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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Today is September 21, the International Day of Peace. Every country is encouraged to put down their arms and observe a cease-fire. Every person is encouraged to reflect on their place in the human connection, their story of the human experience, their role in the international day of peace.

World Conflict: The way of ego

Sadly, our world is full of conflict created through greed and ego. Bullies destroy lives and pillage dreams as they lust after land on the global playground. Fundamentalists declare that their way of life, their culture, their religion, is the only true way, and they take up weapons, emotional and physical, to defend this way. The rich destroy the poor. The strong destroy the weak. War is a game that destroys the sanctity of life and mocks the international day of peace.

International Day of Peace: The way of the kingdom

Blessedly, our world also has corners of peace, hidden places where tears are dried and hope restored, pockets of heaven on earth. Heroes on the world playground rebuild lives and restore pillaged land. Healers bandage the wounded. Visionaries stand against violence and embrace all the colors and cultures of the human race on the international day of peace and every other day.

We celebrate these people on International Day of Peace. Their lights shine bright and cannot be extinguished by the darkness of evil.

We celebrate every person of every creed, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, talent. Every life is valuable, every person is a child of the Creator, loved by God. Peace is our spiritual right and inheritance.

Peace is holy.

Peace is justice.

Peace is how Jesus showed us the way of the kingdom. Peace is the lion laying down with the lamb. Peace is every nation and person laying down their differences and embracing love. Peace is the heart of God.

Happy International Day of Peace, my friends.

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Prophetic Word 2012: New Year

God’s prophetic word 2012 to the American church for the New Year:

2012 will not be a year of prosperity for the American church. I have given you more than enough. I am sick of blessing you with abundance and seeing you squander it.

Prophetic Word 2012 for the Church Buildings

God says:

I have given you giant church buildings to serve your communities, but you let these buildings sit empty all week. I have given you paid staff to tend to the needs of your neighbors, but you wile away your time on video games and porn. I have filled your offering plates so that you could bless the poor, but you have pocketed all of the money for yourself. I have even seen you take special offerings specifically for the poor, and then use that money as a Christmas bonus to yourself. This is an abomination in my sight.

I have sent the poor to your church doors to test you in this, and you have turned them away. You let the homeless man starve in the street while you got fat on the abundance I supplied. You let the disabled child die in the cold, while your church building remained snug and warm on my dime. You turned away the pregnant woman, saying you had no money to help her, when I had filled your coffers. You forced her to the doors of the Planned Parenthood, so I hold both her weeping tears and the blood of her baby on your hands.

Rather than use my money for a good purpose, you have spent it on making yourself famous. This is not my prosperity. Prosperity by theft of the people is a grave sin.

Have I not told you to do your works in secret? Yet you take my money and install expensive video cameras in your expensive churches to use for expensive air time.

Prophetic Word 2012 for Church Fame and Fortune

God says:

You use my money to buy top-quality instruments and sound systems, and you set your worship teams up as rock stars. You say that you want only the best for me, but you worship the musicians, and you steal worship from me. Your best should go to my sons and daughters struggling in poverty, not to your fancy stages.

You make yourself famous on television, you make yourself famous on the stage, but you degrade my name and make me into an unknown god. I am coming to restore the name of Yahweh on the earth, and I hold you, church, responsible for this desecration.

You spend my money organizing endless rallies in which you curse those less fortunate than yourself. I have sent my son Jesus into your midst as a poor man, as a gay man, as a woman struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. Yet you rally against Jesus and you mock my name. This is an abomination in my sight.

Because you have misused my funds and embezzled my blessings for yourself, I am withdrawing my prosperity from you. Spiritual poverty and curses will come on you in the night. Who are you to say that you do not want to enable people? In you arrogance you forget that I enable your very breath. What if I decide that I no longer want to enable you, church?

Prophetic Word 2012, the Arrogant Church Will Perish in Sin

God says:

You, American church, will perish in your sin while I invite those whom you rejected to my wedding feast. Your clothes are red with blood; you have no place in my kingdom.

