Black Rose 15 Mar 20

15 Mar

Sunday, March 15, 2020
[10 pages]
Malachi 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before Me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to His temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.
Brat (15 Mar 20): God and I were just talking about that on our drive home from work yesterday! A song had come on the radio about how happy this guy will be when he dies, so that he can see God’s perspective in how all the pieces of his life fit together. I yelled at God that that didn’t make sense that we had to die before we could figure things out. (It triggered me, but then a lot of things do that lately. Sigh. Stress.) I told God that we are to make a highway for Him; to prepare the way of the Lord! How does escapist dying prepare His way?
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): The Bible is always telling us not to be afraid. And that’s because there’s so much real stuff to be afraid of. Like now, as shelves empty, markets tank, leaders dither, and old people die in a day. Life is scary enough in ordinary times. It’s much scarier now. So the Bible exhorts us again, “Don’t be afraid!”
Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): The Theater of the Mind
Elaine Tavolacci (14 Mar 20): “Do not be moved by adverse situations but continue to fan the flames and stoke the fire once again. As you allow My fire to consume your life, it will soon become an inferno, and you will become ablaze with My glory to advance My Kingdom on this earth as it is in Heaven,” says the Lord.
Brat Journal (14 Mar 20 at 8 am): I posted “Take Two” to my blog
[Note the time.]
MorningStar University (14 Mar 20 at 7 am): 🎬 Behind-the-Scenes Video with World-Changers
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Brat Journal (14 Mar 20 at 9:33 am): I am just now seeing this. God, I JUST posted “Take Two” an hour and a half ago, and now I am seeing this clapperboard icon. God, do you know how creepy that is? How am I supposed to react? What am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to say? How am I supposed to feel? WTF??? Lord Jesus, thank You for Your hand on my shoulder to steady me.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Which came first, an object, or the object’s name? It’s not a trick question. The object came first. When Adam named the animals, he looked at something that existed and found language to communicate its existence.
Sergei Prokofiev (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra): “Peter and the Wolf” []
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): It would be great if we were all at our rational best right now. But we’re not. Optimal if we all rose brilliantly to this occasion. But we won’t. So the next best thing is to dismount our high horses, summon some empathy from that quavering place inside us where we too feel afraid, cut each other some slack, and just be kind.
Brat: Are you expecting me to carry a black rose in my teeth? WHAT??!!
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Have you ever noticed how sometimes reading the book is better than watching the movie? Or have you ever wanted to create something artistic that you could see so clearly in your head, but by the time you drew it or constructed it, it was not much better than sticks or stick figures?
Ezekiel 37:18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
Jane Hamon (Thu, Mar 7, 2013): The first son was Manasseh, whose name means “God has made me forget all my trouble and all of my father’s household.” Ephraim…who would be considered the 13th born to the lineage of Jacob…his name means “Double fruitfulness” because Joseph said, “God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” When Jacob was asked to lay hands on Manasseh and Ephraim, Joseph positioned his hands so that his right hand of blessing would rest on Manasseh as the older of the two, but Jacob crossed his arms over and gave the firstborn blessing, which is a double portion, to Ephraim.
Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
Brat (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): Along a similar line, the other day I went into the backyard and saw that my dead Mom’s last rosebush, which my Dad had literally cut down to the ground in a slaughtering grief rampage, had recently sent living shoots back up. I wept and wept tears of gratitude to God on the phone with Sophia. This was living proof of God’s resurrection power regardless of goodness, righteousness, or raging grief of loss after 56 years of marriage!
Charisma (14 Mar 20): The Spiritual Forces behind the Savior’s birth
David Slavin: Know that everything physical in this ethereal world originates from a spiritual example of it in the heavens. In other words, the physical is a mere shadow of the spiritual. In that fashion, all 30 types of fruits can be found above in their spiritual form, hue, and shape. Rather that up in heaven they are in their spiritual form and down below they are in their physical form as a shadow of their spirit.
Malachi 3:4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): Maybe you’re heeding both the Bible and good scientific information. Maybe you’re feeling reassured and calm. Maybe you’re side-eyeing the panicky, too. But here’s the thing: Fear is fear, and human beings are what we are. All of us by nature are vulnerable and exposed.
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Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): In order to translate Spirit revelation into words, we first need to know how we’re processing the revelation through our minds. We receive the revelation by our spirits; we do not receive it by our minds. We do not need to understand the revelation. We do not need to have prior knowledge about the revelation. Revelation comes from God’s Spirit to our spirits, regardless of our minds. But there’s a caveat; we need our minds to make sense of, meditate on, communicate, and apply the revelation.
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): Prayer
If you can’t make us unafraid, O God, at least make our fears a bridge to others, an empathetic tie that binds.
MorningStar University: If you’ve ever wondered what life at MorningStar University (MSU) is like, and what students experience outside the classroom, check out this behind-the-scenes video with some of our students.
Pastor Bruce Zachary (14 Mar 20): Starting 3.22.20 we will not be meeting on campus on Sunday mornings for at least two weeks. Services will be filmed on Saturday mornings and uploaded to our site for your viewing by Sunday morning.
MorningStar University: Whether they join the School of Worship or take part in the Special Forces program, our students leave with more than a piece of paper. Even after classes end for the day, many of which feature internationally-recognized speakers with decades of leadership experience, there’s always something to do.
Dr. Mark Virkler
President, Christian Leadership University (CLU)
Brat (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): And you can start using your leadership mantle kindly. You can start by holding your own pastors (like Steve Dittmar) accountable for standing by with Sophia’s mantle in his hands and watching her get stoned to death by gossip in his church; gossip that was spread by family. (Ouch!)
Jewish Journal: Daily Roundup: Fighting a Virus With Our Hands
Brat: Why else would God instruct us with a pandemic but to redirect and redeem the symbology and truth behind handwashing, apathy in power, and bringing home Pilate’s lesson in this season of Lent?
Pastor Steve Dittmar (14 Mar 20): First, in prayer we have felt the Lord is in this, for His glory, to release new paradigms of His kingdom and movement of the Holy Spirit. It is biblical to obey authority unless it tells us to disobey God, and it was God who came up with quarantines as His way to stop the spread of infectious diseases, such as leprosy.
Monk: And how do you think that makes Sophia feel?
Dr. Mark Virkler (15 Mar 20): Established strength happens as we perfect praise, believing and thanking God that He has already performed the miracle! The promised result – “The enemy and the revengeful cease” (Psalm 8:2).
Brat Journal (14 Mar 20 at 4 pm): The libraries are closed because of the Coronavirus. I am able to work inside with the rest of the staff, but we are not open to the public. We can receive books and items that have been checked out, but we cannot allow anyone to come into the library to check out any items. We don’t know how long this will last. The minimum we know is that the lockdown will be until the end of the month. That means wearing sweat-producing gloves while I work all day, because I am mandated to. I am allergic to my own sweat, so now my hands have rashes on them. I was told that if I did not wear the gloves then I would be sent home. No work, no pay.
Monk: Not leprosy.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Sound also includes tone, inflection, intensity and pitch, which is how you might be able to tell whether something said was sarcastic or supportive, harsh or gentle. “You will always be mine” could sound endearing, romantic, apologetic, or like a stalker, all depending on how it’s said.
Pastor Bruce Zachary (14 Mar 20): Communication: We will continue to seek to keep our church community informed via emails, social media, and some occasional video updates (as well as the online services). Feel free to communicate with us as you feel led. We plan to keep the church offices open and will continue to seek to serve our church family and community. Please be understanding on response time as the load can be overwhelming at times.
Brat: Posting five pieces in one week was too much?
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): So when God drops one second of revelation from His Spirit into our spirits, it’s no surprise that it can be translated into sentences, paragraphs, and even books’ worth of words. When combining the supernatural with the natural brilliance of our minds, it’s possible that one second of revelation could equal anywhere from 4,000 to 4,000,000 words. Of course, 4,000,000 would be a bit of an exaggeration, but you can see that the math is at least 4,000 times the content per second of revelation.
Brat: Too much?
Charisma (15 Mar 20): Free Trial – Study Biblical Greek
Malachi 3:5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): What happens in our minds can be much richer than what happens in the natural world because of something called “the theater of the mind.” “The theater of the mind” is the culmination of colors, shapes, sensations, smells, sounds, movement, multitasking and backstory that exist in our minds. Our parents called it our “imagination.”
Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes
Malachi 3:6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Let’s add this disclaimer before we continue. Whatever revelation you receive must be biblical. If you see and hear anything that goes against the Bible, reject it. In social media terms—unfriend it, delete it, block it, unfollow it, report it. Don’t connect with it at all. God never contradicts Himself.
Malachi 3:7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from My decrees and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
Amie Rogers (15 Mar 20): The Lord says, “Come. Come and sit at My side. Listen to My whispers over you; listen to My heart beat for you. I’m looking for My remnant who know Me beyond My miraculous nature, those that truly love to sit with Me, talk with Me; be My friend.”
Malachi 3:8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob Me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing You?’
“In tithes and offerings.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (14 Mar 20): Here is what we are going to do. Tomorrow we will set the sanctuary with the 6 feet “social spacing”, and refrain from handshakes, hugs, and the passing of buckets. We encourage everyone this Sunday who can, to join us online instead of onsite. Our services will be at the same time, as usual, at 9:00 am, and 11:00 am, with Nations Prayer at 10:20 am. After this Sunday’s services, we will suspend all onsite gatherings and meet virtually online for our Sunday and Wednesday services through March, that the Lord may be glorified through our obedience to authority, our faith in Him, and in the care and safety for our body. We are stepping boldly into a new place prepared for us.
Elaine Tavolacci (14 Mar 20): Many people are calling down the fire of God in their lives but they are not willing to make a sacrifice. For others, the fire that was once burning on the inside of them has been extinguished by the soot of the world, and they desire to be ignited once again. The apostle Paul said, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship” (Romans 12:1). The Lord wants to supernaturally ignite that flame inside of you.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): The phrase “theater of the mind” comes from radio jargon. When people used to listen to stories on the radio, the “actors” found ways to verbally create a theater for listeners to enjoy in their minds. This is not to be confused with the contemporary New Age discussion of self-hypnosis that has recently hijacked this phrase.
Brat Journal (14 Mar 20 at 4 pm): While I was shelving, I saw that someone had put a book on display (and it definitely wasn’t me!) where its title was “Take Two.” I had JUST posted “Take Two” on my blog this morning. That title on display was in the kid’s section. This felt like a juvenile game of mockery. But God’s hand was on my shoulder to steady me. My own inner beast wanted to take the book and throw it across the library in a helpless rage. But Jesus stood in front of me; actually, He stood between me and the rage, so that it couldn’t really get to me.
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): Do not fear the terror of night,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at noonday.
– Psalm 91:5-6
Malachi 3:9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing Me.
Brat (14 Mar 20): God? I have MorningStar U stalking and Steve Dittmar poaching. Neither Sophia nor I have tolerated the Jezebel spirit. You promised to hang Haman on his own gallows (and Purim is already over!) What more do You want from us? What more do the rabbis want from us?? We are on the front lines here! WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): So admit it—aren’t you also just a little bit afraid? No matter how much you know, or how often you wash, don’t you also feel foreboding? I know I do. A drastic spike in the infection rate could find me searching for a case of Charmin, too.
Brat: My writing is my tithe and my sacrifice, my joy and my voice. I keep sharing and still have no sanctuary, but receive only more dysfunctional silence despite all these manipulations and crap.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): We often get a “sense” about situations and people in the real world. “Sensing” in the theater of the mind works the same way.
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): And yet people are. Even Bible-believing people. Some are downright terrified, hoarding enough toilet paper to last till 2039. And like clockwork in our nasty age, they get roundly mocked on social media, called out as irrational, impervious to scientific information, bad, stupid, and wrong.
Jo (15 Mar 20): Good morning!
Brat to Jo (15 Mar 20): Good morning, sweetpea! Churches are closed. Hmmmm…I wonder what the people/flock thinks God’s message is in this. What the flock hears and the preachers preach are not always the same. And it is not what we hear on the news.
Jo (15 Mar 20): Our church is open??? So careless when you consider they have almost an entire elderly congregation. Stupid; really stupid and the space and air flow in there is so limited!
Brat (15 Mar 20): I agree, that is totally stupid! Simply the way the building is laid out makes it physically impossible to maintain six feet of social distancing between people. And the congregation is mostly seniors who spit when they talk. I get it that the pastor probably wants to gather the flock in a bold move of standing united in the face of fear. My guess is that God will honor the prayers out of pity on stupidity rather than blessing the courageous.
Jo (15 Mar 20): Yes, I love the way you see things. Have a blessed and graced Sunday; you and God and life
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): When you “know” in the theater of your mind, you often can’t explain why you know. This kind of knowing is hard to defend. It’s similar to a sensing, except that it usually doesn’t even have an emotion or inclination to support it. All you have is the thing you know that you know, even though you don’t know how you know it.
Dr. Mark Virkler (15 Mar 20): So rather than figuring out how to pray for a situation, I ask God what His thoughts and will are for the situation. A phrase or a picture lights upon my mind, meaning I have just received “God’s thoughts” or the “mind of Christ.” I have just received the prophetic way to pray for the situation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): A Quick Test
Brat: Excuse me? What storehouse? Where? This has been thirteen years – not a quick test. You are welcome to throw open the floodgates of heaven! We could use Manna again! Thank You, God!
Malachi 3:11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty.
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): “The theater of the mind” explains why when you have a dream, you can say that you “somehow knew” where you were or to whom you were talking, even though it was never directly identified in the dream. The theater of the mind contains indirect information that adds richness to the experience.
Malachi 3:12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
Verse of the Day (14 Mar 20): For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): “Sensing” is sometimes called a “gut feeling.” This isn’t necessarily an emotion but rather a feeling or a sensing that gives us information. A sensing is where you might identify, for example, whether a purple cloud-like presence in your dream was positive rather than negative. You may not have any other point of reference for that weird, dreamworld image, but your gut feeling about it gave you the sense that it was good.
Israel Speaks Arrogantly Against God
Malachi 3:13 “You have spoken arrogantly against Me,” says the LORD.
“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against You?’
David Slavin: Nowadays, after the destruction of the Holy Temple, the system has changed. We [in Israel] now take the “watered down” rains, and they [outside of Israel] get the full influence. This can be understood from a passage in the Zohar:
“‘And you shall make a table of Cedar wood’ (Ex. 25:23) teaches us, that as long as the Jews are fulfilling the will of their Master, they shall eat from the ‘table of the king’, and all their meals shall be prepared for them, and they, experiencing this delight, shall give the remnants to the nations of the world. Conversely, at the times when the Jews are not fulfilling the will of their master, then the meals will be cast to the dogs, leaving the Jews only the scraps. ‘Thus shall the children of Israel eat their breads, impure amongst the nation to where I shall disperse them.’ (Ezekiel 4:13). That refers to the scraps of the abhorrent idol-worshipping nations. Whoa unto the son of the king that is sitting and waiting for the scraps of servants’ table.” (Zohar, parashat Teruma 152b)
Brat: You didn’t ask (directly).
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Sound is another element of the theater of the mind. Do you ever have a discussion in your head? This is the sound in the theater of your mind. When you have a discussion in your head, the entire thing may be in your own voice or, occasionally, you might think something that your parents used to say, and you might think it in the sound of your mother’s voice.
Malachi 3:14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty?
Amie Rogers (15 Mar 20): “Listen, my radiant one – if you ever lose sight of me, just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers. Come with your burdens and cares. Come to the place near the sanctuary of my shepherds.” (Song 1:8 TPT)
Brat: Oh, really? The shepherds have never shown me any sanctuary.
Amie Rogers (15 Mar 20): He is also making the enemy pay back all that was stolen in seasons past. You WILL be weighed down with the wealth of Egypt; the enemy WILL be paying it all back with interest! Everything you should have held in the past, you will hold NOW. NOW is the time!
Pastor Bruce Zachary (14 Mar 20): Night of Worship (NoW): The NoW scheduled for 3.18.20 will be postponed (NoW is not now).
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Sight is the first aspect of the theater of the mind. This is your “mind’s eye.” In your mind’s eye, you can see the red solo cup sitting to your right, with a sweat ring around the base and half full of ice-cold water. How did you see it, when all you are looking at is a white page with black words printed on it? You saw it in your mind’s eye.
Brat: When I don’t know what to say, I worship God!
Dr. Mark Virkler (15 Mar 20): Now my emotions are in line with my confession. I have Kingdom thoughts, Kingdom pictures, Kingdom confessions and Kingdom emotions. I am in alignment. The thoughts of my mind, the pictures and emotions of my heart, and the words of my mouth all align. Now I am a vessel through whom the miracle-working power of God can flow. Now I am releasing Heaven on Earth. What a wonderful and joyful calling. Thank You, Lord!
Jermaine Francis (14 Mar 20): Let’s call this “your mind’s eye” rather than your imagination, so that you get comfortable thinking of images you see in your mind as valid. Unfortunately, because we have called it our imagination for so long, many people who are seeing things of the spirit are clearly seeing from God—but they think they’re just imagining them.
Romans 5:11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Brat (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): Reconciliation with God, yes. Reconciliation with man? Not until I get sanctuary. That was the dealbreaker in the first place. That was not honored in spirit and in truth.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): We see here that God first addressed the tribe of Judah before addressing the rest of the Israelites, which means that Heaven is first and primarily concerned with connecting His heart with the remnant, rather than the masses. The Lord is first addressing the consecrated ones who worship in Spirit and in truth; the ones who are truly connected to the beat of His heart.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (14 Mar 20): This Sunday, we will share the resources we have been developing so that we can worship together in spirit and truth. Jesus prophesied there would be a day when places of worship would not determine our worship, but spirit and truth would. “‘But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him’” (John 4:23, NKJV). We are at this hour. I believe this will turn out for the furtherance of the gospel and that the Son of God will be glorified. We are the contagion of life, love, and the wholeness in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, bringing Jesus to wherever we find ourselves. Here is where Jesus’ followers shine; in His love, life, and victory.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Brat: Holy God, this may be in Spirit but it is not in Truth. These words of Pastor Steve’s are political words that sound good to an unassuming flock that he wants to appease. Just tying in “in spirit and in truth” into his special flyer is proof of cowardly Arc Speak to my pieces this week. “Contagion of life”? Yeah right.
Pastor Bruce Zachary (14 Mar 20): COVID-19 Relief Fund: we are seeking to care for the needs of our church family and the community beyond. As needs arise, please let us know and we will seek to share God’s love and resources with one another, and our community. I’ve met with the administration at PVSEA School, and the School District Office to try to provide some help and support.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (14 Mar 20): Sunday, I will share more on how to step through this door and into the more. Again, if you can, please join us online instead of onsite. President Trump has declared this Sunday March 15th, as a National Day of Prayer to turn to God, through an act of faith, for protection and strength.
Dr. Mark Virkler (15 Mar 20): No more begging that God will do it. No more fear that it will not be birthed. No more grumbling or complaining as I wait for the harvest. Just a simple declaration, spoken into the atmosphere, that “This is SO.” The work is accomplished. God’s Spirit is moving, accomplishing His spoken word. So I celebrate.
Malachi 3:15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (14 Mar 20): Perfect timing,
Amie Rogers (15 Mar 20): The Lord has continually been showing me the Church looking like the Israelites when they were in captivity (Ex. 1-12). He’s been showing me there have been so many people, in this captive place, decreeing and declaring His words over themselves. They know the Lord is moving on their behalf and have been faithfully waiting for, what has felt like, a lifetime. Yet they are still stuck in this place, unable to move forward. This has been a difficult place to be, but it has been a place of preparation and removing long-standing hurts, offenses and chains from the past. Those who have not given up in the waiting, this is your set time!
The Faithful Remnant
Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.
Amie Rogers (15 Mar 20): What you have seen in the spirit, you already have possession of! It may be off in the distance, but it IS yours. It IS COMING.
Malachi 3:17 “On the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.
Mary Luti (14 Mar 20): Fearful Empathy
Malachi 3:18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Take Two 13 Mar 20

