Leviathan Post Series Prequal 2: Third Principle

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Responsibility…..

Who is going to take care of the mess they make?

Yes, I know. This is a pic from the Redwoods in Northern California, and no one needs to rake after them. But when you own a yard and a piece of land, there is an extent to which you are responsible for making sure the leaves that fall on your property do not kill the grass.

It takes responsibility that maybe you do not want to deal with, but when you deal with it, the results are that the grass that you spent a lot of time caring for and manicuring will grow more prolifically.

Raking the leaves is a really good picture of what the Teacher is made to do even if they want to select to not do it.

In an e-mail exchange with a mother in the faith, I recalled calling this principle, paralleling the Redemptive Gift of Teacher and the Third Head of Life, “not the sexiest principle”. Maybe it is because we do not think of “do the tasks that are assigned” as the most supernatural method in existence.

But it is critical for us to walk in. And bearing and breeding this principle into all of our people and practices as followers of Christ is critical for us to walk in all He has for us.

“So, David, when did this become attractive as a principle for you?”

A good question, and I will connect some dots for you here.

The Dots

Hewlett-Packard’s early history helped draw me to this principle.

I will explain.

There are several items, found in this teaching that explains a grouping of businesses, that some in the circles in which I run call Onyx Businesses, that at their best, foster environments where people can tinker and experiment and adjust to get their products to a place of perfection, AND, on a global scale, influence the culture of their business and others to a place where they become responsible for executing justice in an arena of society. These companies have qualities about them that parallel the Redemptive Gift of Teacher listen in Romans 12:6-8 and about which I have discussed at length here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Thinking about the passages in Scripture that parallel the Teacher in Sequence (being the 3rd in the fractal of 7), Genesis 1 brings out the Third Day, in which the dry land and vegetation is created. Being very simplistic, when the leaves fall in autumn, a mess naturally happens. Piles of leaves everywhere that can kill the grass if those leaves are left in place. So we take up the responsibility to rake up those leaves and bag them.

In Hewlett-Packard, David Packard and BIll Hewlett pursued a vision beyond the profit motive:

In 1949, David Packard, attended a gathering of business leaders. As the day wore on, Packard became increasingly frustrated with the parochial, small-minded perspective of his fellow CEOs. Peering down from his 6′ 5″ frame, the 37 year-old Packard voiced a contrary view: A company has a responsibility beyond making a profit for stockholders; it has a responsibility to recognize the dignity of its employees as human beings, to the well-being of its customers, and to the community at large. Packard later reflected in a 1964 Colorado College commencement speech: “I was surprised and shocked that not a single person at that meeting agreed with me. While they were reasonably polite in their disagreement, it was quite evident they firmly believed I was not one of them, and obviously not qualified to manage an important enterprise.”

Hewlett and Packard rejected the idea that a company exists merely to maximize profits. “I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists simply to make money,” Packard extolled to a group of HP managers on March 8, 1960. “While this is an important result of a company’s existence, we have to go deeper to find the real reasons for our being.” He then laid down the cornerstone concept of the HP Way: contribution. Do our products offer something unique—be it a technical contribution, a level of quality, a problem solved—to our customers? Are the communities in which we operate stronger and the lives of our employees better than they would be without us? Are people’s lives improved because of what we do? If the answer to any these questions is “no,” then Packard and Hewlett would deem HP a failure, no matter how much money the company returned to its shareholders.

Most entrepreneurs pursue the question “How can I succeed?” From day one, Packard and Hewlett pursued a different question: “What can we contribute?” and thereby HP attained extraordinary success. This success, in turn, enabled them to invest even more in making a contribution, which produced even greater success, which led to increased contribution, which created even greater success. This virtuous cycle eventually enabled Packard and Hewlett to personally contribute at levels far beyond what they would have dared to imagine as young men. In 1995, Packard attended a dinner at Stanford University. Former engineering dean Jim Gibbons mentioned to Packard that, by his rough calculation, he and Hewlett had donated on a present-value basis as much to Stanford as Jane and Leland Stanford had given to fund the university. As Gibbons related in the June 1996 issue of Stanford magazine, Packard showed something he rarely allowed: a moment of visible pride. It passed quickly, and all Packard said was, “That’s very interesting.” Later, upon his death, Packard bequeathed nearly all of his $5.6 billion estate to a charitable foundation.

From the forwaard to “The HP Way”, written by Jim Collins

If you see the capacity of the business to move beyond the profit motive to work with transforming and caring for their employees and the outside culture, then you would see some things that caused HP, as an Onyx (Teacher) company to shine.

We move from merely taking care of ourselves to getting married, having kids, establishing a profession, maybe leading a company, a church, a nation, an army, or a club, to expanding and bettering at least some part of society.

This is kingdom economy. Sustainable, responsible impact on something greater than ourselves.

