Monday, December 30, 2019

"This Is Your Year of Divine Justice and Favor" Lana Vawser

From the Elijah List:  A good encouraging word for 2020 given by Lana Vawser.

2020 will be a year of greater manifestation of the divine justice of God. In encounters with Jesus and dreams, the Lord has been speaking to me about His justice. I have been seeing the word "justice" and a gavel of the Lord's divine justice coming down on the earth and in the lives of Believers.
The Lord showed me injustices that had taken many different forms, but something stood out to me. The biggest injustices that many people are facing have been coming in opposition against some of the greatest promises God has released. Many of these injustices have been happening for a very long time and/or happened a long time ago, and some have happened recently, and people are still living under the ramifications and effects of those injustices. They are hindering God's people from moving forward, especially from running with strength, joy and peace into 2020.
The Lord showed me that His gavel of justice IS coming down. It's not a "maybe." The Lord is going to demonstrate TO YOU and THROUGH YOU what His power and divine justice looks like.
In my dream the other night, I saw the Lord lifting shame off of His people. These injustices that many of God's people have faced have brought such discouragement, shame, pain and heartache to the lives of Believers, but the Lord is bringing healing; He is bringing breakthrough and recompense.
"Gaze upon Him, join your life with His, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You'll never wear that shame-face again." (Psalm 34:5, TPT)
The divine justice of God is going to be demonstrated in the lives of individuals, cities and nations. It is time for many Believers and the world to see what the divine justice of God looks like (Isaiah 61:8).
You Have Been Dealing with Spiritual Opposition
As I pondered this before the Lord I heard Him say, "It is the enemy that My people are dealing with. It is spiritual opposition."
I then began to see many of God's people trying to 'work things out' or make sense of these injustices in the natural; even trying to look for ways to fix the injustices in the natural. There's nothing wrong with working in the natural, but if we are trying to fight a spiritual battle with natural means, we will not find victory. I heard the Lord say that this must be dealt with in the spirit because it's a spiritual issue.
Not only is the Lord going to bring forth His divine justice and breakthrough for you, He is also breaking forth WITHIN you. He is releasing in you a roar of divine justice that says, "I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR ANYTHING ELSE LESS THAN WHAT THE WORD OF GOD PROMISES ME!"
This really is the era of bold and ferocious faith. I want to encourage you, sow your strength and sow your efforts into your secret place with the Lord; He will continue to show you what is actually happening in the spirit.
Divine Partnership
The Lord showed me there has been a "misdiagnoses" in the lives of many Believers where they have thought, "This is the reason for the injustice," but the Lord is actually going to show you what is really going on in the spirit behind this injustice. And when you see the spiritual opposition and the assignment and WHY the assignment is there, you are going to release a great roar of faith and victory - a roar that will not allow the enemy to take your land.
The Lord wants you to see His power and His strength. He wants you to see how He is going to take things down for you, but He is also wanting you to see YOUR authority in Him to use the Word of God. He wants you to use strategies He releases to you in the secret place to dismantle in the spirit what is coming against you.
This is the era of understanding the divine PARTNERSHIP between God and man; what it means to partner with Jesus, to see the Holy Spirit move upon your faith – a faith that is rooted in what HE has spoken – and then to see HIM do the miraculous.
2020: A Year of Major Favor
In the last days of 2019 and into 2020 you are going to see this declaration of the Lord over these injustices: "THE MATTER IS SETTLED."
I then heard the Lord say, "RULED IN YOUR FAVOR." You are going to step into the inheritance, promise and provision that the Lord has for you. Anything that was taken will be handed back sevenfold. Whatever was broken will be restored. Whatever was hurt, will be healed. You WILL inherit and occupy the land as you partner with Him and stand.
