Your Christmas Card

I apologize for being randomly hit and miss with this blog of late. This time of year- in addition to the full load that we all already carry— so many voices are vying for time and attention that something invariably suffers. I have observed from personal experience that most often the one that gets edged out or set to the curb in our well-meaning Christmas hustle is Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.

I won’t belabor you with the list of things I’m NOT doing this year in an effort to scale back the madness…but you should consider this your Christmas card!

Thinking I was ahead of the “Christmas game” after mailing out checks this year to the kids and unrepentantly, dropping out of the local Christmas Choir, I had today all slated for study and writing to my heart’s content. However, I awoke this morning to 8 inches of snow. I know we need the moisture and while I am very grateful that it wasn’t the 2 feet of white stuff some sources were predicting, it has still completely altered my plans.

This is not the fluffy stuff one can sweep off the porch with a stiff broom. Oh no, this is the freakishly heavy, “cement” snow. It beautifully bows the evergreen branches and glistens on the terraced expanse of steps staggered from my porch to the driveway level and artfully conceals a deadly layer of ice. I will let Mr. Moore bust out the snow blower and deal with the quarter mile slalom we call our driveway while I get the steps and walkway cleared. I can hear the walkway mocking me as I drink my coffee and wonder if my health insurance premiums are up to date.

It will take the better part of the day to accomplish this monumental feat. If no one slips a disc, or has a heart attack we have been invited to a Solstice Party tonight. I’m not sure what this is. It sounds vaguely pagan, making me think of yule logs, or Stonehenge and a bunch of druids. It certainly establishes my earlier point of Jesus being set to the proverbial curb. Additionally, it is a “pot-luck” solstice party so I have to come up with a semi-tasty dish to drag along for the experience. I’m not sure what is appropriate “Solstice Party” fare might be: Moon Pies?

Second cup of coffee at 8:45 and it has begun to snow again. Suddenly I am thinking a Christmas trip to Tucson to visit the grandkids may not have been a bad idea!

Here’s the bottom line, my friends. It isn’t about the stack of gifts you get or give, how tall the tree or elaborate the menu at your Christmas gathering. It isn’t about the parties or programs you attend. It isn’t how much money you have or don’t have or how happy you are at any given moment. It shouldn’t even be about a specific time of year. Jesus needs to be the focus of our lives and the underlying theme of our chatter. His love and compassion need to be the melody line flowing through us day in and day out. That testimony of Jesus’ power and wonder in our lives needs to be growing weightier all the time. All the time! (If it isn’t, I recommend you evaluate some serious things and see what’s out of whack.)

We all live, work and mingle with those that are lost and don’t even know it. It is all too easy to fall into that trap that we have all the time in the world to share with or impact those “druids” in our sphere of influence. Mingled with hectic lives perhaps we worry that someone may be offended, ridicule or beliefs, or that it could cost us our livelihood or status or create a kerfuffle at the water cooler or dinner party. Valid considerations. But here’s the deal. As Christians, we are all called, and chosen to pick up this amazing gift we received and give it away over and over and over- and to do so faithfully. (Rev. 17:14)

Some deliver the necessary “Jesus” message but forget the deep, supernatural love that it ought to be wrapped in. It isn’t merely my motive to offer an alternate route to someone so that they don’t go to hell. This is the ultimate Love Story. It is the Story of Jesus and His redeeming blood paid on the cross to buy us back from that scary, inevitable, eternal end that is the true Christmas story. He also purchased for us the opportunity for real-live relationship with Messiah- with the King of Kings!

It is only when we mix that wonderful, redemptive salvation plan with his power of the Holy Spirit that the lightbulb clicks on, and sparks fly, and the whole “Christian thing” begins to wake up, move and make sense! This isn’t merely an alternative philosophy in a world where many philosophic voices scramble for equal recognition. No, Jesus gifted us the Holy Spirit to powerfully show folks that He is whom he claimed to be. By proxy we now have His authority. Now, and only now, are we fully enabled to miraculously impact a dark and dying world with this JOY TO THE WORLD.

At any time of the year, on any day of the week we are equipped to deliver a personal love note from Him- not only with the Good News- but, every single time we heal someone who thought they would always be wheezing from Asthma or debilitated, in darkness from horrible migraines. It’s a liberating, Jesus love song of freedom each time we teach someone and lead them thru deliverance from spirits of addiction or anxiety. It’s a specific, personalized love letter to give to those broken in loneliness, believing a lie that they are unlovable: not worthy, or special or damaged goods. And on it goes….where ever He leads. (Matt. 28:18-20)

People, we must fall in love with His full message of Love all over again (Rev.2:4-5), and not only can we impact our families and friends but we can snatch back our country and change the world. That is our daily Christmas Card—It is ALL about the Joy!



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The One the Wolves Pulled Down

I awoke in the night to the sound of coyotes yipping and howling incessantly to one another. There are wild things that roam in the night just over the hill or back in the tree line, ever on the watch for their next meal. wolves-8They may be feeding on bunnies or they may get together in a pack and take down an elk.  It’s what they do and they do it well.  This cold night choir was a visceral reminder that no matter what our day to day lives look like in the natural: there is a wild and vicious supernatural enemy which dogs our trail and waits for a straggler to stumble and fall behind.


I have a good friend who sings sad songs around the campfire and he sometimes sings an old Garth Brooks tune you may recall entitled, The One the Wolves pulled Down. In the song it wasn’t the lazy and good for nothing people he sang about.  It was solid, hard working, good people who couldn’t withstand the hardships of weather or circumstance as they farmed and ranched and the “wolves” of winter pulled them down.

In real life we can see those awful circumstances of financial stress, job loss or marital failures as heartbreaking but often don’t associate such real life happenings with the Spiritual or supernatural realm.  Somehow, if it doesn’t happen on Sunday morning while  occupying a church pew then it doesn’t fall into a mental “spiritual” file folder. The other 6 days a week in our  work-a-day minds, it’s just the way things are. Win some, lose some.  A Darwinian survival of the fittest attitude (with compassion, of course!) prevails until it is you or your children or friends pulled down by the wolves.  What is our defense?  How do we wolf proof ourselves and teach others to do the same?


We all know that belief in Jesus is essential to eternal life but often don’t see much actual relevance to this life we are living on this side of eternity!  Many however, completed this initial step of faith, perhaps at a very young age and were never set on the path of studious discipleship really learning the ins and outs of the real power and protections available to them as Believing Christians.  Without this foundational, on-going increase of Biblical education folks erroneously assume that’s all there is and that’s all they needed to do.  With this eternal destination problem solved, the new recruit is cut free to go merrily thru life perhaps joining with the herd on Sunday Mornings for an uplifting sermon and a donut.

A firearm is a powerful weapon.  Whether a long rifle or a handgun, with it I am able to potentially protect and feed my family. However, I need training and practice with that weapon in order to know it’s potential, how it operates, how to care for it and take responsibility for it’s use. We have all heard sad stories of kids who somehow got hold of a weapon and killed themselves or others goofing around with a loaded firearm.  It isn’t the firearm that was the issue.  It was the fact that unbeknownst to this individual they got their hands on something very powerful and had no understanding of the potential power or dangers of what they were grasping.  Certainly this is a cautionary tale regarding guns and ammo.  But, it is much the same thing with our spiritual lives.  Somehow, Christians have forgotten that their Faith is intended not as a Sunday Morning pastime or club membership of “Nice People.” Faith in Jesus as Messiah and King it is an entre to an essential, life-giving,  power-packed way of life that has the potential of changing the world and to snatch those stumbling in darkness and bring into Light and Life!  Success requires training, understanding and obedience to the entire manual.  Not being in possession of these assets leaves one at a dangerous disadvantage.


We must also realize this full inheritance of powerful knowledge makes us a serious target to the “wolves”.  ( Let me add here, that they, the demonic “wolves” have no power over me or mine unless I cede it to them in ignorance or stupidity.)  These wolves have no real concerns about the viability of those entrenched in satisfaction or mediocrity snoozing thru a quick sermon only to retreat to a leisurely football Sunday afternoon. They will happily go after anyone but really want to pull down the ones that are activated.

The followers of Jesus who really “get the vision”, who are called and come to action with the seeds and the sword are the “dangerous” ones the wolves will watch, awaiting their opportunity.

With awareness and understanding that there truly is a real, supernatural enemy, our mission then must come with a continual need for filling and re-filling of the Holy Spirit.  Without a complete reliance on this anointing you will inevitably grow exhausted “planting seeds” in your own strength. Many go down under the power of intimidation, sidelined by the cares of this world, or be tripped up in a net of addiction or adultery.  Others unschooled in their Royal Authority may step off path into the weeds of compromise or be ripped asunder by those operating under powerful controlling or religious spirits.

How many pastors and leaders come in and out  of ministry in the space of 5 years?  Bypassing the book of Acts, Seminary and Bible School taught them that they have all the Holy Spirit they ever required when they accepted Christ as Savior .  Unwittingly they skip onto the battlefield offering Salvation in Jesus yet armed only with a heart for change, a true compassion and love for people and no knowledge of the supernatural realities in play.  Inadequately armed against a savage and hateful foe they go down (with salvation intact) but mortally wounded, shredded on the field.  Sadly, many never understand this missing battle component, and worn down and discouraged assume that God is powerless, uncaring or irrelevant.


Satan is desperate to keep the Church unschooled, powerless, resisting the full scriptural truth of the Holy Spirit.  Without His anointing we are easy pickings.  Without the full armor we stumble or become wounded , paralyzed with fear and easy prey for the wolves who salivate over the herd. (1 Peter 5:8)  Without the compounded power of agreement within the Body of Christian believers we begin to have a straggler mentality.  We need that co-dependence on other believers and their special gifts and offices operating in a true first church community.  Paul tells us this is especially important as we near the end times. ( Hebrews 10:25)wolves-10

Christians, be armed and dangerous with a full understanding of what lies ahead. Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you will never see these “spiritual” wolves before it is too late.












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The Wonky Birdbath

The big concrete birdbath in my yard looks solid. It is solid. The big fluted bowl sets sturdily on a stout, yet artful pedestal and looks substantial and immovable. However, I have noticed since my arrival a few years ago, the entire thing is listing to the starboard like a ship taking on water in a stormy sea. The tilt of the Moore family birdbath has rendered it practically useless and only a cup or two of water would remain in the darn thing to help any thirsty bird who happened by.


Upon closer inspection the problem was clear. The birdbath was sitting on a bed of topsoil, wood chips and pine needles rather than rock. It was destined to be wonky- and get wonkier- because it wasn’t resting on anything solid. No matter how sturdy a vessel may look to the naked eye and regardless how level it initially was upon installation, if not situated on bedrock or a firm foundation, eventually winds and inclement weather will  start breaking things down, erosion will begin to have an effect and soon birdbaths (and lives) will start to breakdown and list starboard or port side.

It took a little teamwork but my husband and I realigned the unwieldy, extremely heavy birdbath, backfilled with dirt to level the ground, and set the entire thing on a flagstone. Getting the foundation right set the entire thing straight and within minutes the big bowl was filled and a shocking number of birds immediately began to gather and drink.

Aside from a foundation on the Word of God, we may entertain some nebulous idea that one can control or at least keep the lid on our inevitably messy lives by compartmentalizing our stuff. It is all too easy to pigeonhole various areas of our particular world: Marriage, relationships, jobs, finances, entertainment, politics, education and what we really live versus what the Word or the world says. Birdbaths don’t move from a firm foundation but people surely can and do.


We may be dismayed at the enormity of issues and swinging volatility of politics (certainly a good example in the wake of the recent presidential free-for-all) or current career prospects and consequently shelve introspection, running to the safety of an escapist novel, football game, hobby or movie. Often the tricky currents of marriage causes participants to abdicate and focus entirely on parental priorities instead- or cling to the company or accolades of friends who would like to see your life as wonky and uncertain as their own.

Sometimes the pain or chaos of relationship or family baggage drives us to the sheltered shores of career tunnel-vision and the perceived financial surety of a job well done. The ease of a controlled environment where numbers add up, expectations are defined with few surprises and a paycheck every two weeks lures many to that safety zone.

You get what I’m saying. None of these scenarios are particularly bad. Everyone appreciates a place where the waters are smooth, easy and predictable. But if the foundation is not balanced and solid, running to alternate shelter in any of these little boxes will eventually throw the birdbath of your life and that of your family out of whack. With every rain the water splashes out and begins to erode your shifting, muddy base. Soon, what was first a gentle tilt is now a precarious angle of no return. The first blast of winter wind is going to blow the whole thing over and what was perceived as stalwart and immovable has cracks that can never be repaired.

I’m a Christian blogger and my audience is generally one with at least a basic knowledge of the Word of God. However, over time the world has infected the Christian, Biblical worldview and message.  Full Gospel truth, over time and under the influence of a dark world, has given way to watered down theology, situational ethics and blindness to sin. Christian believers who don’t study the Bible for themselves have left many oblivious, unaware and possibly uncaring they have ventured far from biblical True North.

We are not called to look like the world. We are not called to agree with people and be liked, and get along and compromise. We are called to love those people we work alongside, and live in the midst of. However, we ARE called to be Salt and Light to them. We are called to deliver a message, HIS MESSAGE with power and authority. Everyone needs Jesus.  Everyone needs to hear about his love!! Every single one.  My bowl full of water needs to be totally full so that I can offer that to everyone I encounter. It is not to be filled with anything but water. Jesus sent us out with the Gospel of the Kingdom, to preach it, using it to heal the sick and cast out the demonic in no particular order.  We are called to put on the righteousness of Christ because we have none of our own.  We are to wear armor because we carry vital refreshing water to an active battle-field. If our foundation is not sure nothing is going to work well.

birdbath-1 Let’s get foundational: Are you saved? If you were to die today do you KNOW that you are going to heaven and will spend eternity with The Lord? Lots of pews are filled with people who come every Sunday who never hear specifically that they need to make a public profession of faith and be baptized in water, and maintain a true, ongoing actual relationship with Him. If you wandered off and got lost or disillusioned?—well, it’s getting late and its time to come on home.

Have you received the baptism in the Holy Spirit? Acts 19:2– The first church taught that there are two separate steps to take when becoming a believer, one is for salvation, and there is salvation in no other name but Jesus. Please don’t misunderstand me. Folks often like to think that I am saying they are not saved and not really a Christian. Not at all.  Saved is very different than being empowered. If you are not seeing the relevant big stuff, the power stuff we see Jesus doing and that was recorded in scripture which changed the world then your birdbath might be a little wonky!

