Shema – Hear and Obey

Shema – Hear and Obey
by Lois Tverberg
“Then (Moses) took the book 

 of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient (shema)!” Exodus 24:7

The word that means “hear or listen,” shema (pronounced “shmah”) is an excellent example of the difference between Hebrew, which stresses physical action and Greek and Western culture that stresses mental activity.

Listening, in our culture, is a mental activity, and hearing just means that our ears pick up sounds. But in Hebrew, the word shemadescribes hearing and also its effects – taking heed, being obedient, doing what is asked. Any parent who yells at their children, “Were you listening?” when they ignore a command to pick up their rooms understands that listening should result in action. In fact, almost every place we see the word “obey” in the Bible, it is translated from the word “shema.”

The word “Shema” is also the name of the “pledge of allegiance” that Jesus and other observant Jews up until this day have said every morning and evening. It is the first word of the first line, “Hear (Shema), O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might… ” (Deut. 6:4-5) By saying this, a Jew would remind himself of his commitment to love God, to dedicate himself to following God and doing his will. Some Jews teach their children the Shema as soon as they learn to talk! It is the central affirmation for a Jewish person of his or her commitment to the Lord. The word “shema” here again means, “take heed!” or “listen and obey!”

This gives us a clue of why Jesus says,
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” He is calling us to put his words into action, not just listen. He wants us to be doers of the word, and not hearers only. (James 1:22) We as Westerners put all our stress on what is in our minds, and tend to consider action as “dead works. But Hebrews understood that we have not truly put what we have heard into our hearts until it transforms our lives as well.

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John 10:27New King James Version (NKJV)

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

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O Happy Day


Wishing you all some moments of joy and memories of those who love you this Christmas and holiday season.  Hope people forgive this year if they never have before.

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Hope people who have not had a real good belly laugh in a long time get to this week.  Harvest Mountain is where we get back to the garden where all is again very good.  Glenn and I pray and say – O Happy Day to you all around the world this Christmas.  Please enjoy hearing Bret Rutland again share on finding joy in our lives again by knowing how truly loved we are by our God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.  

Bret & Julie Rutland

Assistant Pastor & wife

Bret & Julie have lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years and have a passion to see orphan hearts come home through encounters with the Father’s Love.  Bret has had a desire to know the Father’s Love ever since losing his earthly father to suicide when Bret was only 6 years old.  Out of pain and loss Father has given him a passion to see every orphan heart come into their true identity as sons and daughters of God.  God has developed in Bret skills to lead people into life-transforming encounters, where they live from the Presence of God bringing His Kingdom into their families, their work relationships, and friendships.  Over the last 16 years Bret has received training in inner healing, the Kingdom of God, and knowing Father’s Love.  Bret and Julie have a daughter, Megan  and a son, Joshua.

Leading a Non-Profit ministry to bring those with an orphan heart into their true identity as sons and daughters of God. Counsel/minister to bring healing to clients with an orphan heart to experience and appropriate their new identity “in Christ”. Develop and maintain ministry partner relationships for the on-going financial health of the ministry. Build, develop, and implement Conferences for people with orphan hearts to experience and appropriate their true identity.

Tune in at 9:30 AM MST and midnight December 24 and January 1 to hear Bret and Barbara share on healing for our hearts so that we can live more in love with the God whose love never ends.


What is Pregnant with adoration ?


It is Christmas time and I have a good friend whose birthday is on Christmas.  There is a lot of competition for attention having been born on Christmas.  Look how happy this couple looks during pregnancy.  The happy husband anticipates new life with his ear against his wife’s womb.  I have been learning this year that love goes two ways. Love goes horizontal to other people in our lives and love goes vertical = to Father Son and Holy Spirit. 

As I intentionally slow down and sit down with God to encounter Jesus, the song like that which Mary sang in Luke actually comes forth from my heart to Gods heart.  There is an umbilical cord that still remains with US and Jesus.

