Monday, August 2, 2021

A Call to War

 


A Call to War
by Jamie Lash  (this is an excerpt from Jewish Jewels newsletter)

The shofar (ram's horn trumpet), spoken of throughout the Holy Scriptures, is sounded every day this month in traditional synagogues since August 2021 coincides with the month of Elul on the Hebrew /Biblical calendar. Elul precedes the month of Tishrei and is a month of preparation of the heart before the fall Feasts of the Lord. The shofar calls God's people to repentance.

The shofar is also a call to war. "When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets (shofarot, show-far-OAT), and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies" (Num. 10:9).

Last month, in obedience to the Lord, I wrote about two of the evil spirits that are warring against us in the U.S.A. at this hour in history: the lying, deceiving spirit and the antichrist spirit. The spiritual warfare, mentioned in Ephesians 6:12, is the scriptural basis of this war against demonic forces. My compulsion to continue expounding on our call to war is also based on another verse from Ephesians: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them" (Eph. 5:11).

EXPOSE THEM. Plural. It was drawn to my attention recently that the world-wide pandemic was just beginning at the time of my husband Neil's unveiling (of a monument one year after his death). This was in March, 2020. No one wore masks yet, everyone was unsure about Covid-19, and the "pandemonium" had not yet begun (PAN-DEMONium, from the Greek for "all demon"). I consider
it a possibility that the enemy unleashed or at least stirred up a horde of demonic spirits during the pandemic of 2020, and they are harassing us now. The Lord wants to unveil them and give us victory over them, but we must be AWARE of them and ENGAGE in the battle against them. The End-time bride is destined to be a Warrior bride. Please be assured that we are not alone in the battle. God is ,)שופר with us. Take heart from Nehemiah 4:20, "Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet (shofar rally to us there. Our God will fight for us." 
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Friday, July 23, 2021

A Great Resource for Women

 


I recommend this resource for all women - young, old, single, married, mothers, and those without children also. 

God has given us a mandate to teach the younger women -- and there's always someone younger than you, right?  I am always encouraged by Nancy's writing.  I hope you will take God's mandate to heart and share God's Word with the women around you.










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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Are You Zealous?

 

When I was growing up, my girl friends and I would talk about what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Some wanted to be nurses, some ballerinas . . . but I only wanted to be a mother. When I was about five years old, I remember asking my mama one day, "Mama, can you have a baby without being married?"  

She said, "Yes, but why?"

I said, "Well, that's what I want to do because I don't ever want to get married."

In my little girl way, I was expressing my desire to be a mother.  I wanted a baby - because I loved them so much.  

Well, I did grow up to be a mother -- and I did get married first.  I prayed fervently for a baby, but it took four years of marriage before my first baby girl was born.  This was after I'd had a miscarriage the year before.  When I lost that baby, my heart was broken.  But, praise God, He blessed me with a healthy, beautiful girl.  She was my dream come true.

I wanted more children and prayed fervently again -- but it was six, long years before my second baby girl came.  I wanted more babies, but it was not to be.  I was, and am, so grateful for the two blessings God gave me.

Books were my passion while my girls were growing up.  I read everything I could get my hands on in order to learn how to be a good mother.  I watched other mothers and tried to emulate them.  I was passionate and I was zealous about teaching them God's Word. 

Both of my daughters are now adults, and I have two grandchildren.  While my parenting role has changed and I have made many mistakes along the way,  I remain zealous in my desire to be a good, godly mother . . . according to God's standard - not the world's.  Part of my role now is to be zealous in prayer for the loved ones God has given me.  I will not be complacent in this role.  God's word is my guiding light as I walk out my remaining days.  Do my actions and words line up with His Word?  That's the key to being  a good mother in His eyes.  My prayer is to hear Him say, "Well done, My good and faithful servant" not "Depart from me you who practice lawlessness."

These thoughts were inspired by this post by Nancy Campbell on her Facebook page, Above Rubies:  (used by permission)

ZEALOUS MOTHERS
 
Some people allow themselves to get eaten up inside with bitterness, hurt, and jealousy etc. As mothers, we cannot allow these attitudes in our lives for they destroy us and our entire family. We must keep our spirits whole—pure, blameless, and continually forgiving.
 
