I live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, one of the most beautiful spots on this earth. I have been here for over seventeen years and it seems the beauty of this area for me has wained in the last few years and been replaced by the beauty of Christ I see within the hearts of others. This is no more evident than that which I witness and enjoy through my fellowship of a family that lives a block away from me. Jesus dwells within His saints, and I know of no greater presence of Him than that which resides in the McDonald family. I hope you will see Him in these photos taken during a blessed evening I enjoyed with this family last winter. This is my church.


Jackson Hole: Sunset over the Tetons with Snake River in foreground

The McDonald Family: Stephen and Christie, Damaris 3, Liberty 5, Blaze 8, Eden 10

Stephen and Christie: they are deeply in love with Christ and one with the other , and their children reflect this

They all ski almost every day in the winter. Stephen starts 'em at three years old.

Damaris and Liberty: a couple princesses that tug hard on the strings of my heart

THE HOUR COMETH AND NOW IS ~ "The Cry of His Sons"


But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24

"Can you hear it? The Cry that is. The Cry of creation, The Cry of the earth and The Cry of the heavens, The Cry of the oppressed, The Cry of the hurting, The Cry of triumph, The Cry of victory, The Cry of deliverance."

These introductory words above were recently penned by a wonderful brother, Bob Torango and if you are feeling a "cry" rising from deep within your soul I believe his anointed writing entitled "The Cry Of Our New Birth" will both encourage and comfort you. The link to Bob's message can be found at the end of this post.

Moving on into the theme of the "cry of His sons" allow me to share this oft misunderstood scripture from the Book of Revelation.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:9,10

Often in the last five years I have found myself crying out to God, "how long ........ how Long O Lord?" It also so happened that much of my today was filled with this familiar cry to Him. Now, I certainly enjoy many wonderful and incredible days where I truly feel I have no cares and I am soaring with the eagles in the highest of God's heavens. However, there is interspersed between these joyful times, the sufferings of the deepest of spiritual depressions. I have learned over the last few years that this is the way of my walk and also that this is common to the experiences shared by a few others that I know personally. Having acquired enough experience myself, I am now able to realize that although there is sometimes great darkness all about me, I will eventually feel His light and love again. Then I will know His joy and peace anew and in even a greater measure than before. I also know that when I am suffering a "dark night" episode it is most often a call to prayer. This prayerful time can sometimes stretch for days on end before I will eventually be touched again by His hand carrying a wondrous and increased knowing of His grace and love. Over the years I have come to also realize that in the hard days of prayer I am being purged while simultaneously being pressed into His image. In simple terms it is my old nature and fleshly man that used to rule my life that is being purged out and His nature and being that is being pressed in. This is part of God's continual work of salvation in me and it is often painful beyond belief but then with this later comes His inexpressible glory and tender love that wipes away all the tears and the remembrance of pain. Prayer is an ever increasing necessity and also a big part of my life. A couple of years ago I ran across this saying that describes "what prayer is." To this very day I have never read a more beautiful or apt description that echos my own
experience with prayer.

"Prayer is helplessness casting itself upon power; it is misery seeking peace; it is unholiness embracing purity; it is hatred desiring love. Prayer is corruption panting for immortality; it is the eagle soaring heavenward; it is the dove returning home; it is the prisoner pleading for release; it is the mariner steering for the haven amid the dangerous storm; it is the soul, oppressed by the world, escaping to the empyrean, and bathing its ruffled plumes in the ethereal and the divine."(unknown)

Unfortunately most in Christendom do not pray much nor do they understand that there is "salvation to the utmost" that entails the redemption not only of our spirit but also our soul and body. The great majority of believers have been taught falsely that our salvation ends when our spirit is quickened and joined to His as we confess and believe in Christ. There is a relevant maxim that Chip Brogden, whom I often quote, uses and it is filled with truth. "Either He is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all."

Yes, for each of us, in our own order, Jesus Christ will indeed one day be found to be Lord of all ........ all that we are and all that we possess. He will be "All in All" in you and in me along with every other person that has ever been conceived in this world. You can take that to bank. There is a very special place where one has his or her spiritual eyes miraculously opened to envision the wonder of our Christ as the "All in All" as portrayed in the whole of scripture. "All" came from, points to and culminates in Christ. Jesus is the "Alpha and Omega" and the "All in All." Oh my, how we in the past have had our vision so blinded to the seeing of the true length, breadth, height and the depth of our salvation and our Christ.

"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all." Col 3:11

"And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be All in All" I Corinthians 15:28

God's great purpose was, is and will be forever to share His Love and Glory with a family of many sons. God's Son and our elder brother, Jesus gave His very life that we might be filled totally with His very essence and being. God's loving mercy and grace stretches far beyond the grave, until all men bow, confess Jesus and know Him as Lord of All. I have long loved this little poem I share below, because it succinctly and beautifully speaks to the truth of " many sons" and the "All in All."

How strange it should be,
That we who seemed four,
Are now become Three.
And We Who are Three
Are yet become One,
Father, Spirit and Sons in the Son.

We know that men have devised many legalistic and strange patterns for the cleansing of God’s people. We also know these futile patterns never really accomplish the great desire and purpose of God’s heart. There is really only one pattern and He is Jesus and thus often we describe Him as the "Pattern Son." Jesus gave His life and in doing so, suffered unto death and so shall it be for each of us that follows Him by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. Every thing of ours without exception must be sacrificed and die to be resurrected unto Eternal Life. This is a progressive dieing and a progressive resurrecting that takes place in our lives until we be filled with Him in body, soul and spirit. Everything must be sacrificed on God's altar and this includes both the good things and the bad. The truth is, we possess many things but in another way they actually possess us.

Outside of God's sacrifice of His Son there is no greater illustration of this found in the Bible than that of Abraham and Issac. We know well the story of "the father of faith" Abraham taking His "son of promise" Issac up the mount to lay the love of his life upon the altar. I'll tell ya, you got to believe that with this sacrificial journey father Abraham found out what was to cry from the deepest depths of his soul. Such has always been the ways of sacrifice and the ways of God. It will costs us all to possess Him that gave His all for us. Oh, the glorious mystery of it all! ........ the hidden treasure of Christ, discovered by babes yet rarely found by the wise of this world.

So having said all that I hope to explain how this introductory scripture from Revelation fits into all this of which I have shared.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:9,10

First of all we must possess the knowledge that Revelation is a book filled with signs and symbols. Most believers do not know this, so they think the inspired words penned by John, while living on that lonely isle centuries ago, speak to the closing events of this world. In reality this revered and mysterious book has as it's deepest theme the formation of Christ and His Kingdom within God's sons. The title of the book is "The Revelation of Christ" and the first verse tells us it is a story told through signs. Wow! When we recognize that, it certainly changes the content and theme doesn't it.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and SIGNified it by his angel unto his servant John. Rev1:1

The last time I was in a church service, which was over a year ago, this old gentleman that was teaching that day announced over and over to the group he was a "Bible literalist." Upon closing his talk he announced that he would next be teaching from the Book of Revelation. Being a kind and polite soul, upon hearing this announcement I nonchalantly placed my hand over my eyes as they rolled back into my head. LOL

Alright, so back to the scripture at hand (Rev 6:9,10) let us try and identify these souls that are crying from under the altar. Is it any surprise that these crying souls are actually you and me. You see we walk by the spirit in the heavenlies while we have this great anchor that keeps us tied to the earth. That anchor is the rudiments of our old nature or as identified in the writings of Paul "our old man." Our souls cry out from the altar which is a "place of sacrifice." They cry for the judgement of the "old man with it's Adamic nature" that is tied to the lowest realm of the fallen earth. This is part of the "cry" that Torango wrote of and this is the deep crying of my soul, experienced during those dark nights when I am reduced to submission and painful prayer. I believe if you have been presently called out for a close and deep walk with God you also know well, this crying out from your own soul ............
"how long, O Lord?"

