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“Do You have Your Gotham?” > Chapter Nineteen

THE ENCOUNTER III > If Indianapolis is my Gotham, then the events of RFRA, and the LGBT community is to big to be ignored. (This account began last chapter.) It is not normal for Indianapolis to be national news except in race events, or perhaps football. So if I am to be honest in my accounting of taking the spiritual welfare of my city, and my own neighborhood as a very personal matter, then my silence during this time would be deafening and render my honesty as suspect. I’m not worried about my reputation, only God’s testimony through me. I’m use to being a nobody. Whether I succeed in my mission for God, or fail miserably, I want this Gotham series to be a true account of what can happen when you truly say, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”

If you read this chapter and love it, chapter one begins in archives dated Dec. 7, 2014.

BEGIN CHAPTER NINETEEN

Don had listened to the news reports all day long. His city, his Gotham, the city that he loved was being pounded from every direction. Politicians were reeling and scrambling to hold special sessions and try to fix the bill that nothing was wrong with, but mass delusion was upon the nation and Indianapolis was the target. Businesses were threatening to pull out, conferences were threatening to cancel and Satan’s favorite weapon, MONEY, “appeared” to be draining from this city like blood from a wounded and dying man.

As the days slowly passed, it was revealed what our leaders were truly made of. The Mayor, the Governor, even the Church, all was revealed. Yes, this city is vulnerable, very vulnerable. It can be taken. It is being taken.

Don was home in his sanctuary, praying and pondering these things. A firestorm was raging in his city, but there was no wisdom. A book on a shelf caught his eye, “Day of War”, by Cliff Graham. He pulled it from the shelf and thought back to the day he first read this book and began to get a revelation about the “Covering” of God, and becoming a true Priest, a Caped Crusader. Opening a few pages, he rereads the scriptures:

“Oh Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.”  (Psalms 140:7 ESV)

“I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a young man from among the people. I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him.”  (Psalms 89:19-20 NIV)

What is this thing of taking God’s business very seriously? This is God’s city, not man’s, and though man may think he is running the show, man is really such a weak little thing, in need of a great God, and after man has made all his loud boasts and flaunted his darkness in broad daylight…he still answers to God. There is one throne, and one God who sets upon it.

“This is where you planted me, Lord. To be a light and do your will. None of this is a surprise to you. The battle between light and darkness, love and hate, godliness and unrighteousness. It never ends upon this planet and your people stand in the gap between heaven and hell proclaiming your word. Let man make his boasts and flaunt his darkness, but in the end your word, and your people, still stands.”

“It is a dark night, Lord, and a greater darkness cometh, gross darkness upon the minds of the people, but what does it mean to be a dark knight in dark times? Leaving the Church box and invading the night? Willing to be a light shining, invading, going into the darkness in the power of God’s secret things, the power of Priesthood, a revelation ready to go forth, and when it does your army will rise in greater numbers than man has imagined, and more power than any man can possess. For it is not the man, but it is God flowing through the man. We are called to be vessels that carry your Presence and speak your truth in love and grace, but also a warning of judgment.”

Don thought back to his childhood days in the country, alone with God, and a love for comic books. Batman was one of his favorites. Gotham was always being invaded by some new evil, but Batman was there, paying the price to stand in the gap and save a city. In these days we now live, it is much more than homosexuality we face, but there is the murder of babies, sex without responsibility, rampant pornography, alcoholism, drug addiction, and possibly a generation rising who is “fearless”. Fearless to do whatever good, or evil, they see befitting. Will the Church be a strong tower to run to in this time? Or a bunch of people just hiding? Will you come out into the darkness, oh man of God?

I can hear the Joker laughing his insane laugh. The Riddler has cast his best riddles for you to solve. Catwoman is seducing whomever she may. Two-Face is spinning his lies and flipping his coin. Mr. Freeze would freeze you in fear and keep you hiding in your nice little Church box. BUT THERE IS A COVERING FOR THOSE WHO DARE TO ENTER A SUPERNATURAL SURRENDER, AND LET GOD BE GOD THROUGH THEM. God is always looking for the few, the Gideon’s army, who will break their vessel so God’s light can shine, and the enemy destroys each other. They are good at that, you know. So full of hate and confusion, serving the one who destroys, they usually destroy each other, but we are here to save them from that destruction.