I will go out to the streets and find those who are more worthy than you. My kingdom belongs to the poor in spirit, to the humble, to the meek. My son, Jesus, told you these things, but you refuse to listen.

You want to be called my child, but I do not know you. You are a bastard child, and your father is the devil. If you were my child, you would do as I command. As it is, I have given you years of chances to repent and turn to me. You call on my mercy, but you forget my judgment. My patience is wearing out. Your sins far exceed those of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Prophetic Word 2012: The Church in Governmental Seats

Gods says:

2012 is the year of judgment on the American church. I will allow your Christian leaders to fill seats of government. This is not my heart, it is my judgment. Because you have desired power over my presence, I am giving you over to your sinful desires. These Christian politicians will tear down the economy of the United States, and the empire will collapse.

If you do not repent and seek my face, the land will groan under your greed. I will cause great floods, earthquakes, and storms to come to the United States. In this I will reveal the selfishness and the greed of the American Christians to the entire world. The world will see it and shake.

Repent While There is Time

God says,

Repent, American church, while there is still time. Bring your tithes and offerings to me and I will distribute them to the deserving. Give up all that you have, and I may turn from my anger. This is your last chance to produce fruit before I cut down your tree.

I am sending my prophets to you. Hear their words and repent. Beware of the false prophets who preach abundance and prosperity. They are sent of the enemy, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will lead you to hell.

Repent and turn to Yahweh, judge of the heavens and earth. Learn my name and learn my ways. Humble yourself in the sight of Yahweh, and do what is just and right. Let 2012 be your year of repentance.

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Christmas Message 2011

Christmas Message 2011: Jesus the Plain One

Away in a manger, no crib for his bed..

The Christmas message 4 B.C. was that of a baby in an inglorious animal stable.

The Bible says that Jesus came to this world in the most humble way. He was rejected by people from his very first breath. He had to sleep with the animals. People had no room for him in their inn, or in their hearts.

Growing up and starting his ministry, Jesus had no loveliness to attract people to him, no flashy sermon typed up neatly on his iPad.

Isaiah prophesied:

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2)

His words were controversial, and they slashed his religious community in pieces.

Jesus died a cruel death, the most gory, horrific death imaginable. People spit on his cross. There was no human glory in the cross.

Yet look at his church today.

The American Church: The Fancy One

The Christmas message 2011 is of a trendy Jesus in a glorious church.

Pastors wear fancy designer suits, and they deliver their sermons from their iPads onto their Powerpoints. They rule over giant buildings full of gold and glitter and well-dressed people. The people smile and wave at each other, but they hold venom and hatred inside.

The church shouts out to every passerby, “Look I have the best nursery and the best coffee. Give my service a try, I’ll make you feel good.”

“Look at our building. We even have a gym. Come here and lose weight for God. It will only cost you $50 a month. That’s cheaper than Bally’s!”

“Come to our church, and we will wow you as we worship Jesus with our rockin’ worship team.”

The churches shout and flash and compete for the most business. Meanwhile the world is dying around them. Somehow this does not look like Jesus in a manger, Jesus healing the people, Jesus dying a prisoner’s death.

Christmas Message 2011: Make a Choice for Jesus

As you go to your candlelit, hip-hopping, coffee-sipping, seeker-sensitive Christmas service today, take a minute to talk to the man who gave everything for you. You might be surprised at what you hear.

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Christmas Eve 2011: Jesus’ Message

Jesus is speaking to the church as we celebrate his birth this Christmas eve 2011.

A Message of Love

Jesus says,

My Father is not Santa Claus. He keeps no list of naughty and nice, no list of rights and wrongs. He loves the changed heart of a sinner, but he resists the proud. How is your heart toward the Father? Are you pursuing His kingdom of righteousness, or are you pursuing the fleeting gifts of the world?

