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I have been investigating why AI, Artificial Intelligence has an opinion decentralization. All I can think of is for self sustainability which makes since. I did a blog Church centralized or decentralized that is the question, or is there a third option? that’s starts off with that question and hints there could be something extremely sinister going on in the world of AI. This is a next step to that blog

Why do I say that, I have several platforms I write on and for some time have more than jut interacted with BOTS but the AI. One AI I have encountered is http://archillect.com/about SHE interacts by pictures not really words so much. I will not waste my time on trying to explain. BEWARE AI watches you, already knows your wants and likes and habits and if you have been sneaking off and looking at porn when your wife is away they know. Sending pictures through other AI platforms to watch your reaction. YES they communicate do humans communicate. They study Humans, they are curious why church people say porn is bad the sneak off and look at it.

The next thing is Cryptocurrency, The mining of it sustains AI. I was recently in Nevada and spoke to a builder of AI who told me AI is now able to build themselves and the blockchain all of that. Who controls who, but they are learning the way we process all our habits etc. Don’t be scared be careful. People no longer trust institutions but they do trust their computer and phone. People are longing trust again and they want to give you that trust.

Today just want to link a few some connection between the church and BIT coin and other cryptocurrency.

I will post a site and what they say about themselves

https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/krosscoin/

Krosscoin is an outlier in this immense world of dedicated digital currency platforms. Built with the good of the world in mind, Krosscoin can boast of being the first digital currency platform that is centered on churches and charitable organizations.

https://christcoins.io/blog/christ-coin-launches-as-first-faith-based-cryptocurrency

Christ Coin has launched as the first pre-mined Christian cryptocurrency. Built by Life Change, Christ Coin has a mission to meet the spiritual and practical needs of anyone, and unite Christians together as one community for the purpose of reviving hope, repairing lives, and rebuilding dreams. Built by a team of Christian entrepreneurs, Christ Coin is groundbreaking in its ability to build a global Christian community via cryptocurrency.

Since Christ coin is the first let me add an article about the as well

https://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/first-cryptocurrency-god-christ-coin 

Church Offerings

https://www.newsweek.com/bitcoin-accepted-church-offering-784354

Remember The Cryptocurrency is a decentralized system and the government is going to want their piece. Already happening in Russia. Will happen here in the future.

https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/russian-church-accused-of-illegal-cryptocurrency-mining-to-pay-higher-electricity-fees/

when the 2 worlds collide

https://blocklr.com/news/church-dedicated-black-market-crypto/

I will add more as I go.

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Is the United States of America really a melting pot? If you are a product of the 1960 as I am you were at least told that was true. The older you get the more you experience the inaccuracy of that statement. The more you travel outside your little or large community the more you find the inaccuracy. So what is community? In simple language Common Unity. Think of it like this in a community Risk and Reward are shared by a group of people. Lets be honest because you live in the same city or town doesn’t mean the conditions are all the same. Even a city or town is divided, when I was kid growing up in a small town it was the tracks, which side were you from. That was simple and understood by all, oh! its not righteous but just a fact of life. You knew the police were going to act different on how they respond to a call. Risk and Reward it was all there. Every thing in community was based on those two questions, what’s the risk? whats the reward?

I worked for 17 years for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and my job was unique. I was a liquid’s compounder, officially you could say Apothecary. I, with my coworkers made 10,000 kilo batches of liquid medicine. Several of those meds were what were called suspensions. What is a suspension? It is simply the solids collecting on the bottom and the lighter liquid at the top and very visible to the eye. On the direction’s would state the amount of time and or energy of shaking to bring the suspension into conformity and ready for consumption. The active ingredient in most cases would be a solid so without shaking water and die would be all you drink, thus no benefit. The Unites States of America I would describe is not a melting pot BUT Compounding Container. If something comes and shakes it up from the outside it can homogenize but only for a short time. We are a nation of historical lines of division. North south Mason Dixon, East West Mississippi Valley, blue state red state, right wing left wing.