We are sojourners working our way back home to our Father's house. We are passing through the lower realms of pain, grief and suffering as we ascend to the His throne where we are to becoming united and made one with the Father. God, our Father beckons us to "come up hither" and we are learning little by little how to ascend and dwell in the heavenlies. Increasingly, we spend less time and energy in the lower breaches of our existence. We are passing through the wilderness of our carnality and unto the promised land. This is a glorious epic journey and as all journeys we are ever progressing toward our goal ............ our goal, which be Christ; All in All.

Our earthly experience is not about finding gratification in the things of this world but about finding Him in which Eternal Life resides. This world and the things in it are described as "vaporous and temporal." We are being raised in Him and into eternity, beyond the "emptiness of instant gratification" which is all this world can ever give us.

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Rev 6:11

"White robes" speak of being clothed with the "righteousness" of Christ. While on our earthly sojourn we do find our seasons of rest and these are times when we often are called to encourage and comfort our brothers and sisters and our fellow servants. We are to be just as Jesus, our pattern; called to lay down our lives one for another. You can never comfort and encourage another by prayer or word except you have suffered first. True empathy and Agape love is wrought from the sacrifice of ourselves even unto death ............ and so it is said, "we (our old man) are being killed all day long."

"For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." Rom 8:36

"For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them." 2Cor 5:14-15

One of my favorite quotes is posted on our blog's side bar and it describes Brother Lawrence, an old departed saint from a past century. A year ago I read this quote describing his life which was given to contemplative prayer and service of others. I believe it is also a true description of a son being drawn close and united in love with the Most Precious of Sons.
"The humility of the cross became more desirable to him than all the glory the world had to offer."

In closing please allow me to share as an example a couple of events last week that so blessed my heart and brought encouragement and refreshment to my soul. I have possibly written earlier in this blog, of a young family I know that has sort of adopted me and me them. They live but a block away and it is often the highlight of my week to pay them a visit. Sometimes these visits are just to shoot the breeze with the young father, Stephen or to give gifts to the four children after I tease and jest them for a period. However bar none, the most precious of times is when on occasion Christie, the young mother, and I get to share Christ over coffee or in prayer.

It so happens we live in one of the most beautiful places in all the world; Jackson Hole, Wyoming but now days it seems I hardly ever really see the beauty all about me. Instead, mostly I find great blessing and joy to see the beauty within others. Just last week I experienced a couple of the most wondrous of times of joy and blessing as I witnessed the beauty of the indwelling Christ within my friend Christie. With one occasion Christie shared with me that her greatest and growing desire was to know God as the closest of all friends. That was pretty neat but when I heard her also say that she had prayed the Father that she was willing to share in the sufferings of Christ by trial I knew she would be found as more than a friend of God but as a dear and valued son. How rare and priceless a treasure it is, to have another share with you such a desire and hunger for Him. I was and am truly blessed!

The second event occurred a few days earlier on Sunday. I was just coming out of a short time of dryness and that morning I had awakened with a dawning new tenderness in my spirit where it was hard to even think of the Lord without tears falling. I paid this family a visit during the late morning and after rousting about with the kids I was quickened by the Holy Spirit to ask Christie to join me in prayer for some others in need, before I left. As Christie and I prayed the skies outside began to thunder with promise of a long awaited and needed rain. Soon after the thunder the sound of a steady rainfall filled the air and as we prayed inside the house we both
remarked in amazement how we both could actually feel His holy and refreshing rain falling down upon us. We could feel each graceful drop showering us and those we prayed for with His tender love. It brings tears now even writing about it. He is so good, and isn't it great to be his son!

BE blessed and I pray some of you sons might read these scriptures (below) with a little more meaning and little more blessing,


Roman 8

5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Link to Torango's writing "The Cry of Our New Birth"

also this is a wonderful writing by the recently departed Ray Prinzing dealing with "the dicipline of sons" It is entitled "The Corrective Judgements of God"




In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?"

And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." A n d Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs.

(sent to me by
Bob Torango)

Bonus Story : Subject: Living Will

Last night, my wife and I were sitting
in the living room and I said to her,
"I never want to live in a vegetative state,
dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle.
If that ever happens, just pull the plug"

She got up, unplugged the TV and then
threw out my beer.

Sheeesh! Where did I find this woman?

(sent to me by
Uncle Lee)


Finally a video Joian thought was funny ;-) ............ and some sophisticated Hennessey Irish Catholic humor.

Subject: Japanese/Schroff humor



A monastery decided to start a fish and chips store. When the store opened, a client comes in, and asks one of the clerics: are you the fish fryer? Oh, no, the cleric answers, I'm the chip monk!



THE HOUR COMETH AND NOW IS ~ "The Eve of Destruction or a Time of Rejoicing and Restoration?"


But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24

About a year ago the Lord had me spend a number of weeks researching a movement in the organized church before He sent me amongst them to share truth. The movement of which I refer is what is known as the "restoration of the apostles and prophets" and it is but the last in a series of restorative movements conceived by those holding tight to the traditions of men and the teachings of today's orthodox church. Recognizing the failures and weakness of the traditional church, those beholden to the system, for what seems like decades now have been prophesying and teaching that the power and ways of first century church is going to be restored to it's original glory. According to these promoters, following the restoration of pastors, teachers and evangelists, the next and last offices to be restored is to be, the positions of "the apostle and the prophet."

Folks, God is not performing a "do over" now nor will He later. Instead He is gloriously moving forward to new heights and leading a faithful remnant from the
"wilderness church age" into the age of the "mature son and the first fruits of His great harvest." The mature son leaves the mother or the church realm of tutors and sitters to learn how to walk in the ways and words of the Father. This is part of our growing up into the very image of the "Pattern Son" Jesus Christ, who left his mother to be about His Father's business.

At age twelve, Jesus went to Jerusalem with his parents for the Passover. Instead of departing with them to Nazareth, He stayed behind talking with the teachers in the temple. When they found Him, He responded to His mother's question saying: "Why is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business" (Lk. 2:49)

Brother Preston Eby describes the time we are living in with regard to these self proclaimed prophets and apostles with their self promoting schemes."We are living in an hour of great deception, and the land is full of self-proclaimed apostles and prophets who will tell you that only their ministry, or their revelation, or their church, or their movement can bring you to perfection, immortality, and sonship."

....... I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. Jer.23:32

In my last message I quoted a few writings of Brother Hotchkiss and the one thing that always stands out about this old saint of God is that he desires only to point others to Jesus and that they be led by the Holy Spirit and the "mind of Christ." As part of his touching epitaph and possible farewell, our dear brother writes this:




We share our brother's desire. I can say with a certainty Joian and myself, as we write on this blog, it is but for the sole purpose to challenge our family, friends and readers to leave the dominion of man, learn of the Father and be led by the unction of the indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ. There is certainly never a desire to gather unto ourselves but instead an overwhelming care to point all to our Father and His Son Jesus. We know that we are entering the age where we are to come out of the representative institutions of man and go to the very Source. It is time to be still and learn the voice of the Father. If we surrender and commit all we have to His care He is faithful to keep it against that day.

