The Battle Of Cold Harbor


We visited the Cold Harbor battlefield site in Richmond, Virginia yesterday on our way to Nyack, N.Y. to do three weeks of revival meetings.

The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought from May 31 to June 12, 1864 (with the most significant fighting occurring on June 3), near Mechanicsville, VA.

It was one of the final battles of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign during the American Civil War, and is remembered as one of American history’s bloodiest, most lopsided battles.

Thousands of Union soldiers were killed or wounded in a hopeless frontal assault against the fortified positions of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army. (These are the seven miles of trenches that you will see in the pictures.)

It was Grant’s attempt not only to defeat Lee’s army but, to capture Richmond , VA., which was the capital of the Confederate States.

Richmond was also close to Washington DC and the White House, another reason for its attractiveness.

On May 31, as Grant’s army once again swung around the right flank of Lee’s army, Union cavalry seized the crossroads of Old Cold Harbor, about 10 miles northeast of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, holding it against Confederate attacks until the Union infantry arrived.

Both Grant and Lee, whose armies had suffered enormous casualties in the Overland Campaign, received reinforcements.

On the evening of June 1, the Union VI Corps and XVIII Corps arrived and assaulted the Confederate works to the west of the crossroads with some success.

On June 2, the remainder of both armies arrived and the Confederates built an elaborate series of fortifications 7 miles long. (These are the seven miles of trenches that you will see in the pictures.)

At dawn on June 3, three Union corps attacked the Confederate works on the southern end of the line and were easily repulsed with heavy casualties.

The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of  fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.

Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

Grant said of the battle in his memoirs, “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made. … No advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained.”

This text from Wikipedia and my own thoughts, added.

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The Cold Harbor Battlefield site

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Emma, our tour guide, was an impressive young lady. A junior in college, she is a walking encyclopedia of Civil War facts. I love people that have an intense passion for what they do.

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Emma teaching us about the failed one month assault at Cold Harbor by Ulysses Grant and the Union Army against Lee’s Confederate Army. The Union Army was the blue line and the red line was the Confederate Army.

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Emma teaching us about the failed one month assault at Cold Harbor by Ulysses Grant and the Union Army against Lee’s Confederate Army. The Union Army was the blue line and the red line was the Confederate Army.

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Emma, our tour guide, was an impressive young lady. A junior in college, she is a walking encyclopedia of Civil War facts. I love people that have an intense passion for what they do.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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Casualties of war

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other likeminded people, to get the victory.

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The key to this massive confederate win was the seven miles of fortified trenches built by, and in which the Confederate soldiers spent weeks in. They ate, slept and defecated in them. One reason for this was that Grant had sniper sharp shooters in hiding, which would blow off the head of any confederate that came out of the trench.
Spiritually speaking, our warfare against the unseen enemy must be the same. We must be entrenched, stabilized, fortified, unmovable and hidden in the Word of God, prayer, obedience to His voice, and fellowship with other like-minded people, to get the victory.

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Riley Alvarez, A Miracle of Prayer


Friday evening, July 19th, I received a phone call from my daughter Hannah, who lives in Virginia. Her voice was desperate, almost crying. Her two-year old Chihuahua, Riley, her baby, was being rushed to the emergency vet.

She told me that Riley was acting like an old man, hardly walking. His eyes were bloodshot and closed probably from pain. He had no appetite.

The vet took Riley into the examining room for what seemed an eternity.

Hours passed as Hannah and her fiancé waited in torturous anticipation not knowing what was occurring.

It was eight o clock. I got on my knees and prayed asking God for a miracle.

Finally the vet came out. The prognosis was not good. In reality, they did not know what was wrong with Riley. There was speculation that he had ingested rat poison. The doctor said that it appeared that Riley had been struck with by a car. His blood was not coagulating. The doctor said that Riley was in bad shape and might not make it. My daughter contemplated putting him to sleep. To keep him over night would have cost them $3000.00.

They chose to take Riley home. The vet armed them with antibiotics and steroids. The doctors never did found out what was wrong with the dog.

I immediately put Riley on our church prayer chain. This is a group of thirty folks who faithfully pray for urgent prayer requests.

Then I wrote to a number of faithful friends on Face Book to do the same. In all, fifty people could have prayed for Riley.

