For more than 15 years, Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International (formerly the Voices of Christ Prophetic Poetry Team) has served as a membership and mentoring network for prophetic poets, prophetic writers and prophetic scribes. Our goal has been to provide a safe, nurturing environment for them to grow in the Lord. This vision still exists; however, our exponential growth has required us to make some significant changes. One of which is ending our personal membership and mentorship initiatives, and allowing scribes to interact with those ministries divinely connected to us and to fully immerse themselves in the free resources on this specific site. While we have always been a "resource center" for prophetic scribes and worship arts leaders, this is the exclusive function of Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International in this new season.
Here you can find hundreds of new and archived blogs, book reviews, prophetic words and relevant insight into scribal ministry and the worship arts. We havge also opened up opportunities here for you to share your scribal ministry with others, post blogs, etc. We pray that the growing resources we have compiled here over the past decade will bless you in your journey. Those who are seriously seeking mentorship, education and/or training, should visit the Voices of Christ Apostolic-Prophetic School of the Scribe at www.schoolofthescribe.com. In this season, this is the very best way to connect with this unique ministry intimately. Thank you for sincerely for visiting our website.
John 12:24 CJB, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that unless a grain of wheat that falls to the ground dies, it stays just a grain; but if it dies, it produces a big harvest.”
Saying goodbye is never easy; but it is very often necessary.
At the 2015 Apostolic Prophetic Scribal Advance, “Scribes Over This City: Atlanta,” I said goodbye to Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International in the midst of our VERY SUPPORTIVE SCRIBAL FAMILY. In truth, I probably said “goodbye” several years ago when the ministry was fast becoming more of a chore than that of a joy. In looking back, I realized that I had not recognized the signs of transition and was not clear in interpreting the winds of change. However, one word from my apostle and mentor brought everything into perspective a few months ago. And I heard Father say clearly: It is time to ADVANCE!
Copyright 2016 Theresa Harvard Johnson
Sometimes the desire to be still and write can be so overwhelming for the prophetic writer that other responsibilities are easily neglected. Some days, it is obvious that it is Holy Spirit leading the writer into the chamber of the scribe to write, research, develop, etc.; but more times than not, it is often THE WRITER longing to be alone with the pen to scribe. Trust me, I know. Is this a problem?
Well, it can be.
Copyright 2016 Theresa Harvard Johnson
The offended life is a “life lived” in deep rooted, seeping unforgiveness, bitterness and anger due to an actual or perceived offense. In the heart of a person living in this place, paranoia and suspicion has become their confidant, their trusted friend. There is always a “they, them, him and those” behind everything that goes wrong in their lives; and an accusatory posture that causes them to see life through extremely clouded, foggy lenses.
Their offense is directed at people, institutions and even an unhealthy fixation on the devil. “They, them, him and those” are always to blame for what is wrong in their world and in their lives. Not only are the people suffering in their hearts and minds, but those who love them become casualties of their “offended lives” as well. It causes loss friendships (many of which may be God ordained), false accusation and constant misunderstandings. The offended one quickly becomes a person others “walk on egg-shells” around – never knowing what step might unleash anger or even rage.
The first part of Luke 17:1 says, “It is impossible that offenses will not come…” In other words, every human will experience OFFENSE in their lives. It is literally unavoidable. But as we move through the next five verses, we quickly learn that remaining offended is a conscious choice! We can choose to hold on to offense or let it go!
Our biblical history is also drenched with examples of people who have not only become offended, but who allowed that offense to utterly consume them. From their example, we learned that if "offense" is not overcome that it always, and I mean ALWAYS lead to a form of death or rottenness. Below are just a few examples in scripture where offense led to some form or multiple forms of death in the lives of biblical characters.
- Cain was offended by Abel and by God. It cost him his life, family and ultimately his lineage.
- Absalom was offended by his father David. It cost him his relationship with his father, his life and it nearly cost David his kingdom.
- Saul was offended by David. One minute he loved David, the next he hated and sought to kill him.
- Haman was offended by Mordecai. It entrapped him and cost him his life.
Those living "offended lives" exist in an offended atmosphere, carrying it with them. They also have this spiritual ability to shift atmospheres -- for the worse. They bring rain clouds, storm clouds... and this shroud of darkness and heaviness in the wake of their offended behavior. It filters through their conversation (blaming, whining, complaining, accusation, vengeance, anger... and a host of victim-like symptoms); and even through their indecisiveness between forgiveness and offense, action and non-action.
Their offense has become an extreme, life-altering issue that is so severe that the person becomes spiritually constipated in their growth and development. They have made a choice not to forgive the actual or perceived offense in their heart. In the examples mentioned above, there are some characteristics of offense that each one of these people held on to and nurtured. I have provided a brief list below.
A person living an offended life, often:
- Operates in passive-aggressive behavior. Silent, passive sabotage or revenge is often at work. The person may intentionally procrastinate, intentionally fail to respond or cooperate with or around those to whom they have found offense. Their child-like behavior and responses are calculated, deliberate and put in place specifically to enact a secret, subtle revenge. They may live in a place of blaming others for their lack of success or inability to thrive. They might feel unappreciated, unrecognized and walk in a “sulking or tantrum” state of mind. They fail to confront and lack interest in God’s heart for reconciliation.
