Category Archives: Bible

God of the Angel Armies

David’s stride became longer, his embrace larger—yes, God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with him!

I read this and immediately I wanted it!

Friday night I went to an Afro-American church in Bolton. We definitely had raised eyes glancing in our direction when we walked in. Imagine the surprise of everyone present when the visiting pastor stopping preaching, pointed at me standing in the back and boomed, “You, sir, in the white shirt! Every head in the place, well over 400 by my calculations, turned and stared at me and my little queen.

There I was, in jeans and white shirt; everyone else was in suits. The minor detail that I and my wife were the only whites in the joint didn’t escape my attention, either. I was neither embarrassed nor taken aback. I’d actually expected it.

I stood to attention, looked at him and simply stated, “At your service, sir. Tell me the message.”

For a moment there was no one else present in that crowded building, just he and I. Our eyes were locked, he raised his right hand and pointed at me. He said:

The presence of the Lord Almighty is on you! You, sir, are walking and will walk in a grand manner in the Kingdom, followed and surrounded by supernatural power. The Lord of Hosts has been waiting for you.

The moment was over. We left several minutes later.

I dreamed dreams of the Kingdom. When I woke, the verse above found it’s way before my eyes.

Yeah, I want it…

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High and mighty?

A Message from the high and towering God,
XXXwho lives in Eternity,
XXXwhose name is Holy:

“I live in the high and holy places,
XXXbut also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed,

And what I do is put new spirit in them,
XXXget them up and on their feet again.      ~God

Faithless

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus,  “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me. — Matthew

John knew who Jesus was but his circumstances had robbed him of his certainty. Jesus gave him the proof, again.

Funny how the record can mimic our reality, isn’t it?

Popping the top

You know the story of Pandora’s Box. Once opened, it couldn’t be closed and everything revert back to the way it was before opening it.

I’m finding that walking the Way is like that. If we simply look at “the box,” wondering what is in it, but never open it, it will never affect us. If we should pull the curtain aside, to mix my metaphors, what we will discover will so radically begin a process of transformation that it will be impossible to go back to what we were previously.

This isn’t about the flavor of your religion, it is about the activation of your purpose. I dare you to consider lifting the lid…

Dangerous Holiness

I came across an interesting verse:

“This is where the priests will cook the meat from the guilt offerings and sin offerings and bake the flour from the grain offerings into bread. They will do it here to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and endangering the people by transmitting holiness to them.”

The part that says to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and endangering the people by transmitting holiness to them is what caught my attention.

I’m not going to exegete this; there are plenty of folks out there who can do that for you. What struck me was the tantalizing possibility of a holiness that was deadly. Just like the story of Uzzah touching the ark, Ananias and Sapphira lying about land or Simon the sorcerer wanting Spirit power, divine holiness is dangerous, very dangerous.

Like a lineman working on a high voltage line, you have to become a part of the power; if you try to hold on to the natural while grabbing the supernatural, you may find yourself in trouble.

Smashed

I’m getting my little, neat religious world rocked back on it’s heels these days.

Many years ago, so many that it actually startles me, when I was in graduate school, I remember being overwhelmed at the material I was discovering. My tidy little world view was smashed into thousands of pieces as I was exposed to the wonders and intricacies of of original biblical languages, textual criticism, exegesis, archeology and biblical history.

It was heady stuff. Liberating in some ways, awe inspiring in others and deliciously destructive in yet others.

Much water under the bridge since then. Innocence, tom-foolery and reason long gone.

These days there seems to be a whole new “awakening” greeting me.

This is going to be interesting…

Hot wired

Ezekiel continues to be an intriguing read.

I’m forcing myself to go slowly. I’m amazed at the divine communication; are we missing something today?