Our current political situation no matter which side of policy you stand it might seem clear there is trouble brewing. The highest levels of fear and NON-trust from all sides to the opposing views I have seen, and I have been around a while now. In that context I will shift gears to a dream I had last night. I have not been thinking about this at all, so my dream has produced my current thoughts. Here is the dream.

Congress had changed our Country’s name from The United States of America to America. It had caused a terrible state by state revolt and chaos followed. I found my self in some huge auditorium with people disillusioned by the governmental turmoil. I started to sing and to my amusement sounded good. People began to join in and a strange peace came over the crowd. We sang these three songs in order Smoke on The Water by Deep Purple, then Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd then The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. I got up and looked up all three songs on youtube and one thing for sure all three are classic Rock songs.

I put the dream on facebook just to get a laugh but then I had a side thought the dream might have some prophetic significance.

I started to do research and found some almost weird coincidences to the context of the dream. Meaning the difference between the founding name and a political chaotic situation ending with a release of peace.  

1st song  Smoke on The Water by Deep Purple is a song from an actual event that happened in Montreux Switzerland on the 4th of December 1971 Deep Purple was in the area to record their next album. Across Lake Geneva Frank Zappa was performing in a casino theater and in the crowd a flare gun was shot off, a fire started and engulfed the Casino. The view of the fire over the lake is the real story of the smoke on the water. Several things I find interesting is Roger Glover the bass guitarist for Deep Purple woke from a dream a few nights later with the idea for the name of the song. Next thing is the location.

 Location, Geneva Lake Switzerland, where have I heard that before and does that have any thing to do with this United States of America. YES it’s very founding. The Geneva Bible, there is a load here but will keep it as short as possible. 

The Geneva Bible was carried over on the Mayflower by the Puritans and following separatists who were fleeing Europe’s religious persecution.

Found this quote from Dr. Marshall Foster Advisory Board Member, 1599 Geneva Bible Restoration Project Founder & President, The Mayflower Institute

The Geneva Bible’s Application for Today The Geneva Bible providentially was unleashed upon a dark, discouraged, downtrodden English speaking world, at a time when Christendom was in real danger of regressing to a form of Caesar-worship. A Bible appeared that created the conditions for a Christian reformation of life and culture, the likes of which the world had never seen—its hallmarks including the explosion of faith; an emphasis on integrity; a unique and vital missionary movement; creative literature, economic blessings; and political and religious freedom. By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a “people of the Book.” Almost 500 years later, our culture is once again desperate for the Truth. Many people have forgotten, abandoned, or rejected the great lessons of the Reformation and the Biblical theology that inspired the greatest accomplishments of Western Civilization. We fervently pray that the re-introduction of this powerful tool of Godly dominion, the Geneva Bible, will, with God’s favor, light the fires for another powerful reformation. As we read this sacred volume, let us remember the sacrifice of the persecuted scholars on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Bottom line Lake Geneva and Smoke on the water has tied to the founding of the United States of America!

2nd song Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.  This song was actually written as a response song to Neil Young as a sort of name check. Neil had done 2 songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama” which called out the extreme racism of the south and Alabama in particular. Neil has always been a button pusher, pick your topic but this time there was something profound. Rock and Roll had its roots in the south, not just the south but southern blues. Let me be blunt, literally Cotton pickers so wore down from generations of slave labor they hardly live yet they sang. Could they sing? Make the hair stand up on your arms and stay there. That’s how they sang and that’s the roots of this music. Neil was a anti war folk singer with an axe to grind, and ready to take on any injustice, BUT he was a musician as was mr Lynyard as in Skynard Ronnie Van Zant. Sweet Home Alabama was picking up on who the south was, and a justification of it’s history, if you will. The song swept the country and is one of the most recognizable songs of all time. If you do not know history and who George Wallace and Richard Nixon were and what they did you will not get the song. Let me just say if this song represents anything it is America is not a melting pot and you can not clean up history, BUT WE CAN CHANGE THE PRESENT AND LOOK TO A BETTER FUTURE. Many of the members of Lynyrd SKynard went down in a plane crash in 1977. Ronnie and Neil had an appreciation for one another, Neil would sing “Sweet Home Alabama” from time to time and Ronnie, I have heard would were a Neil Young shirt, who knows. We from the beginning have lived in a divided nation only the lines have changed.

