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Monday, February 25, 2008

Not Good

"Unaffiliated" the fastest growing "religious group" among American adults...

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When it comes to religion, more and more U.S. adults either have none or do not identify with a particular church, although the country remains highly religious, a survey said on Monday.






I find it so courious when I hear those who were right there, up front in ministry with Brant Baker, say, "Why do you guys idolize Brant? Let it go and move on, I did."

History is attentive to the conditions in which people encounter and experience God. We encountered the person of the living God through Brant Baker and the ministry of Shekinah Fellowship.

The Hebrew people were intent on observing and participating in what happened in and around them because they believed that God was personally alive and active in the world, in their community and in them. Life could not be accounted for by something less than the life of God, no matter how impressive and mysterious their experience was, whether an eclipse of the sun, spots on the liver of a goat, or the hiss of steam from a fissure in the earth. God could not be reduced to astronomical, physiological, geological, or psychological phenomena; God was alive, always and everywhere working His will, challenging people with His call, evoking faith and obedience, shaping a worshiping community, showing His love and compassion, and working out judgments on sin. And none of this "in general" or "at large," but at particular times, in specific places, with named persons: history.

For biblical people, God is not an idea for philosophers to discuss or a force for priests to manipulate. God is not a creation that can be studied and observed and managed. God is person- a person to be worshiped or defied, believed or rejected, loved or hated, in time and place.

That is why the books of the bible immerse us in dates and events, in persons and circumstances- in history. God meets us in the ordinary and extraordinary occurrences that make up the stuff of our daily lives. It never seemed to occurred to our biblical ancestors that they could deal better with God by escaping from history, "getting away from it all" as we say. History is the medium in which God works salvation, just as paint and canvas is the medium in which Rembrant made created works of art. We cannot get closer to God by distancing ourselves from the mess of history.

This deeply pervasive sense of history- the dignity of their place in history, the presense of God in history- accounts for the way in which the Hebrew people talked and wrote. They did not, as was the fashion in the ancient world, make up and embellish stories. Their writings did not entertain or explain; they revealed the ways of God with men and women in the world. They gave narrative shape to actual people and circumstances in their dealings with God, and in God's dealings with them.

But for the Hebrews there simply was no secular history. None. Everything that happened, happened in a world penetrated by God. Since they do not talk a lot about God in their storytelling, it is easy to forget that God is always the invisible and mostly silent presence in everything that is taking place. But if we forget for very long, we will understand neither what is written nor the way it is written. God is never absent from their narratives and never peripheal to them. As far as these writers were concerned, the only reason for paying attention to people and events was to stay alert to God.

This is a difficult mindset for us to acquire, for we are used to getting our history from so-called historians, scholars, and journalists for whom God is not involved or present in what they study and write. We are thoroughly trained by our schools, daily newspapers, and telecasts to read history solely in terms of polotics and economics, human interest and environmental conditions. If we have a mind for it, we can go ahead and fit God in somewhere or other.

God was ever present at Shekinah Fellowship inspite of us people. He showed up and manifested His presence as He healed people. Many there were that got their first encounter with the manifested presence of Almighty God during a Shekinah Fellowship service. They will never forget it. We here are trying to recall the history and the power of God that flowed in and through Shekinah Fellowship. It is the people who were there that can honestly tell us the history of Shekinah Fellowship and Gods dealings there.

But alas, some don't believe in history being told, they would rather 'move~on' and walk away from a time in history when God showed up and healed people. A time when God manifested His glory. A time when God impacted so many young people with His touch. Today those same young people are in their middle age, God's beloved, God's permanant residence, encircled by God all day long, within whom God is at home. Will they tell the history of Shekinah Fellowship to younger generations? Or will they quietly go about their daily lives as if nothing of great importance had ever happened in the days of their youth...letting the memory and the testimony of Shekinah Fellowship fade away.

We know about Jesus Christ and what He did for us because people spoke and wrote about Him.

God bless our commitment as incense rising to your nostrils and the Whole-Burnt-Offerings on Your altar. Stamp Your seal of approval on what we do here in attempting to preserve the history of Shekinah Fellowship of Long Beach California for the generations under us. We worship You and we adore You Jesus.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Keeping Your Eyes Focused On Jesus

Dear Saints,

Recently I have read so many "warnings" coming forth that it is enough to make a person’s head spin! Fear is so being generated in the body of Christ that it could leave one weak and fearing what the future holds. You hear about the Illuminati, the different "power" sources world wide, Bird virus and other new diseases upon the earth, killer bees, global warming, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, strange weather patterns, on and on the list goes. Many are shaking in their homes, wondering when we are going to be attacked or the new world order will take over. Fear! Fear! Fear!!! Where is the hope we have been given through Christ Jesus? What report are we giving when these things accost us? How focused on Jesus are we when the world around us is in great despair?