2020 will be a year of major increase in favor. Much of the battle and opposition that many of you are fighting is happening because of the FAVOR God is going to increase over your life, and because of the assignments that God has for you in 2020. The Lord is breaking you free from these injustices because you cannot run in 2020 and in all He has for you while you are held to these things. You are going to move into the greatest healing, deliverance and freedom of your life thus far.
You need to hear this today: 2020 isn't just another year. It is a year that is completely different to any other year that you have walked in. This is the beginning of a new era for you. All Hell has broken loose over the promises God has given you because 2020 will be a year where EVERYTHING changes. Everything will be affected by you stepping into your God-given destiny.
In the fires you have faced and the Goliaths you have stood before in 2019 your heart has been prepared. Character and humility have been forged by the hand of the Lord in the trials you have endured. God has taught you much and forged you as you have surrendered to Him and moved in obedience to His Word.
Not only will He roll out a red carpet of FAVOR, He will also roll out restoration and redemption. Through the favor that God is placing upon you, you will walk in some of the greatest restoration and redemption of your life.
He Is Weaving Dreams into Being
The Lord showed me that MANY people have been heading toward the end of 2019 and into 2020 with hope deferred. This is NOT your portion and this is NOT how you will remain.
"When hope's dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life's sweetness will satisfy your soul." (Proverbs 13:12, TPT)
I heard the Lord say, "I am weaving dreams into being, they are about to begin."
In the last days of 2019 and into 2020 and beyond, you are going to see the Lord begin to weave into being the dreams that He has given you.
When He spoke this, what struck me in the spirit was the sense that He isn't just weaving one dream into being. He is weaving MULTIPLE DREAMS into being. He is weaving dreams He's already given you, which you know about, but He will add more. As He does this, do not push them aside thinking, "But the first dream I have hasn't come to pass yet, how can I dream about another?" Be intentional to thank the Lord and store it with intentionality in your heart, pondering it like Mary. Ponder these dreams in trust of the Lord, no matter what your heart or emotions scream. Be intentional to sit at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to speak into these places.
2020 and Beyond – a Year to Tend Many Vineyards
I had a vision and I saw many of God's people who have been faithful with the vineyards that He has given them. They have stewarded with purity, integrity and humility. It doesn't mean they've gotten everything right, dotting all their "i's" and crossing all their "t's," but their heart position and place of intimacy with Jesus has been one of purity, integrity, humility and obedience. There will be a TENDING OF MANY VINEYARDS coming to the faithful in 2020 and beyond.
In my vision, I saw these faithful ones tending many vineyards, and they were singing with SUCH JOY, having the time of their lives. The Lord then showed me that in 2019 they have had much trouble and opposition while tending the vineyards. It has been such hard work and a time of "push through," but they have continued to tend with obedience and faithfulness to the Lord, following His voice and ways.
The Lord spoke over them:
"The hard toiling is coming to an end. Your faithfulness and obedience to Me have brought you into a place of great reward and increase. Now I shall entrust you with much. The enemy attempted to ruin your vineyard that I had you place your hands, but you remained. Well done! The season has now changed and I am moving you into a place of tending many vineyards with greater empowerment of My Spirit, ease, joy, peace and favor. You shall know abundance in these vineyards like you have never known before.
"You are now moving into the vineyards of harvest and the vineyards of increase. You may have felt like you were in a famine in the tending of the last vineyards because of how hard it has been, but now in this major shift that is taking place, the vineyards you have been toiling will suddenly come to life with greater abundance and fruitfulness in exponential increase, and you will move into new vineyards you never even imagined. This is the era where My people will see how faithfulness to Me and My voice in PURITY is rewarded."
Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser Ministries

