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Swords, Sons and spiritual Lessons about the Word of God
December 2016

My son called me over the his computer and asked me to sit down and look at swords with him because his girlfriend lost interest and he was in that mind space to look at swords. He was up all night on the computer on skype talking to another fellow sword enthusiast friend and I guess it just wasn't enough! He could have got my daughter. She loves knives. She would love a throwing knife but I am not sure that is safe!

Anyway, the look on his face was pretty convincing. I was looking to have some heart to heart in some way and I guess looking at swords is the closest “heart to heart” I will get with a young man when it comes to Mom/son time.


So we looked at hundreds of swords and knives from dirks to fencing swords, from one handed swords to two handed, double edged, broad swords, medieval, Gladius,viking, rapier, saber, foil and the list goes on quite long! 


I started thinking of the spiritual terminology related to “swords” and in biblical terms, the sword “of the spirit” and the word of God. It is listed as part of the Armour a believer is supposed to put on and carry. The sword, along with a helmet, a belt and a shield, proper shoes and a breastplate.


Wiki describes the The phrase, "Armour of God" which is derived from Ephesians 6:11 as a protection against evil. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. " (King James Version). “As a Biblical reference, the metaphor may refer to physical armour worn by God in metaphorical battles, or it may refer to vigilant righteousness in general as bestowed by the grace of God (Romans 13:12, King James Version): "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."

The full Armour of God quote outlines these aspects of belief: truth, righteousness, preparation of the Gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God and Prayer.”



Here is the verse


Wear the Full Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. 12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. 13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest. 15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One. 17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.



So I was thinking of the sword primarily as we looked at swords. I wondered why the scripture referred to a “sword “ as being the word of God. Initially, a sword is a weapon of either defense or offense. It was used in war for a long time and gradually became a tool used  more as an Art form, like a martial art of sorts in which the swords became very lavish and decorative. During the Bronze age, they were quite “short” and then they got longer. The long heavy ones were used to easily disarm an enemy and ones with a wavy blade were meant to lock onto the enemies weapon and bring it to the ground. Otherwise, both engaged weapons would slide. The idea was to lodge your weapon with the enemy and bring it out of his hands. The design of your weapon was important but also how you use it.


At first, when sword were short, more like daggers, made of bronze and they didn't have a hand guard of any kind but as they got longer and your opponents sword could slide down your weapon and cut your hand, they developed guards. Even in the sword fighting as an art, you can see very elaborate guards in fencing swords.


The point I am trying to make is there were many types and many styles, sizes and purposes of swords and if the word of God is a “sword” and I were to speak metaphorically, I could conclude that the word in our deference has many uses and many ways and purposes to defend our faith. If the word of God is a sword and the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then once we take up the sword of the spirit, we would need that wisdom to yield our swords and defend ourselves. This means we can't take up the sword and yield it without wisdom. The word is like a double edged sword in which no matter which way you direct that sword, it cuts deep into ones soul if the spirit is behind it's thrust. It is not a weapon dangerous in the fact that it murders ones opponent, It is simply a tool to root out untruth, to confront and exhort,  and this can be painful but a also a comfort if it is the wounds of a friend.


Hebrews 4:12 New Century Version (NCV)

12 God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.


So the purpose of this part of our Armour is also in direct contact with our opponents, our friends or potential friends. It is a needed piece unlike the protective pieces like the breastplate, the helmet, the belt and shield. The Footwear is the most peaceful Armour but without our protective Armour and the word, we can't really bring the Gospel of peace. It is not so simple, peace.


I was very intrigued by the variety and beauty of the swords I observed and was fascinated with this time spent where I learned about swords.  I picked up our Scottish dirk , not a particularity attractive piece but never-the-less, what we have and I understood why people have such an interest in knives and swords. When I held it , I felt it was something one has to learn to use and respect.  I liked the feel of it in my hand.


The steel, the metal was crafted especially for a purpose. Some with great love and detail as an Art form. Others for more practical purposes or to use in the woods for survival.

Whatever the use, there are many swords and knives and they have been a part of many cultures for many years and posses a spiritual personality about them, that which it's owner knows.


There is a fondness that develops of ones tools as we grow deeply in the word itself as we begin to understand the meaning and the power of the word of God and as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Rightly dividing the Truth”


The NCV states “Make every effort to give yourself to God as the kind of person he will approve. Be a worker who is not ashamed and who uses the true teaching in the right way.”


And this is the important thing with the sword. It is a unique and special tool requiring knowledge and wisdom to use it correctly. If not, and used by those who lack understanding and don't care for what is right and true, a dangerous weapon.

I trained in silver-smithing so I was able to meet many craftspeople, including those who did black-smithing , some who made knives. I found a great deal of respect amongst crafts-people for the materials, how an object is made and a continued respect for it's use and care.


We too can learn from this – how to respect the word of God, given to us to protect our lives.


ENTERING A TOMB : A Dream

It may sometimes take an Angel to roll the stone away.....
but once this happens.................

....... the truth is resurrected. (It's unstoppable)








My DREAM March 15 2015 and unfolding JUNE 2016


In my Dream, there was an issue of a Grave. In fact a tomb. In order to gain what was in it, the treasures, the inheritance, someone was given a task to go into the tomb and excavate in order to get it out. It was a treasure to do with ones life. It was an inheritance. It was not clear at all how much excavation was required and it was not an old tomb of someone who died long ago, it was a grave of that actual person. It seemed that way anyway. It seemed the person was to go fetch his/her own inheritance. It was also dangerous. At any time during the excavation the entire area could collapse and fall on the person or the people doing the work. Again, it was not clear who it was for but I was there objecting because of the dangers. I had a picture of a large area underground where one had to go into tunnels to get at the area where the inheritance was. The tunnels were narrow and just made of dirt. The walls therefore were not solid and because of this, could easily collapse. NO clues were given as to where the treasure was or if in fact it was simply in a box laid out in the open for one to fetch. The dream seemed to confirm again and again it was for the “inheritance” of this person. I continued to object because I could clearly see the dangers and how impossible the task was. Also how nonsensical it was. However, it was inevitable that the quest was there and the rules were not going to change. I remember in the dream objecting several times and quite vocally but I was the only one objecting. When I woke up, I took note of the dream and prayed about how long one may endure something that was not created by the mind of God, but created by the mind of darkness, the enemy. Then I thought of families and that key commandment about honour, that is to honour parents. It seemed more deeply evident in my mind that God has set up a commandment that has been broken over and over again in so many lives and in fact by the entire court system. I then asked God to honour his own commandments by honouring parents. Do we endure suffering because we are not honouring him? Is suffering to test us?  I thought of affliction against families by the enemy, not God. However, after thinking about this, I realized what the dream meant. It was about a finding in our lives, a verdict not designed by God but men.  In order to inherit salvation or this gift from God, our inheritance, our freedom,we are sometimes given an impossible task by entering into a situation as in this dream,a tomb  much like a prison which may collapse, sometimes ushering death. No wonder I was objecting!  I could see the tomb was a dangerous enclosure, like a prison. This quest was not necessarily "from" God but similar to what Daniel faced in the lions den. He was forced by the powers of that kingdom to enter that cave. Those were the rules. But Daniel was saved by honouring God so I learned that when we honour God, it can result in being freed from situations like this. But I am asking God to honour us too as parents and to save us. Jesus honoured parents and in fact brought up this very commandment in Mark where Jesus rebuked the leaders for ignoring this commandment, (stealing money that belonged to the elderly.) But more to the dream and the tomb in the dream, an inheritance lay and by entering into a type of death is our free gift from God in Christ Jesus who also entered a tomb. We don't have to excavate a tomb at risk of death to get it though. Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb. So can we. That was my prayer.


Ephesians 1:11-12

(11) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (12) that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.


Here is the passage on honour: Mark 7:6-13King James Version (KJV)

6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Here is a  commentary on the Tomb where Jesus honourably laid. Though like a prison, Jesus was the "inheritance" in the Tomb. 

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record that this tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, suggesting that it was the tomb he had prepared for his own burial. The fact that it was a tomb “hewn out in the rock” (Matthew 27:60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53) confirms the personal wealth of Joseph of Arimathea. Only royalty or wealthy individuals could afford to have their tombs carved out of a wall of stone or in the side of a mountain. Poorer men were buried in simple graves.

The word “hewn” in Matthew, Mark, and Luke comes from the Greek word laxeuo, meaning not only to cut out, but to polish. It implies that it was a special tomb, a highly developed tomb, a refined tomb, or a tomb that was splendid and expensive. Isaiah 53:9 had prophesied that the Messiah would be buried in a rich man’s tomb, and the word laxeuo strongly suggests that this was indeed the expensive tomb of a very rich man.

John 19:42 says, “There laid they Jesus….” The word “laid” comes from the word tithimi, which means to set, to lay, to place, to deposit, or to set in place. As used here, it portrays the careful and thoughtful placing of Jesus’ body in its resting place inside the tomb. Luke 23:55 tells us that after Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, the women who came with Him from Galilee “…beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.” The word “beheld” in Greek is theaomai, from which we get the word theater. The word theaomai means to gaze upon, to fully see, or to look at intently. This is very important, for it proves the women inspected the tomb, gazing upon the dead body of Jesus to see that it had been honourably laid in place. http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/easter/renner_buried.aspx

The Tenacity of the Syrophoenician Woman

I am fascinated by the story of the Syrophoenician Woman which is in the book of Matthew in the 15th chapter where 

Jesus had withdrawn into the "district of Tyre and Sidon and a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”  But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once."


I am fascinated by the story because it seems as though disciples were dictating to Jesus who was worthy of his presence, worthy of being heard and worthy of being healed. They simply ordered Jesus to send her away because she was annoying, Much like the story of Jarius's daughter where there is some conflict to delay healing but the characters are very different. Jairus was the leader of a synagogue and an important Jewish leader, but now he was helpless. His 12-year-old daughter was dying (Mark 5:42).

Those outside Jarius's house told Jesus that the little,girl was dead but of course Jesus knew better and to quote Jesus in my own language, I would say he told them, "Nonsense!" and scolded them saying, "Get out of here ! You are interfering with what I do" And from there, only allowed the parents and his disciples into the house where he went into  the little girls room and said , “Get up!”


In Mark, it states:  "“Why all this confusion and sobbing? The child is not dead. She is only sleeping.” But they laughed at Him.He made them all go outside. He took only the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with Him. And He went in where the child was. He took her by the hand. Then He said to her, “Talitha koum!”


