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When Jacob Became Israel

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank

The Parable of the Dumpster

Dumpsters, even when empty, have a potent, rotten smell. A child who didn't know any better would not realize that the food that eventually ended up in the dumpster smelled very different when fresh. If a parent were to tell the child that food produced the smell from the dumpster, and if the child had (for some reason) never seen fresh food, he would get a very wrong impression about what fresh food looks, tastes, and smells like, wouldn't he? The historical disconnect between Joseph Smith's experiences and today make it impossible to effectively recover his teachings without God revealing it anew to you. That the remains of his teachings contain truth is undeniable. However, I have not yet met even one person who has reproduced Joseph's experiences in our day from what we have left (which has been mixed with many false traditions and intentional modifications). Instead of seeking God from within the confines of the dumpster of the rotten remains of the restoration

What a prophet is and what a prophet is not

This is a continuation of this post . We have to be very careful about what we desire from God. Typically, the Lord gives us what we want. Sometimes, he graciously warns us against what we desire, but we don't often listen. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,  5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  6 ¶But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.  7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.  9 Now therefore heark

The parable of the chicken coops

Perhaps two years ago, finding my understanding of the potential for free ranging chickens to be incorrect, I was in need of a large enclosure to attach to my chicken coop to protect my chickens from predators. The project cost me a tremendous amount of time and money. I invested everything I had into building that building. It looked very nice, and it certainly achieved its purposes in protecting the chickens. At some point, we decided we needed more chickens than could fit in the original coop and extension, so we built a new coop. When I built the new coop, I incorporated fixes for all the limitations I had discovered in my previous design. It was even more expensive and time consuming to build. We moved the chickens over, and the old building has sat unused for perhaps 6 months. Where I live, this has been a record snowfall year. No one I have met, even the old timers, remembers a winter with more snow. Two days ago, we had a tragic accident. Unexpectedly, the old coop extension co

High Stakes and Little Time

God exposes us only to the light and truth we have the capacity to obey. Everything that you know is right, right now, is within your current capability to do. However, with few exceptions, everything that you know, right now, is still insufficient to save you. A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge. One is not saved until he puts all things under his feet. In the case of sins, you do not put them under your feet until you gain enough knowledge to perceive that righteous behavior is wiser than sin. God does not force new truth on anyone. He patiently waits until the experiences a man encounters within his capacity prepare him for new truth. Though that time is variable, it tends to be long. Passive people, even when perfectly obedient, will require far more time than our current life limits provide to obtain the glory God is willing to give them in this life. How do you experience more? First, you actively pray for more. When you cry to the Lord and express your desires

The devil resists repentance

In a dream: I was in the shower washing away the filthiness from my body when a demon (I assume the devil) seized upon me. My entire body became locked up, and I was forcibly slid across the floor to the mirror adjacent the shower, positioned at head level, where I saw the darkness of the demon in my face. Some time ago, I would have looked away in fear and horror (see below), but because I have developed unshakable faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I stared down the demon and his dark influence. Not because I am anything of myself, but because I have fully submitted to the Lord Jesus, and I know of his greatness and power. I immediately cast him out in Jesus' name, and awoke. We frequently underestimate the power of supernatural beings. God is indescribably more powerful than we imagine, as are his angels. The same is true of Satan and his minions. I once was present when some close associates began to joke about Satan. Speaking from experience, I told them if they had ever met th

Sacred Cows Keep You From God

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4) Jesus said true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The first barrier is to worship God in spirit, that is, sincerely with all one's heart, might, mind, and strength. But effort is not enough. It must be coupled with knowledge. The Samaritan woman thought that she worshipped the same God as Jesus. But J

Truth and the Spirit of Antichrist

 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6) There are two types of people in this world when it comes to accepting truth: There are the children of the devil, who are not interested in

A brief prophecy

This is an excerpt that I heard and tracked down to this blog , which I post to source but not to endorse. "...My Spirit will fill My remnant bride that is practicing righteousness and holiness, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. This will not be a light sprinkle but a deluge of My Spirit will be poured out in the former and latter rain outpouring. Each successive event will be bigger and more destructive and the measure of My Spirit will increase in measure before each one. The ones who have chosen the assignment of reaping My harvest, will be protected, and thousands of souls will be saved by each one. Everything will culminate at the opening of the sixth seal. My Spirit will transform their DNA to a point where they will glow and they will be changed back to their original state just as Adam and Eve before the fall. This will happen to very few, but these few will do the mightiest work that My kingdom on earth has ever known." This matches exactly with my current