Grace and Peace: The Internal World vs. the External World…


Today, I was connecting with my sons on Romans 1, in my intent to take them through as much as I can of Paul’s letter before the summer is done. I was reading to them the prologue, bit by bit, and making commentary, when the common salutation hit me.

Grace and peace


I must have read these words at least a hundred times, and recalled a sermon that was stuck in my spirit from elementary school or middle school, when I was there age. Richard Nussel spoke of χαπις and שׁלום.  The introductions and greetings to both Jews and Gentiles.


“here is a marvelous example of Paul’s Christianizing whatever he put his hand to.  The traditional greeting in the Hellenistic world was chairein–the infinitive of the verb ‘to rejoice,’ but in salutations meaning simply “Greetings!” (see Acts 15:23, Jas. 1:1). In Paul’s hands this has now become charis (“grace”), to which is added the traditional Jewish greeting shalom (“peace”).

Gordon Fee, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The First Episitle to the Corinthians: Revised Edition, Eerdmans, 2014, p.31.


Paul’s idea to cover both groups in his writing, given the middle wall of partition was broken down (Ephesians 2:14), and Father has made one out of the two.  And now, we will discuss the liberty that happens when we see the two synchronizing together.



Mishpat is the Hebrew word for justice.  I don’t have time to build it out, but if you want further details, see Arthur Burk’s Audio Teaching called A Celebration of G-d.

To sum up that well-executed teaching, mishpat is G-d’s ability to execute.

We have been conditioned to think of grace in many places as “unmerited favor”.  And while that is a true idea, it is undeveloped.  That is one facet of grace.

<cue sarcasm>No joke, I can only handle hearing one truth expressed a single way a few hundred thousand times before it ceases to be as meangingful.

Church, pget beyond the definitions and the frames of the last 50 years, and step into something new. </sarcasm>

Back on track, David.  Tell them the rest of what you heard.

Another facet of grace is found in its Greek word, which is also the root of charismata, which is the word translated “gift”.

A gift is something that you receive from the external world.  And it is given, not earned, ever.

But in order to receive that gift, we have to unpack it fully, and only once we unpack that gift does it change our external world.

Grace is therefore the enablement for us to execute.  It impacts our outside world.  Grace affects how we interact with other humans, ecology, creation, the animals, the plants, the sun, the moon, the stars, the humidity (how many of you have cursed the humidity that causes the citrus groves and lush Floridian ecosystem to be and flourish rather than blessing it to be precisely what Father wants it to be.  When we fully receive grace for the gift it is, we can impact, with our authority, more effectively, the world that surrounds us.  The mishpat of G-d finds its fullness.

Grace, when we recognize it, and accept its unique flavor for the action of the day, provides the foundation for us to partner with G-d in order to create a sustainable system.

We create with G-d because we are in His image.  We partner with Him in order to create with Him.  That is, we are designed to be co-creators with G-d.  In the image of G-d, we were made to be the thing that most resembles Him on this planet and in this universe, and, as a result, we were made to connect with Him in a way that no other created thing ever was.

And THAT whole recognition and the acceptance of THAT celestial reality of grace…
AND THE ALLOCATION of the reality of grace…
and THAT capacity to shift the terrestrial reality based on our King’s known will (on earth just as it is being DONE in heaven)…

…is the gift of G-d that is not by works so that no man can boast.

When we allow grace to flow, we recognize what needs to be shifted thorugh the use of the principles of Scripture and the principles of life, and those things that need to shift will shift.

Grace is the supernatural enablement given by the Holy Trinity that causes us to execute what He wants executed, and to build what He wants us to build.  The Kingdom of G-d is a masculine expression, and it is built by sons.


If grace is the external quality that brings the execution of the Kingdom to the earth, then peace is the internal result of the use of grace in the external.  Peace, which in the Hebrew refers best to “wholeness” is when we are made whole as a result of recognizing the grace of G-d in our reality and walking in accordance with that grace.  Sometimes the grace of G-d is on you to move to Texas for the next five years because Father has a work that needs to be executed.  Sometimes the grace of G-d is on you to be a stay-at-home-parent, not because that is what your kids need, but because that is what Father asked you to do it. Sometimes the grace of G-d is for you to send your kids to public school because G-d has some things to teach them that homeschooling or private schooling cannot teach them.  And G-d. Never. Wastes. An. Opportunity.  Even one that might seem negative or distressing to you, parent who wants to control everything.

