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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Possible Glimpses of the Face of Christ
Graphic artists have used the controversial Shroud of Turin to create new 3-D images. Some versions have been enhanced to show vivid details.
"It's such a mind-blowing movement because really what you see out there is the book of Acts, it's happening just like it was written in the Bible," said Ma, 29, a U.S.-born evangelist who founded Campus Church Networks, a student-led church-planting movement based in California. "People are being raised from the dead; signs and wonders are happening, miracles and healing. Churches are being planted every day. Millions are getting touched with the gospel. It's shaking society and transforming the culture."

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Control Connection and Lack of Accountability
By Mary Lindow

You can hear folks saying this everywhere as the world spins and gasps in
shock over even the pilfering of aid sent to earthquake damaged countries!
Who would ever believe that we could be "duped" by a few high level
How does this happen and - why didn't anybody warn us or...
...do something?!!!


Just listen to the lips of current politicians flapping in the breeze and you
will hear more deceit and bloated empty promises spewing out like rapid
machine gun fire! Absolutely nauseating!

In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul lists the works of the 'flesh' (“sinful nature”).
In the middle he mentions “idolatry, sorcery” (NKJV) or “idolatry and
witchcraft” (NIV).

Our fallen, rebellious, sinful nature, if not brutally dealt with - this
insidious root can deceive even the Christian believer if he of she is not
transparent before God and is in humble, healthy and mature relational
accountability to other members in the Body of Christ! (Not easy to
do…but healthy!)
But real godly accountability must be vulnerable at all times, wise in
listening to advice, and not selective about what things we want to be
accountable for or not. “Delicatessen Accountability” is not going to bless
your life, and it will frustrate your family and friends to tears.

It is a natural outpouring of what is in the heart of a true follower
when put under the pressure of the test of exposure.


Acts 19:18
Many of those who believed
now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.


Therefore confess your sins to each other ,
and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

Accountability - noun
EX: "There must be accountability for the expenditure of every public cent
responsibility." liability

Accountable- adjective
( of a person, organization, or institution)required or expected to justify
actions or decisions; responsible

We feel secure if we can control others.
Then they do not threaten us; they do what we want!

He respects the free will He has given each of us, although He does hold us
responsible for how we use that freedom.



People who recognize that they are weaker than those they seek to control
tend to manipulate; those who feel stronger tend to intimidate. But the end
purpose is the same: to dominate - that is, to control others and get them
to do what we want.

Husbands intimidate their wives by fits of rage or actual violence. Wives
manipulate their husbands by tears and hurt feelings, and often making
them feel guilty for their shortcomings. Parents frequently intimidate or
manipulate their children. But, alternatively, children can become
extremely adept at manipulating their parents.

Once we learn to recognize the desire to control others as an evil,
manipulative force,
we will see it at work in many different areas.


This gives new meaning to Paul's statement in II Corinthians 4:4 that
“the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers” (NIV).

People who habitually use manipulation or intimidation to control others
will be taken over by a demonic and deceitful spirit masquerading itself in
many cloaked forms, often shifting it's present demeanor in order to
influence others to their way of thinking, but still is a form of evil. After
that they will be unable to relate to anyone apart from these tactics.

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Proverbs 28:13

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "-
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Selah
Psalm 32:5


I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.
Psalm 38:18


(This does not mean necessarily a separation from the relationship… but a
healthy detaching from 'being controlled' as the relationship functions.
Fear is at work underneath this structure… fear of man…etc.)

It is obvious that we must fear God rather than man. If we fear man more
than God,
we will displease God most of the time, because man's ways are usually
opposite of God's.

The fear of man may be evidenced by fashion-consciousness, by being
easily embarrassed (even when doing right), by a quickness to defend
ourselves (with lies, if need be), by constant lies and deceptions to gain
honor from others, by pretending to understand when we don't, by giving
compliments which we don't mean, by pretending to agree when we
should disagree, by avoiding giving criticisms and warnings even when
necessary, etc.


In other words, the "honor" that he receives is only a momentary
acknowledgement for "convenience" provided by his man-pleasing deed.
Man-fearers are "used" and then despised.


Look at the way politicians cave in under pressure due to the fear of
man and loosing face in from of the “Big People”!
Besides, even if a man-fearer was loved by another, he himself is not loved
but rather his pretended-self is the "one" that is loved.

"The fear of the LORD
is the beginning of wisdom"

The word 'fear" means to "reverence".
One who fears God is more concerned about what God thinks than what
men think (ACTS 4:19) The result of such fear is a single-minded
obedience to God's Word, and a single-minded aim to glorify God.

(like Daniel and his friends, DAN 3).

fearing Him because He is constantly watching us, and expecting from Him
all our present and eternal rewards. Since man's ways are usually opposite
to God's, there will be a continuous struggle in us whether to honor God or

The fear of God is evidenced by a godly carefulness regarding being
"In fashion",slowness to be embarrassed before men, a speech that will not
only compliment but also warn (in a gracious and loving manner, Romans
10:18), a quickness to defend God's honor and a quickness to admit one's
mistakes, a caution to accept lavish compliments and a quickness to give
the glory to God.

He or she will simply obey God's Word and will not change his mind

because of man's faces or “undertones of condescension.”

We must stop concentrating on the outside and start concentrating on the

Management experts say that there is no formula for success
but God says:

"Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them,
so that you may flourish in all that you do"
(DEU 29:9).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Do you know the legend of Hercules and Antaeus, the giant wrestler, whose strength was incredible so long as he stood firmily on the earth? But when he was held, rootless, in midair, by Hercules, he perished easily.