14 Mar

[5th in the set for the 3rd week of Lent]
Working Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Saturday, March 14, 2020
[10 pages]
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Arrogance convinces us we can pull our own selves up by our bootstraps.
Confidence reminds us of our interconnectedness and interdependence.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The simple explanation is that G-d cannot dwell in a place of arrogance. Only when we submit to the Torah can we connect to G-d through His Torah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe took this to a much deeper level. That only when we lose our ego, when we enter into a Divine dimension, can the Almighty lift us up to truly understand the truth of His Torah.
Journal (from “Backlash” 7 Mar 20): But there still should be a record, so that humanity will never do this to each other ever again [by feeding the beast of arrogance].
Angie Stolba: I hear the Lord saying, “Many of My children have been travailing in intercession, sowing many tears over some longstanding issues in their lives. I see their broken hearts over these things, and I have collected their tears in a bottle, even as it’s written in My Word: ‘You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book’ (Psalm 56:8).
Brat: Like my flash-drive holds much of my journals?
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): Meanwhile, the prophets went forth to the other 6 mountains around the valley to capture their targets, taking with them the angelic hosts dispatched by Jesus to aid them.
Kevin Basconi: A pillar of fire appeared and fiery angelic beings formed ranks around the consuming fire that was hovering nearby. I could hear a heavenly sound, and this same supernatural resonance rang in my ears. This was a perfect sound (a perfect note) that resonated from the Father’s throne in Heaven. It resonated in a perfect pitch from the midst of the all-consuming fire. I heard a voice declare the Scriptures from Hebrews 12:25-29, and these words began to reverberate louder and caused the ground to shake even more intensely under my feet.
Thomas Griffin (10 Mar 20): There is a God intervention coming to your circumstance. I tell you this so that when the solution and resolution comes, you remember that it’s not just any ole’ victory, but that it’s a victory from the Lord! I want to encourage you right now to surrender the circumstance, the pain from that circumstance to Jesus.
John 4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Rebbe Shimon is interested to know if there were people in the physical world who were so righteous that their bodies were an extension of their refined spirituality.
John 4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): I saw angels bringing new shields that had the word “Faith” written on them. As they were handed to us, they wrapped around our bodies like armor, like a scene from the movie Iron Man. There is a new liquid glory of the Lord’s covering coming that will help you against the attacks of the enemy.
John 4:33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”
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Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): It’s true that horses benefit from consistency, but it isn’t that we ride them in a pattern seven days a week. They are smart enough to get bored quicker than we do. Repetition of dull chatter is never the right answer, any more than learning to memorize passages at school taught us to reason or understand. An answer by rote is little help if the world explodes into chaos.
Verse of the Day (14 Mar 20): For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Prayer
Convert our arrogance into confidence. Transform our fears into courage. Empower us to know and be the difference.
Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): Be the answer to his question: Am I safe?
Doug Addison (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): The Lord is going to give you signs and confirmation for what He is calling you to. Watch for these to come in natural and supernatural forms. God is speaking through signs, songs, art and all types of media right now. Ask the Lord to give you a sign and speak to you about the good things that are coming to you.
Lance Wallnau (13 Mar 20): Favor is always specific and not generic. Biblical favor is the attraction of God to you that releases influence through you so that other people are inclined to like, trust, or cooperate with you—in the assignment God gave you!
John 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.
Chuck D. Pierce: Passover Will Become a Dividing Line
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): As we continue to make our way toward the fear-inducing cross, perhaps we can do so with holy confidence instead of self-righteous arrogance. We need not perpetuate the very fears and oppression we face by trying to do things on our own. Instead, let us find the strength and courage we need to overcome our challenges in God; indeed, with one another.
Jewish Journal: Daily Roundup: Fighting a Virus With Our Hands
Brat (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): Why else would God instruct us with a pandemic but to redirect and redeem the symbology and truth behind handwashing, apathy in power, and bringing home Pilate’s lesson in this season of Lent?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Dear friends,” he began, “I’m sure you are all waiting for an explanation of my three requests for postponements. I suspect you will find it wondrous. You see, just like our esteemed host, I also have in my possession a genuine half-shekel coin from Temple times! It too was passed down from generation to generation in my family, just like in his. Today, in honor of this momentous festive gathering, I decided to surprise you by displaying it. But then the illustrious head of the yeshivah [school for religious instruction] preceded me and showed his coin, along with the statement that it was unique in the world. I didn’t want to weaken the power of his presentation, so I left my half-shekel in my pocket.
Brat: Are you saying that Ascent has also been collaborating with the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, Patheos, and the company of prophets, like coins in your pocket?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer has to do with the duty to “disinfect your hands” spiritually. To make sure your hands are clean; what comes in to them, and what goes out of them is pure. Just like the coronavirus, the “dirt” can be invisible, but its impact is real.
Doug Addison (28 Feb 20): The global attack of the coronavirus is against the global outpouring that is coming to the earth. This is a direct attack against revival… There is power when we agree together in prayer! Jesus said that if you agree together, it will be done. This is a Biblical principle that satan is using against us. He often uses things from the Bible and distorts or counterfeits it. We have been seeing 3-cord attacks of the enemy that have been more difficult to break—until you recognize them… Once you recognize the 3-cord attack, you can bind and break its combined attack. If you try to break the individual demons, they will not usually go because they have a 3-cord agreement that requires a new strategy. Jesus said, “…whatever you bind on Earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in Heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 NIV)
Chuck D. Pierce: As God’s Kingdom people, we must understand this is where the Spirit of God now has us in the earth realm. We must always hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the Church. Several interpretations could be given over the situation of COVID-19 as havoc occurs throughout the nations. Some would even say that this virus has stopped any movement where revival can continue. I would say: “God has put a PAUSE until He sees who is willing to cross over with Him through His Blood at Passover.” This Passover will become a dividing line for our future!
Jewish Journal (13 Mar 20): Shabbat Roundup: A Nation Presses Pause: Shabbat Shalom
Steve Shultz: But first, read this from the Holy Scriptures:
“If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and save us.” 2 Chronicles 20:9 NIV
Lance Wallnau (13 Mar 20): Remember, favor isn’t “earthly”—it’s a God given supernatural force that magnetizes you!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Now, imagine to yourselves, honorable colleagues, if the search had been conducted according to the instructions of our host. The coin in my pocket would have been immediately identified, and I certainly would have come under suspicion as having stolen it. That is why I tried everything I could to delay the process, the whole time praying that, in the merit of the great Chatam Sofer, of blessed memory, I wouldn’t be subjected to such a terrible embarrassment. Thank G d, my prayers were accepted.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Bezalel is the man who supervised the work of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), as discussed in this week’s portion. G-d’s complimentary words about him are impressive: “I filled him with the spirit of G-d, with wisdom, intelligence and knowledge, to do creative work, and with the ability to know thoughts, to work in gold and silver and copper.’” [Exodus 31: 3-4] When he introduces Bezalel to the Jewish people, Moses repeats this same description. [Exodus 35:31-32] Indeed, our sages explain Bezalel was blessed with “ruach hakodesh,” [Rashi Exodus 31:3] with the ability to know people’s thoughts.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Concluding his words, the venerable sage slipped his half-shekel coin from his pocket and passed it to his enchanted audience. As it made the rounds, they were astounded to see that it was an identical twin to the one of the Ketav Sofer.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet this is strange: We understand why Bezalel had to have wisdom and knowledge to do this job. We understand the need for skill and craftsmanship to build such an elegant, nuanced and complex structure. But why was it necessary for him to know thoughts of people? He was a builder not a psychic?
Lance Wallnau (13 Mar 20): If stewarded properly, favor is a form of currency with which you can form supercharged alliances. These alliances will get you where you want to go (and God wants you to go) faster! Watch this teaching now and learn how to recognize God’s favor when it finds you! Visit –> and change the quality of YOUR life!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The exciting evening finally drew to a close. Before the concluding blessings, the Ketav Sofer rose to speak one last time. Once again, his words surprised his listeners.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Ah, Bezalel, the builder of the Mishkan, possessed “ruach hakodesh,” he sensed the inner thoughts of all of the donors. Bezalel was able to discern which gold was given with the purest and most selfless of motives and which gold were donated because of ulterior motives. It was Bezalel’s special genius to intuitively know the inner thoughts and intentions of each donor and to measure his or her sincerity. He was able to know whether a donor gave his offer purely for the sake of Heaven, without secondary thoughts of honor and prestige, and to use the gifts accordingly.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Gentlemen, I truly believe that the inner purpose of this great gathering was that we all gain a deeper perspective of the true meaning of the Mishnah’s statement, “Judge every man favorably” (Avot 1:6). If the search had been conducted and the coin discovered in our venerable associate’s pocket, is there anyone in this room who can honestly say he wouldn’t have presumed that he had stolen my coin—especially after I had influenced you by saying there wasn’t another one like it in the world?
Brat: Lance did talk about favor being like currency.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: You see, the “pure” gold, given selflessly, without hesitation and in fulfillment of G-d’s commandment, found its way into the construction of the Holy Ark, which housed the tablets of stone of Sinai and was the purest and holiest item in the Tabernacle. The other gold, containing the dross of conflicting and varying motives for its donation, was used for the other tasks necessary for the creation of the Mishkan, for items that were a bit less pure and holy.
Marchaé Grair (12 Mar 20): This is especially apparent when a loved one is in trouble. I want to know how I can make it better. I offer advice without people asking for it. I’ll offer to mediate a conversation or research a solution, even if no one asked me to.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “No, this teaching is not as simple as its wording makes it seem. The lesson of tonight is that even if all indications point to a person’s guilt, we still have to presume his innocence until proven otherwise. That is the divine providence of the unforgettable events of this thanksgiving feast.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “So,” Reb Chaim concluded, “it is the donor himself, not I nor my staff, who will make the eventual determination as to how and where the monies donated will be allocated and spent. If you want your money to go to the ultimate destination, work on your heart. Make sure it is pure.”
Chuck D. Pierce: “There is a new source of wind in the earth. This movement is not just My breath that is going forth, but the wind created by the wings of My angelic hosts. I am releasing a unique host to create winds to blow away occult coverings, and to bring forth winds of refreshing and rain from the atmosphere.
Kevin Basconi: This heavenly shaking is coming with unusual manifestations of the Kingdom of Heaven. As God shakes the heavens, He will displace principalities supernaturally. The spiritual atmosphere over entire nations will shift into right alignment with the Kingdom of Heaven.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When I do a favor to another human being, when I give tzedakah, when I help someone with advice or a loan, with a gesture or a kind word, I must not only consider the act itself. I must focus on my emotions in the process. I ought to help the other with heart, with passion, with compassion. If I remain cold and detached, my coin also remains cold and dead. But when I write out a check with love and empathy, then the check goes on fire.
Kevin Basconi: God is releasing a shaking into the earth from His throne of mercy and grace. This shaking has been preordained before the foundations of the earth were laid. Many of man’s institutions will be humbled before the Lord in this shaking. Everything built upon sand will fall, and the works of men will be judged. These works and plans will crumble in this heavenly shaking. It is happening even now! Most of man’s works will be found to be hay, straw, and stubble.
John 4:35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): The church is called to be the bride of Christ, alone. In relation to the bride of Christ, the state is called to be like the eunuchs who provided security for the king and his bride. They defend her if necessary, but they can have no relationship with her beyond this.
Brat: And the Church has no relationship with me.
Jo (10 Mar 20): “No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” ~ Maya Mendoza
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When Baruch Mordechai reached age twenty, Rabbi Bardaki found a bride for him: a simple girl from a good family in Jerusalem who wouldn’t mind that her husband was an ignoramus.
Rabbi Chaim (ben Moshe) ibn Attar: A person is not yet mature enough emotionally and intellectually to successfully battle the evil urge and to appreciate G-d’s message to man until age 20. Therefore, teenagers were not required to pay the half-shekel ransom, although they also participated in the Golden Calf episode.
The Elijah List (10 Mar 20): Earn money from home in a respected career
Brat (in “Waaait For It” 09 Mar 20): … The bullfight goes on and on with no sanctuary, support, community, tribe, or even a widow’s pension. … Get back up for what? For your show at my expense? And God gets what? This is crazy-making and not supportive!
Cindy Jacobs: “God Says: Stop Beating Yourself Up”
Ryan LeStrange (10 Mar 20): Prophets and prophetic people receive dreams, visions, pictures, and visionary encounters. Without proper training, a vision or prophetic experience can easily be misinterpreted. Prophetic dreams contain critical messages, but they must be properly interpreted. This 6-hour teaching will equip you in prophetic sight and prophetic dreams. You will receive both practical and theological training.
Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): Here is a shortlist of the things horses don’t understand: Sarcasm. Exploitation. Shaming. Guilt. Drama.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): Do not be afraid to speak aloud! Do not be afraid to speak up, for there is a roar and a yoke-breaking anointing that is in your voice!
Brat: There has been no restitution!
Quinn G. Caldwell (in “Waaait For It” 09 Mar 20): Let go of your determination to enter the promised land in your lifetime. Hope only to see it, and take a step toward it, and to believe that your descendants will arrive where you cannot.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): This spiritual entity was speaking lies and mischief, spewing out curses, death threats, negativity and the witchcraft of the world. These spirits wanted the Church to die; they wanted people to die. They were bullying people and backing them up into their corners to rot, to suffer and to die, with no other reason.
Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): Translate that to living with horses and it means your judgment and ego are on stall rest while you ask, “Are they safe?” Still, know that because the vet can’t find anything wrong with your horse, that doesn’t mean the horse is sound. Give up the idea that there is a technique out there that will make your horse behave. That a training aid will teach him anything. That there is a way to manipulate the environment for an outcome. With horses, the last thing you ever expect always happens. Most of all, horses will always be horses.
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): The key to getting into this season is to not slow down or look back. Keep taking steps forward day by day, and trust by faith that God has you covered.
Chuck D. Pierce: Cindy Jacobs prophesied to me on January 3, 2020 that in the first three months of this year, I would have to be cautious in how much I travel. I had gone 570,000 miles last year and was weary from all the travel and warfare. She actually shared that the Lord was saying that I needed rest, but I recognized the admonition to be a caution on my travel for the first three months of 2020. Therefore, I have watched the Lord make sure I’ve had more time to rest and write, and have actually stopped most international travel during these three months.
House of Destiny (13 Mar 20): What To Do When We Don’t Know What To Do
Brat: Worship God!
John 4:36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
Thomas Griffin (10 Mar 20): P.s. This platform is good soil. We are working hard everyday, full time to add more readers so they too can be blessed. If you are being led, sow into this good soil today and watch God move on your behalf! Obedience is always blessed.
John 4:37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
Steve Shultz (13 Mar 20): One of the things our readers don’t get a chance to do is to see two prophetic people in “action,” actually “revelating” together, processing real-time prophetic words from the Lord. On March 12, Sunil [Isaac] and I entered into conversations where Sunil said to me:
Sunil said: “Steve, I have had a strong sense the past two weeks and I believe it is from the Lord – that now is the time for wealth transfer for God’s people. Now is the time for the people of God to be wise and prophetic like Joseph in the Bible, see opportunity when others see panic, move forward and enlarge spheres of influence. During the time of the famine crisis, Joseph acquired the wealth and land of Egypt, and his status in Egypt increased. It was during the crisis when this happened!
I (Steve) responded back: “Awesome word Sunil. I receive it too! The last few days I’ve been hearing in my spirit over and over, repeatedly that “During a time of famine Isaac sowed in the land!” That is a major confirmation to me! And to God’s People.
Sunil: “Here it is: ‘Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.’ Genesis 26:12.”
Steve: “It’s just like God to have His people prosper during times of famine. Excellent word, Sunil!”
Brat: Honestly, boys, I’ve heard this before and I don’t trust you. God will have to prove this to me by showing me your changed hearts in action. Pharaoh is still a pharaoh, even if Joseph rose to VP to help his people.
Genesis 43:30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
Brat: Wherever that is, since there is no sanctuary over here.
TobyMac: “Edge Of My Seat” []
Marchaé Grair (12 Mar 20): When someone is in distress, someone showing up for them can be their miracle.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Take Two Tablets and Call Me…
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that when Moses broke the Tablets for all to see, so, too, the haughty spirit of the Jewish people was broken and they immediately became fit to receive all of the Torah – the Tablets as well as the details of Jewish Law and all its commentaries.
John 4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Chuck D. Pierce: At Starting the Year Off Right 2020, God was saying that there would be a massive plague-like invasion that would test us through Passover. When I prophesied that in Las Vegas on January 26, I did get several comments and certain rebuttals for repeating that our nation would go into some sort of major trial through April. I believe that we are seeing this not only in this nation, but throughout the nations at this time in history.
John 4:39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.”
Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): Here is a shortlist of what horses think: Am I safe?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The next morning, he flew back home. As soon as he arrived, he went to the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s headquarters, where he reported to the Rebbe’s secretary, Rabbi Hodakov, every detail of the previous night, so that he could relate it all to the Rebbe. He reported that in his speech, he likened the entire Jewish people to a Torah Scroll. Just as in a SeferTorah, if one letter is erased, the entire Scroll is disqualified until fixed, so every Jew is essential to the Jewish people as a whole. If one Jew leaves Judaism, or stops his observance of the Torah, then it is as though a “letter” has been erased and the entire Jewish people suffer.
Ezekiel 37:15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
Brat: Like a pencil?
Kevin Basconi: In the midst of this shaking, the power of God and the powers of the age to come will be close at hand. God’s power and presence will be revealed. They will be poured out for all the world to see. The whole earth is groaning and awaiting the manifestation of the Kingdom of God. The Spirit is saying, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19). As mature sons and daughters of God, we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken. The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: For more than forty years Baruch Mordechai toiled at his chosen profession, the whole time in joyous spirit and with gratitude to G d for his lot. He took special satisfaction from serving the many Torah scholars within the walls of Jerusalem; he considered this a great merit and refused to accept payment from them. It anguished him that the great scholar, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Diskin, refused to take water from him. “I cannot allow myself to be served by the likes of Reb Baruch Mordechai,” he would say—but refused to explain his words.
Ezekiel 37:18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
John 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
Marchaé Grair (12 Mar 20): People in my life most often need me to make space to listen more than they need my interference or unsolicited advice.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The next day Rabbi Hodakov called Rabbi Weinberg, and asked him if he could come to his office. “I told the Rebbe about the success of your speech and he was very pleased, but he said you could have used a different metaphor. Rather than comparing lost Jews to missing letters, you should have likened them to engraved letters that are covered with dust or dirt. In such a case, clean off the dirt and see that the letter is really whole. “A Jew can never be erased no matter what!”
Kevin Basconi: The Creator of Heaven and Earth will soon release a holy, consuming fire upon the earth and upon the sons of man.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The whole tablets represent the person. The letters, the ideas of the Torah were engraved into the stone. That is the way we have to study Torah. It has to be part of us, never to be separated. This teaches us that we must understand the Torah! If you do not get it at first, try again. Ask someone. Find a teacher. However much effort it takes, our intellect and the teachings of the Torah should be united as one. Faith in what is written in the Torah is not enough to fulfil the requirement of every Jew to study Torah. Faith is something that surrounds us. It does not enter into us to transform us. Torah is meant to transform.
Romans 5:11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Brat (in “Still Weak” 11 Mar 20): Reconciliation with God, yes. Reconciliation with man? Not until I get sanctuary. That was the dealbreaker in the first place. That was not honored in spirit and in truth.
Anna Blake (13 Mar 20): The sooner we understand, the better because it lands us right back where we started, in our overthinking brain where we can actually train something. We can train ourselves. Begin by telling all the voices to shut up. Great start.
Ezekiel 37:20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Brat: The BBC Travel Show recently went to Jerusalem. What an amazing (and divided) city; City of David! It captivated my heart! There was one thing that I saw, though, which grieved God’s heart: A woman practiced divination by reading coffee grounds.
Ezekiel 37:23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
John 4:41 And many more believed because of his word.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This is what it means to become “broken Tablets”. Being broken is to let go of our own ego, to actually enter a different dimension, a place where we totally nullify ourselves to G-d’s intellect, that we accept it unquestionably, Then, and only then, is there Divine assistance that elevates our human, limited understanding. To go to a higher level, where we are able to grasp the inner truth of the Torah.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): The Lord is releasing and restoring the roar of His people. You are coming out of the cave and 2020 is the year where the trumpets of the Lord will not boast in themselves nor in their soulish, carnal, selfish ways, but they will proclaim the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorious Gospel of His Kingdom.
John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
Brat: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

