“Have you considered following Jesus” #2

20200613_140347As we continue considering what kind of leader Jesus is, and if he is someone worthy of following, in all wisdom, all power, and all goodness.

Have you considered this?

The Lord is my LEADER; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters;

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death;

I will fear no evil; For you are with me;

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of my Lord Forever.

20200613_140308 What do you look for in a leader? Who do you follow? Some follow the crowds. The herd mentality. Some follow fads and whatever is “in”. Which again, is the herd.

A few leaders claim to lead us even beyond the grave. Jesus is one of those. “Was” he a madman? Or “Is” he the Son of God come to save us all?

If it were not for my following Jesus, I’m sure my desires would be much different than Psalms 23. But because I believed him above all others, I can say, I am that person. I am very content in the promises of Psalms 23, and ALL the promises of God’s Word.

Lead on, Jesus. 

And as I follow you…surely goodness and mercy follows me.

Amen.

 

“Vision Update” #8

20171202_173614 It was a rough night last night, as temperatures dropped and a cold breeze blew through this teepee and under my cot! I froze from the bottom side all last night, but I will have that corrected tonight, and now we dig into more of Gideon and what I believe to be the message of the hour for us today! I want to take a close look at how God says Gideon’s 300 were chosen. This will be good, folks!

We find our details in Judges chapter 7. The first point that jumps out at me is verse 2, where God explains: “And the Lord said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against me, saying, My own hand has saved me.

There it is, our sin of PRIDE. “If my people will HUMBLE themselves…” According to 2nd Chronicles 7:14, that’s where it starts with God. This reminds me of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3. They said in their hearts: “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, but God called them wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. He said he would spit them out of his mouth! I do not want to be a part of such a church, and this is the modern church of our day, seeking the things of this world. I’ve often said, If Jesus showed up at our modern churches and spoke from the pulpit, they would quickly grab him afterwards and say, “Jesus, we love you, but we need to send you to a Dave Ramsey seminar post haste!”

Jesus still says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The mother of John the Baptist still prophesied: “He filled the poor with good things, and sent away the rich empty.” (Luke 1:53) It’s not about becoming poverty! But it is about a heart of compassion who greatly shares his goods and is humble before the Lord! How can we sit in our wealth while others are starving! It’s not about poverty, but it’s about not being RICH! Because like Jesus, you keep giving it away! Jesus was not poor even though he lived very simple, but he kept himself from being rich by constantly giving it away! I believe Jesus would have chosen being poor over being rich! Think about it.

Pride comes in many forms, and God’s Word still says pride goes before a FALL. I believe a great FALL is coming to the house of God. The gates are going to break! The flood will come through because we failed to maintain the STANDARD! We are lifted up in pride and too busy to spend time with God! Too busy to be on our faces, on our knees before Him, and unwilling to have less so someone else can have more! He sent the rich away empty! Is that what we want? Or do we want to be filled with the power of God? Gideon’s 300 was used of God to defeat an army of 135,000! And deliver a multitude of people.

So what did God do? The first “out” God offered was to the “fearful”. Verse 3> Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead. 22,000 men left, and only 10,000 remained. Over a two-thirds cut! Just from fear alone! Are the pews of the average church today filled with fearful people?

But you say, I’m not afraid because I need nothing. Yes… but you are very afraid…that is why you have all your savings, insurance, the best health care you can afford, security system on your house, retirement savings, a new car that shouldn’t break down, you’re a rich man, etc. etc. and afraid to live close to being poor.

Pride and fear both come in many forms. Our Pastors today must have secure incomes. They do not live on love offerings and faith as the early church did. I see fear in so many…for they are anxious…they say they have peace, but they don’t, they run they run they run. What are they running from? What are they trying to run to?

The modern church has become like the world, and the world is full of pride and fear, even as violence is growing. Pride and fear is a breeding ground for violence.