Saturday morning Riley slept for a long time. When he awoke he ran to Hannah’s kitchen and ate the rice and chicken that the vet had prescribed. By the afternoon his eyes were opened, and most of the red had disappeared. The he played with his toys and even ran to fetch them.

My family was amazed knowing that this was the power of prayer.

By Sunday afternoon, Riley was one hundred percent normal.

When Hannah’s regular vet phoned her very disturbed about the results given to him by the emergency vet, he was surprised, really, amazed.

Truly what happened to Riley was a miracle of prayer by faithful people and an Almighty and loving God who answers them

On behalf of the Alvarez family, we would like to thank you all for praying for our baby Riley and to a great God who answers prayer.

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Riley Alvarez, Monday, July 22nd, at 11:00 AM

On This 07/14/2013


On this 07/14/2013:

“As I was people watching yesterday during the expo, I couldn’t help to see where we, humanity, have gotten to. If we, the Church, do not rise and begin to truly pray, cry out with moaning and groans and allow the Holy Spirit to fully and completely flow thru us… What inheritance are we leaving for our children, for all the next generations? We are looking too much like the church of Laodecia Something HAS to give. What “that” something is.. is on us.” Yazmin Gonzales

Body of Christ the greatest favor that we can do for our nation is to get on our knees and pray for her. Only God has the solutions.

Instead of getting caught up in the turmoil of a broken world come into the peace of the presence of God. You are crucified to the world.

This is an opportune time for the church to get on her knees and pray for broken humanity, that it would find its answers in God.

One more thought before I run to church. Body of Christ, we are called to be healers. Amen!

Once again another tremendous move of the Spirit during prayer time at Doral Vineyard. Nearly two hours of prayer. I did one my favorite things. Five or six people including two kids whom I don’t think have ever ministered or ministered sparingly in the Spirit, had a chance to. Discipleship and raising others is at the center of God’s heart. Everybody was massively touched, everybody had a great time. I can say that the most enjoyable experience affordable to man is getting touched by the Spirit of God.

What a suitable time for the church to get on its knees until God shed His power on this great country. May the church have an understanding of the times!

1Ch 12:32 And of the sons of Issachar, having understanding for the times, to know what Israel should do; their heads are two hundred, and all their brethren are at their command.

We sang this song at church on this 07/14/2013

Lyrics to Holy Visitation:

Sound the alarm gather the people, gather the elders let ministers wail.
Take back the years the enemies stolen, Lord you are coming with holy visitation.

Sound the alarm, awaken the watchmen open their ears let their voices be alarmed. We prophecy you will come to this nation, touch this generation with a holy visitation.

(We return to you)
We return to you fasting and seeking and praying, Oh my Lord you’re returning.

We are here weeping between porch and altar, pore out your spirit on your sons and your daughters! 

(We dance) We dance we shout, we lift up our voice let your kingdom come down (2x)

Oh sound the alarm, awaken the watchmen open their ears let their voices be loud. We prophecy you will come to this nation touch this generation with a holy visitation (holy visitation)

(We return to you)
We return to you fasting and seeking and praying, Oh my Lord you’re returning. We are here weeping between porch and altar, pour out your spirit on your sons and your daughters.

(We dance)
We dance we shout, we lift up our voice let your kingdom come down(4x)

Oh(5x)

“There came silence in the heaven about half-an-hour,” I believe that America is entering a time of holy silence, a silence before the breakthrough of God.

And finally on this 07/14/2013

Eighteen minutes of exquisite soaking music from Alberto and Kim Rivera for you to go to bed by!  Many blessings

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God Sayeth, ” I’m Popeye The Sailor Man “


Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his (Same) power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (external dominion power manifested from His internal resident strength)

In the old cartoons of Popeye the Sailor Man, Popeye would eat a can of spinach, which gave to him inner, inherent or resident strength. This strength was manifested as bulging muscles exercised in outward dominion,  or domination, which could subdue and wipe out Bluto, his archenemy.

God’s power performs in us in the same fashion.

The spinach is the revelation of the Son of God in us, as we spend time with Him. This revelation comes as we die to self so that Christ may be revealed.  This is the purpose of the cross that the church must get back to.

