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.... then there was this one time.....

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.... then there was this one time.....

and then there was this one time....

So many stories to tell.  I often lose track, or they fall into some crack only to resurface again at the most inconvenient time, which of course I don't write them down!  Why?  

I meet the most unusual people and there are moments I'm asked to join a journey for some reason or another.   There are times that adventures and misadventures abound! . Colorful people on colorful quests crossing my path.  

One Sunday evening I was passing a favorite spot and a friend yelled from inside that he wanted to introduce me to someone.   He made quick introductions and the gentleman laughed and said "Kristi!! How are you?"  You see, I had met this gentleman a few times before in the Old City.   He laughed and said "I am unimpressed by how unimpressed you are by me!"  I chuckled.  His friend sitting across from me and said, " She has a good discernment for bullcrap!."  

Story teller!  Dressed like Indiana Jones and shoes covered in mud. Starts to weave a tale as tall as Paul Bunyan.  He shared a little about his newest project as a crew of people came into the shop... camera men, a lawyer, a doctor, a retired millionaire massage therapist from Google named Bonnie  that is a seminary graduate and now his assistant and a couple other people. Entourage.

We sat and laughed and he asked if I'd like to tag along on the adventure.  Go to the City of David and into areas most do not go.  Go to meet some professors and top archaeologists.  Go into a tomb that was open and see what we could see.   The list of tasks went on and on .. and I said ... "Sure, why not? just as long as my friend Shannon can tag along". 

Tag along we did... walked for miles in the hot sun.  Listened as stories were told and information was being dug up.  Watching peoples faces as he shared his theory - and ideas and reasons and hypothesis of why ...... 

On film, off film, in sun and out.  Drinks, food and more stories.

Adventure and Bible lessons and walking places most will never go. Seeing things most will never see.

Modern day Indiana Jones that's always up for me to join in the adventures he is in town...  YUP, this one time when Bob Cornuke came into town to find the location of the HOLY TEMPLE. 

Here is a video clip of a larger project that was on Discovery Channel... regardless if you agree or disagree with him.  It's fun to watch his brain work.  

'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'     Jeremiah 33:3

Just a little about Bob:

"Bob has appeared on National Geographic Channel, CBS, NBC's Dateline, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, History Channel and Ripley's Believe It or Not. He has authored six books and traveled across Afghanistan during U.S. bombing strikes on a video and photographic assignment.  Bob is currently the President of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado Springs, CO. He also serves as special advisor for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and was invited by the President's staff to conduct a Bible study for White House personnel."  taken from Base Institute website.

http://www.baseinstitute.org/pages/bob_cornuke_biography/3

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Fourth Watch

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Fourth Watch

In the early morning hours

I hear you beckon me

 

Awake, arise my love!

 

In the early morning hours

I hear you beckon me

 

Come

 

In the early morning hours

I hear you beckon me

 

with the names of your children

 

In the early morning hours

I hear you whisper their names

their needs

 

 

You Press

upon

my heart

Pray

 

 

(selah)

 

 

In the early morning hours

You set 
a watchman
upon the wall

 

(selah)

 

I stand upon the wall

feeling

small

 

I stand upon the wall asking

why me?

 

I stand upon the wall

and I listen

 

I hear the enemy say

Your broken and flawed

- you -
sinner that faulters

stumble

stumble

stumble

from the wall

 

I SAY

YES, I am broken and flawed and I stumble often

BUT it is by

GRACE

 

That HE

That HE

That HE has chosen me
 to
STAND 
UPON the WALL

 

 

I am HIS

WATCHMEN UPON THE WALL



I harken unto
HIS CALL


I 
pray

 


"But in the fourth watch of the night, Yeshua came unto them while he was walking on the water." Matthew 14:25    (this is about 3:00am)
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower and will watch to see what He will say unto me and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” Habakkuk 2:1

" I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,  and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth." Isaiah 62:6

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Ask, Seek, Knock

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Ask, Seek, Knock

INTERESTING FACT:  I wrote this back in 2012 when I was attending Calvary Chapel, Jerusalem.  Today... I stay right around the corner from these very doors......   Amazing

(Mat 7:7-8) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

One warm summer morning I was laying on the floor praying asking of the Lord how do I draw closer to you?  I asked Holy Spirit to guide me to scriptures and reveal to me how to grow closer to himself and the Lord.  At that time I started to drift in and out of sleep.  The Lord and Holy Spirit gently spoke to me in a dream as I lay there before Him.

The dream started and I was in a city of stone.  Arched doorways held heavy wooden doors fastened together with metal findings and latches.  Burdensome, old doors beckoned me forward.  I heard the Lord tell me, “You’ve asked for my heart, you are seeking me now… now, it’s time to knock.”   I stood before the door and I knocked quietly not knowing what to expect.  Apprehensively, I began to knock slightly harder.  With each knock on the door I felt the Lord urging me to knock louder.  I did so.  Then yet another urge to press and knock even harder upon the door.   I started knocking and crying out to the Lord, so hard and ferociously that my knuckles started to bleed.  I knocked and knocked and knocked, but no answer.  I felt urged again to keep going.  I pressed past the pain, the bloodied knuckles, the exhaustion and I pounded the door with all my might.   I then lay at a heap at the bottom of the door, spent, exhausted, whimpering … barely able to raise my hand.  At that moment, completely used up and broken I became aware that someone had opened the door.  I felt myself being cradled in His arms.  He lovingly moved the hair from my face and I could hear Him whisper to me, you have learned what it means to KNOCK.

 “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find ; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “ Matthew 7:7-8

As in my personal experience above, the Lord answers those that seek to find Him.  His desire is not only for you to ‘find’ Him, it is still deeper – to fellowship and abide with Him and have a love relationship with Him. 

“9 Which of you , if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, you will give him a snake?  If you then though you are evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those that ask him!” Matthew 7: 9-11

The desire of the Lord is that we simply turn our will over to Him and allow ourselves to take on HIS will for our lives.  When we seek the face and will of the Father and ask to be led by Holy Spirit we then start to seek and ask for things that are clearly in His will for our lives.   When we ask, seek and knock after those things the Father tells us:  “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

What are the things that the Lord so freely wants to give to us?  His desire is to gift to us those things that empower us in our daily life in Him and to walk in step with Holy Spirit.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23

The Lord’s desire is for us to grow even further in our walk with Him by spurring on those in the body of Christ that surround us.   With that He gives us the gifts of the Spirit.  “ Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines.”  1 Corinthians 12: 7-11

With these gifts the Lord also sets up a parameter on how we are to operate and use these gifts.  It’s simple:  “Love NEVER FAILS.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part , but when perfection comes the imperfect disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man I put childish ways behind me.  Now, we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now, I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  Galatians 13: 8-12

As we ask, seek and knock, the Lord opens the door and we are before Him and in HIS love and mercy He stoops down to us and let’s us know that HE has opened the door and we are fully known.

 

It’s HIS desire to open the door, it’s my desire to knock until HE opens!

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