The Weave of Miracles

February 3, 2015 at 2:09 am (Prayers) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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* The following is a prayer written by Ted Loder. *

Praise be to You, Gracious God, for this day, this earth, this life, for the Weave of Miracles blessing us and for Your quiet power sustaining us.

We praise You for times of laughter and tears, risk and reconciliation, reflection and healing, and for the consistent presence of Your Spirit making all things sacred.

Praise to You, awesome God, for the Holy mysteries of our struggling and wondering, for our trials and triumphs, and all that moves us to awe, to love, to pray, to serve, since it is Your Spirit that moves us so and is creating us still; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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A Sabbath Sonet

January 31, 2015 at 1:52 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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I look with spirit up at this tree
That rises up in front of me
The dark blue pitch of night behind
Its branches deep in the soil like mine

They mirror up and down so deep
Down into the earth they creep
And up into the very Breath
By which You breathe it’s branchy depth

The night is still – shabbat a’calm
Commanded rest all the earth a Psalm
Rocks cries out an ancient song
I lean into the notes – belong

Whispered love scoops in and out
While rancorous lives begin to shout
Lofty attempts to dull and subdue
The Day of Rest that worships You

Teach me Yahweh to be like this tree
Reaching up while You breathe on me
And I follow You down into the roots
Being grafted into Jesse’s shoot

Oh Life-bread Vine
Adopt and graft
Split these seas with Your righteous Staff
Where Freedom stands before and Protection behind
I am a branch that depends on Your Vine
Turning Cornerstone Bread
Along with water and wine

The Silent night breeze sends forth Your peace
Though the stars hide behind a curtain of cease
“Be still!” The shout echos out from Galilee
A timeless peace broke out eternally
Love at rest, Love at work
Restless Love, Creating Love
Moving Love, Ceaseless flow of Love’s repair
The stones cry out and teach the air
The Sabbath rests in the balance there

Tree-like posture
A constant Praise
With planted feet so strong and brave
They fear no dark or airy grave
Reaching hope-ward the Arm that Saves

My fingers write the thoughts that flow
A timeless language You’d have us know
By diving deeply into Your heart
That says, “Rest now and we’ll start!
The key to My sweet Sabbath Rest
Is a soul that quakes to bless and bless
With driven need to seek out Me
And catch a glimpse of eternity
I feed My sheep, I make them grow
And lean upon My Staff aglow
A cleansing flood I send into
The parts of you, you can’t subdue
The Wine of peace shall feed your soul
The Lord of the Sabbath shall make you whole!”

All this You teach me with this tree
By leaning on and listening
To Your Sabbath song within its depths
Pouring out Your heart to bless
Inviting me to look beyond
The leafless form of branches strong
Asleep for now the Sabbath still
The tree can teach Your winter Will
A call to enter and sit with Thee
Just like the nighttime Sabbath tree

It is itself a shining Light
Calling now the darkness bright
In silent sway upon Your breath
The Lord of the Sabbath knows the death
Of rotten roots, decayed by sin
Exposed by suffering akin
To darkened skies and lightest wind
Abba’s breath brings back again

So trust all ye who know this truth
And be taught by the tree sent by the Shoot
Enter in with Sabbath song
To the Father’s heart where you belong.

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How Deep do You Dig?

December 7, 2014 at 12:18 am (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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CHARLES SPURGEON
QUOTES ON CHRISTMAS

We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.)
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For the last five to seven years God has brought so many hard truths around; placing them right in our (Sam, my husband and I’s) lap. Leaving us with a choice, believe and turn from what’s “always been”, or turn away from the gift He has just given in much correction and continue on as we always have. So many; and every one of them have challenged the way we were taught to believe and more importantly presented us extreme changes in our thoughts and actions. What you find here is one of them. There are links below: the first is a shorter version and far less precise than the second. I highly recommend the second though it is two hours long it digs the deepest and is uncontested in its accuracy. I, myself, have spent the last 72 hours digging around to “fact check” Jim Staley’s Truth or Traditions video. I no longer am content to watch a video or read an article and “take the word as truth” without checking into both the author and each crossroad of facts they present. While Pastor Staley had a few “marks” to be found within the media available for one to peruse via the Web, I found no solid validity to the claims – as in, solid foundational facts. Having experienced myself how when one becomes bold and begins to “shout fire in the house” or stand boldly for the Truth (which is a Person not a thing – Yeshua the Messiah – Jesus Christ) accusations without validity and attempts to discourage by marring ones “reputation” are expected. Yeshua, Himself, was dealt with thusly to the point of being called a “servant of satan”! But as I said, not being able to stand for Pastor Staley personally due to my recent introduction to him; I can stand by the Truth(s) he teaches and in so doing stand for the real Author and Revealer of all Truth (Adonai, Elohim, Yahweh, God the Father, Yeshua the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit – The One True God)