By the Well 12 Mar 20

13 Mar

[4th in the set for the 3rd week of Lent]
Working Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020
[8 pages]
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: One Purim, the holy secrets of a simple water-carrier were revealed . . .
John 4:5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Wendy Alec (08 Mar 20): Beloved, this is me, Wendy, now. As the Father was speaking this to me, He took me to the life of Moses when he was on the back side of the wilderness, and Paul when he was hidden and in training before his appointed time. Joseph also had his wilderness preparation years, until his appointed time to be delivered from the pit and from being imprisoned. Once he was released, he was second only to Pharaoh.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In truth, he was very diligent. He would sit absorbed in the holy books from morning to evening. But whenever he was asked to repeat or explain anything, he was unable to respond, and could only sit silently.
John 4:6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: There is a story told of a little boy who was put to bed, only to ask for a drink of water. And again. And again. And again. Does this happen at anyone’s house? Many parents know this well from when their children are small. Anyway, the dad, finally exasperated, says, “If I hear that one more time, I’m going to come up there and spank you!” Of course, the voice comes again: “Can I have a drink of water?” The dad says, “That’s it!” and starts up the stairs. Out of the dark comes a small voice, “On your way, would you get me a drink of water?”
John 4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): “In any other country there would be an outcry,” Suleiman said. “But what was Gantz’s reaction? Have a glass of water? What did he say yesterday? [The Arab parties] are lepers but you touched them first?”
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: The Israelites have been released from the worries of the day, as it were. They’ve been rescued out of Egypt, and what do they do? They murmur. They mumble. They complain. “Can I have a drink of water?” “Would you get me a drink of water?” “Why did you take us out of Egypt, only to let us die of thirst?” They get their drink of water.
John 4:8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)
Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 20): 3 DAY SALE!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Everyone smiled tolerantly, figuring that such an outburst from the simple water-carrier could only be a result of all the Purim wine he had imbibed.
John 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Wendy Alec (08 Mar 20): “I have seen you as you have struggled. I have seen you as you have cried, behind closed doors, in frustration. You have lifted weary arms to me, the silent cry of your heart being, ‘When, O God? When?’ And I tell you this day, that even as Joseph and David and Paul – yes, even as My Son – waited in faith and patience for their appointed times, your appointed time is upon you. I have decreed it, My child.
John 4:11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
Marchaé Grair (12 Mar 20): Prayer
You’ve shown me that putting out fires isn’t always the solution. When I want to bring my biggest bucket, help me to bring by best self instead. Amen.
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): Sweet land of liberty … as we never defined who was covered under the ideals of the song. Militias, called on by an administration framing the southern exodus as a threat, called themselves to arms, gathering their weapons and their might.
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): As I watched Him laying out plans for the prophets within this cave, I couldn’t help but notice that there was also activity towards the back of the cave. As I directed my attention there, I noticed that there were prophets placing large amounts of dynamite in the interior of this cavern. There was so much dynamite that it completely filled the back of the cavern.
John 4:12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”
Daniel Pontious (in “Thirst” 08 Mar 20): “‘My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside [to the seductive places of idolatry] on the mountains. They have gone along [from one sin to another] from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their [own] resting place.'” (Jeremiah 50:4-6, emphasis added)
Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 20): CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF PURIM
John 4:13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): There is wisdom hidden within these introverted prophets, and now they are being called upon to COME OUT OF HIDING and be a light to the world. That which they have discovered while in the cave is the very wisdom and revelation needed in this hour for the Church to fully mature and fulfill her destiny.
John 4:14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Wendy Alec (08 Mar 20): For all who have been crying out, “When, O God? When?” The Father woke me with the words, “Tell My beloved: For so many people who will read this it has seemed that you are on hold, but your appointed time – YOUR APPOINTED TIME – is here. For I created you. I formed you in your mother’s womb for such a time as this, child.
John 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 20): What does FAVOR look like?
John 4:16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.”
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Once that was done, Esther invited Haman to a feast with the king (Esther 5:4). By according him the distinction of dining with the royal couple, she led him to believe that he was in fact on their level. Now that she and her people were holding by the inner dimension of G-d’s will, she was able to elevate Haman to that level as well. At that dramatic point, the king realized Haman’s true intentions to destroy the Queen and rape her in front of him. When Haman’s ultimate nerve was exposed, he was thrown to the gallows.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: This isn’t a story about morality, sexual or otherwise. It has nothing to do with making a point about adultery. It certainly doesn’t say anything about the wanton behavior of the men she was with. (Have you ever noticed that nothing is ever said about the men’s behavior?)
John 4:17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;
Kris Vallotton (07 Mar 20): Sociopolitical agendas promoted under the misnomer of “progressivism” are unsettling to me. Schemes like Planned Parenthood filling our schools with porn disguised as curriculum is full-blown crazy! The political spirit has duped many into believing that immorality is an enlightened perspective on the evolution of human beings, but embracing immorality isn’t “progressive,” it’s regressive.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: Women are not very often at the center of our scripture stories, and we do them and ourselves a disservice if we dismiss them too quickly as exemplars of immorality and little else. We miss what is most important when we take the easy way out, make the woman a villain, and call it quits with that. They’re not in there because of who they are, though the details set the stage for how remarkable Jesus’ message is, to be sure. They’re in there because they did something important, something worth noting and remembering, something that sets a good example of faith. Women show up so infrequently in our scripture stories, that when they are there, it might be a signal to look closer, dig deeper, wait for the critical message that will be revealed.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: But this is only when we take reality at face value. What we see is that G-d gives life to all creation, and no moral strings seem to be attached. Good and evil seem to be equally capable of receiving, and there appears to be no advantage in being aligned with one or the other.
Aida Touma-Suleiman: “But first you have to decide what is a Jew. That is for you to decide.”
John 4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”
Bob Seidensticker: Dating the Gospels: Harder than You Might Think
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): Concerning the proper and constitutional relationship between the church and the state, we have all likely witnessed men and women who were good friends ruin that friendship by getting married. It is a worthy goal for those who are married to be friends, but the love for each as friends may not work well in the more committed bonds of marriage. This is why many languages have different words for these two types of affection—friendship and romantic love. The point is that the church and the state should have a relationship as friends, but not marriage.
Brat: In today’s world there is no difference between the Deep State of politics and the Church.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): In this particular point, Touma-Suleiman was correct. Due to an inability on the lawmakers to agree on a definition of who is a Jew, the Law did not define the term, relying instead on the issue to resolve itself over time.
Tony Robinson (in “Waaait For It” 09 Mar 20): And sometimes the very best thing you can do for those for whom you are tempted to care too much is to lift them up in prayer before God, relinquishing your claim and asserting God’s, calling upon God to be God.
John 4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet.
Brat: Jesus always was a Prophet. Often a prophet’s job is to stand in the gap, as Jesus exemplified with His own life.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Even before the holiday was over, the news of the extraordinary scholarship of the unassuming water-carrier had spread throughout Jerusalem. The community was in an uproar. How had they allowed such an accomplished scholar to be disdained in their midst, and to labor as a mere water-carrier for so many years? And how had his erudition remained hidden for so long?
Israel 365 (7 Mar 20): “Glory of Israel” ✡ The Story of a National Hero
Brat: Mordecai, are you there?
John 4:20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Baruch Mordechai arrived in Jerusalem with a letter of recommendation from Rabbi Shraga Feldheim, mashgiach (study supervisor) at Pressburg, which said that he “is truly pious, prays with great devotion, and that his desire to learn Torah is sincere and enormous.”
The ASCENT staff: Inhabitants of cities that were important enough to be surrounded by walls at the time of the Jews’ entrance into the Holy Land celebrate Purim one day later than everyone else (see Esther 9:17-19). Prime example: Jerusalem. The status of Tsfat and several other cities in Israel is unclear, so the day is celebrated some¬what in addition to regular-Purim, “just-in-case.”
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: Our service to G d must be with joy, as it says, “Serve G d with joy” (Psalms 100:2). Even those times when we are instructed to serve with awe, our joy is only hidden. Regarding service that is devoid of joy, it is written, “For you did not serve the Lord, your G d with joy and a good heart, and you will serve your enemies” (Deut. 28:47, 48). Why is happiness so crucial? Isn’t the divine service itself the main purpose, and the joy only auxiliary? And even if happiness is important, why does its absence precipitate such a severe punishment?
Jo (in “Musing” 09 Mar 20): Why are we possessed by the need to create a ‘father’ to punish us? What the hell is that? Evil exists; it flourishes on its own. No punishment ever stopped it. No gruesome end brought it to a stop. It is part of the reality. A cellular goof, a chemical imbalance. A universal woops that didn’t work thing. Why do humans cheat the God concept by making God hopelessly human with a personality disorder? Just saying
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The sad thing in all of this is that many Jews, in their earnest craving for peace, passionately embrace the masked story of the Arab leaders. By Israel deceiving itself that evil is not evil and hate is not hate, it empowers the evil and gives it additional momentum, causing the deaths of innumerable Jews and Arabs. Making peace with evil could never work, for the evil only comes back to haunt and destroy you.
John 4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): Just then, my view panned to the outside of the cave, where I could now see the mountain itself that the cave was in. Upon the mountain was the word “Religion,” and it looked like it was engraved on its face.
John 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Israel365 (10 Mar 20): “Happy Purim from Team Weisz” ✡ The Unlikely Rise of a Hero
Brat (echo): Mordecai, are you there?
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): When the relationship between church and state went beyond what it is supposed to be, it brought upon the earth the darkest of times—the Dark Ages. The abuses of the wrongful union of the church to the state was deeply impressed on the early Americans. Many had been witnesses to, or victims of, the horrible corruption that came from this wrongful union of the church and state in Europe, which culminated in the worst persecution in human history—The Inquisition.
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.
Israel 365 (7 Mar 20): ‘The Glory of Israel does not deceive.’ NILI conducted espionage against the Ottoman authorities on behalf of the Allies.
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): The Inquisition was the persecution by Christians of other Christians and Jews. It was only possible by the institutional church being married to the state at that time. Christians and Jews who would not conform to the dogma of the institutional church of the time were slaughtered on an incomprehensible scale. Halley’s Bible Handbook estimates that up to 50 million of these non-conformist Christians and Jews were tortured and killed in The Inquisition. This number is corroborated by other historians. We can read in such works as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs the kind of demented and diabolical tortures used by The Inquisition. This was truly one of mankind’s darkest hours, and done in the name of Christ by the harlot church that had wrongfully married the state.
Mencahem Begin (January 7, 1952): “Tonight might occur the most treacherous event in the history of our people. At this bitter moment we will pass through our memory our holy father, our slain mothers, and the millions of our children sent to be slaughter through the Satan who emerged from the depths of hell to destroy the remnants of our people… The Germans took my father, together with 500 Jews from Brisk, and drowned them in the river. Young innocent girls were buried alive, with their heads downward. Infants were seized from their mother’s arms and sent to the gas furnaces…
Brat: This shows me that the Thousand Years’ Reign has already been completed. The martyrs reigned with Christ at the hands of the harlot church. What the torturers meant for evil, God has turned for good.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: And then there is Mary Magdalene, friend of Jesus, one of his first disciples. We know her as whore and harlot, though none of that comes from scripture. It is tradition, created by men. How often have you heard her celebrated as the first witness to the Resurrection, as a teacher of faith, as the first apostle?
Israel365 (10 Mar 20): For Mordechai the Yehudi ranked next to King Ahasuerus and was highly regarded by the Yehudim and popular with the multitude of his brethren; he sought the good of his people and interceded for the welfare of all his kindred ~ Esther 10:3 (The Israel Bible™)
John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): These prophetic people have been stockpiling “dynamite” inside of their lives in anticipation of a massive explosion of God’s power – power to transform the mountain of religion into a full manifestation of revival and outpouring.
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): If our Republic is to be preserved, we must recover the fact that The Supreme Court is not the “supreme law of the land”—The Constitution is. The Supreme Court has made many unconstitutional decisions in its history, some of which were reversed by later courts, but many have not. In recent times it is piling them up almost yearly because it has now departed so far from the lane The Constitution gave to the judiciary. If this is not corrected, it will soon cause the destruction of the Republic, just as Jefferson and other Founders warned.
John 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): “‘In those days and at that time,’ says the Lord, ‘the children of Israel will come, they and the children of Judah together; they will come up weeping [in repentance] as they come and seek the Lord their God [inquiring for and of Him]. THEY WILL ASK THE WAY TO ZION, WITH THEIR FACES IN THAT DIRECTION, SAYING, “COME, LET US JOIN OURSELVES TO THE LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.”
John 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: This is the longest conversation recorded in the New Testament between Jesus and anybody. There has to be something in this story more important than how many men she had known.
Brat: Thanks for the encouragement! (I really mean that!!) This really IS the longest conversation recorded with Jesus!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Thus, the Kabbalah teaches that man’s daily challenge in life consists of choosing substance over packaging, inherent value over good PR. When one feels an urge to eat something, to engage in a certain intimate act or to say something, he or she ought to reflect whether this is an inherently healthy and moral thing to do, or is indeed hollow and empty, merely exhibiting itself as promising and enjoyable.
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): As Jesus and the prophets raced down the mountain, I realized that someone had lit the fuse upon the stockpile of dynamite, blowing the top of the mountain completely off; hot lava began to stream down from the peak and into the valleys below.
John 4:27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
Steve Shultz (08 Mar 20): What if there was a Social Media where you share could Your Faith?
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): The prince of the earth is trying to control the media and airwaves, releasing propaganda, manipulation and mind-control upon the youth and the masses. Truly, a socialistic spirit is trying to take control of our freedom of speech. But the Elijahs of this hour will roar aloud with truth and justice! True praise will break out!
John 4:28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): The Lord would say, “Don’t allow the fear of man to rob your purpose. Don’t allow the softness of your voice to discredit the strength of your message. Don’t allow your high standards and expectations of yourself to cripple your assignment. YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!”
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Arrogance disregards deadlines and steeps in the pursuit of perfection for fear of how others might or might not accept us/our work.
Confidence operates openly and risks vulnerability to fulfill the potentially unpopular calls placed in/on our lives.
John 4:29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”
Pastor Steve Dittmar (10 Mar 20): It’s time to pray and enter into intimacy, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us, in Christ, with His words and our testimony. Prophesy the outcome you are expecting. Do not repeat the fear, but instead find the faith of God. Then worship and declare what He is decreeing over you.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: When asked for a drink of water, what will you offer from your own well? Amen.
Journal (from “Backlash” 7 Mar 20): God, You feel the hot tears on my face. You see the injustice of this. You feel my pain as You are ever with me. No one would believe me if I didn’t keep a record of it. I wouldn’t believe it myself! How could the Church stoop so low in her gaslighting and stonewalling and mistreating of “the least of these”? And at the same time, I know that once I am healed and in a community that loves me for who I am, then all of this will fade away as a dream.
Kevin Basconi: “The discarded, the forgotten, the broken, the hopeless, the least likely; these will be My jewels. These I will endue with heavenly power and revelation. I will use them in unusual power and in demonstrations of My Spirit and of My Kingdom. They are coming, even now. These mature sons and daughters of the Most High God are arising! The rulers of this age are passing away, and a new generation is arising to take their place.
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): I then saw fire come out of heaven and fall upon the lives of these women all across the earth and the fire of His presence and the fire of His Word came and suddenly engulfed and purified. The areas that needed healing, suddenly were healed. The process had been long, the contending had been long, but the miracle had then suddenly manifested.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: That’s the highpoint of this story: the believers! And it all got started when she believed – and when she told someone else of her belief.
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): It’s time to put away negative self-talk and rise to the occasion. It’s time to embrace the voice you have and celebrate your unique contributions to the conversation. You are needed! Where extroverts and louder voices may speak first, the last voice can often bear the most weight. It’s time to leave your comfort zone and seize the adventure.
John 4:30 They left the city and were on their way to Him.
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): “Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take…” (Jeremiah 31:21 NIV)