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Hurray for Franklin Graham!

I am most grateful to Franklin Graham for expressing what most of us who voted for President Trump feel.  I am embarrassed for his family that Christianity Today, the magazine his father founded, has publicly come out against our president.  What a bad impression they are giving to the world!  Whatever happened to the scripture that admonishes us not to touch God's anointed?  Since those of us who feel the magazine has way overstepped its' calling and purpose don't have a voice, I say hurray for Franklin Graham, who does, and who is using it!

When asked about Christianity Today's condemnation of the president and their declaration that he should be impeached, Mr. Graham pointed out Trump's accomplishments.         
"Look at all the president has accomplished in a very short time. The economy of our nation is the strongest it has been in 50 years, ISIS & the caliphate have been defeated, and the president has renegotiated trade deals to benefit all Americans. The list of accomplishments is long, but for me as a Christian, the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history is extremely important – —and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that, to say it doesn't count? The president has been a staunch defender of religious freedom at home and around the world – and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that? Also the president has appointed conservative judges in record number – and Christianity today wants us to ignore that? Christianity Today feels he should be removed from office because of false accusations that the president emphatically denies."

Thursday, December 19, 2019

10 Equine Behaviors Explained by Dr. Robert M. Miller

A friend shared this with me today.  Even though I have loved horses, owned horses, and been around them for years I learned much from it.

Monday, December 16, 2019

"Jeffrey Epstein Prophecy: 'No One Is Getting Away with Anything'" Shawn Bolz

This just came from The Elijah List so thought I would share it to encourage you if you haven't seen it already.  I have high regards for Shawn Bolz and the integrity of his ministry.

The Jeffrey Epstein story is not over. Another story related to him is going to break that will take the focus somewhat off of his death and put it back on what happened throughout the corruption of his life.
Someone is going to be brave and share their information that will expose something huge.
God is going to bring more to the light in 2020. I heard this: "No one is getting away with anything."
This new, exposing story will put fear and then the consequences in several prominent families, including ones already linked, as well as some of his partners as more information gets exposed linking all kinds of people to this criminal underbelly.
Epstein was not the mastermind but a piece of the story. God is going to show unusual justice in the situation and there are people who will be freed who are imprisoned in this mess, crying out for help.
Shawn Bolz
Bolz Ministries

Email: click here

From The Patriot Post

Friday, November 29, 2019

Hello again!

It has been nearly a month since I last posted.  My how time flies!  We were in Kauai with some of our family for two weeks so posting on my blog wasn't a priority :o).  And then with Thanksgiving and decorating the house for Christmas right after we returned,  I have been busy!

It was certainly beautiful in Kauai!  The temp was in the 80's every day and 70's at night.  Even though it rained often we did lots of fun things:  Kayaking and a hike to a waterfall, a raft trip to see the Napali Coast, tubing down irrigation canals, riding side by sides on a ranch, exploring a cave, hiking in Waimea Canyon, snorkeling, a tour of Grove Farm to learn about the history of the sugar plantation, and we even had a little time for reading and relaxing on the beach!

A few photos to illustrate:


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jalapeno Mushrooms Revised

     I made the Jalapeno Mushrooms again the other day because I still had all the ingredients, except the mushrooms.  I picked up a package of the large ones at the grocery store.  (The first time I made them I had used smaller mushrooms because that's all there were at the store that day, but the larger ones are best.) The Mushroom recipe reminded me of a recipe I found many years ago, Jalapeno Popper Spread, which when I make it someone always asks for the recipe. That recipe can be found under Appetizers in the Recipes #1 page of this blog, if you want to try it.
       Even though I thought the Mushrooms were really good, the cream cheese seemed a little over-powering so as per the Popper Spread, I added mayonnaise (about 1/4 c.) and Parmesan cheese (approx. 3 T.)  to the ingredients.  I also used canned jalapeños (about 1/4 c., I think).  This made the Mushroom recipe superb, IMHO!
       Therefore, I am revising the recipe to include these ingredients from now on.  I highly recommend this!  Just in time to try a new appetizer for the holidays!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dr. Mercola: Lard Rated One of the Top 10 Healthiest Foods

If you are one who has bought into the idea of eating low fat by substituting processed vegetable oils for natural fats like lard because you have been told it is healthier, you might want to read this informative article.

Lard Rated One of the Top 10 Healthiest Foods

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

I tried a new appetizer recipe that I found on Allrecipes. com today.  It was excellent, so thought I would share.

Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

  • 2 slices bacon
  • cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, or bacon       
  •       drippings
  • 8 mushrooms, stems removed and   
  •         chopped and caps reserved
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds  
  •        removed, finely chopped (or 
  •        use canned)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, 
  •       softened
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar 
  •       cheese
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

  1. To prevent mushrooms from being soggy, remove stems and place upside down in cooking dish.  Bake 15 minutes till they release water before stuffing. 