In sports there are postures and positions on a team. Defense and offense.  So what has been my posture with God this Christmas ?  Am I , Barbara, singing at Jesus or to Jesus ?  A friend of mine spoke one day about entering into Gods courts with praise. The picture I got was this pregnant pause.  I am coming before my most Holy God and the very lover of ME.  I pause now in anticipation of an encounter with God the Father Son and Holy Spirit.  My heart leaps and bows sometimes at the same time.  haha.

Could I adore You ?

All around the world little children and people in wheel chairs and hospital beds and on football fields are singing that great worship melody – O COME LET US ADORE HIM – we are pregnant with adoration.  Pregnant with adoration together and pregnant with adoration individually.

I find hope coming back and sorrows being lessened as I ponder anew being impregnated with Emmanuel.  It still knocks me out that Jesus came as a baby.  I love when I get real child like with God in our love affair.   The word ABAR in bible means to cross into. You become pregnant in Gods womb again which is where we came from before earth. ABAR in 1 Kings 19:11 means to pass by in a very significant and passionate way.  Pregnant with adoration comes in lingering with God. Not to get something. We linger to BE WITH the Christ.  This is our identity in the very world we live.

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I was meditating on the Song Mary sang to her child the Lord. I was really looking at with my spirit what was going on between the old lady and the young lady.  Elizabeth in messianic birth beyond her days and Mary in messianic birth as a young woman. I do not think they only made cookies or swept the floor.  I think they fell beyond their knees…. pregnant with adoration can bring us to be faint with love…faith with adoration…. we feel and sense Jesus with every cell in our being in its fullness…. our ambilical cord  connects to the Holy Spirit and the Spirit reveals Jesus up close and very personal.  I am not going to settle for stale love with Jesus.  Holy Spirit impregnates us with Jesus .

When pregnant with adoration the baby in the manger leaps in my womb. I can hear the very heart of love Jesus has for me beating… speaking… The intentional pursuit of Jesus creates pregnant adoration. Adoration is cultivated.

My most favorite presents in life are to know others who are truly going after Father Son and Holy Spirit encounters.  To linger or not to linger…mmmmmm….. If you have an encounter with adoring God I would love love love to tell others.   I will finish with the truth that I really pursue. Jesus says that the same love the Father has for Jesus he has for us.  I pray that the Lord kills anything in me that keeps that over the top almost incomprehensible reality for all of us.
 John 17:11b   ” so that they may be one as we are one.” 

John 17:26 ” I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.  “

Glory to God in the highest and peace to all mankind.

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How do you know if you believe or see yourself and life as an orphan ? Do you feel disconnected from being loved ?


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if you live life not known, you need to be known…. you may not know you are doing this.  this goes on from the time of being a child.  you decide you are alone and i need to protect myself because no one will protect me. If you feel alone and that there is no one to trust….you believe you are alone…truth is God is available but the natural mind says we are alone…the enemy created the orphan system… part of what develops when children see the faults in their parents and internalize those faults and a distrust toward parents comes bigger and bigger….. child closes off their spirit… you can withdraw or rebel….deep down root is disconnection from love…it makes more sense to be independent and only trust yourself…. if you family showed no emotion, every child needs love….. we develop our identity from being loved… a stoic family is a generational family raised with orphan hearts… they teach their children it is not safe to be yourself…it is not safe to be vulnerable and show your weaknesses….roots come from evil one….  like Frank Sinatra you said I do it my way….  some become performers and some just close down and close off…walls withdrawal, shell….life….deep down inside i feel unloved…..Image result for google image of orphan

the positional truth is in our spirit but the work of the spirit is to bring the appropriated work of the Cross into our soul.  Can you hear God very well?  Disconnect with shame and it is rooted in fear of disconnection… when we believe a lie we empower the liar thought God is right there. Bret Rutland helps humans get connected.  See what the roots are that keep you from being beloved… roots are not what happens but the root is the belief system …an orphan spirit is removed by the Holy Spirit so you see what you believe that gets changed.  Romans 12 we get transformed by revelation of who God is and who we are and that is what shifts things.


The Present is Wrapped


President/Counselor – Bret Rutland guest radio show broadcast for December 17, December 24 and January 1.

