OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS

YOUTH IS FAVORED WITH WISDOM SAVING FROM PERILOUS DECREE.  

(Portrait of 90 year old Daniel writing memories of when he was 16. From H.W. Armstrong, Plain Truth, 1973)

Have you ever been given an impossible assignment where the deadline meant you must get this done or it will cost you your job or sacrifice team members or your very life? What can you do to find the solution? When you know only God knows the answer, the prophet Daniel tells us the solution. At 16, he had been prepared as a Jewish youth by Torah study.

SADDLEBACK PASTOR RICK WARREN PREACHES SITUATION NOT UNCOMMON TODAY


When given a choice Sunday morning, to go to church in Alabama or California, I was shown the latter, and the online service timing went directly to live message, that is a good indication that God is leading. This made me sit up, grab my notebook, and get ready to hear from God. Even today, Humpday, I am filled up with personal help-thoughts he shared.

Generally we are familiar with the prophetic content of the book. However, I have learned the unique part is twofold. Written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic (Chaldean), the names are peculiar for the foreign country; but the level of sovereign royalty is something not fully appreciated — the king of Babylon was ruler of the entire known world.

The lives of all royal advisors — magicians, diviners, sorcerers, astrologers, and conjurers — were threatened if they were unable to tell the king what he dreamed. Of course they could not. The text emphasizes that a sovereign king can call for their lives on the line. They can be replaced by a more gifted and capable court — so their death as Gentiles was justified.

BUT DANIEL AND HIS COMPANIONS (NOT GENTILES) WERE INCLUDED

Somehow Daniel (‘God is judge’) got wind of their pending execution as they were being prepared to join the King’s service. (Dan. 1:19) “So they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them.” (2:13b)

Pastor Rick said Daniel knew to do eight (8) things to learn the solution to the king’s demand. In the telling of these insightful points, he said three things that spoke to my heart. [ If God is in this pastor’s anointing, I have to share this for my weekly post. Our conscience can catch God’s personal message, so when thinking about it, our heart knows to obey willingly.]

First, 1) he didn’t panic. The next verse says Daniel was ‘cool’ when replying with ‘discretion and discernment’ to Arioch (‘Lion face’) who was captain of the executioners . . .(verse 14)

Then 2) he asked why:

“Please tell us sir, what is the reason behind this decree being so urgent? And Lion-face told him. (verse 15)

Then, without hesitation, Daniel went to see the king,

“Please, your highness, 3) appoint some time for us to research your dream and then declare the interpretation?” (verse 16)

[Helpful Note: This is the point when pastor asked, “What’s wrong in your marriage that you have been putting up with?“] (Now, this is close to meddling! But a realistic prayer concern. Thanks Lord, we need to address this.)

So Daniel went home and told his associates, Hananiah (‘God’s been gracious’); Mishael (‘Who’s like God’); and Azariah (‘God has helped’) the fix they are in. (verse 17) This is his plan: That all four of them should pray (beg) God’s compassion; for revelation of the mystery (secret) dream to prevent their execution and all the court; 4) let’s pray for mercy! (verse 18)

[Helpful Note: This is where pastor asked, “Who is on your prayer list, who is in close agreement in your faith? You need 4 or 5 trustworthy people whom you can call — or they can call you for prayer.“] (Thank’s Father, I can do this.)

5) PRAY EXPECTING

“God is able to give wisdom (supernatural help) when we ask for it, and we ask in faith:

“Any of you who lacks wisdom, must ask God, who gives to all generously and without scolding . . . But the prayer must be made with faith, and no trace of doubt . . .” (James 1:5,6a NJB) “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:2c,3 NASV)

“Also Jeremiah (‘God establishes’) a contemporary with Daniel, [who’s not a bull frog] (laughter) tells us if you need to know something you are ignorant of, to ‘Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great (and mighty) secrets of which you know nothing.’ (Jer.33:3 NJB)

6) WORSHIP GOD

“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven: (verse 20-23) [biblegateway.com]

A. Praise God for who he is . . . for his Name . . . for his Character! [The name of God IS his character.]

B. Honor God for what he does. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

C. Thank God for helping me, today and tomorrow. (verse 23)

7) USE WHAT GOD GIVES TO SAVE OTHERS

“God has never made a person he didn’t love.” Pastor Rick said.

“So Daniel rushed to Lion-face, ‘STOP! Take me to the king! I can tell the king his true answer!’ (verse 24)

[Future Note: Pastor Rick shared about Saddleback growth called the church peace plan to begin a witness in San Diego this week, and then witness by Christmas in San Francisco . . . to save others.] (verse 25,26)

8) POINT TO GOD (TAKE NO CREDIT)

So Daniel went in to the king. He answered first that this information is not accessible to your average wise men, conjurers, magicians, nor diviners — they miss the mark here and cannot declare this to the king. (verse 27)

Pastor said, “My most favored verse in the bible, ‘There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’ (verse 28)

“And God has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar (‘Nebo’s border’) what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and visions in your mind while on your bed.” Daniel said to explain what God showed him . . . “Your thoughts were about what would happen in the future, and He who reveals mysteries, has made known to you what will happen.” (vs 29)

“But this is for our understanding, It’s not about me — it’s about God! . . . Evangelism means Good news!

[Key to success here: The more you point people to God, the more he will increase your platform.]

The pastor summarized Daniel’s telling the dream and interpretation to the king, conversationally. It was gratifying to hear every detail that Daniel was shown, and to hear the king confirm every word. The interpretation details explained future world empires to follow: The Medo-Persian, the Greek, the Roman, and the Everlasting Kingdom. (verse 31-45)

BOTTOM LINE

Pastor Rick emphasized that Daniel claimed not to be a special person, as any godly man can do this, given the place he was placed into. (verse 30). But knowing the story is true, it begs the question, when were you ever in such dire straits that you had to pray all night long, to just ask God to show you how to fix some threatening situation?

