Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter to President--Let the Nation Without Sin, Drop the First Bomb


Dear President Obama,

My prayers are with you. A New York Times journalist said regarding Iraq and ISSI, “The impossible is necessary.”  Yes.   “With God, nothing shall be impossible.” “If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God and it shall be given him.”

Let the nation without sin, drop the first bomb.  “We met the enemy and it was us.” Someone asks, “Why do we continue to deploy our military for unwinnable wars?” 

 How did we get into this “network of death”? A journalist on NPR, Fresh Air, said, “If we hadn't gone to war in Iraq, we wouldn't have ISSI.” I agree.   Also, Guantanamo Bay* plays a big part in the beheading of journalists--dressing them in orange for revenge.  It's so tragic that our actions have recruited more and stronger terrorists--all this suffering to do more harm than good.  And there they are with our weapons used against us. That’s the way it works. Jesus said, “Put up thy sword.  They that take the sword perish by the sword.”  Matthew 26:52

Taking Saddam out left a vacuum.  Jesus said if you take a demon out and leave a vacuum, the case is 7 times worse.   It's beyond heart breaking.  Eleven years of despair.  Iraq: a place to recruit terrorists.

 Before the war, September 2002, I read in USA Today:  US Aim in Iraq: Lightning Action.  I stood before that paper and the horror of what such a war would do came over me.  I wrote a book, Sometimes You Must be the Music.

No more war, Mr. President. Shall we with Military action pour more fuel on the fire and add to the confusion?    Please, Mr. President, don’t be a party to endless war and endless revenge.  There is another, better way.

Give humanitarian aid and, by prayer, follow the example of Elisha. Enlist the Invisible Host and those Chariots of Fire. (II Kings 6:8-23).  

Or send the praisers out as Jehoshaphat did.  Biblically, we’re told over 500 times to “Praise the Lord.”  Praise stills the enemy and the avenger.   .  . We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness.  Praise paralyzes the warlords—they can’t move.  

Or have one of those prayer meetings like they did when an angel loosed Peter from his chains and opened The Iron Gate.  

Or how about Gideon whose 300 men blew trumpets and broke pitchers?  

Remember when those ten lepers entered the city and God magnified their footsteps so that their feet sounded like a mighty advancing army and the Syrians fled in terror leaving all their food and provision? (II Kings 8) 

The Creator is creative.  Here’s a principle:  Sometimes seemingly “stupid” things work when hearts are right.  Here’s another: Little is much when God is in it. 

And Iraq.  In 1996, Justus du Plessis from South Africa came late to Kenneth Copeland’s Eagle Mountain Church.  Jesus had given him a vision for America. One strong admonition remembered:  Read the book of Daniel.   Why read the book of Daniel?  This book is set in Babylon—which is modern day Iraq.  What kind of a king was Nebuchadnezzar?  Impulsive, ruthless.  But change came--the king changed.  By sword and battle?  No, by prayer, vision and the interpretation of dreams.  Song words:  When will we ever learn?   Yes, we can!

 It’s past time “to beat our swords into plowshares and not learn war anymore.”   Sit at the feet of the Prince of Peace and get instructions.  No more fund raising madness.  Sometimes the best action is to stand still.                                                                                                

                                                                           Blessings, love, joy, peace,
                                    Shining River

Katherine Kuhlman—The Presence of God 

*See my two articles:  (1) What Shall We Do With the Prisoners of Guanatanamo? (2) Behind the Walls of Guantanamo Bay 1400 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd. #4110, Bartow, FL 33830 (863)904-7363

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Someone Will be There to Pick Me Up