This next post is equally interesting and strange I think.

Some Thoughts About the Earth and Righteousness

By John Paul Jackson


You start seeing some odd things when you look past the traditional understanding of Scripture and consider it in fresh ways. This passage has been holding my attention:

“So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”
— Genesis 4:11–12

If Cain’s sin caused the Earth not to yield its strength, what does it mean when the Earth does yield its strength?

This concept is not off-handedly mentioned one time in Scripture and then never mentioned again. Perhaps the most notable or well-known reference to it is found in Romans:

The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
— Romans 8:20–22

Paul seemed to believe that the Earth is more than inanimate soil, stone, etc. He seemed to believe that the Earth has some sort of ability of choice — that is, some ability of will. Perhaps it is not a “will” as we currently understand will, but clearly, there is something going on in Romans 8 that suggests the Earth expects, feels futility, hopes, groans and desires that something specific comes about.

If the Earth has a will, as Paul apparently thought, does it therefore have a choice about when and how and to whom it yields its strength? If sin caused the Earth not to yield its strength, does righteousness have an opposite effect?

This concept may be somewhat “metaphysical” in nature, but it is time for the Church to really come back to the understanding of the order of creation: how God created us to function, how He created the Earth to function and how the two are meant to function together.

There is a reason God did not simply speak us into existence, as He did the vegetation, the animals, the moon and stars. Instead, He chose to create us out of the Earth. He shaped us with His fingers — from the soil. Why would He do that? Could it be that humans have a relationship with the Earth and the Earth has relationship with us that we don’t yet understand? Could it be that just as it was with Cain, our choices affect the Earth?

Perhaps when we walk not in sin but in righteousness, we will see the Earth “yield its strength” to us. What would that look like? No doubt, the full answer to that question would require much, much more space than I have here, but Abraham’s story seems to give a slight understanding.

In Genesis, God told Abraham, “Go to the land I will show you.” He didn’t tell him where to go or give him directions, but Abraham still somehow ended up right where he was supposed to be. The only trail he apparently followed was the one his flocks and herds took as they sought pasture on the Earth. So the land itself helped Abraham get to where he was going. It yielded to his righteousness, and the result was that he walked in the fullness of his destiny.

We tend to gloss over how creation is supposed to help us follow God’s purpose. But as we gain a deeper understanding of how He designed creation to work, the more we will be able to comprehend why He does what He does in our lives and what we can do to cooperate with Him.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

As Always you have to wonder just WHY the powers that be have allowed the recent health care bill to pass. Beyond it's stated objectives, one big reason could be to pave the way for a national ID card and another could be to introduce a national drivers license. In other words lessen the power of states and increase the power of the Federal government. All of which would take us a step closer to the endtime One World Government.

One onerous provision taxes the independent freedom to not purchase, because it creates a system of fines, expected to be administered by the IRS, for those who fail or refuse to obtain health insurance. If you don't want to comply then we will tax you...

According to Wired (and no big surprise, considering the practicalities of implementing massive changes in medical finance), US lawmakers "are proposing a national identification card, a 'fraud-proof' Social Security card required for lawful employment in the United States. The proposal comes as the Department of Homeland Security is moving toward nationalizing driver licenses."

How to Catch Wild Pigs
- "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. -
- Author Unknown
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You can loose a lot through "gradualism."


Sunday, March 21, 2010

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"For such a young man like Brant to be thrust so quickly into such a stressful and high-profile situation produced huge pressures on him, I am sure. He was a frail young man, a recovering homosexual, who came from an unhappy family situation, who needed sources of seasoned guidance, truthful support, and wise counsel. For him to become increasingly isolated as he did was a recipe for disaster.

It also didn't help that many of the other Shekinah ministers begin to hold him in too much awe, thus becoming increasingly disinclined to correct him when he was wrong. His being turned into a celebrity came upon him before he was spiritually ready to handle it--and it destroyed

"This is one of the valuable lessons that I think can be learned from Shekinah. All the members of the Body need each other. Brant needed everybody else, because it was dangerous, to begin with, for such a young xtian to be thrust so quickly into such a stressful, high-profile ministry. Brant had a heart for this ministry, but he also had great weaknesses. In some ways, he was let down by all of us who unduely idolized him.

I don't say this to excuse his sin, by no means, but I say these things because the Church needs to stop forgetting its mistakes, to stop sweeping them under the rug. It needs to remember its mistakes, to truthfully enter them into the historical record, so that perhaps it will begin
to learn from those mistakes. It has to stop covering things up."

Friday, March 19, 2010

BlueFin Tuna Update:

Bluefin tuna ban collapses at UN

Praying For The Sick
Brant Baker would say, "I have learned to yield to the Holy Spirit. Brant Baker has nothing to offer, it is all Jesus. I am nothing at all. If God can use a nobody like me He can use anybody."

Oral Roberts said. "I have been asked many times what the anointing is. I searched the scriptures for every instance when individuals or groups felt God's anointing. I saw that by experiencing the presence of God, they were able to do mighty exploits for the Lord. I saw, too, that when the anointing of God's Spirit did not rise up in them, they were as ordinary in themselves and in their works as any of us are today. There was no halo around them. They were not superman or super women. They were believers but still flesh and blood.

I focused on Luke 4:18, Jesus said to the people in the synagogue in Nazareth,where He had grown up:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor,
He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised.

The revelation came to me that the anointing is a time when God separates you from yourself and fills you with His glory so that when you speak it's like God speaking, and when you act it's like God acting. You are yourself, but you are not yourself. I mean, you have not taken leave of your senses. Still, you are keenly aware that another self-the Spirit of God Himself-has taken over and is, at that time, in full charge of you, and you are acting under His divine unction or guidance and power from above.