........I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 2Ti 1:12-14

I have shared this as an introductory to a few prophetic messages (below) that are pretty much part and parcel for the current state of affairs, where man lifts up and looks to these self appointed prophets for a word in this perplexing and perilous time. These messages have been published by well known figures in the church today. While one points to "wrath and judgement" come to America the other speaks of
prosperity and blessing arriving soon in the United States.

I can only say, "start letting the Father build that Ark which be Christ within you and you will find His immeasurable peace and love no matter what events unfold in this vaporous and passing world." Soon, I hope to share with you what the Lord has been speaking to me in prayer about "our Ark" as typed in the Old Testament when the world was evil and Noah in obedience, harkened to God to the saving of himself and his family. How often of late, Joian and I have spoken over the phone of "the building of His Arc within" that our children and those that we love might
find safety and hope in today's perilous and evil world.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the
world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hbr 11:7

Here are two prophetic messages taken from Dr. Stephen Jones' web site this month. Dr. Jones is a respected writer and historian, but I believe one who has of late gotten off the narrow path a bit with much projecting of events accompanied by the setting of dates. This practice almost always entails a combination of errors that in the past has previously discredited many men of God and even destroyed their ministries.

Dr. Jones' Entry from 07/23/2007

A Short History of Executive Orders

We are now transitioning from martial rule back to martial law. The president is beginning to conduct his presidency exactly the same as Lincoln did during wartime. Executive orders have the same effect as laws passed by Congress prior to the Civil War. However, the effect of the Executive Order is immediate and without debate. They cannot be overruled by Congress and/or the Supreme Court. Constitutional checks and balanced cease to exist.

Where will this all lead? I believe it will result in an overt Emperor-Presidency. Bush and his Busheviks may decide to stay in power and call off the 2008 election with the ongoing war as an excuse. It might become too risky in his mind to risk a transfer of government in this time of international crisis.

All it would take would be another "black flag" terrorist attack or two, coupled with a nuclear event somewhere in the world to justify this scenario. Chertoff, the Director of Homeland "Security" (snicker, snicker) already had a "gut feeling" that something is afoul on the domestic front. The fact that he has this gut feeling will be enough to allay criticism and justify more "security" measures when the inevitable takes place. In the past few days Chertoff has trotted out several minions to confirm his suspicions. (It is ironic that Chertoff is the son of a fundamentalist rabbi and was raised as a Zionist with the Cabala as his bible.)

Is any of this possible? . . . Expect it. There are very few Christians that would believe what I've written here. But in true Laodicean tradition, they have not studied the history that backs up everything I've said. . . . Understanding that we are now a democracy and not a republic is foundational. But it is only the starting point.

(the whole of this article can be found at this link)

Dr. Jones' Entry from 07/11/2007

The Eve of Destruction?

"The Middle East today is like Europe on the eve of the Great War of 1914-18. It needs only a spark to set the whole region on fire."

So says a Middle East observer to Patrick Seale, leading British author on the Middle East in an article dated June 22, 2007, How Israel and the United States Aim toward Disaster. It was published by Middle East Online.


There are a number of reports saying that many, if not all, of the Middle East leaders are expecting war this month (July). Certainly, they are making feverish preparations. Iraq's foreign minister, Zebari, who is himself a Kurd from northern Iraq, is quoted as saying to MSNBC News, July 9, that Turkey has amassed 140,000 troops on its border with Iraq to fight the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group advocating the formation of an independent Kurdistan.

On the same day, July 9, according to DEBKAfile Intelligence, "Damascus called on Syrian civilians to depart Lebanon to avoid 'an eruption' expected next week." BBC News Brief for July 9 also notes that Russia is evacuating its citizens from the Gaza Strip, and that they have reached the Israeli-Jordanian border, expecting to cross into Jordan shortly. Russia is also flying its citizens out of Lebanon. This is normal when a country believes that war is imminent.

Apparently, Hamas and the PLO are also expecting war, because the urgency of the situation has caused them to begin holding covert peace talks in Stockholm, beginning July 8. The talks are sponsored on the two sides by Saudi Arabia and Iran. Hamas is represented by Imad al Alami. He is talking with PLO ambassador in Sweden, Eugine Makhloof. (DEBKAfile, July 9, 2007).

Probably the most ominous sign of all was reported by the Washington Times on July 6 in a weekly column by Bill Gertz, "Inside the Ring": "International radio operators picked up large numbers of coded Air Force communications being sent around the world on June 26 that indicated some type of military activity was about to take place." These messages were said to be "extraordinary" because of the unprecedented length of the messages. Normally, they are only about 30 characters long, but these had up to 174 characters. This phenomenon has not been seen since the First Gulf War in 1991. Because this comes on the heels of a significant U.S. nuclear war exercise, it is making a lot of people nervous.

It makes me wonder if perhaps the huge breach of intelligence, brought about by the capture of intelligence documents on June 19 in Gaza has brought some fear in the hearts of world leaders, causing them to speed up the time table for war. What would be the spark of the war? What would be its consequences? That is hard to say, but it seems to me that President Bush has been baiting the Iranians for a long time, hoping to get them to do something that would give us a plausible excuse to attack them. The simple fact that they are making nuclear fuel does not seem to be enough of an excuse to do more than rattle their sabers as loudly as possible.

Certainly, this is largely due to the fact that Russia would consider an attack on Iran to be an attack upon Russia, and Putin has reportedly told this to Bush in blunt terms. This has no doubt delayed an attack on Iran, but it has also served to raise the stakes. When the war does come, we will find ourselves against Russia. Hopefully, such a scenario would involve only a proxy war, with each side supporting the opposite sides. But these things have a way of getting out of hand, as we saw in World War One.

Reports are saying that these nations are preparing for (or even expecting) war as early as next week--that is, by July 15. Such reports in the past have often proven to be exaggerated. IF this were to happen, I would see the timing of such a war in the light of the spiritual warfare that we did July of 2001. We have been seeing in 2007 an emergence into the world of the many spiritual battles that we did back in 2001.

In fact, on July 11, 2001 the spiritual battles suddenly exploded into what we called "world war" when we perceived a spiritual attack upon America itself. Of course, these heavenly battles are not detected by the vast majority of the people, nor do most people have any understanding how these wars set patterns for earthly events afterward. In fact, it is difficult to discern the time factors as to when these things begin to emerge into the earth.

We did take note back in 2001 that there was an old revelation, "July is like September," and hence, we expected to see some emergence into the world on Sept. 11, 2001. The destruction of the World Trade Center on that date certainly confirmed the view. But since the end of last year we have begun to see a six-year emergence, and I suspect we will also see these spiritual events emerge next year as well on a seven-year cycle.

At this point, all we can do is be watchful. The spiritual warfare in 2001 was completed on July 14, with final details being wrapped up on July 15 and 16. So for months now, we have wondered what might emerge at this particular time. It is by no means certain that we will see a Middle East eruption next week. There are other possibilities for the fulfillment of these things. For instance, because "July is like September," we may see things happen in September as if it were July. Or things may settle down for another year. I simply do not know and can only be watchful of actual events occurring and developing in the world.

