Monday, August 29, 2016

STARCOM RADIO with ED TYLL

I'm always grateful for opportunities to share about my books.  I enjoy some interviews more than others.  Just had a very nice conversation with Ed Tyll from Starcom Radio Network.  I'm sure you can go back and listen in archives if you so desire.  Just google Ed Tyll...  Some past shows are on You Tube which I listened to before the interview.    

Thank you Ed for sharing your valuable on air time with me. Thank you also to your loyal listeners.   Enjoyed the conversation and your honesty.  Many Blessings!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

HAMP FRAUD SCHEME; Property Flip Equity Skimming Scheme / Civil RICO Private Right of Action

The case I filed April 20, 2016 
is now a matter of public record.  Case Number below.

What impacted me, and resulted in theft of my home was, to put it in very simplistic terms, a HAMP Fraud Scheme.  It has been very difficult for people to identify the components of an illegal system that begins with the Bank HAMP Servicer entity and the boots on the ground REO (Real Estate Investor) conflict of interest relationships.  This arm in arm illegal collusion has targeted untold numbers of at-risk properties for Theft by Deception in ways that leave homeowners defenseless.  This has resulted in illegal transfer of wealth largely ignored and not adequately prosecuted. Seniors are especially targeted by these Real Estate Fraud Schemes that may or may not involve HAMP.  Having lost everything these clients are not attractive to the legal profession.  At one time the law was thought of as a moral, intellectual, and even spiritual calling.  If those lawyers exist I haven't met them.  

Here is a link to an excellent overview written By, Shelley Erickson, January 18, 2013.  

https://deadlyclear.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/hamp-the-modification-scam-and-now-settlement-sham/

Without an attorney and with little or no funds state courts are not an option for most of us.  We are effectively disenfranchised.  You might consider the Federal Court System and particularly RICO.  

Abandoned of legal council I had to make a choice.  Move froward or let justice die.  At some point I began to feel less like a victim of a toxic and horrific assault I didn't understand and could not quite grasp.  I began to focus on the faces that research presented as fellow targets.  For the sake of the untold numbers of families and seniors similarly defrauded by white collar criminals I decided to pursue an investigation.  I felt if I could file this case against what amounted to a Criminal Enterprise whose sole endeavor is theft of residential homes from average citizens by nefarious means I might arm other persons to recognize what happened to them.  As I was informed by the many other cases I read I want people to recognize the chain of theft that may have in part or in whole impacted them as outlined in my Civil RICO Private Right of Action.    

RICO, you may know is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.  It was enacted 10/15/1970 as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control act of 1970.  Statute of limitations (four years from the last predicate act or... when you acquire the information to recognize that you were a victim of fraud) is adopted from the Clayton Act. RICO provides for civil remedies as well as criminal remedies and was originally codified to deal with the mafia, but has today a broader application which includes the right of average citizens like you and me to file cases under these statutes.  18 U.S.C. 1961-1968.  

Civil RICO can not put the perpetrators in jail. That option under Criminal RICO is for the Justice Department or for Federal Cases filed by prosecutors. However, every Civil RICO Case calls attention to this chain of theft that has corrupted our public land registration system and put untold numbers of title of real property in jeopardy.  It is my belief that as more of this comes to light our legal system will be dealing with this corruption for decades to come. Calling attention to what people don't want to see is a challenge.  You'll be invited to think of yourself as a trouble-maker somewhat obsessed and mentally unhinged.  As a Bank of America attorney told me.  "You need help and not the legal kind."  

I've read several overviews of RICO.  The one I liked best and found to be the most novice-friendly, can be found on line, downloadable in a PDF file, from a law firm called Jenner & Block / link below.  Print it and read it with a highlighter.  If you call them I hope you have better luck than I did.  No one it seems wants to face off against the criminal segments of the financial industry. Law Firms situated to take on these cases want "BIG" cases that bring little or no remedy to individual, average citizens.  