The glory of the Lord that comes upon you at the time of anointing removes all fear, fills you with a holy boldness, and gives you revelational knowledge of how and what to do. It is an incomparable experience. God who is in you is now flowing up by His Spirit from your belly area (your inner being) and giving you a covering that Satan cannot penetrate (see John 7:38-39).

The difficulty that I have when the anointing comes upon me...in the heat of this experience I have an insatiable desire to literally drive the sickness or disease or demon or fear or poverty or any other destructive power out of the person. I confess it is a driving force possessing me far beyond any powers of my own. My normal compassion appears to be multiplied a thousand times. My urgency to rid the person of the tormenting power of Satan almost consumes me.

The tangible presence of God- is not mine. It belongs to God. The prophet Elijah said, "Let God be God" 1 Kings 18:24. That is exactly what I had to learn to do"

God loves us. God will move through each of us.

And these signs shall follow all who believe, they shall lay their hands upon the sick, who will recover.
Mark 16:17

We read the scriptural accounts of healing miracles and we wish Jesus were here to cure the sick in our day and age. With more and more hospitals being built, doctors unable to keep up with the needs of an increasing population, and many illnesses still considered incurable, we could certainly use this charism of healing.

The Good News is, we do have the healing love of Jesus Christ with us today. The gifts of healing manifested by the Lord have been delegated to each person who accepts Jesus as his Savior, believing him to be the Son of God.

Before He was crucified, Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father" John 14:12.

Jesus was telling the disciples that ministering to the blind, the halt and the lame was not going to stop when He was no longer visible. The commission to carry on the healing work was given to "whoever believes in Him. The works would be even greater because they would no longer be performed by one man, but by everyone who professes Jesus as Lord.

Jesus made us extensions of Himself in order that multitudes of people could be touched and cured by His love. He has no hands to lay on the sick but our hands. If, as Christians, we really believe the Lord dwells within us, then it should not come as a surprise that we can pray for the sick and they will be healed. We merely provide the vehicle through which the love of God can shine forth.

Christians are accustomed to thinking that the gift of healing is reserved for certain individuals who receive a supernatural calling from God to go forth and heal. All of us can pray over the sick. Whoever means whoever. "Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father."

You have been called, you believe in Jesus Christ. So you see, you fit the equation. Conditions are right for you to start praying over the sick with an expectancy to see God heal them. Try it. Go out and pray over sick people and see what takes place.

David Sloane

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Susan sent me this current update to the story:

"UPDATE: After 30 years, I am still healed of Thrombophlebitis! Praise
the Lord! Through God's mercy and Grace, there has never been another
episode of the condition. My Grandmother died of the exact same thing
when she was 40 so when I came down with the same condition, I was
petrified! I had so much to do with my life! God brought me to
Shekinah Fellowship through their TV show and from that point on, God
changed my life dramatically. I will forever be grateful to the Lord
for showing me His wonderful Healing power and Love.

Susan Dixon,
October 10, 2006"

I own a small part of TBN in a sense, TBN is my station. Let me explain.

In May of 1973 my boss at the time, Tony Meston of SonShine Electric told me about a fantastic faith enterprise being initiated in Santa Ana. He suggested that we go down there and help out.

Apparently someone was attempting to do the impossible, they were going to get a television station started for the Lord up and running! I was excited about the thought of an all Christian television station. I knew of none. I did know of a radio station, "The Kings Herald of Faith" KHOF, which I listened to in my truck while driving.

Now, having been a part of the birth of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and having helped to build the current home of Calvary in Santa Ana California, I knew how awesome it can be to watch God at work. I wanted in on this new venture of faith.

We showed up at TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK on the corner of Dyer and Main street in Santa Ana, 111 West Dyer to be exact. We helped by putting in the fluorescent lighting. Every time TBN shows their early start days, you will see them flash a quick picture of me up on a ladder installing the lights, at least I think it is me. We also helped to remove some old linoleum tile that was laid with some awful tar it seemed. All of us were working for the Lord, so we put our heart into the task.

I can still look back in my memory of Tony Meston helping to run the black and white camera. We were doing this for the Lord.

Paul was an amazing man as I recall, he oozed faith. Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy were there with Paul and Jan Crouch. They all seemed so enthusiastic about what was happening.
I can recall the tech dudes fussing with the stuff, trying to get everything to work correctly. It was a battle field as all of us were trying to get the Lords TV station up and running. Something that the enemy of our souls did not want.

My next time of being in on a major event of TBN was in the early 90's. At the time I had no idea that Paul Toberty or Demos Shakarian had anything to do with one another or Paul Crouch.
I was living down the street from the original Dyer street commercial building in Santa Ana. I knew there was a building that I had helped Roy Laney do some painting on, located on Bear Street in Costa Mesa, across the freeway from South Coast Plaza. It originally was one of the locations of the Full Gospel Business Mens Associations. It had been vacated for a long while at this point in time.

One day I felt the Lord telling me to go visit that empty property. So I did. As I walked around it, a deep sadness filled my heart. I was recalling all the activity and commotion when Roy and I were there painting. Everyone was aware that they were working on a project for the Lord when I first worked on this property. And now here I was years later walking around an abandoned site. I wondered to myself, "What in the world could have happened?"