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his (Same) power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (external dominion power manifested from His internal resident strength)

God’s dunamis power is defined as the product of the dominion that God exerts over His creation, and over all that is not of Him, as a measure of His inner, resident, or inherent strength.

What is the overcasting and transcending ability of the same funneled into us who continually believe according to the energy put out as external dominion power from his internal resident strength?

The word “His” is translated as Same. Everything that Christ has is the same in the Christian. This same power is in the Christian, right here and now

So why am I not experiencing it fully. I don’t know the answer. I am walking into it. I can tell you that it requires every stone of darkness, sin, and disobedience to be unturned. No cheap grace message to walk in what Paul described. But it’s all there in the one who has Jesus.

Part of it, is a matter of me controlling things instead of letting God do so. This occurs because I have feared instead of trusting God. Today, I realize that God can be fully trusted and I have to let go of all things.

Romans 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Jesus was marked out or designated independently from every other human as The Son of God in the realm of ability, this ability being that He was successfully raised up from a corpse.

This morning I am doing soul searching in prayer. If this one designated as such live in me why I have not experienced a full tangible resurrection from the body of death which Paul talks about in Romans seven?

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power (OUTWARD DOMINION) of his might.( INNER STRENGTH)

Be empowered in the Lord and in the manifestation of outward dominion as a measure of His inner residing strength in you.

Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

“In every ability and capacity which God has, being likewise made able and capable just like He is in accordance with the dominion power manifested by His glory through us, which makes all things able and capable.

This morning, I am seriously asking God, why I am not fully walking like this?  Would this be your question too? God will show us, if we are willing to go all the way with Him.

The best way to be culturally relevant is by demonstrating His loving power.

2 Cor 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have this treasure (thesaurus) in earthenware vessels so that the transcendent and overcasting capacity and ability may be of God and not out from us.

The same capacity and ability which God has is in me.  How much will I seek, repent, obey and believe Him so that it may be demonstrated?

 

Our ministry, Emerging, Inc. is bringing the emerging patterns of God in revival by Christ Jesus.

We aid the body of Christ to breakthrough into revival wherever they are found by manifesting the Holy Spirit, who is the author of breakthrough.

We teach the body of Christ to minister in the Spirit, release the power of the Spirit, and use spiritual gifts.

We minister in signs and wonders, healing and prophecy

Jose is an apostolic Bible teacher who has spent twenty-five studying Scriptures in their original languages of Hebrew and Greek.

His passion is to take the precision of the Bible in its original languages and convey it in a simple way relevant to the 21st century believer.

We discuss the goals of your church and create a seamless “tailor-made” Bible seminar just like this teaching.

We also teach your church how to minister in the Spirit.

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The Consummate Energizer Bunny


God’s Resident Power

Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( INNER SPIRITUAL STRENGTH) power,(EXTERNAL DOMINION)

What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.

Dunamis power is the inherent power within every created being, living, and non-living.  God has His own inherent dunamis power. Disease has its own type of dunamis power. Dunamis power is what distinguishes one object from the other, and gives to its life and power.

20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Which He energized (PAST TENSE denoting a completed event) in Christ when He raised Him out of a corpse…..

“Working” in verse nineteen, and “wrought” in verse twenty are the same root word; ENERGY;

“Working, “ is the noun, energy.  “Wrought” is the verb to energize.

The definition of God’s DUNAMIS POWER is the energy that was “put out” (in the historical event 2000 years ago), as Christ was raised up from a corpse and made to sit far above in rank, power, and physical distance over all principalities, powers, and might, dominions, and all names which are named both in heaven and upon the earth.

This measure of dunamis power was once and for all energized and charged INTO CHRIST. Because Christ lives in us, so does this DUNAMIS POWER.  Christ is as the “energizer bunny” fully and forever more energized with this specific charge of energy. Christ charged in this manner dwells in the Christian.

The  living reality of this dunamis power, as it is funneled or manifested into us, comes in proportion to our faith. On other words, to the degree that we believe the Word of God is to the degree that this quality and measure charged energy is funneled into us.

Let us look at the properties of the dunamis power that we have resident within us and available when we walk in childlike obedience and faith

The Properties of God’s Resident Power

 Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Far above in rank, power, and physical distance

Every type of principality – Or the beginning of every created thing

A principality is an authoritative demonic being.