Don laid the book, “Day of War” on the coffee table, grabbed his keys and headed for the door. It would be dark by the time he got downtown, but there was a place that had become a focal point for him, and God was drawing him there. A certain War Memorial with 91 steps leading to a pair of golden doors, with words that said, Spirit, Life, Light, and Truth. He loved to workout on those steps and also pray for the city on the walkway that looped around it. He would run up the 91 steps and then pray as he did the loop. He could always see the Circle Monument rising up into the skyline just a few blocks southward, and it would cause him to pray even more. He needed a spiritual and physical workout right now. There were some demons he needed to exercise as he climbed into the Silver Bullet and started shifting gears towards downtown. Little did he know he would encounter a Motivational Speaker that night, practicing his speech. (But that must wait for next chapter, coming soon.)

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“Embracing the Light”

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“And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.”  (St. John 3:19 NLT)

If you are reading this article, chances are you are not one of those spoken of in the above verse, but you are one who embraces God’s light, and if Jesus stood before you right now, you would give him the biggest hug ever and not want to let go, because…in essence…that is what you are doing when you embrace the light…you’re embracing Jesus!

Now I’m going to take this message a very strange direction because I am likely writing to believers who want as much of God as possible, and I have seen an error in our Christian camp that bugs me. The error likely started as the result of the King James version being slightly off on a certain translation. This error certainly opened the door for those who would want to run with such an agenda.

In Revelation 1:6 and 5:10, it would seem that the word “kingdom” was mistranslated as the word “king”. Now you can search this out for yourself, but I’ve looked it over for a while, and the mistake seems to be evident. You may be thinking this is a small mistake. It perhaps could have been except for we seem to have developed an entire theology around being “Kings” in God’s kingdom instead of Priest! This false perception has done much damage to the body of Christ, and if you are a seeker of greater light, then you might want to hear my reasoning on this.

First of all, to add a little more evidence to the error, both the Old Testament in Exodus 19:6 and the N.T. in I Peter 2:5 & 9 speak of us as a kingdom of Priest, a holy priesthood, a royal priesthood. If Revelation 1:6 & 5:10 were translated as “kingdom” instead of kings, then it would be in perfect harmony with everything written before, but when it is translated as “kings”, there begins to be division. Also, both the NLT and the Amplified Bible have it as “kingdom”. But why is this so important, and how has it caused so much damage?

Instead of one long article, I’m going to do this in 2 or 3 short ones. So let me throw a few things out here quickly. The life of a Priest is very different than the life of a king. The desires of a king are very different than the desires of a priest. Whereas a king is set on the authority to move men, the priest is set on the mission of moving God! And let me ask you which is higher? How important is it for us to move God?

Now if the scripture really did say kings, then we would know there is a purpose for both and God has a way of working it out, but “kings” is a mistranslation and every action of Christ proves it to be! Even to the washing of his disciples feet! Yes Jesus is the ultimate king, but our mission here in earth at this time is that of priesthood! We are called to serve, not be served. We have Churches full of people trying to build their own castle and throne and to worn out to be faithful to serve others in the duty of their priesthood. This is light! This is more light if you want it. The vision of priesthood in Christ is more powerful than any king could ever be!

Kings desire to move the peoples, but Priest know the importance of moving God, without which nothing worth doing is done! The Church is called to move God… “If my people?” Only God can break down the walls of bondage and addiction and truly deliver a person.

A king is looking for his castle and throne. whereas the priest is looking for a cave to seek God, and then walk out of there clothed in God’s light! The king loves fancy royal robes but the priest yearns for holy robes. The king is not concerned if the fire goes out on the altar, whereas the priest knows we have been commanded of God to never let that fire go out! We have too many “would-be-kings” and not enough “Fire Keepers”!

Are you catching a glimpse of the damage this “King’s Kids” theology has done to the body of Christ? Can you imagine what might happen in God’s church and in the fields of the lost, if the average Christian suddenly loved to fast and pray? Yes, I did use the word “fast” in there. (A four letter word? Not to a priest!)

Please consider what the difference might be in the world today if God’s people were really “on fire” for God? You cannot serve God and money. A King seeks his gold, a priest seeks to become pure gold. Please consider what I have written here, until the next time.

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“Favorite Bible Chapter”

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This is like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, but I had to try. There is so much more I could say on this chapter, but in an effort to be brief, I pray the Holy Spirit help you read between the lines. Take your time, and enjoy. Let the Holy Spirit reveal so much more than I have written. (And feel free to share your own if you have one.)