Tinkering Creativity

One thing for which HP was known for, was hiring and retaining a workforce of tinkerers. There are stories of HP employees in the early days having side projects at home that they were working on, and that discretionary time is necessary for tinkering in order to increase overall tinkering. And with HP, who had access to various expensive tech tools, they would loan out those tools to their employees for brief periods so they could use them on their tinker projects at home.

That curious tinkering streak leads to perfection, which is the gift of a Teacher company, characterized many a Teacher company like HP. Rolls Royce was another example. Sir Henry Royce would take his engineers onto the beach and draw pictures and diagrams and they would figure out how to unpack a series of problems that led them to engineer automotive….perfection. In a Teacher company, the Product of Perfection has a thousand different facets.

And creating tinkerers multiplies creativity, however expensive that process may be.

Employee Care Through An Environment of Trust

What that loaning out of tools and other manifestations of this behavior in the company cultured created was this: an environment of trust. The company sowed in trust to its employees, and in return, reaped much.

I will say it again, a bit differently now; HP, before the unions, cultivated an environment of trust.

In one story, someone had checked out a very expensive piece of equipment from the comapny for a tinkering project, and locked the cage that led to the tool room. Bill or Dave found out about this when they went to check out another tool, and, frustrated with the lock, cut the lock with a pair of bolt cutters, go the needed tool, and left a note saying something to the effect of “Do not ever lock this cage again.”

One other aspect of this in HP. They refused to make college students, who needed additional training, sign forms promising to work for the company for a series of years after HP paid for their training. That is, after trainning was paid for, the employees were free to leave and work for a competitor. The idea was that the company was so confident that employees would stick around based on how the company treated its employees that they didn’t need to create barriers to leaving.

This sort of thing is virtually unheard-of these days. And that trust sown, coupled with a competitive salary and benefits package, led to people who were loyal to the company, and that loyalty created a bulkhead so strong that unions were never an issue for the company as long as that culture was in place.

It was only when the trust eroded, and the responsibility shrank that unions encroached on the comapny.

Cultivating Responsibility That Effects Social Transformation

Some people hate the term social justice, especially because they hate a particular political party, but Isaiah and the L-rd of Hosts were zealous for justice being brought to various people groups in various seasons. And Teachers were made to skillfully execute and expound how to carry out a burden for a segment of society. Anisha Cruz, anyone (she knows of what I speak)?

The question I have to ask of each of you in the tribe, especially those who spend inordinate amounts of time asking G-d to intervene when you are doing disproportionately little to unpack what He has already given you is this. “Are each of the spheres in which you are involved increasing or decreasing as a result of your action. Not His action. Your action. Are you taking on responsibilities that you may not have been directly assigned by someone, but you know (through your zeal or burden) that you are supposed to take those burdens, causes, or assignments up and make an impact that will outlast you.

Teachers are one of the three generational gifts, along with Givers and RJD’s with the capacity to impact and reproduce at a greater rate in their descendants than the other four gifts (Prophet, Servant, Exhorter, and Mercy).

When you take on a measure (not in insane amount that you cannot handle, but rather an amount that is a STRETCH FOR YOU but you can manage with execution) of responsibility that was not yours to begin with, and G-d and man may not have assigned you that responsibility, but you see a facet of that topic to which the rest of society is blind, but is something for which you have a vision, then life will be the result.

And for those who choose the responsibility that leads to life, the one thing to the exclusion of many other good things, to them will belong some of the hidden manna.

Picture of Responsibility: Samuel

Samuel, who was not in the bloodline for the priesthood as a Levite, of the tribe of Ephraim, took up the priesthood after Eli and judged Israel.

He took on a responsiblity that was not his in his office of priest, because Eli had abandoned his office. And Samuel was what G-d had to work with.

Samuel judged Agag, because Saul refused to stepped into his office and responsibility to execute.

Responsibility is what leads to the unusual execution. Responsibility is the execution of mishpat where G-d has orchestrated it to happen. And we can partner with G-d to effect change.

Conclusion

So, in the area of responsibility, I have an assignment for us.

What is one thing that you want to happen that you are zealous for that no one has taken up the responsibility for, that you have the tools to execute on, and that you know will result in something that will increase the kingdom of G-d?

It could be that that one thing is one thing G-d has for you, because either no one else sees the problem, or, if they see it, they think “not it!”.

Just some thoughts here, gang.

Samuel’s responsiblity was not the priesthood by bloodline, but at that time G-d had no one else and Samuel was set apart.

Gang, it is time for us to stop making excuses as to why we are not doing the things.

And it is time for us to try some things out that may be a stretch.

The Principle of Responsibilty is the “last stand on earth” principle. (Relevant timestamp below is 2:30-3:30, and putting aside the politics of the 1964 election, focus on the principles here)

The Principle of Responsibility is the wall of the Kingdom that protects it from enemies foreign and domestic.

The Principle of Responsibility is the meat, heart, and bedrock that causes us to do something.

Take your stand, gang, and do your thing, whatever that thing that you may have avoided for days, weeks, months, or even years. You have a responsibility.

