Altars and Vaccines

This is the book I am reading this week. I’m taking extra time reading because I really want to understand Spiritual altars. Basically, there are Godly altars and evil altars. Think of the altars built by Bible patriarchs and compare them with ones built by Baal worshippers. Imagine Jezebel’s table she invited the prophets of Baal to join her at; a table can also be an altar, so watch out whom you are banqueting with!

Jacob's Ladder - Bible Story

Remember Jacob’s Ladder? When he lay his head on that stone to sleep, he did not know it was the place his forefather had built a godly altar; the angels still had an opening to connect earth with heaven in that place dedicated to the Lord. This account is in Genesis chapter 28. Returning to Elijah’s battle of altars with the prophets of Baal, their evil altar to a false god caused them to yell, scream, holler and cut themselves trying to get the un-speaking, un-hearing, un-seeing god to respond to them (I like when Elijah asks if their god has gone to the potty). God sent down holy fire to burn up the offering as well as the gallons of water poured on it! After that, the Israelites ran after and slaughtered the prophets of Baal. You can read this account of the righteous altar destroying the evil altar in 1 Kings chapter 18. Whichever altar is stronger wins. Are you dealing with sins of the fathers you can’t get out from under? Maybe you need to confront the evil altar your ancestors erected and raise up your own righteous one in the name of Jesus. I’m eager to see what else I learn from this book by Dr. Francis Myles. Oh, I got the book after seeing the author on Sid Roth’s ISN.

Have your “friends” inundated you with horror stories about the Covid-19 vaccine? It has caught me between the no-vaccine group and the get-me-a-shot ASAP! The talk with the ASAP group is, “How/where can we sign up to get one?” Even my husband’s doctor didn’t know how. Another one is, “I’m scheduled for one in a month, two hours away.” My husband was waiting after his immunization and got a text from our local pharmacy offering an appointment it took us an entire afternoon to drive to and from the clinic he had the appointment for. They schedule your second shot while you’re at the appointment for the first one, so there’s no reason to take an appointment at another venue. They also give you a sheet on symptom tracking and a number to call if you go to your doctor after the immunization. You get the second Pfizer 21 days after, Moderna 28 days after. The next ones being developed will be a one-shot deal, but only give 75% protection instead of 90 I got this info confirmed on the CDC website.

For the ‘anti-vaxxers’ group, there’re all kinds of fodder. Here’s a sample: 1. It’s developed using aborted baby parts 2. they put a tracer chip in to control you 3. things in the vaccine will alter your DNA 4. it will bring the ‘mark of the beast’ (for you fans of Apostle John’s Revelation). I went from not wanting it to, “Lord, if I get it, I’m trusting you to protect me from any complications.” So today, I signed up with our local pharmacy for alerts for appointments. I don’t expect one quickly, since I’ll only be 58 in May, have no major health concerns, and don’t work in a hazardous job. A friend of mine is on call for spill response cleanup and can’t respond to any calls until he gets immunized. The following is one link-there are several others available-providing appropriate answers to all the fear mongers, helping me decide.

https://www.cnet.com/health/microchips-and-mandatory-shots-dont-fall-for-these-coronavirus-vaccine-myths/

You may wonder how these two topics today connect. Not as randomly as you think! We build altars to the medical community, to the government, to the Facebook community… Immunizations touch on ethical questions, generational beliefs and other similar topics. The elder population was around when the first vaccines became available. My mother grew up in that era and took us to the doctor and got us medications with minimal provocation. At five, she nearly died of Scarlet Fever and said if the doctor hadn’t come each day and lanced her throat so she could breathe, she would have died. The polio vaccine made it safe to go swimming in the community pool during hot summer vacation days again. The whooping cough vaccine saved babies. My point in all this is: a vaccine made available will be desired by most of this cohort.

On the other hand, I have two friends who are young mothers whose sons have had problems since their first immunizations. One almost died. I question if the children are getting too many immunizations in too short a time. I think the immunizations my children got during the 1980s were enough of a load on their systems, and now there are several more added to the regimen, crammed into the same space of time. I know other parents who immunize, but not on the normal schedule. Breast-fed babies get immunity from their mother’s milk and shouldn’t need their own during that time period. If a preschool child isn’t in a group setting, they have lower risk of exposure and shouldn’t need the immunizations until school. Note: this is my own reasoning, not the medical community’s.

