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"It's true we're "hard pressed" - and also "not crushed." We walk in supernatural calm that only comes from deep relationship...with Jesus!"


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What Kind of Leader?

 

Today I wanted to talk to you about the difference between holistic leadership and orthodox leadership. 


When a leader changes his style and way of relating with every person he interacts with, this is holistic behavior. Holistic practitioners also believe that each person is different and that our approach to healthcare will be different for every person. When we relate to everyone based on their backgrounds, style and needs differently, this is not a fault, but rather accepting that everyone is different. This is a flexible form of leadership that resists labels and categories for people.


When a leader acts the same with every person, and his smile never wavers, his approach is always the same, this is orthodox leadership. An orthodox society believes that the rules should be the same for everyone, and it is only fair if everyone get the same treatment. Orthodox practitioners, such as medical doctors have the same approach for every person. It is a standardized approach, that they are taught to use, so no one gets missed. 


Has Jesus' ministry on earth changed at all in the last two thousand years? Does his approach to us change in modern times? If I told you that Jesus in the new millennium has more freedom to practice holistic leadership, this might be a step forward. Jesus is able to vary his way of relating so that it is emotionally relevant to you personally. This is what makes a prophetic moment so special. 

 


An orthodox response to humanity would be to tell them simply that they are going to heaven or hell. This orthodox response is something many people react to. It's time to think like a modern Jesus and see what would meet an individual's need for a connection with God in a modern culture. It is different for every person. What Jesus will say to connect with them personally will surprise you every time.

Without Fear

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Isaiah 11:6


The other day I was driving around Abbotsford, and stopped on a side street. When I looked up I saw that I was looking at two Canada Geese, a not uncommon sight in this town. The strange occurrence was that a black cat was lounging peacefully in the center of the two geese. This I had not seen before. I took it as a prophetic sign. 

Jesus's influence over us has walls breaking down that separate us from people we might otherwise war with. We can develop peaceful relations with friends, enemies, and even relatives because Jesus enables us to see them as just human beings with similarities to us. If we were to count up everyone's spiritual good deeds and bad deeds, there might be an issue. Some non-Christians have taken to using this on the deciding factor as to whether you are going up or down. If you did more good deeds in your life than bad you get to go up. It never occurred to me that someone might start counting up my bad deeds until I encountered "bad theology". Although I am not a theologian, and don't purpose to write theology, except to communicate it in songs of corporate worship, I have started the trend of just "be cool". If you have done good or bad things in your life, just "be cool" to those who think they will then decide for you whether you get to go to hell or heaven. If you just don't measure up in their eyes, just "be cool" anyway.    

The real truth is we are all dependent on Jesus. He is the one who has adopted us as his children. In spite of our attempts to be good without his transformation from the spirit outward, he is kind and patient with us. When we realize the generosity with which Christ has bought us in spite of our imperfections, we can then extend salvation to others.


The church has been carrying on for centuries in spite of tight communism in some countries, where it has flourished underground. These brothers and sisters are willing to risk being caught, imprisoned and even tortured for their faith. When we see the restriction imposed on the church today, we also see our shepherds, pastors, and teachers reminding us of this reality in other countries, one that has been around a long time. Martyrs of the church are what makes the church strong, empowering it in times of persecution.

Let us pray . . .

Rise up church; do not be afraid to be a martyr in the hands of your God. Do not be afraid to step out of the boat with Peter, who walked on water.

Why are we afraid Lord? It is right here that we overcome fear; we identify that there is nothing we have that did not belong to Christ in the first place. We give him our lives, our jobs, our families, our home, we give his permission to give them to us or take them away. When we affirm that even if something bad were to happen to us, God is still in control, we overcome fear. It is our desire in this time to be overcomers, in these new realities of possessing really nothing in our lives, and taking hold of you Jesus, our true possession. 


A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

 – Unknown

Embracing the Miraculous

It has been said of the followers of Christ that supernatural signs would accompany them. It was shown in the ministry of Christ, whose words and teachings were accompanied by miracles and healings. But in this time, perhaps we respond as if to say, supernatural signs and miracles, though possible are not the main sign of the prophetic. If people were to ask someone with a prophetic ministry to show their authenticity with signs and wonders, they might respond with a display of power. They might claim to know something about you that God revealed to them, but we have established that this is invasive, and may also occur through divination. It seems that rather, the sign of the prophetic in the last days is the songs of worship that have been given to the songwriters, for us to sing. Something we can all participate in.