In both stories there is a child who needs healing and a parent who comes to Jesus to heal their child. In the case of  Jarius's daughter we see a situation where Jesus and his disciples willingly went to heal a child with no fuss. He even sent people away who were annoyed and unbelieving.  Yet, in the case of the Syrophoenician Woman, the Mother is also desperate but the disciples are uncooperative and it seems Jesus could not be bothered until he sees the faith of the woman that surpasses those in Israel.  Both parents knew Jesus could heal their child and pressed him but the Syrophoenician Woman seemed to have to work harder. The father of Jarius simply asked and Jesus came and addressed the obstacles promptly but not so for the Mother. Why was this? Was is because one child, lying in a bed, helplessly dying drew more empathy from Jesus than the daughter that was oppressed by demonic possession or oppression?  That ailment is quite a bit different.


Was Jesus partial to healing those with greater stature? Jarius after all was well off but the Syrophoenician Woman was not. She referred to herself as being a "dog" which is a term for those who were not of the house of Israel. Jesus didn't deny it either.  However, the woman pressed in and reminded him that even the "dogs" get leftovers under the table. She wanted her daughter healed so she was not going to take no for an answer or go away!   She ignores the disciples complaints and challenges Jesus claims that he comes first for the House of Israel. She tell Jesus she is worthy too. She bows before him and worships.  She did far more than Jarius did. In fact, she practically had to beg.


Jesus acknowledges her desperation and faith and heals her daughter, that very hour without even having to go to her. This is a lesson that shows that Jesus may well have wanted to be convinced he was recognized as Lord. But more so, a lesson to show we must persist and stand in the gap for our children when they most need Jesus and where nothing else will help but the healing touch of the Master.  No matter our stature and no matter who is around protesting our requests, we must persist when we know the Lord is able. If we ever doubt this, remember Luke 5:12-13  "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.


Jesus IS willing. After all, he raised  dead!   


Jesus Sitting in our Chair - Feb 2016

For the last several months, I have had the sense when I prayed, Jesus was sitting in the large flowered chair in our Living Room. He was just sitting quietly. He did not say a word. He never looked up or talked. He was just sitting. All he had to do, to make it known to me what he was asking was to sit there. And I knew this. He was not asking me to do much else either or go “out on some excursion or mission” with him. He simply wanted me to sit quietly in the room. I knew it was about silence and prayer and he was doing much.  I got the sense it was very crucial and serious. At first I thought it was just because he wanted me to sit in silence and not talk, to pray and listen to what he may have to say. Although I believe this was what he was proposing, I also believe there was more. He knew he had to come in my living room in this way to get me to pray more deeply. It was also my company he was requesting while he was simply reminding me to “abide in him for without this, I can do nothing, he will do nothing” I had that sense he was doing something very deep (and isn't he always!?) and he was stopping along the way to pay me a visit because I was supposed to pray. He wanted to include me. I felt it was very important and crucial that to prepare, I must sit with him, and abide in him. And he stayed. 


After several weeks of this, I sensed he was still there. At times when I was unsure, or I had not prayed, I would ask him to please stay in the Living room, "the door is open,  please don't go",  I would say. Though he is silent, I know he heard me.

So that seems to me that this is all he is asking of me now. He will do the work. All I have to do is abide in him.

It is him, not us that will speak, act, walk.


John 15:4 says Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.


It also says in Zechariah 4:6 “So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.


https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15%3A5%2C+Zechariah+4%3A6&version=TLV


Kneading the heart of a Judge

March or April 2013 Dream


I had a dream where the Lord was kneading the heart of a Judge with his hand but even with Gods hand, the heart was still hardened: will it change?

6 months later, I was to learn it did not soften at all, despite my prayers. It remained cold and hard showing what the prophet says is true 

Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?

The song "Chasing the Lord" is
http://houserebuilt.webs.com/sacred-writing
 A  similar experience to when I was writing  "ON THAT DAY", (below)  I wrote the song CHASING THE LORD  using the scripture , Psalm 58 and Habakkuk   2:2–4.  “Chasing the Lord”  was in my mind.  Chasing him and running WITH him in his will where he was going but praying to execute justice and fairness.

Those were the words I seemed to be given. Running after the Lord and chasing him because it was safe as he allowed me to run with him. It was like I had to chase him to be with him and run with it.  ("that he may run who reads it")  I looked for something fitting to "Chasing the Lord" but it is often a bit random  when I sit down to write. I just go to scripture to see what inspires me and it usually leads to a study or a better understanding of that scripture or I use it simply as a prayer. I chose Psalm 58 and Habakkuk. 2:2-4. Those scriptures seemed to connect with what I had in mind.
On a separate occasion, I was doing a study  on JUDGES because I wanted to know what a good Judge was and what a wicked Judge was, how they Judge, what is the outcome of  a good  judgement or a bad judgement.  So I looked up some studies online. Turns out the study I came to, had the exact passages I chose for song!  The study was specific to Judges, which showed me more about what those scriptures were actually about.  This seems also very similar to how the  scripture addresses prosecutors in Isaiah 29:31   where it uses the phrase "at the Gate"  meaning COURT " where the (prosecutors) twist an honest testimony and tell lies in order to incriminate the innocent. This is all about Judges and prosecutors
In the Study, it uses the EXACT combination of scriptures  I used for the song and yet, in truth, I chose these scriptures at random really, hoping to get a few phrases to express where I was led to go. It was also a prayer  regarding corruption  with the courts in mind but  I did not know at the time of writing the song that these scriptures actually addressed courts. How is that for inspiration!? 

The song is under "Recordings"

HERE IS THE STUDY (I bolded the verses that were in song)
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/Matthew-Henry/Ps/Wicked-Judges-Described
http://thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/the-judge-of-the-judges-psalm-58/
Who judges the Judges? - Psalm 58    By Don Ruhl
Psalm 58 shows corruption wearing the apparel of justice. David could see through it so he wrote a Psalm. (a poem)To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David. He named, it “Do Not Destroy,” telling the wicked judges not to destroy righteous men and women. The preface to Psalm 58 says it is a michtam or miktam of David, which means to stamp, to engrave something precious, like stamped gold, worthy of being saved for all generations.
David wanted justice so he placed the matter in God’s hands.
 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?… David knew what the judges spoke. Did they judge uprightly?
 No, they did not judge with integrity. Why do judges do that?  Some use the facade of the judicial system to promote their wicked agendas, but the righteous see what happens. The question is do the righteous do what David did, or do they just throw up their hands, believing there is nothing they can do? Psalm 58.3–5

Picture of the Wicked 3–5 The wicked are estranged from the womb.
 To show just how wicked the judges were, David exaggerated how soon they began speaking wickedness. Judges learned how to manipulate the system to achieve and justify their own evil. However, the righteous see it all.

Wicked judges do not commit murder themselves, but lay the ground work for it.

Reasoning with such judges is as useless as charming the cobra that does not hear the charmer, although the charmer uses great skill to hypnotize the snake. These judges will not listen to arguments, reason, or the law.
They want something and they use their power to get it. Psalm 58.6

Break the Wicked  Break their teeth in their mouth, O God… The first five verses showed the nature of wicked judges and the last five verses shall show the outcome of wicked judges. Psalm 58.7–9 Curse of the Wicked 7–9

Let them flow away as waters which run continually… A flood of water comes in, but it keeps flowing and goes away. It destroys, but the water soon dissipates. Wicked judges do damage, but they flow away and the righteous restore society. The judges shoot arrows at people, but David requested that God break their arrows in pieces.

See the wicked judge place an arrow in his bow. He pulls the string, ready to shoot. Suddenly the arrow breaks into pieces, because a righteous man prayed that God would do that. Have you prayed for God to do that? As the snail goes his way, he leaves a trail.
He leaves part of himself. Wicked judges act like poisonous serpents and uncharmable cobras, but in truth they are just snails that the righteous crush under foot through prayer and song.
Sing and pray about God’s justice. The wicked are born speaking lies, and because of that they actually are like stillborn children that never see the sun.

However, it happens when righteous people sing, pray, and write about it. Do not give over this world to the wicked. God sends a whirlwind and takes them away.
Habakkuk 2 shows the time of judgment arriving.

The prophet complained of unjust judges and other wickedness, wondering when the Lord would do something about it. Listen to the answer the Lord gave Habakkuk, Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” (Hab 2.2–4)

Therefore, as verse 9 says that although the poison of wicked judges burns as venom, but they will burn in the wrath of God.Psalm 58.10, 11

The Righteous Judge 10, 11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance… Wicked judgments by wicked judges vex the righteous. Wicked judges operate in the land (vv. 1, 2), but so does the righteous Judge (vv. 10, 11). For that reason, the righteous pray and expect to see God’s vengeance.
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When it comes they do not rejoice to see an enemy fall, but they rejoice to see the cessation of wicked judgments. It is like the righteous washing their feet in the blood of the wicked, as a warrior standing victorious over the one he has defeated, blood pouring out from the wounds of the wicked.

The judges used their corruption to get what they wanted, but the righteous wrote, sang, and prayed against their wicked works. They fought one another, but the Lord helped the righteous and the wicked fell at the feet of the righteous who feared not to engage the wicked in spiritual battle.
All this makes men conclude two things. First, that the righteous are rewarded, whereas the wicked are punished.

Second, that there is a God who judges in the earth, whereas the wicked judges failed to judge in the earth.

Hear the promises and speak the prayers of Ps.58. You shall see the defeat of wickedness

 Our Corrupt Legal System: Why Everyone is a Victim (Except Rich Criminals)
https://www.amazon.com/Corrupt-Legal-System-Evan-Whitton/dp/1921681071
 

by Evan Whitton

The lawyer-run adversary system used in Britain and its former colonies, including the United States, India, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia does not try to find the truth. It is the only system which conceals evidence. Our Corrupt Legal System explains why trial lawyers, famously economical with the truth, control evidence; civil hearings take weeks, months or years; in serious criminal cases, 24 anti-truth devices allow more than 50 percent of guilty accused to escape justice. By contrast, in the investigative system used in Europe and other countries, including Japan, trained judges control evidence and seek the truth; civil hearings take a few hours; 95 percent of guilty accused are convicted. It is the most widespread, accurate and cost-effective system. Russell Fox, an Australian judge who researched the law for 11 years, concluded: “The public estimation must be correct, that justice marches with the truth.”

Evan Whitton began researching the two legal systems in 1991 after observing at first hand how each system dealt with the same criminal, Police Chief Sir Terence Lewis.

Whitton was chief reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, and Reader in Journalism at the University of Queensland. He received the Walkley Award for National Journalism five times, and was Journalist of the Year 1983 for “courage and innovation” in reporting an inquiry into judicial corruption. He is now a columnist on a legal journal, Justinian.

 

Stained Glass Prophets and Old Flags

Dec 21 2015


The Sunday before Christmas, the church services were combined so instead of the 5 pm, we attended the 11 am service in the large Sanctuary.

Throughout the service, I looked around the sanctuary at the tattered flags left over from battles. Greg Simmons, one of the elders came over and shared the reasons why these flags can never be repaired.