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“Living with Fire / Feeding the Flame” #1

THE HEROES JOURNEY?

THE LOVE OF ANYTHING WORTHY WILL TAKE US INTO THE FIRE, AND MUST BE PURSUED WITH FIRE.

“And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush.” (Excerpts from Ex. 3:1-2)

A flame of fire? The mountain of God? Am I a flame of fire? How do I feed the sacred fire bringing meaning to each life? How can I live without fire? How can I live without passion, purpose, love, meaning, joy, and flame? God’s Word reveals it to be a life not worth living. Man’s own experiences eventually proves God’s Word absolutely correct. We must have fire! Or we become robots going through endless motions, repeated circles until we die, the point of Ecclesiastes.

For the follower of Christ it is essential, we cannot live without it, we are drawn to His flame. This thing was birthed in fire on the day of Pentecost, and the old testament Priesthood were commanded to never let the fire on the altar go out! (There will be more on that in coming articles.)

Whatever the passion may be in your life, that flame is sacred to you, but is it sacred to God? Whatever the love is in your life, is holy to you, but is it holy to God? We worship our passions. We sacrifice to them. We do not truly live without them. However, do you see the difference between the sacrifices a man will make in a strip club, as women stoke his flame of lust and he gladly tucks his hard earned money into forbidden places, compared to the sacrifices of a righteous man unto the cross of Christ? Two flames. Both sacred to the one who loves it, but only one is holy in the eyes of God, the other is stoked by the flames of hell!

We will talk of flames of heaven too. We cannot truly live without fire. God invites us to a heroes journey, a life of fire, love, and passion!  Consider these words from a poem by T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”.

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of incandescent terror / Of which the tongues declare /

The one discharge from sin and error / The only hope, or else despair /

Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre…

To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Dictionary definition of “Pyre” is: A combustible heap for burning a dead body as a funeral rite. (You might want to read the above verse again.) To be redeemed from fire by fire? What is being said here?

Who then devised the torment? Love. / Love is the unfamiliar Name /

Behind the hands that wove / The intolerable shirt of flame / Which human power cannot remove. /

We only live, only suspire / Consumed by either fire or fire.

The more I have read the above poem, the more meaning that has spoken to me. We are called to a FIRE! Consumed by sin or grace! Two flames burn in this earth! Of which are you? Love is the unfamiliar “Name”. Notice the “N” is capitalized. Meaning God.

And then there are those most wretched of souls who have no fire burning. They live flameless lives of depression and defeat. They are most miserable of all. Just going through the motions of life. No energy or drive because there is no fire! And their lives give no light!

I have much more to say on this subject. I want to feed the flame! Broken wings that soar! Let us mount up with the wings of the eagle!

The love of anything worthy will take us into the fire and must be pursued with fire!

(The quotes in this article, other than scripture, are from a book entitled: “Teaching with Fire”. My Bible, and this book has been useful to me in preparing for this series of articles.) Hope you enjoy. I will write what feeds my flame and I hope it will feed yours too. We need more of God’s fire in this earth today. This is one little way I have to help stoke His holy fire. More to come.

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“Do you have your Gotham?”

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Wrapped in mystery and secret things, the Caped Crusader overlooks his Gotham? What might a Priest of Christ have in common? Read on if you dare.

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“J.E.D.I. Theology” #4

“To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed is to be a pilgrim.”  – Mark Nepo  (Taken from book: Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters by Dick Staub.)

“The same followed Paul and us, and cried saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us THE WAY of salvation.” Acts 16:17

Luke Skywalker did not know it, but as he went about his drab and dreary day upon the desert planet, his whole life was about to change. He was about to take not only a physical journey, but also a spiritual one, on his way to becoming something more, a transformation. He was so restless within, anxious for a great adventure. He was outgrowing his current environment, but was he ready for an encounter with Obi-Wan? Ready or not, it came. Have you outgrown your current environment?

Many are called but few are chosen. In the parable of the sower, he was casting his seeds everywhere. Those seeds were scattered into ditches, on the road, in some fields, some on good ground and some on bad. Many different things happened to those seeds. Some died on the hard ground. Some died for lack of water. Others took root quickly, but became distracted by cares of the world, weeds choked them out, and they did not make the journey. But some…fell on good ground…made a journey…were changed in the journey… and produced.