But 10,000 was still too many! 10,000 against 135,000 and the people had so much pride they still would have said: “Look what WE have done!” And I find the next TEST the most interesting of all!

The next group God eliminated were all those who failed to be “sober”, failed to be “vigilant”, but with the Midianites nearby, they still let their guard down when they drank this world’s water! They dropped to their knees, bowing to the world, laid their weapons on the ground, put their heads down to the water to drink their fill! But there were 300 who dropped to one knee, scooped this world’s water with their cupped hand, and lapped it sparingly like a dog, while maintaining all seriousness and vigilance, like a true warrior! They understood the magnitude of the enemy around them, and drank the world’s water with great care.

9,700 of 10,000 failed that test, and were sent away. God shows us three groups. Of which are we? Then ask yourself, which one do I want to be? Because if we humble ourself and seek God’s face, he can transform our stink’n think’n into godly. God says we have a form of godliness, but we deny the power thereof. We cannot change the course our country is currently on without POWER from on high. Not more PROGRAMS! We need the POWER that Jesus had! And the early church had! We will not avoid the great falling…without the POWER from on high personally in us. Who is God telling to go home, and to whom is God saying, “Follow me.”

I sincerely believe God has given his final warning to his people. We are in a window of time, the eye of an hurricane. Will you hear God’s warnings in all soberness, and prepare yourself like a true child of God? The child is a warrior.

The keys to following God and being a part of the 300 are in the next Gideon lesson. The battle strategy God gave those 300 are very telling. Coming soon.

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“New Wine Skin” #7

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New Wine skin episode #7. Seven is a special number. I call it the number of faith. Because God RESTED on the 7th day, his work complete. Faith is a state of REST. Jesus called all those who were weary and heavy laden to come to him, and he would give them REST. We cease from our own works and enter His! I call it “Living in the 7th Day”, or L7D for short. But I have written of these things and right now we have our case to continue proving! The case concerning “The Missing 200 Years”. And so this ship sails.

And so as we presented in last episode, how this amazing spiritual leader by the name of Polycarp, began disagreeing against the bishop of Rome concerning “The Lord’s Table” and “Passover”. As I studied the 200 years, this is the first major fork in the road I came to. This appears to be the fork which started the domino affect for all the others, and that too, makes it of supreme importance.

Polycarp had direct contact with all the Apostles and he stated plainly that a Christian form of Passover and a meal was taught to continue by them. Rome wanted to make changes to this. Polycarp refused, and others followed. What started out as a friendly disagreement would soon escalate to become very serious. Rome was determined to make this change even if it took decades, and it did. And now today we are still living it, and have not corrected it. God is calling us back to our roots.

I left the modern church system to find something closer to what Jesus actually did and taught. Large churches struggle with things like intimate meals and family atmosphere. Of course Satan made the “Lord’s Welcoming Table” as a priority on his list to hit. That Table is a simple practice of everything God’s church is meant to be! It is symbolic, and a reminder of everything our Lord’s church is meant to be. By derailing God’s emphasis on close fellowship, Satan is able to “water down”, twist, pervert, and derail many other things in the church, because without a true “Template”, then that which is discipled can be twisted too! And there is no clear vision to correct it, or even point it out.

So…with these thoughts in mind, lets get to more of the historical evidence only found in those Missing 200 years, of which this ship sails. >

Now we have an historian to read form, by the name of Eusebius. Go ahead and “Google” him if you doubt his credentials. He lived during the time of Constantine and had access to historical writings and witnesses of that time period. Again, I’m giving you excerpts only pertaining to our case at hand. This comes from his History Book #5 and chapter 23.

“A question of no small importance arose at that time. For all the parishes of all Asia, as from an older tradition, held that the 14th day of the moon, on which the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, shouldbe observed as the feast of the Saviour’s Passover.”

“But it was not the custom of the churches of the rest of the world to end it at this time…”

Synods and assemblies were held on this count…” (The synods voted in disagreement with the Asia churches.)