(Okay, this was the bottom line for me. I can honestly confess there was only one time in my life that made me feel so threatened, but happened quickly, when I learned a medical claim was disapproved, and that really upset me. Alone, at home, I screamed, What can I do now!?   And immediately I heard, What do you want to do?  And that got me thinking.

That experience showed me, God is ever-present and all knowing to help us in times of need. But that didn’t take all night. This message was less teaching and more preaching. I need to be sharing this and requesting friends to be available for prayer. And, personally, my part in our marriage can use some tweaking. (Thank you Father, for your help here.)

May God bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

PROOF MIRACLES

Saint John the Evangelist by Donatello in 1411, sculpture in Rome, from dreamstime.com

 

Question:”How many here believe Jesus is the Son of God? (All raise hands) Answer: God is here and wants you to know this.” Pastor said to begin.

//CHURCH OF HIS PRESENCE WORSHIP SERVICE
Sunday August 14th, Daphne, Alabama//

Pastor John Kilpatrick, preached a unique sermon Sunday that he said he preached in 1974 about John the Baptist’s diciples. (Watching the service broadcast from Church of His Presence, I viewed this live online.) The text is,

JOHN 20:30,31.

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing, you might have life through his name.” (KJV)

ONLY SEVEN SIGNS (MIRACLES) ARE RECORDED AS PROOFS BY JOHN THE BELOVED APOSTLE

Clarifying this text, Pastor reviewed about how the gospel of John differs from all the other gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke are similar to each other, but John is not synoptic like they are.

“John is revelatory and deeper.” He said. “In the first chapter he makes eight statements about Jesus that no one else makes:

“He was in the beginning, he was ‘the Word’ who was with God, he was ‘the Word’ who was God (verse 1). He was ‘the Word’ that was made flesh, he dwelt among us (verse 14); he was invisible, he declared the Father (verse 18); and, yet we beheld him (verse 34).

“John the Apostle, called ‘the Evangelist’, was the brother of James ‘the greater’ (because he was taller than James ‘the less’), sons of Zebedee and Salome. His gospel account was more interesting because John limited it to what he felt was most focused upon Jesus’ divine ability, for the singular purpose — that we believe, ‘He is the Son of God’. (Jn 20:31)

THE SEVEN MIRACLE PROOFS

The seven miracles that were recorded proofs so we might believe, are so he might demonstrate to us, his teaching about himself: ‘I am the vine’, ‘I am the way’, ‘I am the door’, ‘I am the bread’, ‘I am the light’, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’, and ‘I am the Resurrection’. [We may not associate each title with miracle event, because we associate each event differently.]

PROOF ONE

For example, “John chapter 15 tells us, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman . . .’ But the miracle is chapter 2:3-10 at the wonderful wedding at Cana of Galilee. Jesus made wine from water. Verse 11, ‘This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and the disciples believed on him.’

“In Matthew 9:17, it is said that ‘new wine cannot be put in old wine skins’. This is describing this miracle as the transitional sign of how the disciples of John the Baptist, who believed and followed John, now must believe Jesus and follow him, as their Rabbi, (teacher, mentor) and Master. [I did not know this. But it makes sense because of his gentle character.

PROOF TWO

John 4:46-54 words of text were put up on the screen for all to see, and Pastor read each verse. Telling of the certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.

“So he chased Jesus down in Cana, and humbly asked him to ‘Please come and heal my son who is dying.'” (verse 47)

“Jesus replied,

“Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” (verse 48)

[But the nobleman was not computing that he was an object of his teaching,]

“But Sir, if you don’t come, my child will die.” He said. (verse 49)

“Go on home, for your son is alive.” Jesus said [calmly but assertively looking eye to eye].

“And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken, and he [quietly acknowledged him, and] departed for home. And as he was going,  his servants met him, and exclaimed,

“Your son is revived!” They said.(verse 50,51)

“Then the man asked,

“When did it happen?”

“Yesterday at the 7th hour the fever left!” (verse 52)

“And the man realized Jesus did do this by saying only the words, Your son lives! And he believed along with his whole household.” (verse 53)

“This miracle was the second one that Jesus did, when he came out of Judea and into Galilee.” (verse 54)

The pastor looked up from reading this paraphrased edition with a glint in his eye.

“Jesus knew where the man’s house was! There were no detailed directions given, no map opened, nothing given to Jesus to reach that sick and dying son. Only God Almighty could know where the boy was and what to do for him! What this means for us is that Jesus knows where we are!” Pastor said.

GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE TOO! ” Pastor screamed.

Everybody began to worship. The large room was filled with standing praise and worshippers. That noise moved me. I truly felt Holy Spirit presence. (Despite being located at the opposite end of Alabama, online live reception was great!)

[I have studied and heard this miracle many times, but never applied it quite this way before. This brought a tear to my eyes. Then Pastor told a {true} story that he’s told before, but it’s worth telling here again he said.]

“Once there was a man and wife who were called to the mission field. They obediently served the Lord in the third world, The Lord rewarded them with children, and His presence grew the mission into a warm, fulfilling fellowship. Eventually they had to take a Sabatical (to raise support funds). They returned home to America with their older children.

The oldest child, a daughter, became friends with secular, wilder, even rebellious children, trying to win them to Christ, but unsuccessfully. When this family returned to the mission field, they were welcomed, felt refreshed, and could begin again to teaching and ministering . . . except for the older child, who chose to run away from their blessed home.