And realize that, in order to have life, you have to have the willingness and the testes or ovaries to fight. Jump into the fray and strap your sword or tool belt, and cause the battle to be joined.

My Plug For Freedom Flowers and My Brief Take On One of Their Essences

DISCLAIMER: You know, there are going to be some in my audience that, because of the Teacher and Researcher nature of some of them, are probably going to function as boo birds for this, making links to New Age, or Law of Attraction, or other things because I–and the supplier of the floral essences that I have begun to use–utilize terms like “vibration” and “frequency”. I have also long stated that some of my material and thoughts are a bit on the edge in the esoteric.

That is okay, because most of what I post on pretty much focuses on the text of Scripture and this carries a lot of weight with those who are Evangelical Christians, which form much of my target audience.

But I do look at, consider deeply, and ponder a lot that is a bit too out there for many evangelicals. And I do not share much of that, because our movement to deeper things in Christ, where the L-rd moves us from one level of deep to another level of deep often comes where He establishes a set of paradigms that we can handle, and then moves us into a larger or deeper paradigm which requires him to remove some “training wheels” off of our bikes.

This will likely be one of those deep-end things that might come across as New Agey to some. And for those who are concerned about that, I would recommend Disc 2 of a Teaching Series by Arthur Burk called MOHA (The Majesty of His Artistry) where he discusses Christians that open up yoga clinics in order to reach New Agers and witches.

Just saying that sometimes our means of reaching people gets stale and we need to embrace something that is part of our design that the crunchy church culture might look askew at so we can challenge that religious superstructure that some of us have come to depend on. And we might have to remind ourselves that because G-d was there first and G-d created all that is a frequency, and all that is light, and all the universal, non-optional, cause-and-effect relationships, He is well-aware of what happens in creation and what is utilized in various fields and the multiplicity of tools that are available to move us from one area of being into another area of being.

By the way, what follows is more of my personal point-of-view and I am not preaching this as “you have to swallow everything I say or else be branded a heretic”. I present these things for y’all my audience to mull over and either utilize or discard as you see fit.

And with that, let’s begin this review.

A Path To How I First Met Seneca and Her Company

About a 18 months to two years ago, I was in the process of moving my way through a group on Facebook that the owner of Freedom Flowers is also a part of. And somehow she chimed in that an interest she was looking at was cataloguing all the emotions in the book of Psalms in Scripture and considering which emotions were tied to the spirit and which emotions were tied to the soul.

And so, I chimed in that I was interested in collaborating with Seneca on cataloguing a spreadsheet of the emotions in the Psalms. That is currently a dormant project but it is still of interest to me, so I occasionally look in and read a Psalm for that purpose.

So, we got connected and I figured out that she owns a business that works with manufacturing what she describes as essences using various plant materials, which is something she has been doing since she was a kid, and she found a way to turn this passion into a buisness.

This is not the same thing as essential oils. If you asked for a brief rundown, go here.

At the point when I started connecting with Seneca, I was already transitioning from working exclusively with people as a pastor to working with land, which is a bit more esoteric.

However it works, I personally pick up on the emotions of most of the various pieces of land that I visit. For example, when I visited Cape Hatteras and the lighthouse, the land felt wounded because of the way the land has shifted and moved and how a mile’s worth of the treeline has been swept away due to currents of the Atlantic near the island of Hatteras have changed. So, I began responding by asking the L-rd to speak and to sing His love over the island.

I have two prominent trees in my yard at home, and they communicate after their own fashion to me. One is a Japanese Cherry and the other is a Tulip Poplar.

And this year, after I had planted my vegetable garden, I started by planting sunflowers. After they had popped up and begun to bloom, I was dealing with some negative memories pertaining to my late father, and I happened to wander out to the vegetable garden to do something (mowing or weed-eating I think), and when I went to stand in front of the sunflower, my emotions toward my father began to lighten. Something began to shift through my interaction with the sunflower. Cannot explain better than that.

Vibrations and Frequency: Please Do Not Shoot This Down

So, according to how this works, and you can do the research on your own, each member of the plant kingdom gives off its own frequency, and affects certain things. As certain medications (the lion’s share of which come from substances that were created on the Third Day, plants or green life of some sort) affect certain interactions in the body, so also plants function in a similar fashion. The research behind this is more than I can explain, but I can tell you from personal experience that it happens to work somehow.

Frequencies and vibrations affect the body all day long. And these frequency given off by the particular essence I have been using, when introduced into the body, shifts and realigns around the area of being able to work with paradoxes.

In my case, it also positively unearthed and helped me deal with a number of things pertaining to spiritual and emotional trauma that was generations old.

All because I introduced the essence which contained the material that resonated the frequency of the flower in question.

The Trial Posted to Facebook and The Review of Double Delight Rose

About a couple of weeks ago, Seneca posted somewhere that she was going to host a trial and wanted to know who among us struggle with some sort of paradox found in Scripture. Well, I have a few of those that I struggle with, but the most prominent one deals with the twin reality that we as followers of Christ are both sons and servants, and both realities are present at the same time. So, I said “sure, send me some of this essence as part of your trial”. The essence is called Double Delight Rose.

