The lesson of the “Two Horses”


The lesson of the “Two Horses”

Philippians 2:1-22
(The Message)

1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

The Bible always says it best; but this is also a good story, and a good lesson for us all to learn from; that we not be so all consumed with our problems, our cares, and our needs; but that we should always make ourselves available and reach out to those who are in need around us… and in watering others, we shall also be watering ourselves! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



From: PAT
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:32 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Two Horses–I love this

Two Horses
There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.


From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing….

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.


This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell.

It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.


As you stand and watch these two friends, You’ll see that

the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is, Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns To the shelter of

the barn each evening, It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.


Like the owners of these two horses, God does not

throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse Being guided by the

little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…

You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

And remember…

Be kinder than necessary-


Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.


Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly……

Leave the rest to God

BREAKING NEWS: OBAMA CHEATING SCANDAL: SHOCKING NEW REPORTS.

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Obama & Vera Baker: Is It Another “Lewinsky” Stunt?

Posted on 01 May 2010

NEW YORK: Former President Obama campaign’s finance director and political fundraiser Vera Baker is back in the news. Thanks to a report in National Enquirer today, Vera Baker is said to be in the middle of an Obama cheating scandal.

Published reports are citing sources close to both Vera Baker and President Barack Obama as saying they have “indisputable evidence” into

(On a side note: I just think it is interesting that this is in an overseas newspaper, and that thus far our major news media, here in the states, have been quiet thus far on this story… that their media star should be in a sex scandal?)

What about this story? Is there any truth to it?

I don’t know, but I think it certainly bears watching.

Question, could this be the betrayal in the White House that Kim Clement prophesied about?

Could this also be the reason why possibly there may be a spiritual change in direction forthcoming for Obama? We can only hope and pray it be so.

I’m not saying one way or another, I don’t even know if the story is true; but I’m just thinking out loud here. I do think that certainly we need to pay attention and follow this story, to see if it has legs.

This story was also reported in the Globe and also in the National Inquirer. There have also been several other publicized reports, regarding Obama in the past, in the Enquirer. Now if you are like most people, myself included, the National Enquirer would not be anything I would buy, or look to for any kind of story; but based on some information I have just read, I think we might want to rethink that opinion.The National Enquires’ reputation apparently has been changing lately; and I understand that they have even been considered for a Pulitzer Prize; and as an example, here are 7 times in the past when they got their story right, and were very accurate in their investigative reporting.

7 Stories The National Enquirer Actually Got Right
by Ethan TrexSome in the media have argued that The National Enquirer deserves Pulitzer Prize consideration for its investigative work into politician John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter. Although it’s easy to dismiss The Enquirer as a tabloid collection of fabricated stories that offer little more than a distraction in the grocery store line, the weekly rag has actually broken some pretty big stories. Sure, headlines like “Stars with Cellulite!” and “Kirstie Alley: Only 4 Years to Live!” might not make anyone forget Woodward and Bernstein, but take a look at these Enquirer scoops:

1. Finding Ennis Cosby’s Killer

When Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was senselessly murdered on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway in 1997, The Enquirer took an odd step to help solve the case: it offered a $100,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Cosby’s killer. Papers usually just announce rewards that other groups are offering, and to some this bounty seemed a lot like The Enquirer’s practice of paying its sources—a major taboo in mainstream journalism.

The reward worked, though. Witness Chris So learned of the huge reward and led police to the revolver used in the slaying by killer Mikhail Markhasev. The Enquirer also obtained copies of jailhouse letters that pointed to Markhasev’s guilt. Thanks in part to this evidence, Markhasev received a sentence of life without parole, plus 10 years.

2. Walking in O.J. Simpson’s Shoes

If you remember the O.J. Simpson murder trial, you surely can recall the infamous bloody footprint that was found at the crime scene. The print came from a Bruno Magli shoe, and the football star adamantly denied owning such a pair of kicks.

The Enquirer did some digging, though, and unearthed a photo of the Juice walking on the field at a 1993 Buffalo Bills game wearing a pair of Bruno Maglis. The paper then turned up a second photo of O.J. wearing the shoes. By the time his civil trial rolled around in 1996, Simpson was forced to admit, “I know I’ve had similar shoes.”

3. Jesse Jackson’s Family Tree Grows

In 2001, The Enquirer broke a story about Jesse Jackson fathering an illegitimate daughter with staffer Karin Stanford in 1999. Once The Enquirer scheduled its story on Jackson’s dalliances, mainstream media outlets around the country started picking up on the paper’s scoop. By the time The Enquirer’s issue made it onto newsstands, Jackson had already issued a statement confirming the facts of the story.

4. Bob Dole Was Once Frisky

This story never really got any traction, but during the 1996 presidential campaign, The Enquirer unearthed a scoop about Republican candidate, illeist, and future Viagra spokesman Bob Dole having once had a mistress. According to Meredith Roberts, a Washington trade publication editor, she had been Dole’s mistress from 1968 to 1970 during the candidate’s first marriage.

Even though Dole was using a family values platform to oppose Bill Clinton, most papers chose not to run with this story. (There were allegations that Elizabeth Dole personally called the Washington Post and begged for the paper to kill the story.) The Enquirer, however, interviewed Roberts and eventually published the story. In those pre-Lewinsky days, though, most editors seemed to think a 30-year-old affair wasn’t all that relevant, and the story never took off.

5. Gary Hart’s Political Ship Sails

“Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’d be very bored.” Colorado senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart issued this bizarre challenge to the media in a 1987 New York Times Magazine profile, just before his career spectacularly imploded.

Murmurs of Hart having an affair had been circulating around Washington, and the Miami Herald ran a story linking the senator to a Miami woman. Nothing concrete emerged until The Enquirer published a photo of 29-year-old model Donna Rice sitting in Hart’s lap during a jaunt on Hart’s yacht, Monkey Business. (Look closely and you’ll see “Monkey Business Crew” written on Hart’s shirt.) A week after The Enquirer published the picture of Hart and Rice, Hart dropped out of the 1988 presidential race.

6. The Enquirer Catches O.J. Again

You probably remember the firestorm of controversy that surrounded O.J. Simpson’s “hypothetical confession” book If I Did It in 2007. The Enquirer actually broke the story of the book’s existence in October 2006, complete with the correct title. Simpson’s lawyers immediately denied that any such book project existed. Less than a year later, If I Did It hit bookstore shelves.