Someone Will be There to Pick Me Up

When we lived in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, a lady from Alaska came to Beaches Chapel as a guest speaker.  In Alaska, she said that she and three other people were in a plane, which crashed into the side of a mountain in the wilderness.  Seconds before, the Spirit told her that she and this other lady would survive. 
She and her companion did live.  After the crash, she said they didn’t pray-- they didn’t need to.  The presence of God was so strong, they knew what to do.  There were direct instructions,  “Go around this tree, slip down here. . .etc.”  Big white polar bears came.  But the Inner Voice said, “You have authority over them.”  So they weren’t afraid.  And the bears did not attack.
 All the way they were saying, “Thank you, Lord, for the boat that will be in the clearing.”  Sure enough, when they got to the clearing, there was the boat.  They were rescued and taken to the hospital.  She said this strong Presence remained with them for a little while longer and then gradually dissipated.
Once I planned to visit someone on Saturday.  However, I was detained and couldn’t go until Sunday.  The person I was visiting said, “I can’t come to get you on Sunday.”
I said, “Don’t worry. Someone will pick me up.”
The person I planned to visit thought this was a sign of craziness.  However, I have often been in this space.  “Thank you for the boat that will be in the clearing.”  And the ride, the boat, the provision was there.  Many people on this earth right now have no computers, no phones, no ATMs no GPS—or whatever it is. What must they rely upon?  Is it possible that we in this country will ever be in a place where we lack these things?  How will you be guided?  Security is in the Secret Place.  We will have to know within.  Jesus said that the Holy Spirit “ will guide you into all truth and show you things to come”.  Whatever is in the future should not come upon us unawares (Luke 21:34).  We should know what to do. 
Sometimes when we’re led by the Spirit, we don’t know why we’re supposed to knock on that door, or pick up something off of the sidewalk or dance down a delightful lane led on by surprises. etc.  But we’ve  have learned to hear The Voice.  “My sheep hear My voice and another will they not follow.”   My friends, it is not crazy to say, “Someone will be there to pick me up.”
I have a friend, Elaine, who has gone on to be with the Lord.  She would hear a word, “Go to the airport and there will be someone there to give you a ticket.”
She would have no money in her hand, but there she would be going off to Israel or Indonesia.
Do our children know about this kind of guidance?   There is so much noise—it’s hard to hear the Spirit.
I heard a two-year-old say to her Mommy in Publix, “I don’t have time.”
Children are learning early. No time to hear TheVoice—too busy. Those ipods and phones and computers their little fingers move back and forth on are no substitute for the guidance of the Holy Spirit—the guidance that never leaves or forsakes us.
Song words:
Alabama—I’m in a hurry
I’m in a hurry to get things done
(oh) I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But, I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.
1.      Don’t know why
I have to drive so fast
My car has nothing to prove
It’s not new, but it’ll 0-60 in 5.2, oh
3.Can’t be late
I leave in plenty of time
Shakin’ hands with the clock
I can’t stop
I’m on a roll and I’m ready to rock oh,
4. I hear a voice
It says I’m running behind
I better pick up my pace
It’s a race and there ain’t no room for someone in 2nd place
There is a place of quiet rest
Near to the heart of God
A place where sin cannot molest
Near to the heart of God
O Jesus, blest Redeemer Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God
2. There is a place of comfort sweet
Near to the heart of God
A place where we our Saviour meet
Near to the heart of God.
3.There is a place of full release
Near to the heart of God
A place where all is joy and peace
Near to the heart of God.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings. . .

Three years ago today, February 10, 201l:

 It was the beginning of the Arab spring/Apocalypse ( Feb.10, 2011 ). My grandson, Noah, two, was with me at the church Ladies’ Tea, sitting on my lap putting blueberries in his mouth.  The ladies were talking about Egypt--what just had happened.   In the midst of the blueberries, Noah announced, “There was a BIG STORM and Jesus made it stop.”
                The ladies stopped mid-sentence and stared at Noah.  What did this toddler say?  And Noah, unaware that he had just given the answer to everything, kept putting blueberries in his mouth.

" Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."  Psalm 8

"And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple and he healed them.  And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying Hosanna to the son of David, they were sore displeased. And said unto him, Hearest hou what these say?  And Jesus saith unto them, Yea, have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and suckings thou hast perfected praise?"  Matthew 21:15,16

The religious leaders knew the Bible and thought Jesus was being unscriptural. They missed Jesus, but the babes, unlearned, knew him by the Spirit.

As Robert Barclay said, (1648-1690) The Bible is not the fountain--it tells of the fountain--the fountain is within.  
Jesus said to the disciples,  The things I'm telling you now you don't understand, but when the Holy Spirit is come, She will teach you all things.  (The gender of the Holy Spirit in Hebrew is feminine.)