  2. Fry bacon over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble and set aside.

  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the chopped mushroom stems, garlic, and jalapeno; (can add a few seeds if you would like it spicier) cook and stir until the mushrooms release moisture and soften, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a bowl, and stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the cheese mixture generously into the reserved mushroom caps, and arrange the stuffed caps on the prepared baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese begins to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

"God Says: I Am About to Visit the Wilderness" Andrew Whalen, Colorado Springs, CO

With a name like "Shalom in the Wilderness" of course this prophetice word caught my eye!  And as I read it, I claimed it.  We have a house group, we are part of Elevate Praise that is taking 'church' to places other than church buildings, so I say "YES, LORD, Do it here! Do it in our home; Do it in our community! You are welcome in this place"

Launched from the Wilderness 
     On a recent "prayer drive," I heard the Holy Spirit say in my heart, "Wilderness." I thought to myself, "Oh no, God, not more wilderness." And thankfully I heard more. He said, "I am about to visit the wilderness." In that moment I had a flash of understanding that the "proverbial wilderness" is scheduled for a visitation from Heaven.
     One definitions of "wilderness" is "an empty or pathless area or region." I can speak for myself that I have had many seasons where I've felt "empty and pathless." Yet biblically, it is in this very place called wilderness, where we feel unseen, insignificant, lost in seeming darkness, confused, uncertain, and tested, that a coordinated invasion plan is sovereignly launched by Heaven into Earth.
     Many have been tempted to give up on the promises God had once spoken. The wilderness provides an environment where we often feel forgotten, and often assume that the words He gave us are forgotten too. Thankfully, God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
     I believe the last months of 2019 will mark a time of God's "performance" in the wilderness. The Scriptures say that Jesus was sent into the wilderness "full of the Holy Spirit" (Luke 4:1), but afterwards, He came out "in the power of the Holy Spirit" (Luke 4:14). His transition from the wilderness was rapid, explosive, and never slowed down until He fulfilled His mission to purchase mankind for God with His Blood (Revelation 5:9).
     Many people are about to be surprised at the sudden shift from their wilderness into a rapid fulfillment of long-awaited promises. I see many Kingdom-initiated, "cutting edge" books, messages and creative exploits that are about to launch from those who have been hidden and unknown. Hidden technologies, health breakthroughs, fashion lines, community centers, adoption financial aid programs, family value entertainment programs, and so much more are being fitted for launch. All of this is because God is going to visit the wilderness.
     I see many new emerging voices and faces coming into view. Many of those who are being launched from the wilderness will accelerate the changing wineskins. The Kingdom is going to continue to go forward, and it will require a shift from outdated traditions and forms that hinder the cause of Christ. The temptation for some in the Church will be to see the change as rebellion, but God is bringing the change, even in the midst of certain immaturity.
     Many mothers and fathers who have carried a "different spirit" in the wilderness, just like Caleb (Numbers 14:24), are about to "inherit" the privilege and responsibility of shepherding, leading and championing a younger emerging generation into never-before conquered territory. This "Caleb type" generation will share in the spoils of war.
Sent to the Wilderness 
     A few days after the Lord told me that He was going to visit the wilderness, I was given a dream. In my dream, I saw that house churches and other less "organizational" places were being invaded by the Spirit of God. I saw what I knew to be thousands of people at a time packing into one house. I recognized that the focus of these house meetings was prayer.
     In one house, I saw that thousands were waiting in line to sit in a chair and receive prayer. After each person was prayed for they would get up and say, "I have never before been touched by God like that."
     After I woke from the dream, I was led to consider the visitation of God in the wilderness by John the Baptist. In Mark 1:5, "The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to Him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by Him in the Jordan River."
     I believe the dream of the "house churches" was both literal and symbolic. First, I believe that God is literally going to pour out His Spirit on prayer-focused house churches, and many will "go out" to find and encounter God in these lesser known places.
     Second, I believe the house churches may be symbolic for the less-conventional type places where the Church gathers. As God visits the "wilderness," I believe we are going to see barn revivals, house churches, Bible studies and prayer groups become the target of God's Spirit, and thousands will be drawn to find God in these places.
     Certainly we live in great days of transition and visitation. For those of you in the wilderness, get ready! God is about to visit the wilderness.
Andrew Whalen


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Something To Think About

I was listening to a talk by David Wagner yesterday.  He had many good and encouraging things to say but one thing he said in particular, seemed to be a Word from God especially for me.  I had been debating with myself whether to continue with the Elevate Praise events and had been asking God to show me.

