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James Dobson’s Son: He Trains Churches To Protect Themselves (video, left), The Daily Ledger, One America News
Must See – What’s Surprising And New In Jesus’s Teaching About Women? (video, right), Ben Witherington III, Seven Minute Seminary, Seedbed
Why I Talked About Spiritual Warfare Surrounding Trump On ‘Fox & Friends’, Stephen Strang, Charisma
2020: The Year Of The Prophets, Bishop Bill Hamon, Elijah List
How To Activate Divine Wisdom, Bobby Conner, Elijah List
Must See – What’s Surprising And New In The Bible’s Teaching About Women? Problem Passages In The Bible, Ben Witherington III, Seven Minute Seminary, Seedbed
Jonathan Cahn’s Urgent Prayer For America: ‘Whatever It Takes,’ Shawn A. Akers, Charisma
Jezebel Shows Her Face In Germany, Michael Brown, Charisma
Treasure Maps For The Harvest, Joni Ames, Elijah List
Todd Bentley Panel Investigation Conclusions, updated 1/18/20
See our Archives on September 29, 2019 and September 22, 2019 for more on this controversy. For Other Links And Statements on the Todd Bentley Controversy see our September 8, 2019 Spiritual Life Post and our September 15, 2019 Spiritual Life Post
CS Commentary, updated 1/14/20: From our previous reports on the Bentley ‘scandal’ we affirm the panel’s statement above. We won’t comment on Joyner’s entry except to say that – once again – no mention appears to be made of the victims in this, and that some of it comes across as a kind of ‘rambling’ mess that engages in a fair amount of self-justification. A lot of reader’s won’t appreciate that we’ve said this, but we are just trying to keep it ‘real.’ We were wrong previously to suggest that, perhaps, some of the Apostle Paul’s writings, like 2 Cor. 10-12 in particular, might come across in a similar fashion. Though some of his contemporaries did complain that Paul’s writings were ‘hard to understand’, we can’t compare Joyner’s diatribe here to them – and particularly not to 2 Cor. 10-12 which comes across as a clear, justifiable defense of Paul’s apostleship. That said, we don’t pretend to know what the Lord has said directly to Joyner or what pressures a leader at that level has to endure. At any level though, the panel’s conclusions – a panel initiated by Joyner through Michael Brown – have to be read as an affirmation of Powell’s initial warnings, and at least a partial, if indirect, indictment of Joyner’s handling of the affair. Our opinions and conclusions on the rest of the controversy and disagreements between Joyner and Powell, and others, which can be accessed beginning with this link, stand.
My Final Statement On The Todd Bentley Investigation, Michael Brown
Investigative Panel Declares Todd Bentley Disqualified From Ministry – He Starts New Ministry, Jenny Rose Spaudo, Charisma
Todd Bentley Investigation Finds ‘Steady Pattern’ Of Immoral Conduct, Bob Smietana, Christianity Today
Must See – Ron Cantor Speaks Out On Todd Bentley Investigation Findings, You Tube/Ron Cantor – Reach Tel Aviv
CS Commentary: Another wise, balanced, Biblical synopsis of the Todd Bentley affair including a summary of the incidents and arguments for the wisdom of Brown’s handling of the investigation and of the panel’s conclusions.
From Ricci Wilson, World For Jesus Ministries, 1/17/20
I awoke from a troubling dream this morning. November 8th and we lost the election. The reason? It was a combination of things: media deception and voter corruption. The American people were outraged, they knew it was not the will of the people for him to lose. Chaos ensued. I woke up…
I asked the Lord: “why did this happen, is this solidified in the annals of our history?” His answer was simple: This will be the result if the Church does not pray.
This is not to create fear, but to prepare and encourage you to press in this year. Press into God and your time with Him in an unprecedented manner. We must pray for the President, the election, voter fraud, and exposure of the media. Please consider joining us in Portland next week and come prepared for intercession. This will not only be necessary next week, but we will need to stay diligent throughout this year. It’s vital to the future of this country and the move of God set to be released in our Nation.
We still have seats left, if you have friends or family who are willing to pray, encourage them to come and register at the door. See you next week!
Dreamipedia: Weapons, Metaphors, & Similes (video, left), John Paul Jackson
Dreams And Dream Interpretation: An Introduction, part two, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life; Also see, Dreams And Dream Interpretation: An Introduction, part one, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Must Read: What Donald Trump Is Really Like, Stephen Strang, Charisma
The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: Champions, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: How To Prepare, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries; Also see, The Second American Revolutionary/Civil War, Part 9: Timing, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
Must See – Clothing And Color (video, left), John Paul Jackson, Stream’s Ministries
Must See – Color In Dreams (video, below left), John Paul Jackson, MastersPiece
CS Commentary: JPJ talks about color, muted colors, and black and white in dreams and what it means. Not remembering color in a dream is different from there not being color in a dream. A lot of great insights here and he answers some perceptive questions from students, including how much of his insight comes from revelation versus study and research.