It’s so easy to be distracted. Many times we settle for way less than were capable of because we don’t want to discipline ourself to the heroic journey. Yes, there is training and discipline involved to have Jesus Every Day Intense and Judge Every Day Inspired. J.E.D.I. Theology is for those who are looking for something more, a transformation, an heroic journey that changes you, and you’re willing to pay the price to become that person, come what may.

The power is in the Priesthood. What do I mean by that? The price we pay is to learn how to live as the priest we are called to be, involving such disciplines as quality prayer, redline faith, willing sacrifice motivated in love, fasting, study, speaking to mountains, arresting the devil, standing in the gap between man and God and offering a hand up. It is a physical and spiritual journey. It is a hero’s journey. It requires courage, a sense of mission, the vision of the need, and a passion for the purpose. It requires your true commitment to rise above the “settled for” life, to live like a man or woman on a mission, because you are.

There is A WAY that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the WAYS of death. We are God’s people of THE WAY. We need to be that people in this earth. There is a way for us to live that is powerful and full of peace and passion, if we will rise to it. Jesus is that way, as we pray, Holy Spirit master me. Will the ripples of our life make a meaningful difference in our neighborhood, our city, our earth? This is J.E.D.I. Christianity. “JESUS EVERY DAY INTENSE!”

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“J.E.D.I. Theology #3”

JESUS EVERY DAY INTENSE >>>>>>> JUDGE EVERY DAY INSPIRED! JEDI! THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE!

What are these J.E.D.I. articles about? BEING MORE THAN JUST A GOOD PERSON, BUT FULFILLING YOUR PRIESTHOOD IN CHRIST.

Do you have that desire? Then we need to get back to : THE WAY.

“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of THIS WAY,…” Acts 9:1-2

It seems my Internet is still up for one more day, so thought I might as well take advantage. As promised, I would like to add to our “J.E.D.I. Theology” series.

IS THE DESIRE ALIVE AND WELL IN YOU? To be more. To grow in your Priesthood. To desire mastery. To desire for the Holy Spirit to master you. Then we need to master “PRAYER”. It is possibly our greatest source of power. The J.E.D.I. Christian knows that the way up, is actually downward, humility, servant, Person of Prayer.

Here is something I believe only a J.E.D.I. Christian can appreciate. I have been working on memorizing Psalms 112. I have been working at it for some time. I’m slow on memorizing. Consequently, I have repeated these scriptures countless times in my effort. The other day I was SHOCKED to see a new light on some scripture and it became a very powerful prayer to pray! Let me give you the pieces, and then I will explain.

Psalms 112:1a > “Praise ye the Lord. …”

Vrs 8b > “… until he see his desire upon his enemies.”

Vrs. 10 > “The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.”

Okay, in these verses you have a very powerful prayer! As I was quoting one day, the Lord asked me, “What is your desire for your enemies?”

“I would like to see them saved, Lord.”

“Then pray the last verse with that in mind.”

“With what in mind, Lord? That they melt and perish?”

“No, but that there heart melts, and their “desire” for evil perishes. Pray for the Holy Spirit to turn up the heat! Let their wicked desires become a bad taste in their mouth and their hearts melt away from being a cold stone.”

Wow, I thought. What David probably meant in the O.T. is not the same as what we are in the N.T.. And when I looked at that scripture through N.T. eyes, I saw a powerful prayer of salvation and revival in the earth!

My time is short today, but if you desire to  have “JESUS EVERY DAY INTENSE” & “JUDGE EVERY DAY INSPIRED”, then get a handle on Psalms 112 and begin to rise up in “THE WAY” of Christ and change our neighborhoods and cities. “Praise ye the Lord!”

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“Do You have Your Gotham?”

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Unto the upright, light ariseth in the darkness.

Let a standard be raised against the evil of our day.

Will we enter the darkness to seek and save that which is lost?

The story continues…Chapter 15…“God has Heard”.

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“RIPPLE THEOLOGY”

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Ever feel like you’re just a stone dropped in water?

Ever feel like all you are is a Ker-plunk?

“Ker-plunk!”

Hope you enjoy the following article.

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“The Horrendous Thing that Shaped Your Life”

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Nobody has a perfect life. We live on planet earth where there is no such thing as perfection. When I look back on my own life I see 2 things that affected me in a major way, things that had to be overcome in my pursuit of God, and it was God that enabled me to overcome, so that I could pursue him more. I will share those 2 things shortly, but first I want to talk more about “GOTHAM”. Because some of you still don’t get it, and if you read this article, maybe you will “get it”.

