For some time now, we have sensed the Lord’s leading to begin to host and provide opportunity for a quarterly ‘Whole House’ gathering for all the folks and congregations. We are convinced that the time has come for His people to begin to come together in those things we hold dear and hold in common. Perhaps others of you also sense the need for this ‘coming together’.
Taking into consideration input from area congregational leaders, we will host this quarterly Gathering on a sunday afternoon to eliminate any possible conflicts with congregational Erev Shabbat and Sabbath Day meetings. It will be a time for His people to come together from all over the area for a time of praise and worship, prayer, seeking our Father for what He wants from us in these days. This will not be a time of teaching but rather a time of worship, prayer and fellowship.
Weather permitting, the first Gathering will be held on February 24th, 1:00 pm est, the location to be the First Southern National Bank Community Ballroom, 27 Public Square, Lancaster KY 40444, on the southeast corner of the town square.
We are asking all prayer warriors and intercessors to begin laying down a covering for these meetings. We sense our Father wants these gatherings to be a time to come together in praise and worship and prayer, seeking Him and His direction for His people in these days.
We want to include the talented musicians from the various groups, so if our Father has given you the talent and desire to worship with an instrument, please bring it and be prepared to join in. As stated above, this will not be a time of teaching, but rather an opportunity to seek Him corporately in prayer, praise, worship and ministry.
Rhonda and I will be fasting periodically and praying for and over these gatherings and ask that, as our Father leads, you would join us in this.
If you have questions, please let us know. We also ask for your RSVP to enable us to make adequate preparations.
There will be a time of potluck fellowship afterwards, so bring a Biblically clean ‘covered dish’ and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage to share. Coffee and water will be provided. if you have questions concerning the food, just give us a shout.
We trust you will support this with your prayers and attendance as we come together to seek the heart of our Father for His people in these days. Shalom B’Shem Yeshua – Jerry & Rhonda
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. (2Timothy 1:7)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
“Watch therefore, for you do not know when the
master of the house is coming– in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of
the rooster, or in the morning– 36 “lest, coming suddenly, he
find you sleeping. 37 “And what I say to you, I say to all:
Watch!” (Mark 13:35-37)
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your
Lord is coming. 43 “But know this, that if the master of the
house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not
allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “Therefore you also be
ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
We are not to be fearful, and yet we have been told of
things coming upon the earth that will cause men’s hearts to fail for fear of
those things. We are told to not be anxious, and yet we are told to watch and
be ready for those fearful and dreadful things that are coming. Is it a
challenge to anticipate and prepare for things that are going to bring deathly
fear, without being fearful, afraid and anxious? It can be . . . if our preparation and
anticipation is based on ourselves and what WE can do, rather than being based
in ‘Christ in me, the Hope of Glory’ and what He has done and is doing, ‘for
greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world’.
There is a fine line between ‘Anxiety’ and ‘Awareness’,
and we need to realize and understand the delineation between the two, as well
as how and where to stand so that we do not cross that line into anxiety, and,
at that same time, are not ‘caught unaware’.
Yeshua stated His people should be able to discern the seasons and the signs of the times. We are not to be fearful, and at the same time we are to be aware of what is going on around us so that those prophesied events do not catch us unaware and unprepared. We are not to get wrapped up and bogged down in things such as’when does the the tribulation start’ or ‘when is the rapture’ or ‘who is the anti-christ’, and yet we need to know and understand there is both a physical and spiritual reality to these matters and we must, for our sake and the sake of our families, be aware and discerning. It is not for us to be focused obsessively on ‘the next great disaster’ or who the ‘man of sin’ is or is not, but it is for us to be aware and well versed in The Word, led by His Holy Spirit, to the degree that when these things do happen or this ‘man of sin’ steps on the stage, no one will have to give us explanation, for we will recognize them by the picture shown to us by The Ruach in The Holy Scriptures.
But how do we acquire this ‘awareness’ of which we speak?
Awareness comes from being led through the Scriptures by His Holy Spirit, our
teacher, knowing and understanding what
it says concerning events coming upon the earth and the people, and simply
paying attention to those things going on around us.
How do we ‘get prepared’? Preparation comes in many
forms. First and foremost, we must be spiritually prepared by having a deep and
abiding intimate relationship with our Father through the work of Messiah on
the cross and the working of His Holy Spirit in us. Once that priority is in
place, there are other forms of preparation, based on our awareness and
understanding of current events as well as the things to come.
If the government suggests that every citizen should make
preparation and have provision for at least 6 months’ worth of food, water and
supplies, enough for themselves and their family, perhaps every citizen should
pay attention to that ‘suggestion’. That preparation does not indicate a
‘fearful spirit’. It indicates common sense.
In the same manner, if The Word and our Messiah and The
Holy Spirit tell us not to be afraid, and yet be mindful and prepared for those
things coming on the earth, then perhaps we should pay attention to that
instruction as well.