So, she sent me some, and the instructions call for it to take 4 drops 4x a day. So, I began taking it. And I am currently still taking it.

And not only have I begun to have a breakthrough on recognizing that I am treated as a son of the King, but I am also able to carry that and do stuff for the L-rd that He asks, serving him with the mindset of being both a son and a servant. That is, living as a son in Father’s embrace and doing the work that a servant would normally do without feeling like I had to do the work in order to maintain my position as a son. Rather, the work of serving flowed from the place in which the L-rd had already positioned me as a son.

In addition to this, the L-rd in this season has begun to push some generational strongholds to the surface so they can be dealt with, specifically rejection. My grandfather suffered from rejection from being abandoned by his blood parents. My father suffered from rejection as well. and I did. But something happened in the taking of this essence that has caused that stuff to be dealt with as well.

It strikes me, that given we have an electrical machine called the human body, and it runs at a certain frequency, that if we change that frequency, something else will also be affected.

As the adage goes, “the proof in the pudding is in the eating.”

My take is, something is either going to work or it is not. And staying in our dysfunction is not working, but when we have tried everything and nothing works, the new thing on which we risk a trial period may not be better than staying exactly where we are.

So, my tl;dr review for Double Delight Rose is as follows: outstanding for helping to resolve my particular paradox.

And while there may be some flakiness to some of the material out there in the interwebs as it pertains to vibrations and frequencies, that does not wholesale negate everything that is given as a possible solution that utilizes frequency or vibrational language.

Seneca herself has also done a boatload of research on the subject, and appears to have blogged quite a bit on the topic of essences and healing.

I have had a block in the paradox and rejection arenas, and in the last 2 weeks I have begun to actually and really address the blockages in a big way. Seneca’s essence has helped as a really solid tool for dealing with that and getting to, as her passion is, a place of solid freedom.

As a side note, I checked out her other essences, given my wife and I are going to become regular customers of hers, and I stumbled across the Sunflower essence, and guess what it helps the user deal with?

Father issues.

Just….wow…..exactly thing thing addressed by my sunflowers.

So I have ordered that essence and a couple of others.

So, that is my fuller review.

Seriously, skeptics, give her a try and see if there is anything to her work.

It was really worth my time, especially given I have seen a bit more of a release to write and act more in accordance with my design, and I handle seeming contradictions week in and week out.

If you have further questions, I will be happy to field some of those myself as best I can, because I get some of the more esoteric stuff that seems weird, and may be able to put it in terms that are less weird.

The Uses of Leviticus and Torah Under Our Covenant with Messiah

Confession: what follows is one of my soapbox topics.

I really, really love reading about the nature of G-d as it is found in the Torah. There is so much that we do not skillfully tease out of the text because we think the only question we should ask is the grossly inelegant and broad-reaching question, “will doing this send me to hell?”. What I am going to say below can be summed up in one way of handling our life: namely the question we really might want to ask is something along the lines of, “ what does an abundant life of embracing and incarnating all of G-d’s principles look like and how fruitful will my life be in the context of embracing all He has for me.

I have a few friends who say that the New Testament abrogated the Tanakh and/or the Torah

Some say that because, in the Tanakh, the dietary laws and the clothing laws were a salvation issue, as were the moral laws dealing with adultery and homosex, we should delete the whole thing.

Others would suggest that G-d of the Tanakh was a cruel monster (Sodom and Gomorrah, stoning for sexual deviance, genocide of the Canaanites, etc.)

I would like to offer a brief response to a couple of these points.

I cannot answer that every question in the Torah is a question of whether or not those people who violated the Law in OT times went to Hell, or what the afterlife looked like. However, I will say that everything G-d said in the Law and the Tanakh has a present-day purpose. That is, the principles once violated, can lead to dangerous consequences in at least our temporal existence. Take the mixutre of fabrics. Don’t mix textiles, no cotton poly/blends, no crops mixed in fields, a field of wheat may have no corn in it, etc.

Two things. First, for the mixing of textiles; there is quite a bit of evidence that mixing materials leads to respioratory distress. This is not a law dealing with salvation or going to hell for wearing that smashing top you found at Gordman’s or Ross or on Amazon. Rather, this is a question of a cause-and-effect relationship.

Next, dealing with mixing fields. What was going on there? One of my takes out of many that presents itself is the idea of mixing essences. Namely, G-d likes the essences of things to be uniquely singular. He is zealous that your essence should be 100 percent YOUR essence, not mixed around with anything else or anyone else.

This is why marriage is so critical to Paul and others. He does not want you mixing light with darkness. He does not want two people who have divergent visions and designs for life traveling along two different paths mixing. When He designed you, assuming you are destined for marriage, He made you with the express intent that you would marry someone who is a complement to you though not divergent.