In conclusion, I want to encourage you to stay away from fear. The enemy can be compared to an alligator who does a death spiral to take its victim under, dismembering them piece by piece. I choose as an act of my will to refuse the bate and avoid the descent into fear and depression. My friends, choose life for the sake of your children and loved ones. Trust God for the good outcome that’s being prepared to end this time of trial. It’s à propos that our ladies’ group is beginning a study on the book of James, which begins thus: Profiting from Trials.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Keep your eye on the course the Lord has set before you and don’t waver.

Concentration for 2021

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I have not chosen a word for the year 2021. I finally decided on not just a word, but a couplet of Scriptures the Spirit has quickened to me for the year which follows 2020’s Emmanuel, God with us. Here they are:

Romans 11:36 For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. [NASB]

Philippians 1:6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. [NAB revised]

I read the book of John during my January fast, which led me to doing a weekly study from Talking With Jesus Ministries,via zoom meetings with Rev. Cyprien A. Afrika, who is ministering in Kenya. I met him through LinkedIn and you can find things at: http://www.clsoionline.com/talking-with-jesus-ministries/

Getting back to my Scriptures for 2021, I’m learning what it means to have the spirit of God – Father, Son, and Spirit – living in all fullness inside this body I inhabit. If you think about this and search the Scriptures, the more you understand, the more there is to understand. What is our authority? What should our relationship be to the fullness of God in Jesus Christ living inside us? How can we walk as Jesus did, in constant contact with the Father?

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.Now I’ll introduce the book I read this week, which fits right in.

What would you do if you suddenly found you had stage four breast cancer, and the doctor wants to do surgery, radical mastectomy, chemo and radiation as fast as possible? Well, Capt. Dale Black dug into the books at the library and devoured every book he could find about cancer. Eye opening, to say the least! Did you know cancer is not hereditary? Or that a German doctor who immigrated to the U.S. developed cures for nine different cancers? They poisoned him to death. This is a full exploration/expose of the cancer industry and what we need to do so we’re not sucked into the sick, money-driven system. Paula and Dale bring together the three parts of our being: body, soul, and spirit. Yes, we need to be physically healthy with a good immune system, but our soul and spirit also need feeding and tending to. A sick spirit can be more detrimental than a lowered immune system! This book is very healing and encouraging, even if you don’t have cancer or don’t follow all that Paula did to heal her being. Heck, all of us know someone close to us that cancer has touched!

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

I pray you take this verse to heart as you feed your “earth suit” or “present tent”. We are a spirit that has a soul, that lives in a body, and we need to nurture all three on Spiritual and physical food! May you discover what it means as Emmanuel, God with us, inhabits your being; finding the abundant life Christ Jesus offers us, learning how to vanquish the enemy who comes only to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10)

Shalom!

What Will You Say?

Hebrews 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

The January 2021 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine begins with this question on the front cover: What Will You Say? It also poses other questions. How will you respond to your accusers? What will you do when you’re called before judges? Mosque confrontation? These are all situations our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world are facing, which we may also face sooner than we think. Maybe you already have!

A few months ago, I ordered Petr Jasek’s book Imprisoned With Isis Faith in the face of evil from VOM. This prayer bracelet came with the book. The bracelet sends you to http://www.icommittopray.com Along with VOM’s prayer calendar, which you can find at https://secure.persecution.com/newsletter_feature.aspx, it helps me remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ as the Apostle Paul wrote so much about.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

One of the stories in this issue: Iran: Summoned by Security officials. This brother’s boldness surprised the official interviewing, and he wanted to understand who was leading so many muslims to Christ.