In RICO one is not bringing suit against an individual person or a single business or entity.  Damages are preset by law.  Triple the amount you lost; no personal damages for pain and suffering.  For this reason a RICO Case has to focus on the facts, pattern and practice, the chain of fraud as shown by provable connections and predicate acts of unlawful action.  In this type of Property Theft and also HAMP Fraud, mail and wire fraud is always a factor as is, bank fraud... where your home ended up should be carefully explored. This because the Title of your property is always (ALWAYS) laundered in the same way that stolen money is laundered by criminal organizations and entities. One is bringing suit against the criminal enterprise; the arm in arm, conflict of interest network that targeted homes and families all across this country.  My case centers on robbery, bribery, and extortion; not to mention the numerous corrupt filings in the public land records.  Corrupt by what is there and what is strategically omitted in order to conceal the chain of theft.  

As many of you know, because I have written about this before and even done a few interviews, my home was targeted for theft by a local REO Investment Group. They networked with Bank of America and the Bank of America Vendor System to purchase my home while I was still in it and with no disclosure to me.  This is accomplished by separating the Note from the Mortgage which was considered illegal by courts before the existence of Mortgage Electronic Registration System. With the property already "spoken for" my HAMP Application was never submitted to standard HAMP Protocols for consideration.  The fix was in.  Sadly, what happened to me was standard operating procedure for Bank of America and other HAMP Servicer entiteis. I propose that if you lost your home via any version of the HAMP Fraud Scheme we share many commonalities in what transpired.  And if you ever tried to bid on one of these properties and found yourself shut out; you were defrauded on the other end of the fraud scheme.   

I was targeted as vulnerable for what I was going through at the time and I think also because I was a senior citizen who appeared to lack the ability, the resolve, or the tools to pursue justice.  My home was targeted for its significant equity in that, although an average home, I was not upside down on my loan.  What impacted me was a particular twist on the very common White Collar - Property Flip/Equity Skimming Scheme as described by several federal law enforcement groups and websites. Usually overvalued, my home was undervalued per corrupt appraisals.  Read about these types of White Collar Crimes and decide what may have impacted you.  Use that language in describing what happened since this will resonate and make sense out of the turmoil of what you may have been subjected to.  

For myself there were several times when further investigation revealed that I was initially wrong.  There was a particular person tied to this REO Investment Group that I cared deeply about, considered a friend.  I just didn't want to believe she could be connected in any way with what happened, although people told me she was.  Finally the evidence came to roost.  Don't be discouraged if evidence points you in a another direction or toward a truth that may be personally hurtful.  Inform knowledge and keep on in pursuit of the truth.  See the big picture.  You are not alone and many stand with you who have no means of articulating the common criminal means of greed driven theft that is not unique to you and I.   

Although thousands upon thousands of HAMP applicants experienced the same, too many do not fully recognize the train that hit them and cost them untold hardship and grief.  Many of these properties are eventually transferred into companies like Pretium Partners who are bundling rental properties as a commodity to be bought and sold on Wall Street; controlling and manipulating the cost of housing as a commodity. Until that criminal scheme also implodes; driving our country into further debt and undermining the health and well being of those families that make up our nation.  We've already had one housing crisis and we are heading toward another.  The implications of these partnerships as Banks and the REO - Bank Vendor connections feed this market... as residential homes are internationally and corporately owned is staggering to consider.   

My case, which I think of as a case for other victims of this same criminal system, is filed and now and is a matter of public record.  

U.S. District Court / Western District of Tennessee

The case reads: Clair v. Bank of America, N.A. et al
The case number: 2:16-cv-02263-SHL-dkv

I must say I'm so proud to be an American.  I'm grateful that I could file this case in federal court when all other doors were closed to me.  What criminal organizations thrive on is darkness and secrecy.  Many rationalize their criminal behavior to the extent that they imagine targeted victims deserve their losses; pain and suffering.  Having been told over and over again that I couldn't do this I didn't set out to prove anyone wrong.  I set out to open a door, a window, a record by which light can seep in to expose the underbelly of these kinds of property crimes.  And, I want justice.  The justice my case deserves, the hearing that law allows, and help for others that were defrauded.         

If you read my story as described per this case please know that I didn't write this case as a perfect document.  I couldn't approach the task in that way since I'm not a lawyer and although I've searched no lawyer is willing to help me. I would guess I've been effectively slandered by those who failed my case. I'm hoping that will change.  I need a hero or heroine who has the legal skills I lack.    