David said, "Have you considered we were born with the assignment on our lives to create moments where people can encounter God?"

This quote describes what I envisioned when we began Elevate Praise--a place of encountering God as we came solely to worship Him.  I believe God answered my prayers for guidance.  We will continue meeting monthly with a greater emphasis on promotion of the events during the summer months' meetings at the Linn Park Amphitheater.  Thank you, Lord!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Great Advice!

I just read a great piece of advice from Ray Johnston. He said, "Never listen to criticism from somebody you wouldn't turn to for wisdom."

Friday, October 11, 2019

Heidi Baker's Ministry is Amazing Even the Medical Community

If you know anything about Heidi Baker you know her ministry in Mozambique is astounding.  Now even the medical community is taking notice.  Read the article below BY  posted on  GodTV

Medical Research Team Confirms Healing Ministry of Heidi Baker

Science is no longer at war with miracles

Heidi Baker, missionary and international speaker, has given her life to making the truth of Gospel tangible. Her belief that Christians can be the hands of Jesus and divinely heal has made her somewhat of a saint figure in her own country of Mozambique, and the thousands of testimonies of miracle healings have finally drawn the attention of the scientific and academic community.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Quote

Could this be the reason for so many protests?

"This gave me occasion to observe, that when Men are employ'd they are best contented. For on the Days they work'd they were good-natur'd and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour." —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Impeachment, Boomerang, Exoneration" by Hank Kunneman

Here is another word that was given previously on the Elijah List but posted again today:

"An Elijah List Exclusive: Prophecy Decoders – Impeachment, Boomerang, Exoneration"

     A formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump has been launched and we are seeing the uproar play out in the news. Rather than rushing to find out what CNN, FOX NEWS and MSNBC pundits have to say, we need to seek the prophetic perspective.  
     I've got good news for you! Prophetic voices have released insight in advance, thereby giving us clarity as to how we should pray and intercede prophetically.
Hank Kunneman declared this prophecy below on May 22, 2019 regarding Impeachment, Boomerang and Exoneration:
     "They shall say through the 90 days of summer, 'We are now ready to bring articles of impeachment.' Ha! What you seek to take out by your impeachment shall lead to your own demise and in the fall of 2020 there shall be a great fall," says the Spirit of God.
     "I speak a double meaning that you will understand when that moment arises upon this land. For there is jealousy and where there is strife, I speak to your house, to your congress—there is confusion and there is every evil work. It is written and it shall be seen if you bite and devour, you will be consumed by one another.
     "This I speak—listen to the warning that I give to you," says the Spirit of God, "stop or you shall fall. Stop or you and your party will be consumed—for you are kicking against the pricks.
     "What do I speak? You are speaking against and working against My plan! This is not a political thing, even though you may say that it is. You are working against My hand, therefore you will see your foolishness cause a boomerang upon your own party and there is an exoneration that shall come to this house and to this land."
Prophecy Decoders Analysis:
     A definition of the word "boomerang" is to "return to the originator (of a plan or action), often with negative consequences." A definition of the word "exoneration" is "the action of officially absolving someone from blame; vindication."  
     The prophetic word above seems to indicate that there is a party that will experience boomerang, and an exoneration "that shall come to this house and to this land."  
     At this critical time, we need to unite and pray for the United States of America and the leadership of our nation.  The Spirit of God has a plan for this land that surpasses politics. God's hand and His plan cannot be stopped!
News Headline:
CBS News, September 24, 2019: Pelosi launches formal Trump impeachment inquiry
Prophetic word given by:
Hank Kunneman
One Voice Ministries