“Shahrokh gave the official and inspired response. ‘You cannot stop the work of God,’ he said. ‘If a person has a dream of Jesus or [if] God directly reveals Himself in a vision and draws them to Himself, or if he has seen a miracle of Christ and follows after Him, then no one is at fault here. You cannot block the divine methods God uses to meet human beings. You can close Christian social activities and house groups or put Christian workers in prison, but you cannot stop people seeing dreams or visions. You cannot put Jesus Christ in prison. You cannot stop the work of the Holy Spirit. He is at work, and in different ways He reveals the truth to people. Can you change the hearts and inner lives of people where the Lord dwells?'”

Voice of the Martyrs January 2021 page 7

Philippians 1:13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Think about this: Paul was a special prisoner. The palace guards changed every few hours, watching Paul closely. He had many opportunities to share the Gospel with them, and many came to believe because his attitude of joy and love that flowed out of him were amazing! Our contemporaries find the same thing happens when they get put in prison for their faith. People question their Godly attitude, share Bibles, Bible studies spring up… The Voice of the Martyrs is valuable for hearing testimonies of faith under pressure. It’s an excellent resource for praying for our brothers & sisters in chains as if we’re chained with them. May we be as faithful, with boldness and no fear, in the challenges we face!

Hebrews 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Hearing God’s Voice

I’m on day fourteen of my ninety days reading Exploring The Prophetic by Shawn Bolz. The topic is: Develop an Ear to Hear God.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and atonement for our sins has brought us into relationship with God and we no longer need to rely on prophets to share with us what God is saying. If we only get our revelation from others, it becomes a religious thing. It’s alright to listen to the prophets, getting things from God second-hand, but we need to seek God ourselves to see what he is saying to us personally. As Shawn Bolz says, Just hearing from others becomes religion. “Religion brings death; it is principles without relationship. So when a revelation comes, talk to God about it!” This side of the cross, it’s all about relationship.

This is Shawn’s question today: “What does it mean to you to be a priesthood, or chosen? In your relationship with God, how do you see these principles play out in your daily life?”

How do we hear God’s voice? Often, it is by reading the Bible and letting Holy Spirit enlighten your reading. When we quiet ourselves to concentrate on the Lord, the river of life within us begins flowing thoughts through our mind. As Dr.Mike Virkler taught us in Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice, the voice of God sounds most like your own thoughts; only inspired. It sounds like your voice in your head, but more like heavenly language without negative thoughts or judgements. It’s like your idea, only better than you could ever come up with!

In order to hear God’s voice better, see how the Bible, flowing thoughts, and what trusted, godly people are saying line up. Maybe you keep seeing the same number everywhere you look, or hearing the same word or phrase pop up repeatedly. It’s like when I drive my red Volkswagen Jetta, I notice two or three others in my area and several other VW’s drive past me. It’s nothing to see a half-dozen black Dodge Ram Crew Cab trucks like my husband drives on a trip into the city.

If you’re looking for Godly encouragement, recommend you watch Elijah Streams on YouTube; especially the days Steve Shultz interviews Kat Kerr or Robin Bullock. They are keeping my heart joyful and my mind away from what the enemy is doing in the government and in the news media. Seems like a day can’t go by without the latest hype about Covid-19 popping up, no matter who you listen to. Praise God, my brother’s nursing home reported this is the first week with no fresh cases of the virus in the Residents or the staff!

Emma and the Reasons (Women of Promise Book 1)

This week I am also reading Emma and the Reasons (Women of Promise book 1) by Natasha Metzler. I read The Marrieds and their Reasons, the prequel novella to this book over a year ago. Her second book in the series (not counting the prequel), Love, Paris (Women of Promise book 2) is being released February 16, 2021. Natasha is a Lewis County, New York resident who follows hard after God and shares her joys and pains through her writings. This synopsis of Emma and the Reasons comes from her page on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=natasha+metzler&ref=nb_sb_noss

There are three things you should know about Emma Cohen.

1. She’s single and has been for a very long time.
2. There are reasons why she’s chosen to live quietly in her hometown without pursuing marriage in any way.
3. She has two roommates who are also single with reasons of their own.

Which, of course, is why their married friends gave them the nickname “the Reasons”.