Sometimes, where G-d wants you is to allow Him to work.  You find the flow of grace, G-d will overabundantly hammer you to the ground with a massive boatload of peace.  If you resist the grace, then the peace will flee from you, though.

And when we walk in the mishpat of G-d on the external, we will experience the righteousness of G-d on the inside of us (tsedeqah).

G-d is just looking for people who have hearts to find His flow of grace so that His peace can overshadow them, come hell or high water.

“But now thus says the L-RD,

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,

Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Because you are precious in my eyes,

and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,

peoples in exchange for your life.

Fear not, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

and from the west I will gather you.

I will say to the north, Give up,

and to the south, Do not withhold;

bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the end of the earth,”

(Isaiah 43:1–6 ESV)

He will be with us and partner with us, but we must find that grace in order to experience the partnership with Him and in order to be protected by Him.  If we refuse the grace (if G-d has given us grace to do A, when we are seeking to confess the grace to do B, we might find ourselves frustrating the grace of G-d).

But if we will take the grace that G-d gives us, then with that grace, will come the wholeness on the inside.

And when the inside world, and the outside world match in us, when there is grace and peace, then the Principle of Liberty (the Sixth of the Seven Principles) will manifest, and instead of walking as servants or mere slaves, we will be walking as sons.

Hunt for the grace gang, and you will find the peace.


Desecration of the Fractal of Two: From Meagan Mozingo

Meagan writes:

Coming from someone deep in the Bible Belt, well meaning Christians allow dogma to desecrate the infinite divinity of the Most High. We allow dogma to desecrate personal design when we dictate what may or may not be done within areas of our existence that are design features of our spirit which may or may not be excepted by culture.

And I’ll be very clear about one thing- desecrating fractals of two is desecrating Father’s sequential divinity to bring about more life. Arrogance and life don’t coexist because it’s based on a hierarchy of who’s more legitimate. Legitimacy is an extension of Father’s design for His creation and we create dogma around those sequences, structures, offices, and functions when we pull in dogma as our design function. This also extends to those who have been functioning under “a covering” but I call BS. That’s a threshold to stifle cloaked in the dirty word dogma.

“Women can’t be pastors.”

And I’ll also say this- dogma can and will be new political policies that are being enforced in a hyper mercy/cast no judgment sort of thing that only end in a stripping of freedom. Exactly the way dogma has operated by stripping individuals of living freely within their design… pretty much any political agenda (regardless of where you fall on the spectrum) seek to enforce design stripping properties and functions. I see you, NWO.

That’s all for now.

Pliability and Belonging

When I think of belonging, I think of design, what was this _________ designed to do. When I think of fitting in, my mind races with all sorts of images of a two-year-old putting dough into a small crevice. Does the dough fit in the small space? Yeah, but it doesn’t belong there. What belongs there is actually the electrical plug to the lamp on the table, but somehow dough managed to get stuck in the socket.

This is the exact example of our soul understanding the ramifications of pliability. When we are too pliable, we are pushed into spaces that weren’t meant for us to take up space. It isn’t best suited for us. On the other side of the coin, the lamp plug is now without belonging because their space is taken up by an imposter. The lamp is just waiting to emit their brilliance to all things around it, but unable to connect to the source of its design.

Meanwhile, the dough has so many things inside of it that it’s waiting to be turned into a yummy treat for the enjoyment of the 2-year-old. It needs a space to expand and change into something it knows it was meant to become. Unfortunately, it’s stuck in a space that wasn’t it wasn’t designed for.

My question is: are both objects unworthy because they are unable to do or become what they were designed for… OR are they worthy without qualifiers because of their design and they just have yet to find their proper outlet. 😉 (pun intended).

My friend, find the outlet that pairs flawlessly with your design.

Written Jan 24, 2019

When we are too pliable, we are pushed into spaces that weren’t meant for us to take up space.

From the Desk of Arthur Burk: The Egyptian Heresy

Arthur writes for those not familiar with this topic from the SLG vantage point.


I got an email today from someone trying to explain this to his church leadership and he asked for a bit more help. I decided to post here, since others might benefit from the explanation.

First of all, it is a term I invented. Each member of the Trinity is directly attacked with a perversion of their essence.

I call the perversion of the work of God the Father, the Edomite Heresy, the perversion of the work of Jesus Christ, the Babylonian Heresy and the perversion of the work of the Holy Spirit, the Egyptian Heresy.