"What God's Prophets Are Saying About President Trump, Impeachment and America's Future"

      I am encouraged to read prophtetic words.  Isn't that why God sends them?  Anyway, this morning when I received these from the Elijah List, I was glad. If you click on the 'continue reading' link you can read words from 4 different men, including one given in 2014.
       It is so discouraging and irritating to hear negative news everyday!  Even if you don't like President Trump (which I do) you have to admit the media and the Democrats have done everything possible to disrupt his presidency.  So here is another reminder that God is in the midst of all that is going on:

September 27, 2019
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Steve Shultz
     At intense times like this, where the political realm seems to be in an upheaval, these are the times when my team and I like to pull out what several of God's prophets have said.
     Today, you will read about America and her future. You will read about impeachment of Trump from what God's prophets are saying, and you will read about our spiritual posture as we stand in opposition to what the enemy is doing...and by the enemy, I am not talking about people, but about the demonic realm.
     These prophetic words are going to help you a great deal in discerning what is happening in America AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE REJOICING IN THE PROMISES OF GOD THROUGH HIS PROPHETS. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Enjoy! And thanks for forwarding this to your friends! They can subscribe here.
Order the Download
Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News
P.S. – A Quick Note: To EXPLORE our store, featuring lots of Christian Prophetic books, CDs, and gifts, go to:
Would you prayerfully consider blessing Elijah List Ministries with your best tax-deductible gift today? Your partnership is very much appreciated! Click here for info on how to send your gift today:


     Prophetic Word of the Lord by Charlie Shamp released on November 27, 2018:
     I can hear the whispers of demonic powers claiming, "There will be destruction, doom, demise and depression on America," but I decree and declare, "This will never happen!"
Stillness Before the Great Wave
     "For America is not Sodom and Gomorrah," says the Lord, "but Nineveh, and she will turn to the Lord and see another awakening wave of revival sweep across the country. The enemy secretly schemed, plotted, manipulated and manufactured a plan to stop My word from coming to pass, but all of his plans will crumble to the ground, and I will show Myself strong in My people in the coming days.     
     "They have said, 'Impeachment is at hand, impeachment is our plan, impeach the man in God's hand.' They cry, 'The prophets are false, there was no tsunami wave,' but I say, 'Is there not stillness before the great wave comes ashore? Is there not silence before it breaks and crashes in? Do not the waters recede so that all that is hidden may be exposed?'     
     "Some have proclaimed, 'The prophets are wrong, those that speak that America will arise, they only tell lies to the people. They do not hear from Heaven.' They shout, 'The prophets are exposed, exposed, exposed. America will fall, it's under judgment, this is the final call.' They shout, 'America, your economy, it will crash, it will crash. The Stock Market will crash, recession will come.'     
     "But I say to America, 'You will not fall or fail! A crash, yes it will come upon you, but it will be a crash of My mercy, My redemption, My revival! My prophets prophesied My perfect plan and it will come to pass, for My prophetic word will never return to Me without accomplishing My will in the world.     
     "The prophets have spoken out of a love for the people of God, and a love for a nation founded on My name; but yes, I have exposed something in the heart. I exposed those that did not believe and did not trust in My word that it will come to pass. There are those that claim to be by My side, but in their hearts they have said that they do not need Me or the prophetic to make America great.    
     "They have said, 'All we need is a strategy and a plan,' but I say to you, it was through My prophet that I raised the man you see standing in the White House today, not your strategy, not your analytical plan. For all your plans are foolishness in My sight as you sit and ponder how to bring the nation back without Me in the center. I have heard them say that the prophetic is superstition and they need to find a better strategy to face the situation. Is My arm too short that it cannot save? Is My hand not open to heal all the wounds? I will finish what I have started... (continue reading)


Monday, September 23, 2019

So true!

"He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." —Charles Peguy (1873-1914)

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Spiritual Revival That Swept Through the Colonies Rebecca Hagelin ·

    Rebecca Hagelin (previously posted on The Patriot Post) has captured the essence of what is wrong with our country.  You can read the first part of her excellent article below and continue reading on the link following.