Still Weak 11 Mar 20

12 Mar

[3rd in the lectionary set for the 3rd week of Lent]
Working Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Thursday, March 12, 2020
[6 pages]
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): Two weeks into Lent, how are you doing? How are those Lenten practices that you planned to observe faithfully? The chocolate and sugars you swore off, the alcohol you decided to abstain from, the meditative silence you intended to observe for twenty minutes each morning, the handwritten thank-you notes you were going to write each day to foster a spirit of gratitude. Still going strong?
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): Of course, it’s fabulous if your Lenten spiritual discipline has revealed deep meaning and has taken hold in life-giving habitual ways. Seriously, I don’t “give up” for Lent for the same reason that I don’t make resolutions for the New Year—it doesn’t ignite my soul with anything but guilt—so I’m delighted if your Lenten discipline is feeding your spirit.
Rev. Machrina L. Blasdell: This woman, the Samaritan woman at the well, is an example to us of discipleship. However strong or weak or confused or partial or new or unclear or even certain your faith: When was the last time you talked with someone about faith so that they might believe?
Brat (in “Waaait For It” 09 Mar 20): I DID and got no response from them!
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): The remnant is rising in this hour and the critical mass is about to tip over with power and with boldness. The remnant will roar with truth and justice and they will not be stopped; they will not be muzzled!
Romans 5:2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
Israel 365 (7 Mar 20): Moreover, the Glory of Yisrael does not deceive or change His mind, for He is not human that He should change His mind.” ~ Samuel 15:29 (The Israel Bible™)
Romans 5:3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
Christy Johnston (10 Mar 20): Amazingly, the month of March lines up with the current Hebrew month of Adar. It is said that when Adar arrives, JOY IS INCREASED! “Adar” means “STRENGTH and POWER.” It is prophetic of the displays of God’s strength and power in your life this month. Adar is also the month that Moses passed away, and Joshua stepped in as the leader to take the Promised Land. It signifies a transition out of the wilderness and crossing into the promise by the strength and power of the Almighty.
MorningStar Ministries (11 Mar 20): 50+ Joshua & Caleb Generation Gathering
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): I had an encounter with the Lord recently and He showed me many, many women across the earth that have been in a long standing battle contending for healing. It was highlighted to me strongly that it was healing that they were contending for. It wasn’t just physical healing that these women were contending for, there were various areas but the common theme across all of them was this deep cry for healing.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): Touma-Suleiman expressed dismay that, in her opinion, democracy in Israel was in a sad state due to the Nation State Law which specifies the nature of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, and the Deal of the Century.
Romans 5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Jo (in “Musing” 09 Mar 20): What if there is an ever-loving intelligence watching over us, really trying to lend comfort and wisdom? What if this intelligence is so vast, so beyond what we can understand, that simple communication is virtually impossible? What if we really are alone on this planet and are simply a mass of chemical reactions? Why do we have to have a Deity ready to slay us at a moment’s notice for being who we are? We are this amazing spark of nuclear wonder. We are truly capable of God kindness, love, bravery, and honor. When we give our truly holy selves away to a concept built on fear and self-hatred, Religion teaches self-loathing. It teaches us that we are flawed and ugly. What if we are perfect in the structure of nature? What if we are not what man teaches but a truly beautiful organism?
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): It’s about God’s work in Lent. God’s miracles. God’s judgments. God’s promises. God’s breath and flesh on earth. God’s mystery and majesty in the heavens.
Exodus 17:7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): Intercessory Prayer and Boundaries
Marchaé Grair (12 Mar 20): Although the name would indicate otherwise, spiritual directors aren’t supposed to tell people how to live or fix their lives. Instead, we journey with people as they look for God’s presence and seek God’s wisdom for themselves.
Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): I watched in this encounter as each woman was standing on the promises of God and began to stamp their feet hard on the ground. No matter how long they had been standing and contending, they refused to move off the Word of God and the fire of conviction to see the Word of God manifest in their life was getting stronger and stronger. I began to notice that these women all across the earth as they stamped their feet, were actually stamping their feet in UNISON. They were all stamping their feet to the same beat. Each time they stamped their feet in faith with the promise of God for healing in their lives, it was like I could hear the sound of a hammer, coming down and the atmosphere was SO pregnant. It was SO thick. The sound of the hammer coming down strongly spoke so loudly of the BREAKING FORTH of BREAKTHROUGH but it also spoke of JUSTICE. The sound of the gavel coming down.
Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Brat: The Backlash from “Purim”:
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): Because it’s not about your work in Lent.
Brat: This is not “work” in writing these dialogues with the lectionary readings. This is how I keep my sanity in the grinding, dysfunctional Silence from the pretenders.
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
– James Madison, author of The Constitution and fifth President of the United States
Revelation 10:10 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.
Wendy Alec: “I have decreed it from the heights of Heaven. For I formed you at your conception for such a time as this. Your life scroll is ever before Me. Not one moment of your suffering has been wasted. Yet, you say to Me, ‘But Father, I have been so weak. It has been so hard.’ In turn I say to you: Even in your frailest, weakest most vulnerable of times, still you have loved Me; still you have followed Me. O beloved child of My heart, you were born into the earth for such a time as this.”
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
Rick Joyner (10 Mar 20): The American Founders were resolved to keep the church and state as separate entities, but it was clearly to keep the state out of the church’s business, not the other way around. We must then ask, how did The Supreme Court and many lower courts issue so many decisions prohibiting the free exercise of religion? By blatantly violating The Constitution and The First Amendment. The leadership of Congress was too weak or inept to confront this tyrannical abuse by the judiciary.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): The Law of Return was passed in 1950, giving the right to any Jews from anywhere in the world to come to Israel and to be granted Israeli citizenship. The gathering of the exiles in the land of Israel, became the core idea of the Zionist Movement and the core idea of Israel’s Scroll of Independence. The spiritual inspiration for the Law of return was the Biblical prophesy of an Ingathering of the Exiles which was first stated in the Torah and later in the Prophets.
Romans 5:7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
Brat: Along a similar line, the other day I want into the backyard and saw that my dead Mom’s last rosebush, which my Dad had literally cut down to the ground in a slaughtering grief rampage, had recently sent living shoots back up. I wept and wept tears of gratitude to God on the phone with Sophia. This was living proof of God’s resurrection power regardless of goodness, righteousness, or raging grief of loss after 56 years of marriage!
Sermons That Work: The Rev. Machrina Blasdell teaches religious studies online for Park University from the flexible locations allowed by a traveling laptop. She is enjoying the return to her hometown of Phoenix where she revels in growing roses and making anything chocolate.
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): No matter if you’re experiencing stunning spiritual growth or if the no-chocolate thing has already flopped phenomenally, you can still focus your Lenten journey on the work that matters: God’s grace.
Brat: Hold on a minute! … This looks to me like collaboration between the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ. It might be a small thread, but multiple threads over time make an anchor rope. Clues: online, Park, traveling laptop, roses, chocolate, journey. Does the heavenly council need even more proof of (holy or unholy) alliances? They get together to lock targets on to me as if I was the common villain of our collective story, (that way they get a scapegoat and can wash their ritual hands), they stand removed and far off, and then they don’t have to even acknowledge that I exist. Just clarifying…
Cindy Jacobs: “God Says: Stop Beating Yourself Up”
Brat: And you can start using your leadership mantle kindly. You can start by holding your own pastors (like Steve Dittmar) accountable for standing by with Sophia’s mantle in his hands and watching her get stoned to death by gossip in his church; gossip that was spread by family. (Ouch!)
Jewish Journal: Daily Roundup: Fighting a Virus With Our Hands
Brat: Why else would God instruct us with a pandemic but to redirect and redeem the symbology and truth behind handwashing, apathy in power, and bringing home Pilate’s lesson in this season of Lent?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This is how Jewish mysticism understands the symbolism behind the opening story of the Megillah: Vashti, symbolizing the power of evil, can only retain her power and glory if she is garbed in garments that conceal her real identity. If Vashti removes all her masks, she instantaneously loses all of her appeal and charm.
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): In the areas that satan has over-played his attacks against you, the Lord is now moving to bring restoration, justice and repayment for suffering and losses.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): “…[U]ntil the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the Kingdom.” (Daniel 7:22)
Romans 5:8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): I then saw fire come out of heaven and fall upon the lives of these women all across the earth and the fire of His presence and the fire of His Word came and suddenly engulfed and purified. The areas that needed healing, suddenly were healed. The process had been long, the contending had been long, but the miracle had then suddenly manifested.
Romans 5:9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): However, I saw that the other mouthpiece began to prophetically decree the Word of the Lord, and that hope, life, power, purity, righteousness and truth were being restored.
Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Mar 20): Do you feel the shift too? … it feels like there is a war in the spirit and then a calm with a burning off of the old. Like the chaff being burned or the dross being refined out of silver.
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): I looked up and I saw golden leaves beginning to fall from the sky and I heard Revelation 22:2:
“On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (NASB)
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): The Lord is going to give you signs and confirmation for what He is calling you to. Watch for these to come in natural and supernatural forms. God is speaking through signs, songs, art and all types of media right now. Ask the Lord to give you a sign and speak to you about the good things that are coming to you.
Lana Vawser (09 Mar 20): The Lord then spoke again: “It’s time for the leaves! It is time for the leaves!”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: If Israel would once and for all acknowledge the evil that exists in its midst and treat it as such, thousands of lives — on both sides — would be saved.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
Rachel Hackenberg (11 Mar 20): But no kudos and gold stars for you.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): It takes a kingly anointing to go against and to overcome another kingdom. This is a war of the kingdoms; a clashing of principalities. Prophets cannot take down a king or its kingdom, but only kings and queens, moving in the kingly anointing of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, will rule and reign!
Angie Stolba: “Beloved, nothing has escaped My notice! I am bringing you a harvest of answered prayers on the very things you’ve been crying out for. Truly, I am now bringing it full circle, and you will see My restoration! Things are now coming into bloom, as they have been germinating underground for a very long time, even though you could not see it with your natural eye. Indeed, your very tears of intercession have been watering the seeds! Watch as the answers and restoration of the things you’ve been crying out for suddenly begin to spring forth.
Romans 5:11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Brat: Reconciliation with God, yes. Reconciliation with man? Not until I get sanctuary. That was the dealbreaker in the first place. That was not honored in spirit and in truth.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): We see here that God first addressed the tribe of Judah before addressing the rest of the Israelites, which means that Heaven is first and primarily concerned with connecting His heart with the remnant, rather than the masses. The Lord is first addressing the consecrated ones who worship in Spirit and in truth; the ones who are truly connected to the beat of His heart.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: This body of souls is a body of light that is made from the spiritual light generated by mitzvot performed in the physical world.
Ben Lim (12 Mar 20): Where there is an Elijah there is an open Heaven. Elijah broke the curse of the famine and drought over the land by restoring worship back to the true God of Israel.
Doug Addison (11 Mar 20): “Every seventh year each of you must free any fellow Hebrews…” (Jeremiah 34:14 NIV)
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: By revealing within himself his absolute and essential bond with G-d, the Jew wipes out any possibility of evil getting out of hand. This is the message of Purim: by taking all things to their root, the Jew eradicated evil automatically.

Waaait For It 09 Mar 20

11 Mar

[2nd in this set for the 3rd week of Lent]
Working Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Tuesday, March 10, 2020
[7 pages]
Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): Prayer
My God, our God—to you we sing our highest praises. Help us to be worthy citizens of your realm on earth and in heaven. Amen
Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): Of thee we sing … as we gathered bus passes, quiet houses and sanctuaries, underground railroads of people willing to take on the lot of people lawfully crossing our borders with credible asylum claims, and we wondered:
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): A Knesset representative of the decidedly anti-Israel Joint Arab List suggested abolishing the law that grants citizenship to returning Jews because “anyone who wanted to return to Israel has already arrived.”
