By steve2525

I have been involved in a lot of church work my whole life, but I consider Yeshua to be everything and the hidden life in Him. I was part of the Jesus movement revival of the early 1970's and I have a heart for Israel.

Keep The Faith

From my youth I knew God, having a child’s faith that there was a God in heaven who had made the world and everything in it.  From that time God has drawn me closer to him and given me more revelation of Him, mostly through His word, the Bible, but all proceeding from His Holy Spirit. God is Spirit and those who seek Him must do so in spirit and truth. Moreover, God Is the Author and finisher of our faith.  It surely is inconceivable to the natural mind that God grants faith to us, although He states it is…

You Are Doing This Wrong

Most of us are well acquainted with our deficiencies. Simply telling someone they should be patient, or kind or whatever is not apt to do anything but increase guilt and frustration.  Recently, I was driving my truck with a load that was hanging beyond the tailgate by about three feet.  The load was really well secured by straps and ropes, as well as having a flag to alert other drivers.  As I turned at a light I noticed a car behind me very close.  I slowed down so it could pass me, but I was merging…

Abundent Life is Here

There is so much bad news and future dread all around that we all need much good news. Thankfully there is a truthful source of reliable good news – The Bible.  Isaiah 55 is a light in dark places, refreshing the weary and satisfying the hungry and thirsty soul. God promises: –  Everyone who thirsts…

A Place Near Your Altar

God allowed a sparrow to come near His altar and build her nest. (Psalms 84:3).  He also killed Uzziah instantly for reaching out to steady the altar and keep it from falling. (2 Sam 6:6).  He would kill any but the high priest for coming in the Holy of holies where the Altar was in the Temple.  He caused tumors to come upon the inhabitants of the Philistine city of Ashdod, when they carried off the altar, and He destroyed their idol. (1 Sam. 5:9).  Woe to those who approach God – beware.   All believers approach God…

Principles of the Kingdom

Jesus tells us a principal of the Kingdom of heaven in Matt. 19 and explains it in chapter 20.  Simply put the last will be first and the first last.  The context is to those entering eternity or the kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is based on His principles, not those of the world.  The greatest in His Kingdom is the servant of all rather than the strongest or most handsome or rich.  Whoever loses his life will save it but whoever saves his life will lose it. The Son of God came to earth in all meekness, a man…

Good Things Have Happened

Many people are saying that the end of America may be near; both sides in the presidential election claim the end will begin if their opponent is elected.  Movies and TV shows have been produced recently depicting a post America world.  As bad as the society has become, there are some very good things that have developed, here is my list, in no particular order, with explanation, because many good things go unnoticed: –  Television is not watched nearly…

Wonders of Marriage

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew: 19: 4:6). What an amazing revelation Jesus gives us in this answer to the religious leaders of his day.  The concept of male and female cannot be explained in evolution theory, it is so fundamental, so marvelous in…

Horrible Evils

There are many evils in our society such as murder, crimes of all sorts, injustice in our courts, corruption in our government, despicable personal acts.  These are seemingly on the rise, but they have been around at certain levels for all our national history.  Recently I’ve seen a wickedness that is disturbing on an entirely different level; parents are  causing dire suffering to their own children, they take their food stamp money, sell it, to buy who knows what, and leave the children hungry and without food.   They also, disregard their children and let their teeth rot out.  I know…

In the Small Things

Does God care about the small things that we deal with in this life.  By small, I don’t mean insignificant or material necessities of living; He promises to give us food and clothing, things we need.  No, I’m referring to small decisions regarding matters that affect us and the others around us, over which we have authority and responsibility to dispose of in our own ability.  The Bible is full of instances of such items in Jesus life.  They range from where to go next, or when to go there, or what to do in certain situations and encounters.   …

The Prodigal Son

In this parable, (Luke 15: 11-32) the younger son asked for his share of the estate.  He took his share, left, and squandered all he had received; ultimately he found himself starving in a foreign land during a severe famine.  In his desperation he decided to return to his father’s house, asking for nothing, but to be only a servant in the household.  Upon his return he was welcomed by his father as a fully accepted son, given the best robe for clothing, a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.  The father celebrated and gave him all…

Fruit Bearing

The parable of the sower, (Matt. 13: 18-23), includes an alarming and critical category of failed seeds; the first is taken by the enemy from the path; the second has no root and quickly falls away when rocks of trouble or persecution come; the third produces no fruit because of the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth.  This seed germinated and grew with roots, but bore no fruit, which is no better than the dead seeds, perhaps worse. By their fruit…

Accusations

Have you ever heard accusations in your mind?  Are they immediately after some interaction with someone or as a consequence of your own thoughts or actions?  Are they out of the blue almost random accusations pointing out your weakness, things you have already confessed from the distant past, or things that you could never make right or even address in a reasonable manner.  If you are a believer, the enemy is set on destroying, stealing or killing your faith.  Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and…

Myths on Earth

When we enter into the afterlife we will be  free of many lies, conjecture, assumption, misunderstanding, and deception that we held while on earth.  For many, the most obvious will be the existence in which we enter, but this will be of no surprise to Christians, as we look forward to it from the beginning; although not so much the it of it, but rather the whom of it.  But there will be many other, less subtle falsehoods that will be gone, for example, the class distinctions among people, everyone will be treated the same, not equally, but each with justice…