We understand the Holy Spirit to be the mediator of the power of God to change the “laws of nature.” We call it a miracle when someone who is sick with cancer, and should die, according to the normal operation of the medical dynamics, is healed.

The Holy Spirit has full permission to change the laws of science for the glory of God, any time the Spirit wants.

The devil counters that by changing the laws of science for evil purposes. For example, take this verse.

2Co 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. NIV

For those who are practitioners of what is called “Egyptian spirituality” (ten millions hits on Google), their own description of it is “inside out, upside down, backwards.”

One manifestation of the Egyptian Heresy is in the health sector. In terms of medical issues we look for reversed outcomes.

I spoke with a pastor whose wife had been a vegan for 20 years and her cholesterol level was at 600. This is aberrant — an outcome that is opposite of her lifestyle and what we would expect from the laws of science.

I asked whether there was any Freemasonry in her family line and found a 33rd degree Mason as her father. Freemasonry is deeply vested in Egyptian spirituality.

Simply speaking, when I find an effect that is the opposite of what the cause should have been, I expect to find either the Holy Spirit doing a miracle or the devil using some form of Egyptian heresy to pervert the structures God has put in place.

From the Desk of Arthur Burk: Spiritual Authority In America

Spiritual Authority in America
I woke up on Wednesday morning, February 6th, quite angry. I scanned the horizon for a cause. 

I had gone to bed well.  No ugly dreams.  Woke up after nine hours.  Not too shabby! 

Checked emails to see if one of my peeps was in trouble.  Didn’t see anything.

I gingerly made my way to work, keeping a tight cork on the volcano so no innocent people got buried in lava.

Finally, I realized that I was feeling the nation.  The night before, the President gave his State of the Union Address and across the political spectrum, the responses were framed around hate with an intent to exacerbate the deep divisions we face.

From the bar to the boardroom, reconciliation and collaboration are not in vogue. SA-Quote1.jpg

The cultural climate today very much resembles the ramp-up to the Civil War. 

In 1844 James Polk was a dark horse candidate who won the election on a Democratic ticket, defeating Henry Clay the Whig.  Polk worked hard to establish legitimacy in office by changing tariffs, negotiating international treaties, reforming the banking industry and challenging Mexico.

President Polk wanted the southwest portion of the continent and Mexico showed no desire to cede it on any terms.  In spite of warnings from Mexico, Texas was annexed by the US in a fairly sloppy manner which led to an ambiguous border. 

Polk – and many Americans – desperately wanted war with Mexico for political and economic purposes.  He deliberately moved some American troops into the contested land along the border. 

On April 25, 1846, the Mexican cavalry bit on the bait and attacked the Americans, killing a dozen or so.

President Polk cranked up the political rhetoric with his proclamation to Congress that America’s “cup of forbearance has been exhausted, even before Mexico passed the boundary of the United States, invaded our territory, and shed American blood upon American soil.”SA-Quote2.jpg

Congress obliged with a declaration of war, even though many northern Congressmen had issues with it.  The invasion of Mexico (an Exhorter nation) by “Old Fuss and Feathers” (an Exhorter general) was successful.  The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was a travesty, but it ceded the Southwest and California to the US on February 2, 1848.

As predicted by the political observant of the time, this treaty disrupted the tenuous balance of power over the slavery issue and effectively triggered the Civil War 13 years later. 

The defining tone of the rhetoric in that season leading up to the Civil War was hatred, personal demeaning and a deliberate focus on peripheral issues, instead of careful conversation about the core issues.  Whenever possible, complex issues were reduced to a simplistic right/wrong litmus test of political orthodoxy.

The same is true today.  Congressmen and women invited highly adversarial people as their guests at the SOTU, in order to fan the flames of division.  The press was extraordinary in seeking out sound bites that could be framed to offend.  And so, anger was empowered over our nation.

SA-Quote5.jpgLeading up to the Civil War, religion was part of the problem, not the solution.  The Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodist all split their denominations over the issue.

In his epic Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln commented on that paradox.  

“Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.  Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.  It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.  The prayers of both could not be answered.  That of neither has been answered fully.  The Almighty has His own purposes.”

SA-Quote6.jpgToday there are passionate citizens in our Tribe who believe Donald Trump is God’s man, doing a majestic piece of work.  

There are others who are horrified at the man and consider him a plague on the earth.

