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SHABBAT SHALOM

 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Yeshua stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Mariela, Cows, home & Israel 007Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”  John 7:37-38

SHABBAT SHALOM FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS

Headwaters of the Jordan River,  ISRAEL 2006

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Your Thoughts . . .

“And Deborah, a prophetess ( Neviah ), the wife of Lappidoth, judged Israel at that time.”
(ruled, governed, acted as law-giver ) Judges 4:4

Hilkiah the Priest and those of the king (Josiah) went to speak to the prophetess Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the Second District. 2 Chronicles 34:22

“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.1 She did not depart from the temple, serving with fasting and prayers night and day.” Luke 2:36

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon (diakonos m/f) of the church at Cenchreae;”
Romans 16:1

“Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor {25 Or with fervor in the Spirit} and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. “ Acts 18:24
( most translations list Priscilla first or refer to ‘them’ )

“Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man independent of woman;” 1 Corinthians 11:11

“For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. And everything comes from God.” +1 Corinthians 11:12

So, if Father God can appoint the woman, Deborah, to be the governing voice and ‘law-giver’ over ALL Israel ( including the men), and HE cannot and will not violate His own Word and principles;
And if Father God appointed the woman Huldah to give an authoritative word to the king ( who was a man) and all Israel;
And if Anna served in the Temple day and night without leaving;
And if Phoebe is recognized in Paul’s day by Paul as a deacon in the congregation;
And if Priscilla and Aquila ‘team taught’ Apollos ( ‘them’, not ‘him’ );
And if Paul ( as well as Yeshua ) did not come to start a new religion;
Then could it be that Paul’s statements about women were addressing specific issues in two specific congregations, and no more than that ?  Why do men ( and some women) have a problem with God using women?   Blessings – Jerry

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Re’eh . . . Behold !

Re’eh – See . . .

This portion of Scripture begins with God setting before us ‘blessing and a curse’ and then He begins to meddle. That’s right, meddle. After offering us a Blessing, God begins to work under the assumption the Gift gives Him the right to tell us how to live our lives.
He begins to tell us how we are allowed to approach Him. He tells us what we can eat and what is not food. He tells us how to determine if a prophet is true or false, as if we’re not capable of knowing the difference on our own. He then dictates what we should celebrate as holidays, where and when, and then, to top it all off, He starts talking about offerings and how we should spend our money. I would call that meddlin’, wouldn’t you?
Now that we have your attention – No, it is not meddling if it’s God doing the telling.
Much of this passage, Deut 11:26 – 16:17, deals with concepts that we have not been taught or have been taught in part. The first thing He says is “ Behold . . .” That’s an intriguing word, “Behold”. It gives an air of anticipation and excitement ! It is the Hebrew word ‘ra-ah’ which means to ‘see, perceive, look at, give attention to’. God literally begins this passage this way – ‘look here and pay attention. I’m getting ready to show you something really important.’ And then He goes on to explain there’s good news and there bad news. The good news? Behind door #1 is a Blessing. And the bad news? Well, you should have the picture by now.
And as we read through this passage as well as Isaiah 54:11-55:5 and John 7:37-52, we should remember from the Beginning it has been an ‘open book test’. God says ‘I set before you two options, one good and one bad . . . choose the good one’. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you; I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
(Deut. 30:19) Pretty neat, huh, when the Teacher gives you the answer to the test questions before you take the test . . . and the test is coming.
So, why are these concepts important for us to understand today ? Why should I care what God says is and isn’t food ? Why should I be concerned how to discern a false prophet from a true one? Why should I understand proper protocol in approaching the Creator of the Universe, or what He says are acceptable holidays and what to do with my money? The answer? We are stepping into a time period that the Bible has pointed to for roughly 6,000 years. The challenge is most of us have only read part of this ‘End-Time Survival Guide to the Supernatural’ we call The Bible.
It’s kinda like reading a map. On every map there is that little thing down in the corner called the ‘Legend’. If you attempt reading the Map without understanding the Legend, you might get a few things correct but you will usually wind up lost. But once you understand the Legend, that understanding gives clarity to the Map and you’re able get where you want to go.
Understanding God’s ways and expectations in these upcoming days may just make a world of difference when the chips are down. Expectations ? Like any Good Parent, God has the right and responsibility to delineate and realize a level of behavior of His children for their own good. As kids, we, many times, thought our parents were meddling . . . but they were just being good parents. When it seems as if Abba is meddling . . . He’s just being a Good Dad; for our own good; even if we don’t realize it until later. Shalom – hills where david hid

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayer Request

Little Sammy is home and doing well (thanks for all the prayers) and NOW the oldest of the three boys – Benjamin – is in the hospital with asthmatic complications. He will be there for at least a couple of nights. Jason, his dad, says the air quality in Louisville has been very bad lately, with an “L.A. type” smoggy heaviness. The doctor said even folks that don’t normally suffer from asthma have been coming in wheezing with difficulty breathing. Please pray Ben’s stay will be short and Mom & Dad will get some rest. We also pray the affects of the medication be mitigated. In Yeshua’s Name –

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

He’s Been Faithful . . .

There was one last song we wanted to play the day of Mariela’s baptism but time just did not allow. It was personal for Rhonda and I since this one song takes us back to a time when God was dealing with us as well as a dark time of heaviness and great uncertainty, uncertainty not unlike some days we have now. But through it all there has been and will be this one thread that never breaks – God is faithful.

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

He’s Alive !

The reason we do what we do . . .and He’s coming back . . .

http://youtu.be/0gGa1w_bnvM

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Biblcal Tithing

http://youtu.be/–RFfHmQAS0?list=UUeBRDP0VCpgggvw61UPEzzw

This is not an all-encompassing, all-inclusive teaching but it will cover some biblical basics most of us were never taught. It is a live recording, made a couple years back at Sukkot, and has all the background noise that goes along with being live. So turn up your speakers and take a listen. shalom –

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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