However, there is one area where the Bible tells us we can get “eaten up” inside? Do you know what it is? John 2:17 says of Jesus: “The zeal of thine house hath EATEN ME UP.” In other words, He was consumed with zeal for the honor of God’s house. These words were spoken after Jesus made a whip and cleansed the temple. He drove out all the sheep and oxen, tipped over all the tables and money, and cried out: “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise” (John 2:16).
He also cried out: “It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:13). 
 
Your home is also God’s house if you have dedicated it to the Lord, which I am sure you have. 
 
Therefore, we should have the same zeal Jesus had to protect our homes and families. We are faithful watchwomen who drive all evil out of our homes. Even if we upset everyone! We won’t be tipping over tables and throwing money everywhere, but we’ll be strong enough to take a stand against any evil that seeks to bring darkness into our homes. 
 
We passionately keep our homes holy. 
 
We have the zeal of the Lord about making our home a House of Prayer! If our homes are not homes of prayer, can we call them God’s homes? We plan our schedules around our daily prayer times with our family. We don’t hope it fits in. We make it fit in to our schedule. Or better still, we make our schedule fit around our highest priority, our daily family times of prayer and Bible reading.
 
Jesus Christ redeemed us to be “zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). Building your home and family for God is a good work. Do it with zeal. Don’t do it halfheartedly, allowing other things to consume your mind and time. Embrace the great commission God has given to you and pour your heart into it. 
 
Sometimes, some wonderful mothers become zealously involved in a specific interest outside their home and it consumes them. Now, instead of continuing to build up their marriage and their home, they pour their life into this vain emptiness that is temporary and has no eternal value. Their home lies destitute. They are building empty castles in the air instead of building their family. 
 
May the blessings of God fall upon you, dear anointed, zealous, passionate mother.
~ Nancy Campbell

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Reflections on the Good Shepherd and a Big Blessing!

 
This is a picture of how I've felt over the past year, Gail-Friends.  I hope you laugh -- I did when I saw it.  It's a perfect depiction of how confused and helpless I was.

 
This photo is a picture of my spirit right now.  The "Son" is coming up over a beautiful field of flowers.  That's how I feel  Haleluyah!  
 

 
 
The year 2020 and the last six months have been extremely difficult. Grief and loss have visited me  over and over.  Thankfully, the Good Shepherd has held my hand as we walked through the valley of the shadow of death together.  Thank you, dear Gail-Friends, for your prayers, kind words, and support you've shown.  
 
I confess to you, dear Gail-Friends, that I have failed to be vigilant in battle against the evil one.  There were times I grew weary.  I wanted to just stay at home and not go out.  I could not write.  But praise God, when I stumbled, He helped me up.  Psalm 23 has been my consistent meditation when tears flowed through the night. 

With God's help, I have reached the place that Psalm 23 speaks of:
  •   He has prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies.  Even though the evil one has   been attacking me steadily, I am experiencing God's joy again.
  •   He has anointed my head with oil.  I once again feel His presence and comfort.  I know His favor is upon me, even though at times I felt like a female Job.  
  •   My cup is running over.  Once again, God has taught me lessons as I walked through the dark valley  -- truths that no one can take away from me. 
One thing I learned is that I have to be extremely vigilant about my thought life.  The evil one was roaring and roaming like a lion.  I can't just complain that there's a lion in the street.  I have to get up and destroy him. (Proverbs 22:13).  
 
Here's what the Word says about that:  
 
  Stay sober, stay alert! Your enemy, the Adversary, stalks about like a roaring lion
 looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8 CJB)
 
 and
 
 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, 
and he will flee from you.(James 4:7 CJB)

I hope hope to share more about this lesson as well as some of other things I experienced and learned in the days and weeks ahead.  
 

And now for the BIG BLESSING!!

God has answered my prayers -- we have a new grandson!  

And here he is - Elijah Love.  Don't you love his name?  



 

Can you tell I am over the moon with JOY!!!?

 

 Have a great week, Gail-Friends, and a Good Shabbos.