I understood his explanation to be that repairs would be considered a violation to veterans who defended our country. Any repairs to these tattered old flags would eliminate the battle scars and thereby erase the memories and the virtues of the veterans who fought in the wars


I could not find a lot on this subject but I found some history in relation to the flags at Knox Presbyterian Church saying that :

(QUOTE) “ After the National Defence Headquarters granted permission to redesignate the Mississauga Regiment as The Toronto Scottish Regiment, it was suggested that the a regimental church be located. At the time, several regimental officers were members of Knox Presbyterian Church located at 630 Spadina Avenue, just south of Harbord Street in downtown Toronto. It was agreed that they would approach the church session about arranging an affiliation.

Following is a quote from the Session Minutes of Knox Church dated 26 May 1925:

"John Gibson Inkster, the Moderator, placed before the Session a suggestion that the 75th Regiment - "Toronto Scottish" - be invited to make Knox Church their church home, pointing out several close connections some Officers of the Regiment had with Knox. After a full and free discussion, on motion of Captain Sutherland, seconded by Mr Jamieson, it was decided to convey to Colonel Harbottle Commanding Officer of The 75th Toronto Scottish Regiment, an invitation to make Knox Church the Spiritual Home of the Regiment, and extending the usual courtesies relative thereto and that the clerk advise Colonel Harbottle accordingly".


So ever since 1925, Knox Presbyterian Church has been the Spiritual Home of The Toronto Scottish Regiment. http://tsrpd.com/regiment/regimental-church.html


But what really caught my interest during the service were the 10 stained glass windows above the organ pipes.


My husband thought they may be the Apostles but there are only 10 so I looked again and saw vaguely the names of the Prophets. I could only make out some of the names. Moses was obvious because he was holding the tables with the 10 commandments. Elijah was another one. I think Hosea and Amos but the lettering was very dark. My first thought was I wanted to see the prophets names more clearly.


The prophets are my favourite people in history. They should not be hidden and if the windows had a good clean we could make out the names but even then, you still had to look up very high to see the windows.


My next thought was it would be a massive job requiring great skill. Since the windows would probably be very old, who knows what would happen after you start the job. What I was really thinking though deep down was how beautiful it is to see the prophets represented in these windows and my prayer was that one day, I see them. Is that possible? How could such an amazing thing happen? Did you have to be a very special saint or could this be our normal future community in heaven, to meet these amazing people we have learned so much about in scriptures?


Anyway, my imagination took me there. I told my husband that the stained glass windows did not represent the Apostles but the prophets. There may well be a story as to why they chose the prophets instead of the Apostles to be up at the front of the sanctuary.


After the service, many of us went to the Winchester room for coffee and I had a conversation with a parishioner. He asked me my background and when I told him one of the things I trained for was silversmithing, he immediately said I should get into stained glass repair because the windows in the sanctuary are very dirty!


Talk about synchronism !


I told him I was thinking about those stained glass windows during the service. I also told him that although I have some training in the Arts, I am by no means that technical and this would require more training. I was thinking more along the lines of meeting the prophets themselves rather than “preserving” them!


(Although I appreciate the fantastic work in preserving their stories like this)


But they are still beautiful, as the flags.


And though the flags are tattered and the stained glass prophets are dark and dusty, they will be remembered. The flags for wars we faced and veterans that fought and the prophets for the people God chose to speak his message and prepare us for the kingdom. They too fought battles. Real ones. They also spoke of our Messiah, Jesus.


Jesus said in John 5:46 , For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”


We may all meet the prophets one day. Something to hope for.


For now we can appreciate they were never forgotten along the way. We can continue to learn of them. They too looked forward to the Lords coming who we will all see at the appointed time.

DREAMS
How Should a Christian Interpret Dreams?

Quote
"Dreams often appear to be some sort of 'mish-mash' of our various subconscious thoughts and fears. An overall biblical approach to the world of dreams is probably found in Ecclesiastes 5. We are told this:  'For a dream comes through much activity..'
The meaning appears to be that if we have many cares, or, perhaps, decisions to make, or if we are feeling fretful, we will dream rather more than if we are at complete peace. The 'activity' in the NKJV rendition should probably be seen as mental activity. So our cares and concerns and subconscious fears are going to lead to dreams - but this is more or less normal. However Verse 7 of Ecclesiastes 5 adds a warning: 'For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God' (NKJV)
So here we have a warning not to fret too much about dreams, nor to discuss them too much; they are just dreams!   (Ecc 5:3a NKJV).
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http://www.ukapologetics.net/1dreams.htm

TEN DAYS OF AWE 

Rosh Hashana was Sep 14 - 15  and the  New Year ,Yom Kippur    was  Sep 23, 2015 - also Day of Atonement

The 10 days of awe  is between the holidays, known to be called "the days of awe" :  Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur   

The period between the holidays,  Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is a time to think of the last years actions, activities, things left undone, things done. A time to meditate.


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The reading for Rosh Hashana is on Isaac’s birth. One of the readings for Yom Kippur is on Jonah. We can reflect on events of our lives at this time as being  the "boat" in which an incident may occur   a thrust out of the boat and towards Nineveh,( the "world" ) to  the message of Jonah which is to repent and to come to God.
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QUOTE “ We read the Book of Jonah on Yom Kippur  to remind us that sometimes we are Jonah. We run, we are swallowed up, and we are spit out. We have times when the responsibility of the world is thrust upon our shoulders and we have times when we feel very much alone. Sometimes, just like Jonah, we feel that life is too much for us. Who wouldn't want to book a cruise, get on a ship, and run away from such burdens? Perhaps, we are more like Jonah than we even want to admit.

The biblical text tells us that Jonah was in the whale (literally, dag gadol, "a big fish") for three days (Jonah 2:1). Three days in the Torah means a long time, but not too long a time, unless you have no food. For example in I Samuel 30:12, "he had eaten no food and drunk no water for three days and three nights." Abraham walked for three days before he tied Isaac to the altar (Genesis 22:4), the Israelites prepared for three days to receive the Torah (Exodus 19:11), and Queen Esther (4:16) waited and fasted for three days to get up her courage before she went to her husband the king unannounced. Three days can seem like an eternity.

What would you do if you had three days with no phone, no food, no Internet or television, no place to go, and no one to see? What might one do with three days of isolation? We are not given a clue about what Jonah did for his first three days in the "big fish hotel," but the Rabbis who studied the book speculated. Rashi, the great French commentator of eleventh-century France said, "God showed Jonah the Red Sea and how the Jews passed through it: for the eyes of the fish were as two windows and he looked and saw all that was in the sea." In the eighth century commentary in Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer, we are taught, "Jonah entered the fish's mouth, as a man who enters a great synagogue, and he stood and the two eyes of the fish were like glass windows giving light to Jonah."

Sometimes we are Jonah. We enter our synagogues looking for light that will illumine our path in life and provide windows into our souls. Sometimes we receive light and vision, and other times we face our reflection in the darkness beyond the windows. Many have experienced crises of faith, especially in times of tsuris, "trouble," or when confronted by the pain of life or the harsh reality of death. Some know well the darkness that can challenge their faith. At those times, the sanctuary may feel cold and the prayer book empty.

Jonah wasn't doing "nothing" for three days and three nights. I believe he was taking time to reflect and examine his thoughts and actions. That is not nothing. With time to think, Jonah was forced to confront his fears, his loneliness, his mistakes, and his God. We are Jonah, doing exactly the same thing for our sacred Days of Awe.

In chapter 2, verse two, Jonah prays to "the Lord his God from the belly of the fish." His prayer is heartfelt and sincere. Fearing for his life, conflicted and alone, Jonah found his God and his purpose. He resolves to fulfill his prophetic mission.

You can't give yourself to others or to a religion or to a belief without knowing who you are. And you can't know yourself without giving yourself time-time to dream, to fear, to explore, to wonder, and even to hurt. It is one thing to be forced to reflect as Jonah was. It is quite another to realize that spiritual reflection is a necessity of life.

Our Yom Kippur is the day for At-One-Ment, to be with yourself emotionally and spiritually. It is a time to confront fears and failures, pain and loneliness. Jonah had to realize that he was not being sent to Ninevah alone, without God. And we are not being sent into a new year alone.

Jonah was asked, "What is your business? Where have you come from? What is your country, and of what people are you?" (Jonah 1:8). Even in his confusion and trouble he responds to the most important of the questions, the last one, with certainty, "I am a Hebrew. My God is the God of heaven and earth." We are Jonah when we respond with that kind of affirmation. We ask ourselves: "Who am I? What are my fears? What am I running from? Where am I going?" Yom Kippur grounds us as Jews. For that day, we are part of a people and connected to a forgiving God who has stood by us for millennia. We are not alone.

Jonah's turmoil continues long after the book that bears his name, as evidenced by his anguish in the final chapter. Three times he says that he would "rather die than live" (4:3, 8, also see 4:9). He doesn't understand that the choice between life and death, satisfaction and dissatisfaction, atonement and forgiveness is in his hands-choices given to him by a compassionate God. Jonah has a long journey ahead of him: He has a lot yet to learn when the book ends. And so do we. Sometimes we are Jonah, complaining and afraid, dissatisfied and inconsolable.

In the book Vanity Fair, Thackery wrote: "The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice." The Book of Jonah is our looking glass as the gates of repentance slowly close for another year. Thankfully, we have the ability to leave the protagonist Jonah behind with the setting sun for a more positive, confident, satisfied, and consolable self. Sometimes we are not Jonah, and that is also a good thing. Shanah tovah!” END OF QUOTE

Two Dreams Mid September, 2015


A Christian relative I have not seen in years was in my dream sharing homeschooling ideas using those wooden tiles I have for puzzles.  A young woman wanted to learn more about what she was sharing. The puzzles had something to do with math. The young woman also wanted to explore more of the opportunities available to her that she did not have for the last while.
An old associate I sang with years ago was there as well and I was excited about introducing
the young woman to her again though she would not have remembered her from the past. It had been a few years since they had seen each other. I mentioned that my old friend had prayed for her but this woman felt a bit uncomfortable with that so I tried to lighten things up to make it easier for her so I joked saying . “Anglicans pray for everyone! The Anglican Common prayer book has a whole list of special prayers, even for pilots!” We were both "Anglican” at one time so that is why I said that. Everyone was happy but we were not “hugging, laughing or jumping for joy” exactly, just “happy” after not seeing each other for so long. It seemed we were just trying to adapt to changes in our lives.
Then the dream switched to another scene where I was alone and I had to go across a steep muddy hill. It was also quite dark.
There was a Buffalo and a black cow there blocking my way! Strange dream! They got very close to me so it was a bit scary. Buffaloes are big! I was not very comfortable being so close to these big hairy animals, especially the black slobbering cow! I was trying to get around them on this steep muddy and slippery hill but they kept blocking my way! They were not attacking me but just making it quite impossible to pass. I tried pushing by by them but they were right next to me stubbornly  blocking me. Then I woke up.


