Monday, September 24, 2007

Circumcision at it's finest

"...but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart; in spirit and not in letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God."
- Romans 2:29

I have been in prayer that God circumcise my heart. There was a time when the phrase "circumcise my heart" didn't make sense to me. In fact, the whole act seemed rather embarrassingly pointless. But what doesn't make sense in the eyes of man is often complete wisdom.
 
Paul's letter to the Romans opened my eyes to circumcision as having great spiritual significance. "How", I asked God, "does one get their heart circumcised?" As I prayed about the meaning, He gently opened my eyes.
 
God is the ultimate EVERYTHING. He is not just the Creator of Science and Prose... He is the Creator of Poetry and Art. He hides meaning in symbolism at multiple levels. I don't profess to understand all of His purposes in commanding His people to be circumcised, but Romans 2:29 brings some of God's meaning into focus.
 
The act of circumcision removes unnecessary flesh from a special member of a man's body. Similarly, circumcision of the heart, removes the excess flesh from our desires. The excess flesh wraps itself around our emotional heart, crushing it with unneeded weight, constricting it's ability to give life.
 
Circumcision of the heart removes the desire for excess. It cuts off the fleshly desire for more than what we need; however, it is not the castration of the good passions that God has given us. It is the removal of lusts that interfere with our ability to love God and love
others.

So I pray:
  • "Lord, I love You more than this extra helping of food; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than the praise of men; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than this selfish fantasy; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than my success; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than this brand name shirt; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than this TV show; help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, I love You more than this (competing desire); help me to love You more!"
  • "Lord, circumcise my heart and circumcise the hearts of Your people. Be our First and Primary Love! Give us a greater love for others!"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

More Blessed than the Mother of Jesus

While Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd shouted, "How blessed is the mother who gave birth to you and the breasts that nursed you." Jesus replied, "Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God's word."
- Luke 11:27-28

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Mary was the "most blessed of all women" (Luke 1:42), but Jesus' words above give us an interesting comparison. Yes, Mary was indeed blessed in her role as the mother of Jesus, but we EACH have the opportunity to be blessed if we simply hear and obey God's word. To obey, we must first hear. In order to hear, we must put ourselves in a place where we can listen.

And in hearing, praying that God opens our hearts and minds, we are transformed to be able to be able to obey. "It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please Him." (Philippians 2:13)

So ultimately, we just need to make the time, setting our hearts to hear God, and He does the rest. Partly, this involves REPLACING activities that we know compete with God for our affections. It might not be a "bad" thing that tries to grab our attention from hearing God's voice, but we can choose the better thing and be blessed because of it.

As they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to him talk. But Martha was upset about all the work she had to do. So she asked, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself? Tell her to help me.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things. There's only one thing you need. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her.”
 - Luke 10:38-42

We serve the Lord best by first sitting at His feet and listening to Him.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prayer for Our Country -- Especially in the Upcoming Elections

Pray for this country to become faithful to Our God! For the Lord said to Ezekiel (Chapter 14:12-23):

The LORD spoke his word to me. He said, "Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful to me. I will use my power against it, cut off its food supply, send a famine to it, and destroy its people and animals. Even if these three men--Noah, Daniel, and Job--were in that country, they would, by their righteousness, rescue only themselves," declares the Almighty LORD. "Suppose I send wild animals through that country and they make it childless and turn it into such a wasteland that no one travels through it because of the animals. As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could rescue their own sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves. And the country would become a wasteland. "Suppose I bring a war against that country by saying, 'I will let a war go throughout this country.' Suppose I destroy the people and the animals in it. As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could rescue their sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves. "Suppose I send a plague into that country or pour out my fury on it by killing people and destroying animals.

As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, not even Noah, Daniel, and Job could, by their righteousness, rescue their sons or daughters. They could rescue only themselves. "This is what the Almighty LORD says: I will surely send four terrible punishments against Jerusalem. I will send wars, famines, wild animals, and plagues. They will destroy people and animals. But some people will survive. Some of your sons and daughters will be brought out. When they come out to you, you will see how they live. Then you will be comforted after the disasters that I will bring on Jerusalem, after every disaster that I will bring against it. You will be comforted when you see how they live. Then you will know that everything I have done was done for a reason," declares the Almighty LORD.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Knowing You're On the Right Path

I'm sending this out, asking for prayer. I also believe that I'm not the only one that needs to be reminded of God's truth in this area and therefore pray for faithfulness on the part of all of God's people.