7. Rush Limbaugh Comes Clean

In 2003, The Enquirer ran a story in which conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s housekeeper provided Limbaugh with a steady stream of OxyContin to feed his painkiller addiction. Although some media outlets turned up their noses at the Enquirer’s scoop because the paper had paid housekeeper Wilma Cline for her story, law enforcement quickly confirmed that Limbaugh had purchased some 30,000 pills from Cline. Limbaugh then admitted on his show that he had a painkiller addiction and pledged to enter rehab.

They haven’t all been winners, though. Here are some stories The Enquirer got wrong:

• Carol Burnett was not drunk in public with Henry Kissinger in 1976, and she won a $1.6 million judgment against the paper.

• The male family members of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart were in fact not part of a gay sex ring.

• Cameron Diaz was not caught cheating on Justin Timberlake in 2005.

• Representative Gary Condit’s wife did not attack missing intern Chandra Levy before Levy’s 2001 disappearance.

• Similarly, in 2004, Condit himself settled a $209 million libel suit against American Media, The Enquirer’s publisher, for an undisclosed amount.

• Clint Eastwood won $150,000 from The Enquirer in 1997 when the paper referred to a syndicated interview with the actor as “an exclusive.”

• Last June, actress Brooke Shields reached a settlement with The Enquirer after a reporter and a photographer from the paper checked her mother, who suffers from dementia, out of a New Jersey nursing home to gather information for a story.

So I wouldn’t out of hand just dismiss this story, based on the Enquirer’s past reputation; but let’s just wait and see what happens.

As Christians, we all know that the Bible says that we all will one day have to stand before the Judgment seat of Christ; and for everyone else, it will be the White Throne Judgment!

In the Bible, it also says that it is Only Christians who are justified by Faith, by the Faith of Abraham (see Galatians. 3:6-9); and the point is made that we, as Christians, are justified by faith in Christ, and not by works!

Paul over and over again tells us in Galatians that it is by faith, and that it is not of anything we do; that we are definitely NOT saved by works, or by any works of righteousness, that we do.

No, the Bible is very clear on this, that we ALL are saved, justified, reconciled and redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ alone, because of His shed Blood on Calvary’s cross; and there can be no religious works, good deeds, or any human effort that can compete with what He, Jesus, has already done, for us; which must be received by faith.

Now with that said and understood, how ridiculous is it for any Christian, or anyone calling himself a Christian, to even imply that all roads will lead to heaven, whether through Christ, or through any other religion, even among atheists; just as long as they were good and moral people. Now if you will recall, both Barak Obama and former President George W. Bush have both said that this is what they believe to be true about the Bible, according to their faith, and what they believe about their faith.

Well, the problem is, it contradicts what the Bible says, and more specifically it contradicts what Jesus, Himself, said, when He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one may come unto the  Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As Christians I think we all pretty much know this; but my point for bringing this up here, has to do with the warning Jesus gave, that in the last days there would be many people who would use His name, and claim to be Christians, who are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing, and we need to be weary and not accept every spirit as though they are from God.

We can know them, the Bible says, by their fruit; and I believe also we can know them by what we hear them say.

On that note, whatever Obama and Bush believes to be true, any Christian knows that the very basis of the Christian faith begins with faith in Jesus Christ, and in the Blood of Christ, being the ONLY way anyone qualifies for entrance into heaven!

The Bible also warns us in Galatians 6:7, “For us not to be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap;” and also we are warned in Luke 12:2-3, by our Lord Himself that, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”

So God here is plainly saying that we won’t get away with our secret agendas for long; and that there is coming a day of reckoning, and for some it will happen sooner than others; and there is also come an ultimate reckoning as well, as I just discribed; and which one we each will appear before will depend on whether we knew Jesus as our personal Saviour and Lord.

So much for that, but my point is, even though we don’t know yet whether this story about Obama is accurate, not yet anyway; but on the chance that it is accurate, and that it did happen, perhaps, I think it would be in order that we, as Christians, instead of aligning with the world and condemning him, I think it would be more appropriate if we instead prayed that God would use this, to bring him to salvation; and I’d also like to see the same thing happen with Tiger Woods as well, with regard to his recent scandal, and that God would use these scandals to bring these men, including Barak Obama, into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and that they would be born-again.

The Bible talks about how judgment starts in the household of God (1 Peter 4:17); and I believe that one way God may bring revival to our land is to reveal the corrupt and evil practices that are going on, and expose it to the light of day, and along with that I believe will come the opportunity for repentance and turning to God; but I also want to point out that the Bible makes it very clear that this process, this judgment of God, begins in the household of God.

This is just something more, I think, for all of us to think about and to be praying about… and I pray that in the end, God’s will is done, and that He is glorified.

I’ll just leave it at that, and as the man said: “We report, and you decide!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Ed

To: Skip Barland

Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 12:14 AM
Subject: OBAMA CHEATING SCANDAL: SHOCKING NEW REPORT

OBAMA CHEATING SCANDAL: SHOCKING NEW REPORTS Photo by: splash news online

UPDATED: Reports out of Washington, DC:  PRESIDENT OBAMA in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, D.C. Hotel with a former campaign aide.

A confidential investigation has learned that Obama first became close to gorgeous 35 year-old VERA BAKER in 2004 when she worked tirelessly to get him elected to the US Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions.

Now, the investigators are searching for a hotel surveillance videotape.

While Baker has insisted in the past that “nothing happened” between them, reports reveal that top anti-Obama operatives are offering more than $1 million to witnesses to reveal what they know about the alleged hush-hush affair.

Among those being offered money is a limo driver who says in 2004 that he took Vera to a secret hotel rendezvous in a Washington hotel where Obama was staying.

An ENQUIRER reporter has confirmed the limo driver’s account of the secret 2004 rendezvous and has also learned that on-site hotel surveillance video camera footage could provide indisputable evidence to the investigation.

