“What I want in a Micro/House Church” #1

5883 What am I looking for in a Micro Church, a House Church, that I cannot find in our modern big church system? I want to explore that personal question in this series. It is the Sunday morning after 4th of July as I find myself in a quiet place and God moves me with these thoughts.

Yesterday was anything but quiet. Our house became a family festival with 4 grand kids, 3 of our own adult-kids and their spouses, my wife and I (the grandparents), and all the food and activities that were planned, including a slip and slide, obstacle course, and pinata full of candy to bust. We were mostly outside and it was hot, but we had a breeze and shade tree, and then a downpour rain eventually came as we were trying to bust the pinata with a plastic bat. It was not working. The rain kept pouring. Grandpa fetched his wood Samurai training sword. That worked. Candy scattered everywhere. Children dove in for the treasure. We were all soaked. LOL. Great fun and much chaos.

But now “the quiet”. I’m by my French Doors that look out into my bird sanctuary, and I hear singing. The house is empty. Just me and 2 dogs. My coffee is good. Bitter as usual. Waking me up and got me pondering. What kind of Micro Church am I looking for? Why do I think the House Church vision is a better way? What can the House Church do different, better?

I intend to approach this in 3 parts. 1.) The Leader/ Elder. 2.) The People/ Fellowship. 3.) The Vision/ Goals/ Description/ Format. (This will include a few personal peeves of mine concerning what I believe to be certain errors in our modern church ways. Important practices of the early church that we have changed.)

I’m writing this series in hopes that others in Indianapolis Indiana have started Micro Churches. Our Fellowship is still very small and I would be interested in connecting with other groups “if” we were of a similar vision. I would even consider joining such a group. But I’m not interested in big church cell groups. I’ve tried them before. It just isn’t the same thing. It still lacks what I’m looking for, the vision in me.

So…starting next article we will describe what I’m looking for in the “Leader” of such a group. Then we will look at “the People”, and then “the Vision/ Practice” of said group. Until then, ponder for yourself what you think a House Church should be, and how it should function.  Or if you think House Churches are not a good idea, then why did it work so well in powerful Rome? And why is it working so well in other countries today, many of whom have much more difficult circumstances than we do. I invite you to have an open mind to the coming articles and consider them as a real possibility.

Finally, if you are a Micro Church somewhere around Indianapolis Indiana, or you are someone looking for one, and you are willing to meet and talk, please leave a comment and we can arrange a meeting place. I very much enjoy fellowship and conversation around this subject.   We live in a day where we have a lot of communication and pass a lot of information, but we’re losing the simple pleasures of conversation.

I believe Micro Church/ House Church is here to stay. It may be the new wine skin with the new wine God is pouring out for these last days. The big churches don’t want to hear it, and yet look what has been forced upon them in the COVID. Is God forcing their hand? Trying to get their attention?

Our small Fellowship has been able to continue as we always have during this pandemic. We have watched the big churches struggle, stress, and scramble as they provide their “virtual” church services. Our Fellowship is still very up close and personal. But some people don’t want up close. And those people should definitely reexamine their Christianity to see if they are real. Real family is personal, and we all NEED it! For our own pleasure and good. Think about it.

A Prayer > “Father, make us REAL. In the name of your Son, Jesus, first born from the dead, I ask for an outpouring of “REAL” in your people today. Let us come out from the FAKE, and let us be REAL. Let us not be what we see so much of in the world, and it disgusts us. Let us not be what we are so disgusted by in others. By the power of your Holy Spirit make us TRUE, for that is the only way we can be so, is by your power alone. In Jesus name I ask these things, Amen.” (Be blessed and Highly favored, everyone; but don’t be spiritually unprepared.)

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“Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #1

20171117_161644 The rules of the game are changing…Sea Change… no more hiding in the grey, church…we enter the black and the white.

Eve is a true believer. She has been convinced. She has eaten of the knowledge of good and evil and believes she can do better…she is a better judge…let the goddess’s rise…it is their time!

Why am I speaking of sexism and genderism when everyone else is currently consumed with racism? I’ve always been a big picture kind of guy. Always looking up stream. Always looking down the road. Always seeking to hear God.

The rules of the chessboard are changing, but not for the church. Our rules were established by Christ 2,000 years ago and they do not change! Sooo…what happens now? The Catholic church is already under attack concerning Transgender and Homosexual issues that directly affect our faith! And our Bible! Will we be disarmed? Actually, it is not as much about the Word of God on paper pages, as it is the Word of God coming out of our mouth! If we are silenced, we have been in effect disarmed, because the Sword of John the Baptist and Jesus is different than that of Gideon, it comes out of our mouth!