Lord willing, I will post again next week.


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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Please Read and Share

 

A friend sent this article to me today.  I had to share it, and I pray you will share it, too. 

June 24, 2021


It’s Time for Honesty

Today’s post is not suitable for young children. Though not graphic in a detailed sense, the information I will be sharing is very disturbing and heartbreaking. However, I feel it is very important and must be shared. I suggest that you copy this post as soon as possible, before it disappears. Also, a link to the entire article/report from which I took the information is ,here. Please download that also, while the link is still available; some don’t want you to know the truth. And finally, if you have had an abortion and still struggle with guilt, you may not want to read or listen to this; my heart is not to condemn or wound anyone. There is TOTAL forgiveness, cleansing and healing available to you. I actually have a strong message (podcast) entitled Broken No More, to aid you in this process; it can be viewed ,here.

When Trump was president, he took immediate action to stop the government’s funding of abortion and its practice of buying aborted babies’ body parts for research. He was, in fact, America’s most pro-life president ever. One of Biden’s top agendas was reversing this and resuming the process. The murder of babies in the womb is abominable, but selling and using their body parts for research is beyond abominable. It is hideous beyond belief. We think nothing of condemning the Nazis for torturing, killing and using the Jews’ bodies for research. Yet, for some, doing so to unborn babies is somehow fine.

Using new emails uncovered by Judicial Watch’s FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, The Federalist reports:

“In what should have been a national headline, the exposure of the U.S. government’s involvement in trafficking aborted baby body parts is now more noteworthy following Friday’s announcement from the White House. At President Biden’s direction, the Department of Health and Human Services reversed the Trump administration’s policy protecting preborn Americans from the callous dehumanization of organ harvesting and further desecration of their bodies in research disguised as science.” One can’t help but wonder if the anti-Trump Christians who voted for Biden are beginning to have voter’s remorse. And this is exactly why I contend that Christian leaders should be passionately involved in the process of government. (See yesterday’s post ,here.)

The Federalist continued, “The sickening decision now gives license to our ‘best and brightest’ government researchers and agencies, those in charge of steering the country towards medical breakthroughs and scientific progress, to use the skin, brains, and eyeballs of children in research that affects all of us and is funded by our money...”1

The article (which, again, you can link to at the beginning of today’s post) shares many details, baby parts’ price lists, etc. Here are a few of the facts exposed:

  • the FDA paid $2000 per baby
  • they bought the organs of aborted babies
  • the skin of a 21 week old Down syndrome baby (number xxx602) was sold
  • they required “fresh, never frozen” babies
  • they requested late-term babies, up to 24 weeks old
  • they bought skulls of second trimester babies
  • they requested boy organs in order to create humanized mice
  • they described some babies’ parts as ‘amazing’
  • our tax dollars paid for FDA trips to ‘humanized mice workshops’ in Europe

I am sorry for the hideousness of this information, but we as Americans need to know about this loathsome, inhuman activity. And if it is acceptable, why do they hide it? If our government feels it is appropriate, why did it require a FOIA request to get the information? This is unquestionably the most despicable information I have ever come across.

The Bible speaks of those whose consciences have been seared (1 Timothy 4:2). If this doesn’t qualify, I’m not sure what does. If these practices are not an indication that abortion and its evolution into barbarism are influenced by demons, what would be? The first chapter of the book of Romans speaks of “vile affections” (verse 26, KJV), and “depraved minds” (verse 28, NASV). Actually, much of the content in verses 28-31 is appropriate:

“And because they thought it was worthless to embrace the true knowledge of God, God gave them over to a worthless mind-set, to break all rules of proper conduct. Their sinful lives became full of every kind of evil, wicked schemes,

greed, and cruelty...They are deceitful liars full of hostility...totally immoral. They are senseless, faithless, ruthless, heartless, and completely merciless.” (Romans 1:28-31, TPT)

“After a speech, pro-life activist Penny Lea was approached by an old man. Weeping, he told her the following story:

‘“I lived in Germany during the Nazi holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews, but like most people today in America, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it?

‘“A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from a distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews.