As I was noticing the brass top of the flagpole sitting in some weeds, the Lord suddenly showed up and manifested His presence upon me. He told me to prophesy over the property. So I once again walked the property prophesying anything that came to my mind from my spirit man.
As I did this the Holy Spirit filled my heart with an unction and an urgency. I felt a righteous anger rising up in my heart and I began to do spiritual warfare while walking around.
God was leading me to take back what had been stolen away. He was telling me to call out to Him for restoration.

I went home. But I could not get that property off my mind. So I frequently visited that ghost of a building. Walking around and around it, shouting out to the Lord. Tears streamed down my face as I recalled how it was built for the Lord and here it was in such disrepair and completely abandoned.

I was angry and jealous for the place to once again be a place known for the Lord. Finally I told my roommate about the place, he was interested. So I took him there and we both prophesied over the place as we walked every square foot of it. Each time I looked at the things just lying around on the ground and all of the over grown weeds and such, an anger rose up in my spirit man. I would shout loudly what came to mind prophetically. And each time that I did, the presence of the Lord would manifest and I would end up with tears streaming down my face.
Then one day I knew my task was finished and never went back.

I don't recall how much later but one day I drive by the place and someone was working on it. WOW was I amazed to see that it was going to be a location of TBN. So you see I had a small behind the scenes part to play in TBN once again...

Now you can see how I fit in to the picture as far as TBN. Not to mention that Brant Baker and Shekinah Fellowship was one of the original programs on TBN.

Pastor Leroy Saunders of North Hollywood Assembly of God had opened his church to Brant Baker to have televised prayer meetings there. Pastor Saunders I am sure had a lot to do with Brant getting on TBN since he believed in the vision of Paul and Jan.

It often times trips me out to think of how intertwined everything I have been involved with is. Even though some people don't like how Paul has run the show, the Lord installed him as the steward none the less.

Let me share a small thought on this. Do you think that Jesus would be any good in His choice as to who will do what? You know He prayed a long time before choosing his twelve apostles. And wow, we wouldn't have chosen some of them. Judas was a thief of the kitty and a betrayer!
Mark 14:10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

Simon Peter was a fair weather friend who cursed and was a liar.
Matthew 26:74Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

These were faulty everyday men and yet Jesus choose them anyway. You see, God does not call who you think He would. God does not call the capable, he makes those who He calls capable!
While most do not agree with me around these parts, I seriously believe that Paul and Jan Crouch were hand picked by God to build TBN. It takes a certain personalty type with a tough skin to accomplish what they have done. Sure you may not like what comes through TBN. But Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel and Pastor Greg Laurie have been on along with a few others that you would agree walk down the middle of the road in their Christian perspective.

Paul and Jan did not just walk into a wonderful up and running popular ministry. They went through all of the hard knocks and the heart breaks and the warfare to make what we all see today.

I have seen Paul alone in the malls at South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. No body guards, all by himself. I have seen Jan with one of her son's at Fry's Electronics, no body guards.
They are both disliked by a lot of people, and yet they still trust in the Lord. I have talked with Paul in one of my chance encounters with him in South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. I found him to be very open and friendly, I detected not the slightest bit of apprehension in him.

You know Benny Hinn never goes anywhere without his entourage of Navy Seal bodyguards, what does that tell you? How do I know this? I have worked in his neighborhood within a stones throw of his home for about thirteen years now. Just last week I had two Benny sightings...LOL.

Even if you don't like TBN you have to admit that it is a miracle that it even exists. If you knew the half of what it took to build TBN and maintain it, you would know that it is a miracle.
Of course Brant was very upset at being dropped from TBN. But what did he expect they would do when they found out about his hidden struggles. What could they do? Albeit they did not even say anything to him at all...they just dropped him!

Brant imploded progressively after that, even to the point of speaking against TBN in a "Talking to the door to address the window" fashion from his pulpit. His pain was evident.
Sure Paul is one tough German man, but God did tap him and tell him to build an all Christian television network. And ya, there have been abuse of power and position sort of things, but don't you think God knew that was gonna happen?

It honestly is none of my business with how God's steward takes care of what God requires of him. What he is accountable for is between him and the Lord.

One thing I do know is that the fruit of TBN can not be ignored. Millions of souls have been saved from just watching television because of the vision of Paul and Jan Crouch. How many millions of souls have been saved through your personal vision?

When I compare my fruit with their fruit, mine is all tile and tar.
And yet?...
David Sloane
Shekinah Fellowship
Also in the 90's I walked another plot of land in Costa Mesa, on Newport Blvd, just above the 55 freeway. I would visit the laundry mat next to this field. While my laundry was in the machines I would walk this plot of land. The Spirit of God would come on me and I would lay claim to the land for His service. This would happen every laundry day...LOL
Eventually a church purchased the land and built a wonderful place for God's people to come together. They are currently expanding their building on the site. They are a true asset to Costa Mesa! I have heard nothing but good things about this portion of the Body of Christ.
Here is Pastor Tilson of Shekinah Fellowship on TBN in 1984. See how intertwined things, people and events in my life are? I also had been at Tilson's wedding in 1973 before I actually met him, I did know his brother.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

If it was not God who healed all of those people at the services of Shekinah Fellowship, then who did?

If it was not God's presence that was being manifested at Shekinah Fellowship, then who's presence was it?

If it was not the anointing of God that brought so many people together to give of their time and energy to bless others, then who's anointing was it?

If it was not God that touched so many people and impacted their lives even to this day, then who touched them?

If it was not God's Spirit that enabled so many to have the word of knowledge at Shekinah Fellowship, then who's spirit was it?

Here is my point. If God did all of these things, then it can be assumed that He had no problem being associated with Shekinah Fellowship. He had no shame in showing up in the services of Shekinah Fellowship. In fact He made His power and presence known at Shekinah Fellowship.