DEVELOPING STORY

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/reports_obama_cheating_scandal_vera_baker_investigation/celebrity/68590

Here is another example of a miscarriage of justice on the part of our government…


Pictured in the above photo: 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, left, and his

defense attorney Capt. Tom Clark, right, taken at Camp Speicher, a large U.S. base

near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)


Here is another example of a miscarriage of justice on the part of our government, in order to promote another “politically incorrect” and very unfair politicized agenda; with the result being that another one of our military people is being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to this very unfair and politically motivated cause, which by the way only serves to undermine the morale of our fighting troops, at a time when our nation is at war.

As you listen and read about this case, you’ll learn that after the government prosecutor found out that his own expert witness agreed with Michael’s testimony, that the Iraqi, who was a known Alcida cell member, was in fact reaching for Michael’s gun at the time he was shot, he kept this evidence hidden, and did not reveal it.

This information was held back from Michael’s defense attorney, during the trial, and was only learned about afterwards, after an email to this effect was discovered after the trial had concluded.

The parents said in the interview that all Michael is asking for is a fair trial.

This reminds me of the two Border Patrol officers who were likewise also unjustly thrown into prison, under the Bush Administration, for similar reasons, in order to support an unjust and unfair politicized agenda

Not to mention all the other cases of late, that we have all heard about, where our government has prosecuted others of our military personal, on major felony charges, for what amounted to college style hazing pranks, among enemy prisoners. This may have called for disciplinary actions being taken, but certainly not major felony charges.

This is especially true in light of the fact that these same Islamic Terrorists are in fact beheading our people, and desecrating their dead bodies in public afterwards… and yet these clowns who are currently running our government, under this administration, are wanting to give these evil people our constitutional rights, as war combatants mind you (which goes against all the rules of war), and at the same time prosecute them under our civil law, in a civilian court no less; were if convicted they would be put into Federal Prison, where they would be in a position to freely recruit more people to their cause.

May God help us and deliver us from this sort of idiocy within our government today, regarding this crazy and unjust political agenda, as we continually are shooting ourselves in the foot; and let us also recognize who the real enemy is here, in this war we are fighting… which definitely are not our own brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom!

May God also deliver us from people like this, within our own government, and also in the media, who apparently from all available evidence of late, and judging from all that we can see happening today within our government, it would certainly appear that these people are presently permeating both our government and our media!

Let us all continue to watch and pray for our country, and for a miracle within our country; and let us also pray for that revival that we so desperately need; and that our Constitutional Republic is restored, and our liberties and freedoms, as American citizens, are preserved! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland

—–Original Message—–
From: Allen Christensen

To: Skip Barland

Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 7:16 AM

Subject: “FREE MICHAEL BEHENNA”…


Michael Behenna


Interview on Michael Savage Show

Letter to Secretary Robert Gates

The Michael Behenna Story by Carrie Fatigante

Clemency Letter from Oklahoma Congressional Delegation

LA Times article on Michael – Part 1

LA Times article on Michael – Part 2

SIGN PETITION

The Testimony The Prosecutors Didn’t Let The Jury Hear (From Their Own Expert Witness)

MILITARY PROSECUTORS WITHHOLD EVIDENCE; ARMY RANGER GOES TO PRISON FOR 25 YEARS (recently reduced to 15 years) FOR SHOOTING AL QAEDA OPERATIVE

The Story

On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq.  Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and was suspected to have organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home.

During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again questioned the Al Qaeda member for information about other members of the terrorist cell, and financial supporters. During this interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense. The government subsequently prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder.

Not only is this a miscarriage of justice on the behalf of Lt. Behenna, who was acting to prevent further loss of life in his platoon, it is demoralizing to the U.S. troops who continue to fight on behalf of the freedom and security of our nation. Whether it is U.S. border patrol agents, members of the armed forces, or FBI agents, no individual who is serving on the frontlines in the War on Terror should be so blatantly mistreated.

We urgently need your help to correct this terrible wrong against a loyal and faithful soldier. Please contact your congressman and ask them to intervene on behalf of 1LT Behenna. Below is a brief recap of the relevant aspects of Lt. Behenna’s case.

  • September 2007: 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq for his first combat experience
  • April 21, 2008: Lt. Behenna’s platoon was attacked by Al Qaeda operatives. The attack resulted in death of two of Lt. Behenna’s platoon members, two Iraqi citizens, and wounded two additional soldiers under Lt. Behenna’s command.
  • May 5, 2008: Known terrorist Ali Mansur was detained at his home for suspected involvement in the attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon
  • May 16, 2008: Army Intelligence orders the release of Mansur
  • Lt. Behenna, who lost two members of his platoon just weeks earlier, was ordered to transport Mansur back to his home
  • Lt. Behenna attempts a final interrogation of Mansur prior to his release
  • During the interrogation, Behenna is attacked by Mansur and is forced to defend himself. During the altercation, the terrorist is killed.
  • Lt. Behenna failed to properly report the incident
  • July 2008: The U.S. Army charges Lt. Behenna with premeditated murder for the death of Al Qaeda operative and terrorist Ali Mansur.
  • February 23, 2009: Lt. Behenna’s trial begins
  • Government and defense experts agree on the trajectory of the bullets killing Mansur
  • Prosecution expert Dr. Herbert MacDonnell initiated contact with defense attorneys explaining his agreement with the testimony of Lt. Behenna and his presentation to prosecutors supporting Lt. Behenna’s version of events.
  • Dr. MacDonnell is not called to testify in the case and instead is sent home.  Just before leaving the courthouse he picks up his coat from the prosecution room and says to the three prosecutors (Megan Poirier, Jason Elbert, and Erwin Roberts), ‘The explanation that Lt Behenna just testified to was the exact same scenario I told you yesterday.  Lt Behenna is telling the truth.’
  • Jack Zimmermann, defense counsel, asks prosecutors if they have any exculpatory evidence that should be provided to the defense (referring to Dr. MacDonnell’s demonstration). Prosecutors deny having any such evidence despite having been told by their own expert witness that Lt Behenna’s explanation was the only logical explanation.
  • Prosecutors withholding of this evidence allowed them to argue that Lt. Behenna executed Ali Mansur while seated when the forensic experts, including Dr. MacDonnell, agree that Ali was standing with his arms outstretched when shot
  • Lt. Behenna is convicted of unpremeditated murder and assault by a military panel of seven officers, none of whom had combat experience.
  • Dr. MacDonnell contacts prosecution requesting that the information provided in his demonstration be given to the defense.
  • Prosecutors provide such information after a verdict was rendered, but prior to sentencing.
  • At the request of the presiding judge, Dr. MacDonnell provides his information to the court via telephone
  • The judge orders both sides in the case to file briefs relating to a possible mistrial
  • After reading the briefs the judge set an additional hearing and ordered additional briefs, including one from the defense requesting a new trial.
  • On March 20, the judge denied defense motions to declare a mistrial and to order a new trial
  • Lt. Behenna was paraded in handcuffs through the Nashville airport, the Milwaukee airport, and the Kansas City airport enroute to Fort Leavenworth Prison
  • Lt. Behenna’s attorneys are appealing the verdict
  • Lt. Behenna is currently serving a 15-year sentence  (the 25 year sentence was reduced five years by the commanding general of 101st Airborne and reduced another five years by the Army Clemency Board.  The earliest he would be eligible for parole is after serving a third of his sentence.  Without parole or a new trial Lt. Behenna will get out of prison for the shooting an Al Qaeda terrorist in self defense when he is 40 years old.

