Let Me Hear Your War Cry

by Sis. Teresa Poucher

A child’s first expression is a cry or a scream. A cry is primal, and very natural. A mother knows the cry of her child, whether it is angry or hurt, by the pitch. Researchers have found that the higher the volume of a scream, the higher the threat associated with it. Normal speech is about four or five hertz, screams can be between 30 and 150 hertz.

Our brain doesn’t interpret screams the same way as it does other sounds. Screams are sent to your brain’s pain-processing sector.  Screams seem to activate the fear and pain processing sectors of your brain.

My husband and I were driving by a fire station one day and a fire truck happened to come out and sound its horn.  It scared me so badly my chest hurt.  Horns weren’t put on cars to tell a person off.  They are there to alert you of impending danger.  Years ago, they came out with melodious horns.  They were cute, but they never made me feel threatened. 

We took karate and it was hard to “kiai” (“key-eye” — to shout or yell in karate.) ‘Felt ‘pertty’ silly.  Your kiai is very personal, it sounds a little different than anyone else’s kiai.  It’s a must in karate.  It helps you to breathe properly, it gives you more power, helps you focus, thus reducing your anxiety, and intimidates the enemy. 

What does this have to do with the Bible?  When we hear a preacher say we need to shout, we usually think of people dancing. These are two different things.

Today, we are talking about shouting out, a war cry, or screaming.  “In his right hand is the lot marked for Jerusalem: to set battering rams, to open the mouth calling for destruction, to lift up the voice with a war cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to put up assault ramps, and to build siege walls.”  (Ezekiel 21:22, Amplified Bible) 

“The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.” (Isaiah 42:13) Why did he prevail? Maybe it was the roar, the cry, or the shout. 

Psalms 32:7, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” (Strong’s Concordance defines “songs” in this instance [H7442] to be a “shout” of deliverance.)

Also see Joshua 6:20:   “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, (Strong’s defines “shout” here [H7321] as a “war cry”) that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

The enemy will try to muzzle your shout. He’ll tell you it’s stupid, that everyone will look at you or think you’re crazy. When in reality, it will set you free. It will also encourage others to worship, rejoice, and get the victory. It will break chains and tear down walls. You scream at your spouse when he’s about to hit another vehicle and you scream at your kids when they’re about to run into the street –

Why not scream for the victory!

A Journey Down To Go Up

By Teresa Poucher

We are all familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:30-37… “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho…” On a map, Jericho is northeast of Jerusalem, yet the elevation of Jerusalem is much higher. Jericho is 846 ft.below sea level and Jerusalem is 2474 ft. above sea level, making it a 3320 ft descent. The journey, whether going up or down, would prove to be very difficult. The change in weather and altitude alone would be difficult. The road was very narrow, and its 18 mile trek begins at the Mount of Olives.

In Joshua 15:7, we read of Adummim, meaning “Ascent of Blood.” Adummim is an ancient town in Judea, on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho. Some ancient writers have ascribed the name’s origin to the spilling of blood by robbers and highwaymen, but one was also sure to encounter cliffs along the way so whichever interpretation is preferred, it was a very risky trek, a journey one must endure.

Our story states the man fell among thieves. He wasn’t looking for them or hanging out with them – they overpowered him. He was stripped of his raiment, left in shame, and exposed to the elements. He was robbed of his necessities and of anything of value, including a weapon to ward off wild animals or thieves. He was severely wounded and left almost dead.

“By chance, there came down a certain priest…” (someone we might expect to offer help) but he passes on the other side, maybe so the man couldn’t see him. We don’t know if he was unconscious, or if his eyes swelled shut, just that he is half dead. Possibly he doesn’t have enough strength to see or cry for help.

The scripture continues, “likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side…” Surely the Levite would do something, but he walked by also. Yet the scripture says he “looked” — not just a glance, but he considered, perceived, and understood. He also passed around the wounded, abused, and neglected man and abandoned him as well.

Yet the Samaritan, someone the religious world called “the low life,” “the worthless, good for nothing” is on his journey, a mission so to speak. He has a beast to carry his load.

The Levite came and looked but the Samaritan came where the man was. Maybe he too had been wounded, robbed, and left for dead sometime in the past and had also been passed over and neglected.

Yet this Samaritan has compassion, looks over his lack of clothes, bandages his wounds, pours in the oil and wine (the love of God’s Spirit), and sets him on his beast. Leaving his load — a burden, so to speak, that he must carry — he brings him to an inn and stays and cares for him that night. He leaves him in the care of the innkeeper with what we understand to be two days wages. He then tells the innkeeper he will come again and repay him for any additional costs.