But something is changing, and men are coming out of the woodwork, and all three of the Reasons are starting to question if their reasons really are enough to withstand the onslaught–and when in the world did their “married friends” turn into their “matchmaking friends”?

I am enjoying the real-life interactions in this book. Emma is a social worker, the three roommates have a group of young girls that meet each week to learn about the Lord and how to be women of promise, often have neighbor children visit, babysit for the Marrieds, and frequently have foster children in emergency situations stay in their guest room. How will their lives change with these men coming into their lives? Above all else, these young adults seek to honor God with their lives and to discern what it means to stay in His will and live as women of promise.

I will end here for this week. Be encouraged in the Lord, my friends! God’s justice and mercy shall prevail!

Chaos to Victory!

Why did the chicken cross the road? This question does not compute!

This is the puzzle I just finished after almost a week’s work and my husband’s help. It’s been in our family for decades and this is the first time in about five years anyone has attempted to put together! I’ve lost most of the box and have only the front picture and the challenge from the back of the box, so I’m not sure if it’s 1,000 pieces or more! Look at all the little cubicles and workers in brightly colored jumpsuits, along with the cars and trucks that transported them there or shuffle data back and forth from top to bottom. Notice the many signs labeling everything. Very Telling: electrical cord is not plugged in? Chaos is the only word I can come up with to describe this scene! Sort of like what our country is dealing with currently? Like when people are not plugged in to God.

Proverbs 3:25 Do not be awed in sudden fear, nor the desolation of the wicked when it comes! [One New Man Bible]

Well, I’m excited because God is on the move and His justice is flowing to expose all the deep dark secrets; not just in our country, but around the world. I’ve been encouraging myself listening to God-honoring, hope-filled people of God on Elijah Streams, Shawn Bolz’ pod casts, and Sid Roth’s ISN. I’m not totally ignorant about what’s going on, but I don’t choose to steep myself in all the swirling mess.

Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge and He overthrows the words of the deceitful. [NKJV] I’m excited to see how God’s glory will be revealed when He steps into the picture as He did for Lazarus, Daniel, the three Hebrew children in the fire… this is an opportunity to learn patience and grow our faith. I’m going to see the victory because the battle belongs to the LORD! Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. [One New Man Bible]

Hardcover Exploring the Prophetic Devotional Book

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ve noticed I took a hiatus from posting. I just finished a twenty-one-day fast along with our congregation, reading and studying the twenty-one chapters of the book of John. This year my plan is to do periodic Bible studies instead of a year-long devotional book. For the next ninety days, I am working through Exploring The Prophetic by Shawn Bolz, learning to increase my ability to hear God.

Day 1, “Prophetic Gifts Show the Nature of God” How have you been changed by love through the hearing of God’s voice?… This could be a Scripture that stuck out to you in love and changed you.‘ I chose Philippians chapter 4; specifically verses 6-7.

Day 2, “Sharing Headspace with God” ‘Pick a subject you really care about right now and sit down to really think about it… Observe your own thoughts… you’re in charge of what goes on in your mind.‘ I wrote out all my thoughts about my cousin I’m trying to mentor. Now I need to analyze which thoughts partner with God and which are more human driven. This is a good exercise for training my mind to think frequent God-thoughts.

Chillin’ in the Spirit!

Reading Billye Brim’s blog last week, she referenced a Bible prophecy in this book which has been on my shelf for a year… making my choice for my next book to read. It so rivetted me, I read it in less than three days! Jonathan Cahn begins: What you are about to read is presented in the form of a narrative, but what is contained in the story, all that the Oracle reveals, is absolutely real.” Chapter one begins: “What if I told you of a mystery so vast that it spans the world and the ages, from ancient times to this very moment… a mystery that moves behind and through all human events, directs and turns the paths of leaders, determines the future of nations and empire… and of the world itself… to bring all things to their appointed end?” “I wouldn’t believe it” said the narrator’s friend. Well, the narrator would not believe if he hadn’t seen it himself!

