Modern Day Witches Call Theirs ‘A Beautiful Way Of Life’
Modern Day Witches Call Theirs ‘A Beautiful Way Of Life’
Has the Church Lost its Salt?
L. A. Marzulli
Like it or not, this is where we are a culture, as a people, as a nation. There are churches on every street corner in every town in America. Yet, in every town there is a coven of witches and their numbers are growing.
The fascination with all things occult is influencing our young people. Our youth is being drawn to the dark side through music, film and TV shows as well as Ouija boards being sold in major stores at Christmas.
They are being initiated into the world of Satanism. I’ve shown this picture before and it’s old news but it is a barometer of what has become an in-your-face assault on Christian values and the church.
So why is this happening? Jesus tells us that in the later days the “church” will have a form of religion but deny its power. Welcome to the American Church.
So how do we fix this? Glad you asked.
Worship has become entertainment in many churches and many worship leaders have no idea of how to bring a congregation into the “throne-room.” Then there is usually complete insensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Here’s an example. The congregation has just finished singing Revelation song. They are standing in silence with an attitude of worship when a college student comes to the mic, greets the people and starts reading the morning announcements. I’ve seen this happen so many times I can’t count. It is at this point, when the people have been ushered into the presence of the Lord that He can move…if we let Him. There can be a word of knowledge, a tongue with an interpretation, a prophecy, a revelation, someone who is sick could be healed. It can happen but it needs to be done decently and in order and we have to get out of the way to allow it to happen in the first place.
So let’s say there is a move of the Holy Spirit and the “gifts” are utilized. Then, someone other than the pastor who has a gift of intercession should lead the people in prayer. Most churches pray for less than a minute. The Elders and deacons should be present on stage for support and also, if led, to pray too. The “leader” should target the fortune-teller in town, the abortion clinic, the crack house, the sick in the congregation should come forward and be anointed with oil and prayed for. This would involve the people in doing something other than sitting. It engages them in our most powerful weapon, prayer!
Afterwards comes a teaching by the pastor, from God’s word. An entire chapter, verse by verse is looked at. The pastor should also address world events in regard to prophecy. When the shootings happened in Los Vegas was a perfect time not only to pray but address what happened. This way not only is God’s word taught but the people are informed.
Lastly there should be a time when people can be prayed for individually. This should happen right after the service where the elders and deacons both men and women can pray for specific needs.
In closing the Bun. The youth are tired of games, events, church picnics, and potlucks. They are hungry for God, although most of them don’t know that. It’s easy for them to be seduced by the dark side and this is why many have drifted away. However, if they saw the Spirit of the Living God at work, it would, I believe change their lives.
It’s a sad day on Facebook. It was brought to my attention that a certain Jan Hodges wrote some nasty stuff about me on Facebook regarding our taking some time off, our much needed vacation.
Peggy and I are on vacation. We were comped 10 days at a really nice Hotel. That means it’s for free. All we had to do is come up with the money to ski. I guess in Hodges mind we’re not allowed to have a vacation. Mean spirited anyone?
I’m amazed at how low some people will go. Who is the accuser of the brethren?
Even here, while on “vacation” I did a show last night with Daniel Ott.
Just to clear something up. The donations go to the ministry not to our vacation! L.A.
This just came in. Two different perspectives. One accusation the other uplifting. Which would you like spoken into your life.
Thought some encouragement would be nice right now. I’m thankful for the work you do and god does through you. There is no doubt in my mind that god pointed me in your direction. For many years after my encounter my faith in god was seriously jeopardized. It wasn’t until I saw your website and watched some of your videos that i was able to put a biblical perspective on it. Now that i know what we’re dealing with, my faith in God is restored and strengthened more than ever before. I’m also thankful that you often respond to my emails as it can get overwhelming when a person has a crazy experience and there is nobody you can really talk to about it. I also thought it showed your true character when you took time from your busy life to call me, spend a few minutes talking with me and then pray for me. It meant a lot to me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt alone because of their encounters and unusual experiences, and that you have done the same for them. People need to realize that this is how you make a living and that you are not an evangelist, although you do bring people to him or in my case back to him. Please don’t be discouraged and know that there are many people like me that are extremely grateful for the affect you have had on their life. I will continue to pray for you and your family as well as your ministry. Totally grateful,thankful and blessed by your work. Robert
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THANKSGIVING: ANOTHER INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVE
Chief Joseph Riverwind
Broad statements are never accurate about Thanksgiving and its history. There are many indigenous people who still celebrate the original meaning of this Feast while remembering our ancestors that we all lost through genocide and conquest. Healing comes with time but we have to make a choice concerning what we, as indigenous people, judge is no longer applicable to our lives and culture. Does our own hurt, unforgiveness, and bitterness get in the way of what Creator taught our ancestors to do and what we are to continue doing as part of our tradition and culture?