That next critical step many have abandoned is that of asking for the Holy Spirit to fill you. In the book of Acts, the people gathered to lay hands of new Believers to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not miss this step. If you have been a Christian for 5 minutes or 50 years you need to now, take this step in obedience. Don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t important, not needed any longer or that you “got all the Holy Spirit you needed the day you were saved.” This stuff was foundational Christian pre-school, basic ABC’s in the Bible and we’ve abandoned it in many circles. This is scary and it’s dangerous.

We must have this Holy Spirit power to accomplish what Jesus tasked us to do. If you are saved but lacking the Holy Spirit filling then your birdbath is whonky. It is tipping and not holding the precious water you so desperately need to serve yourself, your family and others.

Jesus is our Rock. Our lives, every single aspect of our complicated, messy lives needs to set squarely in obedience to him and be viewed only from HIS foundational cornerstone. Christians like to think of “we versus them” or the unsaved. I am not responsible for the unsaved other than to love and be willing to share the Good News. However, often we neglect to take the hard and regular evaluating look necessary to make sure that we, our families, our church families and pastors are completely level and sitting solidly on that flagstone of Truth. Sometimes when we see that we have erred in our doctrine we lack the wherewithal, the spiritual gumption, to do the uncomfortable repentance work to lug our unwieldy birdbath back to a solid standing that is total agreement with the Word.

We are beginning to see those first blasts of prophetic, end-time chill winds blowing. Is your birdbath square and level? Is your bowl of water full to take care of the wildlife when the weather shifts?

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Resources for further study:

I have several tabs on this website entitled Holy Spirit 101 & 102 which are chock full of details and references.

I highly recommend the book by pastor Bill Johnson entitled When Heaven Invades Earth.  It changed my life and made a lot of puzzling pieces fall into place. Available on and

Most of us are very familiar with the Gospels outlining the life and times of Jesus but many are less familiar with the Book of Acts.  I encourage you, as my good friend and brother in Christ, Chuck Chetwin, likes to tell people, ” Read Acts 3 times and call me in the morning!”  I encourage you to just read it.  Not with the Bible notes, references or concordance, just read it.  It means what it says and it isn’t overly long or tricky, one doesn’t need to be a Greek scholar to see it for the Holy Spirit primer it truly was intended to be.


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Staked Plains of the Comanche

With only days until the election the Lord gave me a word: “Staked Plains.”

This is not an unknown term to me. As a Texas native I grew up on stories of the Comanche. They were a wild and ferocious tribe renowned for their expert horsemanship, who didn’t play very well with others. Fictional stories of the Comanche Indians were nothing compared to the true tales of their raids recorded in early Texas history.


The Staked Plains, or Llano Estacado, refers to land the Comanche claimed early in the 18th Century. The “Staked” area which the ranging Comanche claimed and traversed is huge encompassing 44 counties in the West Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and Eastern New Mexico they would raid well out of their stomping grounds, then return to disappear into the vast grasslands, seemingly devoid of trees, water or landmarks, where few were willing to follow for reprisals. Robert G. Carter described it in 1871 while pursuing Quanah Parker with Ranald S. Mackensie, “…all were over and out of the canyon upon what appeared to be a vast, almost illimitable expanse of prairie. As far as the eye could reach, not a bush or tree, a twig or stone, not an object of any kind or a living thing, was in sight. It stretched out before us-one uninterrupted plain, only to be compared to the ocean in its vastness.”


The term “staked plains” can be traced to several roots. One is geological referencing the palisaded rock formations that line the uplifted geologic table rock, revealing escarpments which look like a fort or palisade walls in many areas where the uplift is obvious. Another meaning is the historic reference which recalls that the endless grasslands were marked with a series of long stakes or poles. The poles purportedly marked the Spanish Trail from South Central Texas to Santa Fe to lead those “in the know” from waterhole to waterhole in grasslands with extremely limited resources.

While it is unclear what these poles looked like or how closely they were positioned, this line of visible stakes were certainly a well-known warning sign to any wandering tribes or sod- busting pioneer letting them know they had entered into the plains territory claimed by the Comanche.

Now, perhaps by now you are saying to yourself, this is all very interesting Miss Sally but what does it have to do with the price of rice in China? Good Question. I hadn’t given any thought about Comanche’s or Staked Plains in many years- Not part of my day-to-day ruminations. However, last week as I was driving along, the term “staked plains” dropped with clarity into my head. The Holy Spirit regularly drops little pearls into my head to support this blog. When I receive one, I pay attention.

I began to ponder and pray about this and wonder what this term, “Staked Plains” was all about. I’ll break it down the way He led me through it:

The Llano Estacado is essentially an enormously large flat table-rock formation that has been lifted up. High and lifted up. Ok, moving on:

The Comanche were a small independent tribe of very focused warriors. They did not compromise. They did not back down and they did not change to suit the times. For a variety of reasons, their neighbors knew who they were and respected their power.


The Comanche “staked the plains” to clearly mark and identify their established territory to outsiders. They claimed it and defended it and held it. The Comanche didn’t stay put there in the safe lands. They could send out hunting or raiding parties who then returned to disappear into those deep invisible canyons of the Palo Duro to re-group and recharge.

These stakes which marked ownership of the land also led those who followed these tall poles to the watering places which were not obvious in the arid grasslands. Without the clear markings chances were good that they may lose their way in the wilderness and perish from lack of water.

While this example can only be carried so far, and is not intended as a digression about indigenous peoples or how mistreated they were by white folks. This term is an interesting pearl to now apply to our lives and examine here on the cusp of this election.

10410568_796008517134442_4638591922685716274_nBelievers, true believers, need to clearly stake their territory. We can view this personally or broaden our horizons to see the National slide from God over the years as erosion and encroachment into our “territory.” Either way, a Stake or Pole is a bold statement of ownership. This area of influence/ property/land as it pertains to Christians, is owned and controlled and under the dominion of a Child of the King. People who wander into my area need to know, in no uncertain terms, they have entered sacred ground. This territory is anointed, owned and operated by the Messiah. Unlike the Comanche who are reputed to have captured and tortured folks who entered their Staked Plains, my sphere of influence is Holy Spirit dominated and should have a powerful and captivating effect of a different sort. These sentiments stated, often and loudly, with other like- minded, dedicated Believers will exponentially ramp up the size of our real estate signage!

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There should be no compromise with the darkness from the outside world. No ignorance or disinterest in the things of God. It is our responsibility, in tandem with the Church, to pronounce the Legacy of our Staked Plains to our children and grandchildren and to those we encounter along life’s path. It is non-optional.

The stakes driven into the grasslands of the disorienting Llano Estacado were a clear sign of ownership, but they were also signposts to life-giving resources—water. The Indians of that day knew they could follow those posts to the hidden rare sources of water. Likewise, the Holy Spirit urges us to be cognizant of the signs and the Word, He wants to lead us via those stakes from pool to pool….from glory to glory.

Just as the un-indoctrinated on the Plains in the 19th century wouldn’t see the poles if they didn’t know to look. Without that critical knowledge one could wander, hopelessly lost and thirsty. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say one must know the Lord, and be dependent on the Holy Spirit to recognize His daily, life-giving trail. You have to be actively seeking the refreshment He offers. Christianity is not a walk down the aisle as a kid and I’m done kind of thing. It’s a life-long active relationship. It’s a reliance on the power derived from a living, breathing, resurrected Lord. Once we forget the importance of those Biblical Stakes, and see no constant need to draw from those pools, it becomes increasingly easy to be deceived, to seek wrong priorities and follow blithely after corrupt leaders.

Our lives and inheritance, need to be staked deeply on the Word of God. I believe no matter who wins, this presidential election will usher in great change for our nation. One candidate offers a continuation of a determined march toward socialism and idolatrous, secular humanism. The other offers an opportunity, a chance, and a stated willingness to plug the gaping hole in our sinking national boat.

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Spiritually, Believers need remain aware of the times. We must continue preparing for the End Times Harvest. From our Staked Plains, our expectation and readiness should be to ride up out of the wilderness of dying grasslands of the world on a tide of revival and power so amazing that we won’t have time nor inclination to be fearful of oppositional rising darkness. We should be prepared and we MUST Stake our Plains!

Too often today people can park in our churches and never hear Truth. Too often folks might work beside us, or live next door and never know that we are bearers of precious life-giving news. Too often our friends, neighbors and loved ones, suffer and even die because we are too timid to tell them that healing and deliverance are for today. Too often we tip-toe invisibly along the path of least resistance, self-satisfied with our own salvation and our personal relationship with Jesus, but have forgotten we were called to powerfully use it, share it and that full body armor would be essential against real supernatural enemies of darkness.thY7H0X6RR

Times are critical, my friends. On the brink of a critical election we must VOTE for the party that best represents the principles found in the Bible. Trump may be imperfect and controversial but he has publically promised to defend the churches from government persecution and he has publically come out against abortion and especially last minute, late-term abortion. He has publically stated that with the appointment of his published nominees for the Supreme Court that he will endeavor to repeal Roe vs. Wade. He promises to do something about our borders and to resolve the debt crisis which enslaves us and the generations to come to foreign powers.

People, now is the time to drive the stakes deep and boldly defend our God given territory. Have you driven a stake in the ground and declared that this is it, no retreat, no surrender? Do you believe that Jesus was the Messiah? That He really was who he claimed to be? Are you ferocious in your love for the unsaved? Are you telling others about the water holes and how to find them?

Without carrying this Indian metaphor too far, I want to note that they didn’t stay still. Their Comanche lifestyle was a mobile guerrilla force. They did not yearn for a house in the suburbs with a new car in the garage. The objective was to keep on the move, to follow the buffalo and extend their area of influence.comanche-warriors

I’m not advocating that we drag our teepee behind us, or tie our opponents to ant hills as we meander around the countryside. I am advocating the Biblical principle of trusting the Lord for our needs, and to be extremely sensitive to the Holy Spirit in these prophetic times; and be willing to go where He leads, and stop when He tells you to. Like Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch in the book of Acts. If Phillip had not been paying attention, the gospel may not have made it to Ethiopia as quickly as it did. We are pilgrims passing through and the stakes we drive into this land are forged in heaven.

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I believe that the Holy Spirit gave me the word “Staked Plains” to remind me that we are on a battle field. We as American believers have given up much ground over the past 50 years without a fight, without a whimper. We ceded the land that the Lord has entrusted us with and it must stop. As the world chipped away at our foundation, the church sat silently as Prayer left our schools. We didn’t make a peep as Abortion laws were passed and expanded. 60 million dead babies are an enormous and constant blood sacrifice that has attracted and honored the demonic. Knowing we were created in His image, we stood in silence as marriage and gender identification has been redefined and crammed down our throats. Alarmingly, acceptance of all this has gained footing even in Christian circles. Our “loving tolerance” has become a condoning acceptance which no longer recognizes sin as abhorrent before Almighty God.

This election is a last opportunity to clean out the corruption that has infected our government, stem the tide, to turn the ship. We must honor the Stakes driven into this land by our Godly forefathers. We must never lose sight of those stakes leading us to the deep pools necessary to sustain us— if we only remember to honor and follow them.


Take the next 5 days to drive your Stakes deep- in His authority- and pray for America.


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String of Pearls

My grandfather was the sweetest man.  Roy Moreland was tall and lanky, and kind of quiet. I can’t recall a time when he wasn’t smiling or making others do the same.string-of-peals-1

He always could be counted on to keep the grandchildren laughing by telling funny stories or threats of “counting our ribs.”  Any time of the year, when they would come to visit us in Dallas, he would spend hours each day walking many miles for his health and entertainment…or perhaps to avoid an ever-growing honey-do list composed by my grandmother.

He enjoyed his solitary walks, and while I’m sure he kept note of his surroundings, he would also, watch his feet. At the family dinner table each evening, he would report how much money he had discovered during his daily constitutional.  Lots of spare change seemed to always be in Granddaddy’s path.  He wasn’t particularly seeking it, but he would always pause and pick it up as he went along. As a little kid, this seemed magical and the sums, which often added up to several dollars, were magnificent and motivational to my young ears!string-of-pearls-2

The other day  I was looking back through a big ol’ pile of dream journals and notes- dating back to 2010. I was looking for something specific at the time- which I eventually found. During the massive review, I realized I had missed something rather startling.  Viewed individually I had seen the dreams one way, viewed as a whole, I was now seeing themes and commonalities I had, heretofore, overlooked.

My “Miss Sally” dream review was quite educational.  I noticed that from time to time in my dreams, I was actually offered, discovered or given, “pearls”. string-of-pearls-4  Not all the time, and not in any regular distribution, but often enough to now catch my attention.  Once I even received an entire “dream” necklace.

Please don’t misunderstand.  This isn’t a prideful observation, or a proclamation of any sort that “I’m so spiritual, the Lord is sending me spiritual pearls of wisdom.”   Like my Granddaddy in the 1960’s, just out for some exercise, watching the path, he came across items of value.  He wasn’t on a treasure hunt, he wasn’t out with a metal detector, or panning for gold.  He was a retired Entomologist, who was trying to stay in shape.  But, he was cognizant enough on his travels around the neighborhood to be watchful of his footing.  He noticed, as he walked, glints of quarters and nickels and dimes on the pavement, as well as the occasional dollar bill, and stooped down and collected it.


Totally bypassing Miss Sally and her many foibles as I  snooze soundly; Dream Sally is actually paying attention! These pearls often were not the real focus of the message, but a little side treasure-bonus.  Once, while many other things were going on- a gigantic oyster opened up and a HUGE pearl was awaiting me as I walked by. I did note, each time I saw a pearl in a dream I’m moving, following, I’m watchful or seeking and I never pass it by un-noticed.string-of-pearls-6

I wish I could say the same thing about real life….but, Halleluiah, the Lord isn’t through with me yet!  The nice things about Dreams and Visions is that the Lord can skip over our objections, excuses or life’s many distractions and drop a large or small, fresh water or salt water- pearl of good stuff on us, which in wakeful reality we might just waltz right on by.

I told you all that- to tell you this: This very last day of the Feast of Tabernacles is a time of open heaven, of rejoicing for the Messianic King who is coming again soon.  As sunset approaches, this holiday is an actual pearl.  Jesus in scripture THE Pearl of Great Price of Matthew 12:45-46.string-of-pearls-10

The Feasts are not like an actual Thanksgiving Turkey day feast – but a “Hey, don’t miss it! Divine Appointment”.  These Big repetitive dates (which The Lord called HIS FEASTS) are all a  connected sequence of prophetic messages.  A fabulous string of  7 very large pearls for Believers- the Bride- to collect and thus avoid missing the first or second coming of Jesus, the Messiah- the Bridegroom.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can be more important or carry more value than this particular string of pearls! No  current political drama or personal angst or travesty should overshadow the importance our carrying the message of  THE Pearl of Great Price.