A couple days ago, I was hit hard with all sorts of negative thoughts: "You're a loser!" and "You should just give up!". Now, there were all sorts of good reasons behind both of those statements, and the accusations hit me hard. They were reinforced by the various circumstances throughout the day, and it's really easy to seek forgetfulness when that happens... to forget Whose we are... to forget to expect God's grace and power... to forget the WHOLE truth. But sometimes you know you're on the right path by the resistance you feel along the way.

Maybe that's how the early church found it such a joy to suffer for Christ's sake. They realized the oppression, the resistance, was an indication that they were on the right path. They sought God's direction and then went down paths that contradicted the conventional wisdom of the day. They refused to lean on their own understanding, and led by the Holy Comforter, they took a step out of the boat and onto unfamiliar waters.

And as they set out on that path, they encountered the Discourager of men, the Accuser. They met resistance: spiritually, physically and emotionally.

A couple days ago, that discouragement had me pinned. The accusations were based in truth and I felt hopeless. I could see the many mistakes that I've made along the way, and I heard the Accuser saying repeatedly: "Loser! Quit! Your God has abandoned you!"

I felt the resistance along the way.

I did something right, and turned to God. I prayed desperately, needing His encouragement.

In martial arts, when two competitors are grappling, they will try to constrict the breathing of their opponent. They will put a hand over the mouth, making breathing difficult but not impossible. The Enemy tries to keep us from breathing, too. He tries to keep us from feeling God's Presence. He'll offer something to take us off the path ("just for the moment"). And he'll also, in a way I don't understand, keep God's answer from coming to us right away. (Daniel's answer was delayed for 3 weeks! See Daniel 10)

When God's answer came back to me, I was able to "...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Cor 10:5)

The truth is, I can only be a loser if I quit. "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13) and with God's grace, I will persevere! "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Great Expectations - Renewing the Relationship

I remember how I felt when I first started following Jesus as Lord and Savior. Perhaps you had a similar experience?
I wanted to tell everyone I knew about my God, King and Friend. I wanted to purge my life of anything that would interfere with this wonderful new relationship. I yearned for that next, new revelation of His love.

But there have been times since then when my Passion has dropped below other passions. I've heard others say with a defeatist attitude that it's like marriage, where the feeling dies and you just have to get used to it, moving on to a "more mature" relationship.

Well, as scripture points out, my relationship with the Lord is very much like a marriage relationship. I can say that in over 15 years of marriage, my relationship has not always been "passionate", but to me, the ebbing of passion is a warning signal: either something is wrong in me (needing correction) or something is wrong in the relationship (again requiring attention).

Why are we so willing to settle for second best? (or worse?)

In my marriage, as with all my relationships, I can sense when something is not right... it's an emotional indicator light that God has put on my emotional dashboard.
My God made me in His Image, and scripture tells me that God also has feelings. Unlike God, I certainly can't trust my imperfect feelings any more than I can trust my limited intellect. But I can turn to Him when things don't "feel right". And like all of my relationships, I can trust that my Passion for Him will grow as I'm intentional in the time spent with Him.

What a great Friend and God we have, Who doesn't forsake us when we draw away... but rather, lovingly draws us back into the fiery passion that He has for us. Whether we're on the mountain-top or in the valley, we can rejoice in His Presence with a great expectation that He loves us and is in complete control of the outcome!

Blessings of Peace, Hope and Joy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Obey and Expect

One of the great things about being available to others is that you get to hear how God is speaking to them... and in the process He can speak to you. For example: earlier this week, as I was praying for a friend, this person told me that God has really been emphasizing two things: "Obey and Expect". This hit me hard because, in truth, I was finding it hard to "expect" God's goodness. And as a fall-out of that, I was finding it hard to "obey".

When I truly believe in all of God's goodness, His power and plans for me, then obedience is easy. But when I doubt that He is really in control or that He really has my best interests at heart, we're all more likely to take things into our own hands or try to hide in our addiction of choice (translation: "not obey").

My prayer for you, and my prayer request for you, is that we can all more fully EXPECT God's goodness in our lives.

Blessings, Peace and HOPE!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Object of Our Affections

1 John 2:3,6,9-10,15-16

"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands...Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did...

