church, but is that all he meant? Is it possible that in that moment our Jewish Messiah was telling his Jewish disciples about the perils to come not only to them, but to Israelites down through the ages? In their zeal to do God a favor, the religious leaders of the day made those disciples outcasts from the community. The sad irony is that the spiritual descendants of those same disciples have made the Jewish kindred of our Messiah outcasts from the community for the same reason.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): When human beings will treat one another with love, and respect their differences of opinion, all other ills will surrender before us.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: I think Christians doing a 9th of Av in a Christian way will help lift the Jews up so that we do something that we’ve actually been putting off, something where we have not done our job, which is to BE the kingdom of priests for all the nations, to create the house of prayer for all the nations …[10]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): And that blessing was more than a good feeling. It was a mandate. A pattern by which the rest of us must live.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (28 June 21): Jericho: ‘High Priests’ train for ‘Tamid’ Temple sacrifice on 17 Tammuz[11]

Andrew Ripp: “Jericho” [https://youtu.be/DANgNI6rqxI]

Brat: Yes, Adam!  I hear you!  We work together to tear down the walls that separate us!

(We are friends on Facebook.)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (09 July 21): Come together as Jews and Christians to help us serve the nations, to be priests to make this a house of prayer for all people.

Isaiah 56:these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”

Me to Samuel (10 July 21): Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz pleaded with us Christians to join the Jews for the fast of the Nation’s 9th of Av 2021.  What if my writings and prayers are part of the burnt offerings and sacrifices accepted on God’s altar building up to the feast day of the Messiah?  Then all these years of service would have meaning and purpose.  Then the mysterious and illusive Wolf in the blind spot would no longer have any power to dissuade or sabotage the mission.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The Power of Our Speech

Loretta F. Ross (25 June 21): What Is Tracking Holiness?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Caring beyond reason.

David Suissa (28 June 21): Daily Roundtable: How Are Jews Standing in Solidarity with Surfside?[12]

CNN (28 June 21): At least nine individuals are dead after the tragic building collapse in the heavily Jewish town of Surfside, Florida. 

Jerusalem Post: Israelis stand in solidarity

Luke 13:Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): I have to remind myself that God, in Christ, came and lived like me so that I can live in God, forever. I have to remind myself that the gospel, not my personal ghosts or demons, but the GOSPEL, will shape the story of who I am, who I am becoming, and it will, by God’s grace, help me continue to thrive and grow within the One whose “righteousness is immortal.” The one who conquers death.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Yet we who profess His Name have all too often turned the message “God with us” into an authorization to persecute those we should be embracing and honoring.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): We must look to the Holy Land. And protect all of God’s people.

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): … I sent a private email to Nations 9th of Av. The subject [in “The Offering”] was addressing the wolves in sheep’s clothing among leadership: The Wolf in the Blind Spot.  In the body of my email, I concluded my note with,

“I know you are busy scholars.  After you have read the piece, I would be interested in knowing:

What are we learning, as God’s people-as-Bride?”

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): It is interestingly funny that the moment one calls the Jewish people “blind and ignorant,” they prove themselves to be “blind and arrogant” instead. Christianity in many ways has blinded itself to the hurts, pains and atrocities which the Jewish people have faced through history. The Apostle Paul instructs us in Romans 12, “weep with those who weep.”

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Once a lady in the community had gotten very bitter in the local church. She had let hatred build up in her heart, and she began to go all over the community spreading slanders and lies about the pastor, and this went on for days. She would gossip to all who would give her their ear. Soon, the Spirit of God began to move powerfully on her, bringing about deep regret, moving her to go to the pastor and apologize. The pastor said, “Oh, yes, I forgive you, but please come with me.”

He took a pillow filled with feathers and led the repentant woman to a windy hillside, where he cut open the feather pillow. The strong, swirling wind took the loose feathers, blowing and scattering them all across the community.

Then the pastor said to the woman, “Now, please go and retrieve each feather.” She exclaimed, “That is impossible! The feathers have gone all over the town! I could never gather them all up.” The pastor answered, “That’s right, and neither can you take back all the lies and allegations you spoke.” [13]

James 4:16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Empower the remnant Church to be watchmen on the walls.
We do believe that You are restoring Israel at this time.

Brat: Pardon me, but you never wrote me back.  You just kept sending more daily devotions.  I respect that, but it did make me sad.  I didn’t know how to interpret the Silence.

Rachel Hackenberg (23 June 21): Escape Plans

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): As long as we believe there is a place to escape, we cannot be liberated.[14]

Steve Shultz (27 June 21): There are many instructions to the Church on things God asks us to do that are much, MUCH higher on God’s priority list than preaching that Christ could return at any moment and “here’s why!”

Verse of the Day (28 June 21): 2 Peter 3:The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Skepticism Separates

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): A world of tohu is a world where no two things can work together. A world where the weather is either hot or cold but never warm, where people are either super-friendly or hostile but never just chill, where either I run things or you run things but we can’t cooperate, where I don’t need you and you don’t need me and so no one has any business with the other.[15]

Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 

Steve Porter (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Laodicean Christian, awake! Let your heart be stirred. Today is the hour of your visitation. Don’t be enamored of the seemingly religious Fool’s Gold that passes for spiritual nourishment. The risk of being left standing outside the wedding chamber with no oil in your lamp is too great!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Things only got worse from there, until there was no friendship, no camaraderie even with each other. Eventually the people’s treatment of merchants, transients, the homeless, the downtrodden and the needy became heartless and viciously cruel.

Mark 6:5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.

Stefani McDade (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): “We’ve talked about idolatry in politics, [but] there’s idolatry to prophets,” [Jeremiah] Johnson says. “Nobody talks about that.” He says he believes “prophets became an idol in the body of Christ,” and while “they obviously have been humbled, the people themselves need to repent of worshiping prophets.”

Me: I don’t disagree with Jeremiah Johnson.  The people DO need to repent of worshiping prophets.  I also need to be heard and understood that God sent me into the viper’s nest to confront the lot of prophets and priests and was treated like I don’t exist; just a gnat on the rat’s ass.

Mark 6:11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: May Christ never have to wipe the dirt from his feet in your presence.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Leadership needs to repent.  (Yes, of course!)

Matthew 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): How do we see this among the people of Sodom? Well, they weren’t hospitable. Not only did they not take in guests, they couldn’t even allow others to have guests stay in their home. That’s the central point of the story with Lot, Abraham’s nephew who lived in Sodom. When Lot had some guests over to his home, the people of Sodom staged a protest outside his door and threatened to harm the guests and their host.[16]

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus came to give life, and life abundantly.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 July 21): After 33 centuries,
all that’s needed has been done.