Leading a Non-Profit ministry to bring those with an orphan heart into their true identity as sons and daughters of God. Counsel/minister to bring healing to clients with an orphan heart to experience and appropriate their new identity “in Christ”. Develop and maintain ministry partner relationships for the on-going financial health of the ministry. Build, develop, and implement Conferences for people with orphan hearts to experience and appropriate their true identity.

Our Transformation Center offers training, ministry and counseling in the areas of inner healing, identity, and the Father’s love so that individuals can break free from emotional issues, trauma, cyclical sin, relational brokenness, torment, and core issues of identity, insecurity, and inner thought process.  The center also offers training and counseling to strengthen relationships, marriages, and design discovery. Our aim is not only to help people break free, but to lead them on the path of fully apprehending the joy, freedom, hope and life found in living as true sons and daughters of God.

Three ministry programs are available:

SMASH (Soul, Mind And Spirit Healing): 

SMASH, offered twice a month, is staffed by a team of trained prayer counselors who offer two hour sessions to help people understand and break free from inner struggles and personal issues.  This ministry is highly effective for an individual in the session(s) they attend, but it also offers insight and assessment that may help place an individual in one of our other Transformation Center programs.  Most of our prayer counselors are trained in multiple disciplines including Sozo, Restoring the Foundations, Elijah House, Theophostic, Cleansing Streams, or other programs.


Three trained/licensed counselors and our pastoral staff offer services in the area of short and long-term pastoral counseling.  Services range from pre-marital, marital, personal, and issues-centered counseling.  To set an appointment contact the church office or send us a message through the form above.

School of Life Transformation:

Our Life Transformation School is a four-semester training program in a small group training and dialogue format with mentoring and personal ministry geared to disciple believers in walking in a life-long journey of freedom and wholeness.  Current and future leaders also attend this program in order to be raised up and released as prayer servants, counselors and those called to serve the body of Christ in the ares of inner healing.  Some students in The BridgeWay School of Kingdom Ministry also take advanced ministry training module in this school.  Core classes include:

•Freedom Discovery (6 weeks);•Restoring the Foundations (6 weeks);•Elijah House Training (8 weeks)

•Foundations of Freedom II (6 weeks);•Destined for Sonship (12 weeks);•Sozo/SMASH training (6-8 weeks);•Deliverance Training (2-4 weeks)

To learn more about the school, watch for class offerings in the Church Bulletin or contact Bret Rutland at the church office 303-695-8400.  A very brief application is required and courses do carry a small financial fee

Colorado Counselor and Pastor Bret Rutland shares with Going Deeper with God radio broadcast worldwide simple ways to get sadness off our souls and some more hope and joy in ours and our families lives.  Over the next three weeks at 9:30 MST and Midnight on we will inform and encourage you listeners to decide to move closer to God this year with all the purpose you have inside you.

Here are some topics we will cover: 1) Nature of God- Why do you believe people struggle to be close to God?  How do you believe “religion” has distorted who God is?  Does God’s love towards you change based on what you do or how you see yourself?  2) The Orphan Heart- What is an orphan heart and how does it develop?  Where did this concept of an orphan heart come from?  How did you experience an orphan heart?  3) Our New Identity as beloved sons and daughters- How did we as believers get the identity as beloved sons and daughters?  What does life look like as His beloved?  4) Receiving our New Identity- Why do most people struggle with receiving their new identity?  How do old ways of thinking and believing war against our new identity “in Christ”?  5) Healing from Wounds (in our hearts)- Why do people’s wounds so often go unhealed?  How are wounds and identity connected?  6) Father’s blessing over us-  Is Father’s blessing something we need to earn or do something to get?  How do we receive Father’s blessings in our life?Image result for google image of present

BIO FOR BRET RUTLAND: Bret Rutland- I came from a home that included both pain and tragedy, losing my father to suicide at 6 years old began a journey to find the love of a father.  Out of the pain and tragedy came a desire to help others heal, so began my 19 year career as a counselor.  19 years includes being a counselor in private practice, teaching and discipleship, founding a ministry centered on identity and Father’s love, and most recently serving as an Associate Pastor for BridgeWay Church Denver Colorado USA.