1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was an excellent officer. He received his call to serve his country while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He is from a family of public servants, his mother being an Assistant United States Attorney and his father a retired Special Agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He has served the Army and the United States with honor and dignity. To sacrifice the life of this Oklahoma soldier over the death of a known terrorist, is a breech of faith with all who are serving our country.

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Support Michael

We need your support now more than ever.  The government has unlimited resources and has spent accordingly.  1LT Behenna and his family hired civilian counsel,  Houston lawyers Jack B. Zimmermann and Kyle R. Sampson, at their own expense.   This Legal Defense Fund has been established for the sole purpose of helping ensure that 1LT Behenna has meaningful access to experienced legal defense counsel in the military prosecution.  The value of having experience in a case like this became very obvious when the issue of evidence withheld by the prosecution was discovered.  All donations to this Fund will be used exclusively for attorney fees and expenses associated with this legal defense and will be maintained in an independently administered trust account.  Funds will not be distributed directly to 1LT Behenna.

If you are able to help defray these costs, please send contributions to the:

1LT Michael Behenna Legal Defense Fund
c/o Jack Dawson, co-trustee
100 Park Avenue, Second Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8099

or Rachel Lawrence Mor, co-trustee
3037 N.W. 63rd Street, Suite 251
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73116

Please read our Legal Disclosure before donating. Thank you for assisting Lt. Michael Behenna.

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Here’s Michael’s email address, if you’d like to seen him a note:

emailmichael@michaelbehenna.com.

Words of wisdom from Will Rogers…


Here are some words of wisdom just for you!!!

Thought you’d like this…

Simple words of wisdom, with a down home, country flare; they’re funny and yet at the same time, profound… just telling it like it is!

Skip Barland


From: Dennis
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 1:47 PM
Skip Barland;
Subject: FW: Will Rogers

Will Rogers was quite the cowboy, with all the wisdom of simple, honest folk.

His words still ring with common sense today.


Simple but Brilliant and full of truth!

Enjoy!

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Wylie Post, was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has  known.

Enjoy the following:

1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it  back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

11. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

ABOUT GROWING OLDER…
First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Sixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.

And, finally ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.


We are admonished to supplicate, pray, and to intercede for ALL men; for kings and all in authority.

Pray for Our Leaders

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV

After all, as Christians, we do believe in miracles, and that our God is the God of the impossible, do we not? And as the Bible says: “All things are possible, if only we can believe.” (Mark 9:23)

I’ve been listening to the prophecies of Kim Clement, regarding this Obama administration; and whereas I must admit, I did not bear witness with some of the things that I was hearing, at the same time I know in my heart that certainly it is God’s will for there to be repentance and a turning back to God in the White House!

Certainly, if God could spare the nation of Nineveh, and cause not only the king, but the entire nation to turn back to God, in repentance; and if God could turn King Nebuchadnezzar’s heart, then certainly it is not beyond the realm of possibly that the same thing could also happen within this present Administration.

It is my prayer that these things be so, and that there will be a change of heart, not only in Barak Obama, but also for his entire administration and staff.

Lord, if there is betrayal in the White House, then my prayer is let it be exposed and found out; let the blinders be taken off, and the enemy’s plans exposed in the light of day.

Also, it is my prayer that our nation will take a new path, that there would be a grassroots movement back towards faith in God, from the bottom up; let us, as a people, move forward with the rebuilding of our nation, once again as One Nation Under God; and let it happen through prayer, repentance, and in sack cloth and ashes.

God may each of us turn back to you; may we each turn from our wicked ways; that we may seek your face, and be forgiven of our trespasses and sins… Lord God, have mercy upon us! In Jesus name we pray… Amen.

Won’t you join me in this prayer?

Shalom and love,

Skip Barland

From: The ElijahList [mailto:propheticword@elijahlist.com]
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Kim Clement: A Knee will Bow in the White House

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May 1, 2010

Kim Clement:

A Knee will Bow “in the House Called WHITE”

Prophesied on April 16, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee:

America, I Am Not Going to Judge You—I Am Going to Chastise.

Listen to the word of the Lord tonight. “There is great darkness that is emerging from the top office in the land. There is darkness that is emerging from a place that they call White, but did I not promise you, great light would come from darkness? Did I not promise you that even in the midst of darkness great light shall shine on this nation and the nations of the earth? Your enemy shall melt as wax before the fire.”

The Spirit of God says, “Do not forget the promises that I have made throughout the earth; do not forget the promises that I made to your children. Do not forget that I said I would send signs—the earth is shaken all around you. It has shaken in nations around you. And they have prayed for America to be shaken in the earth and that judgment may be their answer. But,” God says, “America, I am not going to judge you. I am going to chastise. Do not despise chastisement of the Lord. For the earthquake that has come shall release energy from a place that has been held deep in the earth.”

“Why do you think that there are now eruptions? And from space they are coming to slam into the earth, and none of My people shall be harmed,” says the Lord. “This shall be known as a miracle. This shall be known as a sign and a wonder. What shall happen is that the energy source that has been held deep within the earth for millions and millions of years, was being held for such a time as this. Do you realize,” says the Lord, “That you are living in a time that was spoken of by the generals of yesterday?”