In the next dream, this same woman was with me again. I had some special paper that required less ink to print and it was a plastic type of material like those covers you get to cover documents. The paper was frosty. Not clear but not opaque either. You also needed a light table to see what was printed on it. There was music notations and songs printed on this special paper.  I asked her to sort them out in a pile but it seemed she lost them so I became very frustrated that she could loose them so easily. She had left deflated and went down stairs and hid under a blanket! I went to her after I found the papers and told her I was sorry for being angry. I felt very bad for being impatient and I told her I appreciated her help and was not mad.


Then she was not there with me and I was somewhere else by myself again. An alarm went off and I looked to see it was a stop watch. I was surprised it still worked because the watch was owned by this woman years ago. It had grey plastic casing and looked like a wrist watch with no bands. It had a bit of clear tape on the side as I think it was broken.  I kept it as a keep sake because it meant something to me.


My Thoughts


I am not exactly sure what the dream means and I am always very careful of placing any interpretation on dreams too quickly. I wait until something comes to me. If the details of the dream remain in my mind, I will pay attention. It may be a warning dream or have some other meaning. If the dream fades away so I have to struggle to remember, I don't bother trying to drudge up what it may be. They either mean something or are simply just sorting  out or unravelling the events or feelings of the day. 


The cow and the Buffalo in my dream seemed a concern. They were an obstacle to my path and smelly and I was a bit overwhelmed and scared of them because they were so huge. I was trying hard to pass them but they would not let me. I remember looking square into the black cows face and she would not budge. The Hill was very slippery and muddy. I thought for sure I was going to slide down. It was also quite dark. I read that that Buffalo warns against “impetuous energy and drive” . I am not going to jump to hard conclusions but my sense is that the Buffalo and the Cow were stubborn obstacles in my path.   I will say the slippery Hill was danger in my life. I was not covered in mud but I was trying to get over it or pass through it but the animals were preventing me so it was as if I was crossing enemy territory to get to my destination or they were blocking neutral ground I had to pass. Whatever it was, they were making it hard for me to pass. However, it could be the "cow and buffalo"  were stubborn "blessings" or an obstacle to prevent something worse, as in the story of the donkey in the story of Balaam. Numbers 22:21-39 - Balaam's Donkey
I will say the stop watch and sound of the alarm was a wake up call and a time frame or symbolic of running out of time for a situation or maybe that time has run out for a resolve. The watch was an important symbol which caught my attention.

As for the Musical Notation on paper, I believe that was important as well. They may have been the songs I write. The special paper symbolized how I regard some of these songs for healing, for praying and a hope for an awakening. That is why I believe I was frustrated when I thought they may be lost but they were not lost at all. They were fine. So the dreams were about what I am experiencing, a hope for restoration and success in overcoming obstacles and preserving what was given to me as I face obstacles along the way. There is also a timetable for things to unfold.  The woman was simply someone on my mind in need of restoration but restoration had begun. I had no control of when the alarm would sound. This is just my sense.

Train into the Sun

August 2015
I had a dream where there was a fast train moving into the sunset. It seemed the train was taking believers very quickly to a good place. The train was also going only one way.

RAPPING ON THE DOOR


March 28 2015 early morning

I woke up suddenly by a loud rapping so I jumped out of bed to move the car thinking it was my neighbour who will often rap on the window to alert me when she needs to get out. We share a drive so we often have to shuffle the cars but this is usually at a different time. When I went out, I didn't see her there but I moved the car because I figured she was just coming out in a minute. I went inside and asked if anyone heard the loud rapping and.....NO. I then knew immediately I was dreaming. Especially when I looked at the time. It would not have been my neighbour. This has happened before where I heard my name being called out, in a dream and 3 times too.  I actually woke up and answered out loud !  My husband heard me one of those times. At the time of this rapping at the door dream, he had a dream too and he shared his dream. His dream was about coming head to head with an Angel that was guarding a large area he was trying to enter to help others. In Luke, it states we are equal to the Angels so in the dream, he knew he was equal  but he still had to ask permission to enter. In order to do this, he went head to head with the Angel, forehead to forehead.    Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
CITY REVIVAL

JUNE 2015   Dream

I saw a tall building with solar  windows with a projected image advertising an event. It named the place and time and it was some kind of Christian event in TORONTO, a big event with big advertising (the building and image was at least 40 stories high) The image at the top was a FIRE, symbolising the Holy Spirit.  I knew the meaning was not about an "event". The meaning was about God pouring his spirit out on the City core. It also meant that God is calling people  in a positive way. The huge image was reflecting and reaching all over the CITY.

                               Reincarnation vs.  Resurrection


“It is appointed once for a man to live, then the resurrection, then be judged” Hebrews 9:27


Here is a conversation we had where our daughter raised some good questions about Reincarnation, which brought up the Resurrection, the 2nd Death and rebirth. As I was writing the notes out, what came to my mind was the scripture on wine-skins. My husband mentioned that we can't "recycle souls" so I believe the Lord was confirming to me that he indeed doesn’t "recycle souls" by putting them into another body it is not suited for. He puts NEW wine in a NEW Skin (body)  What also came to my mind about "God changing his mind" about a persons destiny or life, was when God relented about the destruction of a people after someone prayed and the scripture in Exodus when God gave the people quail in the desert, after he already decided  manna was sufficient but the Quail made them sick proving Gods choice was better. What came to mind about understanding a truth was you have to be born again to understand scriptures ​so this is what I pray for when people ask questions for understanding. A Re-birth  ​


Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”​

You can’t recycle souls “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." Matthew 9:17


REINCARNATION AND RESURRECTION


What is wrong with believing in reincarnation?

It is against the doctrines that God already said are true


What Doctrines? Where does it say this ?

It is appointed once for a man to live, then the resurrection, then be judged.


If a man dies out of his will and God wants that person to live, what is wrong with putting his soul into an other body?


It is still his soul. He would still be responsible for his life. 


But raising the dead isn't reincarnation so what is wrong with it?


Look what happened when Saul tried to contact the dead. 


But reincarnation, is not contacting the dead or raising the dead so what is wrong with it?


Ok , I will explain. There was a movement in the 19th century called spirit-ism and this was something happening in the 1800's which was a huge apostasy away from Christianity? A whole bunch of people abandoned the Bible and made up things about reincarnation. There was a Doctrine of reincarnation long before this made by Socrates or by Plato (there is a theory that Socrates was really a fictional character Plato invented) Here is why the Doctrine of reincarnation does not make sense: Lets say you have Adman and Eve at the beginning and they multiply so how many people are at the beginning but each generation there are mote people so there are not extra souls. If God were recycling souls, he would never have enough. He would continually have to create extra, more souls because there was more people than ever before. If you have the same number of people every generation or less, it would make sense. We have these bodies that need to be filled with souls so we can take the souls back and put them in the soul bank.


Can't God recreate and recycle?


He doesn't recycle souls. Each person has a fresh brand new soul.God puts a new soul into a new body, so the soul is preserved, no recycled.You and your soul are one – we are all responsible for our own lives, our errors, our sins as if says in Ezekiel 18. Lets suppose God puts an old soul into a new body. You take a guy, he lives, he dies and God takes his soul and puts it in a new baby with no reconnection of his past life and he starts all over but what happens to the errors and sins of that soul? We could say then this baby is not born innocent because the baby has the errors and sins of that soul.


But everyone sins but still our souls goes to heaven as devout Christians, so nothing happens to those sins, the baby is not carrying all these sins. God may still have an important task to do through him, so can't he continue in another body to carry out a purpose right?


No one ever has. People lie about it. They pretend they are reincarnated.


But isn't that just a human definition of reincarnation?


Yes reincarnation is a human idea. Like all of a sudden, babies are no longer innocent (by having a soul who has to live again to atone for a past sin, to be punished further and for what ?) This means abortion can be justified thinking their souls will just live in another body. There are other possibilities of using magic on children to figure out what past lives they lived.


Isn't that stretching it too far though?


I am just saying there are logical consequences for these ideas that are false.


But if God does it there no consequence, right?


But God wouldn't do it, it is out of his character. He would say: “This is what I am like, this is what I am about. I am honest, I am true, I tell the truth , I don't deceive people. Everyone is born once, they die and there is a judgement”


Can't he change his mind?


If he does, then another truth he teaches about himself would be false. He is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow.


Well that proves it , that is true. I am the same person yesterday, today, tomorrow and can change my mind about things. God changed his mind. He's made mistakes, right?.


Ok, I am not going to argue, I'm going to let you have your idea.


Listen to me, you agreed with me that God has made mistakes and regretted things, right?


Yes, he is a God with emotions, feelings Anger, Regrets. He destroyed the earth by flood


So what is wrong with his changing his mind?


Don't make him too soft and spongy or you won't have a God.


I am not making him too soft and spongy. You are saying this is wrong but you don't know, right?


Ok, here is what I am saying: You are right, I don't really know about but here is what I believe. I believe God is superior to me so I rely on him, what he has taught. I don't ad-lib or make up things about God. :) The God I worship is the God of the Universe, the God that created the Universe, the Living God who interferes in History and I don't dare mess with him! :) I just don't have that kind of courage!


But what do you have that is so against the idea of reincarnation existing? Why is it wrong ?


I am going by scripture, I am a Bible student and these questions occurred to me as well at your age


You can only get so much from the Bible though right?


No, I promise you, it is never ending and a lifetime just getting what is in there.


Yes but there is only so far you can go. There is a point you have to ask God questions, don't you?


Maybe. I promise you I have never come across anything I can source that contradicts what he says in scriptures. I studied Holy scriptures a special but ordinary book written by ordinary people for many years. They contain prophecies of the future and incredible things and I promise you , to ME,scriptures are a rich resource full of precious treasure, jewels and wisdom. I couldn't write any part of it.


But God makes exceptions for things though you said didn’t you?


Yes he did. He made the sun stand still for a day AND “And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the LORD saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destroying the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." 1 Chronicles 21:15)


Yes but he changed his rules for people with them still remaining, making exceptions for human beings. He gave them quail when he already had said said no to meat. And what about the vision Peter had about eating meat ? And what about the rule not to eat with Gentiles but then God said to eat with Gentiles?

God was NOT pleased and it made them sick from the quail That vision was symbolic, about people, not food -about racism and the rule not to eat with Gentiles was Jewish tradition, not GOD


But it means the same, it means : “Don't call unclean what I call clean “


God declared MAN a clean animal. We are to stay clean so GOD can also declare PEOPLE clean, not have doctrines on reincarnation. Only God declares a person clean. Though some are not clean like leprosy so we have to take precautions. These are medical exceptions and they are shown in the law. Reincarnation is not an exception that is in scripture. Peter was making exceptions that God didn't ordain saying things like he can't talk to Romans but God never said that.