My poetry is what I use as a sign that God has poured out his anointing. The prolific limitlessness of its scope is a sign of the oil of his anointing, not supernatural works. But we have not been without miracles. A miracle is considered a spiritual gift, to have that gift coupled with healing, could be of great use for people who are sick or need a physician. That gift gone awry, or misused, or ignored, could also make people sick, or hurt people. It must be honed to be used for prayer and obedience to God's will.

I have been given the gift of miracles, and have experienced many miracles in my life ( I am now almost 45) that can't be explained by logic or reasoning, or by any sort of science. Miracles that have been described by those who witnessed them as impossible.

At one point, I took a roll of black and white film, and had it developed in sepia. About a year or two later, I wanted to get reprints and took the photo negatives into London Drugs to get more prints. When I picked up the photos, I looked at them at the counter, and noticed they were now in colour. When I realized something was wrong, and the reprints were not in sepia, I asked the clerk, were it possible for black and white pictures to turn into colour. She shook her head. It is virtually impossible for that to happen unless someone water-coloured each one, she said. 

There have been many others, even money and other things multiplying, things disappearing and then reappearing later in the same location, and substances turning into other substances (cinnamon turned into curry powder at midnight, for example). These smaller miracles have happened so often, I am getting a good sense of humour, learning to roll with it, and saying,

"OK Jesus, I can tell you have the ability to multiply things. Did you do this?" It is kind of like he is a mischievous little boy at this point.

At some point his mother knows he has grown into an adult, who also has the gift of miracles. She is at a wedding feast with him, and the wine runs out. She comes to him, and says: 

"They have no more wine."

"Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come." 

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Nearby stood six stone water jars. . . each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from . . . then he called the bridegroom aside and said, " Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

(John 2:3-10 NIV)

The best for last . . . and now also in human history he has saved the best for last. What is yet to be poured out on the earth may be the beginning of a world-wide revival, but only if it changes your heart from water to wine. Only if you see it as an opportunity to reap the harvest of what you have planted in your lifetime. What you have built upon the foundation of Christ will serve you well now. 

When we drink the wine of the wedding banquet today, let us rejoice in the miracle of the time we are in, and that his prophets are able to do miracles too. He has saved these for the end.

Practicing Priesthood

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it into the light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. if it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved--even though as one escaping through the flames. 

--I Corinthians 3:11-15


I have been criticized at times for being extravagant in my living out the gospel in a prophetic way. I give out food and water to homeless people frequently, and help them or buy them things they need. I offer aid to people who can't afford to pay. I even give away poetry books I have published to people, even people at the food bank; those who could not otherwise afford to buy them or have a chance to read them. (As such, I might be up there with Stephen King, whose books are also given away at the Abbotsford Food Bank.) I even waste my time volunteering in all sorts of areas for no pay; maybe I have done about 15 years of volunteer work. I have worked with elderly people, with hospital patients, at food banks, homeless shelters, art galleries, churches, mental health charities, teen groups, society boards, with disabled and blind people, and trained in Chaplaincy and Restorative Justice.

When it comes down to building on the foundation that is Christ, we must be socially aware of the suffering and pain of others, and what brings joy to God's heart. I may be building with gold and precious stones, and perhaps people are not used to that, and think some hay and straw should suffice. But I learned early on, that to follow Christ meant to be as one escaping though the fire. It was going to take a lot more than talent in life to have an edifice that would stand the test of time and persecution.

I considered that it was essential to define one's calling and one's role in the kingdom. There are priests and there are prophets. I have observed that priests face God, on behalf of the people. They bring the peoples' requests and needs to God. They speak for them, repent on their behalf, and cry out for their salvation and redemption. Prophets on the other hand, have their backs to God, and face the people. This is because they talk on behalf of God to the people. They are in a sense God's mouthpiece, and represent his interests to humanity. Their words should reflect God's voice and God's heart. Prophets, particularly in the Old Testament, frequently employ the written word, so we still have their works today. They use imagery, metaphor, and even poetry to explain God's vision and meaning to us. 