The table is set,
the feast of Moshiach is being served
with the Ancient Wine,
the Leviathan and the Wild Ox
—and we are sitting at it.

All that’s left
is for us
to open our eyes.[17]

(Adapter’s Note: I write these words, but I do not understand.
But then, if I understood them, I suppose I would not need to be told to open my eyes.)[18]

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)

Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 

Brat: Ours is NOT a Replacement Theology.  The Jews are the heroes in our story!

Revelation 19:18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

Lana Vawser (07 July 21): Over the last few weeks I have had a number of encounters in vision and dreams where the Lord has showed me a MAJOR increase of the angelic being released onto the earth and a major increase in angelic activity. I have seen so many angels being sent from the Lord into the nations and to assist His people.[19]

Israel365 (06 July 21): In fact, the Torah emphasizes universal feelings of sympathy and compassion for all, and warns against rejoicing at the downfall of our enemies. It is for this reason that at the Seder meal every Pesach, when the Jewish people celebrate their salvation from the hands of their Egyptian oppressors, they spill symbolic drops of wine from their cups while mentioning the ten plagues, to indicate that their joy is diminished due the suffering caused to their enemies.

Vince Amlin (27 June 21): When he considers the ones he has hurt, the force of judgment hits him at gale force. Impossible to stand against. No way to move forward until it stills. Until he is forgiven.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Forgive us, Father, for our arrogance. We do not understand how Your mercy and grace work with our Jewish brethren, but the testimony of history demonstrates that You are not finished with them. Judgment belongs only to You.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): The old-fashioned way of talking about this dilemma is to contrast works and grace, the way our doing (even of good things) can conflict with our way of being grace-filled people. If you think it is all up to you and you work hard to do good, you are in danger of thinking your works have saved you and not your faith.

Steve Shultz (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): We must NEVER do works to seek God’s love. He pours His love out to us constantly, whether we do good works or not. But as we revel in His love…we should be growing in love and serving others in need.

Me: Who needs our testimony?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): People need to need each other, not only in commerce but in every aspect of life. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. Yet deeper—and even more vital—the need to need others.

Elijah List (30 June 21): Better than a facelift? (and natural, too)

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Thank You for revealing to me the “sins of my Church fathers” that are documented in The LIST[20]. I repent of the sin of the pride of my Church forefathers.

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Behind intolerance hides the most primal sense of ego, a clandestine belief that “I am the only thing that should be.”

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I read what you have compiled and their words seem so disjointed (to me).

2 Corinthians 12:7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.

Me (30 June 21): And that would be to treat me as if I don’t exist, but using me covertly anyway.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Forgive us, for while our mouth says “Never again”, at the same time our passivity and indifference allows the identical sin to continue on and on.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Unprepared or unmindful action has become tyrannical. It is divorced from reflection, and after the divorce we all suffer. Whether it is the speed of work, the emails at home and at work and on the subway, or the way “we have become the tools of our tools” as Thoreau said, action is overblown. It has become something that puffs us up while exhausting us.

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Pre-play. The brain is a fascinating thing. Under the helmet of hope, you can protect your thoughts from self-sabotage by pre-playing what God wants to do in the future. This is possible by loading up your thought life with times when things went brilliantly. Your imagination is a tool given by God. Use it to rehearse what you believe God wants to do. Mental rehearsal is the discipline of Olympic champions and miracle workers alike. Keep a visual image of what you’re aiming for—the outcome the Bible promises. Do this and watch what happens.

Kay Lindahl: One of the goals that is emphasized in our culture is finding answers—solving problems, answering questions, removing doubt. We want to know who, what, when, where, and why—and we want to know now. When we listen, we are trained to listen for the answers….[21]

Brat: Hmmmm… “The Interview” 06 June 2021?

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So if every ghost story ever told is really just a question about what it means to die, then the gospel is the answer: that in God, it means nothing, for death itself has died. 

Brat: And when “ghosting” a person?

Mark 6:14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.”

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): Not only is TRUTH being revealed for who HE is, but the FATHER OF LIES will be exposed for who he is. It is not just the false agenda and propaganda that will be unveiled, but the DEMONIC INTERFERENCE that will be unmasked and uncovered for all to see. The deceptive schemes will no longer be camaflauged as lofty philosophical ideas, but as bloodthirsty plots from the gatekeeper of the abyss. That which has been presented as political and societal battles will be clearly seen as the choice between two BEINGS – the Author of TRUTH or the father of LIES – the Giver of Life or the slave driver to Death.

Bobby Conner (May 9, 1998): I was given their names. The names of these two evil twins are “Accusation” and “Suspicion.” Their mission is to attack Christian leadership’s communication. Their goal is to ultimately contaminate our communications, to break down our unity and trust in one another. They seek to hinder our exchange of information and expression of ideas by clouding and confusing our words.

Fr. Richard Rohr (05 July 21): At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, he announces that he is proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1). But in the first half of the Gospel, it is the evil spirits who recognize who Jesus is, and Jesus warns them not to reveal his identity (Mark 1:34; 3:11–12). When Peter and the Twelve recognize that Jesus is the Messiah in the eighth chapter, Jesus again admonishes them not to tell anyone (Mark 8:27–30). He tells them that the Messiah must suffer and die, but they don’t understand (Mark 8:31–33; 9:31–32; 10:32–34). When Jesus is finally arrested, they all run away (Mark 14:50–52). In Mark’s Gospel, it is not until the crucifixion that Jesus is recognized (by a Roman soldier!) as the Son of God (Mark 15:39).[22]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): He may give reasons for his disdain, but the reasons are secondary. Stripped to the bone, it is senseless hatred without reason.

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): When people are truly AWAKENED, they will understand and acknowledge that TRUTH is a HE, and not an “it.” The stark difference between these two choices will be made abundantly clear and all doubt will be removed. Not only will minds be changed, but HEARTS WILL BE TURNED and transformed by HE WHO IS – and always will be – THE ONLY TRUTH that LIVES FOREVER.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): The gospel is not a ghost story. 

Curt Landry (26 June 21): Focus on Scripture…

2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.

Brat: God called me in 2007.  That was fourteen years ago.  He asked me to be His bride in 2008 in a “mystical marriage.”

