Time with The King


For reasons I cannot explain, my spiritual year begins in December.  Thus, I disconnect from the office every December 1st and spend some time with the King.

I start by spending a lot of time disconnecting from the rest of the world and the ongoing pressures of life, and I decompress physically as well.  I do not rush into His presence.

Second, I explore everything I have learned about God in the last year and worship.  This is an exciting time.

Then I listen to His analysis of my Kingdom work over the last year, and finally, we segue to my marching orders for the coming year.

It is a precious time, and this year my spirit is beside itself with anticipation.  I get the sense it has gone ahead and peeked at some of the gifts that are awaiting.

This is a several day process.  Because of that, there will be no Hebrew Worship blogs or Giver blog this week.  We have a couple of non-time sensitive blogs that are in the pipeline, and they will be released by my staff some time during the week.  All email traffic will be handled by Megan until I am back in the office.

I have invested significantly in you this year.  Would you please reciprocate by setting aside some time to pray for my time with the King every day until I emerge again?

I would appreciate that.   Shame to DignitySLG Coaching blog

Arthur Burk

Monday, November 30, 2015

31. Hebrew Worship: Customized Strategy


“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.”  Exodus 13:17-18  NIV

Years ago, I had an email exchange with a young lady who was going to be a camp counselor for some disadvantaged kids.  She knew that they were wounded and naughty, and needed both love and discipline.  With the infinite wisdom of a twenty-one year old, she assured me that “Most of the time, I know when to hug and when to holler.”

I am happy for her.  I spend my life trying to figure that out.  We are all on a journey and some days we need one tone of relationship and one day another.  And when an individual gets only one, it is hugely damaging in their lives.

God’s dealings with Israel illustrate His artistry in segueing from one to the other.  He was quite heavy handed in terms of the brickyard.  For at least a few months and possibly a couple of years, they had to work physically harder than they ever had before.  They complained to Moses, God and Pharaoh to no effect.

And when it came to the Passover, God was absolute:  blood on your door posts or death in your home.  No touchy feely, lovey God there.

But, while He had toughened them up physically, He knew that they were not emotionally prepared for war, so He took the long way to protect them from having the emotional upheaval of war on top of the emotional upheaval of moving in the middle of the night.

An art form.

When we look at our lives, we see the same wisdom and compassion of God toward us all.  There are times when He is heavy handed and forces us into situations we abhor.  And other times, He is gentle.

Join me in a celebration of the God Who Customizes His Strategy For Each Person.

31. Hebrew Worship: Customized Strategy         Birthright

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk

From the Besters, where the birds are having their usual morning party.  Enjoy their accompaniment to the blessings.

Strategy about Lack of Community


Here is the profile that attracted my attention.  Rob and Louise are in wildly different professions, different parts of the world and different stages of life.  But they had a common problem.

Both had difficulties sustaining the kind of communication that builds relationships.  Both are in public venues where they offer customer service, so there is an above average visibility factor.  People would come in the normal business context, have a dialog about a product they carry or a problem they want to solve with the company’s product.

The conversation seemed good and friendly, but it would stop there.  Whether the customer bought the product or not, there was none of the normal relationship building that should go on with a maturing customer base.

The same was true with their social media.  Some people would connect, but it was always short and focused, never having the tone of desire to build relationship.

Over the last eight years, we have talked endlessly about communication skills, curses, Leviathan, generational issues and anything else I could imagine, but we never cracked the code.  Both of them – and many others – were simply not getting back from the community the level of connectedness that would be expected.  Meanwhile a lot of people with dismal social skills had a reasonable number of friends and relationships.

I finally got tired of the battle and backed off, which was a mistake.  The devil promptly kicked it up a notch until Louise was nearly disconnected from the general public.  Emails, Facebook, SMS, IM and phone calls ground to an almost total halt.  We knew it was demonic when she went 36 hours without a single piece of spam email!