Do we then continue the cycle of bitterness and hatred towards others who are not native? Most people of European descent in this country have only had ancestors here for 3-5 generation. Their families had nothing to do with what took place here yet they bear the brunt of a past that some native people are trying to unjustly burden them with.
There was a time when author and researcher L.A. Marzulli and I were on the White Earth reservation protocoling one of the medicine men of a particular village. He welcomed us into his home and even though I introduced L.A. to the medicine man there was no L.A. Marzulli; he simply did not exist and would not look at him much less glance in his direction. When my sister found out that we were doing some research with L.A. she told me that it would be very difficult for him to receive from native people as long as he looked like General Custer. That could have been the reason why the medicine man ignored L.A. but it all came down to a pivotal moment. The medicine man began talking about the “white man” when L.A. spoke. Possibly for the second time since we had entered the medicine man’s home.
“I’m Italian! My grandfather stepped off the boat, that wasn’t us” L.A. said in his cool, poised and calm manner. L.A.’s emphatic remark about his ancestors having nothing to do with colonization or any massacres garnered him a turn of the head. The medicine man locked his brown eyes with L.A. as if searching his soul. Then with a nod of his head the medicine man said; “Good”. The way he was treating L.A. completely changed. So much that you would have thought they were longtime friends. He even took L.A. down to see some of the sacred items that he had down in the basement.
Reflecting on this humorous memory it provides a different perspective of the worlds we live in based on our upbringing, the stories we hear and the legacy that is passed down to us. It also provides an honest look at our own indigenous history. We must look at our own ancestors before any “white man” set foot on Turtle Island. We had tribes sacrificing other natives to their gods and goddesses and we did horrible things to one another when a prisoner was captured or when our ancestors would overtake another tribe’s territory. Are all the atrocities of our bloody past included when we remember the genocide that our ancestors committed to other native people?
There is no doubt that it was clear-cut genocide from the time of the first contact in 1492 with my people. We were the first to be called “Indian – Indio” and the native holocaust began with my Arawak Taino people. This doesn’t change the fact that before contact we killed and massacred our own native people whenever there were tribal wars or territorial disputes.
The fall harvest feasts were not a regular “holiday” since the native people did not know that word but did know the cycles of the seasons, the moons and the stars. They knew when it was time for the harvest festival called different names by different tribes. Among the Southeast tribes and Oklahoma; Bvsketv (Green Corn) is what was and still is celebrated as the 7 Day Harvest Feast. We remember all these things that happened to our ancestors with tears in our eyes and hearts full of sorrow. We must also keep the traditions alive that they lost their lives for and this one was one of the most important ones of them all.
This is the one time of year when The People gathered, built the thatched roof huts (chickee/bohio), prepared the grounds, hunted and fished for food, then at night we would sing, stomp dance, eat, rest, eat more, dance, sing, sleep, play, rest, eat more and be together with all the clans gathered. All of this for one main purpose, to give thanks to The Creator for the harvest.
Nestled within the four sacred arbors The Caller begins the ancient song. He stands by the sacred fire which gives light to the Stomp Grounds. He stands there in the soft white sand glimmering with reflections of the fire as his gaze covers the ceremonial square. With a loud, rumbling voice he raises his turtle shell rattle to the sky, looks up and calls upon The Creator before he begins the song….YeeeehHooooooooWAH!
That custom will never die nor will we allow it to because it is what Creator tells us to do for all time. To celebrate with thanks for everything from the following year. We have to make a choice as to who we are going to listen to and are we going to perpetuate bitterness, anger, and hate which fuels the arrows of guilt that are being shot at non-native people. We can remember our painful history without being hateful towards another human being because of the color of their skin.
This is not the good road of our ancestors, it’s a road of our own making. Always giving thanks to Creator is the ancient way of our people. Who do we listen to Creator or Man?
That’s What the Old Ones Say – REVISED
Untold stories? Untold outside of Ceremonial Grounds, Stomp Arbors, Powwow Grounds, and private family gatherings tucked away deep on tribal lands. I was honored and humbled to be able to sit and learn these old stories from elders hailing from many First Nations tribes. Comanche, Dineh, Apache, Anishinabe, Aztec, Cherokee, Creek, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Mohawk are a few of the First Nation’s whose elders shared their beautiful stories with me.
April 20th 2016: Chief Joseph Riverwind has revised his book and added 2 new chapters!
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