Friday, July 03, 2015

Pastor Tilson Shumate Man Of God




Pastor Tilson had been sent by the Holy Spirit to the Island of San Martin. 


As usual with him nothing was preplanned in advance. In fact it seemed strange to myself and Jim Ewing at first.

Tilson and his wife just went out in faith, not knowing what was about to happen, only that by believing perhaps something would happen.


Well...I got this email from Tilson:


David,

The goodness of God seems to happen when I travel. Things go in our favor when we favor His will. 


This Island is full of churches.

 Melodi and I have been leading people to the Lord and I am ministering in some of the churches.

 A Nazarene church pastor has invited me to pray for the sick this Tuesday night. 

A girl down the street from that church was blessed, or healed, or some major thing when I prayed for her. 

I got the Holy Ghost witness in my spirit as I prayed and then I saw that visible Shekinah glory on her face. 

Tuesday night could be the big night and start of the miracle services that God keeps telling me about. 

He said "Take my healing virtue to the outskirts of the body of Christ" the hem of His garment. 

Every where I go there is revival.

Tilson


And then I received this one:

David,

You must have got my email and were praying for the Tuesday night service because it was out of this world.


 A true miracle service in the purest form of the word 'Miracle Service'. 

I'll tell you all about it later.

Melodi and I watched the Lord prepare the service for us to minister.

 Even the speaker who was scheduled to preach came up and said that he would like to skip his sermon so we could go straight to the healing service.


Monday Melodi is speaking to the dept of education about using her bilingual Bible based educational grammar book in the school system here.


 It can be translated in any language to learn how to read and write in English and it gives the complete gospel message.

I get to go snorkeling almost every day.


 We spend most of our days on the French side of the Island.

 Amazing to me how the Lord has placed me in my element. One of the most beautiful beaches on earth.

Tilson


And once again the man of God finds that God is faithful when he steps out in faith. 


I have known Tilson since 1973 and can safely say that everywhere he goes God does stuff.

It is like this for most of those who call Lonnie Frisbee their spiritual father in the Lord, especially those who were fortunate to be personally discipled in the Lord by Lonnie.

There are so many Christians who can trace their spiritual lineage to Lonnie Frisbee who could be having these kind of experiences also.

 Lonnie liked to call them "Divine appointments."

No plans, no routines, only flexibility and a willingness to accept what God brings into your life.

Tilson and his wife lost everything in this current economy and had to move into their family cabin in the wilderness in order to survive.

But some how God has made a way where there is no way and provided for them to go out on this missionary journey inspite of having nothing left after the financial fire they went through.

Just as Pastor Chuck Smith has always told us when we were kids, "When God guides, God provides. The calling of God is the enabling of God."

Tilson and his wife have been through a financial firestorm, and yet through a series of miracles and their willingness to step out in faith, God has them geographically right where He needed them to be and is using them for His purposes.

It truly is mind blowing to see Tilson go places, recently he went to Africa and now he is on San Martin and he has not much income.

That is entirely all God.

What an indictment against those who use ministry as a way for personal financial gain.

 Is it any wonder that those who use the ministry for financial gain really have no anointing or power in their ministries.

I tell you of a certainty, everywhere that Pastor Tilson goes stuff happens in the Lord!

I look forward to hearing the full story of this his latest journey with the Lord.

 When I do I will post it here for you to enjoy.

David Sloane
PS
Below is a rough recording from the desert with Pastor Tilson, David, Ging and Erik.

People always ask us what we do out there, just guy talk and such really.

Well anyway here is just a small insight into our campfire discussions and such if you want to be the "fly-on-the-wall":

David DiSabbatino Interview By Phoenix Preacher Resurrected

David DiSabbatino made the Frisbee movie and God blessed him richly for it. 


I pray that one day he would attempt to tell the complex Brant Baker/Shekinah Fellowship story.

 I figure that if enough of us share with him, he just might begin to see the picture...

David recently finished the Larry Norman story.

 David does great work on controversial people.

Since the Phoenix Preacher interview with David can no longer be seen here:
http://phoenixpreacher.com/cms/?p=2927

I have located a public archive of it on the net at web.archive.

For some reason a script on the page keeps redirecting the readers to Adobe.com. So I installed noscript in my firefox browser and was able to copy the interview.

 

Here it is:



Phoenix Preacher

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The PP Interviews:David Di Sabatino

I first heard about David Di Sabatino because of his research on the Jesus People Movement.
Since then he has created one of the most fascinating documentaries I've ever seen, "Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher.
<!--enpts--><!--enpte-->Now, he's back with a highly controversial new film about Christian music icon Larry Norman, "Fallen Angel".

