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Strike the Doorposts and the Very Foundations will be Shaken

April 1, 2009

“Strike the doorposts and the foundations will be shaken”

Do you know where this verse comes from in the Bible?  This verse is found in 

Amos 9:1:  

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said: "Strike the doorposts, that the thresholds may shake, And break them on the heads of them all. I will slay the last of them with the sword. He who flees from them shall not get away, And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.

This verse has been grabbing my heart since 2006.  I can't seem to understand why it is so important for me to keep staring at it and wonder to myself, "what are the doorposts and how do I strike them".  We have been led by the Spirit to believe God for a move of the Spirit at such a magnitude that an entire city will be taken for Him,  As I mediate on this reality in God, then things start to make sense.

A door is the entrance into a distinct dwelling.  For your body house, your heart, the seat of your emotions, is a door. Your literal house has a door which is the way of entrance into your home!  For a city it is the seat of government, or the entrance into the city from a major road or highway.  The Lord is telling you and me to position ourselves at the gate and at the door!

Was Amos commanded to strike the doorposts that made up the Israelites houses of worship or their city, or the homes?  These are the places where God should dwell but because of sin and idolatry His Spirit has departed long ago.  If I then as Amos was commanded to do, "Speak or Prophesy!" to the entrance of the house of God, places formerly filled with the Word of God.

If I am faithful then the Lord will come and shake everything to bring everyone to their knees and surrender to God's Justice.  Three weeks ago I prophesied that devastation was coming to New York area, I did not know what I was saying, but the Lord was warning through my preaching and sharing that He was coming to make a reckoning of the banking industry which we now know is under Satan's influence. 

I told the guys from Sleeping Giant when they were here during TBTS that the banks are under Satan's influence in particular the way they manipulate the numbers and in essence play with people's lives!  Usury is run amuck which is nothing more then oppression of the poor!  Our greed is not just in the leadership it flows all the way down to the poor of our land.

When Bill Clinton involved himself in sexual improprieties in the Oval Office he reflected our morals as a nation.  The greed that marked the market in the 90's has caught up with corporate America and now the banking industry is being judged for taking advantage of families who have been devastated by the realities of 911 and all the jobs being taken to other countries where labor rates are much lower.   

Our leaders are going to go under examination as this crisis unfolds, will they allow the big guys to reposition their money and the typical American family struggling to make ends meet watch their home values drop from when they purchased in the last few years. who purchased homes in the last 4 or 5 years are struggling to make it today.  Will these leaders of the banking industry and our government create options that will enable their pockets to be increased while the working families in America continue to file for bankruptcy and tighter and tighter finances. 

This is a shaking that is absolutely necessary to bring us back together as families and as communities.  The only way for us to make it through this shaking is to stay very close to Christ which what we should have been doing all along, Amen.  The striking to me is the word of God spoken boldly to church people; things that are hard to say but absolutely necessary for blessing to fall on our churches.

In His Name,



You Are My Beloved

April 1, 2009

Listen, My Beloved,

Everywhere you look today, look for love…you will see me.

See love in the eyes of family and friends

See love in the eyes of a stranger.

Wherever you go today, know that I am there.

I am in the deepest valley and on the highest mountaintop.

I am in the darkest shadows and the brightest light.

I live within your heart as peace, strength, and hope.

Beloved, follow your heart today, and trust Me.

Trust Me for guidance in all that you do.

Follow your heart today,...

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Incredible Emptiness!

March 30, 2009

Listening to the Relient K song "give until there is nothing left" I started to reflect on what it means to “give my life" away.  As I thought about all the things that I have given up in my service to Christ I thought quietly to myself, "is there a limit to how much we can give?"

Has anyone outside of Jesus ever given it all away?  Paul was poured out like a drink offering which ultimately led to his eventual execution.  John gave it all and it led him to be dropped into a caldron ...

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Livin in the Invisible!