Jesus tells us this story because a lawyer of the mosaic law asked, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked, “What is written in the law? Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

Do I love my neighbor? Do I have compassion like the Samaritan? Maybe I need to humble myself so I can lift someone up. Am I too busy, or am I too holy? God WILL use someone — will it be me?

Lost Sheep

By Teresa Poucher

Song of Solomon 3:2
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

God reaches to those that are afar off.
No matter how far we may have drifted, it seems we can’t find our way back to Him. He is there as soon as we fall to our knees and humble ourselves where we are, then we will immediately find him. Quit searching, just humbly bow.

Bend Your Knees

Teresa Poucher

Long ago, my husband and I had a 21’ deep V-boat with a center console. We live in south Louisiana, so we would go fishing at the rigs in the gulf. Can I tell you, sometimes I got more waterlogged in that boat than when taking a shower? The waters would become unruly, and I would get nervous. I couldn’t sit down because the bouncing would hurt my back. My husband told me to stand up. He told me, “When you see we’re about to hit a wave, bend your knees.” Sure enough, it worked! I saw the waves coming and knew what to do — bend my knees.

My husband used to finish sheetrock, and I painted for him. Using stilts to do high work is very productive, but you don’t want to fall. He told me, “If you ever start to fall, make sure you bend your knees.” I’m thankful I never fell. I knew if I did, I better bend my knees.

Today, I see a lot of storms, diseases, unemployment, death, divorce, and fear. I’m sure you could name some more. Yet the advice my husband gave me is true for all the above: Bend your knees, this time in prayer.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. (Psalms 95:6)

Get Over It

By Teresa Poucher

“Get over it” is a phrase we have heard too often.
If I continue to get over something. My mountain keeps getting bigger. Until it’s so high I can’t make the climb.

Tunnels are underground passages used for transportation. Many times tunnels have been built because the journey would prove too dangerous. Often times they have been built to connect military posts so the movement between posts will not be visible to the enemy. Tunnels protect wildlife as well as scenery.

Instead of getting over it let’s tunnel through it.

Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

You will get through this

Do I Have A Taproot?

by Sis. Teresa Poucher

I have two Rose-of-Sharon shrubs, one of which came from a clipping.  In other words, I took a small, young, tender branch from one shrub and made another shrub from it.  It’s called cloning.  They are both quite beautiful and have grown quite well.  The only problem is the cloned shrub will not grow a taproot.  


A taproot is extremely strong and able to draw water and nutrients from the soil, which helps in times of drought.  The tree that has the taproot is strong enough to withstand strong winds.  Since the clone has the same genetics as the tree or shrub you got it from, it will be susceptible to the same problems.  


In nature, the shrub with the taproot will adapt and mutate to respond to problems.  The clone will not. The clone may be sterile, unable to grow its seed, thus not being able to reproduce, unlike the olive tree that the Bible speaks of.  The gentiles (that would be us unless you are a Jew) were grafted into that olive tree, which is the Jewish people, God’s chosen ones.  


And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (Romans 11:17) 


And have no root in themselves, (i.e., they have no taproot) and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. (Mark 4:17) 


If we are grounded in the Word of God, our roots will be deep.  Our fruit will be good.  Not only will our fruit be good, but we will be exalted, and multiplied.  If we are just a clone, we lack the taproot.  The taller the building the deeper the foundation you need.  The Apostles Doctrine is our foundation.


And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets…

(Ephesians 2:20)


Am I a clone?   Do I just look the part or am I grafted in?



Adam and the Animals

By Teresa Poucher

Adam names all the animals. wow, how long did that take? The Bible doesn’t tell us how long Adam lived in the garden without Eve. I would imagine he was fond of the animals, and probably played and talked to them. However, they all had mates yet he was alone.

Eve comes into the picture and Adam is in love. Strange how love will make you do some crazy things. After they sin we know they took fig leaves and covered themselves. God said fig leaves won’t work. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22) Adam sees his sin caused the very first death. It was death to an animal he befriended and named. It must have been difficult to cover their sins with the skins of an animal they had cared for.

I’ve heard all my life that JESUS died for my sins. Even though I know this is true. I would rather think he died for the sins of the world. Then I’m not responsible. Truth is he died for MY sin. His blood was shed to not only cover but to cleanse me from my sin as if they never existed. (Isaiah 1:18) Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. There is a North and the South Pole, but East and west never meet. I’m so thankful for the mercy God has toward his creation. How the creator of all would die at the hands of his creation. What love… John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.