Christians who have been hiding in a lot of grey are losing their cover! Will they follow Eve?

“But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” (2nd Cor. 11: 3-4)

“The woman was convinced. (Gen. 3:6)

This is why I came out from among them. The modern church has been preaching a different Jesus, a different kind of Spirit, and a different kind of gospel than what the early church preached for some time now. It has been going on for too long. Judgement has come and the greys are fading away! It will be a season of black and white! Will Adam follow the woman he has allowed to go so far into the grey? Or will he make a different choice this time? For most, the choice has already been made. That is why we are where we are.

God is still saying, come out from among them my true people, come back to the old ways. The new rules are not for you. They never have been. They want to disarm you and send you hiding in caves of silence and defeat, caves of “no-light”, while the modern church once again loses the garden of God!

R-Evolution. The New Agers/ Gaia see it as the next evolution. It is a revolution of evolution! You either evolve or go extinct. Mother Nature at her best, choosing those who live and those who die. And this R-Evolution just happens to be represented by a 48 foot tall naked woman statue? Of which was displayed at “Burning Man Festival” in Black Rock Nevada! Of which the week long festival ends with the burning of a huge statue representing a man? This has been developing, growing, and going on for years?

This week long event draws “believers” from all over the world! I believe I read they allow 70,000 to attend, and they still turn many thousands away!

And what does it say that they wanted to set this symbol of woman across from the statue representing the foundations of our country? Our foundations are under attack more than ever before and there is no “grey” about it! The message is bold and plain and they are not ashamed! They are not ashamed to claim Socialism anymore! Just as that naked woman stands unashamed of her nakedness! This new Eve has overcome her shame of being naked! Eve has evolved! And Adam / the church is in big trouble, not only with Eve, but with God! The hand-writing is on the wall people. Open your eyes. Look up stream. Will you lay down your Sword? The Sword of the Lord and of John the Baptist? Make His ways straight?

This is a prophetic word, but I fear it is not seen soon enough. It has not come far enough in advance. Although I am sure there were those who declared and warned even as we allowed Eve to cross lines, and we men also crossed lines God has set, and now here we are. Check! How long before check-mate comes? You wanted to reign as kings now? Your kinghood is doomed! But God’s still looking for his true priests!

I wish I had a more “happy/positive/itching ear” message to give; but the only good thing about this message is for those who are willing to get back to the “Old Ways”. God can still save…God can still empower…and some will walk on water in the time of the flood. There is no time to waste. Find the Old Ways again. We are in a “Return”, as Jonathon Cahn has said. Return to the Father’s House all you prodigals, before it is too late.

Na8rinz

Teepee Blip #4

20200612_121219 It’s a grey, very windy, and chilly day today, but as I sat before the fire, the chilly wind striking the back of my neck, I suddenly broke into Praise! I was up and marching around the teepee singing… Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say REJOICE!!! 

I was reading on a book about prayer when the Spirit of Rejoicing hit me! After it subsided I just had to grab my laptop and put out a “blip”! Too many Christians today no longer know how to fight their battles in Spirit! Some future walls of Jericho that the devil had planned for me, just came down! And no one will ever know! Because we prevented it! God sent warrior angels to pull the carpet out from under Satan’s feet before he got to do his dastardly deed!

The child is required to know these things. The child is required to believe these things. The child is required to live like this. The child is required to be simple enough to throw the oars overboard, drop the man-made motor to the ocean floor, and live by sails alone! The child is required to be in love with the sea, forsaking the land, to be the Soul Sailor he sees…in scripture…in the words of Christ…the child is required! Only the child rejoices in these things! Only the child loves living like this! Only the child sees the wisdom of it!

But the proud refuses to believe such things. They are wise. I am foolish. They are stressed and worried about many things. I am at peace. Outside forces change their inner world, but mine remains undisturbed. Because the child still lives at home in his Father’s House. He rejoices in his dependency upon God, while the proud seeks their independence, only to become a prodigal. Whereas the child is the true warrior, because there is no stronger force than child-like faith!

The fast and seeking of Spirit is going so well. I’m way out at sea now. Who knows what tonight might bring? I highly encourage all “children” of God to spend time with the Father in this way!

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“Vision Update” #5

So if this vision is correct, the old moon (church system) is setting and a new wine skin, represented by the night warrior in the sky, and I believe Gideon, is upon us. The circumstances of my hearing this sermon on the “Gideon Anointing” is unusual also, because it came from the pulpit of the church I left, after I left it! I would check in once in a while to see if the church had changed at all. They record their messages and very easy to hear over the Internet.