The world premiere of the movie is at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 1st, 2009. For more details, check the site at www.cinequest.org 


PP : People keep bringing up "the motive" behind the films you  make. What was the motive behind the Lonnie Frisbee film and the new Larry  Norman documentary? Why Frisbee, why Norman?
 
DDS: Lonnie was a great story, and I was enticed by it by the nature of the way that people would speak about him, as if somehow they had walked with an apostle of faith. It was a story that seemed to have been ripped out of the pages of the Bible, the real Bible… not the one that has been utilized to promote the circus that purports to follow its lead.

<!--enpts--><!--enpte-->I think there is a huge disconnect between the people who say that they are speaking on behalf of God and what I read in the Bible. When I look at the story of Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard, I see this great figure connecting them, someone that God would choose, but nobody else. God is so far out ahead saying, “I am going to choose this kid that struggles with what is going to become the most feared stigma in the near future.”

To me he is a much more interesting story than any of the other figures just because his life seems so biblically rich. For some reason, the powerbrokers don't like having a Rahab in their lineage. They'll say otherwise, but I am pretty sure that they felt the need to distance themselves from him and his influence. I think too many people can't step back from saluting the institution to see the grandeur of God in this story.

As for Larry, I have always been a fan of the man. His music has always been near and dear to my heart. In fact, I owe a great debt to him, as do a lot of people. His music provided the soundtrack to my early spiritual journey. For about 10 years that music was very important to me. I didn't really listen to him all that much after 1990, but when I started to turn my hand toward documentaries on this subject, he was a natural follow-up to Lonnie because of the degree of difficulty in telling the story.

I like difficult stories.

PP: Going back to the "Frisbee" documentary…in the time since you  made the film are there things you have learned that change how you  feel about Frisbees impact on the Vineyard and CC or how Frisbees legacy is handled by both organizations?
Things you would like to add?

<!--enpts--><!--enpte-->DDS: I don't think I would change anything about the Frisbee documentary. It is always difficult to listen to some guy email who came to Calvary in 1980 and once had lunch with Chuck Smith tell me how wrong I got everything. But that is the nature of the beast. People are entitled to their opinion. I always tell them the same thing. Feel free to send me your documentary, book, painting or piece of furniture that artistically expresses your opinion.

Institutions are funny things. They are susceptible to things that have both positive and negative consequences. If you choose to align yourself with one, you might not be able to speak out loud lest ye come under the wrath of the henchmen that circle the king. There are a few guys I know that are like that character in the Lord of the Rings whose speeches are intended to vex and control the situation the way they see fit. Why the king can't see these people for what they are… one of life's mysteries. But I watched some honest guys come under extreme pressure because they wanted to be honest, but that kind of brutal honesty costs… and it costs big.

Too… how many people got so bent out of shape because the doc said that both Chuck Smith and John Wimber pushed Lonnie out of their lives. With Wimber it is obvious. With Chuck, Sr., I think he protests that because he allowed Lonnie to come back later on. While I don’t think it was as grievous as Wimber’s dismissal, I think there was a clear message sent to Lonnie that he was never going to fit in. Why, for instance, was Lonnie never ordained by Calvary Chapel but had to seek ordination from another organization someone else? But having said that… what is the big deal about saying that a guy that was shepherd over thousands of people coming to him dropped the ball with one? If that is the worst that is said about any pastor, I’m not sure that is such a bad mark against them.

PP: We got some comments claiming that you were not a believer, even  one calling you an "enemy of the Gospel".
While I think it's irrelevant to the merit of your films would you be  willing to tell us about your faith?

DDS: This is the interesting thing about your site, Michael, and even some of the comments that you make. I go in to www.phoenixpreacher.com on occasion and read this tendency to anathematize anyone who has a different take on things. Mark Driscoll is not a Christian because he speaks openly about oral sex. Todd Bentley isn't a Christian because he does what he does. On and on. You have your favorites and as long as everyone lines up with them, they are okay. If not… too bad, so sad, thanks for playing. Now depart, ye cursed…
That's a tough room.