‘“Week after week that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry out to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow. And we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. If some of the screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more. I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God, forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene.’”2

Please don’t allow anything to drown out the silent screams of the unborn. Don’t hide from the truth. Post it. Preach about it. Write about it. Do a podcast about it. Publicize it. For God’s sake, stop the singing and listen.

Hitler said of the Austrians after they voted 98% to 2% to appease him and join The Third Reich, “How fortunate for us that the people choose to remain ignorant.”(3) I fear that we in the American church have chosen to anesthetize ourselves to the pain of what is occurring. Abortion has been happening so long - almost 50 years now since Roe v. Wade - that we’ve become numb. It doesn’t shock us anymore. It doesn’t trigger grief. For most, sadly, there isn’t even a pause. Pastor, how long has it been since you talked about it to your congregation? Led in a public prayer to see it end? To all of us, how long since we cried for the tortured, dismembered babies? Reject the choice to remain ignorant. Think about what is occurring. Then choose to do something. Make a difference! Shout your protest!! Expose this evil!! At the very least, VOTE PRO-LIFE.

In the movie The Patriot, Benjamin Martin’s sister-in-law attempted to comfort him, defending his initial decision not to fight the British. “You have done nothing for which to be ashamed,” she claimed.

Martin’s thoughtful and poignant response was: “I have done nothing. For that I am ashamed.”

God forbid that Martin’s lament would become the tragic epitaph of today’s America regarding this modern-day holocaust. I pray that when all is said and done, this is not what history records of us. May we, like Martin, finally wake up and do something.

You may think I hate the people doing these things. I do not. I pray for their salvation. God can, and wants to forgive them. The blood of Jesus is more powerful than their blood sacrifices. Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom, whose entire family died in the Nazi consentration camps once said, “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred.” I forgive those who have perpetrated these evils. I will not, however, be silent.

Forward The Federalist article to your friends. Pastors and Christian leaders, tell your people the truth. Find an appropriate way to inform them, and do so. If you choose not to do that, at least refer them to the article. We must not be silent any longer!

Pray with me:

Father, our hearts break when we read about what is happening to the babies. If our hearts feel such pain, what must Yours feel? Surely You know each of them, have brought them to Your house, and given them names. They are mere numbers no more.

We have no words to express our utter shame for what we have allowed in America. We can only take solace in the fact that the blood of Christ is greater than all of our sins. Please forgive and cleanse us as a nation for these unthinkable, unconscionable actions.

We humbly cry out, as we have many times before, please help us stop this evil. Help us overturn Roe v. Wade and shut down every abortion mill in America! Help us stop this inhuman research! Give us as a nation, once again, a love for life, including the unborn. In Christ’s name we ask. Amen.

Our decree:

What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make us whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh, precious is the flow, that makes us white as snow. No other fount we know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.4

Click below to watch the prayer.

https://youtu.be/l66gokw9BBA

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  1. ,https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/26/top-10-sickening-details-about-how-federal-employees-trafficked-baby-body-parts/
  2. ,https://www.hopeforlivingston.org/blog/sing-a-little-louder/
  3. Simpson, Douglas. Looking for America: Rediscovering the meaning of freedom. (Enumclaw, WA: WinePress Publishing, 2006), p 304.
  4. ,https://hymnary.org/text/what_can_wash_away_my_sin
  5. ,https://www.foxnews.com/politics/daleiden-planned-parenthood-testimony-depositions
  6. ,https://www.foxnews.com/us/planned-parenthood-tissue-procurer-abortion-clinic-testimony

Monday, June 7, 2021

Leaning on My Beloved

 

 

I need your prayers, friends. Please don't ask for details - just pray and believe. This has been one of the hardest years of my life . . . so much death and sorrow.  I've never known such grief . . .

I know that God works everything together for my good because I am called to His purpose.

 I am being drawn closer to My Beloved through every pain and sorrow. I'm leaning on Him and clinging to this promise from His Word: 

 What the righteous hope for will end in JOY.

Proverbs 10:28a  (CJB) 

This beautiful poem is a message that has soothed my soul as I cling to Him.  

(from the author's Facebook page and used with her permission.)
 