Angels on Assignment – It must be Christmas


Luke 1:26-38 

Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[a]

29 But when she saw him,[b] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Advent is preparation time. 

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Zechariah just prior is encountered by an angel 1:18 Luke and he asked how can I be sure of this ?  Angels are real and they still today bring messages and ministry for God and to God.  In Genesis and Numbers there are references 32 times regarding angels. All angels were created holy, Matthew 8:38.


Angels have names, ranks, positions and jobs to do for God.  In Isaiah 14 we see where Satan was thrown out of heaven and down to the earth. So one third of angels are evil and are very organized and less powerful than Gods elect angels.   Enjoy this 15 minute broadcast to bring truth and curiosity to your heart and mind this Christmas.  Angels are on assignment.  O come let us adore Him.  Christ the Lord.  Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing over the plains and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains. Angels we have heard on high sweetly sweetly through the night and the mountains in reply echoing their brief delight. Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Broadcast times are posted in main menu of this website.  We pray for you to receive a gentle breath of God on your heart from these weekly inspirational talks.   Pastor Barbara Moore









What is the difference between a prophet of God and a psychic?


Eagerly desire the gift of prophesy…. 1 Corinthians 14:1 

Dr. Becky Slabaugh of Inner Treasures Ministries and Pastor Barbara Moore provide a two week discussion on biblical principles about prophecy and psychic powers.  Gifts are to build up the church.  We provide some dialogue to perhaps draw you to decide to study the Word of God on a gift that is for the building up and edification of Gods Church. The spiritual gift of prophecy is an extraordinary and unique gift.

Dr. Becky holds a B.A. in Practical Ministry, a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling  

 Dr. Becky’s journey has led her to publish two Number One Best Selling Books on Amazon, “When Dreams and Destiny Collide – God Is Messaging You!” Her most recent Amazon #1 Best Seller book, “The Ultimate Treasure Hunt – 7 Keys To Unlocking Your Destiny” is Volume 2 of the series “When Dreams and Destiny Collide – God Is Messaging You!” 

Biblical background in Scriptures:

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”  This gift is a blessing to the church and should not be quenched or despised (1 Thessalonians 5:20).  Those who have the gift of prophecy differ from the Old Testament Prophets who spoke the authoritative Word of God directly.  Their words were recorded as Scripture as they proclaimed, “Thus says The Lord,” whereas the messages from those with the spiritual gift of prophecy must be tested (1 Corinthians 14:29-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 1 John 4:1-3).  In the New Testament the Apostles, not the prophets, took over the role of Scriptural proclamation from the Old Testament Prophets.

The Greek word for the gift of prophecy is propheteia which is the ability to receive a divinely inspired message and deliver it to others in the church.  These messages can take the form of exhortation, correction, disclosure of secret sins, prediction of future events, comfort, inspiration, or other revelations given to equip and edify the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3-4, 24-25).  Again, they do not constitute the authoritative Word of God, but are the human interpretation of the revelation that was received.  They are spoken in human words through a human mind which is why they must be tested against the Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

The Holy Spirit gives the gift of prophecy to some believers to make God’s heart known and to edify the church.  This gift is for the benefit of both believers and unbelievers and is a sign that God is truly among His church (1 Corinthians 14:22-25).  Those with this gift are sensitive to both the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the church body.  They should be humble and continually study the Scriptures in order to test these revelations before speaking them.  When they do speak, they should allow and even expect others to weigh what is said against the Scriptures and interpret the message accordingly.  In this way the church may be continually built up together in unity (1 Corinthians 14:4, 26).  See also Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11


Notes by Dr. Becky from John Paul Jackson Ministry teaching The Art of Hearing God.

God gives all of mankind spiritual gifts. It is up to mankind to distinguish and discern from where we are receiving revelation.

Psychics listen from the soul realm (mind, will and emotions).

Prophets listen from the realm of the Holy Spirit.


Paul and Silas encounter a woman with the spirit of divination.

Acts 16:16-18, “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’

And this she did for many days.

But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit,

‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’

And he came out that very hour.”