Ok fine, so God still makes exceptions doesn't he?


Yes, you are talking about mercy like a man commits a crime and he should be punished but God holds back because he is sorry and repents so God forgives him.


SO what is wrong with God giving him another chance? (reincarnation)


Nothing wrong with that per-say but People only get so many chances. Reincarnation is not a solution for that and God doesn't create soulless people that need a new soul. Each creation is new and complete. Besides this, the whole idea of a soul is a Catholic medieval idea. It is not in the Bible anyway.


SO it is not in the Bible? You don't believe in souls?


I believe the word in the word translated in the N.T. is translated as self in some places and in others soul is an ordinary reflexive pronoun and part of the Greek language. Just because the Greeks have a special pronoun for “self” doesn't mean there is such a thing as a soul. In French, “cats” are female. and “dogs” are male. It is absurd but that is French. It doesn't mean there is spiritual truth in French.

A reflexive pronoun means it is a highly (inflictive? ) language. I don't believe in a soul existing outside the body. The Greek word suke' it is self. So we have a self. “Souls” is a Catholic myth with a Latin translation they could not read.


Without a soul then, how do you go to Heaven if your body is dead?


Simple: On the last day, God resurrects the body and you go to Heaven. It is like you were asleep and don't notice how long you were sleeping when you are awakened.. You don't go to heaven right away, it is like going to sleep. You are dead until you are resurrected.


But your body is rotting so how? Does he take your brain ad put it into a new spiritual being?


Yes, You are given a new body


SO a spiritual being does exists between you and God and how do you know this is true ? A new body means living again and that contradicts what is said, you live only once and die. How do you know this is true ?


I trust the word of God. I read it and I trust it. God knows all about you. You live only once and die but there is a 2nd death if you are not acceptable to God and thrown into a lake of fire.


What? You live and die once, then you live again but there is a 2nd death? That is contradictory! You say reincarnation is contradicting but you say you only live and die once and that is your reasoning for saying reincarnation does not exist?


Ok, I could have it wrong so lets look at what Jesus said, lets double check.Before we get all wound up about nothing, let’s quote Jesus himself. This is Jesus in the Temple. He is confronting the Pharisees about healing on a Sabbath.


The Authority of the Son John 5:16-30

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, (RESURRECTION) and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.


Can you go to the part where it says you only live and die ONCE (So you DON'T live and die ONCE, you are resurrected. You DON'T die? )


You live with God, but for some there is a SECOND DEATH

Hebrews 9:25-28

25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.


Revelation 21:8 explains the second death in the most detail:

8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”


It contradicts this again, you live, you die ,you live and die again? That's 2 times! NOT ONCE !?


Ok, you win on that one


See , there is contradiction in the Bible !?


No, there is not contradiction in the Bible


Oh yeh!??


Ok if you don't want to be taught now do you?



People still need the spirit of God to give understanding and we need continued patience and wisdom to teach. It was hard for Nicodemus to grasp the “born again” concept as well


John 3 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

You can’t recycle souls “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." Matthew 9:17


Each creation is new

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Revelation 21:5


But how does the parable of the wineskin relate to why reincarnation is not Christ's teaching?

Here is Martin G. Collins answer on this question 


It is untenable to attach Christ's doctrine to the old corrupt doctrines of this world's religions. The righteous system Christ came to establish cannot be forced into an old system. To attempt to force His teachings into the ways of Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, or any other of this world's religions causes confusion. Christ is warning against syncretism of beliefs; it simply does not work.

Our Savior teaches that life cannot be a mixture of two opposite principles. We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). We cannot trust in our own works for salvation in Christ, nor follow the world and God. His new way must completely replace our old worldly ways so that we walk in newness of life.                 Martin G. Collins


Belief in reincarnation can be tied to memory Errors


http://www.livescience.com/7272-belief-reincarnation-tied-memory-errors.html


Angel Storms Canada (unveiling)


This happened around March 2009 or later (I can't find my record of the date)  I was praying regarding a darkness where I had sensed there was a real danger, a darkness of many combinations of corruption of various sorts in courts with people being oppressed by authorities who were running people through the courts or other various types of trials in general a feeling that it was dark.

I was praying as I often did at that time during a crisis and I was deeply still when I began to see a very tall angel about as tall as a 10 story building dressed in a white robe with shortish blond hair but not still at all. This angel was an action angel! He  began to STORM down the main street of the City starting at City Hall and down the main street, HURLING every ungodly thing out of its' way. HURLING and THROWING things of useless value OUT far into a place that can not return.  The feeling I got was that there was a LOT of plans and/or plots of various kinds, things that were very displeasing to God, as if God said to this angel, " I am fed up so Go down and Storm this CITY and while you are at it, take on Ontario and then Canada." This is what I saw. I thought, "Is this my imagination?" because I have a visual imagination but I sat with it, watching it, not disturbing my vision with doubts but let it sink in like a movie and it was pretty real. It didn't go away.

The angel continued and STORMED across Ontario and then this angel LIFTED up what looked like a RED SHEET but this sheet was CANADA. Then SHOOK IT violently which continued to HURL every ungodly thing out of its' way. It shook it up good like a dirty rug and then placed it down again.

Then several months later, I saw the angel again! LAUGHING ! Just standing there in one spot with his head thrown back and LAUGHING with JOY as if the job was done, as if there was success in cleaning up this country and taking Canada to town, to the cleaners. I had the sense it was pure success and in control knowing that God was in charge and this angel had SHEER JOY in doing Gods will.

All I know was that I believe it was from the Lord. There was an angel doing SOMETHING. I had a lot of peace and I felt deeply still. I could NOT be moved each time I saw this. I was riveted in awe and in thankfulness that the Lord was so good and had time to show me this. I am  certainly no saint but at the same time, believing,trusting and knowing God is in control. It was weird that it started in this CITY where I was living at the time and not sure if that was significant except I was there at the time. The Angel went West, not to the east so not sure if that means anything either.  The RED SHEET was definitely CANADA though.

 Sometimes when I am angry and hurt at the pain in life of what the enemies of God  do,  I call God to send that Angel again but it is up to him. It is not something we summon up. God is not magic. We can't just call on angels at a whim. God moves when he wants and  where he will. The spirit moves where we do not know. I just happened to be praying so was able to see it. We can pray for more  but the main idea is to just relinquish what WE want and what WE demand and stand back and watch the show and believe God moves (when and where he wants) 

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I'll send an Angel   A D C G
To keep you in your way
and you will listen to his voice

I'll be an enemy to your adversary   F B*  C
My Angel shall go before you

He will bring you to the centre of your foes  A D C G
Refrain from following their Gods

Neither serve them or entertain their works    F B*  C
Over throw them, break down their treasures

And I will Bless you and heal you in your land   A D C G
Fear will accompany your walk

Your enemies will turn away  F B* C
One by One
 and your Borders will increase

They shall not dwell in the land   F B* C
nor be a snare to you

I'll send an Angel  x4  A D C G                                            D.C.

Woman and the Red Sheet (online)

DREAM April 28 2015
I was with a young woman for Lunch and it seemed everything was reasonably well with us. She had a business re: care of children and it seemed I was working with kids too, possibly with her but I am not sure. It was just a vague memory in my dream that I worked with her on something.  I asked her how she liked her job and she said that her partner (the person she worked with)  took all the money and she was not enthusiastic about talking about it.
She was with me in a cafeteria eating and told me not to touch food as my hands were dirty. I just touched something else so I was careful not to touch the food. I did not see her face, only the back of her, walking in front of me. 
She had her long dark hair, curly and she had on beige coloured shoes, (she walked a bit funny too as they were high heels !) She had a slim design skirt, I think black and I think a patterned shawl over top her blouse or t-shirt. It was either a shawl with thin material OR just a blouse with a pattern.  It was a meeting we had not had in a while.

DREAM OF A FIELD    MAY 2015 I was not feeling very good. That is, I was feeling  a bit unsettled and anxious, frustrated and hurt and I closed my eyes. As I was praying, I saw FLOWERS - a path - More very BRIGHT flowers -  of many colours grass - it was bright - and it was a long vision. I also saw a woman walking on a stone path through the garden. I only saw her bare feet and the hem of her long flowing skirt. I described it to my husband and he thought it was heaven and that rang true because it was so vivid and the peace UN-describable. Lately I have seen fields ministering to me - so this is new.

Binding the Strongman

MARCH 2013
This was a dream where I saw a bunch of people. They were all silhouettes and it seemed there was one person in particular that was the strongman I had to defeat. I managed to do this and once I did,the rest scattered. It was like a play, black  figures against a light. I was surrounded by people (enemies) and they all had weapons ..... sticks, as swords but I was alone fighting them.
I managed to disarm everyone of them quickly in the air (like in the matrix) and throw down the strong man. (who had no shirt and was bald) He was a fighter (as they all were)  I pinned him down and held him there.
As I held him down, I looked up to another person there fighting me....she (or he) had a cloak and a hood on. I looked up to reason with that person as I held down this strong man.
I said:
 "Look, I have had a few years of fighting you guys. I don't want to fight you anymore. “

 The person just stared at me.She (or he) had large eyes,stared but didn't look mad, (or peaceful for that matter ) and did not attack me, just looked a bit stunned perhaps but stared making no attempt to fight me.
I was looking up at him (or her) In fact, it seemed it was a woman. I was on the ground holding this other person (a man) down.
 I was not in fear. I was confrontational and direct and I did not attack them ever in this dream, nor fight them. It was just my defence,
 I merely disarmed them successfully. All of them.

Then I woke up.

Here is the poem I wrote on the Dream

Holding the Strongman

Pinned to the Floor

Confronting his comrades

who waged this war

Another just stands there

knowing defeat

seeing the anger

of Gods Judgement seat

Confronting the strangers

now held to the ground

stunned is a figure

watching and making no sound

Scattering enemies

disarming them all

binding the strongman

making him fall

     Barbies Gone
Story of Dan and his wife
     November 2014

This story is about spiritual awareness around sickness, loss, remaining loyal in friendship and trusting in God for his decisions. I wrote a shorter version  but this one includes Dan's deeper thoughts on his Christian faith.  

Dan gave me permission to post his story.

In October of 2014, I asked my long time friend who I used to sing with for prayers and also how his wife Barb was doing. She had been ill a long time with pancreatic cancer.


My friend Dan told me his wife Barbara can be described as a quiet worker kind of person with wonderful vocal and artistic talents who shy’s away from the spotlight but is always kindhearted towards others.”


I have listened to many of her songs in the mps Dan sent me and she indeed had a lovely angelic voice which brought me into a beautiful place of comfort. She certainly was gifted. Dan often played guitar along side her. He too is a musician and song writer.