Brat (in “Purim” 05 Mar 20): I’m praying the burger meals that Ascent is sponsoring for the IDF soldiers helps fulfill that revival coming to dinner tables. There are a whole lot of people who have been abused because of their callings. Our hearts are broken for Jesus, people, and creation, and then the narcissist vipers strike at our vulnerabilities.
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): This psalmist has plenty of reasons to tap into an arrogant stance of vengeance and self-advancement: a trust so deep in God as to take on fear courageously. And in this trust, the psalmist exemplifies a posture we would do well to imitate: seeking God’s face, seeking connection, risking vulnerability.
Anna Blake (09 Mar 20): Photo & Poem: Two Women
I had the window seat on an early morning flight
to Tucson. In the row ahead were two women. I
could see through the slender gap between headrests
to the dark-haired woman on the aisle. She twisted
toward her companion, her eyes animated, so young.
Over the headrest, I could just see the crown of
other woman’s blond head move as she reached
a hand up to adjust her hair, a simple diamond
solitaire on her left hand. Their bright conversation
never lost its urgency until near the end of the
flight. Through the gap, I could see the dark-haired
woman lean in and close her eyes. The blond
woman’s hand appeared with a pair of tweezers
laid flat to the arch of the dark brow to slowly pull
a stray hair. An act of such intimacy that I felt
shamed for watching but could not look away.
Three or maybe four hairs were located but never
jerked. Only a slow-motion horizontal pull that seemed
painless, almost soothing, until finally, a light pinky
finger caress, the smallest unforgettable gesture.
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Beyoncé has a song with lyrics (which I’m taking out of context): “some call it arrogant, I call it confident.” It being one of my theme songs, I often reflect on this particular phrase. There’s a fine line between the two.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: But if so, why did Vashti not send a private message to her husband explaining that it would be humiliating for her and him if she were to expose herself before the guests. Though the king was intoxicated, it is hard to imagine that he would bestow a death sentence on a wife who has just spared him tremendous shame!
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): Just recently I dreamed an extremely vivid dream. In the dream, there was a group of prophets held up inside a cave upon a mountain top. As I observed their activity within the hidden recesses of the cave, I noticed that there wasn’t just two or three prophets inside this cave, but hundreds of them.
Psalm 95:4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): God is looking for some Gideons. It has long been prophesied that it’s time for some prophets to come out of the cave. Just as Elijah and David spent time in caves when being hunted by their accusers, so have some of God’s chosen ones sought refuge from the public eye. They have been hiding out because of fear. Just like Gideon, they have found comfort in the cave and doubt their ability to thrive in the light.
Romans 4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Rabbi David Sterne: “As the Jews were standing below and carving the Golden Calf, G d was sitting above and carving out the Tablets of the Law, in order to give the Jews life.”
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): Within the center chamber of this cave, there was a large, round stone table, and as I observed the activity around the table (for there were many prophets around this table), Jesus appeared with them, and in front of Him, upon the table, were battle plans and blueprints for war.
Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): Jesus appeared to be instructing these prophets in not only what to do and say, but giving them supernatural authority over the angelic in other regions and spheres of influence. Jesus wasn’t dressed in royal robes or as a suffering Savior, but He was clothed as the Prince of the Lord’s Hosts, and Commander of the Armies of God (Joshua 5:13-15).
David Wesley Music: “Whom Shall I Fear (The God of Angel Armies)”:
Psalm 95:5 The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): Though you will feel uncomfortable in the flesh, your spirit will lead you into a supernatural zone where the impossible will become possible. That which has felt stuck will now come into perfect alignment, and the momentum you’ve lacked will quickly accelerate as you yield to the Spirit’s call.
Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Daniel Pontious (08 Mar 20): So many people in the Body of Christ have been camped out in caves within religious structures all over the place, receiving instructions and plans from the Lord Himself, and waiting for the time to come forth from the caves they’ve been hiding in.
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): To my fellow introverts on this prophetic journey – this is YOUR time. You have something to say and the Lord is calling your name. Don’t let hesitation stop you from stepping out and walking in that which you were born for. You were created with a voice. It’s time to use it.
Brat: I DID and got no response from them!
Quinn G. Caldwell (10 Mar 20): You too. Your sense that it’s all up to you? Your belief that you’re supposed to accomplish it all—end racism, fix the environment, redistribute the wealth, overcome all your issues, whatever—before you die? It’s not going to work out. You’ve already accomplished so much. You’ll accomplish so much more. But you will not finish the work; that is given to your children.
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): This could be helpful for all sorts of people who have some responsibility to care for others, whether pastors, parents, or principals. Ultimately, the congregation, the children, the students aren’t yours. They are God’s.
Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): At which point Moses did a remarkable thing. He challenged God. Specifically, Moses reminded God that these people, this band of ex-slaves who were sometimes faithful and often faithless, were God’s people—not his.
Psalm 95:8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
Quinn G. Caldwell (10 Mar 20): I wonder if Moses and the Israelites felt the same way when they found out their generation wasn’t going to make it to the promised land. I hope not. I mean, they’d managed to survive and thrive under years of cruelty. They’d thrown off the yoke of their oppressors, escaped from their pursuers, stepped out in bravery and trust into a new future. They may not have made it to the promised land, but they sure did accomplish a lot. Plus God had promised them future generations to finish what they had started.
Psalm 95:9 when your ancestors tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
Nate Johnston (in “Purim” 05 Mar 20): I heard the Lord say, “The increase you asked for is here. Can you see it yet? The new thing you wanted; can you see it? Because I am shifting and moving every area of your life to accommodate the magnitude of it. I am enlarging your capacity to carry it, steward it, and run with it. I am challenging complacency and defeat so you can fully embrace it, and I am overturning the enemy’s plans to keep you stagnant when you asked to thrive. But can you see it?”
Brat: Jesus already did it! That’s what I’ve been saying all along!
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): Which is one of the things about intercessory prayer that we may not always notice. In such prayer, we are placing those we care about in God’s hands—and relaxing our own grip.
Psalm 95:10 For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they do not regard my ways.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Wine enters, secrets emerge.” Yayin, the Hebrew word for “wine” (spelled yud-yud-nun), has a numerical value of seventy—and so does sod, the Hebrew word for “secret” (spelled samech-vav-dalet)!
Wendy Alec (08 Mar 20): Most of all, the Father said that His only begotten Son, Jesus, waited 30 years until His appointed time. Your name is before the heavenly councils. Yes, it has seemed, just like Moses, that your all and dreams have been hidden in the backside of the wilderness, but your heavenly Father is about to turn the ignition key, propelling you overnight from the slow desert road onto the fast track.
The ASCENT staff (in “Thirst” 08 Mar 20): This is the only Shabbat each year that every man and woman is obligated (according to most authorities) by Torah law to go to shul. On this day, Zachor is appended to the weekly Torah reading. By hearing it read publicly on the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim, we fulfill the Torah commandment in it [Deut. 25:17-19]: “Remember what Amalek [the ancestor and inspira¬tion of Haman, the villain of Purim] did to you.”
Exodus 17:5 The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
Brat: I did. I took the Ascent staff with me.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: A few of the elders of the community recalled hearing of the mysterious words of the Chatam Sofer seventy years before. Now, some clever minds were saying they could finally be understood.
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): And sometimes the very best thing you can do for those for whom you are tempted to care too much is to lift them up in prayer before God, relinquishing your claim and asserting God’s, calling upon God to be God.
Quinn G. Caldwell (10 Mar 20): A friend who pastored an aging and extremely socially active congregation once told me that the number one pastoral issue his congregation faced was its people’s sense of failure as they neared their deaths. They’d been working so hard their whole lives, and still the revolution hadn’t come. The world wasn’t fixed yet.
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:53 am Journal log note: I went back to Wanda’s post. There is NO indication anyone had read what I shared or that it had any meaning or impact.
Psalm 95:11 Therefore in my anger I swore, “They shall not enter my rest.”
Israel365 (9 Mar 20): On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Yehudim from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis ~ Esther 4:14 (The Israel Bible™)
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (10 Mar 20): 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Brat (in “Thirst” 08 Mar 20): Wanda was talking about the political Deep State and I was addressing the Church’s Deep State. We are called to fear the Lord our God.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Therefore, when the King of Kings insists that Vashti appear at His feast in her bareness, she must refuse Him. Because the “clothes” of evil have no “emperor” within them.
Jo (in “Musing” 09 Mar 20): I am bored and restless. That leads to thought, really too much thought. I wonder about religion. I perused your piece this morning. It started me on a rant, albeit silent, but still. If we love God but are told to fear God, is that not really a schizophrenic concept? Does it ultimately lead to living in abusive situations? We are believing that we are to be punished and betrayed by a loving benefactor??? What is that? A God who is to be feared but he loves us. Even the concept of love seems to escape rational definition when translated thru religion! It is petty and mindless at times. It is small in the reality of the universe and beyond. What the hell are we all doing anyway? I think that the fear of God is to be interpreted as fear of our own darkness. To be aware of how really dark we can be. It is fear of losing one’s concept of good?
Me: Yeah!! This is a marvelous discussion!! May I incorporate this into my dialogue?
Jo: Yes, Love you liked this! Yes, you can quote me, but it’s heavy stuff and could illicit a major response…
Israel365 (9 Mar 20): Mordechai’s inspiring words move Esther to courageously step up and defend her people. Mordechai does not say, “If you are silent now, then we are all doomed,” because he knows that the God of Israel will never forsake His people. Instead, Mordechai empowers Esther to take a leading role in the redemption, and not to sit quietly on the sidelines as it unfolds. In every generation there are those who threaten the existence of the Nation of Israel. Ultimately, Hashem will defend His people and His land, but is up to each individual to decide if he or she will stand up, as Queen Esther did, on behalf of Israel.
Brat reply to Rabbi Tuly Weisz at Israel365 (10 Mar 20): I AM standing up on behalf of Israel.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: [Interestingly, it is in this verse that G-d’s name -which is not mentioned explicitly in the entire book of Esther-appears as the initials of the words “Let the king and Haman come today….”]
Jo (in “Musing” 09 Mar 20): God. It is so frightening to me to have anyone come for my reality! Religion does come for one’s individual reality. Maybe it was being raised in nature or just the information that was never really taken from me as a child. I did not have anyone policing my mind to make sure that I had no personal thoughts. No one ever said to me (nor did I read anything) that blocked out the ability to reason, to think.
Brat: I was speaking about the Deep State in both religion and politics. They neither fear God nor man (just like the Unjust Judge in Luke 18:2), and that creates a sense of schizophrenia. But even demons fear God.
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: But when it is exhibited as “an expression of deep frustration coming from an oppressed people,” the act of sheer and horrific evil assumes a sophisticated veneer.
Ryan LeStrange (09 Mar 20): My Monday Word for You…Get Back Up!
Brat: Who is there to back me up? Haman? Sardis? Saul? … While I feel another javelin zing past my ear and penetrate the wall as I bend down to check my harp?
Sophia: Watch “The Maccabeats – Purim Song” on YouTube:
Brat: Or are you, Ryan, saying this because Norton sent me a notice that I have not run my Backup Files? With the Deep State of affairs in Religion (and there is no difference between religion and politics at this point,) it is a legitimate question. Or are you saying that because the bullies knocked me down again that I am supposed to get back up when they are the ones trying to silence my voice — AGAIN? The bullfight goes on and on with no sanctuary, support, community, tribe, or even a widow’s pension. … Get back up for what? For your show at my expense? And God gets what? This is crazy-making and not supportive!
Quinn G. Caldwell (10 Mar 20): Let go of your determination to enter the promised land in your lifetime. Hope only to see it, and take a step toward it, and to believe that your descendants will arrive where you cannot.
Jo (in “Musing” 09 Mar 20): It is my opinion that organized religion is an effort to control large populations practicing a sort of mind control. We start when children are young and their little minds can be captured. This is “it”. ‘This is the truth and there is no other truth’. The consequence of one not getting this as the only truth is HELL.
Quinn G. Caldwell (10 Mar 20): Prayer
Show me my place in your plan, and set me free from my own expectations. Amen.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This brought about the end of the Vashtinian rule. When evil is called on its nakedness, its nothingness is exposed and its power lost. It perishes.
Christy Johnston: Keep your words aligned in FAITH.
Brat: Keep your actions aligned with your words.
Matthew 23:3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The hallmark of a spiritual life is one that always seeks to be in tune with the true essence of things, and not merely with their external appearance.