I am not a big fan of talking with demons to get information.  They tell the truth a lot and lie just a little, but you waste a lot of time trying to figure out which is which.  But in this case, I went against my preferences and called the demon involved to attention and cross examined him.

I specifically asked which part of nature he was manipulating to cause potential relationships to never emerge from the generic conversations and social contacts that both Rob and Louise have in abundance.  I asked about sound and fragrance.

His grudging response was that he messed with the structures in the air.

Now, on the one hand, it was a demon speaking and they often lie.  On the other hand, sound is the movement of air.  So it seemed plausible.

Here is my theory.  If there are bad structures, there have to be good structures.  If the structures of air can cause communication to diminish relationships then the structures of air, in theory, could contribute to rich relationships emerging from communication.

Rob and Louise are far from unique.  There are a lot of people with respectable social skills who cannot generate the flow of communication that serves as the foundation for normal relationships.  People know they are there and people respect their competence enough to ask for help occasionally, but there is not an ordinary cluster of friends that emerges in their lives.

If the demon told the truth – which I think is plausible enough that I am writing this blog – then asking God to establish the right structures in the air around people should product widespread results.  We will always get some placebo effect from these prayers, but if this is real, there should be widespread, “measurable, verifiable, sustained change.”

In other words, people who are in their forties and don’t have a community around them, will suddenly find community happening as people move toward them valuing their presence.

Let’s bring a good, hard global thrust to this problem.  Please specifically name Rob and Louise, along with anyone else you wish to include.  Ask for four things.

-Ask God to remove the demons that are manipulating structures on the air.

-Ask God to remove all of the distorted structures on air that the enemy has established.

-Ask for God’s Kingdom to come on earth, by His establishing the structures that He desires to have on the air around Rob and Louise.

-Ask God to reveal a new color of His wisdom to the spiritual realm as He does something to the structures of air that they don’t even know about.

This last one is huge to me.  We don’t just want to reverse what the devil does.  We want to go over the top, expressing some facet of the wisdom of God that they have never even imagined.

We will watch what happens to Rob and Louise and all the others like them in the world.

One reason I think there is merit to this strategy is that Paul called the devil the “prince of the power of the air.”  I have always loosely considered him the prince of the air, not the ground, but possibly there is a deeper meaning here.

So we are off on another grand adventure, compliments of the SLG think tank and its intrepid experimenter.

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk     A Hard Life

From a bird sanctuary with some lovely sound in the early mornings

30. Hebrew Worship: Revenge


I was taught quite early on that it was wrong for me to seek to avenge myself for real or imaginary wrongs.  It was even more unacceptable to succeed in that art form.  After one such success, I was compelled to write “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord” 1,000 times in an attempt to curb my robust carnality.

What if we flipped the verse around?  Instead of focusing on the fact that it is NOT ours, what happens when we focus on God as the One Who DOES Avenge Himself?

Ponder how unambiguous Scripture is on this point.

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay.  In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”  Deuteronomy 32:35  NIV

“Rejoice, O nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.”  Deuteronomy 32:43  NIV

“The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.  The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.”  Nahum 1:2  NIV

“For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay’, . . . ”  Hebrews 10:30  NIV

I find it odd that the Western church broadly has no theology of vengeance.  It is not part of most people’s prayer life.  Yet David the Mercy had no particular hang-ups on the topic!

“O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth.  Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.  How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant?”  Psalm 94:1 – 3  NIV

Whether you care to indulge in asking God for vengeance is secondary.  We should at least acknowledge that facet of His nature and worship Him when He chooses to walk in that.

We see that so clearly in the Exodus.

God was crystal clear in Moses’ first demand to Pharaoh.  Talk about complying with “full disclosure laws.”  Moses was impeccable!

Then say to Pharaoh, “This is what the LORD says:  Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, ‘Let my son go, so he may worship me.’  But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.”  Exodus 4:22-23  NIV

And God did.  He walked in vengeance.  Tit for tat.

Join me in celebrating other occasions where God avenged Himself on His enemies.