To continue, he said he wouldn't describe Barbara as a crusader,however watch out if she thinks that things are being done unfairly!”


Onetime he saw her pick up a broken ant in her hand and it came back to life. She didn't like people who showed neglect and indifference towards the little things (particularly in the animal and insect world)


Dan E-Mailed me in November of 2013, about one year before Barb died on (October 30, 2014) to tell me that Barb came home from the hospital and he had been trying to get a good PSW and nursing schedule set up.


She had spent more than a month in the hospital and said even though they are pretty good for emergencies, I wouldn't recommend any extended visits there for anybody. Some had harrowing experiences”


A year later, he was about to experience a harrowing experience for himself at their hands.


He was thankful to God that she was home and they were trying to cope as best they could, with the Lord's help. Some of the PSW's seemed to have had some Christian leanings so he was thankful for that.


Barb was in a recovery mode at that time and her strength seemed to be slowly building up,as well as her mobility.He asked me to continue to pray for Barbara and to pray for him too, as I felt led to. He thanked me again for my prayers and concern. Dan is and always has been a spirit led individual, forever leaning on the Lord trusting in him for his will. He has shown us great and consistent support, encouragement and prayers regarding struggles we were going through so I felt obligated to pray but I would pray anyway,willingly.


By the end of November, 2013, Barbara seemed to be doing quite well and was off practically all her medications (including a significant reduction in the morphine) Her colour and temperament looked pretty good and Dan was hoping she would start putting on more weight as time goes by.


He thanked me again for my prayers and interest saying he thought that the Lord works a good prayer ministry through me.When he said this, it sort of stopped me in my thoughts. I felt more responsibility to pray if what he says is true.


Dan in his own words said he has always been aware of human suffering and certainly Christians going through suffering. He always hoped for the sparing of undo suffering since he believes how God can supernaturally protect and hide His people during bad times. He mentioned to me once how a lot of 1st century Christians suffered greatly for their faith so, here we are!  I use his words as I say this.


Nevertheless,he said,the daily overcoming of trials and temptations is what occupies most of us, plus the actual obedience to the Holy Spirit's guidance in our daily affairs.”


He continued on , I can't say that I've been a perfect Christian or that my faithfulness hasn't faltered from time to time.However, I can say that God is faithful to keep his word and promises in spite of our behaviour.” He was consistently passing on his wisdom which I saved thankfully so now I can share with others, things I believe is beneficial to all believers.


He continued to encourage me regarding any suffering we were going through by saying,


So whatever that God has promised you concerning your situation, I believe that God will bring it to pass (however the truth can often be stranger than fiction so hopefully stay open minded) I've found that God's ways and thoughts are REALLY far above us so it does remain important to sick close to the Holy Spirit's promptings (although God can and does deliver us from time to time when we go overboard doesn't He but who always wants to be learning the lessons the hard way eh?) So for now it's good to hopefully keep a clear conscience towards God”

He left me with a blessing in one E-Mail which was close to what I often use myself to others by saying, “Peace to your House” “MAY YOUR HOUSE HAVE A HEDGE AROUND YOU OF PEACE  AND PROTECTION SO THE ENEMY CAN NOT ENTER


He  said

“MAY YOUR HOUSE HAVE A HEDGE AROUND YOU OF PEACE  AND PROTECTION SO THE ENEMY CAN NOT ENTER (this I like)”


Dan told me that God is faithful to supply all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus however anyone starting out on a life of faith should be prepared to trust that God has their best interests at heart.

So that is why he was prepared for Barbies passing. He trusted God,no matter what was to come, no matter what the circumstances. When Barbie died, he was at peace.


Here reminded me once that God allowed the stoning of Stephen(a person full of faith and power who also gave a good witness) and also Peter was thrown into jail (and miraculously released by the Lord's angel) and also James was done in by the authorities (I think he was the head pastor in Jerusalem at that time) So there are different scenarios but Jesus knew that he couldn't be done in until the end so that faith probably helped Him through a lot of harrowing times.


If indeed the Lord is returning soon (which seems likely by the signs)then all of God's people are being tested through different circumstances. The best thing is to do is cast your burdens on the Lord because He cares for you. The indwelling Holy Spirit can comfort us and strengthen us and persuade us however when we use our own initiative to try to solve situations the the Lord steps back. His rest is trusting in Him to do the heavy lifting and to just obey God in the things that are laid before us to do”


Barbara and Dan had actually separated after 10 years of marriage but got back together so they enjoyed some years again together. I never met her though. When Barbara entered the hospice by October 30th, 2014, he said her mobility and ability to eat and drink seems to have decreased a fair amount so her time on this earth may not be too long. She also wasn't really communicating too well either.


So this is what happened the day before she died.


The day before she died, Dan was on a sleep over at the hospice and was told that he was not welcome there (happened around after 10pm he thinks) because somebody said that he was was....  "fondling" Barbara.  What!?  He was holding her hands by her bedside. He is her husband for goodness sake!


Her hands and arms were under the covers with tubes attached so Peace!!!he had to put his hands under the covers to hold and stroke her hands and fingers. Obviously he said, somebody made a mistake here but nonetheless they (the hospital administration) called the OPP to escort him out. That is rather extreme, especially with no warning. He felt it was very bizarre since Barbara also has a catheter in her so he could not disturb the covers or disrupt medical equipment in order to hold her hands visibly to all!  What would that matter anyway? That a husband held his wife’s hands ?


After this,the staff said they would allow a supervised visit the following night between 5 and 11 pm. I agreed with him that it was totally outrageous and he agreed with me that a certain ideology ran the hospice and carried a presence with them which just seemed to hate him. What was most outrageous was after that, they change their minds about visits and said he could only have one hour between 7:30 and 8:30 to visit his dying wife and that his visit had to be "supervised."


My Husband gave him some counsel and his thoughts  and Dan thanked him for his advice and insight.


The doctor advised Dan to contact the OPP and ask what evidence there was for the allegations so Dan phoned the OPP and left a message for one of the officers who had escorted him out of the hospice.


He let the OPP know he was completely flabbergasted by this whole event and the absurd allegations and would like to know what evidence they had concerning this”


I thought he may be able to write letters to the paper but he responded by saying that writing letters to people who don’t serve God only provides ammunition by which they will use it against you. Only God can provide wisdom to deal with these situations which requires patience and prayer and faith”


I went to pick up my daughter that night. I stopped to get a coffee and called a prayer line while in my car to pray.  It was around 7 pm when we prayed for Barb's healing. Then when I got home after picking up my daughter, I got an E-Mail from Dan stating in the subject line.


barbie's gone”


It was revealed in his E- mail that she would have passed around 7 pm. He said:


happened about 1/2 hour before i got there - sat for a few minutes beside her (with 2 people there for comfort supposedly) then left

just watched your class on  talking to police - wish i would have seen it yesterday but they haven't arrested me for anything at this point.  don't worry - i had a good talk with Barbie on the way home -i'm sure that she's OK and much happier where she is”


I responded by saying I was so sorry and apologized for perhaps giving him “too much advice” when in fact God knows all and often we don't need much advice but his! I sent him one of Barbies songs which I liked and he replied,


how wonderfully appropriate and what a blessing this morning- certainly her great talent will be missed - praise God and once again praise God for His extraordinary timing - i couldn't sit therewith these 2 people hovering over me and have any real conversation towards Barbara if she was alive for my visit - so thank God for taking her before I got there and thanks for thinking of these things(and thank God too) - I attached one of her favourites and you can write what you like - thanks again. Also it's becoming apparent that Barb made a decision a few days ago to not eat or drink and as a consequence she achieved her goal. Below is an explanation I found which kind of makes sense to me”


He posted an article entitled,


The Decision to Stop Eating at the End of Life.


That said it all



So for Dan and Barb: MAY YOUR HOUSE HAVE A HEDGE AROUND YOU OF PEACE  AND PROTECTION SO THE ENEMY CAN NOT ENTER (this I like too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-AC3QBQ2K4



GODS CRANKY PROPHET 


I  love the prophets, including the warnings. In fact, I have grown fond of this little guy I drew shortly after I became a Christian. Reminds me of Jonah who was reluctant to go to Nineveh as God requested to tell them to repent. Then when God forced the matter with Jonah and Nineveh did repent and turn to God, Jonah was mad! Love that story



http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000925933/Gods-Cranky-Prophets-Jonah--Habakkuk.aspx


The Armour of God

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-anger-20-scripture-quotes/

When I told my son as a child we must put on the Armour of God to protect ourselves from the flaming darts of the enemy,he replied:  "I just never take it off!"

He was always so logical and sensible ! Why didn't I think of that !? I guess males are always ready, always on guard.
 

I have often thought that Anger that is not manifested out of love or initiated by God, that is,unrighteous anger not  justified, can be like a Demon that lay hidden, festering only to manifest itself when we let our spiritual guard down. This is why I think my son was so wise when he said to me as a child  "I just never take it off!" 

Likewise, Marriage and family's mental and spiritual well being is put on hold due to trials but also in exchange for rewards after we are tested. During this time,we still need our Armour and prayer.

If not for our God given abilities and skills in other areas, it would be a real disaster but brilliance will not save us, God will. The only thing to say now is “Change our Heart Oh God”



Ephesians 6:10-18  New International Version (NIV) The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.



MAY 23 2014
As I was driving today, I was behind a truck and on the bumper there was a Bible verse
The bumper sticker  said, "Ebenezer.  Until now, that Lord has helped us"  Samuel 7:12
  Well.. It was a peaceful moment and good reminder so I looked it up to see how the entire verse and context.

Summary

Ebenezer, ‘stone of help’, mark the places where God have helped you. These are milestones or spiritual markers in our spiritual life. It points to where we have been so that we can have confidence in where we shall be going.

http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/here-i-raise-my-ebenezer-pat-cook-sermon-on-memories-162717.asp


When my son was under 10 years of age,he noted a picture in a store of a man and a cart and he said that is Sampson and I said, I don't know, it is just a man in a cart. He said "yes Mom..it is Sampson, see , he is pulling a cart through the mud!" He remembered the story more that I so it pays to read stories using pictures-get a comic book version of the bible

The Unknown Donkey  (D. Charters)

My son really likes Bible stories so I started doing a straight read with him of the O.T. stories.
At his request, I started with Samson and we have just passed the 1st prophecy of Samuel.
Nathan played with Lego and Hannah sat on the bed and listened with great interest as I read the story of the unruly Samson with his various mistakes and fits of anger over the years!
I ended our brief session after Samson, in one of his last efforts in taking vengeance on his enemies killed 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
There was a bit of stunned silence on Hannah’s part (never Nathan of course, liking adventurous stories!)
Hannah piped up with a question, which diverted our attention to a forgotten character in this story.      (The Donkey.)
“What happened to the Donkey?” she asked me with a forlorn expression
“The Donkey was quite dead already when Samson used him as a weapon”,
 I explained
“Why did he die?” she asked.  Nathan decided to answer her.
 “Maybe he had no food and he was in a hot desert with no water and he just died”
We were quite for awhile as I thought of this noble steed that helped Samson defeat his enemy.
I’m so glad that my children think of this the forgotten, unknown donkey. The instrument of God’s justice!