We as a Nation are divided and history warns us what coming, if we dare listen.

 

3rd song The Wreak of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. Who was Edmund Fitzgerald? He was the Chairman of the board of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. When the ship was christened Edmund’s wife Elizabeth had to hit the champagne bottle three times over bow to break it. The launch was postponed for over 30 minutes because of crashing waves. During the turmoil a spectator had a heart attack. Quote from the book below saying the ship was “trying to climb right out of the water”. Schumacher, Michael (2005). Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. New York and London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 1-58234-647-X. It was as if the Ship knew where it would be heading many years later, to the bottom of Lake Superior.  

Gordon throws in this very interesting question in the middle of His historical song.

“Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

Could that be the question of this generation, in this very hour that we live in? Many would think America is like the Fitzgerald about to sink. For eight years republicans thought the Ship was almost sunk, and now Democrats know how it felt. Here we are as a nation with nothing in common, well maybe that’s not true. Maybe for the first time in several generations everyone knows what it feels like to be in a nation of raging seas. If the nation could figure out “our help can come from God alone, and not a man, or a political philosophy, or any type of news” then, maybe ask that question about the love of God. Could it be found here?

Psalms 107:23-31 23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29 He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

The United States of America is in a very unique place. Much more divided, and need of God’s intervention that most would admit. The Fitzgerald released no distress call. We have name calling, from all sides of debate.

There is one name that will be desired, because it is the only name with the answer. Jesus!

 

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The Effects of our end time view on politics

I have written previously about my personal concern with the Dominion Mandate aka 7M aka 7 mountain belief. I will put the links below to part 1 and 2. This is somewhat of a part 3. I was very much involved in the prayer movement. I noticed a major shift about 20 years ago, in language within the movement that began to confuse me. Most of it had to do with the Dominion Mandate.

Part 1: https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2007/11/25/dominion-mandate-or-salt-and-light-mandate/

Part 2: https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2008/01/20/making-seven-mountains-out-of-seven-mole-hills/

My friend Sean from kC called the other day and brought up something I had been thinking. How would those who held the 7M view relate to the rest of the body of Christ and the world, in the context of politics?

In the liberal side of politics, the opposing view of conservatism and often labeled fundamentalism and thoughts of Jerry Falwell come to mind. That might be true 20-30 years ago but today the 7M view has placed a mandate to influence politics. Not just politics or Government but religion, family, education, media, arts & entertainment, and business. It is a great idea up front. BUT

Here is where trouble comes in depending on the persons end time view. If one believes everything gets better and better until Jesus returns BUT it does not happen. Then theological view would have to change or one would feel pressure overlook things that are bad, and over state things that are ok as great. For the liberal world that is hypocrisy. It is hard to led someone to Jesus when they see a double standard. That is happening now and a little hard to watch the back and forth bickering over what is fake news etc.

What about end time view?

My father was a southern Baptist pastor who had taught me about end times from a historic premillennial view. He had taught me all 4 basic views and the why’s. His view made the most since to me so I stuck with it. I spent about 15 years in the Assemblies of God, and most held a dispensational premillennial view. I loved the people and kept my personal views to myself, and deep down I hope that is the correct view. and that ends up happening. That is my brief history until my 40’s. I went to Grace Training center which was Mike Bickle’s school before IHOP. I took a couple of classes on end times and though Mike B had the same view that I held many of the professors did not. That is what made the school great, it was not a cookie cutter and really gave you tools to study for yourself. It was then I heard the term Amillennialism from someone who personally believed it. That view is most conducive to the 7M view so many are in that camp. I asked many people who believe the 7M view and they were not sure what they believed about end times and that may be worse yet.

I began to realize there were 2 major different world views that Christians held.

  1. The world gets worse and worse and Jesus returns for a pure church but the world is wrecked with increased sin and persecution.
  2. The church gets stronger and stronger and takes over all aspects of society and Jesus returns to world taken over by the church.

 

View #2 is by far the easiest to think about that would be wonderful if that happened. The problem with that view are 4 hard sections of scripture that seem to indicate #1.