Pearl one is Passover the actual day that Jesus was crucified- the Lamb of God.  Pearl two, is the Feast of Unleavened Bread when Jesus was put in the Grave.  Pearl three represents the Feast of Firstfruits, three days later, when Jesus was raised from the dead by the Power of the Holy Spirit,  Pearl four, the Feast of Pentecost the fulfillment of Jesus’ Promise of the Holy Spirit being poured out with fire on the people in Jerusalem and beyond.

We ought to be annually expectant for the arrival of the next enormous pearls 5,6, & 7 which will complete our unfinished String of Pearls: The Feast of Trumpets,string-of-pearls-5 Yom Kippur and Feast of Tabernacles which are a bright visual  prophetic picture of the Rapture of the Church, Judgment of Nations and the establishment of  Messiah’s Kingdom. Every single one is a message and promise of JESUS.

As Believers, we should be keeping our eyes peeled for those expected and beautiful events- those pearls to roll into view.  This loosely strung- string of pearls analogy is also a reminder to Believers that time is ticking and we want everyone to receive that message, and to see those pearls that are already strung while there is STILL TIME.

These Good News pearls aren’t for keeping – they are to share and give away to as many people as will look at them.

What a tragedy if there is someone I know who never had an opportunity to hear this story or claim this treasure trove of pearls or recognize these prophetic blood-bought pictures. I can’t control who will accept the Pearls. With an ever shortening time, all I can do is keep watching for the King and  asking the Holy Spirit to lead me to the ones who are seeking that String of Pearls and pray you do the same.

string-of-pearls-8For further study: Leviticus 23, John 3:14-21; John 7:37-43, The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard& Marvin Rosenthal.; Matt 13:45-46, Matthew 7:6; Rev. 21:21.  As I have stated in previous posts, there is not a more commonly discussed form of Godly communication than Dreams. Beginning in Genesis and continuing thru Revelation.  Godly dreams will always align with scripture.  If they don’t agree with the Word, then they are from a different source who loves to lie and counterfeit everything the Creator does.

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The Show to Come

I had a dream a few weeks ago, just at the end of September.  It was long and detailed and has been flirting at the edge of my consciousness ever since.Sleepers 2  Periodically, I come back to those carefully recorded “dream notes” and go over it all again, hoping the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal more fully the meaning of it all.

While I won’t share the entire thing at this juncture.  I will say that the  oft repeated phrase in the dream was “the show to come.”  In the dream, there was a lot going on- with most of it geared to the preparations for an exciting, soon-coming event.  The expectation and thrill was contagious.  In one of the scenes, I realized that my clothes were much too plain and ordinary for this event and so I unfurl my full length, voluminous skirt on the table and began to paint it with flowers.  I had a vague creative plan to start at the top with a narrow floral thing and broaden it as I swooped downward across the front– but as I picked up the brush, dipped it in the paint and got the project under way, it soon began to paint itself!painting-2

Without benefit of the unnecessary brush, pictures and shapes I could never imagine began to blossom amongst the simple flowers I had started to paint.  Eventually, the entire garment was completely, fully embellished, supernaturally in fantastic technicolor. I knew, in this dream that I had little to do with this project- but I was fully aware that it wouldn’t have happened had I not initially picked up that brush and begun to move.


As so often happens in dreams: Then, I just knew somehow, that on top of all this color and beauty, I needed to splatter it all in bright blue paint.  As I did this, it splatted all over the beautiful fabric and all over me, and all over the people who were gathered around to watch as I decorated my outfit for this “show to come.”


Dreams from God, just like those we see in the scripture are mysterious. As the most recorded means of communication between God and man in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we should not be surprised to receive them and should treasure them when they come to us. Ordinarily, you have to sort them out. Sometimes with prayer the meaning can immediately jump out.  Sometimes, when reviewed many months or years later, the notes from a long ago dream may reveal something totally new to the recipient, even when we thought we had the meaning at the get-go!  Scripture tells us that in the end times that everyone is going to be receiving prophetic dreams and visions from the Holy Spirit- so it would behoove us to begin to be receptive and get around the learning curve on this topic. (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:16-18)

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles.  One of those 7 feasts of the Lord which I often teach on from Leviticus 23.  I often say that these 7 Feasts are the framework or tent poles for the entire fabric of Messianic Prophecy. thN5ZJDNUK Tabernacles or Sukkot is without a doubt, the ultimate Show to Come.  It is the Feast that celebrates the restoration of the Messianic Kingdom.  It is a weeklong joyful party bookended by two Sabbath days..  At Yom Kippur He was our atoning Lamb.  At Sukkot Jesus is our Joy and he is our Sabbath Rest.  Everything, as one studies this amazing holiday, is wrapped in incredible Joy, celebration and light.  Jesus is the Light of the World!   I welcome you to go into the fall archives and read past posts from Tabernacles I have written if this is a topic new to you.

The “show to come” in my dream was not identified.  It could be preparation for the Rapture – the marriage supper of the Lamb or it could be some earthly extravaganza, of which I can only imagine.  I knew that I needed to be prepared, I knew everyone was extremely excited, I knew that I needed to be expectant, and, just like we read outlined in Matthew 22- I needed to have the appropriate clothing for this gig. Ultimately, I knew that without the bright blue spatter all over it, my outfit wasn’t complete.paint-4

Like Joseph’s coat of many colors in the Bible, a multi-colored garment can be a symbol of prophetic anointing or a representation of the Glory or Promise of The Lord, as we see with the rainbow to reassure Noah after the worldwide cleansing of the flood. It can be all of the above. Blue is a color of royalty and heavenly revelation.

I like the idea that I was tossing it around like confetti.  It stuck to me, to my clothing and got all over everyone that was near me.  Everyone was delighted to see the glorious splatter happen, and no one moved to wipe their faces or clean their clothes of these droplets in my dream. It fell like blessings.

There IS a show to come. The King is coming back and he’s coming soon. And while we wait for the ultimate show- every day should be “showtime” for each of us.  Who will notice our fabulous supernatural adornments, the unique heavenly colors emblazoned on our lives as we wait with expectation for Jesus to return as promised?  Who  in our sphere of influence will be hit with glorious, Holy Spirit spatter paint as we go about our day to day lives and accomplish what we are called to do – To preach the gospel of the Kingdom ( much more than salvation) as we cast out demons ( yes, Christians can have demons) and heal the sick!  We are each called and imbued to be a glorious, “package deal” while we await the fulfillment of these final three Feasts of the Lord: Trumpets, Yom Kippur and the Big #7– Tabernacles.

It IS all about the Joy!

th29CQNWITFor additional study:

The Divinity Code by Adam F Thompson and Adrian Beale; The Feasts of the Lord DVD’s by Mark Biltz; Mark 16:16-18, Matt. 10:1,8 ; the Book of Acts, Matthew 22.

Previous posts on The Feasts of the Lord available in the archives: Pulse Points, Fly Away Home, Escape Plan, Feast on , Countdown, The Big Picture, The Ad Man, Let the Shofar Blow, Masterpiece, Hamburgers, Huts and a Belated Blood Moon.

If you have been dreaming, would like to share it or just need some help or a sounding board, I am happy to help!





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Keep your eye on the ball

Many years ago, my sister, Amy and I took tennis lessons along with our good friends and neighbors, Sue and Nancy Tilley, at a nearby recreation center.  Dressed in our little white outfits, we learned the rules, practiced our volleys and backhand while endeavoring not to melt in the Dallas heat and  While none of us were particularly athletic, these are fun memories. The only thing I recall with any clarity, these many years later, was the instructor repeatedly shouting, “Keep your eye on the ball!”

Falling sway to passing distractions makes it all too easy to lose sight of the ball, miss the advantage and, in nothing flat, lose the game.  “Keep your eye on the Ball” is a simple rule to stand you in good stead whether playing ping-pong or raising children.  It’s a valuable maxim if one is struggling to remain married or voting for a presidential candidate.  Keep your eye on the ball. Don’t lose sight of the real deal, the true issue on the clay courts of life!tennis-lesson-6

Thirty days out from the most pivotal presidential election in American history and a few days prior the second debate between the leading Presidential hopefuls, a video clip is released of Donald Trump, many years ago, having a private, vulgar conversation about women.

Defending indefensible behavior is a waste of energy.  He has apologized several times.  Does The Donald need his mouth washed out with soap?  Yes, indeed. This has been a big and hopefully educational,”shame on you!” moment from long ago.  I will suggest a remedial course in charm school  be wedged into his busy schedule!


However, let us analyze a bit, before moving on. Since he has been running for this office for over a year, I find it extremely curious, and hope that you do as well, that only NOW are we beginning to see the resurrection of assorted damning clips or emails.  In a tight race, this video has conveniently and completely overshadowed the expected WikiLeaks email dump by the elusive Mr. Julian Assange; emails revealing Hillary Clinton’s true political leanings and extremely situational ethics.  The old girl just aced the serve, slamming that ball so fast and tight across the net Donald didn’t  even see it coming and it, ironically, hit him right in the family jewels!

I have seen lots of chatter this week from outraged Facebook folks or media pundits ranting about “objectification of women” and prevalent “rape culture.” thUQND4YMJ  If you have perchance, been in a coma or preoccupied with the weather channel all week, Mr. Trump, unaware he was being recorded, some 11 years ago, said women ( beautiful and often married, allowed him do whatever he liked ( this is the sanitized version) because he was a “star” and presumably filthy rich.  This is a grown man saying that he likes women and they like him. Tacky? Absolutely. Juvenile and crude?  Sadly, yes. Coincidental release….hardly.

We are seeing the reluctant Republican elite, at the publication of this story scream like little girls seeing their first mouse!  So horrified to hear cocky locker room talk, they are running from a nominee they never liked or understood, like rats from a burning ship.  In fact, it makes me wonder if they may be responsible or in cahoots?  We will likely never know. Yet, are they willing to throw a national election just because they are shocked or offended? Are you?

The Jeb Bushes and John Kasich’s are still stinging from the knowledge the john-kasichAmerican people didn’t want them, didn’t like them and did not want more of the same do-nothing politics. jeb-bush The Grand Ol’ Party despised Trump because he wouldn’t play by their intra-party rules, and his rhetoric threatens to rock the USS Status Quo.  Some of these Senators and Congressmen ( Democrats and Republicans) have been in Washington for over 50 years, enriching themselves, changing nothing, while America sinks lower into a morass of debt and decay. As a result, it is becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference between the parties.  People are frustrated, broke and mad. Trump gets that.  For whatever reason, he sees it, addressed it, and promised to fix it.  Trump has proposed change and finds himself in the unique position whereby he does not need to pimp himself out to big-dog puppet masters. Running, thus far, on his own money which he earned himself- he is not beholden to big donors and it scares the folks who are!

Did you miss the information recently released where Hillary Clinton accepted large sums of money as donations to her Clinton Foundation before seeing foreign supplicants when she served as Secretary of State?  This is much more serious than stupid, guy talk but nobody bats an eyelash. Washington politics are intrinsically toxic and corrupt and so deeply entrenched- nobody even cares.  If this doesn’t alarm you, it should.

Here is the ball. Don’t Blink: tennis-lesson-4 I hope you will take the message to heart because time is critical.  We have weeks to return the focus to real issues, where it needs to be.  You and  I are not shopping for a husband. I am not looking for someone to date my daughters, nor am I on a pastoral search committee.  This may come as a shock to my readers, but women have been throwing themselves at powerful, wealthy men since the dawn of time and that is unlikely to ever change.  Grown men, both rich and poor, anonymous or famous, Christian or Atheists will undoubtedly continue to behave badly and say stupid stuff regardless of political party, upbringing or objections on my part.  Only repentance and a continuing relationship with Jesus has the power to change peoples hearts and character.

Just a refresher in case you took your eye off the ball:  There is no argument. Mr. Trump is not a perfect man nor a perfect candidate. He is also not a perfectly scripted, professionally rehearsed politician.donald-trump-2  That’s not what America needs right now.  If I were looking for a potential soulmate from the dating pool, I would undoubtedly have a different set of traits on my “must have” list.   However, we are shopping for an effective President of the United States. We need someone who is confident no job is too big, or too hard to be tackled. We need someone unafraid to get in someone’s grill and tell them what needs to happen. We need someone who can bring in a job on time and under budget for a change. We need a negotiator with a big, Teddy Roosevelt-style stick.  This candidate will NOT be maintaining or complacent with Washington steam-rolling Politics, as usual. He has terrified the movers and shakers and they are after him now, with a vengeance.

Will he be a perfect president?  I’m not sure America has ever had a perfect president, so I’m not certain what that will look like until we get to the Millennium Kingdom.  Trump’s not perfect, but I’m praying for effective and frugal.   Trump is just learning to play this game and he seems to play best when everyone thinks he’s done.  We are down to the end of the match. It’s 40- Love.  It doesn’t matter what what he said over a decade ago in a stupid private conversation. That makes him human.  The critical BALL to watch is this and only this- he has identified essential priorities for our foundering country:

This is a battle for Supreme Court judges.  Trump HAS incredibly released his list of conservative folks that he would consider for the Supreme Court.  People who actually honor the Constitution. This is huge and completely unprecedented.  A BIG BALL for Christians and conservatives to focus on and keep lobbing it over the net to inform dumb people.

He launched his campaign with a promise of expeditiously securing our borders and doing something to control ILLEGAL immigration and eject criminals and gang members who have entered this country.  Why is this shocking to people that he wants to follow the laws that are already on our books?   Why is it bad or heartless to want to know exactly who is coming across our borders?  I keep my doors locked on my home–if you want to come in, you knock on the front door, tell me who you are and ask if you can visit.  This isn’t bigotry its common sense safety.

He has come out against partial birth abortion.  Can he get established legislation on abortion changed?  I don’t know, but nobody else has shown the spine to even try and perhaps he can keep abortion from being federally funded with my tax dollars.  Maybe it’s time for people to consider if we had not aborted over 60 million innocent, inconvenient lives since the mid 1970’s we would have that many more people paying taxes and funding Social Security in the 21st century. Ironic but true.

He backs Israel publically and isn’t afraid to say so. Well that’s refreshing! Aced it!