I will say, however, that back in 1986 in my vision of the two Gulf Wars, I took note that the purpose and "calling" of the second "bear," which was released on Sept. 11, 2001, is to destroy Jerusalem. The "bear" is a spiritual entity, but also involves Iran, the biblical Persia, which is prophetically pictured as a bear in Daniel 7:5.

Persia is the nation God used to judge ancient Babylon, and I believe God is using Iran for the same reason today. Mystery Babylon has ruled us beyond its time, but has refused to release us (Jer. 50:33). Therefore, God will redeem us (Jer. 50:34) and is using modern Persia in the divine plan.

So even if the world trembles in fear over the prospects of war and destruction, we can remain confident that God has not lost control over His universe. Though the powerful men on earth fancy themselves as the ones shaping history, they are outsmarted by God Himself, who is using them, even as God used Assyria to judge Israel, and Babylon to judge Judah. All is happening according to His laws and His judgments on the earth, and when their purpose is completed, God will then judge them for overstepping the boundaries of His law.

It appears that we are now closer to the resolution of these things, a climax of history, whose ending has been pre-written. The earth is not going to be destroyed with Babylon, and we are not on the eve of destruction. The destruction of war is not for the purpose of destroying those who are in Christ. Its purpose, in fact, is to remove from us the yoke of bondage that was placed upon us in the days of Daniel. The Babylonian succession of world empires will end in God's pre-determined time, and no man can prevent the fall of this great world empire.

So while this is a sobering time, it is not a time for fear, but to look up, for our redemption draws near.

Next is the opposing prophetic message given by a well known and highly acclaimed prophet in the realm of the organized and fallen church. It was also shared this month as was Stephen Jones' two previous messages.


July 14, 2007 Nashville, TN

North Korea is only the beginning of the submission of the nations. China is looking upon this nation now and saying if they are afraid and they are internally divided and can not fulfill what they had said concerning Iraq and the Middle East then we shall surely stand to win against them. Again says the Lord what do I say about this? A leader in the East, in Asia, shall suddenly topple over in the presence of cameras and the network. God says this will be a sign. This must not be taken lightly. During these summer months and before the election I will be exposing certain ones. Three to four nations that I've said before shall follow suit. They say our arms will be laid down. America shall finally win the battle even though you will continually be hated. Hatred says the Spirit of God shall never conclude its action successfully. I have now sent a Word to this nation again and I have done it over and over. I will cause these next few months to be months of great victory and exposure, the secrets of the Lord shall be revealed. I will capture those who have captured. I will terrorize those who have terrorized. I will bring justice over and over and over. America shall be on her knees because of the wind that I am sending that shall cause a cleansing to take place that could never have happened had there not been the sound of victory in the voices of the people as they praised in the midst of fear, in the midst of terror. Rejoice for this year many great breakthroughs will cause My people to say, it has begun it surely has begun. The season has come, it is upon us, and it has begun.

I will open up the heavens send the rain and the wind. Can you hear the sound; can you hear the sound of the wind? I will send the wind to you just like the day of Pentecost. As they were in one accord they heard the sound that came. Hear the sound I'm sending to this nation. I'm sending a sound of triumph, of victory to this nation. I'm sending a sound of victory to your nation. Your accusers have said they will come, the terrorists have said they will come and destroy in the summer months of this nation. Watch me says the Lord, I will protect this nation again. I will reveal and expose where they are hidden, again and again and again. Do you hear the sound of victory for this nation? I can hear the sound of a mighty army. Can you hear the sound? I can hear the sound of a mighty army, tens of thousands of angels. Can you hear the sound?

Your military power shall never die, nor shall it wane but the spiritual militant power has risen above your natural military power. God says because of this I will speed up and accelerate your victory. Hidden in the third cave of the Pakistan border I will sniff out and draw out many of those that have hidden themselves. There will be two deaths in Pakistan; the Spirit of God says it shall cause havoc. I will bring peace to this nation as it has never ever experienced. Do not fear your borders are protected, your schools are protected, your children are protected, your jets are protected, your air space is protected, your seas are protected, your land is protected, My people are protected. For this day the God of the universe hears your praise and sends the fire of God to Pakistan. It is time for the exposure says the Spirit of the Living God. Rejoice America your restoration has begun. Now I will pay back says the Spirit of the Lord for vengeance is mine. I will pay back your enemies by putting you on the top; economically I will drive you back to the highest place as I do what I'm going to do with your energy crisis. You will have the Middle East come to you and say will you share with us what you have discovered.

What is this that I hear, an independent that arises a switch in power? God says listen, righteousness shall prevail in the streets of America and in the White House nothing will be determined without My counsel. They shall plan but ultimately it is I says the Lord that will determine the outcome. There will be a very strange move of My Spirit amongst the children of this nation. Come to me like a little child and I will raise you up. There will be praise in summer. There will be rain in summer. There will be joy in summer. I'll send the rain and the wind. The spirits of men will pray, the spirits of men will rejoice it's the end of a season the beginning of something, everyone's been waiting for. America your greatest hour is upon you.(Clement)

It makes you want to scratch your head ....... doesn't it. Are we in America approaching the "eve of destruction" or a "time of rejoicing and peaceful restoration" ................. who are we to believe?

To tell you the truth, I have no idea and it truly matters little to me, as I am comforted by the thought that I am firmly held in the Father's hands as is also my family and loved ones. I can rest because I know all of the world's events have been purposed and planned in Love even before the foundations of the world were set.

Finally, wanting to end on a positive note, allow me to share a closing word by a fellow named Joe Farrell. I pray it rings true with your spirit as it did with mine.

It has been the desire of man to go back to the glory of the early church, but Paul said of those in his day, "All seek their own and none seek the things of Christ."
Why was this so? Do we not see the same in our day? Have we not each one experienced zeal without knowledge? Is it not time to seek the Lord to come in judgment in our own hearts and destroy root and branch of the man of sin in each of us that we might be experientially transformed into the everlasting Kingdom and Love of the Father? Even so come Lord Jesus!

God bless you and may you find a deep comforting rest in Christ and His Inward Kingdom no matter what the coming season,


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 9:6,7


THE HOUR COMETH AND NOW IS ~ "The Arc of His Presense"

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24
The Arc of the covenant speaks of Christ's presence and surely as we leave the Age of the Wilderness Church and move on to Zion and the restoration of David's tabernacle, many desire to stay with the old religious settings even though the Arc and His presence has left.

We however, can praise our God because we know that with every generation He has always held a faithful remnant close to His heart. These are those that have not bowed to Baal. Being reminded of Joian's encouraging post a few days ago about Joseph, I thought to add the words of Elwin Roach which speak to the many Josephs residing in this very day we live in. There is a "coming great awakening" and I believe we are experiencing the first fruits of it now.

God has been preparing and perfecting these Josephs in the darkness and in the prison houses of loneliness and isolation for a day and hour that they will be unleashed as a secret weapon on the kingdom of darkness. He has allowed all of these things to happen to them for their good. He has prepared a people that He can trust with His power, gifts, and anointing. In holiness, humility and boldness they will fulfill His plans in our day. They will give HIM the glory. They will give HIM total control of the coming Great Awakening. The door of their prison house of utter loneliness and rejection is about to open. Their "word" is about to come. That word is "the King has need of thee." In a moment, they will be ushered from prison to position. In a moment, they will fully understand their long and severe sufferings. In a moment, they will be brought out into the light of God's divine destiny for them. God will use them to lead the Coming Great Awakening.

