Noble Subjects at War with the Culture


Did Tom Brady order the footballs deflated?

No one knows because the legal case was not about the footballs.  Very swiftly the legal debate became about some very different issues and the only thing that was established by the entire court case is that the NFL has better lawyers than Tom Brady.

This is normative for our current culture.  Real issues are swiftly obfuscated by a smog of words about peripheral or irrelevant issues.

The Washington Post complained bitterly about this recently.   They did some investigative reporting showing that since Mr. Trump’s election, foreign power players are heavily booking rooms at his hotels, whether they use them or not, as a way to curry favor.

In other words, it is the same pay-t0-play scam as the Clinton Foundation, only the hotels are for profit.  In both cases, people who wish to influence the US government are finding a way to channel money toward the personal wealth of a government official.  Admittedly, renting hotel rooms you don’t use is utterly legal, but the motive behind the game is still suspect.

The Washington Post story was broadly ignored by the other press.  But the Internet was alive with commentary on the fuss between “Hamilton” and Mr. Pence.  This story had little substance and much emotion and bias, but it was carried by many news sources around the world while the substantive story was ignored.

President Obama bitterly complained that this last campaign was highly distorted. In the past, there were agreed upon facts which served as a basis for vigorous and even hostile debate about what should be done about that state of affairs.

In the last election cycle, there was so much false news and distortion of information that much of the debate was about what the facts of the matter were, not what should be done about it.

His point is very well taken, although he hardly has any high moral ground in terms of the accuracy and completeness of the information his government has made available to the general public.

All that to say, in the midst of a broad collapse of intelligent discussion of real issues, the Noble Subjects at SLG have an opportunity to differentiate from the culture and build a brand as people who are worth listening to.  That will require vigorous discipline to avoid getting sucked into the prevailing distorted discussions and a habit of diligence to find the actual facts of a matter before speaking AND the ability to reason from principle to stimulate valuable discussion around volatile issues.

Against that backdrop, consider the narrative in I Chronicles 12.

Israel was in crisis.  The king that God had publicly selected through the prophet Samuel had been killed in battle.  So had the crown prince.  Those loyal to the deceased king had crowned one of his other sons king, as was culturally proper in the dynastic traditions of that day and time.

But it was not as simple as the succession of kings.  There was also in the picture an illegitimate child from the wife of the Ammonite king, Nahash, who had been in and out of the court of King Saul, always surrounded by controversy.  Lately he had been operating a terrorist group in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, because the terrorist was highly charismatic, and because the former king had been quite inept and capricious in certain facets of his administration, some of the populace backed the terrorist as the new king.

This, of course, was at the very least an act of treason and most likely would precipitate a civil war.

All of this was happening in the aftermath of crushing defeat by a chronically hostile neighboring country, leaving Israel with a shattered army and a moribund economy.

On the one hand, there was little reason to think the new king would be able to defeat the foreign invader with any more ease than the previous king.  The outlaw was quite brilliant with his guerrilla warfare and had achieved some storied victories against the neighboring barbarians back in the day.

On the other hand, starting a civil war when you have barbarians at the gate is hardly an inspiring political move.

Furthermore, the charismatic terrorist had an unsavory reputation with women, and tended to gather around himself some very rough characters.  If he was promoted to king, he would undoubtedly fill his administration with the riffraff who were loyal to him but who had no political experience whatsoever.

The nation’s first experience with the emerging oligarchy was sufficiently distressing that the tide of public opinion swung in the direction of the populist who had charmed his way into the hearts of many.

So there was an illegitimate gathering of the movers and shakers from the various tribes who were willing to back him in a civil war.  Each tribe’s contribution was measured in numbers of bodies.  The disparities were remarkable.

The tribe of Zebulon, which historically avoided the lime light, sent 50,000 warriors.

The tribe of Benjamin which had backed the former king had 3,000 people come unofficially since the tribe was officially with the dynasty of Saul.  Still, that was an impressive break from precedence, since it meant those 3,000 could not go home for the duration of the civil war, lest they be killed for treason.  Their families were at risk, and their lands were surely expropriated for this courageous act of independent thinking.

The claimant’s own tribe, the largest in land and population, sent a paltry 6,800.  He had some powerful enemies in his home turf.

Interestingly the tribe of Issachar was listed as follows:  “Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do— 200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command.”

The body count did not matter.  All that mattered were the numbers of leaders, and they were leaders not because of military expertise, but because they could assess the messy situation and know the right way forward, through all the smog of propaganda.

Brilliant!

I neither know nor care how many people consider themselves part of the SLG tribe.  But I sure would love to contribute 200 thinkers to this current culture of opinionated twisted thinkers.

With that in mind, I will be posting concept articles from time to time.  I will deliberately frame them so that there is not an easy “right” answer.  My objective is to equip you to ponder, discuss in depth without rancor and to learn the art of leadership through making hard decisions that will earn the respect of those closest to you.