 
The broken way
Is where we often walk
With grief and weight
That rest heavy
With confusion
And lances the
Heart with pain
Yet it is there
That we find Him
The One who has
Walked this road
Who offers His hand
To take us through
This thin place
Where we feel
Brittle and a bit lost
Until sacredness
Overwhelms and
We find ourselves
On holy ground
Lost in His love
 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

God's Mandate for Older Women

 

 

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Nancy Campbell's ministry of writing always touches and teaches me.  I love this post and hope it will be helpful to you my dear Gail-Friends.


GOD’S MANDATE FOR OLDER WOMEN  
by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies 
(used by permission)

"It seems that many older women are not aware of the mandate God gives to them. Titus 2:3-5 tells us that the older women are to teach and show the way for the younger women. 
 
These Scriptures are very specific about what we are to teach—to love their husbands and to submit to their husbands, to love their children, to be keepers at home, to be self-controlled, kind, and pure. It’s all to do with the home.
 
The sad thing is, that once their children have grown, many mothers move on to other things and other careers, forgetting that it’s not time to give up motherhood. It’s time to extend and enlarge our motherhood.
 
Now that the new Above Rubies is arriving to women, I often receive emails from woman who say: “Thank you so much for encouraging me in motherhood over the years, but now my children have grown, and I no longer need it.”
 
My heart grieves because we older mothers still need the message of Above Rubies (which is the message of Titus 2) as much as ever. If we don’t continue to walk in the truth of this message and continue teaching it to the younger generation, we fail our mandate from God. And we older mothers constantly need refresher courses. I am now in the great-grandmothering stage and yet I am still learning more about God’s ways for marriage and motherhood. There is always more to learn. And if we don’t keep learning, how can we teach the younger generations?
 
Do these mothers not care about the younger generation of mothers? And what about their own children? That’s an even greater responsibility, to teach and train them in God’s plan for marriage and the home.
 
But God’s word is even more definite. It goes on to say that if we older mothers do not fulfill our mandate that we blaspheme God’s Word. Oh wow. That’s a strong word, isn’t it? It’s not mine, it’s God’s.
 
Some other translations of the Bible use the words: slander, revile, malign, insult, dishonor, disgrace, discredit, bring shame, disrepute, reproach and shame. All powerful words too.
 
Oh for a powerful army of older women to rise up to show the way for the next generation."
 
Shalom and blessings to you all, Gail-Friends

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Sing and Celebrate Shavuot

 Shavuot - Celebrate His Gift



We are celebrating Shavuot today - the giving of God's Laws at Mt. Sinai.  This is a re-post about a previous celebration.  Please continue to pray for Israel as they are being attacked by the Palestinians as I write today. 

This weekend, we remembered and observed God's commandment to celebrate the feast of Shavuot.  We put this beautiful hand-made curtain on the ark, which holds the scroll, in preparation for the Torah procession.  It was made by our congregation member, LaVonne Craft, and the Hebrew says - The Torah is a tree of life.  Blessed is the man who takes hold of it.  This is so true of me.  When I began to read and obey the Torah, my life changed dramatically. 



Shavuot is God's commanded day to remember His gift of the Torah to Moses (and us) on Mt. Sinai. Also, this was the day the Ruach Ha Kodesh came down on those who were gathered in a Shavuot celebration at Jerusalem after the resurrection of Yeshua. He wrote the Torah on their hearts that day, and He's still doing it today. Haleluyah! We take His Word wherever we go. We are His disciples - teaching others about Yeshua and His commandments. You can learn more about this commanded feast, and see photos of our past celebrations, in my blog posts HERE. 