........"And they loved not their lives even until death." (Rev 12:11) God is even at this moment harvesting a holy remnant from this generation and He will have a church that is without spot or wrinkle, a pure bride for His Son. Be encouraged. Lift up your heads. Your God has come! "The King has need of thee!" (Roach)

If we care to understand what God is going to do, we must look back and understand what He once did. This piece of writing quoted below spoke strongly to my heart last night in confirmation of what God did in the past and what He is doing again today. The Arc of the Covenant and His presence has left the building and it resides in the hearts of men and women being fit together into a temple of lively stones not made with hands. You need not travel far to visit this temple and partake of His presence. As we worship in Spirit and Truth, we discover that Christ's presence and His temple is ever with us and gives expression and life in a multitudes of ways.

Following this excerpt entitled "Gibeon to Zion" I have includes the most touching of expressions by one of God's sons possibly experiencing the twilight of his earthly journey. I finally had the wonderful pleasure to visit with this dear older saint by phone this last week. I know that which I have included in this closing portion of this post will touch your heart and encourage you as you discover the many ways God brings the Arc of His presence to you.

Gibeon and Zion

For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place at Gibeon. (1 Chronicles 21:29)

Only the tabernacle and the altar of offering rested on Gibeon, not the ark. What transpired that the ark would no longer be in the holy of holies? At this point it would be good to do a brief history of how the Ark of the Covenant and the tent of meeting (the tabernacle which came to rest on Gibeon) were permanently separated and how this seeming disaster served to advance God's eternal plan.

At first, both the Ark and the tabernacle moved around together from point to point in the Promised Land during the time of the judges. The tent housed the ark when it was stationary. One of the later judges named Eli was also the chief priest and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests before the Lord when the tent of meeting was at Shiloh.

One day a woman came and was weeping and groaning in prayer at the door of the tent and Eli rebuked her because he thought she was drunk. Hannah replied that she was not drunk, but rather grieving because she was barren. Eli assured her that God heard her prayer. Soon she conceived and gave birth to a child named Samuel. When the child was weaned, as promised, she brought him to the tabernacle to minister before the Lord as a Nazarite and prophet. Though Samuel was not of the family of the Levites, but of Ephraim, he ministered there at Shiloh before the Lord and God started speaking to him at a very early age.

God was about to replace Eli as judge over Israel because he and his sons were corrupt. The Philistines came up to invade Israel and the army of Israel went out to head them off at the pass. The battle was not going well, so someone got the bright idea to fetch the ark of God from Shiloh, believing that God would fight their battle for them because of the presence of the ark. Wrong! Hophni and Phinehas brought the ark to the field of battle, but when the Philistines heard of it they became more determined. They routed Israel, killed the two sons of Eli, and took the ark as a trophy of war.

At this point, a runner brought news to Eli that his two sons had been killed and the ark had been lost. Eli was old and obese, and when he heard the ark was in enemy hands he fell backwards off his chair, broke his neck and died. When the pregnant wife of Phinehas heard of the death of her husband and the loss of the ark, she went into labor early and gave birth to a son. She named the child Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured" (1 Samuel 4:21-22, NKJV).

Samuel and those who remained at Shiloh packed up the tabernacle and all its furnishings and headed south to avoid the invading Philistines. The tent of meeting finally came to rest on a hill called Gibeon, but without the Ark of the Covenant. The priests who succeeded Eli and his sons continued to minister before the empty tent for many years, though the glory of God's presence was not there.

A reporter once asked Billy Graham what he feared the most. He said it was building up such a well-oiled evangelistic organization that it could go right on doing its thing even after God departed and not even know the difference. Such is the case with empty religion. This is truly a very sad state of affairs, but all too common today. It is too bad that they are not as honest as the wife of Phinehas when they name their organizations.

Meanwhile, the Philistines brought the ark to Ashkelon, one of their five major cities, and put it in the temple of their god Dagon, an idol with the head and hands of a man and the tail of a fish. They come back the next day to find Dagon fallen off his perch, prone before the ark of the Lord. Thinking it a fluke, they set him back up. The next day they found him fallen before the ark at the threshold with his head and hands broken off. It was a knock out in the second round and God was the winner!

The ark was too hot for the king of Ashkelon and the priests of Dagon to handle. They decided to send it away to another Philistine city, where the people broke out with a plague of tumors (hemorrhoids in the Hebrew) and the city was overrun with a plague of mice. So the Ark was shipped on down the line to the next city and the next, each breaking out with the same afflictions until after many months, they got the bright idea to send the ark back to Israel. Their priests and diviners told them to put five golden "tumors" and five golden mice in a box, one for each of the lords of the Philistines. They put the ark on an oxcart with the box of offerings beside it, and then hitched up two milk cows that had calves. They tied the calves to a post to see if the mother cows would ignore their bawling and take the ark to Israel. If they did, the Philistines would know that their woes came from the ark and that they had broken the plague by returning it to its rightful home.

The people of Beth Shemesh in southern Israel, reaping in their fields, heard the cows bawling as they came pulling the oxcart with the ark. They went out to see it with great rejoicing. The cart came to a halt at a great rock. The local Levites took it down from the cart, placed the box of golden mice and tumors along side it, chopped up the oxcart for firewood and slaughtered the two cows as a sacrifice to the Lord. The narration continues,

Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. And the men of Beth Shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? And to whom shall it go up from us?" So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, "The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up with you." Then the men of Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. (1 Samuel 6:19-7:2, NKJV).

This same Kiriath Jearim is also called Baale Judah in 2 Samuel. There the Ark stayed throughout the reign of King Saul (a type of the flesh), who never once sought it out. (See 1 Chronicles 13:3). Sacrifices were still being offered on the altar at Gibeon. The washings of the laver continued. The seven-branched candlestick was still lit and fueled and smoke was still rising from the altar of incense, but behind the veil of the Holy of Holies, all was dark. The glory had departed. There was no receptacle for the sprinkling of the blood of the slain lamb, i.e., the mercy seat. There was no light beyond the veil, for He who is the Light was gone. In short, the system was still functioning but the Lord of glory was gone with the ark.

The ark was gone during the whole reign of Saul and no one looked for it. No one missed it! Why? The ark of God's presence is despised and neglected whenever and wherever the flesh of man reigns. Religion works quite well without God. His presence is not required for it to function. Israel was never more religious than at those times when they were in outright disobedience to God or had completely forgotten Him. Regardless of their condition, they continued to burn incense long after God's presence had departed.

God spoke of this through Jeremiah,
"But my people have forgotten me, they burn offerings to a delusion; they have stumbled in their ways, in the ancient roads, and have gone into bypaths, not the highway" (Jeremiah18:15 RV).

Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message Bible, captures the true meaning of
Isaiah 1:13 through 14. "Quit your worship charades. I can't stand your trivial religious games: monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings--meetings, meetings, meetings--I can't stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them! You've worn me out! I'm sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning."