When God wants to call us out, how many times has he used the image of giving us a new name. He not only called people by name before they were born (such as John the Baptist), he renamed people who had already been named, to signify their new position in Christ. He called Simon "Peter", his disciple and explained the meaning of his new name. How ignorant we would be of his influence in Peter's life, if we refused to call him by his new name. Throughout the gospels, Peter is always called by his new name, by all who believed, as it means 'Rock'.

As a means of dehumanization, the Jews in Europe during the war were put in Concentration Camps. They were given a number, tattoed on their arm, instead of a name. This was only one of the dehumanization tactics used, but it is a powerful one. When you no longer have a name, and those in authority will not call you by your name, you can feel like you are being degraded, and that you simply cease to exist. It is easier to kill someone who no longer has a name.  


Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble . . .  (2 Peter 1:10 NIV)

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:3 NIV)

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. (Isaiah 40:26 NIV) 

A Carved Table by the Carpenter

So we're walking through the wheat field right now with Jesus. It is not really a temptation to follow his example, it is a necessity. When he eats, we eat. There is spiritual food in abundance. Who prepared this feast, you might ask. 

I shall live and enlighten

the dark with food and wine,

new each day—a carved table

at the elaborate end of time.

 --Emily Isaacson

Do I feel I deserve to eat? This is a question someone with an eating disorder like anorexia might ask. They often feel too undeserving to eat. They feel they must starve as a result. Yet Jesus is as kind as an eating disorder counsellor to us. He knows food might be short right now; even more reason why he wants to teach us to eat spiritual food.

In the Chronicles of Narnia, there was a feast table set each day at the end of the world, where Prince Caspian and his sea-mates ventured to in The Dawn Treader. It was the golden-haired empress who set the table each day. She eventually became Prince Caspian's wife, and Prince Rillian's mother. They are shooting the story of Prince Rillian right now in Hollywood, in the movie The Silver Chair. It is the Empress who is killed by a serpent at the beginning of the movie. There is something here.

Divination is like a serpent. Divination runs contrary to the prophetic. If you're not sure what the difference is, compare it to someone dropping off your newspaper, or someone getting in your mailbox and reading your private mail. If someone did that you would have them arrested. Although it was popular in the 80's and 90's to "read someone's mail" when giving them a prophetic word, we are now in the age of social distancing. We might be infringing on someone's privacy and frequently do, if we come up with any personal information about them. It's tempting if you're a prophetic type to "get information," but it's not Biblical. It seems reasonable to want to be a good judge of character and get the low down on people in your church or neighborhood. But is it really fair to them? What we really want to say is "What Jesus thinks of you is . . ." I like to select a Scripture that relates to the person, and see if that resonates with them. This is giving them The Good News in a way they can see related to their life or present circumstance. Otherwise we might as well say, "What I really think of you is . . ." The essential difference is between being "nice" and being "beautiful and true", as C.S. Lewis once put it. There is little time for the prophets in your life to prophesy lies, by just being "nice".

The word divination comes from the same root as the word "Python" originally, according to my two daily prophets--husband and wife team Russ and Kitty at www.fathersheartministry.net. (If you want a daily prophetic word sent to your inbox, check what they have to offer. Although I might be writing here frequently to encourage you, I don't want you to be discouraged if I miss something, so check out the other prophetic people on this site too.) A python squeezes the life out of its prey little by little until it kills it. Don't let what is happening in life squeeze the life out of you. This is so gradual you might not even notice it.

Who are the prophets and who called them out? Although pastors are called, trained, and appointed by the church and church denominations, prophets seldom are. They are appointed throughout the Old Testament in the Bible by God alone. In the New Testament you rarely see an appointed prophet because Jesus is considered a priest and prophet who lets us all share in his ministry. Although pastors would like to appoint reputable prophets in their churches to give commendable prophetic words, they are prophetic types, and often what I call "free radicals." If the prophetic people you know seem out of control, then consider talking to a prophetic "antioxidant". 