If we take the fictional story of Gotham and make a life metaphor of it, certain things immediately rise to the top. Of course, the horrendous thing a boy experienced as his two parents were shot dead right in front of his eyes. This was a young Bruce Wayne, and it shaped the course of his life. This was a defining moment for him. For many people in our day and age, this might not be fictional. Their parent, or parents, died in a violent way when they were young, maybe even right in front of their eyes.

Bruce’s parents were not themselves violent, but violence came upon them. Some of you may have had parents involved in bad things and violence came upon them as a result of that, but still…which fork of the road will you choose? To become one who fights against evil for the sake of the weak and innocent, or one who decides to turn to evil, because of the violence that invaded your young life?

I want to stay in this time period of the young Bruce Wayne, because Hollywood has allowed us to do so, and given us another hero in Detective Gordon. It has been interesting watching very imaginative writers create this world of a young Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Ivy, and others, including Detective Gordon. Of course I am talking about the T.V. series “Gotham”, and if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out.

Gotham was such a “Snake Pit”! And into this world comes a young, brave, heroic, and honest Detective. Can he be corrupted? Can he be broken? Can he be bribed? Can we entice him from his high-ideas to join us in our bed of snakes? Oh what a world of evil and corruption Detective Gordon takes on, before there is any Batman to help him.

Detective Jim Gordon. Talk about peer pressure! The police department is so corrupted that he is practically taking on the whole mafia alone! And the Penguin comes to him saying: “There’s a war coming, Jim. There will be so much blood in the streets!” In our day today, there is a war already raging between God and evil.

Yes I said God and evil, not good and evil. There are plenty of good people fighting evil in the way good people do, BUT… God’s people are called to fight evil in a different way, in a Priestly way, and if you claim to be a God people, have you obeyed that way? Or will there be so much blood in the streets, AND ON YOUR HANDS.

There is so much more I could say about this, but I believe I will let the Holy Spirit finish that conversation. As for the 2 horrendous things in my life? I am fortunate, raised in a Christian family my “horrendous events” would not be considered “horrendous” by most people, but they did have a major affect on me and the course of my life. So I will quickly share these 2 things in very “short form”, so as not to bore you.

ONE: I was popular in school until the fifth grade, when my parents moved to an isolated farm in the country. I was so isolated that I became extremely introverted. I didn’t know how to talk to people. Bad part was, I was comfortable that way and didn’t want to change. I didn’t realize how much this was affecting me in a bad way. I was deathly afraid of speaking in front of people. So…when it was time to graduate I should have went to college and probably become a teacher, or journalist. Something to that affect, but I was so afraid of standing in front of people, how could I be a teacher? So I eventually wound up a truck driver. Go figure. The point is, when God started moving on me to teach his word? Wow…I’m telling you, you don’t know how real the power of God became to me when I finally broke free of my introversion. People today are amazed I was ever an introvert to the extreme, but I was, and God delivered me as I obeyed him. There were some good points to my seclusion. I probably would not be the “spiritual” teacher I am today, had it not been for my isolation in nature with God. But had I not fought the battle to overcome my greatest fear, I would have missed so much God was offering me.

TWO: As a young man riding my bicycle down a two-lane blacktop, which I did a lot of bike riding to escape the farm, but one day, I just happened upon a very colorful magazine lying in the middle of the road, pages flapping in the breeze, and as I rolled by, I looked down, and saw it was a “PLAYBOY Magazine”. I know I should have kept on rolling, but I didn’t, and thus began a porno addiction which led to stealing, because I was too young to buy. They say Prono is an addiction as strong as cocaine. I’ve never had the drug, but I know it was only the power of God, seeking more of God, that finally delivered me from the Porno. It was not an easy battle, but I chose to, with the help of God, fight evil, rather than join it.

In conclusion: The personal story I am currently writing called: “Gotham”, should be a must read for every Christian who considers themselves “average”, but wonders what might be possible if they truly surrendered their will completely to God. For one thing, God will COVER you with his anointing, and the average Christian can be a Caped Crusader for God, fighting evil not in the way good people do, but in “the way” that ONLY God’s people can do.

Christians were originally called people of “The Way”.  Do you get it now?

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