Doing Deliverance on Your Brain30. Hebrew Worship:  Revenge

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk

From Centurion, Guateng, South Africa, where I am recovering from jet lag, which is why this is one day late being released!

29. Hebrew Worship: Power


God has a complex playbook.

He has so many plays in His playbook, He can afford to use some of them only once.

Marching around Jericho and making the walls fall down was one-and-done.  He never had to use that one again.  The floating ax head for Elisha and pairs of animals wandering in on time for Noah were unique occurrences.  So was the virgin birth.

God also has a wide range of plays.

There is the raw power play such as Elijah’s fire that burned up the sacrifice, the water and even the rocks the altar was made of.  Sounds like a bit of a nuclear reaction — certainly hotter than a lightning strike.

By contrast there were the subtle trick plays.  I love God fabricating the sounds of a fictitious Egyptian army that spooked the Assyrian army into running away in abject panic in the middle of the night.

There are plays that are used multiple times — leprosy was healed and the dead raised in both the Old and New Testaments.

There are multi-use plays that have interesting variations.  Moses, Joshua, Elijah and Elisha were all one bridge short of a complete highway.  Their play was to part the water and walk on dry land on the bottom of the river.  All good and fine, but Jesus ran a variant — why not walk on dry water on top of the sea?

There were plays designed to honor and to dishonor.  The widow who had a big debt to pay was honored by the oil multiplying until she could pay the debt and recapitalize her small family.

Of all the dishonoring plays, I love the blind army.  Elisha didn’t just blind them, he conned them into following him — the man they came to arrest — and he led them into the heart of the capital city, surrounded by the Israelite army before he restored their sight.  Then, to drive home the utter superiority of the Israelite army, Elisha had the Israelites magnanimously feed the Arameans some lunch and send them home well shamed.

Can you imagine being the general in charge and having to explain this failed operation to King Ben Hadad?  Imagine the anxiety as the General starts the story.

“Long live Your Majesty.  Sir, the operation was rolling along flawlessly.  We arrived at Dothan where Your Majesty’s enemy lives and we completely surrounded the village before daylight.  No one could escape.  Then suddenly we were all blinded at once.  Every one of us . . . ”

“Stop right there.  You can see right now, correct?”

“Yes, Your Majesty.”

“And the rest of the army can see?”

“Yes, Your Majesty.”

“So every single officer and soldier left here seeing, turned blind, and now can see again?  Is that what you are saying?”

“Yes, Your Majesty.”

“Frankly, General, your court-martial is already over, but go ahead and tell me the rest of your ridiculous excuse for an abjectly failed mission.”

Can you imagine the anguish in the General as he tells the rest of the story which becomes more ridiculous by the minute?

“Well, Your Majesty, when we were feeling our way around, all blind, someone came up to me and said that our reconnaissance was flawed and the man we were looking for was nearby.  Then he took me by the hand and . . . ”

“YOU LET AN ENEMY CIVILIAN TAKE ONE OF MY GENERALS BY THE HAND AND LEAD HIM??????!!!!  Have you ever heard of a sword, General?  Do you know what they are used for?”

It was a very long, hard day for the General.  And he hadn’t even gotten to the patronizing lunch yet.  Oy vey!

When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He was working out of the HARD CORE tab in His playbook.  He said four times in Exodus 13 that He had brought Israel up out of Egypt with “a mighty hand.”  He instituted Passover and the dedication of the firstborn to God as markers for the fact that THE Exodus was a power play, not the result of diplomatic finesse.

I have known all along that the Ten Plagues were a power play, but not until today have I seen them in the context of all of history.  Ponder these verses where a father is talking to his children about the dedication of all firstborn to Yahweh.

“‘When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’  And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”  Exodus 13:16-17  NIV

Hmmm . . . fast forward to the number 666 which is put in one of the same two places.  Suddenly that is reframed.  It is not just a cattle brand to differentiate the Antichrist’s “cattle” from the Noble Subjects of the Great King.  Rather it is a celebration of the power that the Antichrist used to come to his place of authority.