The loss devastated the family. They prayed to their Father God very emotionally, crying out-loud to him together, for several days.

Lord God! We are your servants! Please tell us what we can do?”

Then they heard God’s voice audibly,

“Call this number,” The voice said.

They hurriedly got a pen and listened quietly. They heard an international phone number, and wrote it down.

Then obediently the call was made. It was to a MacDonald’s Restaurant in Spain that was hundreds of miles away.

The store manager answered, and asked, “How can I help you?” in English.

“Will you please call on your P.A. system this name?” The missionary asked.

“Sir, we don’t do that here.” The manager said.

“Please try it this time, this is a long-distance, emergency call!”

So the girl’s name was called out-loud over the P.A. system, just as the girl was walking in front of the store. She heard her name, ran into the restaurant, answered the call to hear her Daddy’s voice.

“Daddy?”

The pastor’s voice cracked with emotion, as the congregation began to praise God loudly.

“OUR GOD KNOWS WHERE WE ARE! THERE IS NO HIDING FROM HIM!” Pastor said loudly.

Everybody was loudly praising God for the emotional feelings of thanksgiving God’s presence brings powerfully. Pastor began praying loudly in his prayer language, and then prophesied.

WHY DO YOU LIMIT THE HOLY-ONE OF ISRAEL? I WILL DO WHATEVER YOU NEED! WRITE DOWN THE NAME OF YOUR CHILD, PUT IT ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR AND ANOINT IT DAILY! THE LORD GOD IS OMNISCIENT!”

I heard that, and wrote my youngest daughter’s name on it, and taped it to our refrigerator. (I believe how prophecy operates — it is by faith, both the one making the utterance, and the one hearing the utterance.) The Spirit gave me the ability to obey this direction . . .

PROOF THREE

In John chapter 5 is the description of the next Miracle. Pastor John began reading the text that was brought up on the large screen for all to see. His reading told of a crippled man at the edge of the pool of Bethesda that was crowded at many levels of needs. The healing process was restrictive, and Jesus focused on a man who was crippled 38-years.

“Jesus said to the man, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ To which the man explained his dilemma, he was helpless.

“Rise. Take up your bed and walk.” Jesus said purposefully. (verse 8)

“And immediately the man was healed, took up his bed, and walked.” (verse 9)

Then Pastor recalled the titled Jesus referred to himself, ‘I am the Door’.

“Here The text is telling us, Jesus is the door for us to trust him to open for each of us to go through to where we desire to go and do what we desire to do. Do you need healing? He is opening for you. Do you need a job? He is able to open an opportunity for you. We can trust him for our every need!” [Even for your daughter whom you left 38 years ago].

PROOF FOUR

John chapter 6, verses 5 and 6, Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we find bread to feed all these people?”

Philip replied negatively thinking how much such a task might cost and knowing they can’t afford it. (verse 7)

Then Andrew, Peter’s brother, suggested something worth considering. (verse 8 and 9)

“Andrew’s idea was for the Master to multiply some food that was brought to his attention. And sure enough, with Jesus’ blessing of the small portions of bread and fish (from a boy’s lunch), and his personal distributing of each portion to each disciple, they did their distributing to each person — OVER FIVE THOUSAND TIMES!” (verse 10 and 11).

Pastor Kilpatrick summed-up this Miracle message as the disciples were caught up in the detailed administration of helping their Master get food to the hungry mouths . . . “Jesus was introducing himself as the One who makes more than enough out of not enough! His disciples were suddenly stuck with giving 12 basketsful of leftovers to the boy as his return.”

Pastor also mentioned how when Jesus was sharing each piece out from the loaf, that the loaf kept replacing the piece taken by growing out, again and again and again. My concern was the time it took to do this — like, lunch actually took all afternoon to serve. And when supper-time came along, everyone was completely satisfied because the loaves and fishes were still growing from the holy hands they came through.(My thought is heaven’s logistics flows through Jesus Christ.)

PROOF FIVE

John chapter 9 Tells about the healing of a blind man who was born without eyes ar all. Pastor read the texts as projected on the overhead. “Teacher, what caused this man to be born this way, did he or his parents sin?” (verse 2)

“No, neither this man nor his parents had sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.” Jesus said. (verse 3) “I must work the work of him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. (verse 4 and 5)

“The process of the Lord to restore missing eyes required some constructive assembly details that scriptural text tell only about spitting on the ground and making (balls) of clay. Then Jesus anointed (applied) the eyes (sockets)  with the clay.” (verse 6) Pastor described how his creative touch made perfect eyes fully able to focus, connected to optic nerves, etc..

Verse 7 tells us of Jesus’ instruction to the man to wash himself, his new eyes, cleansing them of the unused clay-residuals, and he was to do this in the pool of Siloam — which means ‘sent’. [The blind man was sent blind, to wash his new eyes obediently, and came back seeing with perfectly functioning eyes.]

Psalms 103:14, “For he (the Lord) knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” That the disciples could see how precise details were made, even examining the eyes as they operated perfectly, made the believing that their teacher was indeed the Son of God, the Anointed One, a true revelation his sovereign ability.

PROOF SIX

“I am the good shepherd.” (Jn 10:11-16) Pastor showed the proof verse in context . . . but the proof Miracle is in John 6:21:

“Just as soon as Jesus was in the boat, he being willingly received by all, they were immediately delivered to their destination (across the lake).” As Good Shepherd, Jesus knew his disciples had been up all night, struggling with the storm in the dark, and going nowhere with a headwind. They were dead tired and got some rest when they escaped the crowds.

[Can you just visualize this? The twelve disciples rowed and rowed in the dark, till, let’s say, midnight; then Jesus came aboard. The sea suddenly calmed, all the disciples with Jesus fell asleep, and the boat gently made its own way to the harbor, so that all the sleeping people could awake in daylight — fully rested, and it seemed like supernatural transport.]