God says, “You have come to a place where I will unlock a key, where you will be free from your debt to the Middle East, you’ll be free from your debt to China. You will be free from your debt,” says the Lord. “And let them laugh and say this will never happen—just watch Me now. As I take that thing, that which has been for harm, shall be for your good,” says the Lord.

“In the Summer Months You Will Look and Say, ‘It is Rebounding! Things are Coming Back!”

The Spirit of the Lord says, “Hear the Prophet tonight as he prophesies what I tell you. Many desire to humiliate you, in front of nations that endeavor to humiliate you, and bring you to nothing. Watch how I deal with the crime. Watch how I deal with what has been taken and presented to Me on a silver platter. What am I looking at? What is on this plate that you bring to Me? False images? What is on this religious plate, that you bring to Me?” says the Lord. “There is nothing but false incense. Yet there is an aroma coming from children. There is a fragrance of praise that is coming from the teenagers.

“There is a fragrance of praise that is coming from the hearts of the children.” And God says, “I have thrown a mantle upon them and I have given to them a double portion, and America, your best day is upon you. I will bring the betrayal out. And in the summer months you will look and say, ‘It is rebounding, it is rebounding! Things are coming back, things are coming back.'” For God says, “I am taking you out of a dark place and shedding My light,” says the Lord.

“There is no fear in the perfect love of God. Look as I point to the fire. And they will say the fire has been pointed to. And I will take men who have been astute and prudent in their dealings with finances. And I will make them billionaires, millionaires and extremely influential and wealthy—and DO NOT say that it is not the desire of the Lord. I called Abraham out of the Ur of Chaldees, and his obedience made him the most influential and powerful and wealthy man on the face of the earth, proving to mankind that God is not restricted by a man’s age. And there shall be an extension of age as Alzheimer’s comes to an end in this decade,” says the Lord.

“There will be an extension of age as Alzheimer’s comes to an end in this decade, and there will be an end to the humiliation of children, as I bring Autism to an end in this decade,” says the Lord. “Look to the fire point, it is pointing to the fire. It shall be an investment that you shall capture and make the money to make you debt free,” says the Lord of Hosts tonight.

This Nation Will Once Again Shine
Through the Nations of the Earth

“There has been a visitation to this nation and to the nations that have stood together. The betrayal will only bring out the will of God. Russia shall freeze in her steps as she attempts to come and lure and seduce the President and the Vice President. Israel shall no longer be spurned. I will not allow it. I am about to cause a knee to bow in the house they call White, and surely this shall happen, for great pressure shall come as suddenly there are wars that begin to emerge. ‘Give us Israel, give us that piece of land! America, you are in our way. You’re in our way.'”

For God says, “Shall I wrap them around My finger and make an open show of them? America, you will dispossess again enemies. But first we will deal with the hand that is on the table. Attempting something that America has never attempted before. The temptation is so great, but yet, “God says, “a new party shall emerge in this angry, wrath-infested political climate. A new party shall emerge and they shall say, ‘Is it as a result of tea?’ And yes, it is!” For the Spirit of God says, “Enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough, enough is enough!

“This nation, that has literally brought bread to the nations of the earth… This nation, that has sent My Word to the most remote parts of the world and lost their lives because of it… I will not forget,” says the Spirit of the Lord. “I will not forget.” The Lord says, “Do not say to Me that ‘We cannot associate the past. It must be disfigured and disconnected.’ You cannot dispose of the past, for it is connected to your destiny. A nation shall look in horror and say, ‘Was it possible that because of a few tea parties, that something as powerful as this will emerge?'”

“And when I say ‘with horror,’ they will say, ‘Is it possible for something like this to happen so quickly?'” God said, “This tea party that shall arise shall have the words of My commandments and shall have the truths that were given to your forefathers, and they shall bring it and say, ‘This shall never be lost.'” And God says, “Even your supreme court shall be shaken. Five years from now, one death, another death, and there shall be fear that shall grip the nation. I will save you from the despair of assassination. I will give to you the honor of seeing how a man can humble himself. ‘A man of an African nation,’ they shall say, ‘this is confusing us.’

Democrats shall shake their heads, scratch their heads, and Republicans alike. They shall say, ‘This is ridiculous, where are we?’ Out of this shall emerge a party, and truly,” the Lord says, “I will breathe upon it! And I will bring forth a President that shall stand with righteousness and speak into the schools and visit the Universities.” And the Lord says, “This nation will once again shine through the nations of the earth.” And God said, “Though you be despised, and though they bring wars against you, you will never be defeated again!”

Kim Clement
Prophetic Image Expressions

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An American success story…


Meet Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton

(March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992)

An American businessman and entrepreneur born in Kingfisher,

Oklahoma, he was the founder of Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart, which is one of the world’s

largest general retail chain stores. By 2001, Wal-Mart had over 4500 stores worldwide.


I think the attached email that was forwarded to me today, about the success of this giant retail store, is very interesting (see below), especially when you consider the man behind the store, who founded it.

How many of you knew that Sam Walton was a committed Christian?

Could this be the reason behind the success of Wal-Mart? I think so.

Here is a little history behind the man:

Sam began his retail career working for another Christian business man, JC Penney, where he began as a management trainee in Des Moines, Iowa; and he got that position only three days after graduating from college. His starting salary was $75 a month.

He resigned J.C. Penny in 1942 in anticipation of being inducted into the military, for service in World War II.

In the meantime, he worked at a DuPont munitions plant near Tulsa, Oklahoma; and soon afterwards he joined the military, and worked in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, supervising security at aircraft plants and prisoner of war camps. In this position he served at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah; and eventually he earned the rank as captain.

After leaving the Army, in 1945, Sam opened a variety store; with help from his father-in-law, who loaned him $20,000; and with the $5,000 he had saved from his time in the Army, he purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Arkansas. The store was a franchise of the Butler Brothers chain.

It was in this first story that Sam Walton pioneered many concepts that would prove to be crucial to his success.

Walton made sure the shelves were consistently stocked with a wide range of goods at low prices.

His store also stayed open later than most other stores, especially during the Christmas season.