March 30, 2009

My family and I are walking the way of Abraham of old.  If you trust your history and the great men we read of in history then you will find great comfort in studying these men and their lives.  Sometimes we find more comfort in the past then we do in the present or the foreseeable future.  Abraham was blessed because when God said, "Go" he went.  His journey led to no-where-ville, he left what was familiar, a place where he knew the order of things, to a unknown invisible world of follow...

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Chills, Spills, and Thrills

March 30, 2009

In the way of success or failure there seems to be a very pivotal moment when providence frames a path to great success or a near miss of fortune leading to a face flattening failure.  Are you seeking to fulfill a dream?  Are you battling to make your way through the hard places and on the verge of collapse?  Why do some of us find the way of success and some the rocky road of painful regret?

I do not have all the answers.  I do not know why some of you are emotionally broken and destitu...

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Build the Impossible!

March 30, 2009

And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God--my God--[will be] with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Do you believe that you are called to reach people for Christ?  Do you hurt inside for people who you know are lost and without hope?  Are you tired of watching your friends fall prey to the lies of the enemy?  Do you w...

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Surry Messenger Article 9-2008

March 30, 2009

This article was written at the end of last summer.  While Sharon and I were wrestling with what to do our ministry, Livin Lattes, at Lola Lane.  It includes much hope and optimism about the future.  Since its writing and as of today our ministry is still waiting upon God for a space to operate Livin Lattes.  Enjoy.


Surry Messenger Article

Sunday, Sept. 28th

By Angela Schmoll



Looking For a New Direction


Four mon...

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Daniel's Prophesy for TBTS for Jesus

March 30, 2009

I went and locked myself in my room after I finished eating.

God told me to lay back down again, so I closed my curtains and did so.

This time wasn't a really a symbolic dream as much as the other. 

It was in downtown winston on
marshall street where that concrete slab/stage is with the concrete stairs the circulate and the creek is which is behind the presbytarian church is.

It was broad daylight, the Sun was out and there were some minor clouds. The clouds were golden and glorious look...

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A Divine Proclamation!

March 26, 2009
This morning at 5:30 am the Lord spoke a very clear word to me, so much so, that I had to rise quickly out of bed and just write.  I could have written more but my hand got tired so here is what I received from the Lord from about 5:45 am - 7:15 am:

Background to the word I received:
The first thing I do when I believe the Lord is going to run some new revelation through me is to clean up the area around where I plan to sit and hear the Lord's voice.  While I was scrubbing away on my hands and ...

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Destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it up again

March 26, 2009
I believe that this is the first time I have offered to you who read our blogs, a word from God.  Today I feel constrained to do so because it was a very strong word from the Lord and the understanding of this word will impact all of our lives for years to come.

From yesterday afternoon to this morning I felt a heavenly tug on my heart from the Lord…. seeking my attention.  I wrestled a little in prayer with Him, I also sought Him by worshiping in song, and I took a couple of walks to get th...

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Jonathan David Keener There have been times when the Lord has interrupted my day with strong utterances from the Father thru the Spirit. These are words that flow from my heart and personal, and sometimes the Lord will have a word sent to me by another. They are timely words from the Body of Christ and encourage my heart. If we allow the Lord to move on our hearts we will hear collectively the Voice of the Spirit calling us back to the Father. By a deepening in our love of the Savior of all mankind. Shalom, Jonathan

 The sounding of the shofar

Literally sounds like a freight train

 A view of Jerusalem from a tomb 

on top of Mt Olivet

 The Garden of Gethsemane

 Ciaphasis' House - basement level 

where our Lord waited before He was to 

be tried by the Sanhedrim!

 We Put Him in This Place!

Caiaphas the high priest house


A first century church setting

 Heaven came down on Mt Carmel

In a time when the People of God were not walking before the Lord obediently!

 2008 Pics of TBTS for Jesus!

We take back the mountain

they call -- Pilot Mountain