All of God’s plays are worth being celebrated, but when the devil digs in with maximum defiance and God takes him down with brutal power, He really wants to be worshiped.

In the recording that follows, I will celebrate some of the stories I know.  I encourage you to set time aside this weekend to bring out your own treasure chest of power encounters with The Almighty and brand your own forehead and hand with the symbols of His power.

29. Hebrew Worship: Power         Fighting Futility

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk

From the video studio.

I got chased out of my office by the remodeling that is going on in the suite to the west of us.  It will be noisy there for a month, apparently, until our new neighbors move in.

28. Hebrew Worship: The Privilege


The driver’s license!

Whether you are 18 years old and trying to get one or 81 and trying to keep the one you have, it is a responsibility wrapped around a privilege.  On the surface, there are a whole lot of hoops you have to jump through to get a license. After you get the license, there are a whole lot of rules and regulations that you are supposed to obey.

But . . . for both the 18 year old and the 81 year old, the driver’s license is seen as a treasure, a prize, a wonderful thing to have.

This picture captures how God saw the Passover.  Long before crossing the Red Sea, long, long before the massive download of instructions on Mount Sinai, God made it a point to lay down the entrance requirements for the Passover. See Exodus 12:43ff.

There were a number of classes of people who were not allowed to eat it.  Prohibited.  Not qualified.

From God’s point of view, it was an incredible privilege to be able to eat the Passover in the generations to come. Hence, people had to be qualified to get in.

Over time, many in Israel lost the sense of privilege.  The rules and regulations around the Passover became a burden, so people stopped partaking of Passover for years at a time.

When love is not maintained, it dies.  And when it dies, duty only takes you so far.

Niel Sedaka captured it well in his song Solitaire.  “There was a man, a lonely man, who lost his love through his indifference.  A heart that cared, that went unshared, until it died within his silence.”

No adultery.  No acute hardship.  Simply indifference, that produced silence, that caused love to die.

That marriage was once a privilege.  Then it became a burden.  Then it was a burden no longer.

When we shifted from aggressive warfare to exploring nuances of Hebrew worship, I anticipated a huge drop in the number of people engaging.  We did drop some from our high, but there are still about 25,000 views a month from close to 60 nations per month.

You are awesome.  I honor you for your worship that is driven through love, not duty.

28. Hebrew Worship: The Privilege

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2. Thyroid: Hypothalamus and Fractal of Two


I was in touch with Fred over the weekend.  He reported being emotionally in an unusual place.  He couldn’t quite put language to it, but it was not his norm, and it was not good.  He also needed more sleep and was pretty under-energized for three days.

This was no surprise.  On the one hand, we had removed a very significant AHS that had kept him secretly tied to his sexual abuser all these years.  Second, we had prayed for a lot of alignment work in his hypothalamus.  Either of those could have destabilized him.

By Tuesday he had his feet under him and came in for another round.  It was with great anticipation/concern that we tested his hypothalamus.  To my immense surprise, it was EXACTLY even at the start.  I am not sure I have ever had someone perfectly connected and balanced even after manual bridging.  The fact that the connection from five days ago held was quite astounding and encouraging.

We will continue to check that every time, but we now have a lightly held hypothesis that a chronic disconnect in the hypothalamus could be the result of a breach in the fractal of two.  Let me repeat that one result is simply a data point.  It takes at least two incidents to have even the smallest pattern.

Nonetheless, our half baked potatoes don’t have the negative side effects a lot of meds do, so we can afford to experiment.  At the end of this blog is a prayer you can embrace or edit to your personal tastes about a number of facets of the fractal of two, since it is much larger than simply gender issues.  If you have any doubts about the condition of your hypothalamus, feel free to pray this for yourself or your family once or regularly.

