HERE are 2 of the three Tee-Shirt designs we are offering to commemorate Sukkot this year! They are available in sizes ‘Youth’ thru Adult 5x. (for 2x and larger there is an additional charge ). The cost will be $8.95 each, but if you purchase two or more of any size or design combination, the cost will be $7.95 each. We will post the third design as soon as it is ready, and we are taking pre-orders now.
Monthly Archives: August 2017
A quick update on our upcoming Sukkot gathering October 4th-12th . . .
Our good friend Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance School will be with us monday Oct. 9th for two teaching sessions. In the morning from 10’ish until lunch, Craig will be speaking on a topic of his choice (yet to be determined) and will be leading an introductory class in Krav Maga in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30.
Friday afternoon, Oct 6th, from 3:00 – ?, we will be showing those interested how to salt cure beef for long term storage WITHOUT refrigeration. We will provide all the needed items EXCEPT the cow ( 🙂 ) . You will need a lean piece of beef roast (2-3 lbs) which you can bring with you or purchase locally.
Sunday afternoon, Oct 8th, also in the afternoon, Rhonda will show you how to prepare dairy butter for long-term, non-refrigerated storage through a canning process. You will need a pint jar with a new canning lid and band and a pound of butter. These items also can be purchased locally and we can talk about it in days prior to the class so that everyone understands what to buy and why.
There will be discussion/study classes each morning for those interested from 10:30’ish – noon.
This year we are excited that there will many young folk attending and there will be activities for kids of all ages, Some of our attendees are involved in the Camp Maschiach Summer Camp event each year and they will be bringing materials and life-lesson activities for the younger generation that we know they will enjoy.
As always, there will be a camp-wide worship, praise, prayer and teaching session each evening at 7;00 pm. We look forward to hearing speakers from various places and groups as they share what Abba has shared with them. More importantly, we look forward to the presence of The Holy Spirit during this week.
MUSIC plays an important part in our fellowship, worship, praise and ministry. If you play an instrument and can bring it- bring it.
We also will have T-shirts available to both commemorate the event and to use as witnessing tools when we return to our respective fields of service. As soon as the artwork is ready, we will post them here and the cost. They can be pre-ordered or purchased during the week.
That’s all for now, but there will be more to come soon, If you have NOT registered, please do so ASAP please. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
So, until then, Shalom . . . J&R
For those that might be interested, Rhonda and I will be speaking at a small Sabbath gathering in Somerset this coming Shabbat . The meeting will be held at 12 noon at the Comfort Inn & Suites on US Hwy 27 S on the southern end of Somerset. Lord willing, we will be discussing the timely implication of Yeshua’s/Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well and the 4 Flocks of Genesis 29. See ya’ there . . .
“All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be upright.” (2Ti 3:16) And within Scripture, there are many allusions and metaphors, word pictures if you will, that refer to the people of God. As we grow in our mature understanding of Scripture, hopefully we come to understand that not all Scripture is intended to be taken literally in the physical realm, but rather they are statements framed in a physical sense to teach us lessons in the spiritual realm.
Here’s an example . . . “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it away; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Mat 5:29)
We must ask ourselves if Yeshua literally meant for you and I to poke out our right eye, or was there a deeper meeting and intent in His Words? We submit, and believe most would agree, that Yeshua’s intent was not physical abuse to our body but rather understanding the necessity for spirit-led discipline, discernment and direction for our physical and eternal life.
This very same concept of using allusions and word pictures exists many times in Scripture and it is up to the mature and maturing believer to keep this in mind and in hand as we study Scripture ‘to show ourselves approved by God, a workman not to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of God.” (2 Timothy 2:15) The danger enters in when we allow ourselves to use these allusions and metaphors in a concrete way beyond their original intent.
Here’s another example . . . Scripture refers to the people of God as ‘a bride’. Now we must ask ourselves, ‘in what respect do we and should we understand that statement?’ Is that statement to be taken literally in the sense of the physical relationship of a man and woman or should it be taken as an effort to explain the depth, breadth and totality of the spiritually intimate relationship between God and His people?
But we are not only referred to as ‘the bride’ in the passages of Scripture. We, as God’s people, are also referred to by the use of many other terms in Scripture. We are referred to by such terms such as sheep, donkeys, wheat, first-born, sons as well as virgin daughters.
And then there is the concept in Scripture known as ‘equal weights and measures’, a concept that is not only to be employed in our daily lives but also in our study and application of Scripture. If I choose to interpret in a very literal sense the concept of me, a member of God’s family, as being ‘the bride’ in a very literal manner, should I not then apply the same literal interpretation to the other references concerning God’s people? If I interpret, in a literal sense, the idea of being ‘the bride’, how do I, and should I not also interpret, in the same literal sense, the idea of being a donkey or a sheep or a shock of wheat, or of being both a son and daughter? Does God’s Word literally mean that I am a farm animal, a farm crop or both a male and female offspring in my relation to Him?
As we read and study and attempt to apply the tenets and instructions of Scripture to our lives, may we be careful to not filter the allusions and images of the relationship between us and our Father through the lens of the instructions our loving heavenly Father has given for our direction. Torah was given because of sin. We have a propensity for sin. YHWH our Father does not.
“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as Prince of the host of YHWH am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the Prince of YHWH’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
Who is This Prince of the Hosts/Armies of YHWH that receives and accepts worship from Joshua?
. . .headed back to Ohio in the morning to give Rhonda’s sister and brother a breather. Her Dad is being transferred to a VA facility for further therapy in hopes that he can regain the use of his leg and be able to return home. Rhonda’s Mom suffered a mild heart attack two weeks back and, after further testing, doctors determined she has two blockages in the front portion of the heart, one is 80-90% and the other is less. She is back home now. We ask for your prayers concerning Rhonda’s Mom and Dad, her brother and sister that carry the bulk of the watch-care on a daily basis, and prayer for a safe trip up and back for Rhonda and I. Thank you – Shalom