The Oracle, after being found by the narrator, begins with the narrator’s vision which revealed Moses reading the Law to the Israelites in the wilderness when God first gave it to them. This narrative, through visions and revelations, takes you from that time in the Bible to our current age. It’s amazing how God orchestrates people, nations, the Shabat Scriptures, years and dates to bring about His plans and fulfill His Word to men through the prophets and the Spirit’; specifically the history of the Israelites and how it relates to all of us. Jubilee means all reverts back to the original owner, all debts are forgiven. Every fifty years is a Jubilee and the Jubilee years accumulate, building on each other.

When I reviewed this book on Goodreads, another reviewer, a Pastor, said he began reading the book because a group in his church were reading it and were very excited about it. He found it repetitive and did not like it at all, or finish reading; he said he’d give it less than one star if he could. I found this book fascinating, with my hunger to understand how God works and what’s going on behind the scenes, especially as it pertains to the Jewish people. Yes, the book is repetitive, but Kahn had a reason for writing the way he did. I highly recommend this book, also Jonathan Kahn’s other books. He’s a Messianic Jew who’s knowledgeable of Jewish culture, the Word of God, the prophetic and how it’s fulfilled in our world. The history he shares woven with Bible prophecy and world events always educates, amazes, and causes me to think! It’s always enlightening when you look behind the scenes to see how God is faithful to all generations.

Here are some grandchildren of the 2000s, Me from the 1960s, husband John from 1950s, Ravi from 1940s, soil and flower that God promises will continue for all generations on earth, and Abraham Lincoln from the 1800s as representatives of several generations.

May you find true Shalom in Emmanuel, God with us as we head to the end of January 2021. Hallelujah, sing His praises for Jesus Christ is worthy of all! I put my trust in the Lord forever because He has been faithful through all generations and promises to be with us forever! Stand firm on faith in Him and see His glory revealed in Victory! Amen.

Emmanuel; our God is with us!

Dear Reader, as we approach the day we celebrate Christ-mas, remember God sent His one and Only Son to be born and fulfill all the prophets had said. I share one more Emmanuel song, approaching the end of my year’s theme Immanuel/Emmanuel/Emanuel – God with us. Enjoy this celebration, keeping Emmanuel in the midst!

Holy Holy I will bow before
My Lord and King
Hallelujah You have come to us
You make all things new

~ YES! Our God came down to earth to make all things new; Let us bow down and worship!

Emmanuel, Jesus Christ
You’ll never let me go
My shepherd King
You’re watching over me
Emmanuel

~ Hallelujah, He’ll never let us go, our shepherd King who constantly watches over us.

So amazing, You have named the stars
Of the deepest night
Still You love me
You have called my name
I will follow You

~ Think about this; Emmanuel, God with us, has taken notice of us. Even though He’s put the myriad of stars in their places and has named each of them, He still knows our name and loves each of us!

Holy Holy God Almighty
There is none like You
Holy Holy God Almighty
There is none like You

~ There is none like our Holy, Almighty God! Let us praise Him!

Emmanuel Emmanuel
Emmanuel Emmanuel
Emmanuel

~ Selah!

https://genius.com/Hillsong-worship-emmanuel-lyrics

Join me and meditate for a bit on the deepest meaning of Christmas. I remember as a young Believer, I fell into legalism trying to figure out how to do this “Christian” thing right; especially holidays. One year I was told believing in Santa Claus was not good for our children. If they stopped believing Santa, how would they still believe in God? I cleansed my house, disposing of anything that had Santa on it. Out went the puzzles, coloring books, ornaments, story books, etc. Looking back, I realize the fear that made me do that.

Kat Kerr says there’s a Christmas Town in heaven! The Lord does not mind us celebrating His birthday on December 25th – even if it’s not the actual day – and many have forgotten why we celebrate. In Him we sanctify all things! So, enjoy the meal, the treats, the special traditions. Celebrate as the angels did on the day of Christ’s birth; sing gladful tidings, dance for joy, eat cake… pie… cookies… light up the Christmas tree and remember the life we have in Jesus, the gold and silver gifts of the Maggi. Do not call unholy what others have sanctified. If you give thanks, you set it apart to the Lord. As the Apostle Paul taught:

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

christmas bible verses

A Little Christ-Mass

Our Christmas Tree; first time put up in four years!