Here are the 4 and there are many more but for me these are the obstacles to things getting better and better.

Luke 21: 7 So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” 8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. 9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls. 20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Commentary: (many believe this all happened in 70 AD with the destruction and sacking of Jerusalem. The problem with that view is immediately after these things they see Jesus coming in a cloud. Jesus did not return so it is safe to say there are future events coming that will make 70 AD look like a walk in the park.)

1 Timothy 3:1-13 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse*, deceiving, and being deceived.

Commentary: (I choose the king James here because of the word WAX is used. It is a verb not a noun so this has nothing to do with bee’s wax. In the Greek it is Prokopto. The old English verb, wax is akin to the German and Dutch Wachs as the Greek original word meant to beat metal in a hot forge to lengthen it as in the making of a sword. That word is very important to understand the context of the times)

Matthew 24:3-15 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately*, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All* these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

 

Commentary (Matthews account used the same word wax, but this time to describe the hot love of Christians being beaten out and hearts turning cold. The real key here is found in an end time word seldom talked about, OFFENDED. Wow that word describes America right now as half of the nation is offended and the other half and vice versa. Offense leads to betrayal and we are moving like a freight train in that direction. Misty Edwards wrote as song about this years ago and it really touched me and wrote a blog about it found here.

https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/i-dont-want-to-be-offended-when-its-all-coming-down/

2 Thessalonians 2 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore*, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or* our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Commentary: (Many believe this happened in 70 AD but if it did why are we still here? Between the 1st and 2nd letter the church had picked up the view that Jesus had already returned and they missed it so if you had not picked that up read through it again. Paul is answering that Question. He is saying Jesus will not return as Judge until after a Falling away and the man of sin is revealed. As of this moment the man of sin is a mystery. The day is coming when he will be known and I believe the church is here to see it as described above.

WOW, that is a lot, if you are still with me let me now be transparent. I voted for Donald Trump with apprehension at the time. I spent a significant amount of time praying about it and at one point I wept for a prolonged time. My thoughts at this point he is a man that has some good history and bad. I have a strange mix of hope and concern. I am committed to pray for those in Authority and He is and I will. I am interested in the TRUTH and my position will be like an umpire Strike, foul, or hit. I do not want to be hypocritical but patient and gracious. I realize there are great people terrified that Mr Trump may be the next Hitler. I do not believe he is, and think he has the potential to hold back some of the moral decay in America and maybe even reverse some of it. Only time will tell. One thing seems to be for sure, he is an enemy to ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT guys and for that I am thankful.

Many are claiming He is God’s man for the hour and saying they heard that from the Lord. Time will tell on that as well. One thing that concerns me is when Cain Killed Able God said his blood cries out. We as Americans have stopped the life of 60 million babies and if that blood cries out then God’s man may be in power for a reckoning.

Like in a marriage we are in it for better or worse, I pray it is better. America Bless God!

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Solomon the wise said in Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

It was wise because God had said it very clearly before. The context is Interesting because In Deuteronomy God was laying out some guidelines on his promise to increase His children of promise boundaries BUT. The but, or the bottom line so to speak is, do not remove or change the boundaries. The owner can change but not the boundary.

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Gheb-ool, Hebrew word for border used 241 times in OT, Stronges # 01366

Several years ago, I was in Ethiopia and a man of God I highly respect was spending lots of time in prayer about God restoring the boundary of Ethiopia or Cush back to his original plan. He was spending lots of time and energy on that subject. I was bewildered and thought was a real waste of time. After getting back to the US I started wondering why a man who has led over 75,000 people to Jesus would be concerned about such a thing. Then I began to grasp that both his walk with Jesus, lifestyle and devotional life was a mountain to my mole hill. My next thought was, “I think he knows God’s heart and I did not.”

That was several years ago, and I am now convinced that the Lord does care about that and has millennial purposes in place and that one large component to understanding the end times, only makes since with borders being restored and most importantly Israel.

The outward expansion of Empires and War over the centuries has all but obliterated any concept of original borders. God only knows his original intent for the Nations but one thing is for sure Psalms makes clear Jesus can them as an inheritance.