Must See – Dreams & Mysteries: The Mystery Of The Gift Of Revelation (video, right), John Paul Jackson, Dreams & Mysteries
CS Commentary: John Paul Jackson died a few years ago prematurely at the young age of 64, from pneumonia. He says some great things here: ‘Everyone can hear from God but many do not perceive it.’ How ‘revelatory gifts’ can lead into ‘prophetic gifts.’ There are ‘different levels of gifting.’ What is a prophetic gift? How the gift of ‘revelation’ is the same as the ‘gift of prophecy.’
He goes on to talk about how…For more see this link (updated 12/28/19)
Prophecy Related News & Resources
Life Sized Replica Of Noah’s Ark On Way To Israel? Breaking Israel News
Seven Years Later Christian Family Still Fighting To Defend Beliefs, Reverse Fine – They Lost Everything, Josh Shepherd, Breaking Christian News
Iranian Ayatollah: UK Ambassador Should Be Chopped Into Pieces, Breaking Israel News
Hamas Prayer Rally Turns Into Violent Event At Temple Mount, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News
Growing Hamas-Iran Ties Causing Concern In Egypt, Yoni Ben-Menachem, JNS
God’ Fury Unleashed As FBI, DOJ, Others Investigate Ilhan Omar, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News
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Common Sense Interpretation
Christianity Today Calls For Trump’s Removal From Office Following Impeachment, Joseph A. Wulfshon, Fox News; Also see, Christianity Today Editor Calls For Trump To Be Removed From Office, The Hill; Also see, Franklin Graham’s response, Facebook; Also see, Dr. James Dobson’s Response To CT
CS Commentary, How The Mighty Have Fallen: Henry Luce, Founder of Time, and Billy Graham, Founder of CT, are now both rolling over in their graves. Two premier publications have sunk to the level of mediocrity and the editors have proven their susceptibility to deception. To Continue Reading See This Link
CS Evaluation: We live in California and at least here in Southern California, the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ was not even noticed. This, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily mean anything – except if almost nobody notices something how can it be a ‘sign’ or a ‘warning?’ This link explains a ‘bomb cyclone’ – as does this NY Times 2 minute link – its basically nothing but a severe, fast developing winter storm, but not near as bad as a hurricane, and nothing to get upset about. I suppose it sounds alarming because of the name – but a little investigation proves otherwise. It appears to be a relatively common occurrence.
We have evaluated John Paul’s ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy below and whether or not it is in the process of being fulfilled and noted that the ‘events’ Snyder points to are presumptuous as to its fulfillment. We should not use the prophetic or our interpretation – or misinterpretation – of it as some sort of alarmist cry that brings attention to ourselves, our political career, or articles that we want to get published. This does not serve the prophetic or the Body of Christ in general.
CS Evaluation: Though there is much continued potential for Jackson’s prophecy to begin to unfold, we don’t believe that we are there yet. Snyder mentions Trump’s impeachment, worsening manufacturing numbers, and ‘plummeting global trade’ as signs. Dubious. Jackson referred to a confluence of events as evidence of the ‘perfect storm.’ As John Paul himself says in the video above in Must See Videos (see our updated commentary), it is a confluence of crises in 5 areas: economic, government, religious, war, and geo-physical. It is not just one event in each area, but many events in each area that will occur at the same time. No, the ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy is not here yet.
Predictions about the Future Price of Gold – see The Perfect Storm Commentary in Must See Videos above.
CS Evaluation: The Stock Markets, Money And The Bible, Michael Brown, Charisma
CS Evaluation: A pretty one-sided treatment of money and investing, and fear-based relative to the stock markets. Proverbs also has plenty of other wealth advice like ‘throw your seed on many waters’, etc.