There are nutrients to be given out as bread here. The prophetic is the Word of God, activated. Consider those who would feed us, even if they be pastors, functioning in the prophetic gifting as they call us out to our various gifts and ministries, and let's partake.

Man of Sorrows

It was Joni Eareckson Tada, who spoke of Jesus as a 'Man of Sorrows'. After a diving accident that left her paralysed from the neck down, she lay in her hospital bed. Although she longed to die in response to her tragedy, she came to quote these words from an old hymn:

Man of sorrows, what a name

For the man of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim

Halleluiah, what a Saviour!

It was Bruce Marchiano who played Jesus in the movie Matthew. He depicted Jesus, Man of Joy. He believed it was important in the film to convey Jesus in this way.  It deeply ministered to people. He was cast in a way that had never been cast before. 

It so changed his life that he wrote the book, In the Footsteps of Jesus. You can read his article here.


When we learn to experience Jesus in the joys and sorrows of our lives, we cultivate a deeper intimacy with Him. Intimacy with God is largely ignored in our modern culture. People go for much more seductive ideas with respect to getting to know people, and developing relationships. Yet among followers of Christ, we are learning slowly yet surely, that intimacy with others is cultivated by our level of intimacy with Christ. We get closer to each other the closer we are to Him. Just trying to develop intimacy with people will backfire on us, and often does. When we get closer to others, they may misinterpret us.

How much more meaningful when we seek time alone with the Lord, and have a quiet time to connect with our spiritual source. When we do, we are like butterflies hovering over the flowers of God's revelation. We are in a heavenly garden. The flowers that God shares with us are plentiful and fragrant. True Christians act like butterflies. They are attracted to the revelation in our lives. They want to know more about how God speaks to us. They are light-minded, never heavy.

The seduction of this age, is the notion that enlightenment comes from ideas over people. This is like having a bright light, and a lot of moths attracted to it. The moths fly into the light and are killed. They wanted enlightenment, or the light, over the person that the ideas came from. They are responding to a seductive notion, not the real love of sacrifice. As adults, we eventually realize that we must sacrifice things for our priorities and what we believe in. How much more did Jesus sacrifice for us? He became the true sacrifice, and fulfilled the Jewish Law on our behalf. Halleluiah, what a Saviour! 

If a non-Christian was a caterpillar, with the potential to someday become a butterfly--the church needs to be like a cocoon, and provide a safe place for them to develop their potential to receive revelation. The church is not just a bright light attracting moths who want great ideas. Let's be moved and attracted by revelation over enlightenment and information from this age.


Resources

More on Joni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzN95rZ0LNI

Burning In The Fire of Love

If they are healed,

they will rise again—

leaving behind

the trappings of guilt

and pain, like old clothing

ready for the fire.

 

Burn, nation,

burn to purity;

let the old notions die.

 

--Emily Isaacson, Hours From A Convent


Moses had the same experience when he saw God in the burning bush; he heard God say that he was concerned about the slavery of his people and had decided to deliver them through him: "I will be with you." Those who welcome this presence become the dwelling-place and, consequently, a "burning bush" of the Most High.

--Pope John Paul II, Homily of Beautification


Here is a writing  that I felt was very prophetic by Father Jacques Philippe, from The Way of Trust and Love (p.78-79) c.2011

It is very touching to see how . . . young children . . . ignorant in so many ways, experienced something very similar to what a great Old Testament figure like Moses experienced. When our Lady asked them to pray for Russia, they thought at first that "Russia" was a sinful woman for whom they should intercede! Through Mary, these children entered into a very profound experience of the living God. 

We needn't envy them. We won't have the same direct experience they did, but on the level of faith we can all have access to the same realities and come to know God, the littlest of us as much as the greatest, and so become "burning bushes of the Most High." This is the promise contained in Scripture:

It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh. (Joel 2:28)

That is God's promise for the end times. And we are there . . . Marthe Robin, a great French mystic, announced a Pentecost of love and mercy on the whole world. it has already begun. Of course we should not start speculating about when the world will end; that is always very dangerous. The Church will last a long time yet, but we can feel an undeniable spiritual urgency. The world is suffering at many levels. The economic crises we are currently going through are only one tiny symptom; there are other, much more painful aspects . . .