If by "gender" is meant grammatical gender, the gender of "Holy Spirit" varies according to the language used. Thus the grammatical gender of the word "spirit" is masculine in Latin ("spiritus") and in Latin-derived languages, as also, for instance, in the German language ("Geist"), while in the Semitic languages such as Hebrew ("רוח"), Aramaic and its descendant Syriac, it is feminine, and in Greek it is neuter ("πνεῦμα"). If speakers of a particular language were to confuse grammatical gender with physical gender, they might then think of the Holy Spirit as malefemale or of neither sex, but such confusion does not of course affect the reality of the gender or lack of gender of the Spirit.

(below first paragraphs -  This is the beginning---go to complete--

The Presence of the Holy Spirit

“The presence of the Holy Spirit means more than the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
—inspiration must be immediate and continual.” 
William Law

Howbeit when She, the Spirit of truth, is come,She will guide you into all truth: for She shall not speak of herself; but whatsoever She shall hear, that shall She speak :and She will show you things to come. 
                                                       John 16:13

Sometimes a truth comes with such strength that you want to shout it everywhere—the secret of the ages!  Such a truth is this—what a resolution of conflict if this could be understood! 
“The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.” (II Corinthians 3:6).  This is the battle of the ages, which battle continues to rage--to be led by the Spirit or to follow religious forms.  It has been said that there is no hatred like religious hatred and more blood has been shed in the name of religion than in any cause.   In these cases a knowledge of scripture becomes not an asset but a liability causing people to ignore in their hearts what the Spirit would teach them as they observe religious dogma.

Is This the End of the Arab Spring?

With a state of emergency declared in Egypt, continued unrest in Bahrain, democracy under threat in TunisiaLibya, and possibly even Turkey, and an all-out civil war in Syria, is there any hope left for the anti-authoritarian movement that swept through the Middle East?

A Future Worse Than Mubarak's Reign

It would be perverse if the January 2011 revolution paved the way for something worse than what it sought to replace. But that is where Egypt is headed. Under the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood was repressed, but the repression was never total. The Brotherhood, as the country’s largest opposition force, was allowed room to operate, to contest elections, and to have seats in parliament. Mubarak may have been a dictator, but he was no radical.
It no longer makes much sense to say that Egypt is in the midst of a democratic transition.
The current military government. . .
February 10, 2011 (Noah, my grandson,two years) I wrote:
  Noah was adorable --he never ceases to amaze me.
 In the morning he kept reminding me of "the Ladies' Tea, the Ladies' Tea".  

    He woke up from his nap singing:
"This little light of mine, 
I'm going to let it shine.
 Hide it under a bushel 'No!"  
I'm going to let it shine. . 
(another verse) .Let it shine till Jesus comes, I'm going to let it shine."  

          He said the "No!" very loud.  In fact, that was the first thing I heard  until I realized he was singing a song.  I just heard these loud Nos. 
           We went by subway.  "How many stops till the Ladies'Tea?"  As I turned the stroller into the church he said, "We're at the Ladies' Tea."

    Saying "hello" to Linda and the ladies, he was jumping up and down--so happy to be there. 

       As we sat around the table, the conversation was on Egypt.  Noah,sitting on my lap, in the middle of  putting blueberries in his mouth,announced, "There was a BIG STORM and Jesus made it stop."    

          Everyone stopped mid-sentence and stared at Noah in amazement. What was this toddler saying?  

           Finally, one lady said, "Well, he knows the Bible."   Noah kept putting blueberries in his mouth as he sat there on my lap--seemingly unaware that he had given the answer to everything.     I was amazed that he had said something so appropriate--at church talking about the crisis (storm) in Egypt, to remember that Jesus said, "Peace be still" to the storm.
    Noah is very perspective in hearing and seeing what is around him. For example, hearing a siren outside as we sat there--which the ladies and I remarked we would have missed--Noah said, "Fire truck!"  One lady said, "They like fire trucks.  They notice fire trucks." 

           When we were leaving, Noah said, "I want to hear the music."  He remembered other times on Sunday,  there was music . He loves music and I hope he will always hear and love good music. Music transcends the worlds.  

          He was a very good boy and the ladies were enchanted with him.