I truly believe that if we are learning from God we are in a constant state of learning things we didn’t know before and unlearning some things that we were taught that were not of Him – hence we are always growing deeper and deeper in our knowing God Himself and our relationship with Him becoming nothing short of miraculous and mind-blowing. Yet to say that it is easy would be the worst kind of deception! God is simple and direct but there is a reason Yeshua called us to die to ourselves using such extreme terminology – followers of Yeshua are not called to easy being defined as comfy, carefree, trouble free, never taxing. We are told to come to Him because His “yoke is easy and His burden light” But the word easy here is not how the typical human mind defines easy. It is the kind of ease that comes from the difference of doing a new thing and having someone with you who has done it all before, and can guide you through it; thus making it not as hard as if we were to go out all on our own, not having the benefits of someone being able to tell us “nope that way is a dead end, don’t turn here, it looks like it may be easier to go that way but trust me, I’ve been that way and it’s looks are deceiving, this way is better”. Almost every single picture that was painted about God in what I was taught from youth to my mid-thirties has been completely changed by God, Himself over the last 12 years! Not all, but 90%. Some of which is due to what I did with what I was taught some because the teaching was simply not the whole truth. No blame is indicated here, it’s just a fact. It has happened to everyone and will continue. Adonai will continue to make sure He, Himself makes sure those who truly want the Truth shall find it right from His own right hand. I pray that the information that anyone decides to dig on here, that they may be kept and protected by Elohim and His glory be revealed!

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The quote by Spurgeon above was quite confounding to me! It was quoted in the second link below (Truth or Traditions) and took all of about two minutes to prove, sure enough Spurgeon said those very words and never did celebrate Christmas. I know that most the brother and sisters in Yeshua (Jesus) I know would be shocked to know that – as I was. We are called to study and unearth the truth, digging, testing and discerning at every turn.

God never said “read the Word, He has rather said study, search out, meditate, feed on, lean on and depend upon the Word. His Word is not meant to be read like the newspaper; it only has life changing power for those who live it. Yeshua said “if you love Me you’ll keep my commandments.” putting His Words in the proper context; the Commandments He was referring to was the Old Testament content. The New Testament was not available to anyone at the time Yeshua or even those who wrote it and received the letters written by the disciples and apostles. This would come many many years later. So every time Yeshua and any of the New Testament writers referred to the Word of God, Scripture, the Word of Truth they are referring to that which Yeshua fulfilled (Old Testament) and if one wanted to know Him and serve Him, they needed to read about Him from where He began and showed up in the life of mankind from the beginning. We are highly favored of God to have the Word so full of Life with both the Old and New Testaments we enjoy today. But to focus only on the New and eliminate in any degree the Old we can not know the God who wrote the entire thing, created everything and did everything for us. The Christian church today suffers most because it has stopped living the Word and keeping the instruction of God from the beginning. But also because we have become complacent about really knowing the Truth about everything we believe, everything we act on, everything that effects our integrity and more importantly reflects God’s!

The changes in Sam and I’s walk with God are “radical” as some say, dramatic and extreme for sure. Yet the more we conform to the Image of His Son the more we are told by His own Words we will stand out and the “flow” of most of those around us will be against us; not tracking with. The signs Yeshua gave to us that prove we are truly following Him are delineating, dividing, separating… standing out most often unpopularly. Not doing what everyone else does just because we were taught that it was the way God says to, or because it feels good and right to us to do so. We are to see for ourselves, straight from God Himself, the what, why, how, and Who of everything we do and say we believe.