After a Prophet-brief celebration of the progress with the hypothalamus, I had Megan turn her formidable probe in the direction of the Pituitary that is quite modestly called the Master Gland in deference to its being the multifaceted, highly opinionated, intrusive, hard working Prophet portion of the endocrine system.

Here we have four points.  There are the right and left sides of the posterior and anterior pituitary.

The first test can only be described as ragged.  All four readings were far from synchronized with anything, anywhere.  All were in the normal range of 45-65 but not clustered at all.

One of our experimental tools is frequencies.  We decided to expose the pituitary to some music in the key of C major which we think matches the Prophet design.

The results were intriguing.  The right side of the pituitary came from 11.7 points apart to being only 1.4 points apart.  The left side moved farther apart.  Obviously this is something to try again in different contexts, but it is not the panacea at the present.

My second tool was prayer.  I worked the pituitary over with all of the language I could think of and we retested.  It promptly scrambled all the numbers that the music had somewhat sorted out.  When prayer backfires, that says to me there are critters or devices.

I called our seer and she reported a device.  I asked some strategic questions and we quickly identified a problem person in Fred’s background.  Did some clean up and sent him to rest for a bit since he was getting tired of being poked anyway.

When the dust had settled from the cleansing, we tested one last time.  The results were very interesting.  The posterior pituitary was nearly balanced at 63.7 and 64.2.  Half a point apart is amazing after where we had been.

The anterior pituitary was at 54.2 and 51.3.  That is not as close as we would like, and it certainly is far from the posterior.

So the question at present is, “What is right?”

We don’t know.  We will park this for a bit, see what happens to Fred after all that meddling and pick up the story another day.

2. Thyroid: Hypothalamus and Fractal of TwoNew spiritual authority

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk

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27. Hebrew Worship: Precise Timing


“Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.  At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.”  Exodus 12:40

Impressive.

We have a work strategy here at the office that differentiates very clearly between what we do on a project and what others do.  We can control what we do.  We can work harder, stay later, do work-arounds.  There are endless ways we can scramble and meet a deadline.  They might be expensive ways, but we can do it.

On the other hand, those pieces of a project that are subbed out to our vendors are outside of our control.  We order three cases of albums.  The local supplier tells us they are out and won’t have any more until next week.  They don’t care about our deadline and decline to consider inconveniencing themselves in any way.

Therefore, we carefully get the portions of the project that depend on other people out of the way early on.  They may not be important parts, but if they are subbed out, they are vulnerable parts.  We have a profound respect for the ability of little people to be very damaging to big projects.

We regularly get stopped dead by other people.  Whether it is their incompetence or their overt hostility to our projects is neither here nor there.  When they don’t want to do their part of a project, we can’t force them.

Thus, I stand as a company owner and feel profound awe for all of the variables outside God that He had to bring into alignment to execute this monumental project with such precision.

Moses’ dug in his heels and declined the task.  Pharaoh was – well, Pharaoh.  The magicians and the wise men and the Egyptian people and even the Hebrew people were all variables in the big equation.

But at the end of the day, God has no outside vendors who can stonewall Him.  All of the humans in the world and all of the universe itself is totally malleable in the hands of the God of the universe.

That is a huge basis for worship.

But there is more.

Even when there are things we can control, it still needs to be done and synchronized.  I am fairly adept at cranking out words.  Words on demand are usually one of the least of my concerns.  Megan is more than adept at cranking out website code.  She can usually make a website walk and talk and dance.

But it still needs to be done, and the time required to do it is often devoured by the tyranny of the urgent.  Deadlines creep up on us and we find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to meet a deadline.

Even though we can and do control something, doesn’t mean it automatically flows.  Each blog and each web page costs something.

But not for God.  I am quite sure He did not have to juggle His to do list and postpone some important but flexible projects in order to get Israel out of Egypt on time.  He not only executed with precision, He did it with consummate ease.  That is even more impressive.

Join me in a celebration of the God of Timing today.

27. Hebrew Worship:  Precise Timing

Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk

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