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: If we get clear about where it is we’re going, and what it is we’re doing, then we can abide the interruptions, and not let them become distractions. [23]

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): On May 9, 1998, I was given a powerful prophetic experience. I was seeking the Lord for an answer concerning the constant whirl of confusion and mistrust that has been pervasive among leaders in the Body of Christ. There had to be an answer to the breakdown in communications. The Lord permitted me to go into the second heaven, which is where the devil formulates his wicked schemes, and there I was able to observe evil twin demon beings. These beings come from the bowels of satan himself. These twins were not identical but were extremely wicked.

Mark 6:27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,

Me (10 July 21): I’ve had my head served on a platter like John the Baptist so many times that the prophets talked about the “headless bride.”  But Jesus is our Good Shepherd!  Our collective story doesn’t have to stay that way…

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Please go deep to find any stony places. Expose and reveal the mindsets and beliefs in us that would allow us to behave in a cold, calculating or cruel manner towards our Jewish brethren, or any other person for that matter.

Christa Elisha: “A Vision of the Headless Bride & the Restoration to Come”[24]

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): The Elijah List’s selection could be confirmation of my piece if we were sharing directly with each other, as both of our pieces address the same issues point for point.  However, this ARC lobbing over the public’s heads is perpetuating the headless bride syndrome.  Nothing personal.  Nothing incarnational.  The only thing “demonic” about this is the pretending that I don’t exist while confirming what I write.  TRUTH is a she, not an “it,” to paraphrase Wanda Alger.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): If this were a ghost story, there would be a note of finality, a sense of loss: the dead girl might appear and disappear, detached from her body, detached from her actual life, frozen forever in the haunted imagination of her family. Death would still maintain its hypnotic power over the narrative.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): These evil twins [“Accusation” and “Suspicion”] affect what is being said and heard. They cause deception in one’s perception. These bugs infect communication, causing doubt, skepticism, and apprehension; these breed mistrust and distrust, which brings about cynicism. Their goal is to bring about the paralyzation in pessimism. They bring about slander and all types of false allegations and contentious complaints. Our words then become twisted and are used to promote a lack of trust that paralyzes the people of God.

Mark 6:16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

When Light Came In (04 July 21): Friend, if it shames, judges, or disqualifies your impossibly hard decision to leave abuse, ignore it.

Rachel Hackenberg (23 June 21): I forget sometimes that escape is an option. I dig in my heels. I put my head in the sand. I build up my defenses. All my energy is poured into staking and protecting a claim, when I could be directing that energy (at least some of it) toward an escape plan. Toward a situation that isn’t life or death – it’s just life. Toward a restorative next step. An open window, a back door, a path less taken.

Psalm 123:2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy upon us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This is the meaning of the verse “And He established His agudah upon the earth.”[25] An agudah is a collaboration of individuals, such as a collective, in which everyone works together and no one is complete without the other. This is how G‑d created the world to operate.

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): We prepare the way by receiving prophetic revelation on what needs to be restored and then becoming instruments in the hand of the Holy Spirit to bring about the restoration of all things, so that Christ can be released from Heaven to return. We make ready a people by transforming every saint into the image and likeness of Jesus so that they can manifest Christ’s full manhood and ministry (Rom. 8:29).

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): We want to leave it in Your hands, and instead be Your instruments of peace and reconciliation.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Don’t just stand there, we say, do something. Much of what we do when we are just “doing something” is pointless. Actions without intentions – and action without humility – can fools us into thinking we are “doing something.” Such action is a short-term solution to life’s long term.

2 Corinthians 12:6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Record. You would be surprised at how many sacred moments occur in a 24-hour period. You will discover the significance of these experiences by making it a habit to review them at the end of the day. I have a journal that I carry everywhere. I encourage you to get a journal and take time to record these daily miracles as reference experiences for when you’re encountering a new challenge. Too frequently, we miss those God-moments that, whether they seem large or small, are truly sensational.

Matthew West: Do something! [https://youtu.be/b_RjndG0IX8]

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I had already been “doing something” for seven years when Matthew West published that song in 2014.  I had taken those words to heart.  And I shared the journey.  Every outreach is in my daily log that I’ve kept from 30 January 2012 to today.  That’s ten years!

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): When you take the time to step back and create a moment’s space, you open up options… you move from a position of reacting to one of responding.

Wanda Alger (02 July 21): I had a dream in 2015 that I knew was a prophetic word about this nation, but I didn’t have any indication as to the timing. The “woman” in this night vision was America. It was obvious that “she” was in trouble and that everyone was trying to save her. When all seemed lost, FIREWORKS erupted as a sign of her redemption.[26]  

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: She has tried everything. She has done everything money can buy. She has seen countless doctors and has only grown worse. But something in her still hopes. Despite all she has been through, something in her believes, trusts, even expects that if she simply reaches out and touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed.

Brat: And if she was the Church?

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): We seem to have a problem dealing with people different from ourselves. Just pick a difference – skin color, ethnicity, nationality, sex, age, political alignment, style of clothing, sports teams, entertainment preferences, or an endless number of other distinctions. You don’t have to think very hard to come up with examples of how such differences separate people, sometimes by walls of awkward silence, sometimes by outbursts of anger, and sometimes by physical violence.

[Crickets chirping…]

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Because of this strife and debate, many in leadership are driven to solitude and detachment; they detach and disconnect from walking in real unity. When these two evil spirits minister their deception, it brings about a spirit of self-pity and a feeling of being alone. (This makes it seem like no other Christian can be trusted.)

Nations 9th of Av (05 July 21): As Elie Wiesel (may his memory be blessed), a survivor of the Holocaust once said, “What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander.” How did the Church respond during the Holocaust? With deafening silence! The silence of the Church is something we cannot allow to continue! If we really hope to bring lasting change to the world, it begins with changing our own words and actions first. So be vocal and live different!

Ezekiel 2:3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 July 21): It is not so much that we need to be taken out of exile.

It is that we must take the exile out of ourselves.[27]

Anthony Robinson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): The people to whom the prophet spoke had plenty of reason for discouragement, for giving up. They dwelt in exile in a foreign land — strangers in a strange land. Their beloved homeland was now a waste land.

Me: The same can be said for this proverbial written landscape.