I had the unfortunate curse of marrying someone like that the first time around, and as a result, my first wife and I never really became one. There was never a full joining of purpose. This is why I specifically warn people aboutr marrying the first person that turns them on.

The end result is she controlled me, made me leave a fruitful season for a season of her control, and then ultimately our marriage ended with her cheating on me and both of us self-destructing.

G-d also intends you to marry someone of the opposite sex so you can be fruitful and multiply: so that you have a LEGACY!

And let us quit using the argument of the barrenness of some as an argument to advance sexually deviant relationships that violate Father’s design. It does not work like that.

Next, dietary laws. Leviticus 11. This is not a hell issue. Rather, there are reasons, medical reasons for many of those meats and foods being considered not kosher. One can starve to death eating rabbit, for example.

Again, the issue here is that whatever G-d said has uses and applications in current-day life. There are cause-and-effect principles that go into effect regardless of whether or not we want them to go into effect, whether or not we agree with the effects, and whether or not we are aware of the effects.

We have this mindset that takes the text of Scripture, and because we say it is infallible, we make every text carry equal weight and carry equal implications. And in that “G-d said it, I believe it, that settles it” mentality, we fail to cultivate skill in reading the nuances of the text and skillfully applying those nuanced applications where they are pertinent.

Our job is to look at the text, understand what G-d said to the original audience, understand what G-d is communicating to us, and to parse out heaven and hell implications from cause-and -effect implications.

The form of our worship, ecclesiology, diet, worship rituals, and clothing may not have heaven and hell implications, but we we ignore the concept of G-d wanting our essence being 100% our essence, we are going to have a harder time. To use the old adage “if you are going to be dumb, you gotta be tough”. Tranlsation, if you are going to willfully walk in ignorance of the cause-and-effects, or ourright reject those cause-and-effect relationships, then you are going to have to be tough enough to handle the fallout from violating principles.

Again, gang, Leviticus 11 is not a redemption salvation issue; it is a cause-and-effect issue.

And while some people may want to tell G-d what the form of human relationships should look like, violating his principles for relationships are going to make your life more difficult. Leviticus 18 does not care if you agree with the principles there for human sexuality, incest, beastiality, and the like. If you are choosing to ignore those principles, you will have to put up with the product of your choices. You do what you want.

And textiles and mixing fields, same things. You can ignore what’s written there, but there might be fallout from choosing to do or not do certain things.

The issue is not a salvation issue. It is a quality of life issue.

Nadab and Abihu chose to offer something the L-rd did not ask them to offer, and it cost them their lives.

The Sodomites and Gomorrites chose a lifestyle that polluted their land, and the cost was their lives and the freedom to live on that land that G-d gave them.

It’s not always about salvation, and we spend too much time, in my opinion asking how much we can get away with and still go to heaven, when really we should be asking what G-d’s best for us would look like, and what it would look like to flourish walking in sequence with G-d’s principles.

We indeed have this twisted idea that G-d is a tyrant with all these laws.

Further, for one final point, some also think that G-d’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Canaanites was G-d being a monster. Those same people refuse to read passages like G-d’s comment ot Abraham when He has given the Amorites a season of 4 CENTURIES to repent of their sin. And they also do not see G-d’s discussion with Abraham to spare the city for the sake of the righteous. Because of the rampant iniquity of the cities in the Jordan Valley, G-d chose a different plan. He removed the righteous from the city, and he handled the iniquity that polluted the land. Sexual sin in this case.

I think we have a drastic need to justify our rejection of G-d and we allow ourselves to be blinded to His mercy and grace and attempt to execute justice in both Testaments and in our midst.

G-d is not some bipolar monster. Rather, He is abounding in steadfast mercy, and expects way less than we think in the canon, and even in the Torah. He spelled out how he wanted to be worshipped, and Nadab and Abihu did something that He never asked them to do. Jephthah never asked G-d if G-d wanted him to sacrifice his daughter. he already had the favor of G-d, and like a jackass, he made a stupid vow in an attempt to buy the favor of G-d that HE ALREADY HAD.

Gang, I do not know if your perspective is twisted but I think that we need to really reevaluate whether or not G-d is truly mean-spirited, or if because we are choosing a place of rejection, we are just looking for an interpretation that synchs with our biases.

My job is to approach the text of Scripture (all Scripture, not just the ones I like) and allow Him to transform me from further darkness into greater degrees of His marvelous light.

Some You Launch Salvos Against, Some You Wrestle.

We do not wrestle with flesh and blood. We wrestles with clowns, demonic entities.


There are going to be days when you engage in long-range warfare.


There are going to be days where you are WRESTLING.


It may be because the L-rd is wanting to develop other skills for you.


The L-rd has for you a full-orbed manual for doing the work of warfare and building.


There are some clowns you shoot, and there are some you pin into submission.


I bless each of you to see the progress you are making, even when that particular battle feels more sluggish or hard. I bless you to know when the L-rd is putting you through the paces of the basketball court, versus the football field, versus the wrestling mat, versus the weight room and the gym.