I have been seeking the Lord on all this craziness that is going on knowing that something has to be done. The world is in chaos and many in this world are going to hell in a hand basket. Strange phrase, "going to hell in a hand basket" but what I understand it to mean is that people are being led to hell without standing against it but are rather being carried in by the plans and schemes of the enemy and the people just go merrily along. I think of the many Jews who were lied into going to the gas chambers, thinking they were going to showers. For many, they had no clue what they were headed into and today satan continues to mislead people straight to hell. Lord, open their eyes and ears to know Your Truth, in Jesus’ name I pray! When I hear of all these dark things I wonder what we are supposed to do as Christians. I am but one person, how can I impact these other powers that are in place, gaining momentum? Lord, what am I to do for Your kingdom’s sake???? These questions have been going forth to the Lord for awhile now.

This morning, during a time of "quiet" when my husband and I were in prayer, I again sought the Lord on what I/we were to do. In my spirit I heard the message He has spoken to me before, "Love My people." I felt it coming from His Father’s heart, loving all mankind and wanting them to accept Him through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. It spoke of those children not yet born to the family of God but to whom He was calling out to. It was words I marveled at, knowing how messed up the world is and yet His love awaited all those who would receive Him that He sent. It came from the voice of Him who loves the unlovable and who is a father to the fatherless. It was the voice of the Ancient of days reaching out to the young, the old and the in between, "Love My people." That is so paramount on the heart of our heavenly Father in this hour. I was surprised that He did not give me direction in our ministry though He did later show me how we could love His people through ministry. Rather, He simple said, "Love My people."

As I was meditating on what God had said, suddenly I was given a thought about when Jesus walked on earth. It was a turbulent time that He was born into. Israel was occupied by Roman forces and had been by for least 50 years prior to Jesus’ birth. Herod was so threatened by the rumored newborn ‘king of the Jews’ that he murdered all the male children who were 2 years old or younger. A consensus was being taken so the people could be taxed and a heavier burden placed upon their shoulders. Certainly this wasn’t the best of times for a Jewish child to be growing up into. Jesus saw the injustices that were done to the Jewish people, crucifixions were common place. If we consider it, Jesus didn’t grow up in an environment of freedom but rather in a time of great oppression. What was His mind set? What was His course of action in lieu of the darkness and oppression around Him? Did He show His followers how they were to come against the evil of their day? While we know of the wrong being done in our day, of the evil that lurks around and of sin that is being accepted as ‘good’, I wonder how much different is our time compared to the day our Lord grew up. Actually, things are probably better for us now in America than they were for Jesus in His time on earth. As such, could we not learn much by looking at the way He walked and talked during that time? As His followers and joint heirs, would we not want to follow after Him?

While Jesus is considered a political activist of His time, He did not speak out against the government per say as He did about the sin that was present within it. It was not an earthy government that He spoke of, but instead told a heavenly government to which we could look, to seek for God‘s kingdom to come upon the earth as it is in heaven. Storms did not overtake Him or cause Him fear, worry or doubt. Rather, He slept in the midst of a raging sea and when awaken calmly told the storm to be still. When the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by asking whether they should pay taxes to the Roman government He did not get angry against the unfairness of the tax but rather said, "Give to Caesar’s that which is Caesar’s and give to God that which is God’s." Sounds like pretty good advice to me! Since we are now called with the same purpose and calling as shown by our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, should we not be doing the same as Him, not allowing the circumstances around us to shake us but to look to our heavenly Father for guidance and for His will to be revealed to us? Are we not new creatures in Christ Jesus, foreigners in this land, ambassadors of our heavenly Father’s Kingdom, and shouldn’t our warfare be done on our knees with our weapons being not carnal but found in folded hands held in meekness and submission to Him, seeking His kingdom and His righteousness and praying that it come to earth as it is in heaven? Should we not be so broken for those who are living in sin, whose very souls face eternal damnation unless their eyes be opened and they see Christ for who He is - the only Begotten Son of God, sent from our heavenly Father’s heart of love to give mankind an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as their propitiation for sin that they might not perish and have everlasting life and that they might have the chance to be joint-heirs with Him? Instead of being so fast to pass judgment on another, are we willing to lay down our lives in service and sacrifice to others as did our Lord Jesus?