God’s Care Sovereign and Particular

To fear God, and to stand in awe of his justice; to trust and depend on him in all conditions; to submit patiently to his will under all afflictions; to pray to him for the supply of our wants, for the relief of our sufferings, for protection and defense; to love and praise him for the blessings we enjoy, for peace and plenty, and health, for friends and benefactors, and all prosperous successes:  I say, these are not the acts of reasonable men, unless we believe that God has the supreme disposal of all events, and takes a particular care…

Wisdom in Reply

A response to some proclaimed Atheists is ill-advised, particularly if they are merely trolling for replies, and considering the substance of their arguments and the scriptures.  As long as they have breath, there is still hope that God in His mercy will open them to the truth of Yeshua, Messiah through whatever means He may deem appropriate and best. They typically use…

Jim and Casper Go To Church

“Most christians have been immersed in church culture for so long that they have no idea how non-Christian guests might interpret what they see and hear at a worship service, or what might inspire them to come back.”  Is the Christian worship service for God’s pleasure or a sales meeting? Are Christians to conform to the ways of this world? Is it a “what” or a “Who” that might inspire a non-Christian to come back?  If it is a person, is it a marketer disguised as a Christian, or is it Yeshua/Holy Spirit? What does scripture…

The Greatest Thing Sought

Eternal life…..movies and books have fantasized about its attainment, Cortez searched the new world for “The fountain of youth”.  People are seeking to live longer lives and life expectations for populations are increasing.However, who can deliver on such a promise.  God alone promises eternal life…

Atheist And Proud Of It, But Why

This is a partial list of celebrities who are purportedly atheist by News N Buzz website and comments attributed to each.  It is likely profitable to be atheist in Hollywood, so as to the true heart-felt beliefs of these folks, it is hard to say, and since they are alive, they may yet come to faith, particularly, as they age or drop out of the limelight or favor with Hollywood or the political left who seem to run it.  However, these objections to religion and/or God, provide an interesting sample of complaints, demands, dreams, and misunderstandings to support their unbelief.…

The Church in America Today and Tomorrow

The Pew Center did a massive survey in May 2015, generating many statistics, in general concluding that evangelical churches were growing while others were declining.  Also, within Evangelical churches “non-denominational” churches were growing significantly.  American society as represented in the media is in decline morally and spiritually, aided by liberal judges in the Supreme Court and in the other two branches of Government.  This should come as no surprise, unless it is about the speed with which American society is transforming. What does this mean to those comprising the church in America? What lies ahead given such circumstances?  What is…

A Word of Encouragement

You can have greater faith now.  Hear, think, remember, read, meditate, pray, seek, ask, inquire about Messiah Yeshua, and as you do listen, faith will rise.  Everywhere God is blessing His people, even those who are just turning to Him, those who are weighed down by the cares of this world, the brokenhearted, those in great need, those in peril, the weak and wounded, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.  God is good.  God is loving to all He has made.  Every good and perfect gift comes from God.  He is near and He knows all…

Feelings vs Mental Assent

These  are two aspects of faith and they offer much to debate and divide those who favor a particular view.  In revival we see each in operation, but mental assent is much more difficult to observe than the emotions and associated feelings which flood out in all sorts of expression.  Is a particular revival event truly a work of God or simply a show of men? Always and necessary is the Bible’s admonition to test the spirits (1 Thess. 5:19). That test is based on the fruit that is produced. A relevant scripture…

God’s Timing

Everything of God is perfect, so when we look at His timing it is amazing.  In His timing He can be severe, as well as gracious.  When Abraham was asked to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice, immediately after God stopped Abraham, he supplied a ram that was caught in a thicket for the sacrifice (Gen. 22:13).  When God sent the prophet Nathan to confront King David with his sin, Nathan told him that there was a rich man with thousands of sheep, who took a poor man’s only lamb instead of his own sheep.  David became outraged,…

Recognizing the Holy Spirit

The critical issue in our Christian walk is will we be led by the Spirit or by self, human will, skill, thought, ego, imagination or other motivations. How is the distinction made – even when it is acknowledged to be wholly critical?  Here is a list (in no particular order) based on scripture and illustrated by personal experience. Cover decisions in prayer – Prayer is for every occasion, every person and every purpose.[i] The Holy Spirit leads and inspires prayer,[ii] therefore, in prayer the Holy Spirit was be very active. Note the constancy of peace within – We are called…

A Vision in Worship on Easter Sunday

I saw an athletic event at an outdoor stadium.  The athletes were highly skilled and the competition fierce.  There were many spectators cheering for the champions.  As the event neared its conclusion, a weaker participant faltered and fell.  Falling to the field he was broken and defeated.  The crowd was silent and seated bearing with humiliation for the loser.  Then from the stands a solitary figure stood and walked onto the field, helped the fallen athlete to his feet, embraced him in friendship and exited, not shying from the crowd’s contempt for defeat. I marveled at the sight…

Fear God and Live

What truth we know is from God; some directly via written form and other via individual revelation.  Other information, mostly erroneous or out right untruths abound from suggestions of the enemy and imaginations of men.  Truth is not time sensitive as current thinking claims and asserts, based on changes in fashion and various so-called technologies that are often mere mechanizations.  For example, the Greek temples were constructed to seemingly require elaborate calculations of proportionate geometry, that was thought to be unknown at the time, however, the Greeks used measuring devices to create a building that looked square, although it was…