"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble...

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world."

Summary:
  • Love God through obedience
  • Love your neighbor
  • Do NOT love this world

Prayer:
"Lord, turn my heart and the hearts of all your people to You and toward others. Turn our hearts away from our self-gratifying interests. Help us to see others as You see them and increase our ability to truly love."

Friday, June 22, 2007

Humility Wins Over Perfection

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." - 1 John 1:8-10

I was once in a Men's Group that was growing in leaps and bounds. We shared our weaknesses... our short-comings... our sins. And were able to pray for each other!

But then a person joined our group that had no struggles. He offered the solution for each of us to be as perfect as he was. Within 6 weeks, that vibrant Men's Group dissolved.

In our weakness, we find God's strength. May we all live in the light that purifies our stains and renews our minds! We bear witness to God's power in our lives... not OUR power to live in complete obedience!

Blessings!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Love and Lust in FHL's year of Love

Both Hebrew and Greek have several words that can be translated into our one word "Love". C.S. Lewis wrote a lengthy discourse on "The Four Loves".

Our use of a single word has our culture to confuse two loves. One of those loves, is the love that Our Father in heaven shows us. It is the "desire to give". It is the love that we can only understand because he "first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

The other "love" is really no love at all. It is the love that the world understands. It is a "desire to get" and is more accurately translated as "lust". Lust will give only if there is a return on the investment. It seeks to promote itself, and like a cancer cell replicates beyond it's boundaries. It says: "Why should I do this for ______? What has _____ done for me?" It asks the question: "What's in it for me or my organization?"

But God's economy works entirely differently.

Lord open our eyes to your economy of love. Teach us how to love in this year of Love. Let Your Love flow into us continually that we can pour Love out into the live of others for the glory of Your Kingdom and the building up of your people.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

"Qui es veritas?" (i.e. - "What is truth?")

"'What is truth?' Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, 'I find no basis for a charge against him.' (John 18:38)

"Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified." (John 19:16)

My passion is, quite literally: "Truth". Pilate came from a very different perspective. For him, 'truth' was relative, so he was able to send a man that he believed to be innocent to a gruesome execution. A friend of mine sent me a very eye-opening link to a video on YouTube. I recommend everyone listen to the video and pray for this country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

Psalm 15 - A psalm of David.
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,

Isaiah 45:19 (New International Version)
19 I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.

John 16:13 (New International Version)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What's a soul anyway?

Now, I can't find this definition in Websters (which by the way does NOT carry the authority of scripture) but a person I respected once gave me this definition of the soul: it's the habit of thinking – the thoughts that we believe without even realizing it's a thought. A stronghold in our soul would be a negative belief (e.g. - a "lie") that we've bought into. For example: "I need a drink", "I can't resist ______", "I can't control my temper", etc.

Satan wants your soul. He wants to control those habits of thoughts that you accept without thinking, those habitual thought-patterns that control how you feel and allow you to see and perceive truth. He wants your soul in order to control you. It is the first battleground, and if that land is lost, you are a weapon in the enemy's hands.

"Resist the Devil and he will flee." Allow the renewing our your mind through the daily reading and meditating on God's Word. Take captive every thought and be doers of the Word as you walk through your day. Your mind is a weapon in God's hands for the renewal of your soul and the recapturing of your heart.

"Hear O [you who struggle with God], the Lord our God is One! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut 6:4-6)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Friends of convenience

We all know friends of convenience:
  • They are always there for you... so long as you happen to fit into their schedule.
  • They're likely to give you a call... when they're looking for you to help them out.
  • And often they're your best friend... so long as they happen to be looking in your direction.

How often can I be a friend of convenience to others? How often am I a friend of convenience to God? Don't I wait until I want something until I press into His Presence in prayer? Aren't I faithful only when I "keep my eyes upon Jesus"? And don't I often spend time with Him only when He happens to fit into my schedule?

There is no condemnation in Christ, yet the realization of how good He is to me as compared to my half-hearted response to His friendship spurs me on to be a better friend. His example helps me love those who only treat me as a friend of convenience, allowing me to hope they will someday learn to be a better friend... just as I desire to be a better friend of God's. And it allows me to enjoy what I have, hoping it can someday become something more... just as I know that He will someday replace my "heart of flesh" with a "heart of stone", allowing me to love Him as I desire to love Him... as He deserves to be loved.