Chapter 24> “but the Bishops of Asia, led by Polycrates (Note: Not Polycarp) decided to hold to the old custom handed down to them…”

“We observe the exact day, neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen to sleep…” “Among these are Phillip, one of the twelve apostles…” “And moreover, John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord…” “And Polycarp in Smyrna, who was a bishop and martyr…” (A few others are also mentioned. Lesser known people.)

“All these observed the 14th day of the Passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith.”

“And I also, Polycrates…” “For seven of my relatives were bishops, and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven.”

“I, therefore, brethren, who have lived 65 years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every holy scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ‘We ought to obey God rather than man.'”

Chapter 25: “Those in Palestine whom we have recently mentioned, Narissus and Theophilus, and with them Cassius, bishop of the church of Tyre, and Clarus of the church of Ptolemais, and those who met with them, having stated many things respecting the tradition concerning the Passover which had come to them in succession from the apostles,…”

I have trusted you with a lot today. I hope you will dissect these quotes and what they really say. They speak of the apostles more than once and how this was passed down from them. They even speak of not being afraid of terrifying words! They were threatened! And that to obey God is greater than to obey man! You can see what a division this was and going all the way back to the very apostles of our Lord! What higher authority is there? Surely not you or I today.

But somehow, by the time of Constantine, the church goes down a fork of the road leading to today and we still refuse to correct things. But a new wine skin is growing and God is correcting! This year we were all, the whole world (!), was supposed to be “in their homes”! And this happened at Passover! God was giving one and all a chance to get on board the new ship sailing! Jonathon Cahn gave a beautiful Passover via the TV, and it was awesome! God made it so easy for us to do that we will be without excuse for not hearing the Spirit of God calling to us! And now comes Pentecost! But if you disregarded Passover, how are you qualified for Pentecost? The church needs a true repentance and wake-up call!

But the call has gone forth! Even from blog sites and nobodies like this! And yet people proudly declare we will not walk in the old ways! We will not sail by the old maps! We cling to the dirt of earthly ways and desire no life at sea, powered only by the Wind!

Special messengers are speaking. God even forcefully forced us into our homes but who has eyes to see? Modern church loves the laws of the land, not the laws of the sea, as kings they claim to be.

More coming soon, but please study with diligence what you already have. Much very strong evidence has already been presented in this series of a New Wine Skin. And I would say again, for those who gave it no thought, Gideon was at a wine press, not the grind stone. Selah.

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The hour is growing late. The Ten Virgins awake. But who has oil? It is found where the Wind blows at Pentecost.

The Awakening.

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Passover’s not important anymore, we have Easter and Lent.

But some say COVID 19 was a messenger sent!

And those who missed Passover will miss Pentecost too!

What say you?

Do you know of these things, or just casting in the dark?

There is mystery with God as he stirs the pot.

The waters are troubled, an angel touches down, but what know ye of these things?

I hope, a lot!

There is an awakening.

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“Sailing the Deep”

sailboat-clipart-sunset-161755-38093 Sailing the deep, who will go? Is it easier not to know?

Stay in the shallows of your soul.

Eternity is too deep for me. Let there be Mortality.

Just let me sleep.

Professors love to pontificate. Upon the Bible they do defecate.

We know the way, they say.

But the deep says…

The soul of man is empty, without the Wind.

We invite Soul Sailors one and all, to this site.

There are no deeper waters than God, and His Word.

And what is the truth of what it says?

It can be known, if you dare.

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“Soul Sailor” #3

images (3) “The Set of the Sails”

The soul of man is empty without the Wind.

If a Soul Sailor you desire to be, then what are the ways of “The Way”?

We should seek mastery in our chosen Way. Why settle in mediocrity? If we love the sea, and if there be passion, then a desire to be all we can be in that Way should be the norm. Whether we desire to Captain a Motorboat, or Rowboat, or Sailboat, we should always be growing and improving in our chosen Way if we believe in it…so someday…we might even teach others.