The Spiritual Revival That Swept Through the Colonies

Rebecca Hagelin · Sep. 19, 2019
Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series exploring the need for America to transform from a culture of brokenness to a culture of life.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
It’s not exactly a politically correct thought, is it?
I guess it also wasn’t “PC” when Jonathan Edward’s delivered his sermon by that title before America was even a country.
The year was 1741, and Colonial culture was immersed in decadence and selfishness. God, in His mercy and unfathomable love, began drawing people to Himself across the Colonies, including inspiring Edwards to deliver a no-nonsense sermon to a congregation described as “thoughtless and vain.”
That bold sermon became a powerful force in the Great Awakening that created the moral foundation and intestinal fortitude required to launch, persevere through, and win the Revolutionary War, securing both a new nation and personal liberty.
Make no mistake: This revival was not rooted in some amorphous sense of spirituality, wherein each man determined what was “right” for himself based on desires and emotions. The revival was centered around the God of the Bible, who says who He is and commands how we should live.
Today, our culture again is suffering from thoughtless vanity as Americans increasingly reject God Almighty. Our many societal problems — from violence to rising suicide rates to abortion to drug abuse to failed families to sexual disorientation — all stem from our cultural failure to worship the one triune God, to recognize him as the Creator and ourselves as men and women created in His image.
We have forgotten that it is “He that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3).
Our churches fail to boldly proclaim the raw, beautiful, challenging, captivating Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s immense love for us.
Our pastors too frequently deliver a candy-coated version of God’s love instead of the iron-clad love that cares enough to teach us how we must live in order to be whole.
Continue reading here.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Chemical Imbalance Myth and Antidepressant Harm by Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you, or anyone you know, is taking, or considering taking, antidepressants you will find the information presented in this article by Dr. Mercola enlightening.

The Chemical Imbalance Myth and Antidepressant Harm

Analysis by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked.          September 19, 2019


  • An estimated 17.3 million American adults (7.1% of the adult population), experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017. The highest rates are reported among those aged between 18 and 25
  • The vast majority are prescribed antidepressant drugs, despite the fact there’s virtually no evidence to suggest they provide meaningful help, and plenty of evidence showing the harms are greater than patients are being told
  • Hundreds of thousands of toddlers are also being medicated with powerful psychiatric drugs, raising serious ethical questions, along with questions about the future mental and physical health of these children
  • There’s no scientific evidence to suggest depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in your brain. A lot of the evidence suggests unhealthy living conditions are at the heart of the problem
  • Antidepressants are not beneficial in the long term and antipsychotic drugs worsen outcomes over the long term in those diagnosed with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
In the U.S., an estimated 17.3 million American adults (7.1% of the adult population), experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017.1 The highest rates are reported among those aged between 18 and 25.2 However, not only is there evidence that depression is vastly overdiagnosed, but there's also evidence showing it's routinely mistreated. 

With regard to overdiagnosis, one 2013 study3 found only 38.4% of participants with clinician-identified depression actually met the DSM-4 criteria for a major depressive episode, and only 14.3% of seniors 65 and older met the criteria.

As for treatment, the vast majority are prescribed antidepressant drugs, despite the fact there's virtually no evidence to suggest they provide meaningful help, and plenty of evidence showing the harms are greater than patients are being told.
According to a 2017 study,4 1 in 6 Americans between the ages of 18 and 85 were on psychiatric drugs, most of them antidepressants, and 84.3% reported long-term use (three years or more). Out of 242 million U.S. adults, 12% were found to have filled one or more prescriptions for an antidepressant, specifically, in 2013. 
According to data5 presented by a watchdog group, hundreds of thousands of toddlers are also being medicated with powerful psychiatric drugs, raising serious ethical questions, along with questions about the future mental and physical health of these children.
Recent studies are also shedding much needed light on the addictive nature of many antidepressants, and demonstrate that the benefits of these drugs have been overblown while their side effects — including suicidal ideation — and have been downplayed and ignored for decades, placing patients at unnecessary risk.