The demon was claiming fact, but it was not proclaiming Truth.  Paul revealed this was a demon and thus commanded this demon to leave.

What is the difference between Fact and Truth?

Facts can have an ulterior motive or motives to it.

Truth involves motives with fact. Truth cannot be distorted.

Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Many times something can look good for the moment, which is the Knowledge of the Tree of Good and Evil, however, there is a good element that is not of God.

Why did the devil tell her to proclaim: “These men are the servants of the Most High God who proclaim to us the way of salvation?”

The girl was being ‘set-up,’ for dominion (realm of authority) when Paul would leave. She would be considered the leader and to lead people astray.

What is the gift of prophecy?

The ability to RECEIVE the revelation. It’s not the revelation itself, but the GIFT in having the ability to receive the revelation.

With every gift there is a vacuum. Being lead astray or distorted can fill up the place where God’s gift was to be. (The slave girl).

The spirit of divination will speak facts. The Tree of Evil and Knowledge.

The Holy Spirit will speak Truth. God’s Holy Truth. The Tree of Life.

Matthew 12:25-28, “But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?

Therefore, they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Are we attributing more power to Satan than to God?

Demons do not know the future, rather only knowledge – not revelation.

Remember: Every gift has a vacuum where Satan can come in and fill up with facts rather than Truth.

Prophets receive spiritual reception from God.

Psychics receive knowledge from demonic intel – observing humans.

Knowledge are things that are disguised as if they were not. When the knowledge comes to pass, they can appear as revelation.

Demons feed the demonic network to give the psychics info. There is a demonic network; demons watch what is going on and tell the information to mediums. For instance, they hear people making future plans and reveal that information to psychics so it appears that psychics can predict the future. If psychics tell you about your future and you agree with it, you just gave the demonic permission to make it happen.

It could be a familiar spirit in operation where knowledge is used as revelation.

Satan is not omnipresent. God is.

If Satan knew the future, He would not have lost the battle.

God won.

God’s prophets display the glory of God.

God is the only Creator; gifts are a creation.

Colossians 1:16, “For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

James 1:17, every good and perfect gift comes from God. Gifts are spiritual – from God who is Spirit. All gifts come from God, although some people do not use their gifts for God’s purposes.

Satan does not give gifts. He is not a creator. Satan is not a giver or creator.


Gives; Builds; Adds to; Enhances; Eternal


Steals, Destroys, Deteriorates; Detracts; Temporal

Soul power is energized by Satan.

Psychics have a gift from God, but it is not revelation but information.

Satan’s gift is not a counterfeit gift but a counterfeit usage of the gift. Note the Egyptian magicians: Jannes (rebel and seducer) and Jambres (opponent) and their demonically inspired power.

Satan is not omnipresent. He was kicked out of heaven. Satan will manipulate gifts through the soul realm whereas God release revelation through the realm of Heaven, where His glory resides.

God receives glory by doing what no one else can do: healing, inner healing, and predicting the future, to name a few. To deny prophesy, healing, inner healing/deliverance, and/or dreams is denying God’s glory to Himself.

God’s prophets display the glory of God.

How can we discern the difference between that which is good and that which is of God?

Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

It is easy to tell God from evil. It can be difficult to tell the differences between good and God.

Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

The breath of life refers to life in the physical and spiritual realm. Humanity was intended to live in two different realms, the natural (relating to the Earth) and the spiritual (relating to God).

The dust had no form, so Adam was the form from the dust.

Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

NOTES FROM TEACHING BY John Piper –  preaching link below.  This is a message on truths regarding Prophecy  by a teaching Pastor , John Piper of   The Father Son and Holy Spirit help us to hold to sound teaching and truth.