I think that if you or I met the prophet Ezekiel or Hosea brought his whore wife over for dinner or John the Baptist sat at your table and demanded to be fed locusts and honey, we'd call the cops never mind anathematize them. I always ask people when they start parsing the life of Elvis or Bono or some lesser mortals and whether they are heaven bound what their reaction would be if the Apostle Paul showed up a few years after his conversion to speak in your hometown church, and he had been responsible for killing your parents. Not likely you’d be dropping a bundle in the offering that night.
God uses some of the most screwed up people to do his bidding. I think that story is sometimes tough to deal with. I sure don't like it at times, but nobody left me in charge.

As for me and my journey, I am not one to give in easily to tests of spirituality. I have the same reaction as Seinfeld's George Constanza to his father's testing his mettle during "the feats of strength" at Festivus. But I will say three things. First, I am not sure what the word "Christian" even means anymore. The word has been so abused by people claiming to be one and others slapping that label on products, it has lost its flavor, if it had any to begin with. (If memory serves, it was a term of derogation in its original use.)

    Second, only people who know and interact with you in your daily lives have any right to answer that question. So, my wife, my step-kids, my friends. Some woman who emails me looking for clues on whether I measure up to her image of what Christianity means. Probably not.     Finally, if someone has to explain their faith because it will assuage some sort of need for people to categorize, then I am all for obfuscation. Not just to be a pain, but with the hopes that the wrestling will cause people to explore and discover the wideness of God’s mercy that seems challenged by someone like me or someone much more important and visible.


PP:In recent days Charles Norman (Larry Norman's brother) has become more visibly active in denouncing you and questioning your integrity and trust worthiness.Why is he doing so and what is your response? Did you send him the movie?

DDS:  Part of Larry's dysfunction was that in order to hide some of his bad behavior, he would threaten and bully anyone who was threatening or questioning his created reality. He used a form of "Christian guilt," pushing the person back by speaking about forgiveness and not lapsing over into bitterness. If you’ve ever heard the song “Shot Down,” that was a perfect example. If that didn't work, Larry would then use smear tactics to ruin that person's reputation.
This happened over and over and over again.


<!--enpts--><!--enpte-->When he came after me, all I did was decide to shine a light. It wasn’t done in revenge, like he has claimed, but had been planned well before I even started talking to him. (In fact, when Matt Coker of the OC Weekly came by to do that cover story, he mentioned that I was telling him about Larry and following up the Lonnie doc with Larry. And that was BEFORE I even spoke with Larry.)

Ever since the day I told Larry that Randy Stonehill sat in my living room to give me a four hour interview, Larry started a smear campaign. He was deathly afraid of the truth coming to the surface. His closest friends say this fear was worse to him than the threat of hell itself. I am sure that this is going to get worse before it blows over. That is what was modeled.

Larry was a brilliant student of human psychology, and he knew what buttons to push to elicit responses. For years I'd watch him throw the first punch then run into the corner, put ashes on his face and claim the other guy started it. I think over time people began to see he was the boy who cried wolf, and most discerning types in the CCM industry left him alone.

I don't think that any of this poor behavior takes away from what he sewed to the good, because I think there was a complex set of circumstances that contributed to him being that way. None of that takes away from his personal responsibility, but it does make the behavior a little more understandable.

But documentary films aren't about what might be or how forgiveness overrides all that stuff… it is about the truth of what happened. And the film is about the manner in which three people who were closest and were hurt the most by Larry forgave him. This story is very different than the Lonnie one because I honestly went looking for another King David story, but what I found was King Saul. People are going to go mental when they read that because, apparently, you’re not supposed to say stuff like that. I’m not sure why. It is the truth.

As for the motivation of the story, the Bible records the adulteress affair of the King who had concubines a plenty, and yet wanted what he wanted because he could reach out and make it happen. It also tells of the dastardly deed he did to cover it up, and the punishment that was meted out upon him for doing these things. And yet, he was called a man after God’s own heart, however hard that is sometimes to understand.

I am a fan of the guy who took his life into his own hands to tell that story. I would imagine that he came under terrific pressure to not tell it. He may have even lost his life. I wouldn't imagine that the King's relatives would be too happy for that story emerging in the Jerusalem Times. And yet, we take great spiritual insight from that story. Those that say they follow this man Jesus, they above all people should be honest, even if it is difficult, even if it hurts in the telling.

PP :You've seen things and spoken to people in the church that most haven't. What has surprised you the most?

DDS: I am not sure the word "surprise" is a word I would use to describe about myself in many situations. What bothers me is the disconnect between the raw honesty of the Bible and the manner in which the institutional church conducts itself. I get the sense that the biblical writers didn't have an eye on political correctness when they wrote. The graphic sexuality of Song of Songs to the harsh statements of the prophets to the holistic nature of Jesus.