Pastor John put it this way. “The Lord sees you, and he is moving toward you right now. You are experiencing a storm. Your circumstances are changing for the worse. You are losing your hope — you need a miracle: How does Jesus do what he does for you? The Lord is going to help you — you are fooling around with God Almighty.”

PROOF SEVEN

“Mary stayed in the house, and Martha ran to meet Jesus, when they heard Jesus is here! [Even at the gate, with people]

“Lord, we are so disappointed that you could not have been here to heal our brother, so that now he is dead — but, of course, we know whatever you ask our Father to do for us, he will do.” Martha said in greeting. (verse 21,22)

“Oh Martha, your brother will rise again.” Jesus said compassionately [Entering the gate to greet her.] (verse 23)

“Yes, we know we will see him again in the last day.” (verse 24)

“But, you see . . . I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me — though he were already dead, He will live. And, whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die. Don’t you believe this?” Jesus said authoritatively. (verse 25,26)

“Yes Lord, I believe you are the Anointed One, the Son of God, who is prophesied to come.” She said passionately, and excused herself in tears. She went back to the house where she found Mary entertaining guests, and told her softly, Jesus asked for her. (verse 27,28)

“As soon as she heard that, Mary ran to greet him. And Jesus was at the gate where Matha left him. (verse 29,30)

“And all the family, friends, neighbors and mourners who were with Mary also had to see her weep [and run]. (verse 31)

“When Mary reached the gate where Jesus waited, she fell headlong at his feet, crying out just what her sister said.

“Lord! If you had only been here, our brother would not have died!” She said sobbing. (verse32)

“When Jesus saw her, and the mourners coming behind her, he was moved, he groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled (greatly distressed). (verse 33)

“Where have you laid him?” He asked with a pronounced sigh.

“Come and see.” The mourning relatives and friends said. (verse 34)

Jesus wept as they went, and there was many noticing and commenting,

“See how much he loved our friend and faithful neighbor.” (verse 35,36)

“Other’s said reasoning what Martha and Mary had said, ‘Couldn’t this man who we know has healed the blind, come sooner to heal our friend and neighbor?’

“Then Jesus groaned in himself, when coming to the covered tomb.” (verse 37,38)

“Take the stone away!” Jesus commanded.

“Lord, by now he will smell when we open his tomb! It’s been four days since he died.” Martha said objecting.(verse 39)

“Have I not told you, if you only believe, you will see the glory of God?” Jesus said calmly and considerately.(verse 40)

So the stone was taken away. All eyes were on Jesus who began to offer a public prayer.

“Father, thankyou for hearing my prayer. (verse 41)

“I know that you hear me always, but I speak for these who are witnessing this event — so that they may believe you sent me . . . ” (verse 42)

LAZARUS COME OUT!” Jesus said loudly [enough so that an echo was heard from across the valley]. (verse 43)

(Lazarus come out!) And before the echo faded, a mummy appeared, and every person was aghast. Lazarus had been bound with strips of cloth and a towel covered his face. 

“Unbind him and let him go free!” Jesus said. (verse 44)

“Many of the women’s family, friends and neighbors believed what they witnessed and gave God the glory for sending them his Son. But the Pharisees and Jewish rulers were severely offended, and determined to arrest him, try him, and execute Jesus because he blasphemed himself claiming to be God.” (verse 45-57)

GOD FIXES THINGS

Pastor Kilpatrick concluded by saying, “Jesus wept because of his close friend’s unbelief.” (Where my notes end.) But we are now witnesses of the Father’s compassion for all mankind — the event of Jesus’ execution, was precisely planned. So this not only, proved his sovereignty, but also, started the end-play of the Father’s divine redemption masterpiece.

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[If by happenstance, you have stumbled upon this posted article, and learned how the bible is holy and wholly able to prove itself by describing such original and unprecedented circumstances, then you may want to know more about the Author and Finisher of Life. If so, please go to JohnKilpatrickMinistries.com, or contact me through comment here.]

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal
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POLICY RULES

Taken from mathhombre.blogspot.com by John Golden

THE TARNISHED SILVER RULE

– The things we don’t know to do for each other can happen to us before the policy is made against it, which I don’t get.

This morning, I answered a new neighbor friending on Facebook, and wanted it to sound friendly, but I said more than I think I should have. I made a judgment about our neighborhood. I said that it operated according to the silver rule. I had just learned of such a rule this week by doing research on the Golden Rule. Here it is:

[Click link and scroll down to the ‘Conclusion’ (because it’s too long — source: library.depaul.edu.)]

One should not treat other people in the manner in which one would not want to be treated by them.“– Confucius 500 BC

SOME OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN OUR LIVES

Last week, during a wind storm, a large rotting branch broke off and fell down upon this wrought-iron table, and one of the four chairs. When it became apparent as to what happened, I was so thankful that no one was sitting at it, and that I had lowered the umbrella. Otherwise the new umbrella would have been damaged too . . . thankful to God no one was hurt.

The branch was 15 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, and fell from fifty feet above our simulated patio. The huge Spanish Oak provides a perfect covering, of which I have been able to prune any obviously threatening branches — but not this one. The damage showed impact in three places, two upon one side of the table and one on center of a chair back.

We have lost tempered glass tables by storm and temperature shatterings. I was of the mindset that these things happen, but was more hopeful this time. I was easily able to state verbally that, ‘Anything bent physically, can be bent back easily’. I made the needed repairs, and we moved on, but I have to give credit to where credit is due. God gave me the insight.

In my daily prayer (linked below), a phrase that comes to mind is for God to show me what he is doing in my life. 