Mark 6:15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Rehearse. Remind yourself of who God is. Look upon the whole of your life and one word about God will stand out—His faithfulness! Replay every victory you’ve ever had before you make a critical decision. Do this on purpose, because if you’re not careful, without a helmet to intercept them, you’ll start replaying the tape of what has gone wrong in the past. If you yield to negative thinking you’ll focus on what went wrong. This will sabotage the results you want to see.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): God will give grace to bridle the tongue if we are willing to face these foes. One of these demons’ main intentions is to bring about such contamination in communication that all lines of communication shut down. They intensely seek to foster allegations, malicious words, and spiteful slander so that people in leadership will totally separate themselves from one another.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Soon, another person emerges from the crowd. She is not there to ask for the healing of another but rather to seek it for herself. There is no one there to advocate for her. No friends to carry her on a mat or lower her through the roof to be seen by Jesus.

Nations 9th of Av (06 July 21): We are reminded of the words of German Pastor Martin Niemöller who once said “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist…Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The Unappreciated Gift

Kay Lindahl: Reflective listening distinguishes a response from an answer. It is a practice to get to know your inner voice, and it takes time and patience.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Perhaps you have more background to sustain their meaning, but to me it seems like the musings of a fortune teller… “you are going to meet a tall, dark, stranger…”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): “Acquire yourself a friend!” our sages taught.[28] People ask, “Why use the word acquire? That makes it sound like you have to buy friends. Why not just make friends?”

Kenneth Samuel (29 June 21): I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. I know how eager you are to help. … But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, and that your money is all collected. – 2 Corinthians 9:1-3 excerpts (NLT)

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): What is the most valuable yet most unappreciated gift men receive from God? It is not money. It is not even food and housing. The gift we most fail to appreciate is time. Beloved, it is wisdom to number our days (Ps. 90), for we only have a certain allotment of time to fulfill our calling. Yet too many of us are squandering our days with meaningless distractions. Yes, all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable (1 Cor. 6:12).[29]

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: If we know in our bones whose we are, and what it is that we are working for, then we can have the grace to let the interruptions be the work, and not to grow weary.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Healing—physical, emotional, societal—takes place in many different ways. To seek healing is to hope for more wholeness, to believe that it is possible. In Christ, we believe such wholeness is not only possible but also desired by the One who created us and loves us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): What we learn from the story of Sodom is that, yes, private ownership on its own can be very evil. It’s commerce that redeems capitalism and makes it good—very good. Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. Because people needing people is good. Being insufficient is good. Good for the world, good for the community and good for the individual.

Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): What are those commodities? One person may be richly steeped in abstract knowledge but poor in application, while another does not fare well in abstractions but has a knack for putting ideas to work. One has water while the other has bread. One has a fire inside him while the other stays cool. All have in common one thing: They all need one another for their own wholeness.

Brian D. McLaren: What if Jesus had a message that truly could change the world, but we’re prone to miss the point of it? . . .[30]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Self-sufficiency, on the other hand, is a bad deal all around. We all say we want to be perfectly self-sufficient, but we recognize that would be a nightmare. With self-sufficiency, we have all the evil of private ownership with none of the good.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): How did these things happen? Maybe the answer is in something Jesus said on the night He was betrayed: “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. (John 16:1-3 NASB)

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Therefore, if you have ever been condemned by so-called Christians, know this: they were not speaking for God or Jesus. God did not send Jesus to condemn, but to liberate and to save.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But Sodom did not operate that way. No one would accept anything from anyone else. They said, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.”

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Expectations always get in the way. It seems that expectations can even limit the power of God.[31] 

Brat: Father David suffered terribly from Expectations.  I acknowledged, blessed, and released that.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Mark tells us explicitly that he was “unable to do miracles” and that he was “appalled by their disbelief.” (Mk 6:5a, 6) 

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): We humble ourselves and repent on behalf of past and present atrocities of the blind and unbelieving Church.

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): There is a transition generation today who are preparing their ark of conformity to the image of Christ so that they can make the transition from old Earth to new Earth. Christ’s prophesied second coming will soon be history just as the prophesied flood is now history. His coming is real and will happen, but it cannot happen until all things are revealed and fulfilled. We cannot hasten His coming just by longing for it, but we can hurry it along by co-laboring with the Holy Spirit in restoring all things.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): How is this done? On the one hand, we have to work according to the rules of reality – not to rely on miracles, using our abilities to the max; we must find logical solutions to even difficult problems, and work systematically to deal with those issues. …

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): In this particular case, you have to react to avoid a collision, but in so many situations in our life, we need to learn to pause, step back, BREATHE, count to three, and then… hit the person directly under the chin.

No. I am just kidding… Don’t do that.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Action has a great public relations agency. People want to be active not passive, engaged not distant; they remember the folk wisdom that “actions speak louder than words.” But action without a prepared mind is dangerous.

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): Reacting to Flash Battles

Psalm 123:4 Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): But that’s not what the gospel is about, because it’s not what God is about. “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Christian freedom is the absence of condemnation.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (03 July 21): I do appreciate your responses and see ever more clearly the “wall of silence” and the plagiarism of God’s Word.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Our Jewish Messiah called the spiritual leaders of His day blind guides because they twisted scripture to justify their oppression of others. When He returns, will He berate us for twisting scripture because we believe we are better than our “blind” Jewish neighbors?

Nate Johnston (27 June 21): Are you someone who senses everything and doesn’t know how to separate it from you and the world around you? 

Psalm 123:1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Help us, Father. We ask in the Name of Yeshua.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian sits at the core-essence of every maladaptive human quality. So that, once it is conquered, all the rest of a person’s character is opened to transformation.

Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: This was one of the first things that was said to me when I started my first year of Contextual Education at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Atlanta, a parish where more than three-quarters of the congregation lives with a chronic mental illness.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): And as those who must go on living in death’s midst, while the ones whom we love are lost to the valley of shadows, we often find ourselves living as a people haunted—haunted by memories, by regrets, by the words said or left unsaid, the deeds done or left undone. Our grief prowls in the night, whispering rumors of our own annihilation. 

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Who would do such things? Even hearing of them grates on the sensibilities of good people. Being considerate of the disabled is something decent people do. In fact, it’s something God takes seriously:

“You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:14 NKJV) But what if God’s command concerns not only the physically blind, but the spiritually blind as well?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Even if all your complaints about your spouse are well-founded and valid—show her your love, nevertheless. Show her unconditional love.[32]

Me (29 June 21): You could be talking about the Bride of Christ.  The process of listening for the conversation IS an act of love, even if the conversation is disjointed or non-existent.  God is still true to His word. Is listening through the ruckus all that different than listening to an autistic child filtered through a loving heart?

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The issue for us is not about things, but discerning those things that keep us from God. The pleasures of this world can become intoxicating, numbing our discernment and our capacity to see clearly. Yet if we are truly seeking the Lord, setting apart time each day for Him, then our hold on life will be clear-minded.