And, as in the pre-Civil War era, civilized debate is hard to come by.  Positions are settled.  Tempers are hot.  Words are absolute.  Relationships are fragile in the light of the radicalization of thought and the normalization of rejection and alienation.

In other words, we are positioning ourselves well for something awful if the inflammatory debate continues to escalate. 

What is the alternative?

I start with the Curse of Jotham.  Jotham appealed to God.  God agreed with His complaint and the two sides in the subsequent localized civil war destroyed each other.  And that is what happened with America.  The slaves cried out to God for justice.  He heard.  And America lost over 600,000 people in direct deaths during our Civil War in addition to an incalculable collateral damage to the nation.

Compare that with 400,000 US deaths in WWII.

It behooves each leader in the Tribe to revisit the abundance of passages in Scripture about leaders who abuse those under them.  The American church has chewed up and spit out a stupendous number of people in the last 50 years. 

We will have no moral or spiritual authority when we have not handled leadership authority with integrity.

SA-Quote8.jpgSecond, the crisis was triggered by illegitimacy in fact, but was rooted in illegitimacy of the spirit. 

Abimelech was the son of a concubine, not one of Gideon’s many wives.  Illegitimate.

 But the core issue was Gideon’s legitimacy struggles.   In spite of all the drama leading up to the battle with     the Midianites and the enormity of the victory over   them, he still lacked legitimacy.

That is why he demanded as booty enough gold to make himself an ephod – a priestly garment. God had called him to military and political leadership.  In that place, God would bless him.

When he reached for legitimacy through spiritual posturing, it became toxic for the entire nation.  

So each individual needs to explore his own basis for legitimacy.  To the degree that we use spiritual posturing to prop up a deficient sense of legitimacy, to that degree we will have no moral or spiritual authority in the nation.

Finally is the issue of rights and responsibilities.  The anger throughout our nation, on the right and the left, is rooted in a focus on rights. 

SA-Quote9.jpgNo matter what the issue, whether personal or global, the bias toward rights inflames debate.  Nowhere do you see that more clearly than the great religious debates.  Few of them are directed by builders, doers, people deeply invested in their personal responsibility.

Today, more and more Christians opt out of voting.  Most opt out of researching judges and obscure issues.  Few believers understand the electoral process and fewer still have bothered to ever attend a precinct meeting.  And hardly any could name two city officials in the town where they live – much less the issues facing them.

Next time someone scalds you for having a political view that they don’t share, walk away from the conflict and look inside to see where you could raise the bar on your own personal responsibility as a citizen. 

My belief is that the external climate is going to continue to spiral down for a period of time.

It behooves us as believers to be seriously concerned about raising the level of our spiritual authority.


That comes one choice at a time, not one argument at a time.


Arthur Burk
February 2019

Conversation with Eric Hatch This Morning On The Purpose of the Gospel

Some distilled thoughts from my interaction with Eric, with whom I am studying a deep dive of Luke’s gospel.

There is a level of reality that G-d gives to us not so that we can merely engage in higher criticism, but just so that we might have life.
One of the most important things I learned is the difference between historic fact and scientific fact.
We understand that 2+2=4, and we understand that water is two atoms of hydrogen combined with one atom of oxygen. That is testable.
Scripture is not science. It is not testable the way science is. It is history.
The reality is that the Bible is a form of propaganda. It is trying to propagate a message, and that message is really good news: namely that news is, Jesus came to give life and redeem.
There are things that are verifiable in the Gospel, but those things are not merely science. There is a deep difference.
History, if it actually happened, you can see that it happened, but you cannot repeat it.
We don’t create clones of FDR to prove FDR existed.
The purpose of the gospel is not to be able to repeat or prove it scientifically, but to rather RECEIVE it, and, by it, RECEIVE LIFE and TRANSFORMATION.
Bottom line: the purpose of the Gospel is to transform and give life, not to repeat or prove what happened.

Blemishes on the Skin

I was reading Leviticus 13, and then it dawned on me.

“You have leprosy.”

Now to frame this, I don’t actually carry any form of physical Hansen’s Disease or anything that the Scripture deals with when it discusses various forms of leprosy.

But here is the punch line and the principle. I have been carrying something that has gnawed at me and has negatively affected how I present to others, and it does not reflect well.

I understand that there might be those that say “what does presentation matter?  G-d allows us to come as we are (oftentimes taken to mean, any old way we damn well please).