I bless you to discover which sport the L-rd is teaching you and I bless you further with the skillfulness, speed, and quickness to adapt.

πραΰς In the Face of Chaos

“Blessed are the πραΰς , for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5 ESV

Eric Hatch pointed me to the following article, which provides a fascinating study.

I will note that war horses, and we, as followers with, our Shepherd were made for war.

“My anger is hot against the shepherds,
“and I will punish the leaders;
“for the L-RD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
“and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.”

Zechariah 10:3 ESV

A warhorse has to be poised. A war horse is a tank. A warhorse has to be able to handle all sorts of conflict and chaos and follow his rider’s instructions and lead and bit. A warhorse is powerful. And all of that power must be brought to bear and under control. When Paul writes the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, contra the works of the HUMAN flesh, is a reference to the fruit that indwells and is cultivated in the human spiriti) is self-control. To have all that power under control, is to demonstrate meekness in the face of chaos.

This may not be your design, but this can become the result of plenty of training under the right rider. The right rider is in touch with his horse, and can direct them well and skillfully with a touch of the hair.

There are four types of touches in the world of horses, and this applies to humans. Get the analogy.

They are, in increasing order of severity, the touch that is felt in the hair, the touch that is felt in the skin, the touch that is felt in the muscle, and the touch that is felt in the bone.

Thanks to Joanna Lo for that analogy.

The L-rd works to handle us, as bruised, broken, and beaten as we may be, and as fright-filled as we may have grown over the years from woundedness and trauma, so that we respond to the hair touch. Gentle.

Meek.

πραΰς, gang.

Be at peace, knowing at some point, as the L-rd gets you used to a gentle touch, He will send you into battle to liberate others.

Be willing to allow him to remove the shackles of woundedness from you.

Believers Taken Captive To Do the Enemy’s Work

Believers can be taken captive to do the enemy’s will.

and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:26 ESV

What causes this?

Look at the word “snare”. That’s the Greek word used to describe offense.

Translation: if you are a follower of Jesus and you are doing the work of the enemy, which may not be obvious if deception is in play, then it usually is because offense has entered in somewhere.

Not always, not ironclad, but it is a general and good rule of thumb to look for offense if you find yourself snared, or if you aren’t, then someone else in your circle is.

Paul, in the above missal to Timothy was writing about believers. Gentleness, patience, and self-control keep us from becoming ensnared, men and women of G-d.

It is good for us as believer and followers of Medsiah to periodically check in and discern with the L-rd if we have been ensnared.

And if we are taken up with something that is a persistent and stubborn mindset that is not in keeping with the L-rd, it ask Him to do whatever is necessary, in terms of forgiving, in order to become liberated from this.

Each of my friends who work in deliverance have a piece to offer here in which they specialize.

And all of those pieces make a coherent whole.

Between the Courts of Heaven, Leviathan, Unclean Spirits, DID, SRA, Agreements, Curses, and whatever else, there is a solution out there and engaging with the L-rd in his particular solution for your given issue is likely going to move you in a net positive direction.

We don’t do silver-bullet, one-size-fits-all methods around here. Each situatuon is unique, and therefore, the solution sets are also unique.

On this particular issue, though, offense is pretty much allowed in through some form of mistreatment or deception.

Those who are genuinely mistreated and those who think they are mistreated often need something the party that offended them cannot give them: wholeness.

Thus, our responsibility is to forgive the one who mistreated us, because they do not understand and to relentless turn to the one who can give us wholeness because He is whole Himself.

Gang, keep hacking away, because the L-rd can make you whole and remove your feet from the snare, if you are willing to deal with and release your offense.

Be blessed today and be at

From the Desk of Arthur Burk: Pertaining To Racism in the Early 60’s, An Edited Perspective, and Some Roots of Racism

Arthur writes:

“Hi, [Sally].

“I see racism as a core part of the Edomite Curse.

“My perception is that there are three primary strongholds that are intended to pervert the essence of the Trinity.

“According to Ephesians 3:14-15 and Luke 3:38 God the Father is associated with the human community and anything that fractures community is a perversion of the nature of the Father.

“I use the term Edomite Curse to capture that, because of Obadiah 10ff. God’s fury was over the savagery 𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽, not the act itself.

“So fundamentally the propensity of human community to blame instead of standing with those who are hurting goes back to Adam and Eve, and then Cain, and millions after them.

“Our religious culture nominally says we are not to hate, but broadly does not teach people HOW to love — especially across cultural (or racial) differences.

“Tonight in my live broadcast, I am going to specifically describe how I have come to love the African American, high crime, “hood” here in Spartanburg.

“𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗱. One can and MUST learn to love. Exhorting people and having a token African American on staff and holding symbolic foot washing services when the television cameras are rolling is not the same.

“But if we are only exhorted not to hate, and not taught and held accountable for how to love, we are pawns of the devil.

“After the love in the heart comes action with the feet. But love first.

“My opening point in the message tonight is that passivity on the part of righteous people about racial injustice, WILL bring condemnation from God against those very people.

