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"I AM that I AM."
Almighty God )

Revelation Redemption Resurrection


Fascinating people boldly transforming their lives before us. Discussion for your group:

Who crucified Christ and why?

GOLGOTHA SERIES What Happened? Wounded An Everpresent Affair Abandoned Epiphany

Dreamers Hill



 . . . the fruit of the Spirit is
and self-control.
There is no law (Jewish Law) against such things.


Dreamers Hill

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.

 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE THE WORLD through Him.

Whoever believes in Him is NOT CONDEMNED, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."


Be Liberated

Being Fit

. . . .

whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

_ Paul


living water


I am made in the image of God, not your image of God.

I had this image of Jesus riding with them that day, riding with us this day, calling forth within us a Hosana - a Hosana in the highest, and calling forth in us to wave our palm branches and to scream our cries unto the earth, knowing that God has already come to save us, but are we listening?

And God has already called us into this Holy City, in this Holy Place, and is asking us: are we listening?

Are we listening to the God of justice?

Are we listening to the God of compassion?

Are we listening to a God who cries out this day: will you save the world?

If this world was truly worth saveing two thousand years ago, it is truly worth saving today?

And in our world this day, the emobdiment of Christ, the resurrected Christ, a Christ who is no longer on the cross but has been released from the tomb into each and everyone of our lives; it is that God that calls us on this day to make real on the promise of Jesus, to make real on the promise at the beginning of creation that this world is worth saving.


Fetching Water

And that's another cool thing our Senior Pastor told us.


Love - Martin Luther King Jr

Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.


FOLLOW the trail

An Extraordinary Adventure

[ Phase 1 ]

Exploring the Authentic Nature of True Love


Phase 2

Examining blood-stained Golgotha


(Phase 3)

A transforming experience of The CIRCLE, by way of land and sea, Beyond Resurrection Morning, across The Desert, through The Valley


(Phase 4)

On to The Lean Side of The Mountain where Jesus is delivering Phenomenal Life Strategies

Let your light shine.


ILICET - A Time To Begin Again


Through It All


Be transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


"Hppe is the ability to hear the melody of the future. Faith is the willingness and the courage to dance to it today."


The Lord is my strength and shield.
    I trust him with all my heart.

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
    I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

The Lord gives his people strength.
    He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.


There it is - The Place of The Skull. Golgotha. There stood the cross upon which Jesus died. My Lord. My Savior. My Redeemer. There! That's where they killed him. And not there alone!

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Jesus, the crucified.

On that day! Whoooo! On that day! Yes, on that day! Even in this day - a day God made; I shall rejoice. I will be glad in it! Yes, even this day! But not easily.

So, what really happened here? So many recorded it for us to see and hear and feel and taste and touch repeatedly. Matthew 27:32-56. Mark 15:21-38. Luke 23:26-49. John 19:16-37. These tell us the story, each from a vital perspective. Babes in the wilderness, cut down and shut out. These remind us again and again.

And not these alone!

Boys in cities, blown up; not yet bullet proof! Girls in the country, kidnapped; not yet bargain-proofed. These too. Reminders!

Behold! They crucified Christ right here. This is where it happened. He died right here. This is where we have come; I must pause to breathe!

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Jesus, the abandoned.

This is not a ritual for me. For some it is, and vitally so! What about you? In order for us to best recognize and realize what really happened here, it is crucial to remember how 'we' got here and why 'we' came.

We are on a journey to the lean side of the mountain where this very Jesus is delivering sustenance and strategies available to each of us, regarding how we might best comport ourselves (that is, knowing we are fully restored into the joy intended for and available to each of us, we ought also to be aware we are afforded valued access enabling us to live into the fullness of life) during our individual journeys through the consequential realities of this world, so that we might become enduring samples of a marvelous creation.

And not that alone!

On the way here we discovered the magnitude and magnanimity of true love (the authentic truth of love, its factual nature). We uncovered the value of our reciprocative love of God in consort with love of each other and love of self, particularly its restorative power!