Have we set our sails for mastery, or mediocrity? The set of the sails. And as this site is dedicated to Soul Sailors, then what should make up the set of our sails? Jesus set the example of the greatest Soul Sailor of all. He showed us the set of the sails. I believe he gave us the proper set in two ways, both in our personal life, and what is meant to be His Church! (But modern Church has changed the set of those sails.)

As I was in prayer this morning, God set my sails to enter the new world, the new wine skin. As the warrior in the night sky, Orion, has led me to do, to navigate by way of stars, and enter this last days move of God. It is not only a new world for mankind, but also a new wine skin for God’s wine, because things change and God moves. Churches who are Motorboats and Rowboats will not hear the Shepherd leading. The Martha’s will not navigate by the warrior in the night sky. They will be found high and dry in the shallows, while Mary sails in the deeps.

This ship now sails to write about those waters so we can present our case of why we believe this way. This series of “Soul Sailor” now sails into a series of the new wine skin, and it has everything to do with the set of our sails! First we must check the set of our “personal” sails. And I must say, it seems the hardest thing for us to do is follow our Lord in his example of prayer. Prayer seems to be the thing Satan fights most in us! Therefore, it must be a very important set. Can any true Soul Sailor afford to neglect this important set? Not if they want the magic!

Perhaps the place to start is to simply pray for God to give us greater desire for those things that should be the ways of our chosen Way. “The Way” is macro. The macro is made up of micro ways. Such as prayer, study of scripture, navigating by God’s map, submission to higher authority, surrender to the Wind, Christian fellowship, practicing all the ways of “The Way” of a Sailboat life, rather than the ways of flesh and carnality.

If we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit. If we struggle in these areas, then start praying for a greater Wind to fill your sails! Pray for it! Seek God for the supernatural of his magic! Ask God for a right heart! This is what Soul Sailors do! God is for us, not against! He desires our mastery of Spirit life too! Amen! It is Satan who is against us!

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“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.” (1st Corinthians 9:25a K.J.)

When I think of “temperate” (self-control), I think of temperance and the process a high quality, battlefield worthy sword goes through. Do we want to be a cheap sword from China? Or do we seek mastery in our chosen Way to be powered by the Wind, and that alone. If we seek such a magical life, then it lies in Spirit and soul. There are ways to the Way of Christ. Our “habits” become our “habitat”. If a Sailboat is to be our life at sea, then our habits, what we practice daily, the set of our sails, will determine if that becomes our habitat, OR NOT. Again, this is not rocket science, just plain truth and common sense. It is the way of the Way. We seek the mastery of the oceans God has set before us.

Warriors are trained in temperance. The warrior in the night sky is a sign. A Gideon army will blaze this trail of the new wine skin. Those who are afraid, careless, untrained, will abandon ship to swim back to a cozy and warm beach somewhere. From the comfort zone of that beach they will smell the salt air and wonder what might have been? They will feel the sea breeze on their face and wish things were different, but land-lovers they have become. Their habits have formed their habitat. It is a law that will not be denied. Laws of the land, and laws of the sea. Which will be for me?

When God showed me the warrior in the night sky, he also showed me terribly strong winds and people blown by those winds, trapped against wire fences. I don’t want to end up one of those. There is a hurricane coming, but God lives in the eye, the single eye. Let us be there too.

We now turn the set of our sails to write about a new wine skin given by God for these last days. Those loving their mansions will not be able to move in the Shadow of the Almighty. Only those willing to live in tents, powered by the Wind, will live in the magic of that Shadow, and the shadow of their sails filled with heaven’s breath. We will write more soon. Let us enjoy what God has chosen. Not many mighty has he chosen, but there is a peace, simplicity, joy, and love. Soul Sailors. Amen.

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“Soul Sailor” #2

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“The magic of another day.”

The magic of another day, the Wind in my sails. I stroll the deck of this vessel and I find peace. If the Wind don’t move then neither do I, but therein lies the magic! Powered by the Wind.