Throughout all of history, those who thought they knew everything about God and followed Him have been challenged by Him to seek the truth, dig and see that what they thought was true was not. From the garden of eden to the present day. .. satan distorts the Truth. That’s his job, and he is perfect at it! As perfect at distortion as God is at its invention and clarification. There is no such thing as a follower who never falls prey and becomes deceived. Those who listened at the very feet of Jesus, being spoken to in plain direct speech still did not understand what He said and the very Words of God they “cut their teeth on” until after Yeshua had risen! And even then it took every breath they breathed on earth of taking what “they thought they knew” to the feet of Yeshua every day often still being corrected and thereby challenged to change the track they were traversing. How can we ever feel so assured that we can retire our shovels and just “go with the flow”? This is especially dangerous for those who claim to follow Him, we are individually accountable for what we say we believe and how we carry out those beliefs into our actions and practices. We can no more blame the church as we can our parents when we stand before Adonai,because He has promised that each of us will have had all we needed to find the Truth and apply it to our lives, backed by the very power of God because of Yeshua and His Work. In essence He has “installed” a “shovel app” into every single soul and much like our devices we’re so fond of, they can not be uninstalled unless you “root out” the device. In spiritual terms. .. unless we turn a complacent and blind eye to God, Himself. We are all called to be archeologists, digging, seeking and confirming the truth using only God’s Word both written and spoken directly to us as the bottom line for where we “settle”; i.e. how our lives, practices and behaviors take shape.

Here is an opportunity for you to dig. An opportunity to: do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of His approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because He deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15) Many versions of the Scripture put it as study to show yourself approved. May His Word rule and reign in our hearts and be reflected in all we do.

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/12/why-was-christmas-banned-in-america-until-1820-video-2511504.html

Truth or Traditions:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VGgt_dsdLWs

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O Lord Your Works!

December 3, 2014 at 3:42 am (Poems, Psalms) (, , , , , , , , )

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Your Works! Your Works! Your Works O Adonai!
I can not say which awes me more
Your Works in the heavens
Your Works on the earth and land and sea
Which awesome wonder – all beyond telling
But Oh Lord, Your works in me!

Who can say which is more
Miraculous beyond all telling
The sky – light and dark
The meadow and park
The mountainous vistas rising?

Or…

The landscape of my heart
The valley of my will
Or the giant peaks of my dark mind – until…
Bent and broken
Held and loved open
Your Wonders of Life where death fights while hoping
Springs tiny a seed of Strength inside need
And You make resistance run full bore into obedience!
How? How is it possible Lord?
You turn my waters into wine
You feed the million of my offenses with Your bread of mercy and Your fish of grace
You release my fingers from illusionary “riches”
Oh how I cling to them!
Yet the instant I let go, the Richness of Your presence feeds the cattle on a thousand hills
Did I loosen my grip or did Your own hand make them slip?
Find one who can discern the redeeming point of origin
No doubt Father, no doubt it was all You in the pouring in
And pouring out
Limping me. .. now You’re holding
I can run, stand, and walk by myself
But I can only limp with You
Keep me ever in Your marrow parting from bone precision
Wrapped in Your very breath and Word to dig in
Longing ever for Your Son!

Yeshua! Salvation! The House of Forgiveness!
The Richest Man bending down to my poor soul!
Filling! Filling! And opening Your Door to Revelation beyond my ken!
Rescuing with separating protection!
Nailing my self-conscious soul to Your Power!
Prepping the soil of my landscapes to the bounty You shower!
Never needing to know in advanced any hour!
You are always there!

To what can that compare?
I look up…Abba
I look down…Father
To either side Your Spirit – Your Son!
I look for guilt or condemnation…
And Behold! There’s none! None!
Wiped out in a single day!
A day that still ripples the hour of Your Birth, Your death and Your rising!
Following those ripples to the first Breath and Word calling into existence all these eyes see!
Oh Father! There’s another!
My blind eyes see! My deaf ears hear! My embalmed heart understands!
Your Voice – opens eyes and ears and clay incaked hearts!
Truly that is where every miracle starts!

The stars were no challenge!
The Sun was just fun!
The Moon was Your playground!
And You’d just begun!
Then the dust blew with what You knew!
Masterfully woven and spun!
Grace and love gave birth to the need of You!

Oh Lord, Your Works!
Your Works ruin me!
Your Works recreate me!
Every time I look at anything…this is what I see! Your Works
Your Works!
Inside, outside and all around me
All pointing back to You
Working, wondrous Freedom indeed!
O Adonai! Your Works!
Heavenly host continually praise!
And lend me their voice for tonight at this hour.
Oh Lord Your Works!
Oh Lord Your Trustworthiness!
Oh God, You are Power!
Holy, holy, holy is The Lord God Almighty!
Hosanna in the heights!
Hosanna down below!
Tune your trust to Yeshua (Jesus) and watch your vision grow!