The point is that men will continue to burn incense, give offerings and go right on worshiping long after the glory has departed. Jeremiah noted that in the midst of the religious hubbub and digging of religious cisterns, not even the priests thought to ask, "Where is the Lord?" (See Jeremiah 2:8). The fact that people are unified in religious activity is not an indicator that God is present among them. If anything, it is a sign of apostasy. As Isaiah prophesied, it is quite possible for a people to come near to God with their mouth and honor Him with their lips while their hearts are far from Him. Their worship consists only of rules taught by men.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Isaiah.29:13-14
(George Davis and Michael Clark)

This is part of Dick Hotchkiss's journal "Tiny Morsels" put together by his daughter Sharon. I ran into Sharon on an Internet forum and discovered something of her dad's walk as she shared his thoughts on her blog. Both his writings and her sharings have been a strength to me and I pray you are touched by a couple of Dick's journal entries copied below. While visiting with Dick earlier this week by phone I truly felt we both stood in the presence of Christ's wondrous abiding glory. We had church that day.

"Tiny Morsels"

Cancer Update 06-22-2007
Well, here it is June 22, 2007, and my condition hasn’t really changed very much.

I’m still on oxygen 24/7,

I can go for walks occasionally, but I never go alone, and I’m limited to about four blocks.

Sometimes I feel great when I start walking, but after two blocks or so, I can feel my energy fading, so I cut it short.

I used to lave to run. I spent two years in the army during the Korean War. I was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division, and I love the running part, but I loved civilian life too, so I made 13 jumps, put in my two years, and took my discharge, 12-3-1952.

I was, very rebellious back in those days, and it took a lot of hard discipline to break my stubborn pride and self dependence.

I suffered a lot of losses before I discovered that God was working in my life. I thought I was simply a failure, and that God could never make anything useful out of me.

In 34 years we belonged to at least 7 different churches. I learned a lot about different doctrines, and I experienced being tossed to and fro, and being carried about with every wind of doctrine, Eph. 4: 14.

In 1989 we were rejected by the church for the last time, and we never went back.

After leaving the church, I learned that I had an open heaven, and I began to write, and the Holy Spirit began pouring out beautiful revelations upon me.

Now, 18 years later, I have lung cancer. My life on this earth is very uncertain, but life in the next age is growing more certain, and more and more beautiful all of the time.

As I receive more perfect interpretations of the word, the future gets brighter and brighter.

We have walked in darkness for so many years, that now; the light has become so brilliant that it is blinding us.

It takes time to adjust to such perfect light. As we gradually adjust to deeper truths, and begin to see the unconditional promises of God, made to Abraham; then we see that those promises are free to all of us who are “in Christ”, Romans 8: 1-2.

As I see His glory that We shall share at His coming, it leaves me speechless.

How could God, our Creator, come to earth and live in a nature as wicked, and evil, as mine had been?

He changed me, and His love and nature is still changing me into His likeness, Romans 8: 29, until eventually all can see Him living in me, Gal. 2: 20.

When that is in my future, how can I have any desire to stay here? Wouldn’t it be better to hasten His return?

My lungs keep filling up with mucous. I have to take 8 Nebulizer treatments a day. That loosens the mucous so I can cough it up, and spit it out. I wake up coughing about every hour throughout the night.

My son, Rich, and my daughter, Jamie, get up once or twice during the night to set up my Nebulizer equipment.

That Nebulizer is keeping me alive now. Without it, my lungs would fill up with mucous and I would stop breathing.

I don’t mind talking about death and dying, so I’m inviting you to e-mail me if you want to talk about anything.

That wasn’t possible a few months ago because we didn’t have a computer in the house. Now my two kids have two of them, but I don’t know how to operate either of them.

You can e-mail your phone number to me if you’d like, and I’ll call you on the phone.

His word is getting more precious to me. It’s like a gold mine, and the biggest nougats are deeper than the others. It takes some digging to get the big ones, but they are well worth the effort.

The dying process has many benefits. As my natural strength gets weaker, then His Spirit in me gets stronger.

Many times, my natural strength is a hindrance to the Holy Spirit. As I get weaker, He gets stronger. Then He can break through with a more pure word of prophecy, and those listening can be refreshed, and re-energized, and many will be encouraged to run the race more eagerly, and to cast off weights and besetting sins that would hinder them, Hebrews 12: 1.

I do want your lives to be enriched, and that you may hear His voice more clearly.

May God bless and keep you in His Amazing Grace until His Appearing.

Dick Hotchkiss

June 29










Dick's daughter, Sharon is indeed the apple that has come to rest not far from the tree and once while trading messages with her she made reference to an old story she had read about a "bamboo water pipe." I had never heard of the story but today I thought to see if I could search it out. Now, I do not know if this is the same tale Sharon referrenced to me, but it did remind me greatly of both Dick and his children as they give their lives for others.


A Bamboo Tree

A farmer had a cluster of beautiful bamboo trees. One day he stood before the tallest one and said, "My friend, I need you." "Sir," said the bamboo, "Use me in any way you wish, I am ready." Then the gardener's voice became serious and he said, "In order to use you, I've got to split you in half." Then the bamboo reacted, "Split me" Oh, no... I'm the nicest bamboo in this garden. Use me in any way you wish, but please don't split me in half." "Well," said the gardener, "if I can't split you, I can't use you." The bamboo went silent. Then it bowed its head and said, "Okay. If the only way you can use me, is by splitting me, go ahead." "But that's not all," said the gardener. "I am going to have to cut off all your branches." "That will be the end of my beauty," the bamboo said. "But - if that's the only way I can be of use - cut me down altogether." So the farmer cut down the bamboo, removed its branches and split it down the middle. After hollowing out its insides, he brought it to a spring of water. It became a pipe to bring water to the gardens and make them fertile and fruitful.
It gave its life to help other lives. Everyday right around us people are giving their lives that we might live...

In closing I ask you to please pray for Dick and Sharon, along with the rest of the Hotchkiss family. Lastly if you feel so led, I invite you to drop Brother Hotchkiss an e-mail sharing your love and encouragement.

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To Be Like God -

On the surface this seems to be a godly goal, but is really rebellion. Man is not called to imitate God, but to yield to Him and let His Spirit manifest His will in us. It is not "What would Jesus do?" as if we could imagine what God would do in any situation, much less have the power to do it. No, it is rather, "what is Jesus doing in us at this moment as His saints?" This is the difference between rebellion and yielding. The spiritual man knows there is no good thing in his old nature.
by Michael Clark

I found this extrodinary quote on "A Wilderness Voice" (link above) in a post called "The Matrix, A Modern Parable". I never saw the movie but by the time I finished this article I was sorry I hadn't. This is such a good read and this quote is but one of the jewels found there.

What amazing times we live in. Truly, life as it was is forever over..........most of us just don't know it yet. Real life is just ahead, so onward and upward!



Jeremy, Melody and Owen

Joian, Tiffany and Amy

It's been a busy month as I have plunged into a major remodel of our family home. I have been led by the Lord in this whole endeavor and am watching as things I have dreamed of are coming to pass. But even seeing dreams become reality have not quenched my thirst and hunger for what God is showing me and doing in my life.

This month was compounded by my move back into the main house after two years in a small guest apartment that is attached to my home. The move was unexpected. My daughter and her husband had been renting the main house with their little Owen and are expecting little Levi at the end of September. They were given an opportunity to move into a place of their own and jumped at the chance. It was all timed perfectly, but as with all moves, has become a little hectic. I am just now starting to adjust at being back in this big old place.....and gaining a little rest from all the moving and changing.