Thirst 08 Mar 20

9 Mar

Working Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Monday, March 9, 2020 [the Feast Day of Purim]
[5 pages]
Exodus 17:1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
Rephidim: The name means ‘one who offers support’.
Daniel Pontious: “‘My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside [to the seductive places of idolatry] on the mountains. They have gone along [from one sin to another] from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their [own] resting place.'” (Jeremiah 50:4-6, emphasis added)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): “No one invited us, no one requested for us to join them, no one turned to us. If they do, we will consider it,” Touma-Suleiman said. “We are still in the stage of recommendations and not even the stage of considering recommendations. What we have is the same Blue and White that is for all intents and purposes the same as Likud.”
Col. Kelly Steele: I hope you’ll join me in celebrating our women in uniform as they set the stage for future female heroes. In addition to being commanders, doctors, pilots and combat fighters, they are also moms and military spouses.
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): From the south and the north, we’ve been on this mad dash to the border. From the south, the violence became too much as people followed their neighbors who’d already begun the exodus. From the north, we’d heard of the “migrant caravans” and worked to join our neighbors as U.S. caravans for sanctuary at our southern border.
The ASCENT staff: (Anyone who is unable to be present at this reading should make an extra effort to hear the Torah reading [Ex. 17] that takes place immediately before the morning Megillah reading on Purim, or at least to hear Zachor read when it comes up in the regular Shabbat cycle of Torah readings [Aug. 29, 2020] as the final verses of the portion Ki Teitzei.)
Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. – Philippians 3:20-21
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Arrogance foolishly focuses on doing things right, leaning into unjust laws for the sake of order.
Confidence wisely centers doing the right things, disrupting legal atrocities for the sake of the gospel.
Exodus 17:3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”
Sermons That Work (06 Mar 20): Explore racial justice through film at Trinity Church (sponsored)
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): What is the color, the face of liberty?
Sermons That Work (06 Mar 20): Movies:
• If Beale Street Could Talk
• I Am Not Your Negro
• Just Mercy
• Charles Blow, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
• The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Trinity’s Theologian in Residence and Dean of Episcopal Divinity at Union Seminary
• Dr. Greg Garrett, author and professor at Baylor University
• Dr. Trudier Harris, professor, University of Alabama
• Dr. Angelo Robinson, professor, Goucher College
Brat (07 Mar 20): I went on Facebook and looked them up and messaged Trinity Church Wall Street. (Are they the ones that God protected in the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11?)
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): “Consider,” said Moses to the Holy One, “that this nation is your people.” Emphasis on “your.” And this whole liberation project? Your idea, not mine.
Israel365 (08 Mar 20): Return to Jerusalem ✡ “It shall be granted you”
Brat to Trinity Church Wall Street in a Facebook message: I read that you are exploring racial justice through film. For your consideration, scapegoats are examined in “Purim”:
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): They are the introverted ones who have deemed themselves unready and unqualified in a field full of extroverted voices. They are the quiet hearts who love the secret place and have enjoyed the privacy and secrecy of the cave. And yet, they have thoughts that run deep and insights that bring life and purpose.
Kris Vallotton (07 Mar 20): Are you “row, row, rowing your boat” gently down a political stream called progressivism?
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:10 am I went back to check Facebook and there is only more SILENCE…
Esther O’Reilly: Has Christian Apologetics Failed?
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): “A Word to Introverts: Come Out of Hiding!”
Baal Shem Tov: A person must not view the story of Purim as just a historical narrative, something that happened long ago in another time and place. The purpose of reading the Megila on Purim is to ensure that these days are remembered and kept throughout the generations. The events of Purim are not only relevant to the present time, but each detail of the story contains lessons to be applied in our daily lives.
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): Moses said to God, “Consider too that this nation is your people.” – Exodus 33:13 (09 Mar 20): Grow your audience with short-form content
Exodus 17:4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Arrogance converts our fears to venomous hate.
Confidence transforms our fears into audacious courage.
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): To say that God was disappointed by the whole Golden Calf fiasco would be an understatement. Yahweh was furious.
The ASCENT staff: This is the only Shabbat each year that every man and woman is obligated (according to most authorities) by Torah law to go to shul. On this day, Zachor is appended to the weekly Torah reading. By hearing it read publicly on the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim, we fulfill the Torah commandment in it [Deut. 25:17-19]: “Remember what Amalek [the ancestor and inspiration of Haman, the villain of Purim] did to you.”
Exodus 17:5 The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
Brat: I did. I took the Ascent staff with me.
Israel365 (08 Mar 20): What troubles you, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “And what is your request? Even to half the kingdom, it shall be granted you. ~ Esther 5:3 (The Israel Bible™)
Brat (07 Mar 20): In her other blog piece “Whistleblower Insider Clarifies Prayer Focus”, Wanda Alger addressed how leaders are not going in with ACTION to combat the Deep State.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: In order to prevent Haman from succeeding, Esther did two things. First, she and Mordechai inspired the Jewish people to do teshuvah: “Then Esther told them to tell Mordechai: ‘Go gather all the Jews in Shushan and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, nights and day: Also I and my maidens will fast…’” (Esther 4:15-16). It was necessary for the Jewish people to delve into themselves and reveal a deeper connection to G-d than that normally operative; they had to rise to the level of His innermost Will. This is the inner meaning of the continuation of the verse: “….and so I will go into the king, though it is against the law.” The soul ascends to its most intimate level of communion with the King, higher than rationality- “against the ‘law.’”
Brat in blog comment box (07 Mar 20): Scapegoats in the Church also find themselves in a type of Deep State. This is examined in “Purim” [] and is a cry of prayer for action.
Wanda Alger (07 Mar 20): Don’t Disqualify Yourself!
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:54 am (Echo) “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.” (Isa. 8:12)
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (08 Mar 20): “We have been taken out of the civil collective of Israel. We were not mentioned by even one word. If that is the definition of a Jewish state, then, yes, I want it to change,” she said.
Kris Vallotton (07 Mar 20): Can Christians be Politically Progressive?
Aida Touma-Suleiman: “That was a different election, before the Deal of the Century. The ball is now in Gantz’s court if he wants our support. We did our part. We are the only party in the opposition who got stronger in these elections. If there was any party that stopped Netanyahu from getting the mandate, it was us.”
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The word Purim is Persian for “lots.” The whole manner in which a lot works transcends rationality. Take, for example, the Temple service of Yom Kippur: a lot was cast to determine which of two goats would be pushed of the cliff to certain death, and which would have the distinction of being offered on the altar. Before the lot was cast, it could go either way: neither goat was logically more “fit” for one or the other of the two fates. Only the lot decided; the entire affair was altogether beyond intellect.
Brat: Are you talking about the goat of Religion or the goat of Politics? Both have made a Deep State and I cannot tell the difference between them.
Exodus 17:6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
The ASCENT staff: “One who reads the Megila backwards has not fulfilled his obligation.” (Mishna)
Brat: Wanda was talking about the political Deep State and I was addressing the Church’s Deep State. We are called to fear the Lord our God.
Kris Vallotton (07 Mar 20): Equipped with God’s spirit, progressive people understand that any advancements made to the human condition originate in fear of the Lord, as that is the true source of all wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10). They desire to solve the tremendous political challenges that we are facing in the 21st Century by addressing the root of the issue rather than producing symptomatic cures that only mask the actual problem.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: But the Jew knows to look behind the facade, behind the “mask” and “costume” the world is wearing. The Jew knows that G-d created the world for the purpose of ultimately revealing Himself in it, and whatever creative force he invests in keeping the externalities of the world operative if there only to serve the higher purpose. G-d needs a running world to serve as a backdrop for the drama of human history, He gives life-force to the world regardless of its moral performance. But that life-force is only the external dimension of His energy and interest in the world. G-d’s inner intention is that His presence be revealed in the world and this is possible only through holiness, Torah, mitzvot, and Jews. On this level, the highest of all, evil has no “equal rights.” A dog may be able to eat from a king’s table, but only what is thrown “over the shoulder.” the scraps. To actually sit down and dine at a royal feast, one must be refined, one must be worthy. Esther knew this, and took advantage of Haman’s ascending to the vantage point where rationality has no sway in order to reveal his true colors.
Exodus 17:7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): Intercessory Prayer and Boundaries
Israel365 (08 Mar 20): When Ahasuerus offered Esther up to half of the kingdom, this was not merely an exaggerated show of generosity, but it referred to a specific geographic location. Rashi notes that the halfway mark of Ahasuerus’ empire was the site of the Beit Hamikdash. Ahasuerus tells Esther that he is willing to do anything to make her happy, short of allowing the rebuilding of the Temple. Although Cyrus, his predecessor, had allowed the Children of Israel to return to Israel and begin reconstruction of the Beit Hamikdash, Ahasuerus was adamantly against it. Ironically, according to Jewish tradition it was his son Darius, born to him by Esther, who allowed the construction of the Beit Hamikdash to be completed. On the holiday of Purim, it is especially important to make displays of generosity as it is strongly linked to the reconstruction of the Beit Hamikdash.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: However, if there is a level at which evil is overlooked and doesn’t matter, it would seem that the forces of evil could also draw sustenance from that level, once the pipelines of life-force are opened. Haman knew that there is a superrational level of relationship to G-d. from which good and evil can draw equally. This is why he cast lots when devising his scheme to wipe out the Jews. He wanted to “imitate” the Jews’ relationship with G-d; to “rise” to that level where intellect has no say and cannot deny him the power he wants.
Tony Robinson (09 Mar 20): So much so that God told Moses to take these miserable people and proceed to the Promised Land without divine accompaniment. “I’ve had it with this lot. You go … without me.”
Kaji Douša (08 Mar 20): I have to believe that Paul knew this tension. He spoke of “humiliation” and “power.” And he made an ethical choice. Allegiances—no matter where—had to begin with Jesus.
Kris Vallotton (07 Mar 20): I believe that true progressivism isn’t a political stance at all, it’s divine problem-solving!
Phiwa Langeni (07 Mar 20): Arrogance assumes our iteration of faith is the only valid one.
Confidence deepens our faith as it engages others’.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: But Esther realized what Haman didn’t. She knew that there are two facets of the superconscious: true, G-d is above good and evil; His essence exists outside the context of creation, and “As for your many sins-can they harm Him?… and if you acted righteously-will it benefit Him?” (Job 35:6-7).