I was additionally rushed and pressured by time.  In the past I had trusted and relied too much on attorney's whose sole intent was to contain and limit my case in service to the Criminal Enterprise Cohort.  For this wasted time I was pressured to file my Civil RICO Private Right of Action Case before April 25, 2016 and brought it to the Federal District Court in Memphis, TN for filing on April 20, 2016.  I filled out an application for pauper status, since if justice had a price tag I would be... and most of you would be entirely and totally disenfranchised.  Under RICO the statute of limitations is four years although I was lied to about this. I was lied to so often that it is truly staggering to consider.  I was finally bullied, threatened, and forced from my home by the decoy real estate company on April 25, 2012. Thus the rushed filing before April 25, 2016.  

We have a right to due process.  My rights were consistently obstructed and sabotaged.  Filing in Federal Court under Federal Laws is a different playing field.  My right, and your right, to a fair consideration of our cases, imperfectly written as they may be, is informed by reading:  
42 U.S. Code § 1983 - Civil action for deprivation of rights


If my case is turned down I plan to appeal the decision.  I was asked by one of the defendants a year ago, "Why don't you give up?"  My answer was, "Because these people are criminals."  It comforts no one that this is recognized, but largely ignored. The common practice of consistently perverting legal structures and legal procedures to accomplish illegal purposes, Theft by Deception, hurts our entire democratic system.  

I sincerely feel the angst of countless other victims to whom I know the Lord Jesus Christ has charged me with a certain responsibility.  Some of their stories revealed themselves in the document trails I explored. I also plan to amend my complaint as written.  I'm awaiting the results of FOIA requests and some other research. And there are too many run on sentences... that I didn't have time to properly edit. This is the perfectionist in me that I finally had to silence in order to meet the time constraints per the statute of limitations for Civil RICO.      

What is FOIA?  The Freedom of Information Act.  Under this Act you can (anyone can) obtain documents that would otherwise be hidden.  By this I learned that Bank of America lied to a federal agency when they said my HAMP Application was under "active review." Year end filings lied to the IRS and defrauded tax payers. From FOIA I learned that Bank of America lied when they claimed I was not submitting HAMP Applications and my home was abandoned and derelict.  These slanderous assertions corrupted Bank records and was, of course, entirely false.  This system that overwhelmingly disenfranchises victims from recognizing the corrupt and toxic chain of theft was deliberately and strategically constructed for that purpose.  A fictitious history inserted into bank records and seeping over into other structures is beyond the general ability of us to know at the time that we are being defrauded.  This system is designed to protect the criminal operation while greasing the chain of theft.  

I have to say that when I started this I didn't know the difference between a Warranty Deed and a Deed of Trust.  I trusted these official looking documents having no idea how our public land records and countless Land Titles have been corrupted.  The Cook County Property Fraud Unit claimed, "it is easier to steal a house than a car in the United States of America."  Follow Marie McDonnell Property Analytics.  Read those cases that have used her as an expert witness.  Read the audits she has conducted at the local land registration level and the connected cases that are a matter of public record.  I'd like to see her publish that list on her website with associated links. The last Audit being, I think, the City of Seattle, Washington.  An important document and learning tool as you decide to prepare your own case.

In regard to FOIA, the advice I would give here is to keep asking for what you know must be present. When my instincts, informed by other investigation told me one thing and a person in authority told me something different, I chose to follow my instincts. For the most part I found people to be patient with my questions. You are communicating with average public servants who might be having a bad day, or may just not understand what you are asking for. At least twice I was asking for information from the wrong federal agency. Rewrite the wordage of what you are asking for to mirror the language by which certain forms are described in the procedural manuals.  This takes research, but as I amend my case  some of what I asked for can be read and might be helpful to others. 

On the other hand there have been times when I have been deliberately obstructed.  Here I would say, don't give up.  Duplicate requests in that what is included and what is left out of a package - when you sit down to compare - can be very informative to understanding the chain of theft. So... write back and send off another request explaining the need for lawful disclosure.  Oh... and buy a magnifying glass.  Many times I was sent documents with print so small it was unreadable.  And don't assume that everything redacted is legally allowable just because that bold black line is smeared across information you need.  Most of the time this information is already in the public domain and you can appeal the decision that served to hinder, limit, forestall your investigation by such an act.  

This morning God gave me Psalm 35.  This is a Psalm of David when he was besieged by the corrupt King Saul.  At times David was powerless and could only turn to God for justice and to accomplish what he could not.  I can't tell you how many times I went to bed at night totally overwhelmed by what I didn't understand.  But with a prayer on my lips.  And I would rise in the morning with clarity.  This psalm ends: Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause; yea, let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.  And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long (Psalm 35: 27, 28).  