Trump wants to renegotiate trade deals that will bring GOOD jobs back to the US.  His recurrent theme is  turning the tide on $20 TRILLION DOLLAR national debt.   People must begin to grasp the serious consequences of rampant debt. Being a debtor nation has already eroded our international influence and ability to improve circumstances in this country.  Left unmended and unaddressed this debt will change life and prospects in America- not only for ourselves but for following precious generations.   There is no such thing as free college,  free healthcare or a free lunch.  Some day, some one, somewhere pays for every decision we make or don’t make in the voting booth.

Let us not forget, in the latest barrage of media smack-talk about Trump, that Hillary Clinton has said and done plenty of questionable stuff.  She has said shocking things herself that received little media coverage.  In an ABC News Interview in August 2014 Ronald Kessler author of First Family Detail  clinton-book-2-first-family-detailwrote of interviews with various Secret Service details guarding the first families over the decades.  He stated, by far, the worst detail agents identified was the ongoing duty attached to former first lady Hillary Clinton. “It shines a light on her character Kessler said.  ” She claims to be a champion of the little people and she’s going to help the middle class.  And in fact, she treats these people around her , who would lay down their lives for her, like sub-humans and I think voters need to consider that.”

More recently former Secret Service Agent, Gary J. Byrne who spent years on clinton-bookPresidential family duty during the Clinton years recently wrote in his 2016 released book, Crisis of Character, “Hillary Clinton is now poised to become the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States. However, she simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office.  From the bottom of my soul, I know this to be true- So I must speak out.”  Obviously, I don’t know the author, but his narrative rings true as he outlines horrible personal stories of the first lady’s treatment of her security detail that should curl your hair and make you wonder why on earth this woman is so angry.  I encourage you to read the excerpts available online or buy the whole thing.  You can’t make this kind of stuff up!

Over the years  everyone has seen Clinton lie about her lies and then lied to Congressional committees and the FBI while deleting emails and taking hammers to her lost electronic devices. If I had said and done a thimbleful of the things she has done, I’d be writing this blog from behind bars for a long, long time. American’s don’ t like double standards and I hope they see that she doesn’t have to play by the same rules as they do.

Keep your eye on the ball:  This election has two- and only two- viable candidates. Neither is up for the Goody-Two-Shoes, Good Behavior Award.  It isn’t pretty, but this is the ball  in play.  We have a Democratic candidate that proposes to maintain and enhance the programs, policies and expenditures of President Obama and another, who proposes to shake things up.trump-vs-clinton

If you decide to stay home because Trump has a potty mouth and years ago blurted something despicable– then by default, you will be voting for more of Obama’s globalist ideology and voting for bigger and bigger government with a side order of shrinking civil liberties.  You will own it.  Do not be deceived. Not voting in November is a vote FOR Hillary Clinton.  Voting for Gary Johnson or whatshername Stein or Bozo the Clown is a vote FOR Hillary Clinton. You may think you are standing on principal, retaining your delicate Christian sensibilities- but you will have helped to give us all Ms. Hillary R. Clinton, as well.

I have heard recently that Trump has become a Christian, making a heartfelt profession of faith.  I hope its true, but really, none of us know whether that is sincere or just rumors to assuage a jittery wing of the party. For pities sake, I have people in my own family who’s faith and eternal destination I am unsure of!   All I really know,  via publically stated stump speeches is at least he doesn’t despise Christians!!!!  Right now, that’s good enough for me- and sadly, a much better position than Believer’s have held for the past 8 years!


Don’t let the repeated, sexy distractions the Clinton camp or the bloodsucking media gleefully lobbed over the net fool you.  Please don’t be that gullible.  He may be have a big mouth with a bigger ego, successful men often do.  We’ve had those fellows in the White House a few times and they’ve been surprisingly effective.

We have two choices before us and only two. This may be our last opportunity to stem the tide of sliding progressive socialism and preserve hard won liberties and opportunities for the next generations.   I’m looking for somebody who can FIX  real financial and temporal problems and get Congress off their collective fannies to get something accomplished and choose solid Supreme Court Justices. Justices whose influence will far outlast the fleshly, flawed big-mouthed but penitent Mr. Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.




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Don’t lose the WOW!

A friend of mine that is not a believer, recently told me that I seemed really stressed out and intense of late.  This made me think a little more seriously about what and how I am living my life.

th (87) I am busy, as are we all.  I have a job, a blog, I read and track a lot of news sources.  Added to this, I have friends and extended family all of whom come with varying degree’s of melodrama on any given day.  Every one of us spins lots of plates and deals with a lot of things, which sadly, probably doesn’t stop until we die.

After some careful introspection it occurs to me that stress is not the same thing as worry.  That intensity is not necessarily an attitude of belligerence or anger. Sometimes our message or discussion of these times may (and probably should) instill fear in others who choose not to see what is happening around them. However, as a Christian it can also be easy to lose track of the track; To miss the forest for the trees so to speak.

th3HEBRZ7V If we lose sight of the joy of knowing Messiah because we have become totally focused on everything surrounding his return or the cares of this world then we have robbed the people in our sphere of influence of something critical.  We can become so intense in sharing the lateness of the hour, and the signs of the times with those who are not saved that we forget to impart the internal peace and joy of knowing the Savior in any hour.

On the brink of the 3 Fall Feasts of the Lord, we need to focus on our soon coming King.  He comes, this time, not as the suffering sacrificial Lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  We should be watching for that arrival of the Bridegroom, our little lamps full of oil–in joyful anticipation.

In our 21st Century western culture we often confuse happiness with joy.  Joy as you may recall is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Happiness is circumstantial.  I got what I wanted for Christmas, so I am happy.  I received the job promotion that I was hoping for therefore I am happy.  Don’t misunderstand, Joy and Happiness may often walk hand in hand.  Joy in the Hebrew, and all through scripture is a euphemism for what comes to us because of relationship or position with the Lord.  (Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11 and many more.)



Joy transcends situation or circumstance.  It is a function of my salvation and new-found status as a child of the King.  Messiah-Jesus Loves ME!  He redeemed me with his blood.  I now wear His righteousness.  I have THE JOY of the Lord.  I will spend eternity with Him.  Wow!  Joy encompasses the Wow.  As we go about our busy lives we must always remember to radiate that Wow in the midst of an increasingly dark and fearful world.

The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset tonight.  The King is Coming!


References for further study:

2 John 12; Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 9:3; Isaiah 12:3

Previous posts on the fall Feasts of the Lord for you to peruse if you are new to this site: Let the Shofar Blow, Fly away home, Masterpiece, Escape Plan,  The Awe of it all, The Day…There are probably more and all these posts will give you many references from scripture and books to build your knowledge.









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Another Countdown

“Sally, what happened with the Shemitah?”  A curious acquaintance approached me at an art gallery gala the other evening, wanting to know why the sky had not fallen last year at the culmination of the Shemitah.  While I never predicted such a wholesale collapse of the economy on a certain day, I can see how folks could misconstrue, as some kind of “end-times astrology”, the blood moons and historic look-back at Israel and Shemitah postulation.   I took a few minutes in the midst of the fancy cheese and elegant artwork to give this friend ( and you) a quick overview of items I considered the result of incremental removal of our hedge of protection and blessing we have enjoyed in this country.

The stock market did take a big dive last fall.  It rallied ( and I’m glad) I’m hoping that we don’t have another crash in the next few weeks as the Jubilee closes- following the artificial heights induced by the IMF and our Federal quantitative easing. Sometimes when disparate things occur we don’t connect those dots as we do when the NASDAQ dramatically plummets.  For those who chose to look, recent headlines include: extended, deep drought, huge wildfires, increasing volcanic and earthquake activity, the selling of baby parts from abortion clinics without censure, A US treaty and lifting of UN sanctions with Iran, a sworn enemy of Israel,  alarming tensions with Russia, China and North Korea, incurable mosquito borne illnesses not to mention unprecedented flooding, rising racial and ethnic unrest as well as a rising spirit of  lawlessness.


I am not predicting anything, but hurricane season is not over yet and we are about to embark on the first national election following recent un-Biblical Supreme Court decisions.  With something short of two weeks left in the Jubilee Year and in the absence of any measurable repentance of the Church in the United States, or national repentance- we, as Remnant Believer’s, need to be ready for anything!  I think it was Evangelist, Billy Graham who is quoted as saying if God doesn’t judge America he is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!

A brief review:

In the Old Testament the Lord told Moses to keep the 7th day “holy” with no work being done.  The 7th year was to have been a Sabbath year of rest, with the people resting, the land resting and debts released.  Every seventh, 7th year was a Shemittah Year where the land was restored to rightful owners, debts forgiven, slaves freed in addition to no crops being planted.  This 49th year of restoration was to be followed by the Jubilee year.  Leviticus 25:23 outlines the restoration of economic structure of Israel’s society as it had been when God brought them into the Promised Land.  Tribal identity was maintained, land remained in the hands of small landholders and people were set free to develop their own businesses.  Similarly, each of the 7 prophetic feasts from Passover thru the Feast of Tabernacles is a prophetic calendar of Messianic action. Each consecutive, 7th period of rest is a growing, expansive picture, eloquently describing the provision and peace beyond all understanding-of the coming Messianic Kingdom as well as the restoration of Israel.

The basis, I am sure, of my friend’s question at the Art Gallery is that in times past, the last day prior to the Seventh year cycle or the Jubilee- has often resulted in economic shaking and judgement of nations.  Following the Lord, as outlined in Deuteronomy 26-28,  would result in National blessing and provision beyond measure for His covenant people while disobedience, idol worship, giving their children over to the fire of Molech etc…and not letting the land rest (trusting that God would provide) would produce the OPPOSITE.  The recurrent Old Testament theme being that continued wandering or outright rebellion from the Lord results in growing warnings followed by gradual removal of the blessing.  We see that it took many years of rebellion in Judah before the Lord finally allowed the Babylonians to overrun the land, destroy the first Temple and take them captive for the exact number of  Sabbath years (70) they had failed to keep.

After a cursory study some may see the lack of catastrophic, civilization-ending events as proof that Godly covenant is no longer as persnickety as it was in Bible days; that faith as Karl Marx called it, really is merely the “opiate of the masses”. It could also mean that I am a false teacher or other Messianic Rabbi’s and Prophecy authors’s got things terribly wrong.


I believe like the star of Bethlehem, or the sun standing still in Joshua 10:13 are just two examples of  amazing heavenly signs supported in scripture. The Lord blesses us with understanding of not only his Word, but also those signals in the heavens  in conjunction with a repeated and uncommon emphasis on keeping the Feasts of the Lord.  It gives us an appreciative glimpse of His mathematical precision and prophetic beauty. His is the only definitive calendar.  I may not understand a lot of things; however, I see further delay on this clockwok, as proof of God’s enduring mercy (II Peter 3)  Every day we are blessed with is another lap or two, a little more time on the clock to save more souls!

That being said, I wasn’t expecting, nor teaching, a huge collapse of life-as-we-know-it last fall, I saw the culmination of the 4 blood moons, and Shemittah shakings as something akin to the new years ball dropping in Time Square or NASCAR “final lap” flags being dropped to alert the drivers in the race. These are signals to let us know time is running out, Harvest time is here, and we had best get crackin’!

The first three Spring Festivals were fulfilled to the day with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.  Pentecost marked the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit. As yet unfulfilled on this prophetic framework are the 3 Fall Feasts. These are a picture of the Second Coming of Messiah, Jesus. Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Tabernacles all happen in the 7th month of the Jewish calendar called Tishrei.  Based on a lunar calendar of  approximately 28 days, each Hebrew month begins on a new moon.

It is interesting to note the PREVIOUS month of Elul, leading up to the fabulous,  7th month of Tishrei, is special in it’s own way. It behooves us to break this down a little further as we can see the lateness of the hour in Matthew 24 and note from my headlines above that many precursors to the end of the age which Jesus described are already in play.

A cautionary tale:

The infamous “Golden Calf incident” outlined in Exodus 32-34 describes that the Hebrew people had to wait an agonizing additional 40 days while Moses returned up Mt. Sinai. The people, during this time, had no assurance The Lord would forgive them of their grievous sin of idolatry. I believe it made an impression on them. God did forgive them and Moses returned on Yom Kippur with a new set of Commandments.

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A  tradition soon arose to remember the cautionary tale of sin and uncertainty: Beginning with the first day of the 6th month of Elul, each morning, a priest would ascend the wall of the temple (except the Sabbath)and give out one special series of  blasts on the shofar.   The rams’ horn is sounded to call everyone to a national, holy convocation. A blaring reminder to everyone in earshot that time is incredibly short- The Feast of Trumpets is just around the corner and the Day of Atonement can’t be far behind!

The shofar in Bible history, is only blown for three reasons: to call the people to a Holy Convocation ( prayer meeting!), to the coronation of the King or an urgent call to battle. We are now in that month of Elul: Repent. Tell the Lord you cannot find your way in the wilderness of life without Him. Turn away from flashy idols made with human hands. Examine your heart and turn your eyes from the world and back to the King of Kings.  Time is short. 28-27-26-25  Another day marked off the calendar with each shofar call.  It is time to prepare for the King’s arrival !  Remember to always seek HIS FACE! (Is. 55:6)

Today, Sunday September 25th- is the 22nd day of Elul. The Feast of Trumpets arrives October 3rd.  I believe this framework of divine appointments shows that on some fine, future Feast of Trumpets, Jesus will return for the second time in power and glory.  The Bible dictates that at Trumpets the shofar prophetically blasts 100 times ! (10 in Biblical numerology represents completion or wholeness: 10×10  would be complete completeness or Maximum Wholeness!  A state only attainable through the Blood of the Lamb!  10×10, by the way, was the dimension of the original Tabernacle’s Holy of Holies.)

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You may wonder why I consider this information significant since we are, after all, not the nation of Israel. Its a good question.  While I am not Jewish and we are not Israel, America as a nation was established as a Christian City on a Hill by men mostly in Covenant with the Lord.  Paul explains in Romans 11 that because of the incredible love of Jesus I don’t have to wonder if God will forgive my sins.  My sins have been covered and remembered no more. In this NEW Covenant; Gentile- non- Jewish Believers have been grafted into that Olive Tree of Israel and as such are also adopted into that Covenant of Promise.  Jesus tells us that he didn’t come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it! If we don’t “get” the Old Testament we are missing much of the grand significance of our Godly inheritance.

The daily blasts of the shofar during the month of Elul  should be seen or remembered as wake-up calls to a wayward, sleeping nation.  Wake up! Are you ready for the King?  He is coming and he is coming soon!