Matthew 24:38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): Evangelicals and Pentecostals have been declaring for years that the next thing on God’s agenda is the second coming of Christ. Like Noah proclaiming for a hundred years that there was a flood coming, one of these days they will be right. He will come! However, if Noah had preached about the flood but had not, at the same time, prepared the ark so he and his family could be the transition generation, they would not have been prepared to make the transition from the old world to the new. [33]

Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus didn’t just disappear. He wasn’t just sucked into the clouds. No. He had a plan. He had a people. He had an intervener – the Holy Spirit. He had teachings his followers would remember.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: “The interruptions are the work.”

Matthew 24:40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 

Steve Shultz (27 June 21): I’ve seen too many generations come and go and still that ministry of predicting the rapture is a bit devoid of the Power of the Gospel.

Matthew 24:41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

James Finley: [The mystics] are assuming several things, that first of all, there’s the dignity, and the reality, and the complexities of the human experience. . . . They’re always assuming that these are real life people living a real life. So, in that sense, it’s a deep respect for the dignity and gift of the human experience.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But when G‑d made the earth, He did so with wisdom, so that all the world functions in a way of tikkun—the diametric opposite of Sodom’s isolationism. The world is made so that each region must receive its needs from some other region. Indeed, that is what trade is all about—that each land both receives from others and gives to others.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The State of Israel has also demonstrated great sympathy towards its military enemies and towards the civilian populations of neighboring countries, despite their hostility.

Christa Elisha (08 July 21): “Even now, My shining ones are rising, carrying the realms of My Kingdom. In their mouths are the keys over regions. As they open their mouths, they will open up destiny doors, and they will seal demonic gateways that have infiltrated this country.[34]

Matthew 24:42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 

Brat: Did you not read the above poem?  The rabbi said the feast of Moshiach is being served!

Kay Lindahl: The practice of listening for the questions—for what wants to be said next—deepens your relationship to your inner voice, your soul, and enhances full self-expression.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Father, I confess to You and repent of my own spiritual pride that has kept me blind. I must acknowledge that I am blind also so that You can allow me to see. Father, please heal my blind eyes. Please take the scales off my eyes. Please allow me to “see” the sins of my Church forefathers that I have been blind to.

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): As the spirit of Laodicea attempts to “blind” the eyes of the Body of Christ, Abba Father is busy preparing a Bride for His Son. The Bride is “buying gold tried by fire” – His divine nature. As we allow the “fire” to burn away our sin, we are conformed into the image of His Son. His nature changes our nature and others will say, “Who is this that comes out of the wilderness, leaning on her lover?” (Song of Solomon 8:5).

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Barley Loaf” Letter 25 June 21): …Where God leads from here, I don’t know.  All I know is that it is important to make our process known.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Ultimately, it’s our interpersonal needs and the commerce between us that bind all of humanity together as a single, healthy organism. What’s a healthy organism? A counter-entropic entity united by circulation of energy. And that is what makes a healthy human world as well: A world where people add value to life by discovering how much they need one another.

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I believe part of the problem is that the prophetic community doesn’t recognize that my type of prophetic gift belongs in the caboose.  I’m not often out in front with the forerunner breaking brush.  I’m usually with my writing pad; waiting and listening to see where the amoeba is maneuvering under the winds of the Holy Spirit; much like a reporter catches an event (although deeper than that analogy).  And a reporter doesn’t (usually) create the event in order to have something to report.  If I were operating under the sanctuary of a bishop, then this perspective would be understood and protected.

Nations 9th of Av (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): We also confess and repent of our own spiritual ignorance and arrogance that has led us into any thoughts of Replacement Theology or antisemitism.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But now it makes sense. People are friends and stay friends because they need one another. A married couple evolves over many years into a single being because they learn to need one another. Even with all the love in the world, they are only truly bonded when they find a need for one another in their hearts.

Ezekiel 2:2 And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): For us, however, we find ourselves having to trust God for timing. We have to trust God for what HE MEANS when He says, “Behold, I come quickly” – when it seems things are happening at a snail’s pace.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: It would have been imperceptible to anyone but Jesus. It could have been entirely ignored. A silent miracle, one more thing amongst the works of Jesus that, as St. John says, would fill more volumes than the world could contain. (John 21:25, KJV) But Jesus stops, not because Jesus is offended by a perceived theft of power, but because Jesus wants to encounter this woman. Because, the Lord knows, the interruptions are the work.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): I am seeing more and more what you are saying about this mode of ignoring you and speaking forth themes that you bring up.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But wait, it’s true that the Torah states that “the needy will never disappear from the earth.”[35] But the Torah also states that “there will be no needy person amongst you . . . because G‑d will bless you . . . when you will listen to His voice . . .”[36]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus wouldn’t just disappear.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: Good or bad, right or wrong, convenient or not—The interruptions are the work.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Yes, I see the pattern.  What makes it hard is these comments from others tend to be vague, out of whatever context, and show no flow of conversation. 

Me (29 June 21): That is the issue.  The religious are still politicians in their skill set.  They have to be vague to reach their greater audience.  God told the Seven Churches to hear (and we have to listen in order to hear.  Even deaf people listen.) 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Certainly there were many detestable sins in Sodom and her daughter cities. But it all began with a need not to need anyone.

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): A Land of Idols

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 June 21): We often take ourselves too seriously, believing in ourselves rather than in God. Often, our actions do not come from a place of prayer and listening to God, but from what we want to do. Look at the pitiably little fruit of 2,000 years of Christianity, with the systems of injustice in which we have been totally complicit! So much of it has been our thing, our power. God has communicated in a million ways that “I am your power,” but we do not believe and trust what we cannot see or prove. Instead, we bow down to lesser kings (like institutions, nations, wars, ideologies, etc.) that we can see, even when they serve us quite poorly. Thus the entire history of the necessary tension between charism (“authenticity”) and institution (“concretization”) is set in motion. It will become the framework for most religious and spiritual journeys.[37]

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): The 9th of Av is one of the most solemn and mournful days of the Jewish year. It marks the destruction of both the first and second Temples, the day the Jews were expelled from England and Spain, the start of the crusades, and many other tragedies. For the Jewish community, this day is one of fasting and prayer.