 This week, in preparation for Shavuot, I found this video about the Torah.  It asks the question, "What would a world without Torah look like?" We watched this video at our synagogue's celebration, and I hope you will watch it, too, dear Gail-Friends:   If the Jewish People Never Received the Torah

On Shavuot, it's a tradition to parade the Torah and to praise Adonai for His great gift.   I love this video of a celebration of Shavuot.  If this song gets your toes to tapping, grab your gift -- the HOLY BIBLE - and join the dance!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Pray for Israel

 


 
 
 
 (copied from Jewish Jewels on Facebook)
As many of you may know, tensions are rising rapidly and there are many talks of full-scale war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The recent conflict comes after Israel retaliates for the more than 1,500 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel at civilian targets, and now 2 rockets fired from Lebanon. Our only hope for peace in any situation is the Prince of Peace, our Messiah Yeshua. The Lord loves the Jews, and He loves the Arabs. His desire is for all to come to repentance. May courage reign in the hearts of those who seek the truth of the Lord. May eyes be opened, ears be unstopped, and hearts be softened to receive the Word of the Lord. For Yeshua is the only way to salvation, and we must follow Him! Please continue to pray for Jerusalem and Israel, and her enemies. "Arise O Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee" (Num. 10:35).
 
Psalm 121
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Please Pray With Me

 


Today is the day officially set aside in the United States of America as The National Day of Prayer.  People all of the country will be praying for our country, our leaders, and for each one of us as citizens.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (below) is often quoted about saving America, but I believe it is mostly misunderstood.  Please read this scripture in context. The people had thrown Adonai's Torah behind their backs -- scorned it -- refused to obey His laws.  Our country, including many, many churches have done the same.

Beloved, this is the gospel of true repentance: Turn from your disobedience to His laws (Torah), accept that Yeshua is the only payment for those sins, and walk in obedience to Torah. This will save our land.

Prior to learning about God's Torah, I was taught that we don't have to obey Adonai's laws any longer.  That stumped me because Yeshua and His disciples obeyed them.  Even the apostle, Paul, obeyed them.  It's sad that people teach this lie. 

 Another thing I was taught is that there's no way we can't keep all of His laws.  This is true because some are for men, some are for women, and some can only be obeyed in the land of Israel.  Nevertheless, many teachers say we're not under the Law, and that it's no longer applicable.  This is a falsehood aka LIE.

I saw a graphic this week that I have to share with you:

 


 These things are only the beginning.  There are laws related to business, agriculture, treatment of animals, personal relations, marriage, children -- and much more.

 Remember, dear Gail-Friends, Yeshua said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." 

He also said, "Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  He obeyed Torah, kept Adonai's Sabbath, (not the one established by the Roman Catholic Church) observed the feasts and festivals, and told his disciples to teach this when He gave The Great Commission."   (Matthew 28:18-20) :

 18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age. (Complete Jewish Bible)

If you believe that Yeshua is God in the flesh (the Great Three in One), then the commandments He spoke of are indeed His Torah -- His commandments -- the Law.  And, nothing He taught the disciples while on earth is in conflict with, or disobedient to, the Torah.  

Most people have never studied (or believed) the book of Leviticus, which details many of the laws of Adonai.  Therefore, we are seeing a great apostasy in the church today because people are not being obedient to many, many of God's laws.  Preachers teach their people to disobey God.  They probably are unaware of  the words of Yeshua in Revelation 22:

14 How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city! 15 Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Complete Jewish Bible)


  The world will be a better place when revival comes, and this is what I'm praying for -- a revival of holiness.  That holiness is detailed in His Torah.  I pray you will read it and obey it.  







Friday, April 16, 2021

When Parents Get Old

 


WHEN PARENTS GET OLD ...
        let them grow old with the same love that they let you grow ... 
        let them speak and tell repeated stories with the same patience and interest that they heard yours as a child ...
         let them overcome, like so many times when they let you win
         let them enjoy their friends just as they let you … 
        let them enjoy the talks with their grandchildren, 
because they see you in them ...
         let them enjoy living among the objects that have accompanied them for a long time, because they suffer when 
they feel that you tear pieces of this life away ...
 let them be wrong, like so many times you have been wrong 
and they didn’t embarrass you by correcting you ... 
LET THEM LIVE 
and try to make them happy the last stretch of the path 
they have left to go;
 give them your hand, just like they gave you their hand 
when you started your path!
 
“Honor your mother and father and your days 
shall be long upon the earth”. - God
 
(copied: source and photo source unknown)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Why Do I Observe Passover?