This Sunday was the first time in over two years, I was able to have my 18 year old granddaughter Tiffany overnight and share a leisurely morning breakfast. Saturday night Tiffany had asked me some questions about God being sovereign........some of her questions were so insightful and heartfelt. She knew my perception of God had changed and was surprised at what her mother had shared with her about what I had come to believe.

She wanted to know why I believed God really was behind the suffering in life and why would he be....AND why, if we were all destined to be saved did Jesus have to die on the cross, and were we all really robots? Rather overwhelmed, I prayed as she talked, I then thought of Joseph, and his comment to his brothers, (you meant it for evil but God meant it for good)as a starting place. She had never heard the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. As I began to share I watched her eyes light with interest as if this story of betrayal and injustice by the hand of God, and for his purposes was a novel. New pictures emerged in my mind as I shared with her and the story came alive. It seemed like Joseph was my friend. I hurt to think what he endured. By the stories end, I exalted in the complexity of how God worked in and through it all and even added that he married and had sons ..... that seemed like a happy everafter story to her. We cried as the Lord made the retelling real to both of us. We said goodnight and went to bed. Still, so much had been left unsaid. How do you take my 4 years of running hard and fast to understand what the Lord was saying, and condense it down in a couple of hours? I was about to see the Lord move on our behalf.

The next morning I was checking my e-mail and saw Jack had sent a link he wanted me to check out. As I clicked on it, I saw the post began with the story of Joseph and then went into so much more. It was such a profound working out of the night before and even a sign to Tiffany. The article added depth and deep insight to the story we had just shared....as it was still fresh in our minds. This was so much more than a coincidence coming our way..... I asked Tiffany if she wanted to sit down and read it while I made breakfast...........We were both amazed and touched, spending several more hours sharing about our Father and how he was working in both our lives............
Here are two more voices sharing their understanding of the times we live in.............remarkable that there are so many pointing the way, what is even more remarkable is that it is in God's purposes that we find each other! So thank you Jack for sharing what you find with the rest of us. It is a unique gift my friend and I thank God for you.

Love to you all,

Joseph, the favored son of Jacob in the Old Testament, endured many things at the hand of his brothers. His brothers were jealous because their father favored him and gave him a special coat of many colors. Few of us have known the level of betrayal and suffering that he knew as a result. Worse yet, Joseph had dreams that seemed to suggest that God also favored him. The brothers grew to hate this "dreamer" who dared to believe that God had a special plan for his life.

One day, Jacob sent Joseph out in the field to check on his brothers. "Here comes that dreamer" they said among themselves as they saw Joseph approaching from a distance. They plotted to kill him but instead ripped off the special gift of his father's favor, the coat of many colors, threw him into a dry cistern and later sold him to some Ishmaelite traders passing by on their way from Gilead to Egypt. In Egypt, these slavers sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials. Joseph served Potiphar, as a faithful steward gaining his trust and esteem for seven years before everything fell apart again. Potiphar's wife tried to seduce him and when failing to do so, she falsely accused Joseph of molesting her. Potiphar threw Joseph into Pharaoh's prison where he suffered for another seven years.

All these injustices happened because of the envy and hatred of his brothers, right? If anyone had a reason to be bitter, Joseph did. When he later interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh's baker and wine taster, he ask one of them to be sure to let the king know that he had been unfairly imprisoned and enslaved. Finally, after two more years of bondage, Joseph was called before Pharaoh to interpret a dream that warned of a great famine throughout the land. This time he mentioned not a word about his injustices, but pointed the king to God alone. It would seem that the last vestiges of resentment and blame were finally gone. Because of God's favor on his life, Joseph was exalted and made second in command in all of Egypt. He was put in charge of storing food for the coming famine.

As God would have it, Joseph's father and brothers heard of the stores of food down in Egypt in the midst of the famine and Jacob sent the brothers down into Egypt to bring back food. They eventually came in and stood before Joseph, not knowing who he was for he was dressed like a king. It had been over twenty-one years since they had been face to face. A lot had changed. Wouldn't a little poetic justice be in order here? This was Joseph's chance to "set things right" and take his revenge. What would you do? Would Joseph throw them into prison to give them a taste of what he had suffered at their hands? Then would he "throw away the key"? How often we have heard men who have been wronged say, "I will forgive, but I will NEVER forget!"

Joseph's words, spoken to his brothers after he finally revealed his identity to them, show the deep and precious work God did in his heart through years of suffering. He finally came to see beyond the ill-intentions of his brothers and see God's greater purpose in it all. When the eyes of the brothers were finally opened to see who this great leader of Egypt really was they panicked. To their surprise and relief Joseph said to them, "You meant evil against me but God meant it for good..." (Gen 50:20-21 WEB).

What wonderful words are these, proceeding from a broken heart, which suggest that all life's struggles and sufferings work together toward some greater good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (See Romans 8:28)? Could it be that even the greatest sorrows of our lives are messengers of good? This was the lesson that Joseph learned through his many wounds. Though men mean to do evil to us, God means it for good. He uses anything that happens to us to bring us into the perfection of His Son, Jesus Christ (See Hebrews 12:6).

Today's Josephs

Today, many are coming out of abusive church systems. Those, calling themselves "brothers," sold them into religious captivity. Those who loudly claimed to love them unconditionally now shun them and speak ill of them behind their backs. As a result, many of these wounded ones are openly hurt and bitter. They have been betrayed and their coat of many colors ripped from their backs and soaked in blood. Sadly, the gift that they dared to manifest among jealous brethren is now silent and they seek to avoid further wounding by focusing on the evil intentions of their brothers, often searching the scriptures for ammunition against their foes. "I'm never going to be hurt like that again. . . You meant it for evil. . ."

In the movie, "Patch Adams," there is a scene where Patch has just been put in an insane asylum, having given up on life altogether. One of the patents, an old man, comes up to him and thrusts four fingers inside his focal distance as he looked at the man's face. Then the man shouted, "How many fingers? How many fingers do you see?" Patch stepped back, looked and said, "Four." The man then said, "You are an idiot!" and stormed off. Later, Patch found out that this man was a genius and had voluntarily become interned because he could not stand the world outside. He went into the man's room and asked him what the answer to the riddle really was? The man said, "Three." If you had looked beyond the fingers and focused on my face you would have seen thee fingers, not four. You have to look beyond the obvious manifestation to see the solution to your problem."

The key to forgiving our brothers is locked away from us until we finally come to see that our wounds are the wounds of a dear Friend (Proverbs 27:6). Until we see God's hand in our sufferings, we are destined to wrestle with flesh and blood, pointing the finger at our persecutors and blaming them for the injustice of it all.

In man's distorted, promiscuous view of love there is no room for pain, no place for discipline, and no value in wounds. Therefore, pain is met with resentment and wounding with retaliation. Their can be no lasting healing until we finally stop blaming our brothers and start thanking our Divine Friend, who loves us enough to wound us that he might heal us. Until we come to see that "God meant it for good", we can never forgive our brothers and know the goodness of His wounds.

"Come, let us return to the LORD! He has torn us in pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time, he will restore us so we can live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring." (Hosea 6:1-3 NLT)

Beyond the wounds are restoration, healing and a renewed desire to follow on to know the Lord. In fact, without them, we would never be released from the shell of our human natures and stretch forth toward His marvelous light.