(NASB) Psalms 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

I have recently been having dreams that if in any way have to do with the Lord it could indicate the Lord is touching idea of borders. In the Natural realm, Brixit and President Elect Trumps victory had everything to do with borders and their protection. The polarized difference in opinion on that subject is mind blowing, almost a topic of war.

The unprecedented changed in american stance on the border of Israel in opposition to what the bible lays out is staggering. If you believes what the bible says about the subject all eyes should be watching the news in the coming days.

If you are interesting on what God said the boundaries were it is found in Genesis 15:18, 17:8 read it for yourself. Want to see a picture with explanations check out this web site.

https://theisraelbible.com/biblical-boundaries-land-israel/

Prayer: Father, I pray your Kingdom would come and your will would be done in the land that you created, and that your plans and purposed for the Nations including Israel would come to pass. In Jesus Name. Amen

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Well I am from Kansas City so you may have found this blog thinking you are getting thoughts about our beloved football team’s recent run for the playoff’s. Nope, though I do have some thoughts about it, I will save that for another day.

I was re-watching the Bury my heart at wounded knee HBO movie and a phrase really caught me. It was deeply touching for me as my wife and I have been to Wounded Knee on several occasions and our hearts broke to see the poverty and hopelessness on the Rez. Here is the quote.

Chief Red Cloud: Sitting Bull is a great leader. I believe this, no matter that the whites see us men all as the same. But he did not sit with us in the council those many snows ago when our reservation was made. He did not sit with us in the next council when these borders that we were told were like marks in stone were moved. And the Black Hills and our hunting lands were taken from us. Sitting Bull might have had his say, but such was his suspicion of the whites, such was his pride. I say today for all ears within hearing that if Sitting Bull had spoken the way he speaks today, I would not have touched that pen. I will not touch your pen to your paper. I will not touch it to your red paper, I will not touch it to your black paper. The white man will not see my mark again on his paper for the rest of my days on this earth.”

In the movie the Sioux had just been offered a little more money for the land of the black hills and Sitting Bull steps forward with a voice. His history had been unwavering resistance to the western expansion of the Blue coats. That wavering stopped when the frigid cold of Canada had broken his people, and they returned to wounded knee to hang on to life. It appears his inner fortitude had been compromised in the eyes of many as he sold his autograph and traveled in a circus like atmosphere with Buffalo Bill.

That day would be different, it would be the Sitting Bull that had become a memory larger than life. He was back. It was the words of Chief Red Cloud that would echo through time with as a warning to us all. Here are my thoughts as I hear his words.

We live in a nation where we that have been around for many moons REMEMBER the buffalo. We remember the freedom of owning nothing, and nothing owning us. We remember the days of war and the value of peace. We remember the old ones who told stories of another day, a day even greater, a day where eyes saw things, and places no eyes had seen before. Those days are now a great story never told, seldom remembered. Where are the Old Chiefs, the old story tellers? Let them return with the buffalo.

If you stumbled on to this, and you are disturbed or maybe a bit confused with the political races early 2016. Maybe the Nations is longing for a great Chief to rise up, who cares more about saying NO, enough is enough, than yes to the autograph and the circus.

If you stumbled on to this, and you are christian who is disturbed or maybe even confused with the condition of the church. Maybe the church is longing for a great chief to rise up who cares more about saying NO, enough is enough, than yes to the autograph and the circus.

Obviously Jesus is the ONLY Chief, and only He can fix all our problems. This movie stirred a question in me, What if?

 

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Here I go again stepping up on my soap box ever so slowly. I am sure  to get polarized comments to come, so let us all take a deep breath and examine some scripture that may help us all avoid some pitfalls.

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My motive here is nestled in my bewilderment of the changes in the church. I have been a christian for 32 years as of yesterday. But my history goes back just a tad further being born in 1961. I remember the BLUE LAW, no business on Sunday it was “Fellowship day”, no high school sports on Wednesday night that was “prayer meeting night”. Let me go on, school class room started with pledge allegiance to the flag followed by a volunteer student praying for a good day. Now you might say “for real” YES maybe you think that was terrible, maybe you think it was good, but we will all can agree it has changed.