He also pioneered the practice of discount merchandising by buying wholesale goods from the lowest priced supplier.

This allowed him to pass on savings to his customers, which drove up his sales volume.

These higher volumes allowed him to negotiate even lower purchase prices with the wholesaler on subsequent purchases.

Walton’s store led in sales and profits in the Butler Brothers’ six-state region.

Another factor that made this store successful was its central location, making it accessible to a wide range of customers.

In an attempt to limit the expansion of his main competitor, the Sterling Store, Walton leased a nearby Kroger store and opened it in 1950 as the “Eagle” department store, but it didn’t fare as well.

However, due to the variety store’s enormous success, the landlord who owned the property, P.K. Holmes, refused to renew Sam Walton’s lease when it expired; desiring rather to pass the store along to his son.

The lack of having the option to renew his lease, together with the fact that he was being charged an outrageous rent of 5% of his sales, all of this served as an invaluable lesson in business to young Sam Walton.

Despite his forcing Sam Walton out of business, his former landlord agreed to purchase the store’s inventory and fixtures for $50,000, which Walton called “a fair price”.

From there, Sam Walton arranged to open another store; but since he was unable to find a place in Newport, the location of his first store, he instead moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, where he opened “Walton’s Five and Dime.”

Incidentally, the original store, now called the Wal-Mart Visitor’s Center, is located at 105 North Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas.

In Bentonville, the Waltons also became involved in numerous civic activities; and Sam Walton served as president of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

From there, Sam Walton went on to open more Ben Franklin Stores with the help of his brother, his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law.

In 1954, he opened a store with his brother James “Bud” Walton in a shopping center in Ruskin Heights, a suburb of Kansas City.

He later opened another store in Arkansas, but it failed to be as successful as his other stores.

Sam then decided to concentrate on the retail business instead of the shopping centers, and opened even larger stores which were called “Walton’s Family Center.”

Sam Walton also offered managers the opportunity to become limited partners, if they would invest in the store they oversaw and managed, and would invest a maximum of $1,000 in new outlets as they opened.

This motivated the managers to always try to maximize profits and improve their managerial skills; and by 1962, Sam Walton and his brother Bud owned sixteen variety stores in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas (fifteen Ben Franklin and one independent Fayetteville store).

The first true Wal-Mart opened on July 2, 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas; and it was called the Wal-Mart Discount City store; and it was located at 719 West Walnut Street.

Soon after the opening of that first Wal-Mart, the Walton brothers teamed up with another business man, Stefan Dasbach, which to the purchase of many stores to come.

It is interesting also that Sam Walton had a goal and a determination to market American-made products, in his stores; and also, along with that determination, he also had a willingness to find American manufacturers who would supply merchandise for the entire Wal-Mart chain at a price low enough to meet the foreign competition.

Regarding Sam Walton’s family, he married Helen Robson in 1943. They had four children: S. Robson “Rob” Walton, John T. Walton, Jim Walton, and Alice Walton.

He also supported various charitable causes, including those of his church, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’

He also established The Sam and Helen R. Walton Award, which was created in 1991; when the Waltons made a gift of $6 million which included an endowment in the amount of $3 million to provide annual awards to new church developments that are working in creative ways to share the Christian faith in local communities.

Sam Walton died on Sunday April 5, 1992, of multiple myeloma, a type of a bone cancer, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The news of his death was relayed by satellite to all 1,960 Wal-Mart stores.

He left his ownership in Wal-Mart to his wife and their children: Rob Walton succeeded his father as the Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart, and John was a director until his death in a 2005 plane crash.

The others are not directly involved in the company (except through their voting power as shareholders). The Walton family held five spots in the top ten richest people in the United States until 2005.

Here are a few other interesting facts:

In 1985, Sam Walton began a program designed to stem the ‘tide of communism’ in Central America by promoting capitalism and privatization.

In 1998, Walton was included in Time’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.

Sam Walton was honored for all his pioneering efforts in retail in March 1992, when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George H. W. Bush.

Also that year, the Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China awarded him the Golden Star Foreigner’s Award for “tireless assistance in the development of People’s owned factories in the Suzhou area”.

Forbes ranked Sam Walton as the richest man in the United States from 1982 to 1988, ceding the top spot to John Kluge in 1989 when the editors began to credit Walton’s fortune jointly to him and his four children. (Note: Bill Gates first headed the list in 1992, the year Walton died).

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. also runs Sam’s Club warehouse stores.

Wal-Mart stores also operate in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

At the University of Arkansas, the Business College (Sam M. Walton College of Business) is named in his honor.

Mr. Walton was also inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1992.

(Please note most of the information and history used in this article, was found at Wikipedia)

I don’t think that it is by accident that this store chain is as successful as it is.

As I read my Bible I find that it has always been God’s will to prosper His children, as truly any loving earthly father would also want for his kids; but it doesn’t end there, because my Bible also says that it is also God’s will that we be in good health too, but it says, “even as our soul prospers” (see 3 John 1:2).

I thought this article might be an encouragement to all of us, particularly in these times.

We all know the enormous success of the Wal-Mart chain, but how many of us knew the man behind that success?

I think it is very interesting to note that he was a Christian brother.

As for the suggestion that all we have to do is elect, or hire, the man who runs Wal-Mart, to run our government, I don’t think it is as easy as that.

Whereas I certainly admit, having someone at the helm of our government, in the office of President, who does have some real business savvy and experience is certainly is certainly perferred; or in lieu of that, as the book of Proverbs says, at the very least, our president should have wise councilors around him, on staff, of men and women to advise him, who do have that experience and knowledge.

As it is, the Obama Administration is hiring anything but experienced people!

The next point why I don’t think the suggestion that we merely elect the head of Wal-Mart, or someone like him, to run our country, is viable solution to our nation’s problems, is because our problems go much deeper than that!

Barack Obama, as much as I dislike his policies, and what he is doing to our country, he is just one man; and he was elected to that office by a majority vote of the people who voted for him; and so as I see it, he is but a reflection of the values of our society at large!

No, what I see as our ONLY solution, is a grassroots movement of God, that effects our nation from the bottom up… where we focus our attention primarily on the reestablishment of Godly families, where the family altar, and studying and teaching our children from the Bible is common place again, in most every American family; where God and prayer, and teaching from the Bible is brought back again into our public education system.