All of this reveals to me a much more fully-orbed worldview than I see reflected when I find myself perusing what is coming down the pipeline of the evangelical community. I am not saying that there aren't things to cheer about. The church is not a monolithic entity. But there is always the need to reform.

PP: Finally…you have the floor. What do you want us to know about you and your work?


DDS: If you ask me about what I am doing with my work, I would say that when I created the Frisbee I decided that what I didn’t want to do was create something that was similar to a Thomas Kinkade painting; these wonderful otherworldly landscapes where life is bathed in this cascade of light and fluorescent greens and yellows. I don’t like movies that tie up all the loose ends or music that has taken all the mystery out of life. If you ask me why I think so much artistic creation from the church falls flat, I would say that it isn’t honest. There is something in being brutally honest that is compelling. It is the reason that I was drawn to both Larry and Lonnie, because at certain levels there was an honesty to them that was far deeper than most, even if that didn’t always continue. People do not naturally like honesty. Heck, I don’t like it either some times. But I am not sure we can take much more of the alternatives.
 
PP: Thank you very much for sharing some time and your thoughts with us, David.

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I did not copy all of the 286 fascinating comments. There are a lot of the old participators of PP commenting that currently no longer comment at PP. You can find them here but you might be redirected  to Adobe.com if you don't have noscript addon active in your browser:

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Oh It's Got to Be Real

AFTER SHEKINAH WITH BRANT


He changed the name to Brant Baker Ministries and then disappeared.

After the show was over and everyone went home, he wanted it all back.

I remember wondering where I could go to see him ministering again, but he was no where to be found.

Years later I was fasting for seven days with a friend of mine and passing out “The Big Question” tracts by Arthur Blessed in Long Beach.

We met an old man that told us about an anointing that someone had, and he said it was so intense that we should not miss seeing it.

He invited us to attend a special meeting that afternoon at a nearby school.

 His invitation had a sense of urgency about it, and he made it sound as if it were important that we be there.

When he talked about this guy with the anointing, he called him Brant Baker.

 But something was strange, he didn’t seem to know anything about Shekinah, or any of Brant’s prior success in the ministry.

The service would start in a couple of hours, so my friend and I decided to attend.

It turned out to be a guy that I did not recognize until he began ministering.

The anointing and voice was Brant Baker alright, but it took awhile before I could bring myself to accept that this was really Brant.

The Brant that I knew was good looking and had very nice looking thick brown hair.

This guy had short bleached hair and looked like a transvestite.

When he called for people to come to the front for a touch from God, I got in line with a handful of others to be blessed.

 They were falling as he laid hands on them and prayed for them, but when he came to me, he said, “Lord it’s got to be real” and then he passed me by.

Years earlier when he laid hands on me I fell to the floor and he told me that my ministry would come to pass in the last days.

Brant was right.

 It’s got to be real.

Tilson

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Note: Pastor Tilson Shumate is currently secluded out in the wilderness writing a book on last days things. He had asked me to read it and write a foreword to it when he completes it. Should be interesting.

David

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Your Tax Dollars At Work

A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. 

The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

 And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. 

"The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." 

That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him. 

The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon.

The NSA Contractors Never Skipped A Beat. Now those contractors with phony "Marketing Research" type names can do it legally

We all celebrated back in May when a federal court ruled the NSA's phone surveillance illegal, and again at the beginning of June, when the Patriot Act expired, ending authorization for that surveillance. 

Unfortunately, the NY Times now reports on a ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which concluded that the NSA may temporarily resume bulk collection of metadata about U.S. citizens's phone calls.
 

 From the article: "In a 26-page opinion (PDF) made public on Tuesday, Judge Michael W. Mosman of the surveillance court rejected the challenge by FreedomWorks, which was represented by a former Virginia attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. And Judge Mosman said that the Second Circuit was wrong, too. 

'Second Circuit rulings are not binding' on the surveillance court, he wrote, 'and this court respectfully disagrees with that court's analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act.'

 When the Second Circuit issued its ruling that the program was illegal, it did not issue any injunction ordering the program halted, saying that it would be prudent to see what Congress did as Section 215 neared its June 1 expiration."

This Is Fishy...just sayin

Image result for windows 10The Register reports that Windows 10 will include, defaulted on, "Wi-Fi Sense" which shares wifi passwords with Outlook.com contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, Facebook friends.