This was a day I felt led to check in, and I found the “old” Pastor, who had pastored the church for many years was preaching that day! The current Pastor was not. The title of the message immediately caught my ear. And God spoke many things to me as I listened that day and pondered the message in relationship to the vision I already had. As the old Pastor preached, I kept seeing Orion in the night sky.

But as many churches are prone to do these days, I was amazed at the things the Pastor left out in the Gideon story. (For example, God reducing the number of people. This is a main part of the Gideon story, but this large church needs the money of many people. (Is that why it was left out?)

He was also saying there is a Gideon anointing coming to the church, as if he were saying that particular church, or was he? Which was God saying? I saw it to be God’s people as a whole, and my experience at that church was anything but a Gideon anointing! And as further proof of that, at the end of his sermon he asked all those who wanted this anointing to stand. Now who would not stand at a time like that? Do you want people to think you’re not hungry for more of God? And if 90 % of the church immediately jumps to their feet, are you going to just sit there?

I imagine 99% of the congregation stood, claiming they wanted an anointing that would send them in battle against idols, cause them to be hated by most Christians, send them into a discomfort zone while reducing the size of their large congregation, as God did with Gideon, and sending them out against impossible odds.

Gideon also changed everything! He went against the status quo as I had done. (This church is very programmed.) The whole town got mad at him and wanted to kill him! So all these people stood for the Pastor to pray and they receive this Gideon anointing, as if it is that easy!!!

If any of them got it that day, then I guarantee you their life was vastly different the next day! The Gideon anointing requires great change! New priorities! And the spirit of a breaker! But I also guarantee you those people walked out of there that day, after standing and saying they “wanted” that anointing, and the preacher prayed for it, and they thought they could get it just that easy, and then nothing changed in them on Monday morning when they rose from bed, did not pray, and did all their usual stuff! This is the modern church and how it sickens me! And these are the Pastors who set up such scenarios to look good but have no real effect! God hates it!

But I was sitting at home listening to this message and having fulfilled almost every characteristic of Gideon. I was led to study Gideon again after that message, and I made a detailed list of everything the preacher left out and the “slant” or “spin” he had put on Gideon, and then offered it to the people in a two minute prayer.

This Gideon anointing is important to the vision God showed me, and likely the reason God made sure I heard the form my old church preached it. God knew the fire it would light in my belly and send me searching for the whole truth, every detail, because it connected to what was coming. That church that day got a watered down version that likely did nothing for them, except act as a flu shot keeping them from getting the real thing!

Yes… we are about to study Gideon, because it is part of this vision. As the light of the modern church has faded to a splinter of a moon, and the darkness has grown, there is a night sky warrior glowing brighter! He hates the idols of Baal, Ashtaroth, and Tammuz! Gideon did all his best work at night! He even took the idol of Baal down in the night! And then the people wanted to kill him in the day. The Gideon anointing is not about seeking popularity, it’s about a discomfort zone known as the battlefield with God.

We will study Gideon and how he relates to this new wine skin next episode, but lets end with this: “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and sober minded so that you may pray.” (1st Peter 4:7)

Mike Evans in an article of “Friends of Zion” magazine, described “sober” as this: “The word “sober” in the Greek means to be calm, collected, good sense, good judgment, good wisdom, and level-headed in times of distress. The Spirit of God is saying to be sober. Don’t trust in the flesh. Be sober. Seek the face of God and love him passionately. Return to your first love; passionately love the Savior.” He went on to say: “America has an epidemic of backslidden churches, pastored by backslidden pastors who are drunk on their own wine, obsessed with success and numbers, who refuse to preach repentance or the cross.”

The Gideon anointing confronts churches worshiping idols. There is a Gideon in the night sky and God made him an important part of this vision. Get ready folks, the new wine skin does not set well with the Midianites Gideon faced. These were descendants of Abraham! These were family! But they were robbing God’s people because God’s people had fallen into idolatry! The book of judges in chapter six starts out with… “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains.”

Our “family” has played with Baal long enough. Many of us with a Gideon anointing has moved to dens, caves, and strongholds in the mountains. Gideon himself was found “at night”, at a “wine press”, secretly threshing wheat for food when the angel showed up and called him a mighty man of valor. Change is here! The new wine skin grows! The old one will burst open with great fear and confusion as they slaughter each other and flee in every direction. It will be the great falling away. There is much we need to know about Gideon and the 300!

orion-constellation-wall-mural Note the hour-glass shaped body.