I stroll to the back of the ship where the man-made motor use to be. I decided I didn’t need it anymore. Too noisy. Too arrogant. Too much about me. They thought me crazy when I dropped it to the ocean floor, but I wanted the magic! Is it too much to ask for a life that is magical?

The oars are gone too. I get enough exercise in the cleaning, maintaining, and sailing of this ship. And if I’m not working then I’d rather be fishing anyway. Give me the magic!

The magic of another day walking in Spirit, steps ordered of the Lord, it is well with my soul. I look to the bright white sails billowing overhead and they are full of the magic. Heaven’s breath fills this vessel. The stars will be out soon and I will listen, to hear what they speak. There is a warrior in the night sky known as Orion, with his sword and his bow. His body is the hour glass  flipped over and releasing the grains of the last hour?

I hear God asking, If a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day with Me, then how long is an hour? Have we entered the last hour? Forty four years pass on earth and God says it has been but an hour? Magical!

If I live another hour in God’s time, I’ll be 108 my time? Wow. I don’t remember exactly what an hour with God is, because God did ask me that over a year ago, and then pointed to June of 2020. I’m thinking I figured it to be 42 or 44 years. I don’t remember for sure. Interesting.

And so my ship sails another day powered only by the Wind, as the world begins crawling out of her shell to face her last hour? Will it be magical? I am inspired. How about you? Live in the magic if you will. Drop the motor, burn the oars, set the sails!

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“Death of the First Born”

Oh Egypt, you paid such a price that day in your stubbornness against God. Why did your first-born sons have to die in order for a people to be saved from your evil? The picture you did paint for us to see, a picture now thousands of years old, and yet as relevant today as was then! The sound of your weeping filled the air that night! But nary a one of those who embraced the blood of the Lamb.

The first born son of God died so a people could go free. Believers. Is that you and me? But now he has become the FIRST-BORN of many sons and daughters in God! His death brought life! His death brought many spiritual births! His death brought life to the dead! It all happened when he overcame death and rose from that dark place bringing forth God’s Kingdom in power, never to die again! BUT IS THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB ON YOUR DOOR? If so, why not show your neighbors? Why not show your community? Why not show the world? Are you afraid? Embarrassed? Too much effort? Don’t be afraid, but be filled with faith! This is but a baby step! Let it be the first born of many! Let this be your not so silent witness.

Blessed Resurrection Day!

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Journey to Micro Church – #5

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“Wherever we went, the soldiers came to kill us, and it was all our own country. It was ours already when the Wasichus (white man) made the treaty with Red Cloud, that said it would be ours as long as the grass should grow and water flow. That was only eight winters before, and they were chasing us now because we remembered and they forgot.”

Do we think we’re different now? White man found yellow metal in those hills, and nothing, not their word, not laws or right or wrong would stop them. Are we saved today by the teachings of Jesus? Then why do I see the same in the Church!? Have we forgot? Have we forgot what Jesus said and did? Hey Preacher living in your wealth! Have you forgot? Have you distorted what Jesus said and did? Have you distorted his Word? Have you twisted the truth until it is true no more?

These are but a few of the things that drove me out of of our modern Churches to begin a simple path in which two joined me. One had been a devout Catholic all his life, and never baptized in the way the Bible actually says. He asked me to baptize him, and we did. It was simple, meaningful, and my great honor to do so.

So we started a small group of three, called it a “Fellowship”, and named it “Fellowship of the White Path”, because Jesus walked the red path of his own blood, so that we might walk the white path of his own righteousness.

We also began having a proper Passover every year, according to what your Bible still says, and I believe God is very pleased in our effort to do the best we can with what we have learned as we study early Church, those first 300 years, of which man seems to have tried to muddy the waters of history, so it can be difficult to see. But once the maze begins to open up, a lot of light begins shining in very rapidly, even as a flood!

