Faith and the Drink Offering

Think about Yeshua's first public miracle, turning water into wine.  "When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, 'They have no more wine.'  'Woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My hour has not yet come.'  His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' " (John 2:3-5).  Mary's faith… Continue reading Faith and the Drink Offering

Holy Spirit In Prayer

  Agreement is important in prayer.  Agreement first must be with God's will.  Agreement is also available from the Word of God - when we pray scripture.  Recently, I had a need in my family, it was known by others and seemingly getting more urgent.  I didn't have faith to say anything, and I knew… Continue reading Holy Spirit In Prayer

The Near Future

When I get to heaven, I'm going to be able to play the heavenly instruments and write some music and sing songs that flow from the Lord.  Heaven will be populated with the redeemed saints, spirits of righteous men made perfect. (Heb. 12:23).  God will be there, nothing will separate us from Him and we… Continue reading The Near Future

Differences in Felt Needs

I have several married friends where the husband has recently retired and the wife continues to work.  I'm currently in that situation, as I was required to take early retirement, so I'm really rather young, good-looking, wise beyond my years, humorous,  and possess a vivid imagination - Ha-Ha, just kidding about all that, except retirement. … Continue reading Differences in Felt Needs

Your God Is Too Small

"Your God Is Too Small" is a book by J.B. Phillips.  My comments about the book will be in two parts, this being part 1, Destructive.  Phillips first debunks artificial concepts of God, thus using destructive as the negative focus indicates. Among his unreal God's are the following: Resident Policeman   Parental Hangover   Grand Old… Continue reading Your God Is Too Small

Trust and Obey

Saul, first King of Israel is an example of what to avoid.   When Saul went to battle he was told to wait seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel was delayed and Saul's men began to scatter.  So Saul said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings."  And Saul offered… Continue reading Trust and Obey

The Evangelist

The Messiah gave the Church different types of ministries: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher. (Eph 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28-29).  In our day Pastors and Teachers seem to possess the mic and the stage, but I have known Evangelist and they are marvelous, or more accurately, the Spirit's working in them is amazing.  I'm not referring… Continue reading The Evangelist

Temporal vs Eternal Life

In C.S. Lewis's book "Readings for Meditation and Reflection in the chapter entitled, "The Christian and the Materialist", the author observes, "...a Christian and a non-Christian may both wish to do good to their fellow men.  The one believes that men are going to live forever, that they were created by God and so built… Continue reading Temporal vs Eternal Life

Visions of God

Moses was maybe the person who saw Father God most clearly, at least His Glory.  He asked to see God and God put him under a rock to protect him from a face to face encounter, then allowed Moses to see his back as He passed. (Exodus 33:18-23). Of course many people saw Yeshua, who… Continue reading Visions of God

Holy Spirit In Clay Jars

The Holy Spirit lives in every believer.  When Yeshua ascended to the Father, He left the Holy Spirit to dwell in His People.  This was fulfillment of the great prophecy that He would give His people a heart of flesh for a heart of stone; that His baptism would be with the Holy Spirit, rather… Continue reading Holy Spirit In Clay Jars

We Cannot Out Give God

I can only think of three occasions  recording that Yeshua received gifts;  near His birth He was given frankincense, gold and myrrh; Mary gave him a foot washing of expensive perfume, and after His death Joseph and Nicodemus gave Him seventy pounds of burial spices.  He gave healing, deliverance from evil spirits, sight to the… Continue reading We Cannot Out Give God

Comprehending God

We are finite and limited in our understanding, but Yeshua came to earth to show us God's love, his nature and character.  God is powerful enough to make himself known, in fact, it took the cruel death of His one and only Son to do it, so He did. I was once asked, "What is… Continue reading Comprehending God

Rest For Your Soul

A soul that strives, that struggles, that is searching, that is tormented, that is self-reliant, that is lonely, is not resting. Yeshua said,  "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in… Continue reading Rest For Your Soul

What Happened to the Sacrifice

The sacrifice in the Torah has been fulfilled by a lasting, once for all sacrifice of the Lamb of God, His one and only son Yeshua, Messiah.  That sacrifice was the one to which all the rituals of Passover pointed. So, when the curtain in the temple was rent from top to bottom, as the… Continue reading What Happened to the Sacrifice

Inclusion Misinterpreted

Dictionaries define inclusion as the act or state of being included in a group or substance. It appears that this definition violates the rule that a word should not be defined using a variation of the word; thus some have redefined it for their own political advantage.  They use it in connection with their attempt… Continue reading Inclusion Misinterpreted

Christian Generosity

We watched a portion of a TV travel show about flying over southern Italy.  It was very beautiful and the ancient ruins were visible in great detail from the areal perspective.  As they flew over Rome the great Roman Catholic cathedral of Saint Peter was pointed out as the seat of Catholic religion.  I thought,… Continue reading Christian Generosity

Rest For Your Soul

A soul that strives, that struggles, that is searching, that is tormented, that is self-reliant, that is lonely, is not resting. Yeshua said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in… Continue reading Rest For Your Soul

A Dream Awakened

I had a dream, waking abruptly, "It's not going to be finished."  I repeated.  I realized that in my dream I was dying unexpectedly and had a moment of consciousness immediately before death.  I said, "It's not going to be finished."  This was a realization of the inevitable truth.  The reason behind it is that our… Continue reading A Dream Awakened

John Adams

I just finished watching the HBO series of John Adams, based the book by David McCullough.  I read the book when it came out several years ago.  If you have even the smallest interest in history these are well told representations of John Adams life and times.  One difference in the book was that it… Continue reading John Adams

Feelings Show Our Beliefs

  When we examine our feelings, or we cry out in emotion overflowing from feelings of hurt, anguish, disappointment, loss, etc., we are expressing what we believe to be true.  However, all we feel and believe is not necessarily true.  I may feel defeated in my walk with Yeshua, or deserted and ignored because I… Continue reading Feelings Show Our Beliefs

The Just Shall Live By Faith

In Zephaniah 1:12 a pronouncement is given upon those who are settled in complacency, who say in their heart, "The Lord will not do good, nor will he do evil". This is an appropriate scripture for today as people, even those who believe in God, become complacent looking at and caught up in the world… Continue reading The Just Shall Live By Faith

Resurrection

Judeo-Christian teaching is full of the concept of the after life including much on heaven - the kingdom of God and some on Hell, Hades, and eternal punishment.  For Believers Heaven is our goal, to be eternally in God's glorious presence, and "saved" from God's wrath and eternal torment.  We are encouraged to think of… Continue reading Resurrection

A Friend and God’s Faithfulness

I have a long time friend, who is as good a friend as one could ever want.  We were hired at the same time by the same organization. We went through divisional training together and worked together several times through the years. Early on in our respective careers, I noticed that my friend had a… Continue reading A Friend and God’s Faithfulness

Liar! Do Not Listen

  "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." (Isaiah 5:20). "A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue." (Proverbs 17:4). "You belong to your father, the devil,… Continue reading Liar! Do Not Listen

Judgment and Tolerance

Christians invented tolerance and practice it as a general rule, even though world history may have some specific exceptions.  Of course Hitler claimed to be a Christian, but clearly he was not. Islam knows no tolerance, nor do humanists, atheists, and communists.  Liberal politicians and the liberal media (many of whom are humanists or atheists… Continue reading Judgment and Tolerance