Curt Landry (26 June 21): As Believers, some of the most important tools involved in our decision making should begin with these two questions: “Is it biblical?” and “Does it align with God’s character?”[38]

Revelation 6:1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): It must have hurt the heart of God, to see His own children—the people in the Church—fighting, persecuting and murdering each other during the Medieval era. Every man is created in the image of God and yet war, violence, and passion seem to run strong within the veins of humanity. Power-hungry, Blood-thirsty, Immoral, Brutish Savages have risen up in every generation, some unfortunately, even within the Church.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): The gospel is not a ghost story because a ghost story is conditioned by the parameters of death, and the gospel, in contrast, is defined by existence, by life’s eternal victory over the forces that seek to diminish or nullify it. 

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): Father, bring the Body of Christ together to release what is needed to accomplish this, especially leaders. Then, we ask You to birth the harvest. Bring forth the evangelists…bold, faith-filled, Spirit-empowered evangelists that will cover this entire nation. And do this in other nations as well. We ask for all of this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Fr. Richard Rohr (27 June 21): To be honest, I would say a lot of things differently now. Back then, I was a young, enthusiastic believer, surrounded by hope and easy joy. These are the beginning words of an evangelist, and I am happy I said them. Now I am older, chastened by failures, rejections, human suffering, study, and the sophistications and nuances of experience. Do I now know more or less? Were these words adequate, or am I saying it better now? I am really not sure and needn’t be. Over the next two weeks, my Daily Meditations editorial team and I will share some of these early words with you. Some of them we’ve updated, and some we’ve left the same. Here is how I began those talks, all those years ago: …

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): These ghosts are stuck in one place, or focused on delivering a single message, or mired in grief over how they died. Their reference point is always looking backwards, towards who they once were, towards what used to be, because they are dead, and live no longer. So ghost stories can be thrilling, but they are not consoling. They possess little in the way of hope.

Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): But how can an unbounded irrationality be conquered?

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: After a year of pandemic, heated political divides, isolation, and unrest, we are hungry for healing within our bodies, our tired souls, and our communities. To follow Christ is to know and to be encouraged that God desires this healing. God desires fullness of life, peace, and wholeness. [39]

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): And although the gospel does indeed contain wondrous and mysterious occurrences, it is a declaration of what is fundamentally real, of what God has done about death’s hold over us.

John Belt (04 July 21): Seek the Things of Heaven – There’s Always More![40]

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I bless others who come in the name of the Lord.  I have yet to experience that reciprocated to myself in any real way. God’s mandate to me to “Share the journey” did not come with reciprocal instructions.  I have no control over how others receive the word.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): And it must be that way, the Rebbe wrote, because every person, every created being, indeed even the Creator and Manager of the universe, at times in some way must act not only as a provider but also as a recipient.[41] Neither role is less important than the other. It’s that dynamic that makes a beautiful world.[42]

Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): I love mentoring prophetic people. A healthy prophetic person is not afraid of a controlling religious environment. In fact, they do their best work there. They run to the challenge because they understand that their role is to impart a love for mystery. Fear hates mystery, this is why a sure sign of an emerging, healthy prophetic person or culture is seen not just in an accurate gifting, but when fear of the unknown gives way to the discovery of peace and beauty in the God of mystery.[43]

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: Maya Angelou once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Few of us will live fairytale lives. But we have a choice about how we will ultimately define our lives when we follow God’s storyline, and the grace, joy, and purpose it brings. Thanks be to God.

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “Barley Loaf” Letter 25 June 21): As the wise Joan Chittister points out, “Spiritual direction, ‘holy friendship,’ can be found in every great spiritual tradition. But the purpose is not to attach us to someone wiser than ourselves—the guru, the great guide, the spiritual master, the bodhisattva, the saint. The purpose of spiritual direction is to enable us to become holy ourselves.” [2][44]

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): In this hour, God is looking for those who will listen for and obey His specific instructions. My friends, I encourage you to spend extra time in prayer and in the Word of God. Leaning in to hear from the Lord is so critical right now. If we want to see the powerful move of God that I know is coming, and be a part of it, then we must reroute!

Brat (27 June 21 at 6:59 am): I sought out Bill Hamon’s Facebook page and to my amazement there was an option to share a post to his page (publicly.)  So, I posted to him:

“I am convinced that our collective story will make no progress until our words become flesh.  They must be translated from just spirit.  It is a theme that is heavy on God’s heart, too.  God is bringing this theme and variation to the forefront for everyone to take a deep look at.  Integrity is serious business with God.”

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): So why do we continue to act like spiritually blind people? And why do we continue to place stumbling blocks (figurative and literal) before those who don’t see things the same way we do? Isn’t this what the history of Christian-Jewish relations teaches us?

Brat (27 June 21) And I shared the same message with Dr. Luisa Johnson (24 June 21) AND with Nations 9th of Av (25 June 21)

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So I have to remind myself, as much as I love those old ghost stories, not to live my life as if it is one. Not to be consumed by the past. Not to be conditioned by regret. Not to wander the earth like a lonely spirit, repeating the same old tired patterns. Not to entomb myself in the deadening effects of rage, apathy, and selfishness.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): And its only cure is in unbridled acts of kindness, in opening your heart to the other guy regardless of how different and distant the other guy may be.

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): As I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, I began to reposition and redirect different things in those areas. Then the favor and blessing of the Lord suddenly began to flow in the areas where things had been stagnant or unfruitful. There were also several things that were not producing fruit that were comparable to the amount of time and effort I was giving them. I shifted my focus and energy to several different areas that I felt the Lord was highlighting and immediately started seeing results. This is when I knew this word was not just for me but for every person in the Body of Christ in this season.

Matthew 24:39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Would You please use The LIST like a “jackhammer” to break up the cement-like places found in my own heart? Would You please use The LIST as an instrument to bring about deep, heartfelt repentance in me?

Wanda Alger (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): The Father has known the heart of each of His sons and daughters. He alone has known the path they must take in order to find their way home. Trust Him in this and determine to rejoice with the prodigals about to return. Rather than focusing on all they have squandered, fix your eyes on the Father’s amazing grace. What has been lost in the natural will be a faint memory as the goodness of a lavish Father is about to be poured out on His entire household. Prepare, for a great celebration is about to commence!

Me to Nations 9th of Av (22 June 21): [echo…] What are we learning, as God’s people-as-Bride?”

Kay Lindahl: Reflective listening is also about listening for the questions. We are constantly pulled away from our innermost self and encouraged to look for answers instead of listening for the questions. Rainer Maria Rilke’s [1875–1926] advice to the young poet was “Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” [1][45]

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): In an odd way, at least to me, God subjected the human race to a “time span,” where the Father knows on what dates of which year and at what time everything is wrapped up. So as the Lord “fathers” us from Heaven, He already knows what will happen and when.