References for further study:; Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal; Mystery of the Shemitah by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn; The Feasts of the Lord DVD series by Marc Biltz,  The Four Blood Moons by John Hagee ; Studies in our Hebrew Roots DVD by Pastor Marc Biltz available at; The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall Jr.

Lev 23; Lev. 25; Ex 23; Deut. 16, 20 ; Deut. 26: 16- Deut. 28.; Ephesians 2:12-18; Romans 11:11-31; John 3:16-17






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The Hit List

reporter-clip-art-2Most of my readers know I wear many hats. In addition to writing this blog, I also work as a reporter for the newspaper in the small town where I live.In that capacity I generally cover nothing more fascinating than small town news and rarely do I come across anything earthshattering to the world beyond our mountain valley.

Last week, however, I heard there were several families in our hamlet who had been contacted by the FBI and told their names had appeared on the ISIS Hit List.  This greater list of several thousand names has been reported upon in the National media mostly because it was discovered that the list was known to authorities for many months without informing those of the list of the potential danger.  Many on the list are Christians.  ISIS  has previously published a list of military family targets, but not being persnickety in whom they hate or target, this list includes Jewish folks, as well.isis-guy

Rather astounded that our tiny town had more than one on the list, I thought this would be an incredible news story, grabbed my notebook and began running down the rumors. I wanted to give these locals an opportunity to give their testimony to a secular audience in a secular newspaper. These are weird and goofy times and this, in my mind, is a stellar opportunity to report on your life and how you may have earned such dramatic mention.  I thought Christian believers finding themselves in this situation might be eager to announce that the only thing a person should fear is NOT knowing Jesus.  It’s a powerful story to consider especially on a weekend where bombs have gone off in New York and New Jersey.

I was ultimately stonewalled on the story.  All those involved confirmed the validity of the news, yet none would be interviewed (even anonymously)  even for the blog.   The subjects had been told by the FBI not to talk to the media in an effort not to “spread the fear” which was, obviously, the ISIS goal.

I don’t wish to convey any criticism, whatsoever, of those who find themselves on the ISIS Hit List.   It must be as shocking to have the FBI knock on ones’ front door  as it is to discover one has been named on such a list.  I can appreciate not giving publicity to bullies and terrorists. I have reluctantly, let the matter drop as the topic for a news  article.  It does however spark my interest as a jumping off point for a Feverseason post.


It has crossed my mind and perhaps yours as well, that all this governmental secrecy may be only reluctance to have more anti-Islamic press circulating weeks before a presidential election. Having done some due diligence on the matter I am curious to know how these disparate folks arrived on said list. How the authorities are convinced it is indeed an ISIS generated list and not some high school nerd with a weird sense of humor.  If indeed terrorist generated- why did my neighbors make the hit parade when other more outspoken persons and pastors who often speak against Islam are not.  Let us set my jaded suspicions aside and give the authorities the benefit of the doubt in this instance.  This ISIS Hit List has reminded me of a few things more important and weighty than a newsy headline.

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First, The list is out there.  It has been circulated, allegedly by ISIS.  The deed is done. Supposedly, if you are on the list the FBI would have informed you by now.  The “fear” work is already done–especially for those having that dubious distinction of inclusion.  Second, are Americans so jittery mere discussion of the existence of an ISIS List will send them into a swoon?  Would not an open and honest airing of the topic result in a unified public ANGER at being threatened in such a way followed by action?  Third, is silence on the issue less a fear of public panic or of public outrage at lax border and immigration policies by leaders of both parties which now reap the realization we don’t  know who may be in our country willing and able to commit these or other heinous acts?


Finally, is our “correctness” and fear of offending some minority group or faction so entrenched that Americans and/or the Body of Christ won’t rise up in outrage at ISIS- this violent, pagan entity threatening peaceful people in our own backyard?  I get that we don’t want to give them free advertising–But, where is our outrage? Where is our big stick of days gone by? Where is a viable leadership plan?  Laying low, practicing our Lamaze breathing while trying not to spread panic is not a plan- it is what you do when there is no plan!

Recall, if you will , a similarly terrifying situation with a young shepherd, David. Sometime after his anointing by Samuel to become the next King of Israel, David stayed busy tending the family sheep while his older brothers are called to fight in Saul’s army.

isis-david-shepherd His folks send him to take snacks to his brothers and find out how things are going. David arrives at the Israeli camp to find that the entire army literally paralyzed in fear.  The Philistines are all lined up across the battlefield behind their champion, Goliath. He’s a giant, he is big, mean and scary. He comes out every day and says dreadful things about the God of the Israel, their king and the caliber of their army.  Goliath asks for one warrior to come fight him to settle the conflict- In essence, this battle would determine not only the fate of two nations but would show everyone who really was the preeminent god.  It was perceived as a serious challenge and it scared the army and the Israeli King to death.


David arrives on scene, hears the smack talk coming from Goliath. Strangely, the teenager isn’t terrorized, he isn’t shaking in his little sandals.  He gets mad! And he has trouble understanding why others aren’t equally outraged. Look it up and read the whole story in I Samuel 17.  It’s a doozy!.

What is the difference between this young shepherd, his brothers, a professional army and the King of Israel?  Just off the top of my head:

1) David had an anointing

2) David had the experience of that anointing in action, He had killed a lion and a bear with his own hands, while guarding his flock.

3) He was accustomed to acting on his own in solitary situations and wasn’t hindered overmuch by what others thought.

4) He had a personal knowledge and trust in the POWER of who His God was. He had spent his spare time meditating on the Word of the Lord.

5) He knew that he was the anointed of this selfsame God.

6) Please note that David wasn’t surprised to see the Nephilim. Giants according to Genesis 6 were the demonic offspring of fallen angels and easy earth girls. They keep popping up throughout Hebrew History and were known to have superhuman abilities.  Know your enemy!

We all know the story.  He picks up 5 stones – Goliath has 4 brothers, after all.  David kills the Giant, then proceeds to chop off the giant’s head with Goliath’s own sword the entire Philistine army runs for the hills , now chased by the newly empowered and freshly motivated, Israeli Army. David had seen the exact same giant as the rest of the crowd.  What was the difference?

His life and actions were in agreement with who GOD’s Word said that HE was.  Today’s American Christians need to remember that.  The Army , David’s older brothers and Saul had all come into complete agreement with what Goliath was saying.  David, heard the same words from the same giant, but he was in agreement and empowered by who God said he was.  David was no longer the dopey kid brother, the useless delivery boy.  He was God’s anointed.  A slayer of lion’s and bears. His reputation and testimony empowered an army, defeated the giant and set the enemy running. It also changed David’s life when he stepped into his God-given destiny.

I can’t do anything about American leadership- other than vote in November- which I plan to do. I can’t do anything about people who won’t talk to me about a news story. Nor, can I force the FBI to answer my questions. It is fruitless for me to stew about motives involved- good or bad.  That is not my job. My job is to be bold and to use my words to God’s purpose:

Don’t be afraid of terroristic words, deeds or lists.  Don’t be  ‘fraidy cats who are fearful of speaking out against bad policies, bad people, un-Godly legislation, horrible situations, political corruption OR a compromising church that looks more like the folks they are called by God to change.

Bible stories are not fictional tales to entertain kids in Sunday School. isis-giants-nephilimThey are true and intended to infuse young and old with a vision of actionable faith in a living, loving GOD.  Like young David, we are supposed to know who our Father God, hopefully long before we hit a battlefield. We are to understand our anointing and move IN IT every day- right now- as we live out that inheritance.  We are supposed to know who we serve, not to stand idly by and let Philistines or Giants threaten us, or make us feel foolish or powerless.  We are called to keep our armor on and be on that battlefield swinging that sword and send the enemy running!

If we don’t have a bold, comprehensive understanding that Christianity is an action word than we have a fundamental identity crisis.  I follow Jesus.  It is not supposed to be easy, or comfortable.  Christianity requires faith and heart. It could cost you friends or family, careers and at some point American lives may well be in jeopardy. Jesus told us PERILOUS times are coming!  I believe him.  Tough, ugly times inevitably will come to America.  The enemy won’t always be easily identifiable as ISIS members wearing black masks   We need to know who we are, and what our function is in the world.  If I encounter any sort of giant hurling threats at me and mine- I have been given authority and training over the demonic and can take care of that problem.



Remember, you may not be on this latest ISIS Hit List- but are you active and threatening enough to be on Satan’s Hit List?  Sooner or later, if you are doing this Christianity thing right, there will be a giant or two or three on the field in front of you and you had best know what to do.  The world may be scared of black hooded terrorists like ISIS and their paper lists; but we serve the Lord of Hosts and we know what to do to big-mouthed giants.


1 Sam. 16 and 17;  Genesis 6:1-6;  Ephesians 6:10-18; Matt. 24:8-13; Luke 21:12-19; Numbers 13:33; Exodus 23:20-33





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It has been a while since I posted on . I want to thank folks for their prayers.  It has been a full summer with more than the usual amount of family drama.  I believe things have simmered down enough that I now feel comfortable getting back to work. I have missed the writing and appreciate so many readers have contacted me to see when I was going to start again– Thanks for waiting!

After so long an absence, I have been giving serious consideration to my re-launch topic.  While there is much going on in the world crying out for commentary the Lord continues to lay on something on my heart which I believe to be a pivot point with meaningful impact on many of the topics on my list for future posts; so, it is there I will begin:thuhgwj81i

Recall brassy Lois Lane and freckle-faced Jimmy Olsen of the fictitious Daily Planet in Superman Comic Book lore. They honestly believe they know everything about co-worker- the dull, bespectacled and nerdy Clark Kent.  Ever on a quest for a late-breaking news these hard-working journalists never connect those coincidental dots or listen to Kent’s voice, and recognize his true identity. Likewise, I believe the modern day church has incrementally photo-shopped their perception of Jesus/God/Holy Spirit and Scripture to make their faith explainable in the tangible natural realm, conforming to a box that matches their own limited experience. Not only have many mainline Christians grown skeptical and selective of what they teach, for the most part they have discounted any current necessity or dependence on the supernatural– then wonder why no one thinks Church is relevant or very interesting.


Some denominations take a liberal slant intimating the Biblical record is flowery speech, rich in poetic imagery used by an ancient people to try to formulate their origins or victorious historic accounts. The other extreme, more Evangelical in outlook, will adamantly defend the entire canon of Scripture as inspired, accurate and true- then vociferously maintain God no long works in that way. The miraculous certainly happened back then, but there is no need now for confirming experiences nor powerful glory which may disrupt the Sunday Morning program. Of course, there are variations falling within these two but the unifying thread seems to be draining any supernatural expectation from the Christian faith.

Both ideas are perilous and exhibit a shocking lack of knowledge as well as avoidance of the Prophetic.  The first example is all too common, maintaining Jesus was a prophet whose teachings are useful for moral society or maintaining stable family life. The latter grants a historic nod to the powerful character of God but hinges, doctrinally, on the supposition that God has a changeable nature. Convincing themselves this must be true because WE the people change all the time,  they transfer that inconstant nature onto the God we supposedly worship. This has God being made over into our image rather than transforming our minds to be more like Jesus. Very dangerous territory.

It is not my job to determine who is really a Christian and who is not. It is my obligation however, to point out that if you claim to be a Christian you must follow the real Jesus. There must be actual relationship developed that changes your life or we are left to wonder if it was a true salvation experience. superman-5Like Lois Lane, the American Church, by in large, seems too comfortably sophisticated or hard-nosed to recognize what she needs to SEE to achieve the powerful, earth shattering, bad-guy busting, Pulitzer prize winning, life changing, scoop of the Ages! Amazing, powerful relationship and true love is sitting right there, unrequited, just for the asking.

Belief that Jesus is the Messiah with the power to cover our sins and assure eternal life is supernatural, is it not? To think Jesus only a prophet, or nice guy relegates him equal status with Buddha or Mohammed, yet complicates matters by simultaneously making him a bold-faced liar. Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. He claimed to be GOD and because of a supernatural, incomprehensible LOVE for us allowed himself to be sacrificed and raised from the dead by the supernatural, resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. He also claimed he was coming back. Are you ready?superman-6

Belief in Jesus also comes with a supernatural identity crisis. To fully walk into that new identity I MUST scrape off the old sinful nature and begin to understand, grow into and embrace his righteousness and those supernatural gifts and life altering traits. We are supposed to look and act and do what our Superman told us to do!

Additional dangers of these oppositional stances quickly cascade like falling dominoes. Without reliance on the viability of Scripture the Body of Christ is rudderless.  More than kind words of a loving Savior, it is imperative to grasp, factually, the Bible is a supernatural book that was divinely inspired and holds keys to knowing our supernatural God. It is powerful, prophetic and important and grows more so every day! If we as a denomination, pastor or Christian pick parts we are comfortable believing from those we find harsh or unnecessary, not only are we idolatrously placing ourselves above God- we need to clearly understand we do so at our peril.

If  Believers grow comfortable defining Jesus outside of the supernatural realm, denying the need for complete submission to the Holy Spirit, then they likely downplay the reality of the enemy and the veracity of yet to be fulfilled prophetic activity, as well. Rather than always equipping ourselves with the full armor of God, instead we question the existence of a spiritual battlefield as well as the one that opposes us waiting to destroy us.superman-11

The repercussions are many and the stakes can be eternal. My fear is this wholesale denominational aversion to fully accepting God/Jesus/Holy Spirit and the Word as essential, supernatural truth to be followed and obeyed will become the Kryptonite which renders the professing American Church untrained, useless and totally without discernment-spiritual or otherwise.  Such willing blindness is a position of disobedience and comes at a critical, deceptive time in history. It can, however, be turned around.  Wake up! WAKE UP! Is there oil in your Lamp?   THE KING IS COMING!!!



Revelation 3:14-22

II Tim. 3:5

Malachi 3:6

Matthew 24

Matthew 25: 1-13

Psalm 29

Mark 16

John 3:16-17

John 1:1-14


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Run Anyway

th3DTL1SBLI turned on the TV last week and they were interviewing someone expected to place well in the 2016 Boston Marathon.  I had never heard of this particular athlete, but I thought,”what a champ!”  It was only April of 2013, three short years since those wretched, muslim brothers,  punk Chechen refugees America had taken in ,who put together a couple of pressure cooker bombs and blew another hole in the fabric of American life.thK4SA79JN  Two homemade bombs made by creeps who hate us, in the space of a few minutes ended the life of 3 innocents,  injured 264 folks and drove home the idea (again) that being in a big crowd is a risk, attending a concert or a cheering runners at a Marathon finish line could tragically put you or your family in harm’s way.