First, he is growing me in my knowledge of prayer. There is so much to learn in the first place, and to be open to all theological traditions of the Church — meditations and contemplations are given to include verbal, mental, and emotional activity, some focus must be found in the second place. 

And second, he is getting me to pray — let me explain what I’m learning of the Holy Rosary.

THE ROSARY CAN GROW ON ME

It was mid April when I decided to learn the Rosary. When watching Mother Angelica pray on TV, I easily learned the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. I actually purchased materials and a crucifix to fashion a knotted version according to online instructions. I copied the mysteries and the days they applied since only four are given:

Joyful, Monday and  Saturday; Sorrowful, Tuesday and Friday; Glorious, Wednesday’s and Sunday’s; and Luminous, Thursday. Each has five Gospel events, all adding up to twenty prayed daily. My only hurtle was mental. How can I learn all the scriptures by heart? Then I found the Laudate website that provided all the words. And I got started nightly.

First impressions were that the words were from Scripture, followed the logical sequence, and listed benefits that are not commonly known. I was hooked. But I had one difficulty about saying the word ‘death’ over and over (at the end of Hail Mary). It made me so uncomfortable that I experienced a mild heart attack. 

TO REMOVE DEATH FROM ROSARY PRAYERS IS NEEDED

I saw a segment of Mother Angelica saying our death is a ‘transition’. I got that. Such an improvement made me consider making the old English become new American English. That really helped. Then I saw a segment by Fr. Andrew Apostoli who taught about three forms of prayer: From the lips, from the mind, and from the heart. This helped me understand what I was experiencing. My lips wanted to rest with my mind, but lacked training.

When I prayed was part of the next problem. I was always tired when I came to pray prior to nap and bedtime. Letting my mind take over for my lips, enabled my mind to lapse consciousness. Times were when I caught myself losing my place mentally. Then I learned that meditation often slips into contemplation. Wow, really? I could grow to like this God!

This is yet to be confirmed officially, but I understand how a higher state of consciousness is the objective of prayer. It’s one way to know our prayers are heard in the spirit. Aside from actually hearing God speak, he grants spiritual insight and intuition that imagination captures as our knowing the answer we seek. No words, just deep, soul revelation.

MY FACEBOOK FRIENDING-CONNECTION REVELATION

While washing dishes last night, I heard a new title for this post . . . POLICY RULES. But we must tie together the Silver Rule to a prayer perspective . . . like nobody is forced to make a friend-connection, or pray the Rosary — or pray at all, but the benefits of such friending or faithful devotion with it can certainly help us exchange a silver rule for a golden one. 

For example, my new neighbor-friend, is a really valued, although brief, personal acquaintance, yet I know he is a business manager with practical software skills. . . . What if, when I friend-connected with my new neighbor, he accessed my password, somehow, because I recently had to change it again. (Password changing I finally get.)

So, as I accepted him, and he enabled some of my old friends to come up as new friend-requests back to me as an accident? Well, not exactly.

[What he gets, I don’t get, thinking there is nothing to get . . . but there actually is] 

Have we lost you? Are’t folks who are skilled in programming prone, by habit, to do stuff they are trained to do almost automatically?

No! No-no-no, He is a Catholic man, and I cannot for the life of me, tell where that idea came from. What I don’t yet get, because there may be nothing for me TO get, is how someone, anyone (least of all, my new neighbor), would be able to access my Facebook friend list for the purpose of generating new friend requests back to me, or to anyone listed?

 [Is this something to get?]

IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET KNOWLEDGE TO HACK A FACEBOOK FRIEND

From one simple search-engine query, I found a way that someone can tell to do this. . . .

 [I was left in the backseat of our car while wife shopped, when researching this with all the windows down, and it started to rain softly. I stopped reading to text my wife that it was raining. She had the keys, but not her phone — I could hear her phone, so I should run to get the keys, and when I did, she showed up.]

(Note: I would be dishonoring my obligation as a Facebook user to devulge such information that I did not see, but have learned it is there to see, because it is against policy. So what else can I share that helps explain this problem at a deeper level? Today’s Bible reading, Psalms 82 Message, about how the rulers, demons, dark gods exist to do such evil things.)

“1 God calls the judges into his courtroom,

    he puts all the judges in the dock.

2″Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,

    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.

3You’re here to defend the defenseless,

    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;

4Your job is to stand up for the powerless,

    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

5 Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!

    They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.

And now everything’s falling apart,

    the world’s coming unglued.

6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,

    deputies of the High God,

But you’ve betrayed your commission

    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”

8 O God, give them their just deserts!

    You’ve got the whole world in your hands.” (from biblegateway.com)

CONCLUDING WITH A NEW POLICY

I have just logged out of Facebook and tried logging in with a password I have and it was rejected. So I am adopting a new password policy. Every week, on Thursday, my calendar will show to log out of Facebook (incidently, my favorite website besides WordPress) and request a new password if necessary, and pray thanking God to keep demon-god’s (rulers) away.

Hope you were blessed reading this, and if anything here offends someone, please do tweet me your concern. Thanks.
Charles

@wordlifejournal

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Hey Ray!

Saturday
July 30,2016

To Ray Carson;

Let us introduce ourselves. Aside from the referral from my brother Chuck Kirkland who said you are his other brother-inlaw relating to the one whom I met at his wedding here recently, (I have known Chuck over ten years. We have a brotherly fellowship like no other. I miss him.) I know practically nothing about you — and I miss not knowing you better.

This is me, Charles, without my old glasses when getting our driver’s licenses renewed in April this year.