The Chemical Imbalance Myth

One researcher responsible for raising awareness about these important mental health issues is professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, a Danish physician-researcher and outspoken critic of the drug industry (as his book, "Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,"6 suggests).
Gøtzsche helped found the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and later launched the Nordic Cochrane Centre. In 2018, he was expelled by the Cochrane governing board following the publication of a scathing critique of a Cochrane review of the HPV vaccine, in which he and his coauthors pointed out several methodological flaws and conflicts of interest.
Over the past several years, Gøtzsche has published a number of scientific papers on antidepressants and media articles and a book discussing the findings. In a June 28, 2019 article,7Gøtzsche addresses "the harmful myth" about chemical imbalances — a debunked hypothesis that continues to drive the use of antidepressants to this day. He writes, in part:8
"Psychiatrists routinely tell their patients that they are ill because they have a chemical imbalance in the brain and they will receive a drug that fixes this … 
Last summer, one of my researchers and I collected information about depression from 39 popular websites in 10 countries, and we found that 29 (74%) websites attributed depression to a chemical imbalance or claimed that antidepressants could fix or correct that imbalance …
It has never been possible to show that common mental disorders start with a chemical imbalance in the brain. The studies that have claimed this are all unreliable.9
A difference in dopamine levels, for example, between patients with schizophrenia and healthy people cannot tell us anything about what started the psychosis … [I]f a lion attacks us, we get terribly frightened and produce stress hormones, but this does not prove that it was the stress hormones that made us scared. 
People with psychoses have often suffered traumatic experiences in the past, so we should see these traumas as contributing causal factors and not reduce suffering to some biochemical imbalance that, if it exists at all, is more likely to be the result of the psychosis rather than its cause.10
The myth about chemical imbalance is very harmful. It makes people believe there is something seriously wrong with them, and sometimes they are even told that it is hereditary. 
The result of this is that patients continue to take harmful drugs, year after year, perhaps even for the entirety of their lives. They fear what would happen if they stopped, particularly when the psychiatrists have told them that their situation is like patients with diabetes needing insulin." 
Real Cause of Depression Is Typically Ignored 
According to Gøtzsche, there is no known mental health issue that is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals. In many cases, the true cause is unknown, but "very often, it is a response to unhealthy living conditions," he writes.11
He also cites the book,12 "Anxiety — The Inside Story: How Biological Psychiatry Got It Wrong," written by Dr. Niall McLaren, in which the author shows that anxiety is a major factor in and trigger of most psychiatric disorders. 
"A psychiatrist I respect highly, who only uses psychiatric drugs in rare cases … has said that most people are depressed because they live depressing lives," Gøtzsche writes. 
"No drug can help them live better lives. It has never been shown in placebo-controlled trials that a psychiatric drug can improve people's lives — e.g., help them return to work, improve their social relationships or performance at school, or prevent crime and delinquency. The drugs worsen people's lives, at least in the long run.13"
Gøtzsche rightfully points out that antipsychotic drugs create chemical imbalances; they don't fix them. As a group, they're also somewhat misnamed, as they do not address psychotic states. Rather, they are tranquilizers, rendering the patient passive. However, calming the patient down does not actually help them heal the underlying trauma that, in many cases, is what triggered the psychosis in the first place. 
As noted in one 2012 meta-analysis14 of studies looking at childhood trauma — including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, neglect, parental death and bullying — and subsequent risk of psychosis:
"There were significant associations between adversity and psychosis across all research designs … Patients with psychosis were 2.72 times more likely to have been exposed to childhood adversity than controls … The estimated population attributable risk was 33% (16%-47%). These findings indicate that childhood adversity is strongly associated with increased risk for psychosis."

Economy of Influence in Psychiatry

A related article,15 written by investigative journalist Robert Whitaker in 2017, addresses the "economy of influence" driving the use of antidepressant drugs in psychiatric treatment — and the "social injury" that results. As noted by Whitaker, mental disorders were initially categorized according to a disease model in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association.
"We're all familiar with the second 'economy of influence' that has exerted a corrupting influence on psychiatry — pharmaceutical money — but I believe the guild influence is really the bigger problem," he writes.
Read entire article here