Unless we begin to truly meditate and focus on the life of Christ Jesus we are going to see God’s will for us through distorted vision. If any one of us can honestly say that we have represented out Lord Jesus in all honesty and truth, displayed by a life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and void of any of natural man’s propensities, then we have to recognize that we are not there yet and still have a ways to go. If our lives are more focused on the sin around us then in being transformed into the image of our Lord and earnestly desiring His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, being builders of that kingdom along with our Lord in prayer and submission to His Spirit then we are no better than the Pharisees before us. Jesus came to change the world one person at a time for the glory of His heavenly Father. He knew there would be problems in the earth. But as long as we are focused upon Him and obedient to His leading, then we are doing our parts. And if we really trust God’s Word and what He has said, then the events around us will have no affect on how we live our lives, for we will be aligned with His! When Jesus was faced with arrest and persecution by the Roman soldiers, what was His response to His disciples? In Matthew 26:53-54 we read, "Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?" Jesus knew His purpose upon the earth. He also knew that His Father could protect Him from any attack. But Jesus trusted His heavenly Father’s plans for Him and for all mankind. Do we, as believers do the same? Or when things start to look a little scary, are we quick to hightail it away from the danger or fill with fear? Precious children, it should not be so! We are the children of the Most High God, called to be His hands and feet upon the earth, sharing His Truth and hope that has been given to all mankind! Greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world. If we don’t believe that than we have some learnin’ to do! We must put on the mind of Christ and become one with Him in thought and in deed. Family, we are to be a house of prayer, lifting up our petitions to our God and our Lord, drawing ever closer to our Beloved and our heavenly Father, open to the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit. We must decrease in our own desires and wants and allow His ways to increase in us. We have to believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We must seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and then He will add all that we need and then some. But our goal must be for His will to come on earth as it is in heaven, and we must be as broken for the lost as He is. He would that none would perish. Unless our hearts be broken for lost souls we will never know why our heavenly Father sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, there will be trials and tribulations in the world. God often uses these very things to draw us close to Him. In good times we often forget God’s plans and purposes for mankind and we begin to go our own way, even to ministering out of our flesh rather than His heart. It was love that moved Jesus to be nailed to the cross and it should be love that moves us now, love from our heavenly Father and love for Him and all mankind. Is it any wonder He is saying in this hours, "Love My people"?

Jesus, sweet Jesus. He is our example and our reason for being. Let us be all He has given us the opportunity to be and may we keep our eyes upon Him, not only in turbulent times, but always for without Him we were lost and doomed to eternal damnation. With and through Him eternity is our with Him and with our heavenly Father and with all the saints who have believed in Him. Let us be those who lead others to Him by our very life, our sacrificial offering of thanksgiving and praise to Him Who saved us. Amen? Amen.

Living for His glory,
Joan Bowe

Christian-Style Weddings In Non-Christian Japan

Over the past 10 years, the number of church-like buildings popping up around the country has risen. However, appearances can be deceiving: While their exteriors might bear all the hallmarks of a regular church, these buildings do not offer church services for Christian worshipers — they cater to couples looking to tie the knot in a "Christian" setting.

According to Tohoku University associate professor Taro Igarashi, who also is an architectural critic, there were 1,288 wedding facilities nationwide as of May 2006, of which 1,228 were capable of offering Christian weddings. About half of the church-like buildings were independent "churches."

Operators of some of these church-like buildings, which feature long aisles and high ceilings, have imported stained glass and religious ornaments from Europe to give a more "authentic feel" to the occasion.Igarashi describes such wedding venues as commercial buildings with religious decorations. "A wedding extravaganza doesn't fit with a Shinto-style ceremony that is rather conservative. Church weddings have become fashionable," he said.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

A 'holy encounter' in a California desert cave

At breakfast this morning my friend Eric handed me this newspaper story. Inside a cave high on a cliff in the Owens Valley desert north of Los Angeles, the Rev. Brad Karelius struggled to find words to describe "a life-changing holy encounter" he had there.

Surveying the chaotic landscape of dormant volcanoes, lava beds and snow-capped peaks outside, the Episcopalian priest and philosophy professor said, "It evoked a serenity that was a gift. It was as if I'd entered a sacred space that changed me."I must have carried the memory home," he added with a laugh, "because people said I was a lot easier to get along with after that."