Copyright November 2016 by Arthur Burk

 

 

 

 

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LAC Blessings for Revelation Feedback


First, a caveat.  In my interim reports on Facebook, I think I mixed up some of the names and reports.  I obviously used all fictitious names in the blog and may have gotten something backwards.  But for this blog, I have checked carefully

Jeb:  At the time, we thought we had an insight that would help.  The reality is that it produced a violent negative reaction.  We tried twice and only made things worse.  Yesterday I had a new idea to try.  His team prayed with him today.  It was one of those where the seer on the team saw a great deal, but Jeb saw and felt nothing.  Time will certainly tell whether there was any movement.

Jeannie:  We did get a big insight that brought immediate change for her.  It doesn’t seem to be the key to the whole project though, so we keep on pounding.

Jackie:   Not a flicker of a new idea for her.  I talked to her today, reviewing what I knew of her story line.  I felt like God brought my attention to the redemptive gift of her beloved grandmother.  We are all in agreement that the grandmother was a saint, but how that relates to the health problems is beyond me.  We are at quite the impasse.

Mindy and Cindy:  I didn’t get a new idea about heart issues, but I talked to Mindy and found a significant data point from her past that had not yet been addressed in her cleansing work.  We dealt with that, and she has gotten significant relief in the last few days, but not a sense of a stable situation.  I have not had a chance to talk to Cindy.

Sharon and Marjorie:  I had an opportunity to explore with Sharon my idea for healing a back.  We did not do anything, because the idea was so far outside the familiar territory, that her inside world needed to ponder it.  No chance to explore with Marjorie yet.

Sooo . . . it was not a slam dunk, magnificent, over-the-top success.

On the bright side, we had thousands of readers across the five days plus many this week.  That kind of excitement about the project is very encouraging.  Our tribe is maturing wonderfully.

Failure to get more revelation is a surprise.  I wonder if some of it is because I was in pretty intense mode, getting ready for the Texas event.  Would the results have been different if I had spent an hour or two each day, just listening?  Quite possibly.

Or is it simply that we need a greater concentration of firepower to get critical mass?  We will certainly do something different this coming week as we return to our model of one issue for the whole week.

One other angle is the fact that there is obviously still room for research!  Revelation alone is not carrying us as far as we need to go.

We fail a lot in SLG, but we do our best to fail forward.  No one was hurt in this experiment  – just significantly disappointed.  But we tried, and we will keep carrying these hurting people on our hearts.

And we will hit it again on Sunday with a new project.

Copyright November 2016 by Arthur Burk

 

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LAC Blessings: Revelation #5


In the last couple of years, we have become amazed at the spiritual dynamics of the spine. We have learned much about deliverance and the spine, getting good results, quickly.

That said, we look very good compared to those who know nothing about the spiritual dynamics of the spine!  Put us in second grade.  The preschoolers think we are hot stuff.  We are a long way from a Nobel Prize in spiritual spineology!

That is why I am closing this week of revelation prayers with a request for insight for two women I know personally.  Both Sharon and Marjorie have a specific anomaly in their backs.  Each is different.  Both have endured much and paid much to the medical professionals to no avail.

At present, they simply accept a certain level of pain and carry on with life.  Neither has any hope from any medical professional about getting to the root of the matter.

That doesn’t set well with me.

The anatomical problems have no known bio-mechanical cause.  Therefore, if it is not natural, it must be spiritual.  As complexly spiritual as the spine/pelvis is, it makes a lot of sense that there are 4,000 facets of the puzzle we have not discovered yet.

So why not this week?

Let’s go out with a bang!  Pray big.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Revelation #4


Mindy and Cindy have had heart problems for years.  The doctors have loaded them with meds and begged them to consider various intrusive treatments.  Both ladies have weaned themselves off a lot of meds.  Both have been threatened with imminent death by the doctors, for decades now, as a result of their not submitting to the medical procedures.

Only problem is, both are Noble Subjects with an international engagement in the Kingdom, and they are too busy being life giving and transformational to conveniently fit death into their schedules any time soon.

Meanwhile, life is a roller coaster for them.  Both have really good seasons where their hearts behave nicely. Both have no security that their hearts will behave on any given day. Both have some known minor triggers which they can usually avoid, but it is clear that there is something above and beyond the known triggers that messes with their hearts.

Both have had a lot of ministry.  Neither would claim to have it all together.

The randomness of the variations in the heart suggests that there is something besides lifestyle and emotions affecting the heart’s functionality.  I know both hearts have been damaged, but the fact remains that both hearts work quite nicely for extended periods of time, before going sideways.  There is surely a spiritual component here, whether from their internal world, or from outside, that is contributing to the illogical results.

Please pray that God would guide us to the specific verses in Scripture that would illuminate the underpinning of the spiritual dynamics of the human heart.  If we found that key starting point, I believe that a great amount of our research on the heart would accelerate.

Mindy and Cindy are hardly the only people in our tribe with non-standard heart malfunction.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Revelation #3


Jackie has a health problem.  It has pursued her for about eight years.  She has run the full gamut of allopathic doctors and alternative health care.  She has done all the traditional tests as well as trying some pretty exotic things.  She and her husband have spent a LOT of time on the web, looking, looking, looking.