St. Teresa of Avila said:

"The world is burning: now is not the time to be talking of unimportant things."


Moses began his ministry as a leader and a prophet with an encounter. He encountered the voice of God coming from a burning bush. He could not ignore God's call on his life; nor could he not see the ultimatum. He had to decide, as we all do at some point in our lives. At some point we will encounter the Living God. If we move forward, we may have the quality of Moses in both obedience and the prophetic, freeing a people from slavery. Moses lead the Israeli people out of the yoke of slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians. How long have we been imposed upon by the world, its regulations, information, and values. The modern world has become an Egypt that will hold us as slaves unless we follow the leading of Moses. Let my people go, he said.

That was the purpose of plague. It was so Moses could say, "Let my people go." 


I build my altar of stones

and light its fire.

I am its sacrifice,

an Isaac to its flames.

I will burn

in its fire,

holy and precious

as first love

unless,

what is pure

in God’s eyes

intervenes.

 

Like a martyr

to his pyre,

I stand

in awe

of judgment’s

blaze.

 

--Emily Isaacson

The Mirror of Contemplation

"This type of penetrating gaze, Clare says, is the path to contemplation."

--Ilia Delio, Clare of Assisi: A Heart Full of Love

Our perceptions of women and their role in society has a lot to do with our perceptions of Jesus. Women are working in many careers that they could not have had access to a century ago. They are stepping out into being primary wage earners, and well as community workers, health professionals, mothers, and caretakers. Our society thrives on action and power, and women are no exception. They must compete not to be dominated or underpaid, they must produce at the level of men, and they must lead, in their many paid positions of leadership in every field.

There is little time for any woman in the modern world to sit and contemplate. Yet the great mystics of the Middle Ages were often women. Women emerged as poets in the late 1800's; women worked in factories and did men's labour during the Second World War. Women have emerged in the last 40 years as leaders in the church, and in ministry. What a far cry from a time when women could only serve under the authority of men, or be considered proponents of witchcraft and burned. Women are now know to be able to serve in leadership under Christ, as we are submission to each other.

There is probably no church or denomination in existence today without women in leadership, either by serving or teaching, directing, or in intercession. Yet we are called to make a place of solitude in our lives for contemplation, instead of letting our lives become dull with menial servitude. This is our daily practice: to love Jesus by setting time aside for contemplating him, and the finished work of the cross. Otherwise we may focus on other Christians; otherwise we may compare ourselves. We might envy, we might boast, we might be proud.

"For Clare the use of the mirror as a toll for the spiritual life is not unlike the use of Scripture in the monastic tradition. It helps her to reflect, ponder and consider her life more deeply as a follower and imitator of Christ. Just as in the monastic tradition, in which one prayerfully reads Scripture, slowly ruminating on the Word of God, Clare asks Agnes to "read" the Word made flesh by gazing on the mirror of the cross. Agnes is to "read" with the eye of the heart, penetrating the depth of the image she beholds, as one who is in search of fine pearls." (Ilia Delio).

When we see Christ, we see ourselves, as in a mirror. When we meet children or other very pure people, we may be faced with ourselves as well. Although it is likely for me to think children bring out the best in me, they could make me see the things I do not want to see about myself as well. I could be looking in a mirror. Hardship in life can also bring out the best in us, or bring us face to face with our own weaknesses. Let's press into the faith we have spent our lives in developing. Let it not fail us now.


Aries II

 

The minutes ticked away,

the author continued her discourse,

and the wind and Rain obeyed.

There was a hush,

without blinking of eyes,

as the child and her mother stared

into the deep midnight

of the divine iris.

There was a hue the size

of a dime, and it grew deeper.

 

There formed a rainbow:

the colors that the divine iris refracted

were stayed in forty shades,

penetrating and impervious.

They contrasted

the black and white

of former worlds,

of newsprint,

of courtrooms,

of textbooks, examinations,

and concentration camps.

 

--Emily Isaacson, A Familiar Shore


The Glass Decanter

Oil: the substance of anointing has many uses in the prophetic. It was the anointing oil spoken about in Exodus 30:22-33.