And ther are others that might say, “yes, we present our best to G-d”, complete with the religious spirit of dressing in a suit or summer dress for Easter and looking down one’s nose at anyone else who should dare to wear anything resembling shorts, t-shirts, or flip-flops.

And yet both miss the mark.

ἕκαστος ἐν τῷ ἰδίῳ νοῒ πληροφορείσθω.  Let everyone be fully convinced in their own thought (Romans 14:5).

Again with the Romans passage, how many times will David continue to harp on that old horse?

Until each and everyone quits measuring the holiness of another by outward appearance, festal holidays, celebrations, and personal convictions on matters of conscience.

Now, with that under our belts, consider this thought.

How many of us carry something that, for years, Father has been on us about getting rid of?  How many of us have been hounded by the HOLY Spirit to drop that crappy thing that has been keeping us from a new level of HOLINESS.  He is the Spirit that wants to make us HOLY, and implement a new way of living in every aspect of our lives, such that our presence and fragrance cleans up that which is around us and not in alignment with G-d’s best.

How many of us have leprosy in our hearts, our minds (brain rot), our sexual lives, our skin and appearance and presentation, or our relationships, or even our reins?  What is toxifying our capacity to sanctify others so they can be the best versions of themselves?

What is holding each of us back?

That thing will keep the Priest from pronouncing us clean, gang.

Clean in order that we might proceed into that next season.

Lest we forget, sowing two different fabrics, or two different crops, or two different natures together causes the thing in question to become defiled.

G-d wants our essence to become 100% our essence.

We should be possessed of zeal toward those many ends, and transforming from glory to glory, and from strength to strength, from deep to deeper, and from everlasting to everlasting.

What is defiling you that is causing your spirit to cry out to others “UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN!”?

These are universal, non-optional, cause-and-effect relationships.

Just in case we forget, there is the next thing that Father wants to highlight and remove.

He wants us equipped both not to care when the fear of man may be the issue, and to care, when a lack of the fear of G-d may be the issue.  He wants fullness and the capacity to walk when we need to walk, in the manner in which we need to walk.

“To walk with kings yet not lose the common touch” (Rudyard Kipling).

To care when it is time to care. And to give no care when it is time to give no care.

Being held hostage to the taskmasters of either disdain for appearance, or vanity towards appearance are not our aim.

Rather, we ought, nay, we must needs, walk with a higher goal in view.

The fullness of capacity to walk as the context demands.

A Greek to the Greek, and a Jew to the Jew.

“There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

What Holiness Actually Is

Let’s drop it with the amorphous trite Sunday School answers and get into something useful.

What is holy?

Holy doesn’t mean what we think it means.

It does not mean obedient servant.

We like to use our vocabulary and ideas of holiness to communicate something that is perfect. But that is such a lowball, Sunday School answer of what holiness is.

Holiness is not mere perfection, or merely free from sin.

It also includes implemented reality. That is, when something is holy, it is a sustainable system. Holiness it it’s extreme form means the item or entity in question is not just being in some etheral, otherworldly state, but it is accomplishing something transformational in the loves of what it touches.

“Being holy” therefore means you are implementing what G-d MADE YOU TO DO. It means execution of the highest order, and bringing others into contact with the Holy One who is deeply loving, deeply transformational Father of Lights.

That which is holy executed in connection with the Source of All Who Is Holy.

This is a present my friend got from his parents. It is a YETI cooler. Now, for those of you that don’t know, YETI products keep their encased products cold or hot for an extended period of time.

YETI products execute their job quite well. They provide a sustainable ecosystem that is disproportionate to the materials used.

Okay, gang, are you getting the picture.

You were made not just to be set apart, but rather, in your TRANSFORMED set-apartedness, to do something that is life-giving and a contribution to your setting. You are a holy (sustainable) system, ready to implement.

Not some POOR, MISERABLE, WRETCHED, BASTARD, WORM SINNER IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY G-D that he somehow deigns to tolerate and has to clean you out and put a shot of bleach into you in order to tolerate you and get rid of the daily stench.

We are commanded to regularly come before the throne of grace BOLDLY, NOT TIMIDLY OR FEARFULLY in order to find grace and help in our time of need. And our need is to be transformed daily so we can implement what we were made to implement.

Dude, Imma say this again. Get into the freaking car and drive off into all G-d has for you. Implement. The pictures of holiness-as-implementation are all around you.

You are not a 30-year old cracked Igloo.

You are a spanking new YETI.