“The New World?”

20190820_115546 What do you want in life? What does your heart truly desire? Are you willing to pay the price?

“And when the man found the treasure in the field, he sold all that he had and bought that field.” (Matt. 13:44-46)

We have entered a window of time. Hearts are going to be tested. One might say they already are, but I believe the greater tests are yet to come.

We are entering a new world, things will not be the same. Are you ready for life in hyper-drive? You thought things were fast and hectic before? Have you enjoyed your slow down? This one was forced on us. What have you done with it? How have you spent it? Have you discovered the beauty of slowing down and hearing God, or are you anxious to race back into the world and all it has to offer?

COVID 19 has been a fork in the road forced on us. But there are more forks coming that we will choose of our own free will. And what will we choose?

I’ve always been one to enjoy the quiet places with God, such as sitting under the beautiful willow. During this time I have been able to enjoy even more of what I treasure. God has purposed  it for me, whatever my calling is, that in this time I’m almost 65, in the danger zone, but I’m also retired! I’m able to stay in this quiet if I choose, for a purpose, a purpose God has set.

I was working part-time when all this erupted. My wife and I have talked and she agrees I’m meant to focus totally on remodeling this old house into the House Church I believe God has tasked me with. There is also much reading, writing, study, and prayer I need to do. We want to be part of God’s current fresh move. There is a new wine skin, but… EVERY PATH HAS ITS’ PRICE.

What are you working hard every day to pay the price for? Someone once said, show me what a person spends their money on and I’ll show you what they love. God has so much he is offering mankind, but those unwilling to pay a price he will deny. God intentionally designed it that way.

God has offered most of his treasures only to those willing to climb a mountain, or seek training, mastery, discipleship. He does not offer his treasures to the complacent, the lazy, those who have no fire, no desire for HIM. You will not accidentally stumble into the treasures of God, or win them by scratching a lottery ticket. And some of us thrive on that! We love it that way! God designed us that way! And Hollywood knows it! They make many movies of it in one form or another. It’s a plot line that’s always a winner.

I watched a movie last night called: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. It’s a Walt Disney show. I’m always looking for movies that parallel reality in an imaginative way to inspire us to see the reality it parallels. I really enjoyed this movie because you have a master sorcerer trained by Merlin himself. (Please know I’m not recommending sorcery! I want you to see what God offers that the world is always trying to create counterfeit imitations of. If we can take the “desire” the world is so good at creating, and apply it to God’s reality, it can be powerful!) Jesus said if his people did not praise him in spirit and truth, then the rocks would cry out. I have found many rocks singing these days.

So this master sorcerer paid a price, (of course), to gain such mastery. Through discipline, love for Merlin, dedication to the art, self-sacrifice, study of ancient writings, etc, he has entered a world few others know. Now this master sorcerer takes on an apprentice to train in these same arts, but does the apprentice really want it? There are no short cuts the teacher truthfully declares.

At first the student doesn’t want it. Then he gets a taste of it and decides he does. He asks the sorcerer to teach him more, to train him, disciple him, into this bigger world and this different way of living, but is he really ready to pay the price to walk this path? The master sorcerer expects him to pay the same price he had to. There are no short cuts or easy paths up the highest mountains.

I must admit, I have a weakness for such shows, and the world loves them too. They have a multitude of forms. “Ramen Girl” is such a show. “Whale Rider”, Karate Kid, King Arthur, so many movies based on this God-given desire to seek a thing and achieve a level of mastery. But what will you choose in this coming new world?

We are entering a new reality. The gates are starting to open and we do not know exactly what to expect, but change has come! In all this change, in what the new world will offer, how many will still choose God, his Presence and his ways as their treasure? How many prodigals have come back to the Father’s House to stay in the “old man’s” “old ways”? And how many are about to rush right back out into the world for all they can grab? It will be interesting to watch.

I spend a lot of time in this room of mine, pondering, watching, praying, and seeking to read the tea leaves. It just seems to be my nature.  I hope I’ve given you something to think about today. I pray a fire burns in you towards God. Let that fire grow! Let it warm your bones and your heart to climb whatever mountain there be into the strong Presence of God, and let us be real medicine men in the earth offering the healing leaves of God!

On that note: I heard on news that the demand for anti-anxiety meds have spiked by something like 34%! People don’t like to admit it, but there is always a real need for real medicine men walking in the anti-anxiety message of God! But you must be REAL! The world doesn’t need Christians using worldly methods. They can get that from the world. The world still wants to know if God is REAL. We must be REAL if we expect to make any REAL difference in this coming new world. Are you called to be such a one?