Anthony Robinson (28 June 21): Our times are such we may be tempted to give up. To give up on a nation so deeply polarized and divided. To give up on a democracy so vulnerable to manipulation of fear and by falsehood. To give on the hope of being and building a beloved community when bruised by acts and words of cruelty and callousness.

Fr. Richard Rohr (27 June 21): These talks led me to my own journey of faith—and around much of the world—talking till I grew tired of my own voice, meeting countless Christians and communities, seeing sights and knowing sorrows that further changed me. My faith journey eventually led me to leave my beloved New Jerusalem lay community in Cincinnati for a new venture in New Mexico that later became the Center for Action and Contemplation.[46]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): The ultimate liberation will be when we open our eyes to see that everything is here, now.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (27 June 21): Just getting to your email this glorious Sunday morning. Your compilation does seem to show a pattern. I want to go over it carefully a bit later and get back to you…

Me to Dr. Luisa: Thanks for touching base and letting me know you are going to go through “Barley Loaf” carefully. [ref. Judges 7:13] It is very validating that you see a pattern that the compilation was showing.  I am grateful.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: This kind of attention to interruption only worked at Holy Comforter because we knew in our bones that the mission of that parish was to be beloved community for those who were cast to the margins of our society, and anything we did, any interruption we attended to would be in service of that mission.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): We did not come to the knowledge of the God of Israel in order to curse or condemn any man, we were saved so that we might show the world the power of God through a transformed life. This is what the Church missed during the Middle ages, choosing to persecute the innocent, rather than change themselves. In order to move forward, we must understand the blood that is on the Churches hands, ask for forgiveness, and live a life that is “worthy of repentance,” demonstrating that the grace of God is enough for us as well.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): Is that a story that you can tell, that you can live by? Are you able to lay down that which has haunted you, that which has held you back, that which has died, so that the One who lives might resurrect it?

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): As long as we search for G‑d by abandoning the world He has made, we can never truly find Him.

Psalm 123:3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): May I weep over the things that cause You to weep, and may it be Your tears that slide down my cheeks. May the repentance in me result in deep changes in how I think, how I believe, and how I behave towards the Jewish people.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): One who is full of himself leaves no room for anyone else. He despises another person simply for the space that other person consumes.[47]

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): We do not want to be guilty of the failure of the generation to which Isaiah gave the prophetic indictment, “…None saith, Restore” (Isa. 42:22 KJV). None of the leaders of that time were believing for and working toward bringing restoration to God’s people and the nation of Israel. No one had a vision for restoration. Though none were saying restore, yet God declared, “I will restore…” (Joel 2:25).

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So no, the gospel is not a ghost story. And neither is your life, not now, not ever. You and I are alive; the ones whom we love and see no longer will be alive again; and God’s eternal life is welling up within us whenever we give ourselves over to it. It is as strong and true and mysterious and deep as the mountains.

Verse of the Day (03 July 21): Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin condemns any people.

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Holy Liberator, condemnation is our mistake, not yours. Saving us from our mistakes is your business, not ours. Hallelujah!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Then there is the Chassidic commentary on the language of our sages, “Our service is needed above.” He has so chosen, after all, to rely on us small creatures to do His mitzvahs and thereby complete His creation.

Ryan LeStrange (05 July 21): My Monday Word for You…The Prophetic Tongue is an Instrument of Healing!

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: So how do we need to reach out for this healing? What stories do we need to tell? Do we need to ask for help, for rest, for prayer, for companionship, for an advocate? For what and where do you desire healing, and how might you seek it?

Nations 9th of Av (04 July 21): Our prayer of heartfelt repentance is that not one Jewish person will ever again ask the question, “Why didn’t the Christians help us?”


Brat: We’ve been trying!!

Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): It’s time to reshape the narrative and uncover the lie; mystery and the Unseen Realm were never designed to create fear and limitation. They were created by God as a place of exhilaration and peaceful adventure and discovery.

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): The Nations’ 9th of Av is all about waking people up to the reality of what God is doing in the world today. He’s bringing Jews and Christians together to mourn over the destruction of Jerusalem and to weep over broken relationships. Something cannot hurt if someone doesn’t care. The hurts of the past are prodding us to come together and heal hearts.

Chabad.org: What Happened on the 9th of Av?[48]

Me to Samuel (10 July 21): According to Chabad.org one of the things that happened on the Nineth of Av was that the spies brought back a bad report to Moses and the assembly (Numbers 13:32).  I say we reverse the curse and stop paying homage to the bad report and honor, instead, the God of All who has been leading our current conversation!  We have been trying to make His house a house of prayer for all nations.  Whose report are you listening to?

[Crickets chirping…]

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (02 July 21 at 8:06 am): Many blessings and thanks for reaching out!

Fr. Richard Rohr (1973): … We begin a great adventure. We begin something new. The promise is upon us. God will give us something new. All we have to come with is hunger. We have to come expecting and wanting something more than we already have now. We get what we expect from God. When we have new ears to hear with, God can speak a new word to us. When we no longer expect anything new or anything more from God, for all practical purposes, we do not really believe in God. God now wants to speak something new to us.

Revelation 3:22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Nations 9th of Av (30 June 21): We pray that we will honor Jewish communities around the world, that we will respect them, stand with them in times of distress, and do our utmost to serve them to share the Light of the Torah to the nations.

Fr. Richard Rohr (1973): When we have an understanding of the great themes of Scripture, the whole book from Genesis to Revelation, we see it as communicating a divine pattern to humanity. One basic message is finally communicated to all Spirit-filled people who enter this faith dialogue with the Scriptures. The message of “Good News” is this: You are loved. You are unique. You are free. You are on the way. You are going somewhere. Your life has meaning. That is all grounded in the experience and the knowledge and the reality of the unconditional love of God. This is what we mean by being “saved.”[49]

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (01 July 21): I forwarded your email to the author who wrote the email “Wolf in the Blind Spot.” I’m not sure if you’ve heard back but I wanted to let you know that we are grateful for your interest and for taking the time to write to us! I hope you are doing well!

Me: The scriptures have their own voice in my writings, rather than being used as a persuasive club (as others have so often used on me).  This is my listening process…

But I still feel like a lone voice crying in the wilderness.

Audre Lorde: “When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.  But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it’s better to speak.”

When Light Came In (07 July 21): Speak… softly whispered prayers. Speak… in writing. Speak… to your counselor, your inner circle, your support group. Speak boundaries. Speak forgiveness. Speak grief. Speak hope. Speak restoration.