Scripture judges prophecies.  Look at teaching of apostles with the gift of prophecy… if anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual he should acknowledge what i am writing is a command of the Lord.  Apostolic word judges prophecy.  The word of God is the platform.  A sure word to test every claim.   Acts 2 is and waiting to receive power. Spirit comes like a wind with flames of fire.  Filled with Holy Spirit.  Verse 11 visitors hear in our own tongue the mighty works of God.  They are saying great things about God and His attributes..Verse 16 is explanation.  Peter says they are not drunk in their estacy…it is epic making prophetic fulfilling. Joel is coming to pass before your very eyes..  this has forward fulfillment… a world wide spiritual experience… your sons and daughters shall widespread prophecy…men and women… young and old..  high and low class….and they shall prophecy..  first mark of Holy Spirit outpouring   huge out pour… last days are now…  this is that which Joel said…  after last days is coming of Jesus…it is a long extended period.  Jesus is the mark of the last days reigning..

some prophet perhaps said the day of the Lord is at hand… verse one says a spirit…now concerning the coming of Christ we beg you to to be shaken in mind, either by spirit or by word or letter purporting…  led no one deceive you..  i don’t care if anyone prophesied the day of the Lord…

Gift of prophecy spirit sustained fallible speak..??

something else…what is it …we must create a category….all mixed up with human error…oh what good is it…its a mess….compare gift of prophecy to gift of teaching… prompted and sustained by HS…spirit is  moving to make it happen and good and healthy..prompted and sustained  rooted in infallible

THIRD CATEGORY….  sifting idea…sift a prophetic 1 thess 5:19-22   do  not quench the spirit do not despise prophecies…. but test everything and hold fast what is good… not a test of prophets but of prophecies…  helpful or unhelpful   …another kind of speak… useful to church when properly weighed … John Piper message:

Teaching on Daystar Christian TV by John Paul Jackson…

I have seen Christians who are not getting prayers answered or hearts healed from loved ones gone or deep tragedy chose to get some answers from the wrong side – powers of Darkness.   Pokemon and Harry Potter are divination light and many people open doors unknowingly when using revelation from those with light masqueraded in darkness.    If you do not have any teaching on contacting the dead as described in Bible:

Leviticus 19:26-31

‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. ‘You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. read more.

Leviticus 20:6

‘As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.

Numbers 22:7

So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam and repeated Balak’s words to him.

Numbers 23:23

“For there is no omen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, what God has done!

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Isaiah 47:13

“You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new moons, Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.

More Verses on Divination

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. read more.

1 Samuel 28:7

Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”

2 Kings 17:17

Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.

Isaiah 8:19

When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 19:3

“Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them; And I will confound their strategy, So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead And to mediums and spiritists.

Isaiah 19:11-12

The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become stupid How can you men say to Pharaoh, “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings”? Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt.

Jeremiah 10:2

Thus says the LORD, “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them;

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.

Jeremiah 27:9

“But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’

Jeremiah 29:8-9

“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. ‘For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 12:24

“For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 13:6-7

“They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. “Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The LORD declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”‘”

Ezekiel 21:21-23

“For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the household idols, he looks at the liver. “Into his right hand came the divination, ‘Jerusalem,’ to set battering rams, to open the mouth for slaughter, to lift up the voice with a battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up ramps, to build a siege wall. “And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; they have sworn solemn oaths But he brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.

Ezekiel 22:28

“Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken.

Daniel 2:2

Then the king gave orders to call in the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.

Daniel 2:10

The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any magician, conjurer or Chaldean.

Micah 3:6-7

Therefore it will be night for you–without vision, And darkness for you–without divination The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God.

Zechariah 10:2

For the teraphim speak iniquity, And the diviners see lying visions And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain Therefore the people wander like sheep, They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

Malachi 3:5

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.

Acts 16:16

It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.


Is it all relative ?


Image result for social justiceSome say well it is all relative. Is it ?  If our philosophy of life is relativism then the possibility on the surface to love your neighbor as yourself should manifest. Image result for love your neighbor as yourself


Passions bring us places and so do strong beliefs.  A middle east leader one day asked

“What is truth ?”   I go extreme vertical in a horizontal world when I sense much unrest in many souls.  For truth is that love covers unrest but does it dissolve unrest ? Who can judge the motivations of a human heart ?  I know one thing, that to actually love my neighbor as myself is a huge challenge. To just love a neighbor is one thing. To love my neighbor as myself takes for me extreme vertical. All verticals are not created equal.



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