NOVEMBER 11th will always be a Day to Remember, and especially honored by a special lady.(Dori Charters)

My Father told me this funny and touching true story after attending a memorial of a woman who resided on the Severn River. 
She was  108 years old just last year
She decided that she was rather old and asked a friend one  day, what day it  was and  he replied,
 "November 11th." 
She thought a bit and said, "That is a good day to die, November 11th."
 SO...she sat there with her arms crossed very earnestly in the chair with a pensive look on her face.
Her friend wondered what she was doing and finally she let out her thoughts.."It's hard!" (hard to die that is!)
But she actually did! (a couple of days later!) 
Imagine trying to die on a specific day!
Dad told us the story because at Church that day, in the Chapel on the River, the speaker talked about Joshua in which God told him, "You are Old!"  but in the next step reminded him...that despite this, he still had work to do! 
I imagine this woman finally recognized, after 108 years, that her work was done!
Let us think of those who remember well, stories of that past in which their comrades died.

JANUARY 13, 2015 DREAM
It was like an online game but the game was in real life
There was a voice of a director but I could not see him. 
Some kids had to run in a farmers field  and some were shot (tasered) Some were told they could leave game but as they leave they could also be shot (tasered) There were about 5 kids age 10-12 or so.
I watched on and as I watched I thought, "How can I  circumvent the  game ?
Then there was another scene in a barn. There was a man on a tricycle and then the  tricycle was buried so if it was found, people would think the man they saw on this tricycle was just a ghost.
Then something stopped all of this being exposed. It was 
a person in a brown hooded cloak, like a monk but not a monk,with a cross bow. He was also flying into the barn and stopped the guy who was exposing the tricycle. He then flew out of the barn through barn door. You could not see his face at all and it all happened fast. There was also a green part on the inside of his brown hood. I don't think it means anything really but a friend of mine had a dream with Monk like figures who were gatekeepers. They were good though. The flying monk like figure in my dream appeared to be evil  or maybe just neutral. I don't know. I also don't know what it means but I felt it meant something.  

MODERN TRANSLATIONS

Why it is important to understand where our Bible translations come from - MOST MODERN TRANSLATIONS are based the UBS text critical edition ( A critical edition is a published edition meant for scholars to reconstruct the text by looking and comparing to other copies) And, MOST MODERN TRANSLATIONS are published by Bible Societies, Oxford Scholars of the Greek New Testament mostly using the the two manuscripts - Vaticanus 1209 - Codex B - in Vatican and
Sianticus Codex Alef in British Museum but they are BOTH from the same scriptorium. (a scriptorium. is where manuscripts are scribed)

The most faithful translations are:
KJV
Youngs Literal Translation
NKJV

All the rest are based on UBS United Bible Society test based on Westcott Hort Text, using manuscripts that have errors every 20 lines, leaving out entire lines - 1/2 verses, 3 verses and so on. The study of dropping this of verses is known as Homoioteleuton: The study of errors in the NT manuscripts caused by similarities in nearby phrase endings.

This is where we get most of our translations of the Bible (though we also rely on 5,000 other manuscripts)

Wescott and Hort put the Vaticanus 1209 - Codex B - in Vatican and Sianticus Codex on a pedestal in order to attack the Bible and leave verses out
They actually hunted for the errors to reintroduce them into the text thereby sabotaging the Bible in 1982 - This left an entire generation confused with worthless footnotes causing doubt in the text.

Basically they succeeded in de-throning the New Testament scriptures over the English speaking people by shredding it to pieces and adding the footnotes and this has confused Bible students. In addition to this problem also includes taking out the ending of Mark. Here are links expanding on this http://nttextualcriticism.blogspot.ca/…/codex-vaticanus-boo… AND http://homoioteleuton.blogspot.ca/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0KVaZvLLLM

Getting to God through Scripture: Don't let the world squeeze you in

We can use Religion in order to understand God more but after learning what we need to learn from religious teaching or religious icons, literacy and so on, time to go to God himself. In fact in order to interpret accurately any religious teaching, we really need to go to God. It doesn't make sense that we would have to go through a strict Religious Practice or to a Seminary in order to understand God more.

Does God hold himself back so far we have to jump through hoops in order to get to him? Must we always wrestle like Jacob or be tested like Daniel or be persecuted like Paul? It depends. Scripture says: come, you who have no money , come. Salvation is a free gift

There is a point to going deeper and if we believe scripture is the living word, then we must go to Scripture. It doesn't mean we must be “Religious” but it simply means we must read scripture, study it, know it and hope to understand it. Our fore bearers who followed Christ for the last 2,000, despite ignorance on some levels are great resources for us. Why not learn from them?  If you go to University, to learn philosophy, you study the lives and works of philosophers. If you go to University, to learn psychology, you study psychologists theories. If you go to University, to learn History, you read what other historians have written. If you want to learn about Christianity, you can learn from scriptures.

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state has become worse with them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy mitzvah delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog turns to his own vomit again," and "the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire."

CHASING THE LORD: 
see "Backgrounder" on
writing this song under "Who judges the Judges?" (on this page)






Song is under "Recordings"
Taken from Habakkuk 2:1-4 and parts of Psalm 58

Chours
Chasing the Lord as the Lord Chases me Cm B* F
Seeing the Lord as he watches on
Standing by him as he walks through the crowd
Going along where he goes
Elohim

Write the vision make it plain
Cm B* F
That he may run who reads it
So the vision it will come
At the appointed time
At the end it will speak Am Dm E7
At the end it will not lie
Though it tarries it will surely come

Sing Chours

Behold the proud and break their teeth Cm B* F
(Psalm 58)
Let them flow away like water that runs continually
Let the righteous rejoice
 when they fall
Let them be seen by you and me

So the Just can live by Faith x 2

Do they indeed speak righteousness these silent ones
 Am Dm E7
They're estranged in the womb

But the Just will live by Faith X 2

Chasing the Lord x 5                                                         Music D. Charters  Sept . 2013

MEANINGS OF NAMES









I met a young man at Indigo in the Religion section last week. There are usually people there looking at Bibles and often getting into conversations. This persons name was Benjamin. (which means son of my right hand and one of my favourite names which I would have used for my youngest, if she was born a boy! ) Anyway, Benjamin began to discuss how important our names are. They have impact. In the scriptures, it shows individuals who had their name changed at certain times. It was a change in their lives. (Saul=Paul - Sarah-Abraham and Peter is mentioned as rock and many more examples) The first word of the Bible in the first verse of the first chapter in the Book of Genesis in Hebrew script it reads: Bereisheet bara Elohim et hashamayim ve'et ha'aretz. But also, is the beginning word in John (It says, In the beginning was the word.) BR and BN (no vowels) means "son" thus the names BENJAMIN meaning , "son of jamin" so in this first verse of Genesis, the passage mentions "son" which is incorporating Jesus right in the beginning of the word, in Genesis. It is right there in the old language. His name is hidden in the scriptures so Jesus parents who would read in this language would have been aware of what this said. They knew the word "son" and it was next to the word "beginning" meaning their son was in the beginning, the word.

Other common names are  חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". Alanna:  "Elan" AHL-ən (masculine) meaning "Oak" and ELIANA, (feminine) meaning "my God has answered". Scott ("Sofer" in Hebrew) which is interesting because both his parents were writers. Nathaniel and Dorothea means "gift of God". Nathaniel also means "he gave". Alexander means "helper, defender". 
I had a dream (actually it was a vision because I was awake) It was in 1996, immediately after my son was born. I was lying down, minutes after my son was born and I saw Elijah’s chariot as it flew up to the sky and then immediately after, an eagle flying up to the sky in same direction as chariot. I am not sure what it means (especially the eagle part) but it was super clear and riveting!   While I was pregnant, I was meditating on a scripture  about John the Baptist having the joy of the Lord and the spirit of Elijah bringing the hearts of the Fathers to the children (meaning Israel)  I am aware that at the end times, the spirit of Elijah is a significant part of prophecy and it could mean the times we live in and the significance of healing in families (bring the fathers back to children)  LUKE 1:17a And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.    http://www.bible-knowledge.com/traits-of-eagle/

"Let no one split apart what God has joined together." MARK 10:9


Modern enemies have attacked the community by focusing a direct attack against the Family by divorce, the systems own strategies to marginalize, split, limit finances, monitor or limit relationships of all kinds to prevent building strong ties.


The deception and anger of these things within hearts, cause people to disengage from their natural desire to build strong community and reach out.


But what does this all mean? DO NOT SEPARATE are strong words by Jesus himself, who said to let our yes be yes and no be no.


His words were in a conversation about Marriage but we all know his words extend as infinity, to all that is joined by him ..daughters, sons, alliances and anything created by him. It applies to everyone and every alliance and/or partnership which is true. What God has designed, created, inspired within all of our hearts, let NO-ONE put asunder


Lets hope for the Solidarity, with in the hearts of many, as an awakening of truth as we understand it.

We will not in despair


2 Corinthians 4:8

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2 Corinthians 4:8

 

BLESSED ASSURANCE

I had a rushed morning.  I parked after dropping my daughter off off.  I decided to sit still a bit as I was thinking about some families, needing healing and was also concerned if we had the strength (each of us ) to get through all the experiences we were going through. There were many concerns and questions in my mind.

But as I began (thoughts swirling) I was interrupted by Church bells

 that ring Hymns each hour. I didn't realize that this particular Church had a song that rang and I had passed by it for 3 years and never heard the bells ring.  It is next to the School my daughter attended.

So I stopped my "prayer" because the song brought back memories from growing up. "This is my Story..this is my song" was the chorus.     

The song is called "Blessed Assurance"

I was amazed and wondered if God ordained it. It was so perfectly timed and why that song ? Anyway, it was a blessing for sure and it made me think God was catching my attention. This happened  to me before. (story below)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Di_8H1SAUQ&feature=related

THE 11th HOUR


I  went to York Minster Baptist Church for a visit. It is a big Baptist Church with an Organ and bells that ring each hour.

It is open to public 2 times a week to pray with a very big sanctuary. It was  very quiet the day I went. 

I was the Only one there but one man who came and went as I was praying.

I prayed and my mind was swirling with thoughts. I could not focus but then I heard the bells toll. I wondered what the hour was.  Was it 10 am? No..must be past that. 11 or noon?

SO, I listened as I counted each ring and it helped me slow down in my thoughts ...1...2..3.........11! wow

The 11th HOUR !