If all of this is true, then I have questions to ask those of you who were in the ministry of Shekinah Fellowship.

Why are you ashamed? Why are you being silent? Why won't you share with others here about your experiences at Shekinah Fellowship?


Do you have more class then God? Are you better then God? Are you wiser then God? Do you know something about Shekinah Fellowship that God does not know?

God associated with Shekinah Fellowship, He saw fit to be there. He revealed His presence there. What does that tell you? Where does that leave you?

I don't get it? Here you finally have a time and a place to bless others with who you are and what you experienced at Shekinah Fellowship and you choose to remain silent! You choose to sit back like some wisened sage and do nothing. And yet you have come here and you are reading this.


What makes you want to even come to this place? Why don't you just click on by...

So many of you have emailed me to tell me you were involved with Shekinah and "may God bless" with out ever sharing one single thing with us.

Do you think that for one minute I and the others who are putting forth the effort to share the Shekinah story are seeking to profit from it? Guess again.

We believe that God knew what he was doing by allowing the full story of King David to be recorded in the bible. Not some sanitized version fit for all audiences.

We believe the suppressed story of Shekinah Fellowship and Brant Baker should be told. And if not by you, then by who?

Are you not the least bit concerned that all that you did for God at Shekinah Fellowship will just be a mere footnote in the historical record? A footnote of no significance.

Well that is what your silence tells me. It tells me that you think Shekinah Fellowship was nothing significant. Your silence tells me that you think everything Brant Baker and Shekinah Fellowship accomplished had no true value in the spiritual landscape.

Your silence tells me that you think your time at Shekinah Fellowship was a waste of time...

Try to tell that to anyone of the people who were healed. Try to tell that to anyone who received the Lord Jesus Christ at a Shekinah Fellowship service. Try to tell that to anyone who's live was changed by the genuine presence of the Lord manifested at Shekinah Fellowship.

Try to tell that to those who have emailed me to tell me that they have not come across the presence of the Lord like they experienced in the services of Shekinah Fellowship.

Your silence is not a Godly silence.

God practically pushed me to tell the story of Brant Baker and Shekinah Fellowship. I resisted until I actually had third parties tell me that I should tell the story.

James 4:17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Go ahead, be silent. Tell all of us by your silence what you think about Brant Baker and Shekinah Fellowship!

David Sloane
Shekinah Fellowship

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Calvin shares his experience

It must have been around 1975...I was about 14 years of age and having a LOT of problems.
I got a job during the summer at the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) doing telephone solicitations.

While there I met an ex-Black Panther by the name of Chris (I can t remember his last name).
Chris is my spiritual father. Though disabled and confined to a wheel chair, high intelligence and a noble spirit distinguished him. He taught me things...gave me back my faith.
He finally convinced me to visit his church (Shekinah Fellowship in Long Beach, CA) for a healing service one Saturday evening.

It was July.

The "church" was a converted movie house (Fox West Coast Theatre on Ocean Boulevard)–the old-fashioned kind that could seat above two thousand. The stage was raised with ramps on either side. And the place was packed with people.
Now I come from a very Fundamentalist background...I had never visited a church like this before: there was singing and worship. People raised their hands as in adoration of an Unseen Lover.

The pastor's name was Brant Baker (I remember his name!). Brant wasn't really a preacher...he was more of a healer as you might say (1st Corinthians 12:9). And he would lead the congregation into a spirit of worship in preparation for his ministry.

When the time came two lines formed at either end of the stage. Brant would fill up the stage with a single line made from the convergence of the two lines and then move from person to person, placing a dab of olive oil on each forehead and praying. At least half of the people prayed for would "faint." Someone would catch them from behind and gently lower them to the floor.
This was all VERY new to me.

Chris then told me to join one of the lines for prayer.
I had no intention of fainting in a theatre full of people: I politely said NO.
But Chris was persistent (the fact was...I TRUSTED Chris).
I finally consented–but promised myself that I was not going to "faint."
And I wasn't going to let anyone PUSH me down either!
In fact, I was pretty much determined not to be cooperative at all!

Anyway, the line I was in was moving, and I was getting closer and closer to the stage.
Finally I took my place on stage (stage left). Brant was on the opposite side working his way toward me. People were fainting, and I was getting more anxious. When Brant got to the person next to me I closed my eyes and told God that I was open to whatever He had for me.
Brant was now in front of me; I could feel his finger place the oil on my forehead, and could hear him whisper the word "Glory!"

And the whole universe disappeared. LITERALLY.
Friend, there IS a place called NOWHERE–and for what was probably less than a split second I was there. A voice (more accurately, a thought) spoke to me saying, "It's all over, you can rest now."

Every cell in my body relaxed in Perfect Peace. Every fear was vanquished. And that's why my body collapsed like a rag doll to the floor on that stage in front of all those people.
When I opened my eyes I was MAD...angry that I was thrown back into this life that took so much delight in exposing my ignorance, weakness and faults.

And on and off (mostly on) I've been seeking that state of Perfection ever since (the links on my web site bear this out).

I've never really understood the meaning of the experience...was it a memory, or a prophecy?
Dr. Michelle Corral attended Shekinah Fellowship in her youth and can be seen in some of the videos.

In 1992 Pastor Tilson Shumate http://operationrestoration.net/ and I attended one of her services in Norwalk CA. She got very upset at the people present and told us that our 'faith was not strong enough.' She may have been right because no one received healing. After the meeting, as we were walking back to our car we saw her and a few of her assistants in the parking area. She seemed emotional and they were consoling her. I thought she had such a deep desire for God to show up at that particular meeting. And when it didn't quite happen she was upset at us.