Unless we can have this sort of grassroots change, that affects our nation from the bottom up, then anything that comes out of Washington DC, without that change at the grassroots level, will be only more of the same; and I can tell you this for sure… we can’t go much further in this direction, because we are just about at the end of our rope.

Either we turn back to God, or we will be history, as a free nation… and it is as simple as that!

Again, this is my soapbox speech for today… please do let me know how you feel, and what your opinions are?

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Bob
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 2:31 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: WAL-MART

I knew Wal-Mart was doing well , this is interesting…



Wal-Mart Facts:

  1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.
  2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
  3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March
    17th) than Target sells all year.

  4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
  5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest private Employer, and most speak English.
  6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the World.
  7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.
  8. During this same period, 31 supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.
  9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
  10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 Years ago.
  11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur At a Wal-Mart store. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion).
  12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should elect, or hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to Fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!!

Please consider these facts:

  • The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775. You have had 235 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 75 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 72 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 46 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.
  • Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 45 years to get it right and they are broke.
  • Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 40 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 33 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

The truth is our Federal Government has FAILED in every “government service program” it has ever attempted; and yet this present Obama administration is increasing the size and cost to run our already over extended government, beyond all reason… and the truth is, we just don’t have the money to pay for it!

Yet and still, this president expects us to believe that after this dismal track record, that our Federal Government, and his administration, can now be trusted to take over and manage our nation’s Health Care system?

Who do they think they are fooling?

Folks, keep this circulating. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our “duly elected’ and their staff (they never read anything) will clue them in on how Americans feel.

For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!


For I am the clay, and God is the Master Potter!

VISION & REALITY

And the parched ground shall become a pool” Isaiah 35:7

We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then this is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations and we are apt to say “it is no use to go on” Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

Life is not as idle ore

But iron dug from central gloom,

And battered by the shocks of doom

To shape and use

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down into the valley to get us into the shape of the vision and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth and do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and through floods to get us into shape until we get to the place where He can trust us with the true reality. Ever since we had the vision, God has been at work getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again, we escape from His hand and try to get us into our own shape.

The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His potter’s wheel and spin you as He likes, and sure as God is God, and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.

~from Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional – My Utmost For His Highest

I’m always being reminded of late that God has a rhyme and reason for everything He does… and nothing is ever wasted!

This also applies to the trials and tribulations that we face; and really it matters not the reason why, or the cause of the trials, whether they are a normal part of the trip, or whether they are disciplinary and corrective; God uses both, and nothing is wasted.

God has promised that He would complete the work that He has begun in us; and also that He is with us ALWAYS, just as He promised He would be; and it is all important that we understand that from God’s perspective all of the training that we are going through, is about developing our faith and trust in Him; and it is most important in these times, in our wilderness experiences and feelings of isolation and aloneness, in those times when we feel as though God has left us, and/or forgotten about us, it is especially important during these times that we know, by faith, that truly He is closest to us; and it is during these times that very often he is carrying us.

So even in those times when we are tempted to think that God is a far off, quite the opposite is true; and in fact God is rather inviting us to come in a little closer, and experience His presence in even greater intimacy; and it is during these times when we are not conscious of being taught, that God is very active in our lives molding and shaping, and stripping away from us the flesh and the world.

The challenge for us during these times is to find our rest in Him, despite what may be going on around us; and in the midst of our earth shaking storms, and the whirlwinds of our life, in the midst of all of that turmoil and confusion, to find our place of quite rest in Him, and there to be still, and know that I AM is still God, and that He has our situation well in hand! Selah

We must remember that God’s purpose, in all of this, is always to work out of us the world and the flesh; and work into us the likeness of His Son, and cause us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, in order that we may be more fit for His service.

The process is not fun; and often it is filled with dangerous pitfalls, and times of heightened anxiety, discouragement, along with those feelings of aloneness.

However, that is exactly the point; and it’s in these times that we learn to disengage our reasoning abilities, our understanding, and all our earth based perspectives and rationalizations; and instead revert to God’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), where we are now navigating totally under the leading, inspiration, and direction of the Holy Spirit; as He illuminates and applies His perspective, His understanding, and His direction, in the midst of our circumstances; and this happens through our mediation and study of God’s Word!

This is the process we signed up for, whether we realized it or not, at the time of our conversion, when we were born-again; and we may rest assured that this process will continue for the rest of our lives, until we graduate to Glory. Selah

Below is an interesting perspective about this process, from Chuck Pierce.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Chuck Pierce: A River is Rising!

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Chuck Pierce:

A River is Rising! Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

A River is Rising!

“There is a river within My people that I am bubbling up now. There is a river within My people that will bubble up and pour out now. Many of your rivers have been filled up with debris. Therefore, over the next several weeks, I will be cleansing you. There is a grace to be cleansed. There is a window to be cleansed. There is a moment that I will cleanse you. Because bacterium like E. coli has been down in your intestines, I will begin to produce clear colons. I will begin to cause your stomachs to be able to digest what I have for the future. My cleansing stream will come forth.”

Keep Moving Toward Pentecost!

As we approach Pentecost we must continue to shift our minds and thinking processes toward HARVEST. Watch for NEW DOORS to FORM! To “form” means to develop or mold the shape or outline of something or to give meaning, character or nature to something.

Another way of looking at a forming time is when something is becoming what it will be in days ahead. This includes the conditioning of our mind and body in regard to its mental performance ahead. A forming season includes conceiving, training, and disciplining. This phase denotes the arrangement of the part of a thing that gives its distinctive appearance.

A key Scripture reference about Pentecost time is 1 Corinthians 16:8. Paul purposed to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, because an effectual door was opened to him for his ministry. Many enemies are behind this forming door, but the Lord says:

“Do not focus on your enemies during this season, but watch the door form and be ready to enter into this new opportunity. I will give you grace over your enemies. I am releasing your new assignment and you will go forth into new mission fields.”

Do Not Fear Darkness

God will be sending some of His people into dark structures. Do not fear the darkness. He will give you “night vision” to see a path of righteousness through any unrighteous structure. This will be like moving in the Gulf Stream through normal ocean currents. The Gulf Stream is a warm stream that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, goes through the Florida Straits and then moves into the colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean. God is parting waters! Dark spirits that have stopped us from advancing in certain areas to bring forth the harvest commission of the Son will now let go of harvest gates.