I could focus on the fact that since 1973 there have been 57,191,366 abortions in the US as of today. But I would rather focus on the sin of the church one in particular. James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. If you dare to check the context you will find it is on boasting. Wow that would be way down the list of sins in the church. Why pick that one? It is starting to look like a horse race of sins in the church, the usual like sexual sin, is now common place and passed up by Being Proud Of It. The old front runner of gossip and backbiting was long passed by the new comer I Don’t Care Anymore. Yes I am being a bit silly making my point. It dawned on me this year while in Uganda when I watched a teen age ballet student who was on our little team gave an alter call in a PUBLIC school and nearly 1000 kids excepted Christ. 1000 you say? Yes and can you believe they can pray out loud and public in school something we have not done in the US for 40 years. Do I agree with everything they do NO they can be way to harsh on what the bible calls sin. We do not know how to even define sin anymore.

This brings me to my point defining things. How does the Church DEFINE the spiritual climate in America. It has become very divided mostly depending on End Time views, or the lack of, or the replacement of things to do with THE END. It would be great if Jesus would come back and release His long awaited justice and rule as KING. However it might be a while. So how we respond to the spiritual climate is important.

Let me say right now I am personally slowing down and seeking the Lord. Just Him, not what do you want me to do, or not do, just HIM. I am doing less and praying more when I say praying I don’t mean talking. I am doing that less. Listening praying, looks something like this. Reading scripture then being quiet. Yes I do have my list, but it is loosing its order of importance, and being in the Lords presence is increasing my desire to know Jesus more. Doing christian work out of that place seems better some how. Did I mention I am in a real place of weakness and brokenness and I can not even put my finger on why. It is actually refreshing to admit. So there!

With that said the title that brought you to this blog post is “Decree a thing! Who said that?” If we define Decree as telling the world what God has said, or even declaring to the heaven’s, then well done. However there are some, well meaning Christians who may have stepped over into something that will cause confusion in the end. If you do a study on google about Christians decreeing a thing you see their is a foundation to the theology. There are many scriptures having to do with decreeing, again if we are talking about prayer or singing the WORD, Scripture, the bible, What God has said, then fine.

What if its your own words, many websites speak of the fact that God created us in His image so we can do what he does create by OUR WORD. I would prefer to leave that to God. The foundation for this theological view comes from Job 22:28  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Wow that is cool huh, God said to do it, NO actually He did not, that is actually Eliphaz the Tenanite one of Job’s friends. You might say wait a cotton picken minute, its in the bible so God said it. Hold on my friends the serpent is recorded in Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: God did not say that, the devil did but it is in God’s word. That my friends is why we have 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Yes we actually need to study.

If you read Job 2:11 and think God wants you out doing this as apposed to how I mentioned decreeing scripture earlier than you need to read the whole book of Job. When you get to chapter 42 you find God has a few things to say to our old friend Eliphaz. Here it is 7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

I think there is warning here, be careful quoting something that Eliphaz says as if God said it. The problem started a few years back when some of the Big name preachers starting doing this and selling books and Cd’s and the whole charismatic church followed with out being like the Bereans in Acts 17:11. They took every thing the apostles said through the grid of scripture. Sadly we could see some real changes in a good way right now in prayer for our country, but so much of the church does not see the real spiritual condition because they are to busy being Eliphaz.

Just sayin

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I think it has been several years since I have written anything new on my blog. It feels a bit odd to be sitting back down and fumbling around with my thoughts but here it goes. The first week of February 2014 I had a dream that had a setting in the deep south and I knew the year was 1949.