It dawned on me then! This IS the 11th Hour!


Why Jesus Trial was illegal

Corrupt court proceedings and Trials today are very much like what Jesus went through, it is remarkably similar!


1. Many modern trials, "have no legal basis for arrest but men are simply taken. Common folks align to have them arrested including Christians in the Church , some even bribed
2. They are subjected to a secret preliminary and usually arrested at night
3. Judges bring up their own evidence or charges without any prior testimony by witnesses and put dictates through  without defendant present. 
4. Lawyer make sure no one can to testify on accused behalf. Others draw back.
5. Orders and charges are often done before Christmas to cause more stress, and prevent legal representation.

6. Prosecution often will attempt to shove everything through in a day, aligning with "Pilot" projects (mind the pun re: Pilate) to rush cases. Here, there is little opportunity for any witnesses to support the accused and often conducted in private without public counsel or awareness. ( This seems also very similar to how the  scripture addresses prosecutors in Isaiah 29:31   where it uses the phrase "at the Gate"  meaning COURT " where the prosecutors twist an honest testimony and tell lies in order to incriminate the innocent.  See my article below on "Who Judges Judges, writing "Chasing the Lord")  This corruption also happened in peroicope adultera:  John 8:1-11 where they attempted to trick Jesus. 
7.False witnesses are always brought forward, real testimony thrown out and prosecution will attempt to convict defendant on his/her testimony alone. But according to Jewish law, a person could not be condemned on his own testimony.

8. The merits of accused defence is not considered. Despite Deuteronomy 13:14 for the JUDGE to “enquire, and make search, and ask diligently” to see whether statements are true or false. The law in the Misha says: “The judges shall weigh the matter in the sincerity of their conscience” (“Sanhedrin” IV, 5). Instead, the court pronounces sentences instantly and unanimously (though drag it on to make money)  Some Courts now have pilot  projects to shove cases through too quickly. 

9. Those who could stand by accused either don't come or are not allowed at trial. ie: Joseph of Arimathaea was a member of the court, yet he was not there (Luke 23:50-51). Opponents had made sure that only those who hated Jesus could be there. JUST LIKE OUR COURTS

10. Sentencing is irrational with poor reasoning.

11. Judges are corrupt and some buy their way into office, and according to Josephus, the same during Jesus day. Also, they were known enemies of Jesus, Jewish law required that they disqualify themselves so he could be tried by impartial judges. Judges convict men now becasue they are NOT impartial and convictions are based on their carnal view of character, NOT facts. Some are hand picked and  brought out of retirement in order to convict innocent.

12. The court  in Jesus trial illegally switched the charges from blasphemy to treason when before Pilate. Jesus’ opponents wanted Him killed, but they did not want to do it themselves. So they charged Him with treason . Same thing now: some charges don't stick  because there is no evidence so they try another and accusers use courts to ruin (even kill) a man. Fearing the crowd, fearing the courts judges, people allow convictions of innocent men.

What a mockery of justice.


Taken from 

http://livingtheway.org/jesustrial.html

When I was writing  WRITING "ON THAT DAY" , I  used Amos and  had Gods people in mind. Months later, attacks broke out in Israel where Gaza launched rockets. Israel decided to fight back and also later go right  into Gaza onto the ground  to defend themselves. A fellow Christian who lives in Israel asked others to pray. She later posted a site that she found very useful to help Christians pray for understanding the present situation in Gaza.   I went to the site and noticed that the site's banner used  the exact scripture I used to pray and write the  song called "On that Day" : AMOS 9:11.  I have experienced this before  in which an event or situation followed a specific scripture reading I had used in writing. (or in a dream) as the song  I wrote in September of 2013 using the scriptures , Psalm 58 and Habbakuk 2.2 – 4.  I started first with “Chasing the Lord” and used the Psalmists and prophets words.
Here is the site mentioning AMOS   that the Christian in Israel posted     http://davidstent.com/god-of-the-armies-of-israel/

More here on the attacks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2014


Contact me on contact page for Recording 


ON THAT DAY

Dm. Am. Gm   

Amos 9:11


On that day,I will raise

the fallen Tabernacle

On that day,I will close

up their breaches,

raise up its ruins, and build it up

as in the days of yore.
On that day, they will inherit

the remnant of Edom

and all the nations

F. C. G

My Name is called upon them,

Behold days are coming,

the plowman shall meet the reaper


The treader of the vine 

the one who carries the seed,

 the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

and hills shall melt.

 Dm. Am. Gm

On that day,I will return

My people Israel,

they shall rebuild desolate cities

Dm. Am. GmF. C. G.


On that  Day  x 5
                                                                                               Music  D. Charters

Sour grapes and the children's teeth on edge?

Here is a teaching that has bothered me sometime. The teaching that says one may be "cursed" but in Ezekiel, God asks a question of Israel. “What do you mean by this proverb, the fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are on edge? “ http://biblehub.com/ezekiel/18-2.htm   http://biblehub.com/jeremiah/31-29.htm  Many people are taught this means that the father's (leaders, parents) have done wrong so the children fail or are rebellious, there is a curse etc. However it does not mean this. We are all responsible for our own sins, the sins of others do effect us however what GOD was pointing out in Ezekiel 18 to man up to our own sin but also about Gods mercy and how God saves people. In verse 3 he specifically says DON'T use this proverb. In fact not ever, not even on occasion. To simply, stop. He goes on to say all souls are his. In fact God is angry for people even stating this. This was an old saying in Israel and they said it enough for God to bring it up. They believed that is how it really was. They believed in a piece of superstition that if the fathers sinned - they were doomed. This translated later to Christians teaching about the "Curses of the fathers, forever going off to various churches, leaders for "deliverance and healing" as if a curse was upon them , or a demonic influence sticking to them due to this curse and/or sins of someone else. In other words... we have to stop fussing about the effects of the sins of others (though they are very real) and stop dictating to our brothers and sisters that they need deliverance due to their family line. It's called leading others astray and it leads to a lot of nonsensical doctrines. It also means we have a responsibility for our own lives, not blaming our parents for our failures or blaming others but recognizing that although the sins of other DO effect us, it is not a "curse" so much. We are victims of the sins of others but it is not this curse, a lineage that is "passed down" so much from the fathers unless of course it is taught.

So what does VISITING mean? it means reminding REMEMBERING if you go back to Hebrew.

HINENI Here I am Lord

Israel comes here

December 12 2014 

I bumped into a person tonight who I had sung with many years back in a small ensemble.

I had sung in 4 choirs and 2 ensembles over the years but this was a small group that Ruth Fazal led.  I can say she authentically has remained true to her calling. Once again, Gods timetable is shown to be so different than ours. It seemed all things remained a straight path. Although my timetable changed around so much, nothing had changed in Gods. When I saw Ruth in Toronto, who actually lives in Israel most of the time, we were both surprised to see each other and gave each other a hug. It was a real witness to sustaining loyalty in a people, but also how God Lord has sustained her to  play over and pray for Israel. It also showed a synchronism  in our paths. Her Music (or I should say Gods inspiration in her) is moving and yes, she still remains the Ruth I knew years ago who still says to God, "Here I am."  Ironically, in the Book of RUTH,  the Ruth who later becomes wife of Boaz says in Ruth 1:16   "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God."  Ruth Fazal is like this in her passion for Israel and her people and has always been inspirational to me.  My prayer is that we have a better understanding and passion for Gods people and his will.   http://ruthfazal.com/site/?page_id=422

http://www.ruthfazal.com/Awakening.html


WOMAN IN THE FOG

I was dreaming of a chase and a final confrontation of a young man on some cement bleachers of a large open stadium.  He had per-sued and confused this "woman in the fog" many years. I was fed up.  There was resistance in which this person finally gave up and admitted I was right. When I said, "we have to talk" , he finally stopped, looked down and said,  "All right".   He was still.  I was still. It was quiet for a bit.  I began to speak. I said, "Look...."............. and then I woke up.


Immediately after, I closed my eyes and prayed and with a fluid sense of clarity and peace, I saw woman bicycling in the thick fog, coming in my direction as if out of a fog. It was as if I had battled once again, spiritually, the "strong man" as in another dream I had in which I wrote a poem called "binding the strong man". The results were similar. The stronghold was confronted and dissipated once again.   The dreams were essentially prayers. I was dreaming and I saw woman bicycling in the thick fog.

 The woman was facing me as I looked towards her. She did not see me. I was just a witness. She was coming towards where I stood  though not necessarily to me personally but to the results of my prayer.  Her hair was long, dark, thick and curly. I could only really see her in a distance and I could not see her face. Her image was like a silhouette riding in the mist. No one else was around. She was riding in my direction, not  away from me. It was not clear where she was going specifically but she was leaving something  or at least  at a crossroads  'coming home' to a better place.  I had the sense she was in a zone where God could reach her, away from some dark influences. I kept praying  for this woman as she seemed to be coming towards something better, something peaceful  in a direction away from somewhat of a battlefield. Something she was leaving behind. More than a fog but a storm. NOW it was just a fog graduating to a peaceful mist.   I kept praying to myself on her behalf deeply..................................


 

“ Lord bring her home”

 

“ Lord bring her home”

 

“ Lord bring her home”

 

“ Lord bring her home”

 

and that was all


NOTE

BINDING THE STRONGMAN, the  dream I referred to above is posted here as well.



HOUSE OF CARDS             by Dori Charters


This was a dream in which there was a house of 5 people and  they disbanded  as a house fell  like a house of cards  but repositioned itself to be rebuilt. It was ok
JESUS CURSED THE LAWYERS

"Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute, that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers

EXPLANATION
In addition to these pharisees were the lawyers and in addition to the woes is an actual curse towards the lawyers. Jesus extends woes to pharisees and then a lawyer says;

 Jesus, when you say this , you offend us ALSO...

Luke 11:45-54 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

45 One of the experts in Torah answered him, “Rabbi, by saying these things you are insulting us also.” 46 Yeshua said, “Woe to you Torah experts too! You load people down with burdens they can hardly bear, and you won’t lift a finger to help them!

47 “Woe to you! You build tombs in memory of the prophets, but your fathers murdered them! 48 Thus you testify that you completely approve of what your fathers did — they did the killing, you do the building! 49 Therefore the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and emissaries; they will kill some and persecute others’; 50 so that on this generation will fall the responsibility for all the prophets’ blood that has been shed since the world was established, 51 from the blood of Hevel to the blood of Z’kharyah, who was killed between the altar and the Holy Place. Yes, I tell you, the responsibility for it will fall on this generation!

52 “Woe to you Torah experts! For you have taken away the key of knowledge! Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter!”

53 As Yeshua left that place, the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim began to oppose him bitterly and to provoke him to express his views on all sorts of subjects, 54 laying traps to catch him in something he might say