 This involves Microsoft storing the wifi passwords entered into your laptop which can then be used by any other person suitably connected to you.

 If you don't want someone's Windows 10 passing on your password, Microsoft has two solutions; only share passwords using their Wi-Fi Sense service, or by adding "_optout" to your SSID.

Most People Have Not Heard Of This Guy Yet.

 

Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds where ever he is speaking.

 Why?

Well read this Q and A and see why.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/bernie-sanders-inequality-president-interview

But can socialism really ever work?

Small donors gave him 15 million in just two months. From 250 thousand working class donors who feel that socialism can work...
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And then there is Donald Trump on the other side.

His slogan is, "Make America Great Again."

But it seems as if he doesn't like the people from south of the border too much...

 http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/01/politics/donald-trump-immigrants-raping-comments/index.html

And of course there are the other 14 people who are also wanting to be president.

This whole thing is looking to be quite the contest!

Should be interesting when the debates come up.

Fox news says they are only going to take the top ten.

People

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and some true
enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you' ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

What Killed The Charismatic Movement?

What is clear and most heart-rending is that we have looked at God as an it. We've called Him "the anointing" or "the glory", and we've said it is on certain leaders, and we've clamored all around the world to get more of it from them. God wants intimacy with us, but we're still going the indirect route, looking for "more of Him" (notice that makes Him an it again) instead of being intimate with Him and growing together from there.
http://www.wrecked.org/church/what-killed-the-charismatic-movement/?replytocom=1390

Corrupt Leadership?

US lawmakers are NOT prohibited from insider trading and their returns beat the average investor by 12% annually

You Are God's Silver Trumpets

And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony; and at even it was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until morning.

So it was alway; the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, then after that the children of Israel journeyed; and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel encamped..

At the commandment of Jehovah the children of Israel journeted, and at the commandment of Jehovah they remained encamped. And when the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of Jehovah, and journeyed not.
Numbers 9:15-19

Rewording it over and over, this carefully says that they only moved when God moved. 
 
When God stood still, they stood still; when God was ready to move, they moved. God set the pace for them.
 
 How often we can get so busy trying to survive or just get ahead in life. Concentrating on the things of this life to the exclusion of what truly matters the most. Better it would be to time our selves to God's timing and direction.

Jesus said:
... I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture...
... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:... I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine...
 John Chapter 10


Jesus, as our good shepherd, by His Holy Spirit, will lead us and guide us into sustenance of His pastures. But we have to be willing to follow Him by listening for His voice and seeing where He is going. Has Jesus moved and you didn't take notice? Has Jesus spoken and you didn't listen?


Take a moment just now to time yourself to His timing. rest in Him and reestablish fellowship with Him. Regain your awareness of His direction in your own life. 


On the first day of the seventh month was to be the sounding of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). 
 
The trumpets have always had a great significance, yet many Christians have never understood what they meant. 
 
If we read just ten verses in numbers 10, we can outline seven functions of the trumpets and show what they really symbolize in the spiritual walk.

And jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them.
Numbers 10:1-2.

Notice that the trumpets were to be made of beaten silver.
 
 These trumpets could not just be molded; they had to be beaten out. 
 
When God begins to bring the Living Word, the vessels who sound it forth are not created on an assembly line; they are beaten out by the hand of God.
 
 They are a beaten work.
 
 In this day of the Living Word, if you have a ministry to sound the trumpet in Zion, you will find that you have reached the ministry through the dealings of God, His beatings upon your life that have molded you and shaped you into a vessel He wants you to be.

Shofar July

YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to YHVH.’" Leviticus 23:23-25
Yom Teruah basically means a day of noise/blasts.

 Yom Teruah is known as the Feast of Trumpets in Christianity and is better known as Rosh Hashannah (the new year) in modern Judaism.

 But Yom Teruah isn't really the 'Jewish New Year,' in fact, it falls on the first day of Etanim, (also known traditionally as Tishri) which is the seventh month in YHVH's calendar. 

The real 'new year' is in Aviv (also known traditionally as Nisan) when Pesakh/Passover occurs. 


Lets see what the feast of Trumpets, or the sounding of Shofar, means for us. 

 
According to Numbers 10, there were seven functions accomplished by blowing the trumpets.
First of all there was the calling of the assembly. When the priests blew the trumpets, all Israel would gather to the tent meeting, the tabernacle. They would all come to the center place where the glory of the Lord was revealed, that they might hear the Word of the Lord.
Second, they would blow the trumpets of silver for the journeying of the camps. When they saw the glory cloud moving, the priests blew the trumpets and everyone was alerted; they knew it was time to move on. 
 