I am married to my second and best wife, Vivian. Her photo I don’t have. We married in the Overcoming Faith Center in Fort Worth, 1981, thirty-five years ago. We made the best move to Alabama in 2000 just after witnessing that terrible tornado downtown. That capped-off living there with God’s exclamation point.

I am laying down resting after a light breakfast, listening to sacred music that blesses my heart. Having just made my bed and thinking of writing you this note, I feel we might benefit — communication can be improved when some first-things can be explained — like I came from California and moved to Texas just after serving one tour in the Marines. . .

MY STORY HAS THREE PARTS

My first wife of 10-years, was the mom to four children, who were all grown up through my Army duty assignments. But leaving that, divorcing and remarrying, put me in the place for experience in Navy and Army Aviation schools, with Northrop University A&P Course, I was hired to train in engineering writing and was certified there, before computers.

We stayed with that really great company, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., until retirement when I turned sixty. That was then, when the tornado came. Incidently, our church was in it’s path when heading through. There were people praying in the prayer tower when the tower walls blew away and they survived by holding the steel beams.

[I’ve just had lunch while Viv is on the phone with her daughter Terry, I am peacefully watching live television on EWTN, one of the four Christian TV stations we can receive. The program is the prayer vigil for young people that’s being broadcast from Europe, well Eastern Europe would be evening now, so it is live, seeing the sun setting.]

We were so willing to move here to be close to the grandchildren and the youngest, Brianna, will be sixteen in September. Living seven hours away by car, is not close enough. So we left the home we had in Texas, after former children moved on to their new families. Our world is not perfect, but we are content and well provided for with social security.

THE FUTURE IS THE BEST PART

Now, about our working together to produce for God, the story of your life. I feel personally honored to have this really rare opportunity, and want only to be obediently available to do such work. God is able to reach many others, or, as I view my calling, if I can reach even one other human being, then God can bless that, and He will welcome more, and more.

However, as you may certainly have learned already — our self, our flesh, the world, and God’s mortal enemies (the devil, Satan, and his evil forces) all resist such purposes as God calls us to. And our ignorance of such resistance is an obstacle that is possibly interfering with our progress and communication about closing the gap from the first and last chapters.

The devil is smarter than we think he is. Good men do bad things because they are not smart enough to understand the battle. God gives us weapons that we need to know about and use skillfully. Wisdom to live the victorious Christian life doesn’t come easily. Trials and failures prove the paths we must travel. Now, Ray, can we find our bond in Christ here?

CONCLUDING WITH ROYAL GUIDANCE

The prayer vigil for young people (on TV) just now, is providing the anointed sacred music with which to do this. You may desire to listen to such music of your choice. My heart rejoices to tears to see how God is working in our lives. I hope this letter is finding you peacefully. This morning’s  devotional led me to a quote long forgotten but may help us here.

“We ought, like David, to keep our spirit in stillness (carefully, cautiously) even in times of intense confusion, our inner being should never-the-less be able to sustain an independent quietude. A placid spirit is essential to anyone walking after the Spirit. Without it, he shall quickly fall into sin. If our spirit is hushed, we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit there, obey the will of God, and understand what we cannot understand when confused. Such a quiet inner-life constitutes the Christian’s adornment which betokens something manifested outwardly.”       –Watchman Nee, The Spiritual Man, page 181

Psalms 54:1, “Save me, O God, by your name.” captured my attention. I just had to look up the Hebrew word for God used here. Elohiym, ‘El-Oheem’, professor Larry Richards says,

“This word used for God is frequently used more than other names in the OT. It is a plural form — a form used to suggest a fuller manifestation of diety. It is often called, “The Plural of Majesty” indicating more than one Person is included. (Although One Person, in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.) Dictionary of Bible Words, Zondervan, 1985

Thank you Ray for bearing my attempt to regain your personal confidence. We can do your book for you! Amen! And the above verse goes on to say, “And vindicate (clear) me by your wondrous power.” If there is any obstruction in our getting to know one another, please let me know. Nothing you’ve sent me is lost. I use Frank’s email server to send iZip copies.

Oh, did you get the prayer I sent you? Please acknowledge you have it. And pray for me too, thanks.

Your friend and brother in the Lord,


Charles Bundschu

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LESHIYAH

The Measure of a Child’s Devotion

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(Painting of David entering Jerusalem Photo from Wikipedia Commons, source: hermitagemuseum.org)

LESHIYAH

(characters/preliminary theme/sleepover)

I was named by my mother as she ‘called’ out to God for me to be her own precious little girl, since she already had a little boy.  First born sons are a blessing to the Father, but she felt a second born daughter was just as much a blessing to her.  So she called me Leshiyah.  (From ‘church’ assembly, or called-out which in the Greek is ekklesia, ek-out, kaleo-to call)  This seemed especially meaningful because I was born on the day before Pesach (Passover) on the Jubilee year 29 C.E. (the day Yeshua our Messiah was executed).

My father, Yosef (Joseph), was the first born son of the Yosef Kayafa (Caiafas) who was a noted member of the Sanhedrin Council.  And I, Leshiyah, was the youngest member of his house.

Following my Bat Mitzvah, at twelve, I received a serious assignment from my father to keep my ears open.  He wanted to know anything and everything about the man called Yeshua from Natzeret (Nazareth), and of his followers, called Natzeratim.  I was old enough, and I was the least one to be considered a spy for my father, a lawyer in the Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) community.  Most girls my age were not so blessed.

I had learned my lessons from Torah School well enough that I had no problem standing up before my parents and relatives to read a portion to the most holy words of the Torah.  My Bat Mitzvah was an experience I should never forget.  But the more meaningful part of that was the motivational preparation that my dad (abba) provided, even to make such a sacrifice.  It was around four years earlier, when I was eight, that he called me into his study and told me how proud he was of me and that he wanted me to follow him in his faith.  I had no understanding of the word faith.  It could have meant elbow grease.