Many years later I talked with Ann Hume on the phone about the Shekinah Fellowship studio tapes she had. She was attending Dr. Michelle's services at that time and had a wonderful report about her experiences at those services. I think the oil from the altar of the Lord has poured favor upon the ministry of this woman of God. She walks in many gifts of the Holy spirit and exercises them.

I am told that she has helped Benny Hinn to expand in a few geographical areas.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I am not trying to say that I invented skateboards. Even though in 1957 I stole one of my sister's steel wheeled roller skates. You know, the ones that had a 'skate key' to adjust them on to your shoes.

I cut a 2x4 scrap that I sort of found at a near by construction site into a 1 foot length. I then took apart the skate and used some 16 penny nails that I had also picked up at the construction site to nail the front of the skate to the front of the board. And then I nailed the back of the skate to the tail end of the board.

It looked like something a kid put together, the nails were partially nailed into the board and then bent over the skate parts and stuck out.

The thing worked somewhat. I scooted along until it hit a rock and stopped dead in it's tracks. One time, in Ocean Beach California, some Mormon boys and I had our homemade skate boards and we were all flying down a sidewalk on a hill. The wheels were making a clack clack sound as they went over each segment of side walk crack. The faster we went the more wobbly the boards got, there were no 'trucks' on these first prototypes so they wobbled something fierce.

Suddenly I hit a small rock, the board stooped dead in it's tracks and flipped me forward straight down on my forehead. Smack down!!! I was knocked completely unconscious. I came to on a nearby lawn with my Mormon friends looking down on me. Being a typical kid I got back up and completed the ill fated run on that gnarly run.

Around 1963 I saw my first pro~skate board. It was called the Red Rider and cost about $10.00. I stole a ten spot from mom's purse and got one after seeing a friend 'walking' one of these boards around the school side walks. It was the first trick that I had seen anyone do.
Up to that point we only went straight down hills and used the boards to get from point a to point b. But this guy kept both feet on the board and was able to kind of walk his board forward until he picked up momentum and flew forward. As he slowed down he did the maneuver all over again, never once needing to touch the ground. That did it, I knew I had to have a store bought board. That red rider had the first attempt at trucks even though it was still plagued by steel wheels.

Then someone came up with wide composition wheels and a better truck. I was told that the wheels were made out of ground up walnut shells. This new wheel made a great sound as it slid sideways around corners. The trucks were not perfected yet, they still wobbled at downhill speeds. O, I did catch hell and restriction when I was found out on my $10.00 theft from mom.

Then one day my sister somehow ended up with the first Hobbie skate board! I swiped the thing often. Michael Mcdonald and I took to the hills of Laguna Beach, High Drive to be exact. That Hobbie had composition wheels, which minimized the rock stopping to some extent but it would wobble if I went straight down so I had to tack like a sail boat to slow my speed. Mike was fearless or just plain crazy. He flew down those hills!

That same Hobbie skate board that I used now lives at the Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach California if you want to see it LOL. Honest, it is there on display as one of the first skate boards.

And then came along a new breed of skateboarder, the dogtown Z~Boys. Around 1973 I recall a drought in southern CA. People stopped watering their lawns and emptied out their swimming pools. These guys discovered the first skate parks by using the empty pools to do stuff that we never dreamed of doing!

They began the fine art of aggressive skateboarding. The empty swimming pools brought the skill of skateboarding to a whole new level. These guys pushed the envelope way beyond our simple 'survive~the~hill' mentality. The best trick that we ever did was to nose ride the board while flying down hills and not crashing. We started putting on gloves to prevent the ripped up palms that we often got from all the crashes. Never occurred to us to wear head protection.

One guy in particular lead the push into uncharted territory. His name was Bob Biniak. I highly recommend getting "Dogtown Z-Boys" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275309/)
from Netflicks. That documentary tells the whole story in a very wonderful way. You won't be dissapointed.

On Feb 25th Bob Biniak passed on from this life. He was awesome.
When God guides God provides. The calling of God is the enabling of God.
Therefore if we are attempting to do something and God is not even in it, if He is closing the door on it. Are we to stubbornly continue to push forward with our own agenda? Would not it be better to step back and rethink our position? Why misuse the resources that we have on projects that God is obviously not in?

Here is a real life example of this taking place on another 'xthian do it yourself scene' of the past. Some people just don't get it...as they swirl around the drain.
And here is another:
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Shekinah Fellowship: Be a blessing to others.#links#links#links

Brant Baker was born March 12th, 1948 in Santa Monica, California.

Brant accepted Christ in 1964, at a Billy Graham Crusade in San Diego, California. I was present at that same crusade. A man named Jim Prescott had helped out my fatherless family financially at a time that was critical for us. He was a Christian and took my whole family to that crusade. I accepted Christ 3 years later through the street ministry of Lonnie Frisbee in 1967 in a hippie hangout house in Newport Beach California. I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues at that time. Lonnie introduced me to Brant at his clothing store on 17th street in Costa Mesa California.

In 1968 Brant witnessed the first miracle of his life at a Kathryn Kuhlman service at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. By then my family was living in southern California, I was also present at all of those Kuhlman Healing services.

Shortly after that Brant Began attending Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and studied the Bible extensively under the teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith. I also started attending Calvary Chapel the summer of 1967.