Those of you who know me (David) already know that I have been going out into the desert to seek the Lord with men of God since 1986. Mr. Kareluis is a relative newcomer to the desert places and has decided to write a book about his experiences.

Here are a few pics of our Desert Ministry taken over the years:

The Russian Highway And Other Fun Roads Make People Pray Hard

This is the story of Russia's Lena Highway, aka the Highway from Hell. The Russian Federal Highway runs from Moscow city to the Siberian city of Yakutsk. The last 600 miles is called the "Lena Highway". This bizarre road runs parallel to the Lena River on the final leg to Yakutsk.
Bolivian Yungas Road

The North Yungas Road, also known as El Camino de la Muerte (Spanish for "Road of Death"), is a 43 mile road that leads from La Paz to Coroico, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia. http://www.ssqq.com/ARCHIVE/vinlin27b.htm
Danger in China - The Guoliang Tunnel
This tunnel is located in the Taihang Mountains which are situated in the Hunan Province of China. There is an interesting story behind its development. Before 1972, access to the nearby Guoliang village was limited to a very difficult path carved into the mountainside. The village was nestled in a valley surrounded by towering mountains. It was basically cut off from civilization. 1972, a group of desperate villagers decided to take matters into their own hands - they would carve a road right into the side of the mountain by themselves!
Huashan Hiking Trail

Huashan consists of five peaks. When seen in a certain way, the five peaks of Huashan look like five petals of a flower. Originally Hua was called Xiyue - meaning 'Western mountain' - because it was the westernmost of the five sacred Taoist peaks. Formerly the five mountains were dotted with temples but today only a few remain. These days the majority of visitors to Huashan are Chinese youth on vacation. However the mountain routes are still trekked by devoted pilgrims and wandering monks intent of visiting the shrines.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The hunt for the God particle

If you were to dig a hole 300 feet straight down from the center of the charming French village of Crozet, you'd pop into a setting that calls to mind the subterranean lair of one of those James Bond villains. A garishly lit tunnel ten feet in diameter curves away into the distance, interrupted every few miles by lofty chambers crammed with heavy steel structures, cables, pipes, wires, magnets, tubes, shafts, catwalks, and enigmatic gizmos.

Job 9:10Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

Romans 11:33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

New Electron Microscope Identifies Individual Color-coded Atoms

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ron Wyatt Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark
Ron Wyatt discovers Noah's Ark.

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Ron Wyatt Discovered The Real Mount Sinai In The Arabian Desert

Ron Wyatt's discovery of Mount Sinai.
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Mount Sinai Found

The Search For The Real Mount Sinai

Follow Biblical Explorer Bob Comuke As He Reveals The Discovery. The audio has a slight 60 hrz background hum but the video is good. You will see Mount Sinai located in the ancient land of Midian which is located in Saudi Arabia. Ron Wyatt was the original modern-day discoverer of the real Mount Sinai. Ron was on CBS News in 1984, telling about his trip to see the mountain and what he found there. He had entered the country without a visa and was thought to be a spy. He nearly died in prison there. Here is Ron's story on the web:

And here is the story from a subsequent explorer (Bob Comuke) who came along after Ron had intially discovered Mount Sinai. When Ron first came across the site there were no fences surrounding it. After Mr Wyatt found this site in 1984, and visited it again a year later, the Saudi government erected a fence and a guard house preventing access to the Holy Precinct area at the foot of the mountain on the eastern side. When Ron and his two sons made their first trip into Saudi Arabia, they were accused of being spies and were held prisoner for two months, awaiting execution. After Ron helped to heal many sick prisoners, the authorities listened to his story and accompanied him to the column at the Saudi beach, then to Mt. Sinai. It was then they believed him, but they had to confiscate his photographs before letting him go.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Man Who Found The Ark Of The Covenant In 1982

In the mid seventies I stood on top of the place of the scull, "Golgotha." I knew that I knew deep within that I was standing where Christ shed His blood for humankind. But what I did not know was the fact that exactly 20 feet below where my feet were physically standing was the Ark of the Covenant! Hidden for hundreds of years in a cave with other things.

One very significant discovery was that the blood of Jesus Christ had trickled down a natural crevice in the cliff on to the Ark of the Covenant. As if all had been planned by Almighty God. The Ark was the place of His presence upon this earth, His earthly throne.

I did experience the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit as I stood there. I could see pastor Chuck Smith and a handful of other visitors over on a viewing platform above the Arab bus station. They could see me standing up there in front of them. I was standing where no one was allowed to stand. In an Arab graveyard on top of Golgotha.