1 Corinthians 16:9 which says, “For a great and effective door has been opened to me, and there are many adversaries,” and will become a reality in this season. The Word of God will enter places and groups of people that have been closed or resisted freedom. Demon forces will part like the Red Sea and will be held back while God’s children go into their new assignments.

Time for Harvest!

Most of us do not understand harvest time. We’re in the days of waving the omer. Biblically, you wave your best offering daily and then by Pentecost you enter into a new harvest release. Because of our complex life, we are far removed from the actual production of our food supplies and the origination of the source of our provision. The harvest was a most important season (Genesis 8:22; 45:6). Events were reckoned from harvests (Genesis 30:14; Joshua 3:15; Judges 15:1; Ruth 1:22; 2:23; 1 Samuel 6:13; 2 Samuel 21:9; 23:13).

We must understand that harvest has a process:

1. The seed is broadcast and plowed under in late winter.

2. The prayer for rain–the early and the latter rain (Zechariah 10).

3. The grain was grasped and cut with the sickle (Deuteronomy 16:9 and Mark 4:29).

4. The grain was gathered into sheaves.

5. The grain was taken to the threshing floor.

6. Tools were used for threshing. You have tools for harvest.

7. The grain was winnowed (tossed in the air). Let the wind blow away your chaff.

8. The remaining grain was shaken into a sieve (Amos 9:9). Some of you are in this process.

9. The grain was brought into the storehouse. Find your storehouse.

Now, the harvest must be protected because harvest has major enemies:

1. Drought. Ask the Lord to identify and break all your dryness.

2. Locust invasion. Ask the Lord to remove any devouring in your harvest.

3. Plant diseases (mold, mildew). Ask the Lord to remove any mold in your life.

4. Hot, scorching winds. Ask the Lord to turn any adverse winds.

5. War. The enemy wanted to live off the land. Declare that any enemy that has eaten your harvest will run out of your land.

Firstfruits: A Key to Blessing

This feast was called the “Day of Firstfruits” (Numbers 28:26) because it marked the beginning of the time in which people were to bring offerings of firstfruits. It was a feast of joy and thanksgiving for the completion of the harvest season. Then these offerings were presented as a “wave offering” for the people. The first ripe of fruit, grapes, grain, oil, wine and the first of fleece were required as an offering (Exodus 22:29; Leviticus 2:12-16; Numbers 18:12; Deuteronomy 18:4; 2 Chronicles 31:5; Nehemiah 10:35, 37, 39; Proverbs 3:9; Jeremiah 2:3; Romans 11:16).

At this time, the Lord was credited as the source of rain and fertility (Jeremiah 5:24). In the New Testament the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), at the festive time when Jews from different countries were in Jerusalem to celebrate this annual feast. The interval between Pentecost and tabernacles was the time for offering firstfruits.

Ask the Lord for your firstfruit offerings.

The Power of Redemptive Multiplication

Here are some keys to prayer to bring an increase to your thinking processes and to help you learn the power of redemptive multiplication:

Read Proverbs 10:5. “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” Break a spirit of slumber. Ask the Lord if you have slumbered when you should have gathered.

Repent and Don’t Look Back! Ask the Lord to forgive you for any sins that you have made. In this passage you see how the people continually questioned the Lord’s power and protection. They had no faith that He would deliver them out of their present distress so they began building and worshipping false gods. The Word says when God saw this He was “Provoked to anger.” The Scripture says, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” Know that God is willing to save you out of every situation, but you must make the choice to fully surrender to Him and understand that His timing is perfect. Read Jeremiah 8:20.

Thank Him for Your Inheritance! Thank Him that He has an inheritance for you. Here you see that David describes the inheritance that he has been given from the Lord as a good inheritance. Thank God for what He has given you to steward over and bless Him in all you do. The inheritance that God has given you is better than anything you could ever ask or dream of. God gives you nothing but the best. It is your decision to accept it and move into all the blessings that He has available for you. Read Psalm 16.

The Greater Dimension of Faith! Let Faith arise in your heart – “the greater dimension of faith.” Whenever I read the stories about healing in the Bible, I always seem to be baffled at the amount of faith displayed by these people. Now, as I view our culture, everyone seems to place all their faith into things they know. Many things, without a doubt, will give them some sort of return. Faith has an object. These people had found an object, Jesus, the Messiah, to place their faith. If we all would just fully let go and come into the understanding that God wants to heal and move into a new level of faith. We just have to have the faith.

In Matthew 8, I love when the centurion came to Jesus and pleaded with Him to heal his servant. Jesus was more than willing to go out of His way to personally visit the man’s place and heal the servant. However, the soldier knew all that was needed was for Jesus to SPEAK or SAY that the servant was healed and he would be healed. This man understood authority and command. That is the kind of faith that I desire to see!

Ask the Lord for a new level of faith to arise in you! Read Matthew 7 and 8.

Be A Laborer in His Kingdom! Ask the Lord for laborers. Let Him show you where you are to labor in His Kingdom. At the end of this chapter Jesus tell His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” The Gospel says that Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the people for they were weary and scattered.

God has a harvest that He is bringing that will be too much for us to anticipate. We must pray and ask for the wisdom to have all the proper “laborers” in place so we don’t get beat down in the process. Thank God for the harvest that He is bringing! Be ready to be a laborer in this next harvest move! Read Matthew 9.

Freely You Have Received!
“Freely you have received, freely give.” Prepare an offering. We have received so much, as a matter of fact all the Father had—His only Son. Do not be afraid to give. In Matthew 10 you see that Jesus charged the disciples to go to the Israelites and preach to them saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Jesus said that His disciples could not take gold or silver with them. He told them to preach and stay with those who would receive them.

In verse 14 Jesus says, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.” We must become more sensitive to the presence of Holy Spirit in our midst. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to His presence and pray that you would see Him in every situation you are in! Be patient in your job or your city so that you do not leave prematurely. Do not be afraid to witness. Read Matthew 10

Blessings,

Chuck D. Pierce

Glory of Zion International Ministries
Email: chuckp@glory-of-zion.org


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