That was a turning point for me.  I had already been attending Torah School and according to the study schedule, I knew that I would be prepared for my ‘Daughter of the Commandment’ ceremony.  My brother was also a proud ‘Son of the Commandment’.  I also knew why he wanted to learn the discipline.  It was our father.  He was a leader in our small synagogue community here in Yerushalayim.

Two circumstances made dad and me very special in our community.  That Dad was the person who happened to be with his son when Yeshua the Natzrati rabbi told his talmidim not to prevent children from coming to him.  And so my brother got blessed personally by the holy man.  He seemed so accessible, that Dad had to ask him how to receive eternal life.  And when he was told, he had to walk away sad because he was committed to my mother, and could not trust the rabbi even to follow him with such a commitment.  And the fact of my birth happened on the day of the rabbi’s execution.

That was an experience that he would not soon forget.  Even my brother told me how really special it was to be blessed by the Teacher.  Anyway, our dad was unable to sell all his possessions and give to the poor and follow him then, but it was made plain that he was certainly unable to follow him into execution.  That was hard to face.

When I was twelve, Dad explained all the significance of my birth and the events of how the Teacher was arrested, tried by Roman authority and executed unjustly because he had said in all truth that he was the Son of God.  This truth could not easily have been accepted as fact by our community leadership.  Even my grandfather Kayafa, was a member of the Sanhedrin when he was tried by the high priest.  The Teacher had only embarrassed and openly insulted everyone in Jewish authority.  So the high priest took the counsel of my grandfather to seek the death of one person rather than risk destruction of our whole nation by God. 

The details of Yeshua Natzrati’s life and teaching are explained by parent to child in an incredulous way so that it has to become mythical.  There were no fairy tales to top this story.  And every Jewish youth were given ears to hear about him.

But I was most interested in what my part to play was, and Dad pulled no punches with me.  He told me how he felt the fate of all our community depended on what was to happen.  The changes coming because of the growing Natzratim (followers of the Natzrati).  So I listened to my father strictly tell me that he may be wrong about that man, but that if he was, he wanted me to help show him some of the facts developing.

And so I had learned my mission.  To learn Hebrew and the Torah gaining personal knowledge of our Creator God, and to learn Greek in order to follow the written records of the Natzratim.  I thought I could follow the Meshiyakh or Christos and secretly report what I learn to dad, even if I couldn’t confirm them, I would be gaining practice for giving credence to personal testimonies.  After all, faith works by hearing God’s stories.

My classmates were more interested in learning of this Natzratimism that had begun to exist.  While they were my sources for rumors, I wanted to research the sermons given by Kefa (Peter) and Ya’akov (James) that they may have heard at local gatherings.

I borrowed father’s Greek Septuagint, an authoritative text — based upon the whole Tanakh (Old Testament) record — and began to make a list of things mentioned where references were made to the prophets.  I started with the fate of the talmid (disciple) Y’hudah (Judas)who betrayed the Teacher.  How it was prophesied that he was paid a ransom and used it to buy land, on which he hanged himself, was buried in, and that such land would never be used by anyone else ever again.

I confirmed that by finding Psalm 69:26: 

             “Let his estate become desolate, let there be no one to live in it.” 

Kefa (Peter), had reportedly said this when requesting the assembly replace Y’hudah as an apostle (he, Kefa, was supervisor of the emissaries).

Next the message of Kefa proclaimed about Yeshua the Natzrati, that,

Despite generously helping your less fortunate one’s to receive healings and deliverance through miraculous events, we agreed to let him die at the hands of our anointed leaders.

With this, I searched and located what Kefa said about this of Dav’id (David),

I saw always Adonai before me, for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.  For this reason, my heart was glad; and my tongue rejoiced, And now my body too will live on in certain hope that you will not abandon me in Hell or let your Holy One see decay, You have made known to me the way of life; You will fill me with joy by your presence.” (Psalms 16:8-11)

The festival of Shavu’ot (Pentecost) had come in the year of 29 C.E. (common era) and the fulfillment of was made a reality.

In the last days, I will pour out from My Spirit upon everyone.  Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.  Even on the slaves both men and women will I pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophecy . . . and then whosoever calls upon the name of the Adonai will be delivered” (Joel 2:25-32)

A classmate said she heard her parent say a part of Kefa’s message,

But God raised him up and delivered him from his death, which you nailed him up and killed him.”

Then I thought how totally radical this was.  My study of the Torah was all law.  There were no records I knew of that might explain or help me fit the event of my very birthday into some concrete structure for the purpose of getting some sense of bearing — some confirmed set of directions that might reveal meaning to such powerful circumstances.

I could see myself figuratively holding something of a large door from closing.  I wasn’t willing to sacrifice myself to keep it open.  Even for love of God, my parents, my brother, and relatives.  I needed something more personal.

Then it hit me.  The time and timing of a deliverer to be sent by God to accomplish the one time sacrifice to perfectly do what the law failed to do, only God in his infinite Self could do.  So, who am I to question him?  He gave me to my father and my parents to me.  How can I not accept that?  Oh certainly, I was delivered by my mother, given my mother’s milk, was fed and changed by Mom, but when I was trained, she gave me to her husband to raise beyond what she was equipped to give me.

Mom was obedient to her husband, even when she disagreed with him.  She told him her opinion.  Dad listened to Mom, but when he made the decision final, our family will do what he says do.  I have respected them here.

Now, in my study of the great record of the law and it’s written and oral teachings, I am able to recognize the weaknesses and stark terror of our human dilemma.  Truly to have been born an Israelite, into the Jewish community — an offspring of an anointed leader, is without a doubt, a very great responsibility.  ‘Together we can do this.’  I thought.