      I am fascinated to watch him play with his toys.  He definitely can entertain himself.  Often I sit and watch him and interact with him only if he wants to.  He isn't bored.

          August 2013--2 l/2 years later
          Egypt.  The killing, the massacre, the violence.  Someone said on the news, "We don't know who the good guys are.  We don't know how to help."  I feel great sadness remembering the young people--how they had cheered and danced in the streets!  And now it has come to this unspeakable horror!  Their hopes dashed.  And it was better with a dictator before all of this Arab spring?

            Clearly, there is no human answer.  It is obviously beyond the wisdom of flesh and blood.  

          But there is Someone who knows what to do--The Prince of Peace.  We need to do "The One Thing that is needful" and be like Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus.  He knows The Plan.  We must listen so that we may be hands, and feet and voice and arms for God--that the Word become flesh in us--as it was in Jesus, the Pattern Son.  

          We are told, "Pray for the Peace in Jerusalem."  When there is peace in this cradle of the world, there will be peace everywhere.  (Did you ever notice that right in the middle of "Jerusalem" is the USA?)  

          We speak.  God listens.  God speaks. We listen.  Part of prayer is listening.  LIstening for The Voice.  Martin Buber said, "The Voice speaks to us in the guise of everything that happens."

          A Siren.  "Set up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations. . ." Jeremiah 51:27

          A firetruck.  Fire.  As it has been said, "We need fire in our belly."   Do we empathize?  Or have we become as robots, computers, we have no feeling?  What must it be to be a  mother, a father and have a two year old--or any child for that matter--or a son, a brother, a husband, a sister, a mother, a wife and see them slaughtered before you?  

          And how long has this been going on?  A few nights ago I saw 4 journalists on C-Span telling how they were prohibited from taking the gruesome pictures of the war.  Don't send that back for people to see.  The words of Mr. Van Dane in The Diary of Anne Frank  come to mind, "You don't know what is happening out there.  Chlldren come home from school to find their parents gone.  Everyday. . ."

          Yes.  Everyday.  9/11 everyday for some people.  But what can we do?  We stand here helpless.  If we move to the right, it's wrong.  If to the left, it's wrong.  

          "If the trumpet give an uncertain sound. . ."

          Fire.  We need fire.  The fire of the Holy Spirit!  I think of that marvelous story--one of my favorite--"Fear not, for there are more with us than with them.  Lord, open his eyes, " the prophet Elisha prayed.   And the mountains were filled with the Invisible Host and chariots of fire all around Elisha."  (

          Richard Strean of World Vision prayed, "Lord, break my heart with the things that break your heart."  

          Children have no clean water and they die-- no water.  And little girls as young as 5 are sold for sex trafficing--her family can't feed her.  

          Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet.  Very few listened to him.  In fact, they not only didn't listen, they presecuted him putting him in prison and in the dungeon for giving out the Word of God.  

          He said, "Then I said, I will not make mention of HIm, nor speak any more in His name. But His Word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing and I could not stay."  Jeremiah 20:9

          No matter what happened to him, because of the fire in his bones, he had to speak.  He couldn't hold it in any longer.

          I determine.  I'm going to speak what God tells me to speak.  If people get mad, they'll just have to get mad. I leave it to God to take care of them.

          "If anyone speak, let her speak as the oracles of God. . ."

          "I have put My words in your mouth and covered you with My hand. . ."

          My life's verse:  "Let love be your aim.  Desire spiritual gifts, especially that you might prophesy."  ("I will show you things to come. . . "  However, "to prophesy"  is not just to speak some future event, but to encourage, exhort, comfort, by a mouthpiece for God.

          Back to Egypt.  What shall we do?  What shall we do for ourselves that "it may be well with us and our children"?

          First of all.  Where is security?  In guns?  In policemen?  In scanners?  In bombs? In war?  

          "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalites and powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places."

          "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (guns, bombs, knives, etc) but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."

          Where is security?  Security is in the Secret Place.  "She who dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."  Psalm 91:1.  That's God's 911 number. Memorize the whole Psalm.  "Surely He shall deliver thee. . .She shall cover thee with Her feathers (God is both our Father and our Mother) Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror. . .He shall give his angels charge over thee."