Until then, I will still love Him with all of my limited heart... all of my limited mind... and with all of my limited strength, thankful that I have a Friend Who is patiently teaching me how to truly love.

"We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Formula for Success

We plan for the worst, but pray for the best (Prob 16:3) and choose not to be anxious about anything, (Phil 4:6-7) focusing on today's issues, (Matt 6:34) having confidence that all things happen for a reason and they happen for your own good! (Rom 8:28)

Blessings in victory over this world through Him Who has overcome the entire order of the universe! (1 John 5:4, John 16:33)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

URGENT MESSAGE: "Storms are brewing..."

"Storms are brewing. Where are you going to find shelter?"

This is an urgent message from the Lord. We know that the wise man, who builds his house upon the Rock, will stand strong when the storm hits. The evangelical response to this is (rightly) to tell the non-christian about Christ, so that they will have a firm foundation.

But the ones who need to hear this urgent message most right now are"believers". Storms are coming. Where will you find shelter?

"Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we put our trust in the Name of the Lord our God." (Ps 20:7)

A modern translation may be "Some trust in money and others in power, but..." where is the foundation where American Christians have placed their trust? Is it in our money... power... status... job... 401k? Have we allowed ourselves to think that God spares us from suffering? Have we used our affluence to feed our own selfish desires over the needs of others?

I can write with certainty: the storms are coming. It is not a single storm. It is a great shaking up of what we have considered the established order. Where will we find our shelter?

Before we see a revival (the conversion of unbelievers), God will bring about a renewal (a renewed dedication of the "believer"). As a loving Father, He will discipline us as necessary to refine our character.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:7-11

The storms ARE coming. May we find our shelter in the Lord!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Emergent Church Problem?

I received an email from a trusted brother in Christ, criticizing the "Emergent Church Problem". Since his emails were sent in public forum, I've decided to do the same.

Inevitably, we as Christians are going to make mistakes. George Barna's book "Revolution" identifies some issues within Evangelical circles and outlines some trends within American Christianity... they shouldn't be ignored.

Presenting the Gospel in a culturally relevant way has been a challenge and a controversy since Jesus' Ascension. When the culture becomes immodest, do we discard the value of modesty in order to be "relevant"? Do we embrace a "Feminine Deity" to become more inclusive?

While both issues reflect an abandonment of Biblical principals, the second is worth drawing a line in the sand and saying emphatically: "No!" The first issue, however, is more difficult; we can focus all our attention on addressing symptoms rather than root causes. As we draw close to Christ, He continues to peel off layers of imperfection within us, transforming us from "glory to glory". Is there a person without sin who can cast the first stone? Is there any sin in our lives that doesn't cause a ripple effect into the lives of others? Are we emphasizing the sin of others to take our eyes off own imperfections? "Father forgive them, they know not what they do!" was both the cry of Jesus on the cross and Stephen at his stoning. We sin because we buy into a lie. Biblical Christianity challenges us to live in the truth and to question the established answers... we will make mistakes along the way.

And God's grace addresses those mistakes. The Holy Comforter comforts us and gently encourages us as we follow the The Way. Meanwhile, the Accuser of Men accuses us of our imperfections, creating an ever greater cycle of pain that pushes us farther from the Loving Father.. the same Father in heaven Who rejoices in each step we take, overlooking our stumbles and counting us as righteous because of the righteousness of His Son, Who died so that we may live... the Son who lives so that we live in hope and power!

I believe it's unfair to criticize an entire movement because some of it's members' comments. If a brother stumbles in his search for truth, we are to gently bring him back. I serve my God best when I can question theologians without criticizing entire denominations. The "emergent church" describes the iconoclasts of this generation and it is as fragmented as the Calvinists, Moravians and Ana-Baptists of the Reformation. If the Body of Christ is ever to come together, Traditional Christianity and Emergent Christianity need to seek an open dialog. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." (Pvb 27:17) We have nothing to fear from people desiring the Truth.

Peace, Blessings and Joy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Path to Peace -- A Good Word from James

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. ... Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:1-4,8

May the love of Christ and our Father in heaven and the Spirit Who dwells within us overpower our lust for the lures of this temporary and deceptive world in which we live! May His Church be a Bride that is set free from the desires of this world! Lord, make us single-hearted in our desire for You, Your ways and Your people!