My heart is just now grasping that to exist in our world today, one must require a personal connection and continual contact with the Sovereign Governor of the universe.  Anything less would be utter failure.

My heart is also given a confident assurance that tells my mind to stay awake.  For truly my desire is so dependant on that.  My will has no power to choose anything unless my mind is fully informed circumstantially.  I will see an alarm go off to make up my mind!

Think!  Get yourself ‘girded-up girl!’  ‘Move!’

But my heart has its own mind.  How can I think beyond the death of a man who was brutally executed for my own sin having died on my day of birth?  His death, my birth.  He died because he was rejected as my father’s leader.  And my father’s father actually counseled our community high priest to execute him, and do it as a scape goat — especially to save our nation!

What a mess!  How can human laws be made to execute God’s laws?  Or, how can finite beings administer infinite statutes?  With only hapless and hopeless trials are the Peoples of the world destined to be raped and murdered and traumatized until the heart shuts down — no mental activity can function preventing death.

“Dad, can I speak to you please?”  I asked.

“Yes Dear, come in and sit down.  What’s on your mind?”  Dad asked putting his pen down and leaning back in his chair.

“I have something to report to you about my ‘sleep-over’.”

“I am all ears, Sweetheart.”  Dad said, leaning forward.

“I heard the emissary Kefa and the Natzrati’s brother, Ya’akov (James) publically receive Sha’ul (Paul) into the Natzratim fellowship.”

“Wasn’t Sha’ul the lawyer in our community who began the persecution even six years ago, when the talmid Stephen was stoned?”

“Yes, the very person.  He told us how he was shaken off his donkey by a loud voice and a very bright light.”

“That is remarkable!”

“He said he looked up from the ground to see the glorified vision of a man glaring down at him, who said, ‘Why are you persecuting me Sha’ul?’  And he asked, ‘Who are you Sir?’  And he replied, ‘I am Yeshua whom you are persecuting.’

“Sha’ul said all he could do was change his plans then and there. ‘What do you want me to do, Adonai?’  He said.  ‘Get up and go into the city and you will be told what to do.’  That was all the vision said, and the noise and light went away.”  I said.

“What brought him back here?”  Asked Dad.

“He had been in a desert place for three years with Adonai Yeshua who taught him principles of faith, and community — New Covenant leadership.” 

“So he has become an emissary like Kefa and Ya’akov?”

“That’s what it looks like Dad.”

“Anyway, they accepted him as an emissary because he was the most educated of all the Twelve, but most of all, Dad, the Ruach HaKodesh was there, and He was most confirming to me.”

“And how did the Ruach HaKodesh make you feel?”

“It is hard to explain, Dad, but it was something like what I felt when I was close to you.”

“Close to me?”

“Yes, when we hug each other Dad.  My heart has a burning sensation, like I couldn’t breathe.  What can we call that?”  I said.

“Well Dear, I can’t ever remember a time I felt like that.”

“Really, even when you hugged Mom?

“Really.”

“It must be a girl-thing then.  But do you think our hearts are wired differently?”  I asked.

“No.  According to the Torah, male and female are both made in the eternal uncreated image and likeness of the creator.  The word Elohiym is for the Creator God.”

“But that is plural, Dad.”

“Yes.  ‘Gods’, or ‘Judges’, and ‘Magistrates’, are all referred to.”

“Then, it is spiritually supernatural.”  I said.

“Tell me more of what you heard has happened to Sha’ul (Paul), the emissary you have described hearing at your sleep-over.” Asked Dad.

“He had come with Bar-Nabba (Barnabas) who was a talmid that met him in Tarsus.  He was a large, burley-sort of man and seemed close enough to Sha’ul, to know they had accomplished their mission consulting with our assembly of about 50 souls.  They departed for Tarsus that very night, since they were being cautious with respect to the feelings of some local members of the Natzratim, who have not heard his report.”  I said.

“What else do you have to tell me?”

“I spent the rest of the night in the home of my classmate and was warmly included in their family as one of their own.  So I offered to do the dishes.”

“You did what?”

“I offered to do the supper dishes because I was grateful to have been with them, and I do them all the time around here.  It was no big deal, already.”  I said.

“Alright dear, go on.”

“While I was doing the dishes after hearing such men of God tell of miraculous events, and I thought about the things I over-heard you telling Mom about other resurrections; how can such impossible testimonies not be true?  And how can simple folk keep from believing?”

“These are all good thoughts dear.  But we need facts of reality that can confirm the truth.”  Dad said.

“Yes Sir.  Anyway, I fell asleep in the same building that was filled with Ruach-HaKodesh and it was my own heart that witnessed Him.  That was comforting.  But to learn first-hand that the persecutions of the Natzratim was over, ending three years ago, and not confirmed personally by the one responsible . . . this was a very comforting thought to fall asleep on.”

“That is what I am interested in hearing, Dear.”  Dad said.

“Have you had your evening prayer yet Dad?”

“No.”

“May I join you in prayer then?”

“Certainly.”  He said pleasantly.  “Fine.  Let me begin and you finish, alright?

I nodded.  Dad began his ritual prayer while in my heart I consciously reached up to God for worshipping him for being so good to us, and beginning to show us confirmation of the truth.

As I heard my father’s voice crying out to God, my heart burned within me as if it were loving him back for the calling of love he had given us both.  Dad finished praying and I said ‘Amen’ to his Amen.  Then I began my prayer to the best of my ability.

“Dear Adonai, I am very thankful and pleased to be a member of my father’s family here in our blessed community.  You are our blessing who brings father and daughter closer.”

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