- Suddenly withdraws from key relationships – often without the courtesy of an explanation. In their minds, they are “getting out of the way” or “moving themselves out of the way” of perceived judgement, mistreatment or danger. When in fact, they are simply offended and harboring unforgiveness. The opposite may also be true. People can also attack viciously without explanation (and within the shadows), seeking to “indirectly” inflict harm.
- Avoids direct confrontation. There is a hatred for God’s route to forgiveness which involves bringing the offense forward in the hope of restoration. In the mind of the offended, reconciliation does not apply to them.
- Bonds with the victim mentality. (Read this article in the Huffington Post.) The victim mentality is characterized by pessimism, self-pity, repressed anger and a belief that certain circumstances are beyond one's control. A person who is “living the offended life” has bonded deeply with this false belief. So much so, it has become a core foundation in their lives. They see themselves as always having to fight, defend themselves, war, duck and cover... or otherwise live on the offensive line.
- Nurtures a silent rage, a volatile anger. Specifically, there is a subconscious rage or anger beneath the surface of their offense. If it continues to remain hidden, it may manifest or reveal itself in self-destructive and outwardly destructive ways. It can also be equivalent to sensitivity of a hair-trigger on a machine gun. Irrational behavior will emerge once this volatile anger begins to surface and direct itself.
- Embraces the deception of isolation. Most of us understand that spending time in solitude is good, until it becomes isolation. Isolation is the unhealthy seclusion from quality human contact, and is associated with psychological disorders that give way to “madness” in the mind. A person in this place can become their own “leading authority,” and exists in a twisted, irrational state of relating, reasoning and perception. Isolation quickly becomes the breeding ground for paranoia, suspicion and gross misconceptions.
Extreme offense means that there are levels and levels of unforgiveness and bitterness that God wants to surgically remove. The first step to overcoming, however, is acknowledging that you are in this place.
In addition, just because you walk in offense does not mean GOD is not with you! It does mean that you are in need of His healing power! It means that you are in need of a deep rooted inner healing from hurt and brokenness. The invitation presented before you today is a simple one: “Will you allow Christ to rise in your heart and be made whole?”
 Dr. Kim Shirin, Victim Mentality, http://drshirin.com/victimme.htm
Copyright 2016 Theresa Harvard Johnson
The term ashamed as we are using it in this discussion means to be humiliated by or embarrassed by someone’s actions, characteristics or associations. As it relates to our faith, we can describe this as being humiliated or embarrassed by the words, works and worship of God – especially when embraced from a pure place. It is also the hesitancy or the reluctance to “act on God’s behalf” because of the fear of man, the fear of embarrassment, the fear of loss status or the fear of shunning due to affiliation. In this context, shame has the characteristics of being “lukewarm” for the message of Christ (Rev. 3:16), and failing to have deep roots in the Gospel message (Hebrews 12:15).
People of God,
The ministry of the scribe is a core, governmental function in the global church that touches absolutely every area of its structure. Unfortunately, it is barely recognized as a viable ministry. Because of a lack of understanding, ignorant ideals and the tendency to cling to old concepts and extensive misconceptions, it has been limited to the function of writing – especially in the Western world. The people of God seem to have forgotten that it was scribes who fortified the tent pegs in the first organized congregation. They were the first, in collaboration with chief priests and elders, to build an administrative prototype of sorts on which the congregation still draws from today.
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The Ephesians 4:11 ministers and instructors of the Voices of Christ Apostolic-Prophetic Scribe School held its end of year prophecy and prayer call on Monday, Dec. 28. We spoke into one another's lives and into the destiny of our Scribal Company and nations. We believe that we have been strategically positioned to intercede for the release and restoration of Scribal Ministry and the Arts in the earth. Special thanks to these faithful scribes in the midst of this elite company: Anthony Gladden, Chantay Miller, Sandra Hill, Christine Lombard, Debra Adams, Danielle Taylor, Sepia Gladden, Samentha Sainmelus, Nathan Allen, Andrea Renfroe and Bernard Boulton.
We stand on the principle that no one prophet or company has all the revelation concerning what God is doing in this arena (1 Cor. 13:9). We do, however, acknowledge that God has given our Scribal Company significant insight, authority and revelation into our dedicated ministry area, "The Scribal Anointing," forerunners this specific area of ministry. These scribes have studied extensively in this area of ministry within the School of the Scribe with Theresa Harvard Johnson. They operate consistently in their apostolic calling and Holy Spirit has placed some powerful words in their trust in this season. I pray that those words direct, instruct, correct, encourage and exhort you in 2016. To see a complete list online, CLICK HERE. (Words are listed in no specific order. Names of individual ministries listed when possible)
Navigate Apostolically in 2016
Theresa Harvard Johnson, Scribe School Founder
Copyright 2015 Theresa Harvard Johnson
In my free ebook, “Scribal Purpose: 10 Reasons Why God Has Commanded Us to Write,” I talk about the extensive time Moses spent on Mount Sinai with the Lord receiving and recording the Ten Commandments.
As I reread this section of the book, Holy Spirit illuminated three pivotal elements of his scribal journey to me: (1) Moses identified, ascended and embraced his mountain; (2) He descended his mountain with critical instructions that would not only guide his journey, but help him guide the journey of a nation; and (3) God tangibly engulfed him in His presence throughout this entire act of obedience. (Note that when we use the term scribe in Voices of Christ, we are referring to many manifestations of the scribal gift – not just writing.)