However, in the NT, the word principality is also used for a physical beginning or commencement, the creation of something, and the root source of something.

The dunamis power of God in Christ, and charged in us is far above in rank and power, above every root problem such as generational sins, curses, judgments, and the root causes and beginnings in diseases. It is greater than the commencement of any problem. Christ was there with you, before the commencement of anything. Because of this, problems and illnesses can be reversed in your life.

Authority: Is power of choice; liberty to do as one pleases; jurisdiction such as the one which state police has over every road within a state, and the power of rule and government

Authority is the power of choice; or the liberty to do as one pleases, such as the jurisdiction enjoyed by a state policeman.

Cancer, for example has its own authority, in that it can spread at will throughout the human body. However, the authority found in Christ’s dunamis power has an authority far above in rank and power over that of cancer. By our words, as they are tempered with faith, the power of choice, or the liberty of action to command the cancer where we please, is available to us.

Dunamis power: The inherent power in every created thing that defines it and gives to it its life.

Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

As we taught earlier, dunamis power is the inherent power exclusive, to every created thing.  Water, has an inherent power of its own, which gives to it its life, and describes it as water, exclusive of any another object.

Cancer has another kind of dunamis power.  God has His own dunamis power.  The dunamis or inherent power of Christ resident in us is far in rank and power above the inherent power of any other created object.  Hallelujah!  When we minister, we know that Christ’s inherent power will subordinate, subjugate and destroy the inherent power sustaining the evil that we are ministering against.

The inherent or dunamis power of something gives to it life, glory, and honor.  Cancer, though evil in nature, has its own evil glory and honor.  The word, “to rebuke” is defined as “UPON THE HONOR.”  When we rebuke cancer in JESUS NAME, we are heaping Christ’s power to bear upon the honor of the root source of the cancer and the liberty that it exercises and the very inherent power that makes it up and gives to its life.

Eph 1: 21  Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

“Dominion” or lordship- Someone or something which can bring into bondage.

“And every name that is named.” And every name that identifies something for what it is exclusive of anything else.

22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

All these Christ subordinated and subjected under His feet.  When God gave Christ to be head over these things to the church; this same power is now available to us.

1 Cor 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down ( TO CAUSE SOMETHING TO BECOME NON OPERATIONAL AND NON WORKING SO THAT IT MUST BE JUNKED!!) all rule and all authority and power.

Jesus will give the kingdom to God and the Father only when He shall have rendered totally ineffective (as an old car with an old engine, that finally breaks down and ceases to work any more, and must be junked) every type of principality, commencement and roots sources of all evils, all authorities or jurisdictions which are not from God, and every type of inherent power that gives life, function, glory, and honor to every type of evil.

Here are a few more examples of Christ’s power cutting the spark plug wires, destroying the distributor cap, and junking the inherent life, glory and honor of other things.

Romans 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed (NON OPERATIONAL, NON WORKING, AND JUNKED)that henceforth we should not serve sin.

This shows us the death and separation from the sinful nature

1 Corinthians 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought (NON OPERATIONAL  NON WORKING AND JUNKED!!) things that are:

God has a way to junk any devise or argument which is not of Him.

1 Corinthians 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed (NON OPERATIONAL, NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) is death.

2 Corinthians 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!)

2 Corinthians 3:11  For if that which is done away (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

Hebrews 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy (NON OPERATIONAL,  NON WORKING, AND JUNKED!!) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

Our ministry, Emerging, Inc. is bringing the emerging patterns of God in revival by Christ Jesus.

We assist the body of Christ to breakthrough into revival wherever they are found by manifesting the Holy Spirit, who is the author of breakthrough.

We teach the body of Christ to minister in the Spirit, release the power of the Spirit, and use spiritual gifts.

We minister in signs and wonders, healing and prophecy

Jose is an apostolic Bible teacher who has spent twenty five studying Scriptures in their original languages of Hebrew and Greek.

His passion is to take the precision of the Bible in its original languages and convey it in a simple way relevant to the 21st century believer.

We discuss the goals of your church and create a seamless “tailor-made” Bible seminar just like this teaching.

We also teach your church how to minister in the Spirit.

Please contact us.

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