Purim 05 Mar 20

6 Mar

Working Dates: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 to Friday, March 6, 2020
[14 pages]
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
Brat (in “Replant” 29 Feb 20): You’re welcome to relocate me over there in Israel.
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): Having His heart secures your position in God’s Kingdom. This is the promise of equal access being offered to every living soul. As an unprecedented level of authority is presently being offered to the children of light, a Kingdom juggernaut emerges. It is an impregnable force, impervious to the kingdom of darkness in unimaginable ways. Your participation is entirely in your hands.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): This was their mistake. A Jew is forbidden to rely on miracles alone. In fact, we are required to make some effort according to the “rules of nature”. Nevertheless, one of the most important principles for a Jew is to recognize that in this world, the “rules of nature” are only an external garment, a vessel for the miraculous salvation from the Holy One Blessed Be He from on High. A Jew’s main effort and emphasis must always be to create the proper vessel for G-d’s blessing and salvation. All other efforts are just peripheral.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): I saw revival fires being sent into political arenas and it was shifting and overturning the seats of power in counties, regions and states, simply by these carriers choosing to go where they were called.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): The solution for the Jewish people is not to deny its otherness. That will never work. Rather, the Jew ought to embrace his or her Jewishness, and just like Esther, be proud with the lifestyle and moral ethic of Torah. When we learn how to embrace our otherness with love and grace, rather than with shame and guilt, it will become a source of admiration and inspiration for all of humanity.
Yehudah Glick (03 Mar 20): Come learn Torah with me in Jerusalem!
Genesis 12:2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): The New Standard Is Being Released! There Is No Going Back
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Hitler blamed the Jews for inventing the life-denying reality called conscience. Today, many academics and laymen believe that the Jews are responsible for the great conflict in today’s world. As much as we attempt to run from our identity as Jews, the non-Jewish world reminds us of who we are and where we came from. The non-Jew senses that since the day the Jew stood at Sinai, he or she has been different.
Yehudah Glick (03 Mar 20): Now that the people of Israel have fulfilled the first phase of the vision of the Prophets by returning home to Israel from the Diaspora, we are now taking Zionism to its next level in fulfillment of the vision of the Prophets: recognizing Jerusalem as the ultimate source of inspiration of the truest values and the central place from which we are to spread the light of the Torah (God’s instructions) to all Nations.
Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Lana Vawser (02 Mar 20): The Lord showed me that there has been a ‘flare up’ in the second heaven against many in the last few weeks, where the things that God has spoken are about to come to pass, the promises and breakthrough, suddenly there has been a ‘flare up’ of these circumstances. The Lord showed me that expectation is a key right now to what you will experience. It is VERY important right now that you stay focused in faith. That you stay focused in expectant hope of the fulfilment of God’s Word in your life.
Genesis 12:4a So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.
Thomas Paine: Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Should We Hide?
Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?
Brat (02 Mar 20): I got a popup saying that my Gmail was not secure and that others could see what I scroll over. There is no privacy or sanctuary anywhere. Not even my prayers are sacrosanct. I pray to listen to God; God said to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches; and the snoops “hear” what I hear and pray and cut me off at the pass, and thereby slice the religious hair by killing me without ever technically laying a hand on me; then they publish another round of standing up to your giants, Haman’s, Pharaoh’s, or beast d’au jour. The hypocrisy and mockery are too much to bear, when I have been standing up to them with God as my defender.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): When I’m so angry I feel my heart beating in my skull, I can do what I read in Psalm 17: I can pour my anger out in prayer to God, not trying to seem calm or reasonable, just being honest. And once I have poured out that poison before God, I can leave it behind.
Brat (04 Mar 20): Seewhateyemean? I pray one night in my car driving home from work and the next morning it gets posted in UCC’s daily devotional.
Lana Vawser (02 Mar 20): The VERY AREA that the enemy has come against you with these giants is because that is the VERY AREA God is releasing a new mantle upon you in the breakthrough to begin to partner with Him in new ways to bring breakthrough to others. There are new ministries being birthed right NOW in these breakthroughs that are going to commission many into their destiny in new ways and take many to a new level of anointing and new move of the Spirit of God within their ministries.
Facebook (05 Mar 20): Aud D. H. Winchell commented on your post.
Kathryn Hauser five years ago to Bill Johnson (25 May 2015): Dear Pastor Bill Johnson,
On 18 May 15 I had replied to one of Lance Wallnau’s questions and yesterday I saw that you and he “liked” it.
Lance: Do you have a favorite way of serving?
Me: My favorite way of serving is by writing.
I took this further into prayer looking for triangulations, as I have been praying for the reconciliation of the Churches and the Prophets for seven years now. Since both Lana Vawser and Doug Addison said to look for new alliances, I looked, hoping that mediation could move forward through you two. Even though you don’t know me, I trust that you may see my heart as pure and my motives in alignment with God. Are you open to this endeavor of negotiating reconciliation? Lance is a prophet and you are a pastor. Both camps are covered. “This could be the start of a beautiful friendship!” (Casablanca, 1942) ~Kathryn Hauser, Camarillo, CA
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): Trendsetters are those who introduce new trends, ideas or change the way/method that something is done. They are the beginning of the bridge from the old to the new and normally highlight the fresh way God is moving, demonstrate it and have fruit to show for it.
Rev. Marshall Jolly (03 Mar 20): There is a trend among preachers, particularly lectionary preachers, to try and find that elusive “fresh perspective” or “new insight” into the Biblical text. The more familiar the text, the more fever-pitched the effort to say something “new” about it.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Why Did Esther Not Refute Haman’s Accusations against the Jews?
Jonathan D Hoegle: Bethel Church in Redding California is part of the New Apostolic Reformation. The senior pastor Bill Johnson is considered a super-apostle. The church and their band Jesus Culture, has grown in influence – while their theology of apostolic succession has spread worldwide.
Rena S. Goldzweig: There are different sources enumerating Saul’s errors and the reasons for his downfall.
John-Paul and Annie (02 Mar 20): St. Joseph was clearly very close to our Lord and so we come to him with this novena with a sense of humility because of his great humility.
Rena S. Goldzweig: All character traits have been created for a purpose and each has its proper function in the world. Both compassion as well as cruelty need be utilized for the service of G d. It was grave disobedience for Saul to have thought his compassion superior to that of G d Himself. Yet the decree against Saul wasn’t finalized until his error involving the sin of accepting slander regarding the priests (kohanim) of the city of Nob, in which he mistakenly ordered the slaughter of all the priests in the city, of which only one survived.
Monk: There’s a Nob Hill in San Francisco.
Brat (in “Backpack” 01 Mar 20): For the record I worship God and feast on His Word and the Church punched me, beat me up and left me for dead. Then she did the ‘hit and run’ thing. She had insurance, so she didn’t care what kind of damage she caused.
Aud D. H. Winchell: BETHEL REDDING EXPOSED))))))
Brat (05 Mar 20): Dear Aud D. H. Winchell, thank you for taking the time to share this information with me. I wrote these pastors five years ago in a gesture of kindness and outreach and they wanted nothing to do with me. The gaslighting exposed their own real motives. Nothing more to say.
Matthew 17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
David Sterne: In other words, if it’s too good, it’s not for this world, yet. The kohanim, whose work was to bring light, kindness, and revelation down into the world, had to do so quickly and quietly. They couldn’t be obvious about it, which is why they had to wear special garments to conceal their movements.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Some questions are canceled out via answers; some arguments refuted by counter-arguments. But there are those beliefs or notions that require neither debate nor dialogue to disprove them. When reality is exposed, the questions and distortions dissolve into nothingness.
Pastor Steve Dittmar (03 Mar 20): Within His faithful and good character, is His never-ending love. His embrace is love. We were created for, and covered by, the glory of His love. It covers our nakedness, leaving us unashamed and unafraid. Jesus paid for all sin and shame, allowing us to abide in the love of God continually. That’s what Jesus did when He lived on earth. He said to His disciples, “‘As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love’” (John 15:9, NKJV). Jesus kept Himself in the love of the Father through prayer in the Spirit and belief in the truth. We can too; by entering into the Spirit through prayer, and experiencing the truth of God. God is love. As I believe that truth, I experience it, and can therefore abide in it.
Romans 4:4 Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): What is a successful gift? Something the receiver will like. Something that expresses love and gratitude. But especially something that the receiver would or could not buy for themselves!
Pastor Steve Dittmar (03 Mar 20): God does not guarantee an outcome; He guarantees Himself. That’s why He makes promises, because He is faithful. Our faith is in who God is, not what He said.
Brat: What?! Jesus was the Word! God keeps His Word. Jesus is the Son of God. The Son is like the Father; Jesus keeps His Word! God is not a deadbeat Father leaving us as latchkey kids!
Pastor Steve Dittmar (03 Mar 20): He is faithful who promised, but He is not obligated to our demands. He is good and He is faithful. Therefore, when we rest in His character, we can rest in all situations. I like to say to Him, “You are willing because You are good, and You are faithful because you are able. You are willing to heal, and You are able to heal. Willing, because You are good, and able, because you are faithful.”
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): Even so, the Kingdom of God overflows with differences and distinctions. Jesus spoke of various gifts and anointings, as well as spheres of authority which include few or many cities. Far from being without tiers, His dominion is rife with distinctions so that inclusion is available, but not guaranteed. You are master of your own domain and no hurdles are insurmountable. So while there is a divine vetting system designed to sift and sort, it is attainable to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; all of which is directly overseen by the Just Judge of all.
Steve Shultz (05 Mar 20): Have you been feeling excluded?
Rena S. Goldzweig: His great humility was misplaced at times and caused him to falter in leadership. When Saul waged battle with the Philistines and Samuel commanded him to wait for him before offering the sacrifices they had prepared, Saul acquiesced to the impatience of his soldiers. He was then told that his kingdom would not last.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Please make IDF solders a part of your Purim celebration.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Looking at Esther, seeing her refinement and inner beauty, the King understood that this alien nation who lived by another code, ought not to be loathed, but respected. They may be different, but it is an otherness that elevates other nations rather than threatens them. (Leo Tolstoy wrote: “The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has illuminated with it the entire world (8) .”) The Jew may be different, but it is this “otherness” that has the power to inspire all of the nations of the world to live and love deeper, to encounter their individual path to G-d.
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): Some Christians may have operated under an alternate view. Their supposed answer to the pain of exclusion is a Heaven where fairness requires equal outcomes. I believe this is a foolish substitute for equality. To me, this is a shortsighted, empty gesture – equivalent to participation trophies. Nothing could be further from the truth as even a casual read of Scriptures would bury this notion (see Luke 19:15, Mark 10:40).
Michael Toy (in “Backpack” 01 Mar 20): Exercising dominion is re-envisioned in the wilderness. This is not “participation trophy” theology where the good news ends with a pillow cross-stitched with “God is with you even in hard times.” Certainly, this is true, and certainly, this is good news. But the news gets better than that. The hope that Paul is pointing out is not a capitulation to the reality of suffering, but a move towards recapitulation. Second-century bishop and theologian Irenaeus saw humanity and all of creation as being summed up and transformed through the life and death of Christ. This action of recapitulation is an atoning move in which Christ replaces Adam as the mold for all of humanity. Through Christ, humanity once again has access to living fully into the Image of God and living in the victory that Death is not the end. Thus, redemption means that we are free to exercise dominion in this life—even in the midst of the wilderness, even in the midst of suffering. In the Scriptural witness, we are given a kaleidoscope of dominance that differs vastly from most of the images immediately conjured when we think of dominion.
Brat (02 Mar 20): “Adam represented the one, where Jesus represented the many.” I heard that last night at a Sons of Korah concert.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): Then the Lord showed me that we are in a time where these carriers of the new were going to usher in revival and redefine it where it has been given a bad name, abused, opposed and thwarted. I also saw that the flame of revival was multiplying and being sent into every sphere in the earth, carried by this generation of unusual exploits. We will still see revival in stadiums and churches, but I saw revival fires being lit in homes all around the world, where genuine revival was being birthed in the middle of families sitting around the dinner table, and transforming streets and suburbs.
Brat: I’m praying the burger meals that Ascent is sponsoring for the IDF soldiers helps fulfill that revival coming to dinner tables. There are a whole lot of people who have been abused because of their callings. Our hearts are broken for Jesus, people, and creation, and then the narcissist vipers strike at our vulnerabilities.
Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Rebbe Yehuda, analyzing the sacrificial offerings mentioned in this week’s Torah portion, compares their purity with the consequences of anger. The connection is that a person who is angry is sacrificing his senses to the blood of his passions. This is a form of idol-worship.
Ryan LeStrange (03 Mar 20): My Monday Word for You…Bitter Prophets Pollute the Well!
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): Not all anger is poison. Anger can be holy fuel to right the world’s wrongs. But I can’t fool myself: not all my anger is holy. A lot of my anger is just poison, poison I need some way to leave behind.
Rena S. Goldzweig: Amalek is the negative force which implants doubt and indecision in the minds of those who would serve G-d faithfully and unconditionally
Jonathan D Hoegle: The New Apostolic Reformation teaches that today’s apostles share the same authority as the original twelve disciples. These super-apostles of today, like Bill Johnson, are given jurisdiction over a network of churches. Apostles are thus, allowed to direct the affairs of local churches, discipline members, settle disputes, and correct the pastor’s doctrine. But this is not biblical; as no major leader in church history –after the apostle Paul claimed the title of “apostle”.
Rena S. Goldzweig: Fallen Kings
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): But if I’m honest, I can get this angry too. I can get so angry that I waste a whole day arguing with someone in my head. I can get so angry that everything feels like one long parade of offenses against me personally.
Brat (2 Mar 20): I confess, I got angry at work and lost my temper. I apologized on the spot (twice.) My boss told me not to take my job personally; not to take anything personally, really. The small gift that I bring to the library is my sense of order that brings peace and calm. My heart’s desire is that I want to make order in the chaos. But it is wrong to expect miracles from us pages; to expect us to manifest space when management hasn’t weeded. Jesus often talked about weeding. When I’m asked to make bricks without straw (Exodus 5) and even following protocol that management has laid down is undermined by the management who set it up, then does that mean one’s being and existence is not personal? Is dedication not personal? Is loyalty not personal? Is caring not personal? The cross was not personal to the soldiers and Pharisees, but Jesus’ love for the whole world was personal. Have we, as a society, taken the Buddhist teaching of detachment to the point of making ourselves obsolete and impotent? Nothing personal.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): Can You See What Is Springing Up Out of the Chaos?