“There is a massive self-righteousness in the White middle class church. Lots of people have never done anything negative to an African American or Latino or Asian. But they haven’t ever done one little thing to change their deplorable situation either.

“[Sally], I came out of that. In 1963 our family flew into Miami, bought a car, and spent 90 days driving across the US. We took the southern route. This was a year before the Civil Rights march and the landmark legislation.

“My dad was a White, Protestant, minister and he was as racist as it came. We drove through the South in the summer of 1963, stopping a many relatives homes, many churches, shopping as needed, getting gas.

“NEVER in that trip did I see a Jim Crow sign, or a colored drinking fountain or any of those extremely ubiquitous signs of entrenched racism.

“Why? Because my father carefully edited the trip in terms of visual images, and never discussed at all the racial tension in the US.

“I read about it all years later and was stunned. I WAS THERE! And I saw NOTHING.

“Today’s TV makes it hard for White middle class Christians to not know, but it is still easy to ignore.

“And God has some pretty brutal things to say about “righteous” religious, “God-fearing” people who habitually sidestep racism.”

I may lose half my following tonight, but if so, it is people who shouldn’t be hanging around us anyway.

So there is my rant. The nickel version of what I will share tonight.

Unpopular Opinion: There are Precious Few Songs I Do Not Care For

Rumors I intended to mow down worshippers or believers or worship leaders, or [insert a target you perceived I went after in the last post] have been greatly exaggerated.

To the scowling, all things are scowl-worthy.

To be certain, there are few songs that I have had a chance to despise. Also, unlike a lot of the criticism that may or may not gather around me, I am not looking to slash and burn others.

I can point to about a handful of songs that just do not do it for me, for any number of reasons.

And I can point to about 12,000 cuts that move me in a positive direction and in the direction of worship. And yes, Newsboys “Breakfast” does that for me.

Moreover, I have attempted to be very careful in calling out this or that teacher or leader or whatever-the-case as an example of a false teacher.

I realize this may shock some, but the text reads:

“have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkeness.”

not

“have nothing to do with the unfruitful workers of darkness.”

My aim is to deal with the actions, rather than the people behind the actions.

Be also advised that my personal opinion is something I am probably going to share. What you do with that opinion is your business.

When actions get confused with people is what happens when homosexuals assume that, because I am talking about homosex or homosexuality, I must be talking about them.

I am with the people who say that those of us who criticize should take a hand at writing and composition. This is true, and we absolutely should have a hand in providing the church some of what we hope to see, otherwise our words are mere blah blah without legs or fruit.

So, in the interest of time, I will say what I appreciate when I find a good cut.

  1. Substance. What is going on lyrically and musically? What is being said.
  2. Originality. What is being expressed (and there is a whole heap of truth that has gone unexpressed)? Chris Pfohl once said it accurately: “For all of the powerful, poetic and faithful sayings available to us in scripture, that’s all you’ve got? Blows my mind.” Precisely. For all we have, and we are utilizing so little. The Givers among us would blush at the lack of diversity present in the breadth of expression.
  3. The dance between the subtle and skillful on the one hand and the obvious and the crude on the other. I have witnessed a whole set of followers of Christ get taken up with “making it plain” and “what you see is what you get”. They have become truth-tellers and are completely innocent as doves. However, they have lost the art of expressing as skillfully and subtly and as wisely as a serpent.
  4. The truths and, more specifically, the proverbs and poetry of Scripture, written in a Giver language, need to be unpacked delicately, the way a peony, or a cherry blossom, or a rosebud is unpacked. It is teased out. There are fires for refining and hammering, but there are also garden plants that will open for a sunray that will be damaged by things that are heavier than a feeding butterfly. The picture of a bumblebee feeding in clover, as it moves from bud to bud, tells the story well. And we have lost that art of seeing the skillfully-honed craft of a song dealt with in that fashion. For many, what is adequate is the TRUMPET, ELEPHANT, BLAM BLAM, FANFARE, BANG AND A FLOURISH. And there is very little that feels like it is being teased and unpacked and woven together. But we need the picking through, gently, and a lot of it.

For music that fits this sort of rough list, see the links below.

I am going to preface this set of videos by starting with the original cut for “Our G-d Reigns” by Deliriou5?, precisely because we have divorced the chorus from the lyrics and we repeat that chorus as filler, when it is meant to be its own complex, well-penned cut.

Kiss Your Feet was originally a Deliriou5? cut. But this cover by Jeremy Riddle was well-done.

This is just a small sampling of what I do enjoy.

My issue when I have an issue is that something has been overplayed, or does not go deeply enough or far enough in its intended direction. Every one of the above does.

Oh, yeah, and disclaimer. These are just my opinions. They are not the gospel, and you are not required to agree. It really is okay. I just happen to be an expert on my opinion. Take a breath and enjoy, or don’t. Agree, or don’t.

And as per the usual, be blessed, gang.