There are many prophetic things we can do each day, besides just to long to give prophetic words of encouragement to the body of Christ. Becoming a prophet may require both rituals and symbolic acts in obedience to Christ. I used to put a glass decanter of water of the counter, and forbade myself to move it; it was a symbol to me of giving water to the thirsty, all nations and people groups. The impulse every day to move that decanter or even touch it was a real temptation, but one I had to learn to resist in obedience to the direction I was given.

Oil poured out symbolizes anointing, and often I am called to pour olive oil out into a glass, and mix it with fragrant essential oils, such as basil, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary to imbue it with medicinal fragrance and sanctity. This can be used for a myriad of purposes. The interesting thing about rosemary is it represents faithfulness. Did you know the rosemary plant grows at maturity to 33 inches, and as such, is said to represent the years that Jesus dwelt on earth before he died. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are analgesic oils, containing menthol and camphor, respectively and numb pain. Essential oils are usually always diluted with a carrier oil when used topically, but you don't have to pick olive if it is too heavy, you can use a lighter oil such as almond, grapeseed, jojoba, or avocado.

     

Oil is calming, it relieves anxiety; oil infused with essential oils is a powerful alternative to psychiatric drugs (or complement, if you are already on them). I am starting to feel that we as the prophetic community need to do symbolic and powerful things in response to Jesus' direction to induce calm and reduce anxiety in the church. You can have an impact even from home. People are anxious and fearful about finances and food supply, jobs and resources. Self-care in some ways is taking a hit: we can't get our hair cut at the salon or buy shoes. Yet we know from the story of the Old Testament prophet Moses, that when the children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years their needs were taken care of in dramatic ways. Eating quail and manna. Having sandals and clothing that did not wear out, along with Biblical hair. I was wondering this week if everyone was going to say, this is my new COVID hairdo. They could not look cooler.

We are getting more laid back, more patient, more penitent, out of necessity. I trust the Lord will use these hardships in our lives to teach us to follow him through the wilderness into the promised land. That eventually we will reach the land flowing with milk and honey. It seems like a long and dusty journey, though, as it seems Moses it still striking the Nile water and turning it to blood, and striking the Egyptians with plagues (exodus 7:14-11:10). When he says we're on the move, then let's move out. We have the red sea in front of us.


Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted

Sing to the Lord, for He is worthy of praise

The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea

The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea

Chorus:

Yahweh has risen in the darkness

Yahweh has triumphed in the night

We cry, unto you Most Holy

Our deliverance draweth nigh

 

Sing to the Lord, let all the nations praise Him

Sing to the Lord; let the nations bow

The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea

The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea

(repeat chorus)

 

--Emily Isaacson

Spikenard Oil

What is the oil that was poured out on Jesus as anointing oil? The woman who poured it out at such expense was criticized by Judas Iscariot. The oil of Nard, or Spikenard, in Biblical days was very costly. I once bought four bottles of Spikenard oil from Young Living, which is from the series Twelve Oils of the Holy Land and gave them to four churches. It is interesting to see people's response to something they have only read about in the Bible. They can then smell the oil and see how fragrant and costly it was.

The Poor Clare Sisters who are nuns that originated in Europe, and now have convents in Canada, particularly here in Mission, say on their website: 

"Our prayer must be pure and powerful, so we live an enclosed life and are, in a physical sense, separated from the world, but, in a spiritual sense, more deeply united with all people in their joys and sufferings. Clare, in the austerity of her cloistered solitude, . . . broke the alabaster jar of her body, . . . and the whole Church was thoroughly imbued with the aroma of her sanctity."

We expect the church be fragrant to the Lord, but it is described as this medieval saint who is broken and poured out. Saint Clare lived at the same time as Saint Francis in Assisi. She enclosed herself in the church and founded a convent based on the acceptance of poverty as a way of life.

On the blog, The White Chamber (by Emily Isaacson), it says:

"The Poor Clare nuns are famous for teaching the art of lace-making in Ireland to women so they could support themselves. The lace is called Kenmare Lace, and has been featured in Victoria Magazine.