How Can We Know The Truth? Examine The Founder Of Any Religion To Know The Truth About That Religion, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual LIfe
How Did Jesus Interpret The Scriptures? Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Two Red Flags When Looking For A Church Or Any Kind Of Relationship, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Greatest Need Of The Prophetic Church Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Daily Do-ables: This Is What Resisting Temptation And Repentance Looks Like, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
Church Must Be Done In A New Way Before New Things Will Come, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
‘Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment’ – It Doesn’t Mean What You Think, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #1 Objection To Prophecy: Prophecy Is Not For Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #2 Objection to Prophecy: If It Does Not Come True, It Is a False Prophecy Given by a False Prophet, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Tertullian On Dreams, John Boruff
Dream Discernment: Discerning The Source of Dreams Is The Most Important Aspect Of Dream Interpretation, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
A Dream From God Has 6 Clear Characteristics, John E. Thomas, Charisma
How Should You Respond To The Crazy Thing You Dreamed Last Night, John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries
Video: What Do The Numbers In Your Dreams Mean? John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries/Charisma
Misinterpreting Dreams: Personal vs. Universal, Part 2, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Misinterpreting Dreams: Mistaking A Personal Dream For A Universal Dream, Part 1, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Gift Of Prophecy Vs. The Ministry Of The Prophet (video, right), Jeremiah Johnson
CS Commentary: This is a good beginning on the distinction between the gift and the office. 1 Corinthians 12-14 delineates the gift, while Jeremiah 1, 18 and 23 elaborates on the office and true ministry of the prophet. While any believer may prophesy or operate in the gift at any time, there are those who have the gift of prophecy. Of those who have the gift there are fewer who are called into the ministry of a prophet. Miriam is a type of the ministry of a prophet; Moses is a type of the office of prophet (see Numbers 12). Of those who have the ministry of prophet, there are even fewer who attain the office of prophet. Even in the office of prophet, there are distinctions between personality, function, and call. For some of this theology, see 1-2 Kings. Also see Sadhu Selvaraj’s messages on prophets and the prophetic.
Evaluating Prophets and Prophecy: We need truth over tradition, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Prophecy
The Hook Interlocking Structure of Revelation, Seaborn Hall, Novum Testamentum
Note: This article, published in 2002, was the academic basis for the 3 part article on Revelation in the section above.
More Common Sense
He Trains Churches To Protect Themselves (video, left), The Daily Ledger, One America News
Lori Loughlin Withholding Evidence In College Scam Case, Feds Say, Andrew Martinez, Boston Herald
Are The Cases Against Loughlin And Others Collapsing? Ronald L. Trowbridge, The Hill
Prison Coach: Lori Loughlin Martial Arts Training ‘Horrible,’ Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald
Newsweek Changed Its Article About Me, But…, Dennis Prager, Townhall
The Core Needs Of Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type, Susan Storm, Psychology Junkie
Eating In A 6 Hour Window And 18 Hour Fasting Might Give You A Longer Life, Scottie Andrew, CNN
Brian Banks, Official Trailer (video, left), Bleecker Street
CS Review: True story; good, solid movie and performances, perhaps dramatically watered down slightly due to the flashback oriented structure. CS Grade: B+
Oscar Nominations 2020, Variety
Michelle Williams Thanks God For Abortion At Golden Globes; Pro-Life Women Respond: Babies Worth More Than Trophies, Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post
Ricky Gervais Monologue, 2020 Golden Globe Awards, NBC (see reviews above in Culture).
‘Bombshell’ Bombing At Box Office Not Exactly A Shock, Joe Concha, The Hill; Also see, Why ‘Bombshell’ Is A Dud, Becker Adams, Real Clear Politics
Erin’s Chains (video, left), The Nashville Celts
Always By My Side, Ric Blair
Holy Fire, Ric Blair
CS Commentary: This song should be a classic by now.
Something You Love, Official Video, Kiefer Sutherland
How To Survive The NFL Playoffs: How The Ravens Failed And The Chiefs Came Back, Bill Barnwell, ESPN
Examining The Falcon’s Decision To Keep Quinn And Dimitroff, Scott Carasik, Falcons Wire/USA Today
United Passenger Storms Cockpit, Injures Flight Attendant, Michael Hollan, Fox News
Why You Should Always Contact Your Airline During A Tight Connection, Josh Ocampo, Lifehacker
Yikes: Two Delta Boeing 757’s Almost Collided At JFK, Joanna Bailey, Simple Flying
The Expanse, Season 4, Official Trailer (video, left), Amazon Prime Video; Also see, The Expanse, Season 2 Trailer, SyFy
Quote: “Best Science Fiction Show In A Decade”, NPR
Pat Sajak Answers Ricky Gervais And Its Funny As Hell, Hank Berrien, The Daily Wire
Why Ricky Gervais Is A Man Of The People, Bridget Phetasy, Quillette
Quotes Of The Month:
“When the righteous become great the people rejoice, But when the wicked dominate the people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2 (The Israel Bible™)