On the way here, too, we learned to appreciate the fact that we are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong, and that when those needs are not met, we do not function as we are meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick. Love and belonging are crucial to restoration. This restorative feature is unconditional! This empowering relationship is profound!

In that knowledge, in that freedom, and with that power, we discovered our wings. We realizeed we are fitted to soar! But where should we fly to? What should we reach for?


'They' don't want us going anywhere! 'They' want us kept to the convenience of primal designs. 'They' stand waiting to hammer us back into squinchy holes sized to primitive intentions, and for surity 'they' are ready to nail us to their crosses, in every effort to destroy faith and hope and love.

Who is doing this?

Who are they?

'They' who killed Jesus!

'They,' as well, who live with us in this 'consequential' world. Ignorance! Hatred! Jealousy! Ignominy! Envy! Gluttony! Greed! Lust! Laziness! Vain Glory! Anger! Fear! Bigotry! Shame! Guilt! Pain! Judgment! 'They' whose many predatory aliases allow them to morph and gain access into the camaraderie of our Upper Room. Hyppcrites! Betrayers! Liars beholden to soul-less creeds! And not these alone. Hardly.

'They' who killed Jesus, daring in their wickedness to claim doing so in the Name of God! Venemous vipers! The Put-Down Club! Mockers with scriptures painted on their lips and exclusionary lists tagged to their divisive flags! Their methods are no secret.

So here we are! Mere humans at the Place of The Skull - Golgotha. We are here to discover what really happened on the day Jesus' blood stained these stones.

ALL acts Have Consequences!

This is a fundamental nature of our Universe.

All living creatures known abide in this fundamental reality: all acts (all: every single one - good, bad, and indifferent) have consequences intended and/or unintended regardless of the nature of its actor. This is an inescapable conditition of revealed existence.

Why then did they kill Jesus? Was it something he said? Was it something he did? Was it the non-traditional way he lived? Was it his thoughts - the transformative power of his beliefs? Was it the company he kept - the passion of their hopes and dreams? Do you know?

For what reason did they condemn my Lord and Savior? What vexed them so? Did they not know the true stories of Abraham and Joseph and Moses and Samuel and David and Job and Elijah and Isaiah and Hosea and Habakuk and Jeremiah and Ezekiel and the many women they would not name? What scriptures did they read that it moved them to incite a mob to such violence? What God do they serve?

Why did they publicly scourge and beat Jesus with a leather-thonged whip before crucifying him? Here it is - that whip: tiny pieces of iron and bone chips fastened to the ends of each leather thong. These ripped his flesh for the pleasure of that mob.

Why did they mock him and strike him on his head with a staff and spit on him?

Why did they strip him naked and shove a prickly crown of thorns upon his head and served him their deathly mixture and drove nails through his wrists and ankles and hung him on wood he was too weak to fetch and inscribed on it, INRI, while soldiers placed bets for his clothes?

Was it because he fed the hungry, healed the sick and raised the dead? Was it because he rejected the provocative belief of those who preferred to think that a man's wounds were a result of some secret sin? Was it because his love was devoid of conditions? Was it because he mixed and mingled without pride or prejudice with those of every stripe and kind? For what cause did they kill Jesus? My God is not a murderer. Whoever claims so is a liar - a voice of evil. So, why did they kill Jesus?

Behold! What happened there has consequences: physical consequences, pshychological consequences, spiritual consequences, intellectual consequences, sociological consequences, everlasting consequences. It ain't over till its over!

Behold the depth of depravity. Behold who organized and arranged it! It is no secret what heppened there - except to closed eyes, closed minds, closed hearts, and souls so wounded of shame these keep themselves from the ultimate facts of the case. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all recorded what happened there. Now we see it. Plainly. What about you?


Those who accused him.
    Those who judged him.

Those who condemned him.
    Those who crucified him.