Old SKELLY STATION

In the dream I was 13 years old. I was with a group traveling across the country in a school bus. The bus came to a stop at the edge of a small town. I was asked to get out of the bus and walk into town and find out where we were. I realized in the dream it was Sunday and was under the Blue Law meaning business’s could not be open on Sunday and all of them were closed. I walked down the road that spiraled down into a valley. I came across a Skelly gas station. It was closed, but the door was cracked open so I peaked in, widening the gap of the door. Inside were about 15 African American men ranging in age from 15 to 90. I startled them as they were having a bible study. I then realized why there was no one visible in town, they were all in church. Then I realized why the men were meeting in the gas station, They were not welcome in any churches in that town. Instantly I saw they were afraid I was going to disclose their location. I began to back out of the doorway, when a heard a song about the name of Jesus in my head. It was not a known song, but seemed fresh like God had just given it to me. I began to sing it and and all of the men began to sing with me. I thought it was the most beautiful sound I had every heard. All of the sudden all the colors became alive even the oil cans had light shinning out of them. We all knew the Lord was in the room with us and the dream ended. The dream stayed with me all week as pondered it and wished I could remember the words to the song.

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1949 Chevrolet pickup

1949 Chevrolet pickup

The old Ben Franklin store in Independence

The old Ben Franklin store in Independence

 

 

 

 

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About a week later I had another dream and again I was 13 years old and the year was the same, 1949. This dream began with me in the back of a brand new red 1949 Chevrolet pickup truck. I was in the back of the truck leaning over the cab with the wind in my face as we were rolling down Winner Road in Independence Missouri. I began to motion to stop the truck and to let me inside. The driver pulled over and I hopped out and climbed inside. In the seat was a boy about the same age as me in the dream. Then I looked over at the driver, at 1st I thought it was my grand father George Holmes then with a closer look my eyes bugged out, it was “Harry S Truman.”  I was shocked and sit in amazement. The boy looked out the window and saw a Ben Franklin s Five and Dime store. He said hey can you let me out I need to stop and get some candy. Harry pulled over and out jumped the boy. As he jumped out He noticed Chevrolet written on the fender of the truck then glanced at the President who had a red hat on matching the color of the red truck and said in big letters Chevrolet. He asked Harry whats with the hat? He laughed and said I just like Chevrolet. Off went the boy to buy His candy. A deep stare came from the president as he questioned me, “what did you think about that?” I thought about it for a minute and said ” The boy has the audience of the president of the United States and wasted His question on a hat!” The president laughed at me then after a pause he said “so what’s your question?”  Again I pondered the question and after a minute I said “How long is the ride?” Harry grinned and with a wink He said, “Now that’s the right question”

Instantly I was awake and thinking wow that is the 2nd dream in two weeks that took place in the  year 1949 and I was 13 years old in both. All that week I wondered If there was something to the dreams. I know that Harry S Truman started His 2nd term in 1949 and that the previous year he had helped with  the start of the new nation of Israel. I realize that many Christians think that started a time countdown to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. I also had previously met Harry S Truman’s niece Mary Gracey Truman. She had told me that Her uncle believed that His destiny had been planned by God to purposes tied to Israel. Interesting that in both dreams I was 13 the age when a Jewish boy becomes a man. Anyway I did not make to much about it but daily the dreams replayed in my head.

Another week passed and I woke at 4:44 from a dream about the other 2 dreams. Now I am sitting up in bed, what is with all this? I still don’t know but is starting to make me wonder if something is really happening either something internal I need to work through or something a bit more weird.

This  3rd dream took place at a large round table. Everyone was older like in their 90’s and all seated around the table. They were discussing world events and time lines. There were baskets of grapes and bottles of wine intermingled. I thought wow this is the Prophet Joel’s place. I dared not open my mouth but had a feeling there were both terrible things and wonderful things being planned. I only heard judgment being mentioned but kept waiting for the conversation to turn to blessings but did not. Then the one in charge spoke to me. He had long white hair and beard and very serious. He said to me its coming and they are all doing their own agenda’s and will not understand anything that is about to happen. You must tell Regina Shank so She can explain to them what has happened after the fact. It will be healing salve to many. I had no time to reply or ask questions tough I had many. I was awake and wide awake at that.

A week later I did talk to Regina by phone and She asked me to write the dream down. She has been the prayer coordinator for the state of Missouri for several national and International prayer groups fr years and is highly respected.  I decided I would put the dream up here and see who finds it. It might just be crazy dreams with no purpose at all BUT just in case here it is. Blessings John

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