Greetings dear readers! Yes, our tree has been in storage since January first, 2016. I asked if we could put up some lights outdoors and while John was looking for lights in the garage, he found the tree in the way. He brought it in and told me to put it up one last time before we get rid of it and find a smaller one. It’s such a bright, comforting, joyous addition to our living room! You may have noticed I have a bunch of angels at the top of the tree and I’d like to share them with you. John just saw what I’m doing and asked if I’m also telling about his little blogging angel!

  • This angel topper is holding two candles and lit up like God’s glory. This reminds me of the one that may have been above Jesus’ manger.
  • John’s sister Barb made this one several years ago. I think it’s made out of a doily.

  • The one with the red bow is another one crafted at home; on the upper right is a finger puppet crafted by Elaine at the Historical Society. The small one in the middle says, “I heart Grandma”. The star surrounds Bethlehem; I like that it commemorates the Star that led the Magi to the Christ child and the town where He was born.

  • Next we have two on the bottom that say Heidi and John; the love bird angels. My cousin Mary T. created the cross stitch one

  • This angle in red with the guitar brings back memories from when my children were quite young.

  • The tin angel is another family heirloom I loathe getting rid of; it has a lot of quietly fond memories attached.

  • This needle point gem has a clothes pin base. I love the little blue birds on the dress and the lace trim.

  • Lastly, I share the one I picked up at the Dollar General store yesterday. I like the lacy dress and flowing golden braids and the sweet face.

Now, I know our depictions of angels are not quite accurate, according to those who have actually seen angels, or what the Bible says. The Apostle Paul warned believers not to worship angels; angels in Revelation told John not to bow to them. Jesus told us we will be like the angels in heaven; neither marrying nor given in marriage. God made angels as a separate creation from human beings. I also want to note; we do not sit around on clouds and you can have wings, but you don’t automatically get wings when you reach heaven. Dr. Kevin Zadai relates seeing angels over seven feet tall. None of the reports I’ve heard from others with revelation from heaven were female in looks. But as Jesus said; don’t forget to welcome strangers, you may entertain angels in disguise! Which means some of them may take on female guise when necessary. According to the online dictionary, the title angel actually means messenger:

“A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.”God sent an angel to talk to Gideon” ·”

Kris Vallotton said one night when he was battling spiritual oppression, a huge angle that looked angry, dressed in a wrestling suit came into his room; when he talked to Bob Jones, Bob told him, “That’s Michael; he’s always angry!” Michael is head of the warrior angels. This reminds me of Kat Kerr talking about the angle hosts; they’re warrior angels who are fierce!

Luke 2:12 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Somehow, we are conditioned to think this was just a nice little feminine angel choir. Well, it was a MULTITUDE! Just remember; the one-third of fallen angels that followed Lucifer were the worshiper angels he led. That wouldn’t leave many -if any- worshiping angels to sing at Christ’s birth. The hosts are actually warrior angels dressed for battle! No wonder the first angel had to tell the shepherds not to be afraid!

Luke 2:9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid…

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly swinging o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria In Excelsis Deo
Gloria In Excelsis Deo
https://genius.com/Christmas-songs-angels-we-have-heard-on-high-lyrics

As the website says, “Long ago in the hills of southern France, shepherds had a Christmas Eve custom of calling to one another, singing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” each from their own hillside.”

I’m hoping this brief foray into angels adds to your celebration of the ages; Christ the Lord was born in Bethlehem, the Lamb of God born in the city of David; the House of Bread. The light of God shone upon the earth at just the right time! May His advent on earth bring you joy. Now for those wondering what I’m reading:

Amish Christmas Miracles: 14 stories to touch your heart and warm your soul this Christmas

Amish Christmas Miracles Collection is the best book I’ve read this month. Fourteen different Amish romance authors contributed their best Christmas stories to this anthology. I enjoyed each story as they portray different Amish communities and fourteen different heart-wrenching/heart-warming tales. As we enter the last week of this Christmas season, I pray you find new meaning in the word Emmanuel-God with us- which has been my word for the year 2020. Also praying you experience the fullness of Shalom, only found in the riches we have in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah!