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): John Adams wrote that “the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation (8) .” Friedrich Nietzsche, on the other hand, believed that the Jews introduced to the world the “slave virtues” like “pity, the kind and helping hand, the warm heart, patience, industriousness, humility, friendliness,” designated “for the weak and envious (10) .”
Charisma (05 Mar 20): Christians and Jews Are Now in the Crosshairs
Breaking Israel News (04 Mar 20): Pre-Purim Cyclone ‘Esther’ Brings Unexpected Blessings to Australia
Brat (in “Backpack” 01 Mar 20): The Sons of Korah from Australia sang Psalm 88 and Psalm 137, both of which were very deep, powerful, and intensely moved my soul. Of course, they sang many other Psalms over the course of the two-hour concert, but those two Psalms were particularly meaningful to me at this point in our journey.
Genesis 3:5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Brat: No, serpent; soaking in the Psalms did not open my eyes to knowing good and evil. The Psalms are a way to process what we know before God.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Maggid continued, “If a person makes himself as if he is nothing, then he becomes a spiritual entity. As that which is spiritual requires no space and is not restricted by space, he can then be both here and there.”
Brat: [Slow blink.] For thirteen years I have had no sanctuary while I process before God (and now it would seem before man, also,) and yet Jesus had told us to go into our closet and shut the door when we pray.
Matthew 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Brat: So, esteemed Rabbi, are you saying that you spiritually see in secret, and therefore have made yourselves like God? The serpent was saying something similar to that, but I ignored him. Sometimes his half-truths can sound like Truths and I cannot give him the benefit of the doubt or he will take that benefit every single time.
Sidney Morganbesser: “The modern Jewish maxim is Incognito, ergo sum, ‘I am invisible, therefore I am.'”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Dear Kathryn,
Purim is almost here!
Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): So I’m glad that this psalm is written exactly as is. I’m glad because I know that I’m not alone in getting so frightfully angry.
Psalm 121:4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Have you thought of our soldiers on active duty?
Psalm 121:5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): A mold breaker is a person who is boldly original or who pioneers something that is the first of its kind, which moves completely outside of the sphere we are used to, but that God uses in a powerful way. Mold breakers cause us to enlarge our understanding of how God is moving and confront our own limits, ceilings and religious parameters to accommodate God’s movement.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): This is what Esther’s behavior is teaching us.
Psalm 121:8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): Just like with Jesus at the Cana Wedding, God has hidden the best wine to come forth from you NOW; your greatest season of impact is NOW. This will be the season that you say, “I did not even know that was in me!” The fresh touch of the Spirit upon your life is causing that which has been unseen to be seen, and that which has not been ready to suddenly be ripe.
Romans 4:1 What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Ascent’s meat sandwich is delicious!
Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Jonathan D Hoegle: Bill Johnson also preaches kenosis, the heretical view that Jesus worked on Earth as a man – with no divine capacity. All of Christ miracles are attributed to the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, Johnson teaches that believers can perform even greater miracles than Jesus, with access to the Holy Spirit. In this view, Christ is diminished and man is elevated.
David Sterne: The Levites were not involved in bringing revelation down into the world, but in lifting the world up. This was a task requiring discipline and caution. It didn’t attract any would-be evil doers, because the forces opposed to holiness were not lured by discipline and asceticism. Therefore it wasn’t necessary to conceal the movements of the Levites, and they didn’t need to wear any special clothes.
Brat: Unlike the Anglican priests?
Warren Zevon: “Werewolves of London” []
Charisma (04 Mar 20): Stop compromising your faith to stay relevant
Brat: Stop assuming that I am compromising my faith! There is seldom any humor in this jungle ambush.
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): Feeling Excluded? Here’s Your Open Invitation!
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): I hope you enjoy Ascent’s Adar newsletter – sent to your inbox. Consider sending it to your family and friends. Please send feedback.
Brat: I keep sharing as God has commanded me.
Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Verse of the Day (03 Mar 20): “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ~ Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Brat: [Sigh.] Still nothing personal?
Lana Vawser (02 Mar 20): The Lord spoke to me that these ‘flare up’s’ have been so loud in the lives of many especially in the last few weeks it has almost become deafening how loud these flare up’s have screamed, but the Lord is declaring that the demonstration of His faithfulness is going to resound LOUDER than these flare up’s. These flare up’s are going to drown and bow to the name of Jesus and the faithfulness of Almighty God.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): Burning Like a Fire
Lisa Gerrard: Soundtrack to “Man on Fire”: []
Matthew 24:22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
Yehudah Glick (03 Mar 20): The Shalom Jerusalem Foundation firmly believes that Zionism is not solely for the benefit of the People of Israel. We have been charged with the privilege and obligation to serve as a ‘light unto the nations’ and bring to the world the blessings that God gave to the Patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – thereby implementing the next stage of the Zionist process.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): I saw universities suddenly experiencing the weighty glory of God and FIRE that was causing people to speak in tongues and prophesy. The Spirit of Truth was moving in power and removing the veils off a generation that has been hidden and captive in the dark, and in a moment, commissioning them to carry the new wine. It will be that sudden.
Matthew 24:23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
Jonathan D Hoegle: Another major problem in Bethel is the New Age teachings. This includes: angel rousing, meditation, yoga, healing tones, and tattoo readings. Cofounder of Bethel, Kris Vallotton decided “Christian Tarot Cards” were fine – called “Destiny Cards” – used for divination. Even the children are taught to talk with angels, interpret each other’s dreams, and practice raising the dead by wrapping each other in toilet paper like mummies. And Bethel Youth Leader, Seth Daul, says Jesus begged him for forgiveness in a vision. And Bethel put this on their site showing their full support. It is clear that Bethel Church preaches another Jesus!
Job 23:17 Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Yet, one question remains. Haman did not argue the case for Jewish extermination on the basis of senseless venomous passion. He presented what was to the King a sound and persuasive argument. The Jews, Haman argued, were an alien growth, a bizarre people, a separatist nation that would not accept the King’s ultimate authority and even considered their law superior to the King’s.
Elijah List (04 Mar 20): HUGE! Bet You Didn’t See THIS Coming, Did You?
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): Rather, the key difference between His Kingdom and the world we all know is expressed in this: “To him who has ears to hear.” Transformational power is resident in His Word to change us into whatever we need to become.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): Just like Esther, the presence of a Jew who is permeated by the love and dignity of Torah and Mitzvos—speaks for itself. The grace of a true Torah Jew, the integrity, the innocence, the discipline, the modesty, the moral code, the sensitivity to all that is noble and dignified in life, the love for man and G-d which Torah inculcates in the Jew, the dedication to family, charity and education—all these refute the argument of Haman more than debate can ever hope to achieve.
Romans 4:3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
Marc Brisebois (05 Mar 20): The manifestation of the sons of God is near. These are the “Dread Warriors” – a class of uncompromising “overcomers” committed to doing everything in God’s heart. Before you imagine an exclusive company of uniquely qualified candidates, pause for a second and insert yourself. God is offering an epic opportunity for anyone who has ever felt excluded or unqualified to be part of a historic commissioning! That is, if you have ears to hear.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): Going to Achashverosh was only the “garment”, the external receptacle for the salvation that was coming from Above as a higher than nature miracle. Her first move was to pray and fast. Since G-d wanted the miracle to look natural, Mordechai commanded Esther to also go to see the king.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (March 25, 2016): The lesson for our times is clear. Sometimes Jews think that by hiding the “otherness” of Judaism and the Jewish people they will gain the approval of the world. Yet the facts prove otherwise: Assimilation, the eclipsing the otherness of the Jewish people, has never assuaged anti-Semitism. Tradition tells us (9) that the Jews of Shushan (the capital of the Persian Empire at the time of the Purim story) were quite assimilated. Yet, this did not deter the Persian viceroy and king from believing that despite all of the Jews’ compromises and attempts not to be “too Jewish,” they were still strange, distinct and different.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Donate $18 and send an Ascent Purim Meal.
Moshe Miller (in “Backpack” 01 Mar 20): A person who strives to fulfill a mitzvah should not attempt to fulfill it for free, without paying…
Brat (28 Feb 20): Oh, baby, I’ve paid through the nose! Actually, a lot like a bull with a ring through its nose.
Ryan LeStrange (28 Feb 20): The Ox Anointing: Apostles who Plow!
Psalm 32:9 Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Anna Blake (06 Mar 20): If your horse is having a hard time at the trot, the first thing we have to know is if he’s sound. Don’t just guess. Are your eyes good enough to tell? Walking on the pavement might give you an uneven sound. Does his back feel fluid? If your horse walks just fine but gets fussy the split second you go to the trot, that could be a sign of ulcers. The top half of the horse’s stomach has no mucosal lining, and when he goes to the trot his stomach acid will splash up painfully. All horses should have some hay while you’re tacking up. A normal size horse creates up to two liters of stomach acid in an hour and so he needs to go out there with something in his stomach.
Brat: All the more reason for the soldiers to get some burgers from Ascent.
Haggai 1:2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.’”
Brat: Don’t they have a point? You can’t build a temple out of burgers (although I’ve eaten a few “hockey pucks” in my day.) Still, look what the Happy Meal did for the McDonald’s empire…
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (in “Call to Build” 20 Feb 20): For instance, when a person wants to build a palace he needs both strong stones and fancy stones. Fancy stones, however, are meant to be few and well placed, while the strong stones have to be used in abundance from the foundation up. A nation is the same way: it needs strong stones, energetic stones, committed stones, smart stones, but only a few “head” stones.
Psalm 137:9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.
Jennifer Brownell (22 Feb 20): Both “How do you…?” and “How could you…?” create distance rather than build relationship between the questioner and the questionee. “How do you…?” places the other on a pedestal. “How could you…?” pushes them into the mud.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): Psalm 17 ends by wishing for vengeance, vengeance big enough and painful enough that there’s suffering left over for the enemies’ kids too. Being angry enough to wish suffering on children? It’s not a good look on anyone, least of all the Bible!
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): The answer will come from understanding the mistake of the Jewish people at that time. The reason they participated in the king’s party, which was the reason for the negative Heavenly decree, was that they thought that their security and wellbeing would come from being like everyone else, by acting according to the “rules of nature”. The king invites you, you go and show a happy face. They felt that spiritual efforts would not have much effect.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): It is a small price to make a soldier happy on Purim.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): And a big thank you if you have donated already!
Romans 4:5 But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): As I’m writing this, I am seeing revival fires engulfing families, marriages and children, as God is drawing a line in the sand where the enemy has waged war against your home, your destiny and your inheritance to prevent you from entering into your greatest season. But it will not prosper, and even now God is overturning every attack and robbery that has come against you. Even for those who have said, “What do I have left? I am empty.” there is now a fresh infilling, and your “EMPTY” will suddenly turn into OVERFLOW; your “end of the road” is actually your new start, and your “done and dusted” is your BREAKING OUT of the rut and into FRESH HOPE and a new day of wonder!
Psalm 121:7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): I’ll say this for the Psalms: they’re honest.
Verse of the Day (02 Mar 20): But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. ~ Job 23:10-11 NIV
Brat: He HAS TESTED ME! — Past tense; done, over, out, fini!! — Every test has to come to an end, but the prince of the air (Ephesians 2:1-3) has too much fun hijacking the airwaves and the Internet.
Norton (03 Mar 20): Your email address could be on the Dark Web
Psalm 121:6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
Lana Vawser (02 Mar 20): The voice of the Lord shook me as He thundered. “The areas where many of My people have had intense battles over their life with the one area where the giant won’t bow, not only will the giant now bow, but this will also be the area of the GREATEST MOVE of My Spirit that they have ever seen.”
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): I heard the Lord say, “The increase you asked for is here. Can you see it yet? The new thing you wanted; can you see it? Because I am shifting and moving every area of your life to accommodate the magnitude of it. I am enlarging your capacity to carry it, steward it, and run with it. I am challenging complacency and defeat so you can fully embrace it, and I am overturning the enemy’s plans to keep you stagnant when you asked to thrive. But can you see it?”
Brat: Jesus already did it! That’s what I’ve been saying all along!
Romans 4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): According to Jewish law sending an actual meal is the best way to do Mishloach Manot.
Rabbi Shaul Leiter (06 Mar 20): Mishloach Manot – giving at least two ready to eat food products (if possible a food and a drink) to one person.
Romans 4:14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Replant” 29 Feb 20): And throughout this entire horrific ordeal, the crushed Hebrew slaves watched these cedars grow. And with it, their hope grew. They harbored the knowledge that long before their enslavement by the Egyptians, these trees had grown in the soil of Holy Land—the land promised to them as their eternal heritage. Each generation of Jews pointed out these cedar trees to their children, transmitted to them Jacob’s instructions to take these trees along when they would leave Egypt, to be fashioned into a Sanctuary for G-d.
Mark 8:24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Brat: And God said …
Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “So, let me ask you: What if someone wishes to be both wise and wealthy? There is a vast distance between north and south!”
To Smyrna: Revelation 2:11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
Rachel Hackenberg (28 Feb 20): Even the devil quoted Scripture. The words are only as good as the love and the life-affirming action with which they come.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): There is no place to buy a burger on Israel’s northern border.
Romans 4:15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): The question we need to ask ourselves and the question the Church needs to ask itself is, “Will we yield to the move of the Spirit? Will we move with Him? Will we move out the way and stop resisting Him? Will we lay down our plans for His? Will we say yes to the new when it comes, no matter what it looks like? Will we pick up our torches again? Will we choose comfort or the great commission? Will we choose what we can control or that which cannot be tamed, only surrendered to? Will we say yes even when we do not know the full picture of what is ahead?” I pray that the response of our hearts in this time would be wholehearted “YES!”
Romans 4:16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us,
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Partnering with us to give Ascent’s Purim Meal to an IDF Soldier is a guaranteed success.
Brat: Then I celebrate what you have already done! Well done!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Far from home, soldiers will feel your gratitude and love.
Nate Johnston (03 Mar 20): I see key players that God is raising up to display His glory in the earth that will have the ear of kings and the keys to unlock cities to their rich heritage. The fire is being lit upon hearts, even right now, and lives are being marked for His glory!
Romans 4:17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (03 Mar 20): Support the IDF – as Napoleon says “An Army Marches on its Stomach”.
John Edgerton (03 Mar 20): May what You have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones. – Psalm 17:14
Brat: Maybe you’ll get a holy Happy Meal after all!