Wednesday, March 27, 2024

He Saves Us



There's an ad circulating currently that was released by the group 'He Gets Us' and was first shown during the Super Bowl.  This ad, while well intentioned, failed to show the true gospel to the millions who are now seeing it. (I've seen it on YouTube)

This ad is not biblical.  Yeshua is shown as accepting of the sins of abortion, homosexuality, and more.  He is loving and full of mercy when we repent, but He also says, "Go and sin no more."  

Here's Pastor Jamie Bambrick's take on what they should have done:   HE SAVES US    

This ad shows the saving, transforming power of Yeshua the Messiah.  He is the Living Word, and He is holy.  When we repent, He writes His Torah on our hearts.  He changes us.  Sadly, there are many churches today that teach "the come as you are, do as you please gospel."  Some even teach that the Torah and the Old Testament are not relevant.  They are wrong.

I've often heard people say that Yeshua "hung out" with sinners.  That is so very wrong.  When He met someone, He immediately recognized their sin, pointed it out, and invited them to follow HIM.  That person either followed Him and "hung out" with HIM, or continued on in their sin.  Read the Gospels and see this for yourself.  

He came to call sinners to repentance. More and more, it seems that word isn't used in leading people to be saved.  The Hebrew word for repentance is teshuvah and it means "return to Torah". 

Growing up in the Southern Baptist church, I was taught what I now call "easy believism":  Just say these words and you'll be saved!  Get baptized!  You're good!!

I remember years ago, I attended a class on soul-winning.  The word repent was never mentioned. The focus was on showing them that God loves them and accepts them as they are.  No need to give up any sins.  This is wrong, friends.  It's not the true gospel.  

As Southern Baptists, we were also taught The Great Commission in Matthewe 28:19-20:  "  ...go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 2 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

That last part is what is now missing from the current "feel good" gospel.  Hashem's commandments are not being taught.  I'm speaking of the Torah.  The church of today has its own commandments.  In example: disobey the Sabbath, go to church twice on Sunday and on Wednesday, worship idols, light candles, don't raise your hands or dance in church, and their favorite one -- tithe. I could go on and on.

The reality of this truth was pressed on to me years ago.  I was a teacher in the Baptist church and was attending a training class.  I walked into the nearby snack shop during a break and found a gospel tract lying on a table.  What I read completely turned my life around.  I read these verses: 

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. 22 On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

I shook with conviction.  My heart was pierced with the truth that day:  Yeshua would tell ME to depart from Him because I was not obeying His laws.  I was a Southern Baptist, law-abiding woman. How could this be???????

In the weeks following, I was deeply convicted and one day, I asked God to show me if those words of Yeshua were true of me.  I opened my Bible, looked down, and there was that verse, underlined (by me) staring me in the face.  Yes! He answered my prayer immediately.  I realized this in that moment:  I'd gone to church all of my life, but deep down wanted MY way.  I had been following the laws of the church, not His laws.  I got on my knees, asked forgiveness for my lawlessness, completely surrendered my heart to Him, and got up as a new woman.  

I kept seeking to know and do His will.  I went to several different churches, seeking His will.  None of them felt right. Eventually, I wearied of the search and prayed, "God, I don't want a church, a denomination, a preacher, or a teacher.  I want to know that I am following You, Your will, and Your ways."

Ever since I was nine years old, I wondered why we weren't with the Jews and why we didn't keep the Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. When I asked that question, I was told, "Those things have been changed." That made no sense to me, as a child nor as an adult.

So, I went to several "Jewish Roots" churches.  Even those didn't feel right, mainly because they made their own laws like the Southern Baptists. For example, one teacher with a large following didn't even obey God's law about the Sabbath.

Finally, Hashem led me to Messianic Judaism.  There, I learned about the Torah and the importance of obeying God's laws. I learned that His ways are the ways of blessing, and I have been consistently and abundantly blessed by obeying His Word, His Will, and His Ways.

Gail-Friends, please think about this:  If we're not to keep His laws, why did Yeshua have to die?  Why did He tell His disciples to teach them to their disciples? Pray about it.  Ask Him the question I asked:  

Am I following You? 

 Am I following Your will?  

Am I following Your ways?.

Click on this link to hear a beautiful song about  Teshuvah

Friday, March 22, 2024

The Encouragement of Psalms


Dear Gail-Friends:

Do you know the encouragement of the Psalms?  My practice is to read one psalm every night before bed. Psalm 91 is my favorite and I've been working on memorizing it.  It's not easy at my age, but I will persevere.

I found Psalm 124 to be a great lifter of the soul on many occasions.  I've been through many battles in my seven decades of life.  But praise and glory to His Name, I've come through every one victoriously with a Golden Nugget -- a lesson that has helped me know Him better.  Haleluyah!  