Gathering Early December Thoughts

Our grand-dog bonding with Grandpa while Dad’s out

A couple months back while John was still working on the house we’re selling, our son came to town to visit. He had brought his daughter to visit with her girlfriends from her old school and he was was going out for a bit while he waited and asked if his dog Luna could stay with Grandpa. Grandpa was on his cot resting; patted the bed and she jumped up and settled in. That’s an afghan my grandma made from the leftover yarns as she finished afghans for the family. I love the colors! Since this day, each time we visit our son’s family, Luna comes right to Grandpa, and he says she must have bonded well that day he took the picture.

Back to Kris Vallotton’s podcast I was talking about last blog; here’s a couple more things that stuck with me. Kris said, “It’s hard to throw rocks at the castle and then be invited in!” In other words, if you are finding fault, how would you expect to be asked in to speak for God before the leaders? Then he talked about kids navigating jet skis going over the 20mph speed limit coming into shore compared to a ship coming in too fast. You may be able to err without problem by yourself, but it’s a big problem if you do it with a group. In this Christian life, are you a ME or a WE? He related this to our culture fighting the mask and other rules wanting ME to have rights compared to China where everyone just wears the masks because they’re a WE culture.

On another note: I just proofread a new book from Kay Bascom called Jubilee Journey. She shares their journey; her husband was a doctor and they were in Somalia with their sons when the government fell apart. She relates lectures they attended while refugees. They were called “Christianity and Ideologies” presented by a British chemist serving as a Nairobi pastor, and a Cornell-trained agriculture economist. They presented three styles of government: Socialism, Marxism and Capitalism, tearing them down into their structural parts. Then they went to God’s form of government from the Bible. All human governments fail because they don’t take into account human nature. God knows how He made us and His rules show how to make the structure fair and offer forgiveness. Kay shares life stories that led up to them studying the feasts of the LORD and creatively implementing them in their family when they were home in Kansas to help their sons and the others around them get more meaning out of their faith. She also described how they came into understanding of God’s Jubilee and applying it to their lives as well.

I highly recommend Jubilee Journey if you want to know about the history of how the Jewish start of Christ- followers became Christianized; how the church forgot its Jewish roots, and “how now shall we live?” as we come back to the center. Basically, we are not required to keep the Law and the Levitical feasts, but we get to. The Bible is an ongoing, interweaving of Old Testament and New Testament. Kay Bascom is an excellent Bible teacher with many exciting life experiences with first-hand accounts of recent history. This book is very readable, comprehensive, and relevant for this time on earth. This book will be published soon, so keep tabs on it at http://www.olivepresspublisher.org

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Kat Kerr with her sister Margaret
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This week’s Wednesday Elijah Streams [December 9, 2020] with Kat Kerr was excellent! She talked about the vaccine for COVID-19. God says it’s O.K. to get the vaccine. Stop listening to the scare tactics that it may have a micro-chip in it to track you; don’t believe it can change your DNA; if you have Jesus’ DNA because you belong to him, no one can change it! Kat says she’s not getting the vaccine because she doesn’t need it; if you’ve seen her lately, she looks younger than she did five years ago! [she admitted to being born in 1952 on this episode] As with Moses, she’s spent so much time in God’s glory, she’s got God’s immunity and He is preserving her human body. So if you have solid faith that Jesus is your DNA and your immunity, don’t get the vaccine. If you don’t, you should. For my part, I will get the vaccine to honor my husband. If the man I live with is more comfortable with me getting the shot, I trust God to keep me. Unless God tells me differently, I honor my husband because God speaks through him as my authority. I am learning progressively how to live by faith and not fear! [a lot of it has to do with shutting out the fake news]

From THE CHOSEN PEOPLE Volume xxvi, Issue 10 November 2020 Dr. Mitch Glazer interviewed Joel C. Rosenberg about The Abraham Accords; an update from an expert on the Middle East. These are exciting times to know and understand what’s going on in the Middle East; especially as it pertains to Israel. Joel shared links to the two new websites he’s launched to search genuine news without media bias against Isreal, peace, values we hold. Joel says, “We will provide links to all the really good and credible coverage in the Israeli press, Arab press, and American and other media.” He knows most people don’t have time to sift through the news themselves. Here are the links: All Israel News

https://www.allisrael.com

All Arab News here:

You can hear the full interview between Mitch and Joel by clicking here:

https://ourhopepodcast.com

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Remember Psalm 122

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Hippo in the Garden

I found out about this book listening to Kris Vallotton’s podcasts on Podbean. This episode was Light of the World dated Dec. 2, 2020. In this season of celebrating the Light of the World in the darkest time of the year, this sermon is à propos. Hippo in the Garden was copyrighted in 1993; Kris’ group in that decade was just learning to hear from God and how to prophesy. Having been introduced to Holy Spirit baptism and the gifts and callings of God starting in 1986, I enjoyed his podcast explaining what that era of the church was like and the book coming from a different angle of how to hear from God and share what you hear than what we’re hearing now. In the early 1990s, the offices of Prophet and Apostle were beginning to be welcomed into the church culture/leadership.

Having read so many books in the past few years, this was a good return to what writing and publishing was before Amazon and self-publishing. As an editor/proofreader, I noticed very few errors compared to current reads. Also, most books I’m reading average 150 pages; this one has 292. What about the hippo? James had a dream and later a vision of a hippo in a garden, which he shares past the mid-point the book. You will find out more than you’ve ever dreamed about hippos and how they relate to the church and spirituality. The book begins with a condensed version of his difficult growing-up years, his time in jail, marvelous salvation and first experiences building a church and learning to follow God’s voice. The basics in the book apply to all generations of Christ-followers learning to hear the voice of God and I recommend it to you all.

I’ll go back to Kris Vallotton’s teaching now. Meeting Jesus in 1973, the midst of the Jesus movement that basically began in 1970 and ran through the Baby Boomers into the 1990s. I found Jesus in 1983 and was baptized in Holy Spirit in 1986, so I remember well what he was talking about. We were all coming away, out of the world and its depravity. We studied the book of Revelation and end-time prophecies until we were so focused on the second coming of Christ, we were no good to those around us. We took the Scriptures that said the world would get darker and we would shine brighter and removed ourselves from influencing the culture. Our leaders discouraged us from going to college, from working in the secular world, from engaging in politics…the list goes on. Well, Roe V. Wade began in 1973, along with the birth of the ‘Come Away’ move and things have gone downhill since then. While the technology era took off, we let the world go on without us as we did all those eschatology seminars with the ‘pre-post-mid trib’ charts. My daughter wondered how she could be in the world but not of the world; working as if Jesus was coming today and also as if He wouldn’t come in her lifetime; part of the reason my children fell away. It was a good time; it was a bad time.

Think about it: if you believe the world is going to hell in a handbasket and soon destroyed, what incentive do you have to work at building things up? During that time, I found it hard to love like Jesus because it was “us n’ them” and we were quite legalistic. Spending a lot of time thinking about the end times, I was pushing and rushing to get things done and people into the kingdom. Remember; without love, we are just a noisy clanging gong. Not that I had no love, but I held on to much offense, legalism, and fear. How would I live when you couldn’t buy or sell without the mark of the beast? How would we survive persecution? Glory! Jesus is comin’ and it could be tonight!

I have been emerging from my dark cocoon since about 2010. Grasping the Kingdom message, I’m letting go of legalism, offenses, fears and dire predictions. I stopped listening to second heaven chatter; which is devilish. We are now in the Kingdom era, bringing God’s will here on earth as it is in heaven. Walking in love and victory is much freer than fear and unforgiveness. As Kat Kerr says, “Roll up your rapture rug and rule!” This is the kingdom age and we must stand up and rule as the Priests and Kings Christ died to make us. Find your passion and see how God wants you to change what’s wrong. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Let’s take up our power and authority in Jesus and march forth in victory!

In Luke chapter 6, Jesus talks about loving your enemies and tells us, “Do not judge others.” Then in Luke 6:35 

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Shalom my dear readers!