Oh, To Be a Joyful Noise

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Noise. Meaningless clashing. Irritating and incomprehensible. Loud and shrill and…just downright hard to listen to. It reverberates in your ears, and you can’t escape it. You’d give anything to have silence again.

That is a clanging cymbal and a noisy gong.

And so often that is me. It is, and has been, my struggle daily and probably for the entirety of my life. Words escape my mouth and I wish I could pull them back. I wish I could transform them into a beautiful melody, that calmed, encouraged and soothed. I know my heart and I know that my intentions are loving. So why do my words and actions echo forth like clashings and clangings? Continue reading

Standing Before Our Holy God

 

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Friends, tonight begins the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. God commanded Israel to set this day aside as a solemn Sabbath. With fasting and humbling of the spirit, God’s people are to take account of their sins and repent before the most Holy God. This day was the one and only day each year that the High Priest, after much preparation, was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and sacrifice for the sins of the people.

Often people today don’t see the value in keeping this day set apart. The Messiah is our High Priest and has sacrificed once and for all. So, what purpose do this fasting and affliction serve? Should we not merely rejoice in our atonement that has already been accomplished? Wouldn’t grieving on this day to mean we are trampling on our saving grace? Continue reading

Law of Liberty

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Overlooking the Sinai area in Egypt.

 

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

James 1:25

Lately, “the law of liberty”, i.e. freedom from obedience to the Law, has been a topic around here. I just don’t see it. I do find the passages where people are validating their freedom…but, honestly, I think we should be cautious. Does it seem slightly odd, that God would instruct His people how to walk in righteousness, how to draw near to Himself, and then “free” them from that. That isn’t even something that a follower of God should want to be free from even if they could be.  Continue reading

At the Sound of the Trumpet

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“Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of YHWH is coming; it is near,”

Joel 2:1

 

The Day of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, is almost here!

It is with great excitement that our family prepares for the first of the three fall times appointed by God. The food. The friends. The sounding of the trumpets. The glorious story! We anticipate the deep symbolism and the joy in encouraging each other in the return of the Messiah!

It is with equally strong emotions that I mourn this day. And all the other festivals. Continue reading

New Online Resources

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Tabgha Harbor, Israel

 

I wanted to post an update on our Resources page. We have added some additional online articles by Wyn Laidig from the Taste the Honey site. Although it is not an article, we have also added Bible study notes on Galatians by the same author.

I also want to be very clear that God does not mean for us to take man’s word over His own word. When reading any writing or listening to any words of man it is very important to ask God’s Spirit to lead. Be sure to take everything and compare to the actual Word of God. Even Godly men are just men. No one is without fault, and no one fully grasps the holiness of God. But we can seek Him in order to know Him more fully.

Keep reading, keep searching and keep walking in the way that leads to life. Continue reading

Required or Our Desire

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Crossing the Sea of Galilee

There is much discussion on the differing interpretations of the concerning the “new Covenant” and “old Covenant”. Does the new abolish the old? Does the new fulfill the old? Who are the participants of each of the covenants, Israel or all nations? The list of questions goes on and the interpretations of each goes on even longer.

I understand our need to rightly interpret such a significant aspect of Scripture, but the underlying reasoning for such searching is devastating. The entire gospel of modern Christianity revolves around the assumption that we are not “required to obey the Torah. We are “free”, they say, and we are not obligated to walk a certain way. (Well, there may be a certain way to walk, but it is definitely not righteousness as defined in the Torah.) Over and over again, we get the same question from Christians trying to understand…But, what are we required to do?

That says a lot. Continue reading

A Call to the Faithful

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A “narrow gate”, a typical small entrance of a house in Korizim, a town where the Messiah taught.

 

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Matthew 7:13-14

It is with a deep sense of urgency that I type this. This is a message, a desperate and longing call, to those who desire to be faithful. These are not delicate or soothing words, but words meant to be a challenge to your souls. I want to see the Father breath new life into dry bones. I want to witness a return of the faithful. I do not cry, “Peace!” where there is no peace, for those who are calling themselves children of the Most High have forsaken their God.

The children of the Father are the ones who keep the commandments of God as well as their faith the Yeshua is the Promised Messiah! Continue reading

Stone, Fire, and the Law on Our Hearts

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Today is one of the most significant days in history. Don’t get me wrong, there several others that I would consider life changing, as well. But, today is one of those days that is so powerful and rich, and commanded by YHWH to observe, and yet very few Christians will give it a second thought. In fact, I bet that most will not even realize that the day has even come or gone.

This beautiful and relevant appointed time is Shavuot, or, in English, the Feast of Weeks. Continue reading

One Bride

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Recently we have been contemplating the identity of Bride. I marvel that throughout the Scriptures the remnant of true believers are called the Bride of the Messiah. The beauty and power in this imagery so vivid and personal. This is something each of us can understand, as we have all been impacted by marriage in some way.

This post is short and sweet, mostly referencing a few passages of Scripture and pondering a question. An essential question, though, and our response to it greatly impacts how we view ourselves, the relevance of Scripture, and our relationship with God’s people, as well as with YHWH, Himself.

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The Messiah: More Than Grace

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Who is the Messiah, and why does it matter?

This is something that has been on my heart for a while is because it dictates every aspect of our existence. Our interpretation of this pivotal point effects everything. It impacts how we understand and respond to the Gospel. It influences our priorities and how we set our goals. It changes our perspective towards the Word. It directs our attitude in regards to obedience. It directs our steps, day to day, in our pursuit, or lack of pursuit, of the Father, himself. Continue reading