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (Ist Cor. 9:25)

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Is there a peace passing all understanding? God says there is, and no pills required.

 

“Willow Tree Wisdom” #2

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Welcome to the willow tree today, as we consider our Father’s House.

Do we forget how fragile is this house of clay, as so many die in a single day? But our spirit… is not fragile at all.

Thus Jesus taught the lesson of a house built upon the rock, compared to lives of sinking sand. God is calling all prodigals back to the Father’s House. There is power in the House!

The prodigal wanted his stuff NOW. I am amazed how many Christians want their stuff NOW. They want God to give them a mansion NOW. Gold in the bank NOW. Impervious to sickness NOW. The best parking space NOW. Food in my house NOW, never mind anyone else. My best life NOW. Me, mine, my. Is this what Jesus taught and lived?

What is your definition of “best life”? Does it bare any resemblance to what Jesus taught, or lives of the early church fathers, or the early church? Or does it resemble the prodigal, a life desiring material things and pleasure, delivered by our Father, NOW? As I have sat under the willow tree watching, I see a lot of the latter. Does the modern Christian scoff at the ways of the early church? Do we even know much about them? No? I wonder why?

But here we are. One virus has invaded the world and we ALL suffer. We have become one big Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, but it’s not a good day. We’re not even through our present challenge yet, but we must consider, what does this future global community look like? What is the financial effect of all this? What will be the new poverty level? By how much will its’ ranks swell as so many of us live paycheck to paycheck, and our world shuts down?

Do you have a house you desperately need to sell, and now it’s like a cement block tied round your feet pulling you down? Has your cruise or vacation gone up in flames, or your retirement been delayed? Right now we feel the pain of those dying alone, but what comes next? Have we considered? I’m sure we have. Will the economy come roaring back as the words of our President has suggested? What will the survivors face as Mother Nature seems to have declared war on the elderly, the weak, the vulnerable? Will everything go back to business as usual? Perhaps even shift into hyper-drive?

This is my fear as I sit under the willow. People will rush back to their stuff and ignore the lessons that this earthly life is short and fragile, build on spirit! The definition of a prodigal is someone who leaves home, usually for bad reasons, and less than good terms. It says the prodigal wasted his money in wild living. In the Avengers movie; “End Game”, I believe Tony Stark gives a quote, “Money never bought a second of time.” We all know this, but what will we do when the gates open?

A lot of people are dying ALONE with this thing. It is an evil of itself. But I wonder how many lay there, making the journey back to the Father’s House before it’s too late? And if they could tell their family, what would they say? Such a sad way to return, but perhaps the wisest act of their whole life coming right at the end. Yes, today’s willow tree is indeed a weeping willow, and they say the worse still lies ahead. Are we bracing for it?

How shall we rise up out of this global mess like a Phoenix? That is the question. President Trump wants America to be a leader of it, and he just might find a way, he does have his moments. And if so, many will see it as GOOD! But will it be godly? And how many even have the wisdom to know the difference anymore, as we scoff at our early church fathers.

The prodigals will love it! It will be hard to resist! And they will enjoy their years of loving money and loving stuff, until the pig pen comes! And it comes quickly, not so much in material terms, but a pig pen of the soul!

I believe I have seen a thing, COVID 19 setting its’ stage. Doors fling open and those filled with lust of every kind rushing through those gates, eager to have and consume! A flood issuing forth, a flood of prosperity, but rather than dare call it evil, the modern church will embrace! She will not raise a righteous standard against the flood. Self-seeking will be her way even as she preaches giving and sacrifice. Even as she asks the question of “what would Jesus do?” But she does not do what he DID. The love of money is evil, thus saith the Lord, but many will not resist, nor admit to their love. A time of great seduction. The prodigals will ask for their money, their wealth, their material goods and earthly pleasures as they leave the Father’s House, rejoicing all the way, not believing the pig pen that is their destiny, until they are there. Perhaps even Revelation. But in the quiet of this time, as we sit in our homes, as Passover and Easter “just happens” to be before us? It is time to turn off the video games and come back to our Father’s House, and do not leave! When the seduction begins and the gates open wide.

I see the strangest things sometimes, sitting under this tree. Who knows if true? But beware, do not be deceived, our Father’s House is simple, as in simplicity, as in child-like. Many are running the rat race of prosperity while they neglect their soul and the flesh grows fat, even unto a spiritual heart attack. Repetitive man-made programs that are lifeless, are offset by services full of hype and shish-boom-bah. Not the still voice of our Father. Lots of bells and whistles and stage shows; but very little depth. Very little stopping to think and consider, but always the rush! Do not think about what Jesus DID, while asking what he would do!