When an alarm was blown the first time, one side of the camp would move, at the second alarm, another side would move. Imagine three million people, with all their flocks and herds, converging into a long line of march and beginning to journey.
Third, the preparation of war was by the blowing of the silver trumpets. When an adversary came against them, the priests would blow the trumpets; and as they sounded the alarm, they would be "remembered before the Lord their God and saved from their enemy" (Numbers 10:9).
The fourth function of the trumpets was for days of gladness. Whenever they were to have times of just pure joy- festivals, a wonderful, happy time- they would blow the trumpets and the people would come together. I hope in these days to come we have more times when we blow the trumpets for gladness than we blow them for war. Nevertheless, even though it be for times of conflict, it will be wonderful to have the trumpets of God sound forth.
Recently at my first Blue Man show I got a small glimpse of a visual picture of gladness of a sort.
 
 My wife and I were seated five rows back from the stage. 
 
The Blue men sent quite a few large balls out into the audience. 
 
They were lighted from within and seemed to have some helium in them so they floated when we pushed them into the air. 
 
The audience caught on quickly and started in a group participation activity of pushing these balls all over the lower level of the concert hall. 
 
As this continued there was laughter bursting out all over the place. 
 
Then  there was confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling. then the blue men started shooting long lines of large toilet paper out into the crowd. 
 
As large long silky, white fingers of fabric billowed out over us from both sides of the stage. 
 
They wiggled here and there, blowing warm air from their ends, lightly touching the crowd.
 
 By now the audience was coming together in a type of joyous celebration in the midst of all that was going on.
 
 Walls of separation were coming down and people were enjoying  themselves and laughing as they participated in the celebration that the Blue Men had initiated. 
 
After it was all over I could see the smiles and a much changed atmosphere. It all left me with a great feeling inside when it was all over...I suppose the Blue Men had made their point..."Don't worry, be happy."
God desires for us to have some days of gladness. When was the last time that you had days of gladness? 
 
Have you ever had days of gladness? 
Jesus said:
John 10:10
... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Eternal life is the main thought in the above verses. There is also an aspect within the name of Jesus Christ whereby we can have abundance of life. I don't think that this means materialism like a tv evangelist     life style would suggest to us.

 I think this means a deep satisfaction with such as we have and a gladness as a fruitful result of this deep satisfaction. 
 
When we Christians come together as a community of believers, not under some sort of a man made Brand name churchianity, but as one body of believers in Christ Jesus alone; there is a joy and a gladness available to us. 
Jesus said: John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

He did not say, "They that are loyal to their brand of church..." He said they that believe in Me!
There is living water within you as a believer in Jesus Christ.  Blow your silver trumpet for days of gladness in your life. Set aside the worries and cares of this life for a few days and participate in days of gladness that the Lord would have all of us to enjoy. 
I blow the silver trumpet for days of gladness over your life. I proclaim that the rivers of living water shall flow forth to the surface and spill out on to others around you this day! 
 
I break the chains of toil and bondage with the blowing of the silver trumpet over you. 
 
I blow forth the free flow of the rivers of living water to gush like a broken fire hydrant on to everyone that would come into contact with you during these awesome days of gladness that the Lord has proclaimed.
 
 Yes, that the Lord has proclaimed.
 
 It is the will of Almighty God this day that you enter into the days of gladness with us. 
Be filled with expectancy as the Lord brings you into contact with others who have chosen to enter into these days of gladness with us...
 
 
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Deuteronomy 12:18
 ...and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

Deuteronomy 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
1 Chronicles 16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the childrenrejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
Job 21:12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Psalm 20:5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Psalm 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
Psalm 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
Life is choices and consequences of those choices. 
 
When we contemplate and focus upon our problems we magnify them.
 
Eventually they can appear overwhelming to us and bog us down with stress.
 
 If we choose to magnify the Lord and keep our focus on Him our problems diminish in our sight and we gain a proper perspective.
 
 Choose to rejoice in the Lord today in the face of your problems.  
Let all heaven and earth rejoice!
 
 Blessed be the name of the Lord.
 
 For He alone is worthy of all our praise. 
 
Today lift up your voice in rejoicing.
 
 May the gladness of Christ be your portion and may He lift you up from all that would try to overtake you.
 
 I cried unto the Lord and He heard me; I will rejoice and be glad in Him!