I hear lashes. I feel mockery. I see betrayals. I smell blood. Upon the tongue there is dust. The inflicted pain is real. The inflicted suffering is real. These lashes, like claps of riddling bullets rippling through vulnerable flesh, ring out around our world. They echo through the ether. They mock pain. False kisses - betrayal - souls cheapened by filthy lucre sickening the very hearts and minds of the hands that hold it - bomerang endlessly in its own dysfunction: fear! Blood is everywhere. And upon the tongue there is dust! Heavy with lies. Too muscular for the lightness of truth. Too burnt for the sweetness of authentic love. The inflicted pain is real. The inflicted suffering is real. Too numb, too reflexive, so afraid, they lash out at the shadows of their anguish continually.


They killed him
    But he is not dead!


Man of sorrows; what a name! This rock upon which I stand is teeming with miracles. I see beyond the false claims - liars - using 'God' to outsource responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

Nay! It won't wash.

We see! Behold. Beyond it my joy! My inspiration. My strength. A transformed life. Perhaps, I see differently. Nevertheless, I see what happened there? Who-ah. I wiitness something much more than often told, much more than heard clearly through the babble. I see what we see, what truly happened there. Indeed! There is more! So much, It is all too wonderful not to tell, and yet so awesome I hardly know how best to tell it.

He is not dead! Yes, I know we've heard this, and yes, we've been told this, and yes, some of us believe this. What then is really and truly being revealed on this blood-stained spot? Is it a miracle? Is it one that requires few days to fully mature? Is the birth of that miracle this: he is not dead! Many on this journey, reporting, sharing, looked then looked again. Listened. Still listening. They heard. Still hearing, They saw. Still seeing. If He is NOT DEAD, what is happening?

What do you see?

"I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, that one will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.   The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Jesus, Son of Man, Prince of Glory, Redeemer.


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tour de force


Who made the mountains? Who made the trees? Who made the rivers flow to the sea? Who sends the rain when the earth is dry? Who made the flowers to bloom in the spring? Who made the song for the robins to sing? Who hung the moon in the starry sky? Yes, all that and way much more! Need I say more? Don't crucify offsprings!

What do you make of it all?
How do you reconcile disparate claims?
Do these resolutions enhance the ongoing quality of living? How so?


Come, let us all be friends for once, 
Let us make life easy on us, 
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one.

Yunus Emre


"It is not our experience that makes our lives, it is what we do with it."

When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up to more than I can be.



Being fully functional and wholly human!

Through It All

"All acts, without exception, and every condition, no matter its state, have consequences known and unknown, intended and unintended, without deference or unjustified favor to its actor(s) and with total indifference to the state of that act's environment."


This is the framework within which each and every human exist. Continuously throughout each human's life, natural tendencies toward sustainment and survival are, by design, enhanced (compenserate to the capacity and capability of one's mind) to make decisions, passive or active, freely, whether or not by choice.


Faith, hope, love remains, but the greatest of these is LOVE.



"Let them judge you.
Let them misunderstand you.
Let them gossip about you.
Their opinions aren't your problem.
You stay kind, commited to love, and free in your authenticity
No matter what they do or say, don't you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth.
Just keep on shining like you do."

Viola Davis


Why do we do what we do? Aware, what do you make of your journey so far? Through it all, have you witnessed any miracles? Did the earth move beneath you in any way? Who killed Jesus? Why? Was it a sacrfice? Was it hatred? What is it evil? Was it holy?

For some traveling here, surrendered at this spot, answers are loud and unambiguous; that the Great Creator owns all, that a way is opened. For some questions swirl?

What about you?

Evil is always aorund messing around: to destroy, to discourage, to distract, to judge, to condemn, to nail down, to shut out, to convince whoever will that some 'god' requires such and such that will tie up 'whoever will' in guilt and shame and wandering and abandonement - but have you witnessed the everpresent miracle referenced on this HILL?

Have you seen it? Is what is made of it all truly beyond genius? Is it awesome? Have you seen it? Does it resonate? Is it melody? Can you feel your wings, can you lift your feet, so light, you believe you can fly? What is your experience?


"Knowledge that takes you not beyond yourself is far worse than ignorance." Elif Shafak.




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