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Father, I praise You for  Your Son, Yeshua the Messiah, who paid the price for our sins.  He was crucified, shed his blood, died, and rose again.  He was the embodiment of the perfect, spotless Passover Lamb.  Only His blood saves us, just as the lamb's blood on the doorposts saved the Israelites that night in Egypt.


Thank You for saving us when we turn from sin to obey You, and accept Yeshua as our redemption for that sin.  Each year as we do the Passover seder, we remember Yeshua's blood, and body, and the wonderful story of redemption portrayed in the seder.  Thank You, Father, for Your mercy.
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Dear Gail-Friends, If you have never attended a Passover seder, this is an explanation of what we do:

 The Hebrew word "seder" means "order".  Each person in attendance has a haggadah (booklet) which has the readings and scriptures for the seder.  Our haggadah is for a Messianic service and therefore includes readings from both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Scriptures.  Hopefully, you will one day have the privilege of attending a Passover seder, so I've decided not to spoil your fun by explaining every detail.  Suffice it to say that it involves music, dancing, singing, and of course, eating and drinking!

 In Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23, G-d commanded that Passover be observed forever.  Yeshua obeyed that commandment.  You may read about it in Luke 22, Matthew 26, and John 13.   He observed the seder just prior to going to the cross.  Knowing this, you will see what is called the last supper in a whole new light.  The entire seder is a picture of our salvation from sin through Yeshua.   His death, burial and resurrection are portrayed clearly and beautifully  in the Passover seder.  My prayer and hope is that you will be blessed to attend a Messianic seder, and that you, too, will honor G-d by observing the commandment to keep Passover.

The main focus of the seder is the seder plate, which has a variety of items which are symbolic and beautiful in their interpretation.  The photograph below shows a seder plate.  I will explain each element below:



The parsley (karpas in Hebrew), represents the hyssop which was used to apply the blood of the Passover lamb to the doorposts and lentils of each of the Israelites' homes.  The karpas is dipped in salt water and eaten.  The salt water represents the tears shed that night in Egypt, and also the Red Sea through which the Hebrews escaped. 

Matzah has been explained in my post here.

The horseradish (maror in Hebrew, for bitter herbs) are eaten on a piece of matzah.  This represents the sorrow, persecution and suffering of the people under Pharoah.  Just as the bitter herbs bring tears to our eyes, so did the suffering of our people bring tears to their eyes.  This also represents the sorrow of our lives before we accept Yeshua.

Next the bitter herbs are eaten along with charoset, which a Hebrew word also.  Charoset is a sweet mixture of chopped apples, nuts, and honey.  The charoset represents mortar used to make clay bricks by our people while slaves in Egypt.   Eating the bitter with the sweet represents the bitterness of Yeshua's death, and the sweetness of his sacrifice to set us free.    

The lamb shank bone represents the Passover lamb (Pesach sey), which is the symbol of our L-rd and Savior Yeshua.  The lamb had to be spotlessly perfect.  Yeshua was also sinless and  perfect in obedience to the Torah and the Father; therefore he could be the Passover lamb for the whole world.


Some seders include a boiled egg.  We do not because of its association with mystical religious rites of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Babylonians.  The egg is one of the symbols of  the fertility goddess Ishtar (aka Easter).  Father G-d told us not to participate in occult practice or worship any other gods before Him.  It must make him sad that people honor Ishtar (Easter) instead of Him on Passover.

There is more, so much more, involved in the Passover seder.  To tell it all would be to write a haggadah!  So, my desire here is just to whet your appetite for more.   You would be so blessed to attend a Messianic Passover seder and if you can't do it in person, you can see one online through Youtube.

In Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23, G-d commanded that Passover be observed forever.  Yeshua obeyed that commandment.  You may read about it in Luke 22, Matthew 26, and John 13.   He observed the seder just prior to going to the cross.  Knowing this, you will see what is called the last supper in a whole new light.  The entire seder is a picture of our salvation from sin through Yeshua.   His death, burial and resurrection are portrayed clearly and beautifully  in the Passover seder.  My prayer and hope is that you will be blessed to attend a Messianic seder, and that you, too, will honor G-d by observing the commandment to keep Passover.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach to you and yours.
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