My plan is to publish my case with commentary describing the back story.  I had no intention of being stuck in a running soap opera, but many times that is what life felt like.  I haven't gotten around to writing the back story quite yet.  I'm getting ready for what happens next.  But watch for that book.  As an aside... I'm quest preaching Sunday.  If you're in the area join us for Mothers Day.    





Sunday, December 27, 2015

JESUS TODAY - REVELATION 19: 11-19

Christmas is over and the New Year begins.  We have been reminded of Jesus, born as a fragile babe into a pivotal time of World History.  And Mary...  And she gave birth to her first born son; and she wrapped Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2: 7).   

God announced the birth of His only Son to the lowly shepherds.  Not to kings or in the high courts of the law; nor in cathedrals or the bastions of opulence and power.  Jehovah God chose, as He often prefers, the least of these, those through whom His power and grace is best glorified.  And, God the Father selected a lonely hillside where the Shepherds kept watch over their flocks.  Fitting that Jesus calls himself our Shepherd; protecting us in the same way from predators.  

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake (Psalm 23: 1-3).  

I can't imagined how overwhelmed by love and the light of the Father the Shepherds were.  And especially when the angel presented himself, physically and visually present in their midst.  
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.  And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born, for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2: 9-11).    

The Shepherds were forever changed and could not keep silent about what they had experienced and seen.  I imagine that throughout their adult lives they continually proclaimed what God had chosen them to first see, then hear.  And finally what was given them as very great privilege to share with all who would listen.  

We have been given ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand.  Jesus, in the coming days we pray... please give us an increased passion for conversation with You.  For prayer and for leaning into the Kingdom of God that we might hear, see, and understand.  Give us a special anointing of heart and mind to know You Father, Your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit more fully; as we never have before. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2nd Timothy 1: 7).

And God the Father provided a way of escape.  He sent the wise men whose costly gifts would underwrite the expense of the flight to Egypt where Mary and Joseph would stay with baby Jesus until it was safe to return home.  Remember... whatever battle you are in... Your loving Father has already designed for you the gift of provision, the means of escape.  Ask and pray for that gift and that means. Pray about everything: tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace... (Philippians 4: 6,7).  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death (Revelation 12: 11).  
  
The Prophet Isaiah predicted the coming of Jesus Christ and told us a bit about the everlasting impact he would have upon mankind.  
For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6.  

Before the cross Jesus was foretold.  A word picture was imagined for us as the suffering Servant; Isaiah chapter 53.  

Speaking for Father God, Isaiah prophesied.  Behold My Servant, whom I uphold. My chosen One in whom my soul delights.  I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring forth justice to the nations.  He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street.  "A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.  He will faithfully bring forth justice.  He will not be disheartened or crushed, until He had established justice in the earth.  And the coast lands will wait expectantly for His law" (Isaiah 42: 1-4)

Jesus was called a bond-servant which is to say, "a servant by choice." Jesus willingly went to the cross that death and Hades would be defeated.  By faith in Christ the sentence of death that came at the fall in the garden of Eden was exchanged for the future reality of eternal joyous life; life ever-lasting.  You and I together with Jesus Christ forever in that place called Heaven.  Following is a verse I often quote when praying for deliverance.  I find that these words penned by Paul both prepare me and also lends Holy Spirit power to my prayers. Satan hates the reminders stated in these words. When proclaimed and prayed in a spirit of warfare against life consuming evil, no demon will hang out for long.  
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking on the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 5-11).  

Also:  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; To the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  And who is adequate for these things? (2nd Corinthians 2: 14-17).  Only Jesus.

Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil (Hebrews 2: 14).  

...and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1: 19-23).

Jesus always prepares us for what is coming.  He prepared His disciples for his coming death and told them them that in temporal life on planet earth they would enter into the fellowship of His suffering. "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up the third day" (Luke 9: 22).  

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal (John 12: 24, 25).  
  