The Holy Spirit, through the writer of Hebrews, speaks of the hostility from sinners that the early believers suffered, as the child training of a Father. "For consider Him (Jesus) who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him..." (Hebrews 12:3-5 NKJV) The heavenly Father's discipline has one end in view, "...for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness."

In his message entitled "Let us go on," T. Austin Sparks said regarding the sufferings of these early believers,

"Their sufferings may have come from devil-driven men, from the very devil himself, and yet they're in the hands of a Father, Father has hold of those sufferings for the training of His children."

In the book of Hebrews there is a great promise for those who submit to the hand of their Father, "Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:11 NKJV). The question is, will we patiently submit to His mighty hand and wait for the promise of the harvest? Will we open our hearts to receive the peaceable fruit of righteousness, the mind of Christ within?

Until we see that the stripes that others have inflicted upon us are not the wounds of our enemies, but the strips of a loving Father we can never be free from bitterness and resentment. Until we can honestly say, "God meant it for good...Faithful are the wounds of a friend," we will resist the purging blows of God our Father. Sometimes we might feel as Job did, "...he breaks me with a tempest, multiplies my wounds without cause." Job could not see it then but he would learn through his sufferings that God's wounds are not without cause but for cleansing and blessing! They are for healing! They are for good. So goes the proverb, "Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart." (Proverbs 20:30 NKJV). This gives new meaning to the words "by His stripes we are healed"(Isaiah 53:5), for it is the Father who controls the scourge.

Stripes; the Marks of Ownership

"Anyone God uses significantly is always deeply wounded. . . We are, each and every one of us, insignificant people who God has called and graced to use in a significant way. . . On the last day, Jesus will look us over not for medals, diplomas, or honors, but for scars." (Brennan Manning Ruthless Trust)

Like the precious alabaster box of ointment which anointed the feet of Christ, there must first come a breaking, then He is not only blessed, but the perfume of the ointment is sure to fill the whole house. We must love the Lord more than we love our own lives before this can happen.

Another one who suffered greatly at the hands of his brothers was Paul. If anyone had a right to be bitter for the way he was treated, Paul did. However, like Joseph, Paul saw beyond his wounds, and those who inflicted them, to the real reason for the scares. "On my own body are scars that prove I belong to Christ." (Gal 6:17). In that day, it was customary for slaves to be branded on their bodies with the names or mark of their owners.

Paul saw the many stripes that had been inflicted upon him, not as evil but as good - as proof of Christ's ownership. Five times he received the dreaded "forty stripes save one" at the hands of his fellow Jews (See 2Co 11:24,) because of the calling, grace and favor of God (the mantle of many colors) on his life. Was Paul bitter about the way he was treated? No. His feelings are recorded in Romans 9: 3, "If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they (the Jews) could be blessed by him, I'd do it in a minute. They're my family." (Romans 9:3 MSG)

We have said all this to ask this question, how much "house-church reform" is circumventive and reactionary in nature--trying to avoid further pain? How much of our "kissing off of the institutional church" is moldering in "righteous indignation"? Do we have a heart like Paul had? Would we sacrifice our blessing that our persecutors could be blessed?

We do not write these things from a lofty perch. We are working through many of these issues even now. Nor do we suggest that anyone support such unbiblical and abusive systems by any means. Paul did not go back into the synagogues of the Jews to come back under their authority, but to bring them out of the bondages of men's traditions into the perfect liberty of Christ. We recognize that until all bitterness and malice are put aside, those fleeing these abusive systems are in reality trading one bondage for another. They escape the lash and chains of outer taskmasters only to be eaten up from within by the worst abuser of all, bitterness and self preservation. If they do not break this codependent cycle of abuse in their lives through forgiveness, they will likely come under new abusers and it is happening, even now, in some home-church circles.

As a child, when I (George) would tell my mother what horrible things my siblings had done to cause me to hit them or retaliate in some other way, she would interrupt my righteous indignation with these words, "Two wrongs don't make a right." I grew to hate that saying.

Years later, the Lord led my wife Charlotte and me to attend a "church" in our area. We grew to deeply love many of the people we met there. To put it mildly, this church was authoritarian in nature, having an "apostolic hierarchy" that at times was overtly brutal in its treatment of people. I often asked the Lord, "Why have you sent us here?" I was especially affected when they mistreated those whom I had come to love so deeply. It was inevitable that finally a situation arose where many were deeply wounded. I took offense. I felt like Moses. I secretly wanted to beat these taskmasters to death one at a time. Before long however, God revealed that my intentions were not even that noble for I was reacting, in no small part, to previous hurts in my own life, when men had done similar things to me. Were the actions of these abusers right? No. They were dead wrong. But two wrongs don't make a right. The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.

I, Michael, have gone through much the same experiences in authoritarian church structures. Today, twenty years later, we have finally come to that place where we are thankful to God for sending us to these places. He taught us many hard lessons there. We now see God's hand in it all. Does that mean that we want to go back? Never! Not in a million years! It was like being in the military. We are glad we went, but never hope to have to go through that again. All we are saying is, "God meant it for good!"

Going to the root

We are amazed at the glorious gifts the Father has bestowed upon brothers and sisters we meet outside the walls of denominational Christianity. We often comment on how desperately all God's children need those gifts. Sadly, much of what these dear brothers and sisters have to say is rejected not for reason of content but because they are prejudged as having the wrong attitude. The chief argument used against them is, "They have a root of bitterness!" Only God knows how many times these words have been used to reject truth?

Since when is truth dispassionate? Must one appear calm composed and unruffled before what he says can be considered true? Simply because something is spoken in anger does not make it untrue? If God speaks to us out of his wrath, should we refuse to hear him until He gets His attitude right? Truth is truth regardless. Try to imagine these words of John the Baptist being spoken softly with a soft spoken lisp in his voice, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Stereotyping the messenger has become a groundless and convenient excuse for doing away with the message. The saying goes, "If you can not attack the message, attack the messenger." We are well aware of the tendency, within certain church circles, to mistake frankness for bitterness and we neither can nor should waste our time trying to answer that. The real question that all of us should entertain is, to what degree are they right? Is there any bitterness in us that would discredit the message God desires to communicate through us? Can people get beyond our judgment to the good of our message? And there is much good to be gleaned from many. Is our message spoken out of a sincere concern for the blessing of others or are we reacting out of personal hurt and un-forgiveness?

One time when I, Michael, was working through many of these issues within, I heard the Lord say, "Michael, is there a book of 'Reacts' in the Bible?" I said, "No Lord, there is just a book of 'Acts.'" I have discovered in reading this book again, that those who operated in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, did not react, but rather acted under HIS influence, not the influence of their own souls. This is all that God wants from His true servants in the church, today.

We are not accusing anyone here. We ask these questions of ourselves and ask that you also consider them. We believe that God has moved "outside the camp" to make the very statement that he made to Moses when he moved the tent of meeting outside the camp of rebellious Israel to wait for a new and faithful generation that would follow Him more perfectly. We are nearing the end of that time which some call "the church age." There is now occurring a new exodus, led by that prophet, like Moses, (Jesus) outside the orthodox religious camp. God is moving on! We do not deny this! Neither do we suppose that we are the only ones with a burden for those who refuse to go unto Him outside the camp of religion. We are simply concerned that our attitudes and actions do not become convenient excuses for not answering God's clarion call. Let us all first search our hearts as we go forth with His message!

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches"

By George Davis and Michael Clark-http://awildernessvoice.com/GodMeantGood.html