What did Jesus do? What did he really do? Was he impressed with large buildings, earthly goods, and man-made programs? Or did he set before us the simple ways of a child and tell us no one enters the Kingdom of God without becoming the child? God is a paradox to us. We enter that paradox of God by faith.

Spiritual warfare is before us. The best spiritual warfare is from within the powerful walls of our Father’s House. I teach spiritual warfare by way of living in the Father’s House and loving the House Rules. They are wisdom. They cut through the cares of this life in a different way than a cheap sword from China. The Word of God is powerful, and sharper than any man-made sword. And God is always calling the prodigals back, but sometimes His whisper is stronger than others. Perhaps this is such a time.

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Be still and know that He is God. We will speak more of the power of living in the Father’s House.

 

 

“Willow Tree Wisdom” #1

20190709_133833 “Our Father’s House is alive!”

Outside my house things are coming alive, spring has come, rebirth; but my house is a dead thing in which I live.

Mother Nature is very big and strong. She does not realize when she steps on us, like perhaps now. Outside my house are dangers of every kind, but also tremendous life, so much so we must be careful lest we fail to survive.

Man is a living being who builds his shelter from the dead, and lives within, but also must go out to drink in that great life of outside.

The Indian teepee made from fallen trees and dead skins. The Eskimo igloo, ice so cold to the touch. Shelters and houses of every kind, and yet they are dead in themselves. We are the life within. And there is life without, trees not yet fallen and animals not yet dead. Life so strong and bold we dare not be foolish in our adventures.

My house is such a comfort zone of death; made from dead lumber, drywall, nails, cement, glass, plastic, wires, and paints. This dead thing in which I live, so I can go out, and come in again.

But I must go out. Should this house cease to be a house and become a prison? Even at this moment a live bird, outside, manages to penetrate these dead walls with his song announcing the rising sun, and I hear it…outside…life…sun…wind…song. This bird confirming my every word.

But some are in prison at home. Do they even know? Their lack of adventure, lack of love of nature, fear of discomfort zones and hardships, bugs and dirt, sweat and strain. They stay inside… a lot!!! They run from box to box. Boxes of every kind. Dead boxes of every kind, even unto the coffin. Big boxes and small. Boxes on wheels and boxes in malls. Doctor boxes and money boxes but so little time in the simplicity of “no box”, just open sky.

But not I. Like the wolf, the bird, the tree, the flower… I need some wind, some sun, some green grass and blue sky, some wet leaves and rain, a mountain stream and quiet lake. I need some sweat and strain, a bug or two, a sudden view to surprise my soul, perhaps even a little cold to make me whole. Only then can I go back inside and be the life of the dead thing I live within.

But God is different. He does not live in the dead. My Father has a living house. I am that House. Easter cometh. Selah.

20190708_172612 The above article and others like it can be found at “Sitting Under the Willow Tree”. We invite you to the wisdom of the willow tree. willowtreewisdom.home.blog

How many times have you said, “I’ll be damned?”

Hell, a place originally prepared for the devil and his angels, per Matthew 25:41, and Jesus is very specific about it. 

Also note, these people being sent to hell have failed many acts of LOVE!

Most people don’t “LOVE”. They “love”.

They love self more than they know, and they don’t LOVE nearly as much as they think they do.

They accuse God of not being LOVE, when the whole time they reject following God because he requires a Kingdom of LOVE. Yes, requires. Is that so bad?

God is REAL LOVE. But most people only know selfish love, or human love, so they are no experts on what LOVE is at all, and so their judgement of God is false, while they themselves continue rejecting a life of LOVE.

Why do you think God declares sex without complete commitment is a sin, and not LOVE? Have you considered how selfish sex without total commitment is, and the many possibilities of damaged lives because of it? That’s not LOVE. And yes, because God actually is LOVE, he requires it. But if we choose to reject God’s way of LOVE, then we are choosing a “Being” other than God, which is Satan. We choose every day in every way.

Planet earth is a test. I guess our current Pope does not think God “leads” people to temptation, so he has approved the changing of our Biblical words of the Lord’s Prayer. But it was God who put that one tree in the Garden of Eden, not Adam, or the devil! And Matthew 4:1 still says Jesus was “led” by the “Spirit” (capitol S), into the wilderness to be “tempted” of Satan. And we could give other scripture.