Just as the prophets and saints of old looked deep into the Hebrew scriptures for wisdom to read the signs of the age...  And wondered at the many predictions of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Even as we look back at the cross and celebrate the birth of our Savior...  Even now our hearts and our minds yearn forward... as if drawn by a divine hand.  More and more of us feel and acknowledge this call to study and look deeply toward that future picture of the coming Messiah.  What it all means.  Just as Jesus prepared His disciples for His coming death and resurrection... that same Jesus is preparing us for His second coming. Look deeply into scripture and embrace that picture of Jesus today.

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.  And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him, which no one knows except Himself.  And He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following Him on white horses.  And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written.  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19: 11-16).  

Just as the saints of old studied the Hebrew Prophets through whom God spoke to the nations.  This may be the time for you to embrace a fresh study of His second coming.  If you love and serve Jesus, and if you pass to heaven before that, "day of the Lord," you'll be returning with him to planet earth...  clothed in fine linen, white and clean... following Jesus Christ the conquering Messiah, following Him on white horses.  And I love this last.  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written.  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Today, right now, it is Jesus... Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103: 3-5).  

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all (1st Timothy 1: 15).  

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Big AM 380 and Host Ron Rosen

Monday, I'll be chatting with Ron Rosen at the Big AM 380  / 2PM central time / 3PM Wisconsin Radio time.  

I'm looking forward to sharing and hope you'll call in or listen later.  www.tuneln.com 

It is so very beautiful today.  Sun shinning, trees turning and in my prayer time this morning with Marj and Ray...  wind rustling through the trees like taffeta skirts trailing over a church threshold; near by cords of wind chimes reminiscent of bells tolling over the landscape from a church steeple. There is no better place to worship.  

As an update I've not been good to keep up with this blog.  I'm working on a "project" which some of you know about and are lifting up in prayer. Thank you.  I'm hoping it will be finished soon so that I can get back to writing the third book in the Wood's End series.  
    
And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and do confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands (Psalm 90: 17).  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

God's Love and Protection / "EVEN FROM ETERNITY I AM HE" Isaiah 43: 1-13 and Saint Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

I try and read the Bible everyday.  If I miss I just feel this hunger for the nourishing, inspiring, comforting, and yes, even the correcting word of God.  At the moment I'm reading 2nd Samuel, but I flipped forward and came to Isaiah 43: 1-13.  Here God gives us a picture of who He is.  

Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet... (Acts 7: 49a).  

And to quote from one of my favorite morning prayers.  St. Patrick's breast plate prayer:   

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity.  Through belief in the threeness; Through confession of the oneness of the Creator of Creation.  St. Patrick: missionary to pagan Ireland in the 4th century AD.  

You can read all of the passage in context in Isaiah chapter 43 yourself.  I'm just going to quote bits of what is revealed of God in relationship to His people Israel.  And also in relationship to all believers wherever we may live; regardless of the denomination in which we worship.  If we have trusted Jesus Christ we have been grafted into the vine; we are all one in the Lord and King, Jesus Christ; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

In loving communion with His servant, God speaks through His Prophet, Isaiah.  In these passages we see how important we are to God.  Important enough that the Father sent His Son to be a sacrifice for our sins and in Jesus we are redeemed.  Lastly this passage, only 13 verses, reveal hints of the sovereign mystery and supernatural substance of who our Father is.  

God is "He who formed you" (1a)
By supernatural revelation God speaks these words to us.  
"I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides Me." (11)
It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses, declares the Lord, and I am God." (12)

By the words, "no strange god among you," (little 'g') the Father is saying that there are no demons being worshiped as a counterfeit god, via evil, satanic constructs.  

We are witnesses:  The above verse reads: So you are my witnesses...  
And also: You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "And my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He, before me there was no God formed.  (10)

The father knows His own.  As believers we are sealed and we carry this seal as a candle in a dark place.  

For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.  For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God I have leaped over a wall (Psalm 18: 28, 29).  

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1: 4, 5).  

Jesus therefore said to them, "For a little while longer the light is among you.  Walk while you have the light, that the darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.  While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons (daughters) of the light." John 12: 35, 36

Our status as believers in Christ.  
"Do not fear for I have redeemed you" 
Each of us has a divine calling.  God speaks to us.  "I have called you by name; you are Mine!" (1b)

"Since you are precious in my sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.  
Prophetic pronouncement from God about the reunification of the Jews into the promised land after World War 11.   
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'  And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'  Bring my sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth... (4,5,6)

And then, as always, the application of prophecy that includes all believers whoever we may be.  
Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made." (7)

As believers, Holy Spirit carriers, sealed by the Father, redeemed under the blood in the absolute victory of the resurrection.  
St Patrick, missionary brother through faith, in his breastplate prayer articulates this theme.  