We could spend many hours discussing lessons learned or not learned from 9-11, or the Boston Marathon or more recent, similar incidents. We as a nation should become much more wise about immigration policy, we should become more savvy about the roots and actual content of Islamic teachings concerning anyone who is not a follower.  However, rather than become bogged down in motives, and political gobbledygook, I prefer to concentrate on the flip side: the response.thU3MOQ8D1 The Boston Marathon folks didn’t cave in to the palpable fear. They never stopped holding the race. They got wiser, more watchful and ramped up security but they never stopped running.  And people signed up and came back the very next year.  Bravo.  Like the Boston Tea Party, an excellent metaphor for American Spirit.

I never ran a marathon, I never ran a 5K.  In my younger days, high school and college, I never participated in track events but I liked to run.  For me it was always a solitary effort I could mold to my own timetable, set my own pace and spend time thinking.  It wasn’t a thing of beauty, I was never a contender for the Olympic team…but I was out there.  I liked the hot Dallas wind in my face, the slam of one foot in front of the other as I made my way around the streets in my neighborhood after school. I quit running after I had kids, the logistics were tricky to overcome and I found other ways to get some exercise.  To me, those memories of running are always linked to  the carefree days of childhood where gallons of energetic joy propelled me and my friends  tothSHZ4ZZTO always move as fast as we could. top speed on bicycles, rollerskates, the occasional runaway wagon.  Oftentimes, bare feet on sizzling pavement motivated us to move more quickly to our next neighborhood adventure. It represents easier times.  Running represents Freedom!

I salute the marathon contestants who swallowed the fear last week on April 19th.  They overcame the memory of horror and choked the streets of Boston scrambling to find their pace in the multitude.  I also salute the lover’s of the race, Boston Strong,  who ignored their unease and turned out to line the route, cheering those runners on.thTQW90M4V

Paul likens the Christian life to a runners race. He also tells us we may face terrorism. Satan’s calling card. Be prepared for that.  That’s why it’s called Spiritual Warfare! We are going to have good days.  We are going to have really bad days. Occasionally we will trip on a curb or catch our toe in a hole and we may faceplant in spectacular fashion. That’s OK, you weren’t chosen for this team because you were a gazelle. You were chosen for this team because you want to be FREE rather than in bondage. Get up and keep moving forward.  Inevitably you pull a muscle and may be out of the game for a while. Sometimes the weather will be dreadful and the race delayed.th8A8QPXEB

Occasionally, someone on your own team will shove you off the track.  Get over it!  Maintain focus. Some fear being asked technical  or even sarcastic questions to which they don’t know the answer. Just tell people your story- how you became a runner.  That keeps it simple and real. You see, those who believe they will never be “good or scholarly” enough to speak up for our faith are consigned to the sidelines. These folks, though they wear the runner’s suit are always stretching but, choosing fear over power, never hit the bricks.  In those times, just tell people your personal running story- how and where you were when you jumped into this race – that keeps it real. It’s always good to keep training and learning so you improve- but it is not supposed to be tricky or hard.  It’s just a race with Jesus. A race to Freedom. Knowing where your race will end and helping others to see the value of that finish line is the goal.

Thankfully, we don’t have to be perfect or the most knowledgeable, smooth or eloquent to be on this team.  We just have to start. We have to be willing to tie on the running shoes every day, put one foot in front of the other- regardless of proficiency or stopwatch- and join that race, following where the Holy Spirit leads.  Shove your fear, your hesitation or excuses out of the way and Run Anyway!

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Verses to ponder upon:  2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Tim.1:7; Ephesians 6:12; John 8:36, Galatians 5:1




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Pass on Over

Passover is coming right up on Saturday April 23  Over the centuries much of Christianity has forgotten that our faith has Hebrew roots.  Jesus was Jewish and the disciples were Jewish and the followers that wrote the New Testament were Jewish.  If we, as 21st century, American Christians don’t understand the significance of what the Israeli Jewish Jesus was doing, saying and fulfilling then we are missing much of the proverbial boat!thO4FV40FU

Jesus was crucified on Passover.  This is the first and foundational Feast in a line of the 7 Feasts of the Lord.  Passover is first mentioned in Exodus 12:  The Hebrew people have been in bondage for over 400 years, Moses has been confronting Pharaoh to let the people go and we have seen terrible plagues come one on top of another as this process goes forward.  Now, in Ex.12 the Lord is giving the instructions, very explicit and clear instructions to Moses on how to proceed with this Passover thing because the ultimate judgment on Egypt is about to come.

A male lamb, perfect with no blemish, wound or deformity must be killed, the blood caught in a bowl and then “painted” in a certain manner on the door posts.  The Blood of the Lamb is the only thing that kept death from visiting the house on that first Passover night in Egypt.  Houses that obeyed and killed the lamb and placed the blood on the door posts had no deaths.  The homes of anyone, Egyptian or otherwise who did not have the covering of the blood had death of all the firstborn when they awoke the next day. Imagine the terror.

This is a deep, rich study I will boil down to it’s most important picture words.  Jesus is the Perfect Lamb.  It is His blood that was pictured on those doorposts in Egypt.  His blood covers the sin and breaks the bondage of slavery and gives true freedom.  Those that were not covered by the blood saw death.  Egypt, throughout scripture is a picture of the world, the flesh and bondage.


Let me point out Ex.12:11.  They were to eat this specific meal dressed in their traveling clothes , bags packed and running shoes on their feet.

First, you have to hear the Word, obey and come under that cleansing blood of the Lamb, Jesus. He’s the Messiah. Then, you are expected to move on from that doorway of Salvation, take actionable motion from that spot and go where the Lord leads you.

 Did all those people understand the why’s and wherefores of what was going on as they obeyed what Moses told them to do, according to what he had heard from the Lord?  No. And I will, in full disclosure say that some had enough faith to obey and put the blood on the doorpost to get out of Egypt but they didn’t have enough faith to follow the Presence of God all the way to the Promised Land.

thC0GX4F3S However, at this point, they had just seen amazing divine protection for their well-being through every plague.  There was light in Goshen, no frogs or lice in Goshen.  The water didn’t turn red and nasty in Goshen.  But they listened and obeyed, took a valuable perfect lamb and killed it slapped the blood on the doorposts and roasted it without any broken bones and fed on it and bitter herbs that fateful night, while breaking and eating the unleavened, matzah bread.

Afterwards, they were ready to roll-ready to move the minute Pharaoh said to get out.  This prophetic picture meal imparted more than remembrance of Hebrew history and Messianic symbolism.  As they went, scripture said that not one of them was ill!  Think of that! Millions of people of all ages.  Not a sniffle or a tummy ache, no heartburn or broken bones. None of their clothes wore out, none of their sandals broke a strap or wore holes in the bottom.  NO one was sick. No one needed anything. When they were thirsty- Moses hit the Rock (another picture of Jesus) and water poured out.  When they were hungry, Manna or quail dropped out of heaven for them every morning!


The blood of that Lamb and partaking of that meal bought them much, much more than they ever imagined.  It bought them supernatural health and provision just as every drop of blood Jesus shed along the way and on that cross on that Passover Feast-that divine appointment 2000 years ago bought for you.  Are you covered by the blood of the Lamb?  Are you partaking of the divine health and incredible provision that His Kingdom provides?

Paul tells us that many in church are sick, hurting  and even dying because they are not keeping the Lord’s Supper correctly. It is not only a deeply symbolic picture- it is powerful and profound resource we are to tap into and understand.   What we call Communion today is a part of that Passover Meal.  We are told that whenever we partake we should remember Him-Jesus-the Messiah.  This is his body-this is his blood.  He shed it for a purpose and salvation is just the beginning of those wonders.

Are you keeping Passover? Are you feasting on all the Lord has for you?


For more information and reference material on Passover and all 7 Feasts of the Lord:

Exodus 12, Lev. 23, Deuteronomy 15-16, Ex. 15:26, Psalm 105:37, Isaiah 53:4-5, Deut. 8:4, Deut. 29:5, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, Matt.26:17-20, Mark 14:12-25, John 13, and Luke 22:7-20

I have written in more detail about all the Feasts, both Spring and Fall and invite you to view previous posts on these incredible Divine Appointments- from last May: Countdown, The Big Picture, The Ad Man;  from fall 2014 : Fly Away Home, Escape Plan, Feast on and Pulse Points.

The Feasts of the Lord– Rabbi Mark Biltz: DVD and study notes available through

The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal

The Meal that Heals by Perry Stone





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Kansas City Rub

My husband, like many men, likes to Bar-B-Que stuff. th (100) He’s good at it.  Having spent many years living in and around Kansas City, he favors specific spicy rubs but, is not opposed to the occasional pummeling of a suspected, inferior, cut of beef  or a leisurely marinade to infuse flavors and ensure the tenderness of a selection about to grace our table.

Cooking is not really my “highest and best use,” as they say in real estate.  So I am always happy to abdicate those duties to Mr. Moore whenever possible.  Most of us, I would think, are familiar with the steps needed to prepare and tenderize a steak, but many have never even considered the most expeditious steps to tenderize our tough ol’ hearts.


Why, Miss Sally, whatever do you mean?  Well, just as the steak needs preparation to ready it for the dinner plate; so our hearts need some preparation to come before the Lord and to be used effectively as his Royal heirs.  Instead of specific salts and spices rubbed into the grainy surface of that steak, we must press into our hearts something very different.


In our local Bible Study I have been teaching through the Gospels, revisiting in more depth the familiar passages of the life and ministry of Jesus, I have been impressed with the absolute necessity of several things…which denote citizenship and ready us to tap into that Kingdom of Heaven which Jesus said was at hand- right there and ready! I’m not talking about working your way to heaven.  However, just as the Priests needed to do some concrete things before approaching and entering the Tabernacle, so do we.

First comes that old bug-a boo, I’ll call this one the “Kansas City Rub” of repentance. Lot’s of believers are happy to confess their sins but they never bothered to Repent.th4PMAX6C3 We often get easy and comfortable in the middle of this messy world.  Realizing that all of us are  sloppy sinners and we will continue the need to lay  un-Godly things down, walk away from stuff we pick up and change the way we think and act.  Awareness that we are hopelessly drowning and that Jesus is the Messiah- our lifeguard and is the ONLY one who can “fix” that sin issue and save us from drowning. People, we aren’t ever called to blend in.  We are called to stand apart , salted, spicy and ready for His service!

As he punches through our preconceived “religious” notions in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount,th (99) Jesus, our Messiah is tenderizing our hearts showing us that our ONLY righteousness is what we claim and inherit through him. Our humility is birthed when we know without a doubt that He is the Only Way and He alone sits on that throne of the Kingdom.  It is the hungering and thirsting after his righteousness that in turn feeds our joy, and builds our faith.  All these nails that he hammers home in his seminal, introductory sermon all devolve into: We are nothing on our own understanding, and we have access to everything because of His incredible/undeserved Love for us.

I have spent much effort lately, speaking of the importance of paying forward the undeserved forgiveness we received through Jesus- to those we encounter in life.thSJV5QYBZ  I have harped on it of late, because Jesus does so all through the Gospels.  He does it, I assume, because he is so familiar with human nature and knows we like to cling to our stupid anger, pamper the bitter, unfair wounds we have incurred and let them fester. It is SIN.  Forgiveness is critical.

From time to time, I have come across folks who have a problem of feeling worthy to come before the Lord.  They listen to those persistent voices of past sins or a lifetime of dissipation or dysfunction and cling to those beggars rags of low self-esteem and unworthiness.

angry 2 Picking at the scabs of such old wounds are some of Satan’s favorite tricks to keep us useless; segregated from our blessings. To keep the focus on ourselves, our actions and OUR worthiness when truly, our vision should always be full of the King and the worthiness of Jesus.  My righteousness, entirely, comes from King Jesus.

Jesus never came to save the perfect folks.  There aren’t any.  He came to save the drowning, unworthy, hopelessly lost sinners. He came for messed up people who can’t stop their addictions,  adulterers, he came to love and forgive the ones who slipped and fell, who had an abortion or two or three, those who hate their lives, who crave joy, who have never known a peaceful or safe (258) He came to bring peace to your chaos. He came to bring joy to your loneliness.  Jesus came  with healing in his wings to repair the sick and broken and to rescue those who have hurt others or are hurting themselves. He came to offer a new family to those who never had a kind word from their own, earthly family. Do not compare yourself to others and rate your worthiness on that  flimsy scale. One wades into tricky, unscriptural, waters when you begin to sort SIN into your categories of what is able to be covered and what is too dark to make the list.

If  there is a “perfection” qualification for Salvation, we would ALL be in lots of trouble!  Only Jesus had to be the perfect Lamb and he chose to lay down his life as your Passover sacrifice.  Jesus 2He already knew that Sally was a hopeless, hot mess and that’s why he came!   Listen carefully, because I think there are a lot of people that this speaks to on some level: If you chose to continue to cling to such ideas as, ” I don’t believe Jesus can really forgive me” or “what I have done is too heinous to be forgiven”; Then make no mistake, you are really saying you don’t believe what He said ( LIAR) or that his sacrifice/ His blood was not powerful enough or sufficient to cleanse you and do the job properly. (NOT THE MESSIAH)  In essence, you choose to focus or worship your unworthiness instead of worshipping Yeshuah- Jesus. If I am talking to you, It could indicate that you never truly accepted Jesus as your Messiah. You need to sort that out pretty quick. It’s serious.

As a variation on this theme, some parse their sin and think,”Yes, I’m saved. However, my past is so yucky that God can never use me in service.”  I’ll just sit here grateful to have squeaked through the gate, look miserable, whip myself, while all the truly qualified do His field work.  This could be unbelief, lack of teaching or it could just be laziness:SOS 2 Accepting the prize of salvation but, not wanting to work in the King’s service.   This is something like a woman claiming to be “a little bit pregnant.”  You either are or you aren’t..  There is no half way. His blood sacrifice covered your sin-washed it away as though it had never been! You are a NEW creature!  This is a big concept but it is basic Christianity 101.  Wake up and smell the coffee folks !  Grasp and embrace the fullness of who you really are in Christ!  You can’t do more than take baby steps until you do!th (69)  You either believe that the Lord saved you according to his promises or you don’t believe it. He’s seen it all and loves you anyway. Bring your life into full alignment with what God says.  That’s the only criteria that matters! You need some more of that tenderizing, Kansas City Rub!!