Following a youth rally in 1971, Brant received a vision from the Lord, to give out the Bread- the Word of God. Several months later a small bible study, led by Brant Baker, started and grew rapidly. God told Brant that He would use him in a healing ministry, and gave him the scriptures, Jeremiah 33:3 as a promise. The ministry expended, with people receiving salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healings, and incredible anointed teaching from the Word of God.

In 1972, Brant was ordained in the State of California as a licensed minister of the Gospel, and Shekinah Fellowship was incorporated by the state as a recognized church organization.

The group took on the name of Shekinah Fellowship, meaning those who fellowship in the presence of the Glory of God. While praying at his grandmother's bedside, Brant had an experience with the manifested Shekinah Glory of God and it marked him deeply. I have seen the Shekinah Glory during Brant's services at Shekinah Fellowship. I could actually see a physical white fog engulfing the room as the experience of a sense of Holiness descended upon everyone in what was a powerful manifestation of Almighty God. This happened quite a lot in the early days of Shekinah Fellowship.

Further expansion reached out to the surrounding area with outreach services, and a television and radio ministry. In 1974, the "Body Ministry" became a major part of the service. Workers move among the congregation in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as Brant ministers from the podium. Many miracles were wrought as these vessels of God moved together in one accord. They became what was called the "Word~of~knowledge workers." A pattern that was seen at the Kathryn Kuhlman healing services.

There was great fruit. Thousands upon thousands, from every walk of life, every segment of society have found salvation in Jesus Christ through this ministry. Thousands more have been touched, blessed and healed by the miracle working power of God, so actively a part of the Shekinah Fellowship services.

In 1976, the West Coast Theater, 333 E. Ocean Blvd, in Long Beach, California, with a seating capacity of 1,800 became the home and administrative headquarters of Brant Baker, Shekinah Fellowship. It was here that the corporation became "Brant Baker Ministries." The Marquee out front reflected this declining change. It said in large black letters at the top "Brant Baker" and the next line under that in smaller letters said "With Jesus Christ" one day as I drove past it. I recall thinking to myself at that moment, "This marks the beginning of the end."

Because of the hunger for more of God among the multitudes, many phone calls and letters from all over the world have been received for Brant and the Shekinah Fellowship Team to travel. In September of 1979, Shekinah answered a call to "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel." The coporate office of Brant Baker~Shekinah Fellowship was located in Glendale, California, with a mailing address in Glendale, California.

Brant's vision for the ministry was that it would be an effective means of preaching the Gospel, bring about unity among all denominations, making people aware of their place in the Body of Christ, the Church, and the soon coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with confirmation of the Word, with signs and wonders and miracles following. "My place is to point the way to the one who can meet your needs. I can't do anything to help you, except to point the way. I'm no better than anyone else, I have no miracle working ability, but I believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever," Brant would say.

Brant Baker preached the uncompromising Word of God and expected to see miraculous confirmation of God's Word. Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle. Thousands of people have been healed through Brant's ministry and tens of thousands have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. As a result, Brant had received hundreds of requests to minister from all over the world.

Some of these request have taken the ministry across the United States and others have led to diffrent parts of the world. In 1979, Brant and the outreach team traveled to the midwestern part of the United States for two crusades in Des Moines, Iowa. The first was for three days. Because of the great response, they were invited to return for an eight day "camp meeting." This led to television and radio airplay of previously recorded miracle services.

In December of 1980, a visit to the Philippines brought forth a week of miracles. From the first press conference to the last miracle service, the people of Manila could see the moving of the Holy Spirit in Shekinah Fellowship. This was a confirmation of the Word of god that was preached in each service. As Brant has often said, "My place is to point the way to the one who can meet your needs."

The trips to the Philippines, was sponsored by the Alleluia Fellowship in Manila.

In the spring of 1981, Shekinah Fellowship was asked to conduct a special week of services during Easter at Jerry Barnard's church in San Diego, California. No one could have known the impact of these services in the San Diego Area. Due to live television coverage by the Christian Communications Network, thousands were touched by the moving of the Holy Spirit.

In response to the many request from churches and communities throughout the Western states, Brant traveled extensively, sharing the message God had given him.

Brant passed away November 26th, 1985, in a Glendale hospital. He was only 37 when he died. A victim of aids.

"Many of us in full time ministry can trace the beginnings of our work to those early days at Shekinah Fellowship. Like the other Elders and Deacons, I was unusually young for the ministry - 17, in fact! - when I came on staff in 1972, and I marvel at the level of work and responsibility we took on at such an early age. But we'd come together with incredible zeal, a striking variety of gifts, and a conviction that Christ was coming soon, so we charged ahead, certain of our calling. And who but a bunch of bold, naive, spirit-filled kids would have dared to do it?

I will always remember Brant as one of the most engaging and passionate men I've ever known. When I attended his funeral I felt a sense of loss that's with me today, as he etched himself on my life, and on so many others, indelibly."

It was a Saturday night. The auditorium was dark accept for the flood light that was focused on the long haired young man. He had a guitar and was about to share a song with all of us.

There was an expectancy in the atmosphere of that place. It was good to be there.

The man started to sing a plaintive song, "Adam, where art thou?" The Holy Spirit was present and smeared all over that song as it was being sent forth by this young man of God with simplicity.

There was another young man of God sitting at the keyboard of the piano on stage. He sat quietly in the dark as the song was being sung.

This team set the table for what was about to happen, but that is another story.

What I want to focus on here is the song that Randy West shared with us and Joe Dallas who was the piano player.

"And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?"

This was not the call of the police authority, but the call of yearning love. A father's love for His own. God's question to Adam still sounds in the ears of every sinner: 'Where art thou?' It is the call of Divine love which offers redemption from sin. It is the call of sorrow, which grieves over the sinner. It is the call of Divine love. To each and everyone of us the call is reiterated, 'Where art thou?'