I arise today through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism.
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the Strength of His descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the Cherubim;
In the obedience of angels, 
In the service of archangels, 
In the hope of the resurrection to meet with reward, 
In the prayers of patriarchs, 
In the prediction of prophets, 
In the preaching of apostles, 
In faith of confessors, 
In innocence of holy virgins, 
In deeds of righteous men.

And in a widely quoted verse of scripture from Isaiah 43.  
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.  "For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... (2, 3b) 

Job said: But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23: 10).  

Back to our passages in Isaiah 43: 1-13.
"Even from eternity I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it." (13)

"You are my witnesses declares the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen in order that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before me there was no God formed (10). 

I like the translation of the Breastplate Prayer from old Irish by Kuno Meyer.  This prayer of protection is very applicable for us today.  I suggest you get a copy of the full prayer and make it your own... from your heart to God's throne.  I'm quoting it here in part.  

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak to me,
God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me, 
God's host to save me, 
From snares of devils, 
From temptation of vices,
From every one who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear, 
Alone and in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils, 
Against every cruel, merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women (witches) and smiths and wizards, 
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul,

Christ to shield me today, 
Against poisoning, against burning, 
Against drowning, against wounding,
So there come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left.
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, 
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today 
through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
of the Creator of the Creation.  

How God described Himself to Moses:
Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth (Exodus 34: 6).  

Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
"I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be My people.  Therefore come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord.
And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.  And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.  (2nd Corinthians 16-18)  
Paul quotes Isaiah 52: 11  

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Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3: 20).  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Very nice interview with Eli from the Truth Squad.  I do quite a lot of interviews and don't have to agree with everyone who is willing to speak to me about my books.  I'm grateful to get the word out.  But especially enjoyed Eli who made me think of one of my own sons and is a gifted host.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

START WITH A POEM

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If you've read the first two books in the Wood's End Series you may have noticed that I began each with a poem.  Why?  I guess because I occasionally write poetry and much appreciate better poetry - King David, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot.    

Using a poem to open the first book was accidental.  I came across something I'd written long ago at age twenty three and thought it fit what the fictional character of Andrea was going through.  The second book opens with an excerpt from a much longer poem.  

Below is the poem I plan to open the third book with; The World in the Wood.  Unless, of course, I write something else or stumble on some long forgotten verse between now and completion of the third in the Wood's End series that seems to fit better. 


Will open the third, yet uncompleted book in the series,
The World in the Wood   


AMBIVALENT VICTOR
by, Alexandra Clair
I could not go on.
An avalanche of minutes passed through blackest wood,
Splintered twig mercy to the tempest whim.
No foot fixed,
No life in compass,
I would not go on. 
Until the hand that loosed the comet on a path;
Throne to Spirit,
Spirit to heart God spoke.
"Ambivalent victor you shall be.
Go on."

This excerpt opens the second in the series,
The Year Between the Wood

IN THE CLEARING
by, Alexandra Clair
Dressed for the occasion, 
I'll lean over the casket,
Thinking of those who've known you as I have,
I'll slip this poem into the breast pocket of your human disguise,
Then I'll go back to where I am today,
In the clearing,
Free of you, 
It's warm.

Opens the first book in the series - Wood's End

MICHAEL
by, Alexandra Clair
I'm leaving, she said, I have to go,
And he looked out the window and watched the wind blow,
The grass about and make of the trees,
Frantic dancing dolls dressed in green.
Okay, he lied and she left,
But not without taking a piece of him,
In exchange for quite a lot of her.

ANOTHER POEM
TEA ON TIME
by, Alexandra Clair
I would choose sedate colors, 
starched collars,
tea on time.
He brought me a glittering pink phone singing, 
"I ain't com'in home."
The melody I did not change.
He brought me gardenias in winter, diamonds, and cake.
 I the guest - a breath o'er the stippled pool,
He the tide - never at ease,
Starring down the greedy eye of life stealing risk.
Oh, for gardenias,
The mystery to read,
Fuel to the observer and tea on time... 
with every window wide,
held me spell bound by account, 
That flowers die.


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