Worship and Thanksgiving are the verbalization of honor  which Jesus laid out in the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. thFUHG39JC Receiving the full packet of the love of God is truly the change agent that tenderizes our hard-heartedness, and breaks down the toughness that we pick up living in this old world. After true repentance, Praising the Lord  totally yields us, in humble amazement, to the incredible saving power of the blood of Jesus and the transformative, weaponized power of the Holy Spirit which takes over our tender “Messiah-turned” hearts- and sends us out to revolutionize the world around us with that LOVE.

Verses:  John 3:15-21; Acts 4:10-12,;Matthew 5,6,7 18 , Psalms 119:11; 139:23; Psalms 28:7,;27:3; Mark 8:7, 10:5, 16:14 and hundreds more.


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Fire beneath the Ice!

From time to time, I report on dreams and visions that I, or other Christians, have had.  I think it important to know and to teach others, that the Lord still speaks to individuals in the same way that we see from Genesis through Revelation.thMLH1UBDN I believe that dreams and visions, just like words of knowledge or wisdom are part of a prophetic gift of the Holy Spirit. I do not wish to imply that I have such dreams or visions all the time but when I do it is profound and meaningful to me.  When I feel they may be profitable or intended to share, I pass them along to Feverseason readers.

In reporting on dreams and visions allow me to remind readers who may not know; Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit have nothing to do with me. While I welcome them, I do not call them forth, control them, concoct them nor embellish them. th4DDZVZN7 Like a Western Union telegram they  arrive as a unique message or visual from the Father. I always want more of whatever the Lord has for me and pray for more revelation of Him.  Matthew 5 and 6 tell us that we should seek first the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus teaches in the beatitudes that those who hunger and thirst after his righteousness will be filled.  I’m counting on it.  I treasure each precious resource he sends me and try to pick all the meat from each bone.  I record them, pray for any aspects thereof that may be cloaked or confusing and suggest others do the same.

Last week, as I was praying in the Spirit,I had a vision.  I was observing what appeared to be a broad frozen river of ice. Beneath the thick ice I could see , not water moving but, the wavering of flames and thethFYCZS53U blurred image of a large heart amidst the flames.  Embedded in the ice, there was a huge metal wedge and I could see an enormous sledge hammer swinging down striking this wedge. The wielder of this hammer was just out of my sight. With every strike I could hear the distinctive ring of metal meeting metal.  Everytime the hammer met the surface of that wedge I distinctly heard the word, BREAKTHROUGH!

With each strike of the big hammer, the ice cracked, chunks loosened and flew aside, little shards flew up and away.  The flames were clearly visible, not melting the ice but moving, as if alive, beneath the fracturing ice.  From my observant position, I could barely make out the shapes of the pulsing chambers of a large heart moving underneath the opaque surface.


Wham- Breakthrough! Wham- Breakthrough! Wham- Breakthrough….the cracks in the ice lengthened in spidery patterns, and plate sized ice sheets shook lose and began to move freely. I realized somewhere in the midst of this vision,  as I was praying in the spirit, this hammer was striking to the beat of my (99)  This knowledge was so startling that I stopped praying in tongues.  The vision immediately  fizzled away.  Hummm.  I begin again and soon it returned as before.  Hammer meets wedge in startling force of  power, chipping and splitting the ice. Breakthrough, Breakthrough, Breakthrough.

I fell asleep to this rhythmic ring of hammer slamming against the wedge. And woke up still thinking of this Breakthrough hammer on the thick ice. (I will save my thoughts on the absolute importance of praying in the Spirit for another day.)


We, as Believers, are often encouraged to pray for revival. We regularly pray for a return of our nation to former Biblical roots. However, before we can, as individuals or a nation, see revival, renewal or restoration there must be repentance.  Before we can see wholesale repentance of churches, individuals or nations we must breakthrough the glacier, that hard- hearted shell of rebellion and  spiritual confusion that has firmly encased us.

Like gradual, communal cataracts that gradually formed on the national vision and eventually will totally blind a nation, so we have come under thickening layers of ice as we have turned our hearts, minds, eyes and  National consciousness from the Lord.

Breakthrough is coming! It takes work, it takes focused effort.  The power of the Holy Spirit is cracking away the cold hardness on thZU4LQ6JDour land and it won’t be long before the ice is shaken off and the fire released to flow on that river in my vision. The fire in this vision, I believe, is the incredible,thJDX7I9Q9 manifest revelation of the love,presence and power of the Heart of God.

Breakthrough is coming and it is coming as the Body of Christ prays that hammer down.  The heart of God is to be released and revealed in power and fire as we- his kids- pray it down from heaven!




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Training Day

Haven’t we all, at some point, taken a new job or promotion and then not received the training you had been promised or expected? You snagged a great sounding career opportunity, only to discover it to be a constant exercise in frustration. Not only are you unfamiliar with the computer software, objectives, method or vocabulary: but you have quickly determined your background has not prepared you for what you are expected to accomplish!

thJPGFZBDUPerhaps  the interview process gave little accurate understanding of actual job expectations or clarity of mission from management.  It happens.  You hate to tell anyone but you are in over your head, doggy paddling for all you are worth! How on earth can you successfully meet those expectations without the tools and training needed?  That’s just it, you probably can’t!

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This situation is not unlike classes I took many years ago at Baylor.  Those dreaded language requirements! I muddled by Latin 101 and 102…slugged on through 201 and 202.  When I arrived all perky and fresh-faced for day one of Latin 301 I abruptly face to face with the brutal realization that I was operating under a delusion!  Thinking myself prepared with an appropriate knowledge base, I soon discovered my basics weren’t even basic.  All that earlier classwork seemed to have fallen out of my head (it is a dead language after all!)  Clueless,th0IPVC808 Latin was quite literally, all Greek to me!  I dropped that class, signed up for Spanish 101, and never have felt such an overwhelming sense of relief!

I come across folks all the time who hold similar misconceptions about the Bible knowledge and Christianity. The assumption, often being, once they accept Jesus as their Savior, they automatically have it all figured out.  Or, a childhood full of inspirational Bible Stories, an inspirational experience at youth camp,  a few years in a parochial school will gelling into a ” I have it all-down-pat” doctrine.  It is more likely only to give you a very basic framework of introductory knowledge.  Christianity 101 is not a desired place to slam on the breaks and shelve the whole topic of who and  in what do you believe. Many rely totally only on Sunday morning to see what the local pastor is hearing from God?

This is not some course you just can drop at the registrar’s office in favor of underwater basket-weaving, after discovery there are more expectations involved than walking down the aisle and saying a prayer with the Pastor. It is a career calling that should never be deemed beyond your understanding! This is often the “easy out”  tossing the entire burden of teaching and growth on your pastor or teacher.

I don’t expect to meet someone- a new neighbor or someone at work and expect to instantaneously-magically know their personality, what motivates them, makes them tick and their life story. th (124) No, that takes forever.  I may know them pretty well after a few weeks if I take a lot of time and invest in that relationship.  I may make initial assumptions that later prove to be totally false.  It takes time, study and investment in  relationships whether a potential spouse or a bestest buddy in grade school.  Why do we think  a relationship with Jesus, the Son of the Living God, can be understood from a Christmas Card or a Christian movie that you saw one time. But, people do!

Many conclude personal Bible reading to be incomprehensible to common folk and therefore leave all interpretation or study to “experts” in the pulpit. Our faith foundation is treated like the aforementioned required College Language credits. Required yes, but continually replacing the deeper ones for the baby steps!  In some cases the Body of Christ has opted to keep wearing safe wading-floaties rather than prepare  them with necessary deeper waters skills. th (143) Our gathering together as faithful believer’s ought not to be thought of in the same way as club membership; drop in to socialize, eat cookies, hear a generic pep-talk, and to see what’s on the agenda for coming months. That’s the Rotary Club!

Church, by the way, is not the be all and end all.  The intent of an organized body of Christ whether it is a mega church or a small meeting in someone’s living room is to worship the Lord and to strengthen us.  It is the spiritual equivalent of a supernatural vitamin drink fueling us to return to a dark world for the real work of Christianity!

Don’t misunderstand, Paul tells us that we must not neglect assembling together in Christ (Hebrews 10:25). This body-building intent is an opportunity not only for solid teaching but for  mentoring members to operate in spiritual gifts. This regular gathering should sow an expectation of powerful things of God to happen, as well as hearing personal “family” testimonies  describing what the Lord is doing in their lives “out there”.  It boosts every single person’s faith to hear and see those RIGHT NOW happenings!

 Heartfelt worship is an audible invitation, ushering us into the Presence of God. If all these things aren’t happening where you go to church then go find another one.  Life is too shortthJ5W1O39U to hang around hoping things will change.  Never become at ease with something not aligned with scriptural examples. (Rev. 3:16)

Old and new Christians, often tell me,” I gave it a whirl and tried to read the Bible.  I just don’t understand it!” They, slap the book shut and throw up their hands in frustration.   There are lots of different, really good translations.  All without thee’s and thou’s of 16th century English involved. Ask around, and find one with a good concordance and explanatory notes.  You probably didn’t learn to ride a bike without some help from Dad and training wheels! Find a Bible Study and dive in.  Find a little devotional book that gives you a daily, easy to digest, bit of God’s word everyday.  Pray the Lord will open the eyes of your understanding. He rewards those that seek, hunger and thirst after Him. (Matt. 5:6, 6:33)  Don’t think unfamiliar lingo is required secret code for exclusive club membership!  Not so! Original disciples were fishermen. Jesus hung out with tax collectors, ex-prostitutes, housewives and regular business folks just struggling to make a living . There was not a rocket scientist in the bunch, and they flubbed-up plenty before they got it all straight! Before long and with the power of the Holy Spirit, they changed the world!

Loving Jesus and realizing He loves you, is Good News- simple and duplicable!  Early followers were folks, working a job until they had an encounter with Jesus. We don’t have to know it ALL to serve him or share his love message with others!  Doctoral degrees are not necessary to “lock into” what Messiah did for us out of Extreme Love- or what we should do now that we have decided to follow him.

Building a  life-long relationship does take time but, the pay off is worth the trouble. With study of God’s word comes faith. Jesus 5 As we learn to trust him, our expectations increased.  If Jesus could heal the sick and he tells his followers that they will do greater things than he did….then hey! I should be expecting to see exciting things happening in my life every day, as I follow Jesus down this path!  Many who have taken the  important step to repent and Believe; don’t recognize  the need and take the necessary steps to BECOME a disciple? To truly “know” him?

Knowing Him means to know his Word. It is part of our armor in Ephesians 6, and part and parcel of the  process to test spirits and rightly divide the Word of Truth. (2 Tim 2:15, 1 John 4)  If you don’t know for yourself, how can you be aware if a teaching does not totally line up with Scripture? Satan’s calling card is partial truth and twisted scripture. If you heard a false teaching or slippery deception, would you be savvy enough to catch it?   These are tricky times and discernment is becoming more important every day. Just do it.  It’s Training Day!







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The Bunny Hop

Everywhere I look the past few weeks there have been commercials for new Easter dresses or cute little patent-leather leather shoes,th539ZQGLL Easter Baskets and Cadberry chocolates.  While temptimg in the extreme- All these things stir those childhood memories of wearing of wearing pretty little hats and white gloves and large family dinners at thXWD7PT0LGrandmother’s house on Easter.

But let’s be honest here. A celebration of chocolate Bunnies, polyester pink grass and hidden eggs has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus but are customs that stem directly from the pagan worship of Ishtar and Tamus. thGWWH8HY5 Long ago Emperor Constantine “declared: the Roman Empire as instantaneously a Christian Nation it was deemed expedient to “Christianize” many of the dates and celebrations already celebrated and now declare those Pagan Holidays as Christian Holy Days.  th09MCREGTEasy Peasy. Suddenly the spring fertility rites involving Prolific rabbits, colored eggs, phallic worship and  related symbols are stamped “Christian holidays”.  Where once there were little hot crossed buns marked with a T for Tamus- suddenly they are marked with the cross of Jesus. thISQXMS2V

What could be easier?  Add to this the added bonus of achieving anti-Semitic goals of easing the “look” of Christianity from a very Jewishy feel to something more glorious and “religiously organized”.   Satan’s fingerprints are all over this!

Like it or not, Jesus was crucified on the Feast of Passover.  He was buried and in the grave during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and then he rose, victorious, by the unmeasurable Power of the Holy spirit on the Feast of First Fruits. thDJD78USJ Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.  And in the Old Testament the Lord proclaimed that these were not Jewish or Hebrew Feasts.  He said very clearly and slowly, using easy to understand terms:  These are MY Feasts and you are to keep them forever! Lev. 23:2, Deut. 15, Is. 33:20

When we hear” Feasts” we think a big-excessive meal followed by pie! Thanksgiving Turkey or pineapple glazed Easter Ham.  No, the Hebrew word used here is the word ‘moed’. thWO07GQRA

This word means Divine Appointments in God’s Day-Timer. 7 times a year- to rehearse, teach and review- so that that the Jewish people wouldn’t miss the first coming of Yeshuah the Messiah and that they wouldn’t miss the arrival nor the significance of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost.

Likewise, you and I don’t want to be so focused on the Easter-egg hunt on the front lawn at the church that we miss the next set of Divine Appointments. th (95) Don’t get cocky and think it can’t happen! Easter is being celebrated today but the Feast of Passover, the day that Jesus was actually crucified, begins on April 23rd.  I don’t want to steal your fun or rain on your Easter Parade.  But, we as Believers are to be set apart. th2INWTNMG We the Body of Christ are to come out of the pagan worldly mix.  We shouldn’t have our kids wonder one day…well if the Easter bunny and Santa aren’t real then maybe Jesus isn’t either!  It all must therefore,  holiday fun and games and feel-good myths!

We must not shy away or forget the essential Jewish Roots of Christianity. These specific dates had a specific purpose and easy to read pictures!  Christianity was not something new, concocted in the upper room by 12 guys who just saw their Leader die.  No it was the specific fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy and therefore the Completion of the Jewish faith. th33NU6C9G That is why many Jewish Christians today call themselves “Completed Jews”!!  Christianity is not something new or separate.  It is the culmination of the Plan to redeem what had been lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.

By buying into the commercial aspects Easter and forgetting the Empty Tomb we are forgetting those first 3 important Feasts of the Lord but, by mixing and mingling our faith with the counterfeit Pagan aspects of Easter we have shifted the focus from the Throne and the Word of God and are at risk of entirely missing the final three Feasts of the Lord which clearly identify His second Coming in Power.