Few of us have had this unique experience of standing there. But I had determined to stand where Jesus had died for me. I was young and strong and very able to scale the twelve foot wall that would get me to my destination.

All I can recall was standing there and experiencing supernatural power. So strong that I panicked after a while and went back down the way that I had come up. A human who was just twenty feet from the Blood of Jesus Christ and the Ark of the Covenant. You can only imagine how that felt and how powerful the presence of God was manifesting to me.

Today, even if you stood there, it would not be the same. They have obviously hidden away the Ark. Stored away for the rebuilding and reinstituting of animal sacrifice as predicted.

You can see the video's of this fascintating discovery on youtube.com.
Just look up the name of Ron Wyatt.

Here are just a few I have selected to wet you interest:

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

The Flinty Rock

On the western or back side of the mountain is Rephidim where Moses and the Children of Israel first encamped before reaching Mt. Sinai. It was here that Moses struck the rock, above, which gushed forth large quantities of water. The giant 60 foot rock is on a 300 foot tall hill, and has obvious signs of water erosion, yet it is located in this desert region. The fissure in the rock is so large that you can walk easily through it. A square 20 foot altar is also at this site, which was built after the Children of Israel defeated the Amalakites. The Amalakite territory covered "south of Judah and probably extended into northern Arabia.

Deut 8:15
15Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

In these days of ever increasing uncertainty, when even our supposed leaders trampled our rule of law and dismantle our underpinnings of agreed upon human rights, there is rock solid hope.

Christ is our rock in multiple ways. First, He is a foundation for our lives. Second, He's our hiding place like a mountain cleft. Third, He's the source of reviving waters of hope and eternal life, as we see in this passage. In Deuteronomy 8, Moses was harkening back to an incident described in Exodus 17:

The LORD said to Moses, "Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Centuries later, the apostle Paul declared, "And that rock was Christ."
1 Cor. 10:4

The Lord commanded Moses, "Strike the rock!" And Moses lifted high his rod- the rigid, inflexible rod of the lawgiver- and with all his might brought it down against the rock in the presence of the elders of Israel. It was a powerful, visual preview of what would happen on Mount Golgotha fourteen hundred years later when the rod of the law struck Christ, the Solid Rock, in the presence of the leaders of Israel.

Somehow this rock became a fountainhead of waters that quenched the thirst and saved millions of lives.

Jesus told a woman in Samaria, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
John 4:10

At the feast of Tabernacles, Jesus cried, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
John 7:37

At the end of the Bible, in Revelation 22:17, we have this final invitation to come to Jesus Christ: "The Spirit and the bride say, Come!'...And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely." It's water from the Rock of our salvation.

Way back in 2009 There Was NetDisaster And A Lot Of People Saw It!


Monday, February 04, 2008

new movie



Some teach that you should insist upon God; command God. They say if you need something from God, corner him; quote him his own word and make him measure up.

I find that all the formulas man has devised are empty apart from mercy. Even the promises of God are unattainable apart from mercy.

You can quote every promise in the Bible and you will receive nothing apart from mercy. If we somehow think that God must grant our requests if they are based upon his own words, we are wrong. They must be accompanied with mercy.

We know that God cannot lie, but we must also know that God will not violate his righteousness. Everything that God has promised concerning blessings are received through mercy by grace. They are a gift.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." The good things of God are obtained through mercy.

There are at least a billion things in our lives that could fault us from receiving. We in our sin nature would be disqualified daily if it were not for God’s mercy. That’s why Paul said, "I die daily." And, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live,"

In order to obtain the promises of God we must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. To believe is act of God’s mercy. Jesus said that no man could come to him unless the Father drew him. That alone is mercy.

While we were yet sinners God saved us. We only love him, because He first loved us. It’s all mercy. Every promise began and continues in mercy.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

What happens when religion takes over common sense?

Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.
In a rare criticism of the kingdom's powerful "mutaween" police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


I grabbed my camera and shot these photos of some real C_ _ _ _ s.

After 35-year ban, self-guided hikes allowed at Tahquitz Canyon

This is incredible news to those of us that have enjoyed this canyon where God first impacted Lonnie Frisbee with a visitation. I have been to this place with Lonnie and by myself on numerous occasions.

My friend Erik and I have seen God work here.

Anyone interested in the history of Lonnie Frisbee should at least visit this place once. You will most likly see Erik and myself if you do. I am on my way...