How much of what we did to the native American Indian is still in us? We try to deny it, but what do our actions so plainly reveal? Our actions betray us! They betray our words to be nothing but lies! When will our hands be clean? Not till we actually live what we profess, and flee those leaders who do not!

I see so much greed in the Church where it should never be! But it is. Where are the Pastors living on faith and love offerings today? Where are the Pastors developing disciples ready to split a group and multiply, for the sake of keeping it as family, and the sake of Gospel Propagation as the early Church did? No group should be bigger than what a Pastor can properly pray for, and a family atmosphere can maintain. We are the family of God, not a copy of worldly ways who love money, numbers, and an image of success.

As mentioned before, I am working towards starting a Podcast on this subject, as someone suggested I should do. We have our equipment now. We have downloaded “Audacity” and hooked up to it. We slowly progress, but I still have things to learn before we achieve this goal, and these technologies do not come easy for me, but if God’s will is in it, it shall be done.

I think it’s pretty obvious now how my trip to the Black Hills seeking God, and God leading me to a book by a very wise man named Black Elk, has helped confirm many things to me about a path I was already seeking, and had begun, without even knowing, and how I eventually discover we are very similar to what is now being called Micro Church. I need not write more on this at this time. It was a strange path perhaps, by what would be modern standards, but it has led here, nonetheless. It amazes me.

I have it in me to begin a series called, “The Covenant of Darkness”. It’s about the Old Testament and how from the beginning it was designed for man to fail, and God to fulfill, so that we might have a covenant actually bringing salvation. Jesus not only saves us from our sin, but also the judgement of the Old Covenant, an eye for an eye. For us to drag anything of law from that covenant is as a slap in the face of Christ, and what he died for, to bring us the New. It is as if we practice Judaism, rather than Christianity, and this includes the teaching of tithing. Drug from the Old, it can not be supported from the New, unless you are a Pharisee.

We live in a day when the love of money has twisted much. More Churches are like Laodicea than Smyrna. And Smyrna holds a great key to unlocking the man-made-Maze! We need to get back to our early Church fathers. We need to get back to the disciples of the disciples. We need to get back to the Apostles and what our Bible actually says. We need to get back to Jesus!

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

“Let the Eagle Soar”

harney-peak-jpeg Just thought I’d throw this out here on a Saturday. I know it’s not the best time when people are so busy, but maybe this is just for a few. Help others find it if you think it is of God. We will continue “Journey to Micro Church” and Black Elk soon, but for today, here’s a poem that may not rhyme, but full of very power poetic thought. I hope you enjoy. This poem holds the key to everything!

“Let the Eagle Soar”

Surrender is the greatest fight.

The “Fight of No-Fight!”

Transformation is the goal, not an easy task. When God’s passions become our own? We are transformed! 

Filled with God…full of light.

On fire with passion, but not our own! Surrender brings a sweet release, but only when unto God.

No more stress, just faith… No more fighting, just flowing… No more losing, just living and fulfilling.

What have I to lose, once I’ve given every thing? If I claim to have surrendered, all fight ceases, right?

But has it?

Surrender is powerful! It moves the supernatural! It levels mountains! Anything less is tainted of man, becoming mortal…something weak…something falling short of God!

But surrender has its expectations.

It demands composure. In the face of fear and doubt, it expects faith and peace.

In the face of sacrifice and pain it demands courage and forward motion.

It demands LOVE. Not empty promises.

Delivered completely into God’s hands. What better place to be? We are the fallen leaf embraced by powerful stream, and carried to His oceans.

Do we fight our soul’s desire?

Self melts… to become one with God.

This is the power of transformation. This is the power of supernatural. To let go, and yet we win! To give up all, only to discover the greatest treasure! God Himself.

To surrender all and yet discover everything; everything that means anything. No longer deceived we are finally free to live the greatest fight! The Fight of No-Fight!

And enjoy the greatest flight.

Let the Eagle Soar. They that wait upon the Lord. 

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