This version is from the Tree of Life Bible.

Psalm 124

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
“Had Adonai not been on our side”
—let Israel now say—
“Had Adonai not been on our side,
when men rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us alive,
when their wrath burned against us.
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over our soul,
then the raging waters
would have swept over our soul.”

Blessed be Adonai, who has not given us
as prey for their teeth.
Our soul has escaped like a bird
out of the snare of the trappers—
the snare is broken, and we escaped!
Our help is in the Name of Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Do you have a psalm that ministers to you? I'd love for you to share it with me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Lord Lift Me Up - Part 7



Today, Nancy Campell teaches about lifting our hearts, our prayers, and our banners.  I hope you've had the experience of worshiping God with banners.  I've attended many worship services that include them and have always been blessed.  Seeing the colorful designs, and especially watching them be paraded through the synagogue is very uplifting.

 This banner was made by one of our synagogue members, Gail Reindl.  I greatly admire her talent to create something so beautiful for God's glory.  This banner is one of a set  that she and other ladies made to remember the twelve tribes of Israel.


Today's post is the final part of the seven-part series by Nancy Campbell.  Her teachings have been so encouraging to me and I hope they have blessed you, too.  It's from Nancy's weekly e-mail devotional (used with her permission).  You can sign up for the e-mails on her website.


Part 7

  “In the name of our God, we will set up our banners.”

(Psalm 20:5).

We are now up to Point No. 7 as we press on to higher ground.




Lamentations 3:41: “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”


I love that this Scripture talks about lifting up our heart and our hands. To lift up our hands without our heart being involved is meaningless. But to lift up our heart with our hands is very meaningful. It gives action to what is in our hearts and God loves to see that.


Job 11:13 (NLT): “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!”




What does it mean to lift up our prayers? We pray quietly in our hearts of course and we do this so many times throughout the course of the day, don’t we? Especially as mothers we are continually praying for wisdom and seeking God’s guidance as we mother and nurture our children.


But there are times to lift up our prayers. We are so desperate that we must give voice to them. We also lift up our prayers when praying with others so they can join with us and say Amen to what we are praying.


Isaiah 37:4: “Lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.”


1 Timothy 2:8: “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.”


In the Bible, lifting up the palms or hands is a metaphor for prayer.




A banner is not meant to drag in the dust. It is meant to fly high! It is a sign of victory. It is a warning to the enemy. It is a proclamation of truth.


Psalm 60:4 says: “Thou has given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”


God has given us truth in His word, and He wants us to display it, not hide it under a bushel. We must continually lift up the banner of God’s truth—to our children and to whoever will listen to us.


Isaiah 13:2: Lift up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them . . .”


Jeremiah 50:2 (BSB): “Announce and declare to the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it, hold nothing back . . .”


Isaiah 59:19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”


We read an amazing description of the bride of Christ in Song of songs 6:10: “Who is this that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, terrible as an army with banners.” This is not the picture we would equate with a bride, is it? But this is how God sees His church, the bride of Christ. This is a picture of an army marching to battle with their banners lifted high. They are not retreating. They are on the attack. They are a scary sight as they push back the enemy.


Let’s look at some other translations:

HCSB: “awe-inspiring as an army with banners.”

CJB: “formidable as an army marching under banners.”

ESV: “awesome as an army with banners.”


Banners are a sign of victory. They reveal what we believe and what we stand for. God is a banner holder. One of His salvation names is Nissi, The Lord is my banner (Exodus 17:15).


He wants us to hold up our banners too. We must be banner holders in our homes. Holding God’s truth high. Never letting it fall to the ground. Are you holding the banner of truth high, mother? This takes purpose, tenacity, and strength. Never let the enemy grab your banner, carrying it off and laughing in your face. Keep standing strong in this evil day and “having done all, stand” with your banner lifted high.


You are the protector of your home front. You are not cowardly hiding from the enemy. You are waving your banners high. You will not allow the enemy to come against your marriage, to woo your children from the truth, or to enter your home. The only way you see the enemy is a foe to be utterly defeated and routed.


Let’s be banner waving mothers . . .

Holding up the banner of truth against all deception.

Holding up the banner of love against all bitterness and hate.

Holding up the banner of righteousness against all evil.

Holding up the banner of purity against all immorality and uncleanness.

Holding up the banner of unity against all dissension and strife.

Holding up the banner of contentment against all discontentment.

Holding up the banner of faithfulness against all faithlessness.

Holing up the banner of motherhood against all counterfeits of Satan.


Blessings from Nancy Campbell



“Dear Father, please help me to hold the banners of Your truth high. Save me from compromise. Give me courage to stand strong even when others are caving in all around me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”



I am a banner holding, banner waving mother. Look out world!