Speak, dear one.

Me (08 July 21): This reminder couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you so much! I’ve been doing all this sharing, speaking, writing, praying, but it feels like it’s always outbound. I needed that reminder to break the thread of doubt that was starting to weave itself like a macramé basket.

Ellen (08 July 21): I hear you on that! Your voice matters, keep it up!

Nations 9th of Av (07 July 21): We thank You that there have been those Christians in history who have spoken out on behalf of Your chosen people.

Me to Samuel (02 July 21 at 7:51 am): Thank you, Samuel, for forwarding my email on to the author who wrote “Wolf in the Blind Spot.”  I never did hear anything back directly, although I continue to get daily words and published prayers that speak to confirm that word.  My heart is warm with appreciation and gratitude that you took the time and effort to reach back to me.  That act of kindness is rare in my orbit.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): “A world without needs is a world without kindness.  In a perfect world, everyone will need everyone.”

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Truly the revelation of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is an awesome gift You have given. Your prophet Isaiah identifies Him as Immanuel: God With Us (Isaiah 7:14). The redemption of all Israel and the world through Him is the greatest message of life.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: What relief she must have felt, not only to be healed physically but to be seen and encouraged by Jesus. There had been no one to ask for healing for her. She felt she had to acquire her healing by making as little commotion as possible. By stopping and inviting her to tell her story, Jesus encourages the woman to see that not only is she worthy of healing but also that she offers the crowd a witness of deep faith, persistence, and courage. And with his words, Jesus himself becomes her advocate.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This truth is so universal, it extends to the ultimate extreme: Even when it comes to the Creator and Director of the Universe Himself, the Torah tells us, figuratively speaking, that He too is also sometimes a recipient, and not just a provider.[50]

Nations 9th of Av (07 July 21): We ask that the examples of those gone on before us, speaking out on behalf of the Jewish people will serve as an inspiration to us to do the same, to stand by Your chosen people, shoulder to shoulder, in our time and in these days.

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (02 July 21 at 8:06 am): I’m glad to hear you are enjoying our email campaign. I’m sorry to hear that you never got a response back from the author but I personally know that they are very busy right now. I’m trying to get better at giving people the time they deserve…meaning, if you took the time of day to write then I should take some time to respond. As Rabbi Carlebach used to say, “Never give anyone less than a dollar or 5 minutes of your time.”

Ezekiel 2:5 Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.


[1] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[2] Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25722)

[3] Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: New Narratives, Pentecost 7 (B) – July 11, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[4] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 July 21): https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/5176031/jewish/The-Torah-Litmus-Test

[5] Wanda Alger (22 June 21): NOW IS YOUR TIME! – wandaalger.me

[6] [1] James Finley with Kirsten Oates, “Turning to Thomas Merton,” February 24, 2020, in Turning to the Mystics, season 1 (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2020), podcast, MP3 audio. 

[7] Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): Ghost Stories: A Sermon – By Another Road

[8] Wanda Alger (17 June 21): THE FATHER WILL GET HIS REWARD – wandaalger.me

[9] Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): Lots Beyond Intellect – The rational and the supra-rational come together in the Land of Israel. – Ascent Lights (kabbalaonline.org)

[10] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: [https://youtu.be/lYlrH7MC32o]

[11] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (28 June 21): 17th of Tammuz : Priests train for ‘Tamid’ sacrifice offering for 3rd Temple service [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[12] David Suissa (28 June 21): How Are Jews Standing in Solidarity with Surfside? – THE DAILY ROUNDTABLE (jewishjournal.com)

[13] Bobby Conner (07 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25758)

[14] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): All Here Now – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[15] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): The Isolationists of Sodom and Gomorrah – Parshah Focus – Parshah (chabad.org)

[16] Genesis 19:4–9

[17] Sefer HaSichot 5752, p. 165.

[18] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 July 21): Open Eyes – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[19] Lana Vawser (07 July 21): MAJOR INCREASE OF ANGELIC ASSISTANCE – Lana Vawser Ministries

[20] The List: Store | Nations’ 9th of Av (9-av.com)

[21] Kay Lindahl, The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths Publishing: 2002), 110, 112. 

[22] Fr. Richard Rohr (05 July 21): Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message — Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org)

[23] The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: Proper 8(B): Work on the Way – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[24] Christa Elisha (23 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25689)

[25] Amos 9:6

[26] Wanda Alger (02 July 21): MIRACULOUS FIREWORKS OF GOLDEN GLORY – wandaalger.me

[27] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 July 21): Inner Exile – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[28] Avot 1:6

[29] Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25750)

[30] Brian D. McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything, (Thomas Nelson: 2006), 3–4.

[31] Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Proper 9(B): Expectations Get in the Way – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[32] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): Unconditional Love – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[33] Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25721)

[34] Christa Elisha (08 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25760)

[35] Deuteronomy 15:11

[36] Deuteronomy 15:4

[37] Fr. Richard Rohr (30 June 21): Adapted from Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos, The Great Themes of Scripture: Old Testament (St. Anthony Messenger Press: 1987), 46, 47, 49; and 

“Joshua to Kings: The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary,” The Great Themes of Scripture, tape 5 (St. Anthony Messenger Tapes: 1973).

[38] Curt Landry (26 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25719)

[39] Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Expectant Hope, Pentecost 5 (B) – June 27, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[40] John Belt (04 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25751)

[41] Avodah tzorech Gavoah (“work is a need of the High One”). The gamut of opinions and explanations of this concept is presented at length by Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz in his Shnei Luchot Habrit (“Shelah ha-Kadosh”), Sha’ar ha-Gadol.

[42] Igrot Kodesh, vol. 13, p. 234. Cited and discussed by Philip Wexler in Social Vision (Herder & Herder, 2019), p. 114.

[43] Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25742)

[44] [2] Joan D. ChittisterCalled to Question: A Spiritual Memoir (Sheed and Ward: 2004), 112. 

[45] [1] Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, trans. M. D. Herter Norton, rev. ed. 
(W. W. Norton and Company: 1954), 35.

[46] Adapted from Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos, The Great Themes of Scripture: Old Testament (St. Anthony Messenger Press: 1987), v, vi;

[47] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Intolerance – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[48] Chabad.org: What Happened on the Ninth of Av? – Tisha B’Av and the 3 Weeks (chabad.org)

[49] “The Call: Introduction to the Word,” The Great Themes of Scripture, tape 1 (St. Anthony Messenger Tapes: 1973).

[50] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): A Needy World – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

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