God does lead us to be “tested”, but it is our “own” lust and lack of LOVE that causes us to be “tempted”. How can God prove us without tests? Who gives the test? God. Who brings you into a spiritual classroom and begins handing out a test? God. And why might God do this?

Getting back to the original scripture in Matthew 25:41, I’d say it is because of the devil and those who followed him. Lucifer and the other angels appear to have been created already in possession of heaven and all God’s blessings, and yet Lucifer could not be trusted. He lusted. He chose actions against his very Creator, the One who gave him power and life! He rose up in hate! And he ruined everything! God’s creation at that time. Which is quite possibly how creation is found in the condition it was in, in Genesis 1:1-2. (One theory, anyway.)

So, we see God creating man. He puts him in a beautiful garden. An earthly paradise. But he also plants one tree man is not to eat of. No problem, right? All those other trees! It should not be a temptation, right? But because of some desire in Adam and Eve, they are tempted. They should not be, but they are. God planted the tree, but he did not cause the temptation. We choose.

Had Adam truly LOVED God and his ways, the way he should have, temptation would have been overcome and the test would have been no problem.

But what of us? Do we feel all of God’s “Do Nots” come from a God of hate and judgement? Or do we realize all those “Do Nots” are actually instructions as to what LOVE really is? Do you see it? Thou shalt not steal? Hate? Murder? Commit adultery? Lie? ETC.

Do LOVE even your enemies. Help those in need. LOVE God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain was cursed of God. Our scripture in Matthew 25 shows people who failed to help those in need, living a hard-hearted lifestyle, or sin in God’s eyes, as the ones who choose the kingdom of darkness, rather than God’s Kingdom of Light. It’s our choice and we make that choice every day in our word’s and actions, not words only, but also actions.

So God planted another tree! The cross of Christ. And he LOVED us so much, he was willing to die a horrible death on that tree AT OUR HANDS! Yes, God is LOVE whether you choose to believe or not. And God is RIGHT. We are the ones who are wrong. And it’s His creation anyway! Sheesh! How lame are we???

So how many times have you said, “I’ll be damned?” That is a choice “YOU” are making, not God. Your own words out of your own mouth may be warning you! Our test papers prove our choices, whether heaven or hell, God or Satan. But we do choose. And even though God offers us everything we need to choose LIFE, many there be who choose death, and have the nerve to blame God. What kind of evil is that? What kind of darkness?

Light shines in the darkness, but darkness fails to comprehend.

There are those who will hate me for writing these words and putting the blame where it belongs, on us, not God. They do not want to face the truth, and they will hate me while they claim LOVE, but they only have love, if they even have that? Reality check.

Even these words I have written are not to invite hate. No one enjoys being hated. And it can be very dangerous! Just ask Jesus. But LOVE demands that my words shout about a place called hell, if there be any chance some might be warned, open their eyes to the God of LOVE, and swerve away from the cliff they currently are driving towards at break-neck speed, all the while blaming God.

They do not listen to that voice inside, warning them, verifying truth, because they love their life of darkness. That is the truth they hate to admit. They love darkness rather than light. They proudly take God’s test and declare their rebellion against their very own Creator. What kind of evil is that, to hate the very One who gave you existence, and gave you everything you need to have a truly fulfilled life and eternal future. God has not offered us a dead-end street, but a path without end! It’s our choice.

Such people would only ruin heaven anyway, and God’s not going to allow that to happen again. The POSITIVE side of this message is, God offers His LOVE in abundance! If only you could see that and change course! You will be rewarded immediately! And you will never regret! Not if you are REAL. God is REAL, but are you?

“Yinney” – Chapter 37

maxresdefault The morning rain was over, turning the Amazon into the steam bath it was known for. Yinney thought little of it for this had always been the norm in his world. While he was in his morning worship song, he felt led to start writing his book this day. It had long been the desire of his heart. Today would be the day it finally began.

“Title,” he paused for a moment before slowly speaking out loud, “The Beauty of Slow”. And then he sat there smiling as he looked at those words on the bright white screen of his little laptop. You ask how can a sloth have a laptop in the Amazon jungle? It ran on solar power, of course, and was currently fully charged.

“The Beauty of Slow”. He repeated to himself again. He loved those words and the mental picture they produced. A life of resting compared to rushing. A life of flowing rather than  flapping. A peaceful journey rather than a rat race. It was indeed a beautiful thing. The art of living in beauty rather than chaos. Yes, this would be his book.

