Monthly Archives: October 2019

Will you stand with us . . .?

Will you stand with us in a time of fasting before our Maker?

Shalom brothers and sisters – many have contacted Rhonda and I concerning the injury to my leg and what the doctor’s report is concerning the current condition and prognosis.

Those that know us, know that Rhonda and I are people of faith, and that the doctors (as good as they are at what they do) do not have the last word.

The doctors and staff we met with today at the Wound Center were very thorough and professional, very compassionate and very candid. Short of Divine Intervention, the desired outcome will be long and drawn out and, although a positive expectation was given concerning the eventual recovery from this injury, it was given in the midst of a very ominous process. A precarious surgical procedure is also being considered, but only as a last resort. This is a very serious and limb-threatening, if not life-threatening situation.

Now, with all those facts stated, this one Truth stands – our God is bigger than anything we can encounter. By His stripes we are healed. If He so chooses, He can heal this in an instant. And if He chooses another way, He is still God and we will praise Him. My Bible says My God will not put more on His children than they can bear, and when that seemingly unbearable testing and proving comes, He will provide a way by which we can bear it. He is The God that heals and He alone gets to decide how that healing comes.

We are asking our Creator and Redeemer for a quick, total and miraculous recovery. And if He chooses another way, we are asking for His strength and provision to bear it. For we can do all things through our Messiah Who pours His strength into us.

For this reason, we are asking those that can and will, those that believe in the power of prayer and fasting, to stand with us in a fast this Friday, November 1st. If you wish to notify us of your intent, in an effort to encourage us and others, so be it. If not, our Father hears and knows what is said and done in secret and the left hand does not need to know what the right hand is doing.

May our Father in Heaven bless you and yours in these days – Shalom – J&R

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Posted by on October 30, 2019 in Uncategorized


The passing of a brother . . .

The visitation in support of the family of our brother Jimmy Shearer will be this Wednesday evening – Oct 9th – from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Spurlin Funeral Home, located on US Hwy 27 just north of Lancaster.
The funeral service will be Thursday afternoon – Oct 10th – at 2:00pm, also at Spurlin Funeral Home.
To stand in support of Mary and the family, and to allow everyone that wishes the opportunity to pay their respects at the visitation, we are canceling our Yom Kippur Service Wednesday evening,
For “Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of one of His saints.”

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Posted by on October 7, 2019 in Uncategorized


Yom Kippur for Believers


Although Yom Kippur is a specific day on most calendars and in the annual cycle of the moedim (the appointed holy days of our Creator) as set forth in Scripture, for every born-again believer in Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus of Nazareth that came in the flesh, our ‘Yom Kippur’ was and is the consummation of the time when we came to understand our need for a reconciler and saver (by the convincing and convicting work of the Holy Spirit)  and were made whole (sozo) by faith through grace in The Word of God and The Blood of The One Slain before the foundation of the world was laid.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:10)

As believers in Messiah Yeshua, we are not betting our eternal destination on a ‘ hope-so’ that our names might be written in a book of life because of something we do once a year, but rather a reminder of the sureness of our eternity because of what was begun for us on a cross on Calvary and consummated on that day when Yeshua took His blood into the  ‘Holy of Holies not made with hands’ and performed Yom Kippur for me and you and everyone one who has and will call upon His Name.

“ . . . for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)

The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ . . .(Rom 8:16-17)

And if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:29)

So as we ‘afflict our souls’ on this day of remembering, may it not be so as to wish our names to be written down, but to remember the purposeful and intentional suffering and agony of our Saver Yeshua, and that by faith in Him we ARE reconciled and saved, and because of Him our names HAVE been written down, for our names are engraved on the palms of His hands.

 “ . . . and as we share (in some small way) in His sufferings,, we may also share in his glory. “(Rom 8:17)

That if you shalt confess with your mouth Adonai Yeshua, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (Rom 10:9)

 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance (by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption), and redemption as His purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Eph 1:13; 4:30)

        Sukkot is coming up. But you can’t get to Sukkot until you first pass Yom Kippur. Sukkot is the ‘family reunion of all times’. How do we get to be part of the family ? We enter at Passover. We come in through the Door, Yeshua. For no one comes to our Father but by Him. So we accept our Father’s Kippur – His covering – the blood and body of Yeshua. Now we can enter His presence unafraid . . . for He sees us through the Blood of His Lamb . . . the One Who was born to die . . . for me and for you.

So, as we observe this memorial day, may we be mindful as to why we should willingly ‘afflict our souls’  . . . for Yeshua willingly suffered torture and death that we might live and have life abundant and eternal.

” . . .do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Mat 26:53)

“ . . .No one takes (My life) from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as I have power to lay it down, so I have power to take it up again . . .”(Joh 10:18)

“ . . . and Yeshua went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. (Mat 26:39)

This is why we observe Yom Kippur. Not for what might be, but for what WILL be because of what has been done.

For even though we were hostile, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; and much more, having been reconciled, we are saved by His (resurrected) life. (Rom 5:10)

        Chag Sameach – Shalom U’Vrachot

Happy Holy Day – Blessings and Peace . . .

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Posted by on October 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

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