          How to memorize.  For little children who can't read--my children knew chapters before they were 3 years old--it takes very little time and is so easy--for you and for them.  Read the passage over everyday out loud.  At the end of 10 days, leave out words.  If you are doing Psalm 23:  "The Lord is my. . ."  The child will be so excited to say, "Shepherd!"
          For you, after 10 days, close your Bible and stumble through it the best you can.  Then open and read again and the places you miss will stand out.  At the end of a month, it will be in your heart.  This method is better than trying to do it all at once since your sub-conscious mind will work on it -2

          Many give testimony that Psalm 91 saved their lives.  It's a word to stand on.

          Ex. A lady--feathers

          Ex. Norman Williams

          (1) If you are a Christian and you are advocating for guns as your security, shame on you!  I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.  That's where you think your security is?  Stand your ground?  Yes.  Here's how you stand your ground.  
"Having done all to stand, stand therefore—
     Ephesians 6:10-20

          (2)  Immigration.  If you claim to be a follower of The Prince of Peace--if you say you are a follower of Jesus and you are out there advocating for shipping them out, higher fences, detention, no reform etc.  shame on you!  
"I was hungry. . .thirsty. . .naked. . .a stranger. . .sick. . .in prison. . ."  "I was a stranger and you took me in. . ."  "You have the heart of a stranger.

          Granted all the details of reform may not be clear but somewhat convoluted, but one thing for sure, It should be a policy of compassion.  Again, God can show what to do and work out the details.  But, first of all, one needs to have a right spirit and attitude.  Not selfishness.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this.  To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. . .”  James 1: 27

All through the Bible, it seems that God has a broken record--over and over--how you treat the widow, the fatherless, the stranger, the poor.

As Jesus said, the whole Bible can be summed up with one word:Love. As Henry Drummond (1851-1897) said in his classic book, The Greatest Thing in the World,  "It's not going to be so much what did you believe, but how did you love."  (Matthew 25)

What would Jesus do?  That's a familiar question.

(3) Our prisons
The prison situation in our country is deplorable.  Prisons are big business. Makes jobs for people.  We incarcerate more people than any other civilized country.  What if we believed in redemption?   And then when they are out of prison, what is provided? Les Miserable.  "Will the future ever come?"  asked Victor Hugo.  Millions has seen the broadway musical and the movie and yet our prison system--Les Miserable.   Guantanamo Bay--deplorable.  You may not know the truth--so much propaganda--but I do.  I sought out the matter.  I'll attach my findings.  The methods we have been using make more terrorists--in fact, recruit them.  We have less enemies today, do we?  I think not.

Noah, "I want to hear the music."

Yes, little Noah.  The music.  We must hear the music.  Bring back the music.  500 times we are told in the Bible to “Praise the Lord”.  "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."
          "Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful unto Him and bless His name for the Lord is good."

          What kind of weapons do we have?  Praise, faith, love, joy, peace, mercy, grace, redemtion, food, clothing, shelter.  Read the story mentioned above and see the demonstration of "if your enemy hunger, feed him. . ."

          This, my friends, is the Kingdom of God--the Kingdom of Love, Joy, Peace--the Kingdom of which the angels sang, "Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace."

          Jesus has provided everything.  "It is finished," he said on the cross.  No more death penalty.  He paid it--the death penalty in full.  There's nothing else Jesus needs to do.  But there's something else we need to do.  We need to be co-creators with our Creator--to be hands, voice, feet and arms for God.  After a disaster, someone raised their hands to heaven and said to God, "How could you let this happen?"  And God looked down and said, "How could you let this happen."  As Jesus was one with the Father, we are to be one with God, our Redeemer.  We aren't just supposed to read the headlines, or predict the headlines, we are to create the headlines by the Holy Spirit within us.  S

(Please read the 2 letters to President Obama below this blog.  Also The Presence of the Holy Spirit)
 from Blue Letter Bible:
[[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Tools specific to Psa 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Tools specific to Psa 8:3
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Tools specific to Psa 8:4
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Tools specific to Psa 8:5
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Tools specific to Psa 8:6
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
Tools specific to Psa 8:7
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
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The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoeverpasseth through the paths of the seas.
Tools specific to Psa 8:9
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!