This resurrection story should not be confined to one weekend a year but recalled daily by the faithful.  Ever cognizant of the Amazing Grace Jesus extended to each of us – ever mindful to remember the blood that mercifully covers our sins.thIC0BGY66  That cross is empty and the stone is rolled away revealing a totally empty grave.  The same incredible power that raised Jesus from the dead is now housed in me- in you!  That message is still as powerful today as it was for the two convicted criminals that hung on either side of Jesus.  They watched and listened as innocent Jesus asked the Father for forgiveness for all of his enemies while hanging bruised and bloodied in the relentless afternoon sun.  One, in the power released by that forgiveness, realized that Jesus was the Messiah and received that blessing of forgiveness.

Jesus 2The other criminal did not. One fellow is in heaven today with Jesus and the other one is not. We are all, every one of us totally lost with a death sentence of hellfire on us until we realize that we are hopeless and receive His forgiveness!  Acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and has the power to save us! Don’t wait-do it now!

He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed!  But we must not forget, or neglect to teach our children that the angels rolled that Stone away from the grave on the Feast of First Fruits…that specific prophetic picture that shows us that Jesus- Yeshua is the Messiah and He is the First Fruit of the dead…He is Alive and he is coming back  soon to fulfill those final 3 unfulfilled, Feasts of the Lord! Be ready- Be watching!





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Bird Trouble

Some folks have Bats in the Belfry.  I’ve got  Woodpeckers on the Peaks!thYPJYWX65

It seems every year,when the hint of elusive spring is just entering the Lake City Colorado consciousness I begin to hear insistent noises!

This tapping is not that of a regular, large woodpecker.  They are much larger, red-headed birds whose endless jabbing sounds like highly-motivated Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on your door.th68VG3ZNP  I had a dad-gum-endangered woodpecker tear a softball sized hole in my garage years ago in Tucson. What I have now is a darling little bird. If you saw him perched on your birdbath you would think him completely harmless and the cutest little thing you have ever seen- seemingly incapable of any damage or destruction. You would feel compelled to whip out your camera for a candid shot and post it on FaceBook for all your friends to coo over it’s cuteness!

Looks can be so very deceiving!thH013X5VI  I looked him up, and the perpetrator of this crime is a Lesser black and white Colorado Wood Pecker.  This feathered, sharp-beaked menace has taken an obsessive liking to the siding on our house. Often days will go by and I won’t hear his calling card. I relax and begin to forget all about him, thinking he has found tastier homes to pillage.  Then, when I least expect it and at random hours of the day, exactly where the two wide planks of the eave come together he swoops in and starts his  dedicated work.  Peckedy Peckedy Peckedy! Lengthy pregnant pause…Peckedy-Peckedy!

Reminiscent of some old Donald Duck/ Chip and Dale Cartoon, I jump into my shoes and run outside in my pajamas and yell at this very Bad Bird!thUUY3PIDY   He leaves off his second-story work, cocks his little bird head to one side to curiously observe my caterwauling and fist-shaking.  Unimpressed, he returns to his drilling which has now grown into an observable, widening, much lighter spot against the stained cedar surface.  I have to admit, this little fella has a powerful Protestant work ethic! Once begun, he is  totally committed to this sweet spot.


I look around for something to throw.  Bad Bird has craftily chosen to work right above the large picture window in the stairwell of our home.  If I chuck anything substantial I am likely to bust out a pricey window.  I try a few pine cones but they are not heavy enough to do the job. The only other handy, natural resource in abundance in my front yard is snow.  I begin making soggy snowballs and hurling them, one after another, in Bad Bird’s general direction( while yelling un-Christian things about his heritage)  He stops once more and gives me a look which indicates he isn’t impressed with my aim or my geriatric efforts.  I try again, and finally lob a sizeable snowball way up there just below the scene of the crime!  Slightly shocked by my improved pitching arm, he  finally decides to relocate to a near by pine tree or the local coffee shop to do some Chillin’ and re-think his strategy!

Victorious, I return inside and resume my contemplation of the universe.  I try to pour myself another cup of coffee in celebration of my mighty deed, only to discover that my right arm is pulsating in muscular agony from the snowball fight and it is entirely possible that I have completely lost a rotator cuff in that snow drift!

Several remedial aspirin later and after icing my chubby little arm, I feel triumphant.  I may have incurred some war wounds but I vanquished the Bad Bird and preserved the integrity of my house on the hill.  As I sit back down at my computer and prepare to get back to work- there it is again!

Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.  Now, it seems to be in stereo!  Bad Bird One is back in his favored spot but he brought his extended family for good measureth (91) and they are now operating in syncopated rhythm on assorted and inaccessible points of the house!  Stay tuned for further episodes in this ongoing saga!

Often our spiritual health and well-being can be similarly rattled. We are rolling along – seemingly doing well.  Then all the sudden, out of left field, comes an angry outburst, a pesky unresolved past issue-problem-addiction-area of sin- pops up and starts pecking around our edges looking for a foothold. Such strongholds or areas of weakness are tested by the enemy periodically, as he taps our defenses looking  for a good entry point.

 Rather than yield the entire issue to the King, who is supposedly on the throne of our life, we try to deal with it ourselves. We can fix this our way.  We try to be strong.  We try to ignore it or hide it. We think perhaps will-power and self-discipline may win out this time!  We attempt to tamp what ever it is down or slap a stalwart smile on it. If I ignore it hopefully it will just go away.

Maybe you took some action. Perhaps you acknowledged the problem issue and asked for God’s forgiveness but you didn’t  completely scrape it off your shoe and walk away, you stayed in that relationship, or maintained those unhealthy friends or habits that you knew you shouldn’t. You have opened those doors to pecking birds.thQACCJ183

Or worse, you accurately identified the real issue, turned away from that sin and even asked the Lord to forgive you.   All really good! However, you forgot to go and make it right to the person that you angered, hurt or offended or who offended, angered or hurt you. (Matthew 5:22-26, Matthew 18,1 John 1:9)  By not forgiving and obediently following Jesus’ example you have legally opened the door for the demonic, the tormentors and accusers of those Matthew passages to have free entrance into your life.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.

Eventually you may have made the rounds of doctors, or gone for counseling or added some sort of anxiety medication to deal with the fallout and stress.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.  Maybe you began to get the idea that this may indeed be a spiritually rooted issue and asked for prayer and flip on that worship music. Mission accomplished, you think.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy Peckedy-Peckedy.  Understanding that we received undeserved, unmerited Grace and forgiveness from Jesus means unequivocally that we must offer, extend and restore the exact same thing to others.


Will you take the time to fix the real problem and be obedient or wait until an entire flock of Pecking birds comes to destroy your house and build a nest on your head?

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Prophecy Watch: The Mosul Dam


Prophecy Watch: It has been a while since I have posted any Prophecy Watch reports. I will admit that the news is so full these days that it is increasingly difficult to choose what to report and what to let slide when making editorial decisions!

 The Euphrates River has ever been a Biblical landmark.  Genesis notes it as one of the boundaries of the Garden, Abraham haled from that region along the river bank. The Prophet Daniel on the heels of the handwriting on the Wall episode, prophesied to King Balshazzar the night before, the Euphrates would dry up and be used as vehicle for the enemy to overtake the Palace.  Revelation 9:14 and Rev. 16:12-15 give us some specifics on yet to be fulfilled happenings in and around the Euphrates River.  When I begin to see these sort of headlines popping up in various sources (including UN reports) then I, as a Believer sit up and take note:

Mosul Dam reported at imminent risk of Collapse


Iraq’s Mosul Dam — the largest in the country — is currently at risk of collapse, according to recent claims by U.S. officials.

Some observers have voiced fear that the Iraqi government — which currently has its hands full fighting Daesh– would be unable to take the necessary measures should the 30-year-old dam collapse.

Mahdi Rasheed, undersecretary of Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, however, insists the claims are exaggerated.

“The Mosul Dam is functioning properly,” he told Anadolu Agency. “Rumors of its imminent collapse are unfounded.”

Rasheed said the dam had been subject to regular maintenance since 1986, going on to stress that the government had carried out repair work on the dam following its recapture from Daesh in 2014.

“An Italian company has been hired to repair damaged parts of the dam,” he added.

Daesh overran Mosul — Iraq’s second largest city — in mid-2014, briefly capturing the massive dam.

“Iraqi security forces, with air support from U.S.-led coalition forces, have now been deployed to protect the dam,” said Rasheed.

The Iraqi government had previously said that some 400 Italian troops would be sent to the area to secure the dam.

By Haydar Hadi

Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and ‘causing a catastrophe of epic proportions’ which would kill up to 1.5 MILLION people warns US ambassador

  • Governments urged to move quickly to prevent breach of the dam in Iraq
  • The dam was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes
  • Weakened when ISIS seized it briefly in 2014 prompting maintenance lapse
  • Fears collapse cold unleash 45ft waves devastating Mosul and flooding Baghdad

Governments have been urged to move quickly to prevent a breach of Iraq’s largest dam, which would unleash a wave as high as 45ft, devastating Mosul and flooding much of the capital Baghdad.

After hosting a meeting with Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim to hear briefings on the potential disaster, US Ambassador Samantha Power called on all UN member states to take immediate steps.

The dam in northern Iraq was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes, and a lapse in required maintenance after ISIS briefly seized it in 2014 weakened the already flawed structure

‘It is crucial that all UN member states quickly get informed about the magnitude of the problem and the importance of readiness to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions,’ said Power.

The ambassador described briefings by technical experts, engineers and representatives from UN aid and development agencies as ‘chilling.’

‘In the event of a breach, there is the potential in some places for a flood wave up to 14 meters high that could sweep up everything in its path, including people, cars, unexploded ordnance, waste and other hazardous material, further endangering massive population centers that lie in the flood path,’ said Power in a statement released by the US mission.

Kurdish Peshmegra forces guard the dam, which is in an area close to land controlled by ISIS fighters 

Power said repair work must be undertaken as soon as possible and Iraqis must be well informed about the best evacuation routes.

Italian firm Trevi has been selected to carry out crucial repair work on the dam, which is currently protected by Kurdish peshmerga forces.

A UN aid appeal for Iraq has received only eight percent of the $861 million requested, compounding concerns about badly needed assistance.

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Beyond this point there be Dragons!

Prior to the Renaissance it was thought the world was flat. There was real concern that over-adventurous sailors might sail right off the edge. Hand-crafted maps of the day showed safe coastline routes.thFTN39COJ Beyond a certain point, the mapmakers painted sea dragons or terrible goblin-like creatures that awaited those that ventured too far. This cautionary tale, complete with fancy artwork, was intended to remind those bold, apostolic captains to stay in the accepted routes, the safe waters close to shore. Motives of those mapmakers may have been pure and heartfelt but they were eventually proved totally inaccurate and based on nothing but repeated traditions and fear of the vast unknown.

Those pioneering souls who knew better or suspected the curvature of the globe and disagreed with the flat-earth folks paid a price.  They were mocked, jailed, sometimes ex-communicated or severely chastised. thIHM3AZSF Today we may laugh at such backward nautical ideas,  but we are still afraid of change.- Still afraid to go off the map!  Many lack the faith to embrace the full map. Or they lack boldness to compare it to the original map.  Aren’t many still reluctant to stray from the shallow comfort of church doctrine or traditions to venture into the deep water where God truly intends for us to be? All through scripture we are called, lovingly, to be trusting fully in Him, soaking in His Word, empowered and led by the Holy Spirit and following obediently to His voice. (2 Tim. 3:5) Didn’t Jesus tell us that the Holy Spirit would lead us in ALL Truth? (John 16:13)

Mobs of people followed Jesus all around the countryside.  They followed him – not because they totally understood everything that he was teaching- but because they had seen and heard that he could DO AMAZING, UNHEARD OF STUFF.  Based on what they had seen and heard him do they now had a real, viable expectation that he could and would do the same thing for them. He healed them all and he cast out their demons and he raised folks from the dead.  He promised that his followers- faithful believers that followed his example, would do the same and even greater things than he! (John 14:12)  Why do Christians stand around, chewing their cud, and blindly accept that things like this are not viable for today?

It is a conscious decision we each must make to continue on the same tired cow-path or resolve to follow the Holy Spirit to higher roads that actually leadthT7UD3AMJ somewhere new and fine.  Some of us approach such a jumping off point with trepidation.  Change is scary, especially when we see that all the other cud-chewing cows have continued blissfully in theirthQK6XP1DM deeply entrenched cow-path.   If you fear a lack of control or fear following the Lord where he wants you to go then is He truly Lord of your life?  Is He?  Are you a-feared of the unknown at the edge of your map?


I know I am mixing my metaphors, however, allowing ourselves, by a careful study of God’s word, to be led from the safe, non-confrontational, “no-power- evident-nor-expected” path to a different route: His Path;  He will inevitably reward that step of faith. He will lead you through those uncharted waters to new and powerful places. Or, lead you to a precipice where we are not only blessed with rarified air but to a marvelous vision that those others will never see. You may be compelled to take a running leap of faith and hang-glide in the power of the Holy Spirit in amazing new directions! (2 Cor. 5:7, 1 John 5:14, Eph. 3:16-17, Psalm 119:30)

Whether serving Him here in my own neighborhood, at my desk writing, or called to overseas missions it is the exact same course to be plotted!  That faithless “map”  was drawn in permanent ink by  folks who have no vision or understanding of the gifts and promises of the Holy Spirit or why they are necessary for us today, right now! Fear is the flip side of faith.  They cannot co- exist in the same vessel.thGPZZFUTO

 You see, the world and the apostate church fear the dragons at the edges of the “comfort” map, the traditional map. As obedient Believers, we must realize that the Dragon is already all over our map and operating in our midst! He is seeking to devour and destroy anyone at any time. He wants you to fear that deep water-the deep things of the Lord. ( Acts 1:8, Romans 8:11, Luke 24:49) He wants to keep you from entering into the powerful things of the Lord. ( John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8)thJGO8Y29Z

You and I are called to be different. (1 Peter 2:9, Phil 2:15, Romans 12:2, Proverbs 1:15) We are called, in scripture-based faith, to set our rudder and hoist that sail fearlessly. This Dragon is already completely defeated.  He flees before the King’s Ship of State.( James 4:7)  I have signed aboard this crew and am called to cast off on this incredible, exploratory expedition.  It matters not where I want to go or where I think we should go.  It only matters that my sails are unfurled and full of the wind- with the steady Ruach– of the Holy Spirit at my back and in my sails. (Acts 2, 1 John 2:19-17, Acts 19:2)








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