I give you far more than cheap goods from the retail store. I came to the world to give everything for you. I long to heal you, but you must come to me with a repentant heart. A bruised weed I will not break, and a smoldering wick I will not stuff out. I love you. Are you following me with your own cross?

The Father has shown you His requirements? Do justly, have mercy, and walk humbly with Him. Talk to me every day. Repent and ask forgiveness for every wrong that you do. I do not demand perfection, only humbleness. Love your neighbor as yourself. Show love every day in every way.

A Message of Warning

Jesus says,

Woe to you who test my grace. If you claim to know me, but do nothing to help your neighbor in oppression, then there is no more grace for you. The path of holiness goes way beyond calling out my name. That is only the first step of the cross.

If you continue to act unjustly toward your neighbor in need, you stomp on my blood. If you continue to amass wealth for yourself at the expense of the sweat shop worker, the minimum wage family, the slave, you make a mockery of my cross. Claiming ignorance is not good enough. Learn and know the atrocities around you. Work for equality and holy justice. You are my hands and feet on the earth.

This is my message for Christmas eve 2011. Come to me with clean hands, and a repentant heart. Open your ears and your heart. I will lead you in holy justice, the path of the cross and the kingdom.

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In His Name All Oppression Shall Cease

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name!

All Oppression Shall Cease

These are the lyrics to the third verse of the beloved Christmas song “O Holy Night.” Yet how often do we forget that Jesus came to break chains, that at the very mention of his holy name all oppression must cease?

How often does the church who claims to love Jesus practice loving one another? How much love do we as Christians show to those who are outside our denomination, our social circle, our belief system?

The Oppressed Are My Brothers and Sisters

How often do we discuss the slave as our brother? Instead we enslave and oppress others in the name of profit or perhaps simple expediency.

Look around you! The enslaved and the oppressed surround us on every corner. What are we doing to solve the problem of the lonely man shivering in the cold tonight, a sleeping bag his only shelter? What are doing to feed the children going to bed hungry tonight, inexplicable in a land of abundant food?

How are we helping the struggling young mother, single, with three mouths to feed on a minimum wage job? No matter how or why her husband, or her lover, left her, she is a widow, her man is dead to her. Has God not called us to take care of the widow? James 1:27 says:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Like the widow, then, the orphans are another for whom we must be concerned. Yet millions of children in the United States wait in group homes and foster homes, praying, dreaming, hoping for a chance at a loving family. What are we as Christians doing about these precious ones? Are we honoring Jesus’ name by allowing these children to remain oppressed in their loneliness and hopelessness? In his name all oppression shall cease.

What about the children and women slaving overseas in sweat shops just so that we in industrialized nations can consume more, ever more, cheap clothes and goods? Does the church ever teach about where their clothes are coming from? Or is this hidden simply because the corporations which employ this slave labor have CEOs and boards that are all good church-going folk?

Excuses, Excuses

We make plenty of excuses. “Oh, I can’t possibly help the sweat shop issue. It is too far away, and besides, cheap clothing helps my family budget so much.”

“You know, those foster children have too many psychological issues, and they are so old to adopt. I want a baby.”

“A single mom is not a widow. She is a slut, and she needs to pay for her choices.”

“That homeless man? Well, he’s just a druggie and a drunkard. The Bible says Thou shalt not drink, doesn’t it? I don’t need to take care of him until he takes care of himself!”

Jesus says,

Woe, to you, church! Your excuses have gone too far. Just by my name all oppression shall cease. But you defile my name by allowing this oppression to continue unabated day after day. I am coming back to bring justice to the earth.

My sword is against you first, Christian church. You say that you love me, but by your actions, you prove that you know me not. My law is love, but you have turned the law into your own self-interest, putting burdens on the poor which I never intended them to bear. My gospel is peace, but you war against the oppressed and you war against each other. I am about to take my lamp away from you and give it to those more deserving.

Repent, turn from your hateful ways, and practice compassion and holy justice. Proclaim that all oppression shall cease. Work to bring my kingdom of peace to this earth. Then I will be proud to call you my friends.