"In the modern world, St. Clare and St. Francis are like two prophets who speak only in the spirit world. Their conversations are like prophetic oil. They both had significant influence in human history, and their vision impacts other Catholics."

We now see the two halves of the church, the Catholic and the Protestant, in the end, united in communion. Whereas the Middle Ages saw the division of the Anglicans (Protestants) from Catholicism, now we see the Queen, the head of the Church of England, and the Pope, playing a significant symbolic role in bringing about unity of believers. There is a beauty in this, saints.


References:

https://thewhitechamber.wordpress.com/poet-of-st-clare/

http://poorclare.org/mission/pagefour.html


 

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But you, most beloved, build yourselves up
in your most holy faith. – Jude 20 (NIV)

Warm up with worship
hands raised, spirit stretching
to the Almighty.
Increase the rhythm of the heart
with the jumping-jacks of praise.
Hop onto the treadmill of the Word
read it, study it
meditate on it, memorize it.
Then it’s down on the floor
for push-ups of confession
abdominal crunches of petition
and, firmly grasping others’ weighty burdens,
bench presses of intercession, set after set.
Up on your feet again for step-ups of listening
then cool down walking in place, silent.
End with a song of thanksgiving
that pours from a well-toned heart.
Now go out to meet the day
your spirit radiating contentment and joy
flexible and strong from its workout
with faith, hope and love.

--Violet Nesdoly

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What is prophecy?

A prophecy is a message that is claimed by a prophet to have been communicated to them by a deity. Such messages typically involve inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of divine will concerning the prophet's social world and events to come (compare divine knowledge).

--Wikipedia

Maimonides suggested that "prophecy is, in truth and reality, an emanation sent forth by Divine Being through the medium of the Active Intellect, in the first instance to man's rational faculty, and then to his imaginative faculty."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy   


What is your definition?

Should prophecy engage the imagination, and if so, how?

Would you respond better to an overt word or a subtle word picture.


"According to Walter Brueggemann, the task of prophetic (Christian) ministry is to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture."

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What is prophetic poetry?

Does every poet write from an ideology?


The ocean you find yourself in is oddly familiar, and that is the strange thing about poetry, how it is so solitary, but the realities spoken by the poem are shared by many.

--Onjana Yawnghwe, When Poems Are Rooms

What is a Levitical Ministry?

Beyond the great composers, the authors of the Hymns of the Faith, we have contemporary worship music. It is written by musicians. In the early days of the Bible, these anointed musicians were called Levites. A lot of new worship music is produced today, and featured on Christian radio. This is attracting contemporary society in droves. Worship leaders strive to present music in church settings that is cool, singeable for corporate worship, theologically correct, and an attractive sound. But we are really using worship music as a medium, a means of connecting in an intimate way with our Creator.

Prophetic Quotes

Praise to Jesus, my friends, we seek Him in all ways for all our everything every moment of every day, glory to Jesus! #onourknees my friends, crying out to He who alone is "our refuge & strength," healer & redeemer of ALL the enemy's games, glory to Jesus . . .

– Bruce Marchino, Twitter

No one can pray and worry at the same time. When we worry, we aren’t praying. When we pray, we aren’t worrying. 

–Max Lucado

No matter how dark things become, someone is always with you – and that someone is God. He helps by giving you peace and a positive mental attitude.

–Norman Vincent Peale

In every case, the cries of Christ are not declarations that he believes God has actually left him, but cries for help to a God who he knows is there but cannot hear, see or sense him.

– Brad Jersak

Those who never rebelled against God or at some point in their lives shaken their fists in the face of heaven, have never encountered God at all.

– Catherine Marshall

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.

– Mother Teresa

We trumpet our disabilities to God.

– Emily Isaacson

There is a tendency to see divine intervention in things that happen in the normal course of miracles.

– Robert Brault

“There is coming a new wind of my Spirit into the Fraser Valley and the language of this wind will be signs and wonders and dreams and vision (as stated by Acts 2). If my people receive my language in this coming season then they will be able to hear what I am telling them to do. However if they do not know how I speak and value how I speak this wind can blow right by them and they will not even know I am moving.”

– Murray Dueck

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Worship every day.

Pray for others. 

 

 

 

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