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Chasing Chesed (Mercy)

November 12, 2014 at 1:37 am (Mile Stones, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Matthew 5:7,10

How blessed are those who show mercy! For they will be shown (given eyes to see, a heart to give) mercy.

How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness (chase mercy)! For the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Now and forever)

On a tombstone somewhere in the holy land the inscription reads that the one for which the grave serves as a resting place; that they spent much of life under the oppression of persecution but after having been freed from Auschwitz-Birkenau they spent the rest of their life chasing Chesed.  Chesed is the Hebrew word for mercy, release from judgement, forgiveness granted without delay, and without need for retribution.

It strikes me as something of a mystery that one who suffers and could thereby live their life in bitterness or reclusion due to such torture at the hand of mankind’s cruelty; would spend their life chasing mercy.

Well, it’s not so much a mystery to me because of Yeshua (Jesus) who Is Chesed. But it stops one in their tracks and makes you want to take notice at least a little, right? My guess is much like one did with Yeshua Himself – still does.

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We spend so much time trying to dissect and minimize our sufferings. Countless hours in therapy, and so much wasted breath pushing air in and out attempting to discern “who errored” ourselves, others or even God when suffering happens to us. I find this usually points to the severity of the suffering. Not to minimize anyone’s suffering, but here in the USA, we have very little concept of it really. Mostly the suffering that is not called suffering in Biblical terms but really just the way of life; loss of life, financial hardships, illness, etc. The suffering of such as those who are beaten repeatedly and made to slave in working conditions that would and is designed to kill even the hardiest human. .. this is an American unknown. The Auschwitz kind of suffering leaves no room for one to assign blame and manipulate how they can use their victimology to evade life more. They dont expect to see the “end” of it. Something happens inside the womb of this kind of suffering that gives birth to a new creature much like Yeshua speaks of in being born again. Chasing mercy. .. chasing… running after… the art of forgiving. Looking for places to forgive; people to forgive or asking the Father to forgive…every minute of every day. Instead of looking for offense, looking for how ones rights are being violated, usurped, taken. What do we really have a “right” to? Given by God Almighty?

Mercy.
Mercy to receive from Him.
And if received to be given away just as He has given.

Waking up everyday to “put on our running shoes” to give mercy, live mercy, be merciful, receive mercy from God. Chasing Chesed. Not walking towards it… but running. Like a child chases a butterfly until they catch it. Having caught it they cup it into their hands and run to show mom or dad…”Look! Look what I caught!”

My life has seen such an absence of even normal life suffering. My loved ones have mostly died of old age. The ones that haven’t I was not really close to or did not know well due to the fact that I was so young when they died. Illness has not found its lethal teeth among my family or friends. Hardships in life all normal and mostly consequential. Hard, yes but hardly the Auschwitz kind. Yet all this in review and pulled under a scrutinized thumb has still produced a chasing Chesed heart in me. How can this be?

There’s a stigma in christianity that seems to go like this. The more one suffers the better, stronger and more holy they are. I think this is sideways a bit. It’s what we do with whatever suffering God sets before someone that dictates how strong He becomes in them. Putting suffering on a scales in human measure is tantamount to judgement. Everything that causes one to reach out and say “I can’t do this without You God!” – this is what comes under the heading of character building, persevering, soul climbing out of this world and into Abba’s lap stuff. Degrees to suffering is pointless. Throw out the scales. God is the only One who can measure.

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What makes you chase Chesed?
What makes you want to give it out like candy? What makes you yearn to forgive and see others forgiven? What makes you cast away any concept of offense? What makes you willing to give up on having “rights” instead of protesting to have more?

For within the bound of this kind of thinking; sufferings have a new name – Joy. Not happy, smiley, warm and fuzzy, giddy emotions. But deep well, beyond the tears that cascade from your soul because He lives – Joy. His will be done – Joy. The Lord gives and He takes – Joy. It is as He wills – Joy. Nothing is loss – Joy. His presence is all that I need – Joy. Indeed we can be wretched and twisted in pain and approach the Throne of heaven with this Joy. Not pastey, grin and bear it, put on a good face, pull yourself up by the bootstrap foolishness. But a real human being full of all its strengths and weakness, scorning the shame of its fallen nature but rising up with Yeshua from the grave that wins the victory – humbly but boldly crawling into the lap of the Father for every need and want and desire. Joy. Chasing Chesed is the key to this mystery.

These are the shoes of readiness spoken of in the armory closet we are instructed to put on every day. Not preaching the Gospel… but living it. Chasing Chesed.

What do you chase?

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