Peace, Love and Joy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Can you hear me now?

The husband looked longingly at his bride, observing every detail of her face, understanding every emotion and every thought, watching every movement as she hurried through her tasks. The bride looked at her groom and said: "I've got alot going on today. Can you help me out with this list of chores? Thanks." The groom, without losing eye contact, smiled and said: "No problem. I love you... very much." But the woman walked quickly out the door without waiting for a response, oblivious to the expression of love that her groom had just uttered. This is a story from my life, but it's not me and my wife in the above interaction. It's how I used to look at prayer: one-way communication of what I wanted done. But prayer is so much more than that. It is two-way communication; it's time spent with the spiritual Bridegroom; it's the foundational building block of our relationship with God.


It's not that we have to pray... we GET to pray! If we stop to listen to God, we get to hear Him express His intense love for us. Sure, we need to attend to certain tasks, but like the story of Mary and Martha, we choose the BETTER thing when we sit at His feet and just listen.

"Don't just do something; sit there!"

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"You are anointed in peace, but armed for war!"

On Jan 28th, the Lord gave me this word: "You are anointed in peace, but armed for war!"

Tonight, I believe He wants me to release this word to you and from you to others. I believe there is a time of upheaval coming, and that it is very important for us to draw close to Him now (and more with each day) so that He can prepare our hearts, minds, souls and bodies for the trials ahead.

John 16:33 says: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

May Christ's Peace, Joy and Presence be with each of us!

Ash Wednesday - A Day for Repentance

I was raised Roman Catholic, which for me was a good experience. Although I'd now categorize myself as a "charismatic evangelical with an appreciation for the liturgy and reformed theology" (or as a friend of mine puts it: "PresboEpiscomatic"), I gained a lot from the denomination of my parents. One of the things I enjoyed about my Catholic upbringing was the liturgical calendar... a structure to the year that reminded me both of my God and my need for Him. One of the seasons in the liturgical year is Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday (today!). It is a forty day period before Easter, during which believers are encouraged to change habits of thought and behavior as they draw close to God through fasting and prayer – specifically in repentance.

I personally plan to spend this season in repentance:
  • I repent of the duality in my heart and mind that has not been fully focused on Christ and His Ways.
  • I repent of my judgmental nature, which reflects the personality of man's Accuser rather than my Redeemer.
  • I repent of my unwillingness to go through suffering for His sake.
  • I repent of my desire to see MY will done first and God's second.
  • I repent of poor time management, where I have spent more time building up religious organizations than ministering to people.
  • I repent of my misplaced priorities, where I have chosen to find pleasure in things other than God (e.g. - TV, books, etc.) or where I have chosen my pleasure over relationships with others.
  • I repent in intercession for the Church, which has loved with agenda rather than fostering an agenda to love.
  • I repent that I have complained to God about the burdens of life rather than asking Him to give me more Wisdom, Strength and Courage.
I encourage everyone to take these 40 days of Lent as a training period to change our habits of thought and behavior, aligning them more closely with God's good and perfect will.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

compiling what God is saying to His people about "church"

Hi All,

Please feel free to pass this on to others.

I've been compiling what the Lord has been saying to me about "church" and would like to hear what He's been saying to others. I currently have about 12 pages from the past 2 years (unedited, comments included) where He has been speaking about both the local church and the Church Universal.

We are in what I call the Age of Jude, referring to the 2nd to last book in the Bible. It is an age where people are falling out of traditional church -- just as the leaves fall from trees in the Autumn. It is a time of harvest and a time of preparation, where we need to draw closer to Him than ever before so that we have enough "oil in our lamps". It is a time where the Bride is entering maturity.

It is a time of hope, produced by suffering.

The ANAL-yst in me is interested in compiling and analyzing the words He's spoken to His Body. The strategist in me wants to align my tactics with the vision. The child in me just wants to hear the Father's Voice more clearly.

If you are interested in participating, please send me as much as you are able to share. I plan to collect individual revelations and then assemble contributors to seek clarifying revelation, which will be condensed in a referenced commentary.

Also, please let me know if you plan to participate but need some time to gather your notes / journals.

Then the LORD replied:
"Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:2-3

May the peace, joy and blessings of Jesus the Christ and our Risen King be with you!

-Mitch