“Subtitle,” he smiled again as he pecked at the keys causing the little letters to magically appear. “The Teachings of Yinney”. There, it was begun, and now for chapter one. He had no lack of thoughts or direction. It was like releasing a dam that had been closed off far too long, and had stored much water.

Chapter One, he began. “What is the beauty of slow?”

It is having already reached, while still reaching. His words beganIt is having already arrived and yet still in the journey. It is taking the time each day to ask a simple question: What does my ‘soul’ need this day? It is living for spirit more than material. It is God not being a stranger, but a friend. It is seeking the Kingdom of God first, in the full assurance you already have all things. It is peace that truly passes understanding. There is no explaining it scientifically or psychologically. It is supernatural, because its source is God.

I, Yinney, as one who is a student of observation, must state the obvious to all those who are awake. Because most people are not, and the following question seems to be not obvious to them. They never give it a thought, unless forced to, and so we do.

“Why is it so hard to seek first…’soul’?”

Most say they have no time, therefore the great need for such a book as mine. Does the rat race bring you pleasure? Does chaos bring you delight? Of course not, and yet most people live in the grip of the rat race and chaos simply because they refuse to slow down and put first things first. In doing so they short circuit the supernatural life they could be living in, and are stuck in all the struggles of the natural. This begins a chain reaction of results as predictable as a path of falling dominoes.

First…life becomes an exercise of survival, rather than a flower simply gracefully blooming. There is the constant fight and struggle. The ways of flesh rather than spirit. The ways of hunger rather than contentment. The ways of excess, and storing up, in fear and desire, rather than contentment and moderation. The way of always running, rather than simple faith, trust, and rest. A peaceful journey lived one step at a time.

As a result people enter into a predator lifestyle. Always hungry for something. Always on the hunt for that something. Eventually there is the hard chase, the capture, and the kill! Then they feed to their satisfaction. In a little while, usually not very long at all, the satisfaction fades, the hunger returns, and it all repeats again over and over again like a nightmare merry-go-round they don’t know how to get off of. Up and down up and down round and round we go. Where we stop…nobody knows.

They believe themselves to be peace-loving, but they have become predators and do not even know. The truly peace-loving can plainly see their disfunction. It is obvious to those who love the ways of soul and spirit. The way of the predator is a danger to the whole world. You cannot have fellowship with someone who wants to eat you. For example, the mechanic who charges you four-hundred dollars to flip a switch on your car that you do not know, and he does not tell.

Predators come in many forms. After all, in our current society what they need most is your money, if you have any, and they want as much as they can get. Their hunger is never satisfied and they never have enough. They trade time for money all the time. And yet what is life made of? Time, or money? Such a foolish trade, but such is the foolishness of the predators, for God has said it is the meek who will inherit the earth, for the foolish will waste their precious time and be gone.

So we have those who are asleep, but never resting. However, the beauty of slow is to be fully awake, while still in a state of REST. This is the beauty of slow and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ of which I am a teacher of his ways. This book is about slowing down and hearing God.

In the hearing of God we invite the supernatural to take over in our daily affairs. Now we can be at peace and fully confident in our being, for God is love. The problem is, most people only ‘think’ they understand love. They claim God cannot be love, but that is because they are not love. Most people reject God because he demands us to walk in REAL LOVE! And most people who claim to be love, do no harm, and yet when challenged of God to live fully in LOVE, say, “No thank you. I cannot live by your rules.” And what are those rules?

Love God with all your heart? Love people, even your enemy, as yourself?

So yes, sex without full commitment is not love! The God of love says it is sin. Stealing, lying, and cursing is not love! Living in luxury while someone is starving is not love! Oh my, I’m only just getting started. And you say God is not love? Because he demands, yes demands love, or you are not fit for the Kingdom of God?

And why would such a book as mine start by pointing out such blatant error, and twisted thinking in the mind of man? Hopefully… so we can wake up…become fully awake… and enter into God’s true REST…and the Beauty of Slow.

<End chapter one  of the teachings of Yinney.>

Far north of the Amazon, Frank was beginning his therapy, and Rachel decided to invite him to her church. Soon he would be released and if they had a future together as she hoped, now was the time to approach this subject. What better time?

Dorothy, on the other hand, was now in the midst of a full blown and passionate secret affair. Her emotions totally out of control. Desire was feeding a flame and she had the fever. Even in her new addiction she tried being as careful as possible, but it was hard. She had such a hunger, and little did she know the other woman, the wife, had suspected her husband of being unfaithful for many years, and she was just now placing a phone call to hire a Private-Eye to look into the matter.