Unpopular Opinion: I Hate the Cut, “Waymaker” And Other Blasphemously and Criminally Thin and Shallow “Worship” Music

This is not a full-on complete blasting of one worship song. Rather, it draws a plumbline on one song in order to make a point about what seems to be occuring to worship music.

One of the things that vexes me about modern worship is twofold:

1) the lack of substance.

2) the lack of singing TO G-d, rather than about G-d or about us.


Take Waymaker, for example.

It’s catchy, the lyrics it does have are wonderful and it is somewhat powerful and goes in the right direction, but it ultimately becomes grossly underwhelming in its execution and consummation.

It grossly fails to capitalize on it strength in calling out the nature of G-d, and it waxes both criminally and blasphemously thin in the declaration of that multi-faceted nature in sharing His names.

Now, take between Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 34:7.

There are over 100 distinct names of G-d, both directly mentioned and indirectly implied or implied, between those passages in Genesis and Exodus.

For example:

Elohim (G-d)

Ruach Elohim (The Spirit of G-d)

Adonai Elohim (The L-RD G-d)

HaShem (The Name)

The G-d of Shem,

El Elyon (G-d Most High),

Qanah Shamayim Va-Aretz (The Purchaser of Heaven and Earth)

Adonai (L-rd)

The Shield of Abraham

The Smoking Firepot, the Flaming Torch

G-d of the Unbreakable Covenant

Melech Adonai (Messenger of the L-rd)

El Roi (G-d of Seeing, G-d who Sees)

Lahai Roi (The Living One Who Sees Me)

El Shaddai (G-d Almighty)

Your G-d/Their G-d (the significance here is the idea of Him being a “Personal G-d)

Ha Shafeyt Kol Ha-Aretz (The Judge of All the Earth)

El Olam (The Everlasting G-d)

I Am With You

G-d of the Spread

The G-d Who Does Not Leave

My G-d

G-d of the House

The Fear of Isaac

G-d of Alienation

G-d of the Camp

G-d of Immigration, Dwelling, and Sojournings

The G-d Who Is Witness

A Man Who Wrestles With Us

The Man Who Responds to Persistence

The G-d who Stands Beside Us

The G-d Whose Face I Can See

G-d of Dreams

G-d of Interpretations

The G-d Who Gives Strategy

The G-d Who Speaks to Pagans

The G-d Who Makes us Forget Hardship

Ish Milhamah (Man of War)

G-d of the Depths Beyond Magic (Exodus 8:19)

And that is a sampling of the list I have compiled.

Add to that The Anchor, the Ancient of Days, The Key of David, the Son of David, the Shepherd and Bishop of Our Souls, the Gate, the Door, the Light of the World, Our Son and Shield, Our Husband (Isaiah 54), The G-d Who Visits, The Branch of Jesse, Shiloh, the Man of War, the Potter (Jeremiah 18), The Blacksmith, the Paraclete (the Great Exhorter), and Most Importantly…..

Father…..

There was a time when G-d was not creator, but given Jesus was eternally begotten of G-d, there was never a time when He who begot the Man of Sorrows was never our Father.

What happened to modern worship that it grew thin and forgot to capitalize on the mines of Moria and all the seams of Mithrill and veins of jasprous gemstones?

Enough of this thin-surface, convictionless, unendlingly trite, shallow, overly-simplified, knee jerk reactions to small wiggles of the Almighty’s presence, as if His full depth cannot be accessed.

We make excuses and half-anointed tripe and call it “anointed”, and we settle for a thimbleful when G-d has….OCEANS FULL of HIS FULLNESS available to us.

More than enough.

Just saying.

Seasons of Powerlessness Are One Thing, But Permanent Powerlessness…..

… Is entirely different.

Gang, we live under a better covenant than that of Moses, wherein is written….

Moses was the ground floor for us. Or better yet, the foundation and basement.

And I count no fewer than 10 desperate realities that come when we walk with him.

This says to me that we are choosing powerlessness or allowing this lack when we do not have to.

And developing a theology for why G-d withholds blessing, causes miscarriage, does not fight His enemies is stupid.

Our job, is to follow. And He will bless us.

Until then, I am not going to try and develop a theology that apologizes for G-d not doing.

Rather I am going to expend myself in helping you walk in all He has for you.

When we align with what He wants for us, He WILL send His terror against His enemies. The hornet will defend us.

My question is, where are you not aligned.

Some are aligned and bad things are happening.

I am not talking about the single incidences.

Rather, I am talking about the incessant lack of His manifestation in response to a persistent and stubborn, stiffnecked resistance to doing what He asked us to do.

As Yeshua corrected the Pharisees for stubborn and unyielding resistance to the will of G-d, so presently does G-d allow things to happen when we resist stubbornly.

And we must skillfully parse out what is happening.

Not merely provide a canned knee-jerk response for why this or that happened.

Robust research, skillful consideration, careful weaving together of our principles of Scripture, and a living walk with the L-rd that is not merely a salvation prayer so we can do whatever in hell we want.