It was not Adam who sought God, but God that sought Adam. No coincidence that your eyes are upon this text at this very moment! Sure you think that your doing ok, that you are not included in this cry of God's heart. You are exempt from this because your full of Xtian activities and such and above this state of Adam.

Scripture tells us that, "There is none that seeketh after God." Rom. 3:11

It was God who sought out and called Abram while he was yet in idolatry. It was God who sought Jacob at Bethel when he was fleeing from the consequences of his wrong doing. It was God who sought out Moses while a fugitive in Midian. It was Christ who sought out the apostles while they were engaged in fishing, so that He could say , "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you." It was Christ who came to seek and save that which was lost. It is the Shepherd who seeks the sheep, and not the sheep that seek the Shepherd. How true it is that, "We love Him because He first loved us." The Deity stooping so low as to care for and seek out you and I, the dust of the earth.

You have come here, just now, because God Almighty has desired to knock upon the door of your very life. To rejoin you in His love.

Now Adam, who heard the voice of God, reacted in a curious way. He and his wife "hid themselves" from Him. Will you hide yourself also? Man's conscience then did not bring him to God-for there must be the work of the Holy spirit- they were terrified and ran away from God. They sought to hide themselves. Are you also hiding?

He was Holy, they were sinful, consequently they were afraid of Him and sought to hide themselves. Most are uneasy in the presence of God and wish to hide from Him. They become uncomfortable in their sin, so they seek to flee from Him.

When God sought out Adam and brought him face to face with his guilt, he was given fair and full opportunity to confess his sin. "Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" And what was the reply? How did Adam react? Instead of a broken hearted confession of his sin he excused himself- "And the man said, The Woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." It was the same with Eve: "And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?" And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." Attempt was thus made to shift the responsibility upon others.

Are you doing this just now?

It was not working, it was unavailing and man stood face to face with a Holy god and was convicted of his guilt and unspeakable shame. And just as it will be at the Great White Throne judgment day.

1. The discovery that something was wrong with himself.

2.The effort to hide the shame by a self-provided covering.

3.Fear of God and an attempt to hide from His presence instead of confessing his sin but seeking to excuse it.

This scenario has not changed much through out world history.

But salvation is provided by God Himself!

Mercy desires to spare the offender and because justice demands death, another shall be slain in his place. The death of the Son of God is shadowed forth in the very act of God upon Adam and Eve. He clothed Adam and Eve with skins, and in order to obtain these skins animals must be slain, life must have been taken, blood must have been shed! And in this way was a covering provided for the fallen and ruined sinner.

The application of the type is obvious. The Death of the Son of God was shadowed forth. Because the Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life for the sheep God can now be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Adam and Eve were entirely passive, it was the Lord God who furnished the skins, made into coats and clothing them. We see the same in the parable of the prodigal son. when the wanderer had taken the place of a lost sinner and had owned his sin, the grace of the Father's heart was displayed. "But the father said unto to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him." Luke 15:22.

The prodigal did not have to furnish the robe, nor did he have to put it on himself, all was done for him. And so it is with every sinner.

"For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the grace of God." Eph. 2:8

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness." Isa. 6110.

Let us come to our senses and come to God, just as we are, and allow Him to cloth us with Christ.
Christ Jesus our salvation, our covering from our sins. Our Redeemer.

Romans 3:24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 1:14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Hebrews 9:12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Thessalonians 4:14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

You can have confident assurance that if you died today, you would go to heaven. Confess your sins to God and ask Christ into your life, believing that He died for your sins and rose from the dead.

That service in 1973 with Randy West and Joe Dallas has stood out in my mind all these many years, because it was the heart of the Father that they shared with us kids...They were anointed servants of God in a powerful way, smeared with the oil of the Holy Spirit, speaking a message that is timeless of salvation for all who hear.
Funny thing though, I can not for the life of me recall what the pastor, Brant Baker, shared with us that particular evening...hmm...

Brant is with the Lord now, that anointing- in all of its Glory and all of its power- has not disappeared forever.

"When I first came to a service I knew that is were I belonged. It was in a small store and we all sat on the ground and listened to him preach. We soon moved into a foursquare Church . Many people started to attend the Sat night services and it soon grew to fill the large church. The choir was wonderful. I remember Joe Dallas at the piano and the various singers. I remember that before each service Brant would be waiting on the side of the stage praying , eyes closed or raised , hands folded or uplifted to the Lord. As we all sang worship to God the room would fill with a cloud of Gods presence. It could literally be felt and seen.

There were many healings that I saw, and I can testify to one that I saw before my eyes. I was on stage with Brant and Randy West, while people came up to testify of their healings. A lady came up and she was healed of a illness but her hands were still twisted from arthritis and as Brant started to pray for her , I saw her hands straighten out fully. Brant said, "did you see that" Yes, I did.

There were times when it was hard to stand next to him as you could feel the presence of Jesus ever so softly. We all Loved the Lord and looked only to do his will."

Monday, March 01, 2010

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I just finished the post under this one and was trying to put my picture on the left side of the post and it just would not work for me, which is very unusual. After about 6 years of doing this, I should know.
Well it eventually worked as it used to for all those years. And then on my blog "dash board" an ad from Google for Google Chrome browser appears. It says, "Crash proof."

The implication of Google deliberately not letting me install a picture on my post until after a few frustrating tries using windows explorer as my browser are suspect...hmm...

Come on guys...that is so lame.
On another front...

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