In addition to the biological side, she has worked with a few people on the spiritual side, getting focused prayer and sustained prayer.  Deliverance, inner healing, AHS work netted her nothing.  People have worked with her spirit.  She has come to our office in California for the unusual tests that we do.

She has looked at defilement of time, land, possessions, past history, relationships and anything else anyone could imagine.

From time to time, some treatment has given Jackie a bit of short term relief, but at present, the problem is getting worse and is significantly robbing her of joy in living.

There HAS to be a cause.  Whether it is biological at its root or spiritual, there IS a cause.

And Jackie is not alone.  There are various people out there with significant biological dysfunctions that simply do not fit any known medical profile.  The cost in time, money and humiliation from endless doctor’s visits is enormous.

I am deeply moved by Christ’s dialog with the leper in Mark 1:40ff NIV.  A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

There are twelve verses in the New Testament using that same Greek word for compassion.  Here is the list.

Matt. 9:36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matt. 14:14  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matt. 15:32  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Matt. 18:27  The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
Matt. 20:34  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Mark 1:41  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
Mark 6:34  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 8:2  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.”
Mark 9:22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
Luke 7:13  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Luke 10:33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Luke 15:20  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

Please pray through these verses and ask the Lord of Compassion to reveal the root of Jackie’s problem – along with all the other people like Jackie in our tribe – or to simply heal her immediately without any further intervention.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016 by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Healing Revelation #2


Jeannie comes from a pretty chewed up back ground and then she made some poor choices of her own.  God pursued her, brought her into the Kingdom with pizzazz and immersed her in an intense discipleship.

Over the years, she has been exposed to a variety of different streams of the faith and has drawn different treasures from each.  Her journey back to wholeness has been fairly predictable.  Unlike Jeb, deliverance and inner healing works for her.  Some tools are more effective than others, but aside from the season in an intensely religious tribe, she has steadily grown in her knowledge of God and in her healing.

However, she is stuck now, about 5% away from a reasonably complete healing journey. There is absolutely something there that the devil is holding on to, defiantly, that is keeping her “less than.”  She has a good life, is grounded in her relationship with God, but cannot be truly secure with this corner of her life held hostage by the devil.

Various people with differing gifts have looked and probed.  The existence of the treasure is confirmed by the demons who quite defiantly and blatantly celebrate and announce that they are holding it, while assuring us we will never find it and she will never get it back.

So, Jeannie is a person with a face and story that I know, through one of our other Noble Subjects who met her along the way.  My sense, though, is that there are dozens of Jeannies out there who have simply stopped going for ministry because no one can find the missing piece.

God knows exactly what the treasures are, where the demons have put them and how to neutralize the demons.  And Jesus Christ’s death on the cross does not contain an asterisk at the end of “It is finished” exempting these treasures from being found and restored.  He has already paid the price for Jeannie’s freedom.  Let’s cry out for complete revelation and power to set her free.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016, by Arthur Burk

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LAC Blessings: Healing Revelation #1


After three rounds of group blessings by our LAC community, we have a definite pattern. Requests for changes of reality get a modest response.  Requests for revelation get a dramatic response from God.

That suggests that God is looking with favor on our design as a think tank.  This week, instead of five days of prayers for revelation for one topic, we are going with five topics. Since the grace is flowing so deeply, we don’t need to hoard it.

In each situation, there is one person I am specifically focused on, but each one individual represents many more in the tribe who have the same dynamic.  As you pray, cry out for revelation for the one I know about, as well as all the others God knows about but I don’t.

So our first person is Jeb.  He is a moderately well known Christian leader.  I have walked with him for years and watched him pursue his freedom with intensity.  He has traveled far, talked to many, read deeply, had a broad variety of ministry, etc.

In this time, Jeb has grown immensely in his spiritual knowledge and worldview.  He is quite versed in my material, listening to some teachings dozens of times in an attempt to get deep transformation.

But the frustrating reality is that transformation in Jeb has been modest overall, and utterly evasive at several key points.  I have deep compassion for Jeb over the huge investment and the tiny improvement.

We know his childhood had some bumps and bruises.  Some of the people working with him have hypothesized awful hidden things from the past.  Neither approach has produced significant fruit.

There is either a formidable deceptive device over the whole of Jeb’s inner world, keeping us from seeing what we should naturally be able to see, or there is one elusive key that will unlock a cascade of healing.

Either way, Jeb has a LOT of water behind the dam.  I strongly believe that when the healing and transformation starts, it will be huge and fast because of the work already done.

We can go two ways here.  What has been typical for our tribe is that God would give revelation that would unlock the mystery, and we then use the accrued authority to bring progressive healing.

I am fine with that.  Ask for it!

However, God is also moving us in the direction of power, so a unilateral visitation by God that instantly aligns all the inner dynamics would be spectacularly welcome as well.  lac-noble-subject-blog

Copyright October 2016, by Arthur Burk

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