If awareness, discernment and proper preparation – under
the leadership of His Holy Spirit – somehow indicate a lack of faith and a sign
of deception, then what do we say to Joseph in the days preceding the 7 lean
years? If awareness, discernment and action based on that discernment somehow
indicates a lack of faith or perhaps being misled, then what do we say to Noah
in the building of the boat and filling it with provision? .
“The discreet sees danger and takes shelter, the simple
go ahead and pay the penalty.” (Pro 22:3)
One basic principle we see throughout Scripture is the
concept of ‘balance’. Yes, it is sometimes possible to get side-tracked by
important matters by giving them more impetus than they deserve. It can be just
as dangerous to not give ‘the devil his due’.
There is a difference between being obsessed with a matter versus being
aware of, warned of and warning prudently about said matter. For our Father’s
people in these days, we must be able to not only balance the knowledge of the
reality of ‘fearful things coming on the earth’, without succumbing to a spirit
of fear, as well as prepare for those things in every way our Father gives us
knowledge, resource and opportunity, remembering that no amount of preparation
will be enough and our Father is the only One that will get us through and get
Barrels of beans and bullets, or thinking we have
discerned the identity of ‘the anti-christ’, or that we have achieved ‘knowledge
of things reserved ‘only for our Father’, will not get us through the days to
come. Only by a relationship with our Father through the Son and the fullness
of The Spirit will we be able to walk through the valley that will lay before
many of us. And at the same time we must also remember – ‘faith without works
is dead’. Sh’ma means to ‘hear’. But not just to hear. ‘Sh’ma’ means that we
have ‘heard’ in such a way that provokes us to proper action.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its
branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is
near. 33 “So you also, when you see all these things, know
that it is near– at the doors! (Mat 24:32-33)
Therefore let us not sleep, as others, but let us watch
and be sober. (1Th 5:6)
We are NOT to be anxious. We ARE therefore to Watch. Shalom
WE are NOT labeling anyone or necessarily agreeing with anyone’s labeling . . .
This is an FYI so that we can stay aware of what is happening both on
the stage and, perhaps more importantly, behind the scenes . . .
Jewry is not looking for John the Baptist. They cry out for Mashiach and
are anticipating a ‘forerunner’, but will it be the forerunner for the
man of perdition? Sometimes each answer brings more questions. We are not to be caught unaware, for as followers of Yeshua, we are not children of the night. Therefore, watch . . .
“Cut off are my people for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have
ignored the instructions of your God, I also will ignore your children.” (Hos
This is an interesting verse, used many times in various ways to promote one
idea or another.
We want to take a moment and look more closely at this passage, and
specifically the word ‘knowledge’.
Many of our brothers and sisters today are drowning in a sea of
‘information’. We need and must have the Right Hand of our Father, Messiah
Yeshua of Nazareth that came in the flesh, by and through the work of the Holy
Spirit, to reach down and raise us above this overwhelming flood.
Isaiah 5:13 and Hosea 4:6 both speak of ‘suffering of the people due to a
lack of knowledge’. The ‘knowledge’ spoken of in these passages is not mere
‘information’. It is the Hebrew word ‘da’at’, which comes from the Hebrew root
‘yada’- to know. This word carries the connotation of personal knowledge on a
deep and intimate level. It is the same word used in Genesis 4:1, ‘And the man
knew (yada – had knowledge of) Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought
forth . . .’ We all need and must a relationship with our Father; a spiritual version
of the deeply intimate relationship that exists between a husband and wife; a
relationship that ‘conceives and brings forth life’. And this relationship with
our Father can only come through Messiah Yeshua.
The type of knowledge spoken of in Isaiah and Hosea relates to a deeply
personal and intimate relationship (a knowing) with our Father Creator YHVH
(and no one comes to the Father except through The Son). And because His people
have ignored Him, they are ‘cut off’ because of that lack of personal relationship.
But how do we ‘ignore’ the Creator of the Universe? I mean, He’s always right
in front if us. All creation declares His Glory. So how do we come to the point
that we don’t ‘see’ The One Who is everywhere?
Well, we get enamored with facts and figures and traditions and customs and
trappings and our own agenda and, and, and . . . and all of a sudden we find
ourselves paying attention to everything but the Prize set before us. And
because we have lost that first love and become occupied with the wrappings and
the box, we miss the Gift inside and are ‘cut off’ by our lack of intimate
You see, doing ‘things’ does not establish relationship. Whether one is
Messianic, Baptist, Charismatic or Confused, doing ‘things’ does not give us
relationship with our Heavenly Father. It doesn’t matter if you eat clean and
observe Sabbath or teach Sunday school and sing in the choir or lay on hands
and cast out demons. Necessary is the personal acceptance and personal
confession of the death, burial, resurrection and 1st ascension of
Yeshua/Jesus. Necessary is the personal acceptance and confession that He IS
the Promised Messiah and that God raised Him from the dead. Then and ONLY then
do we have the opportunity for that intimate relationship with our Heavenly
Father YHVH. At that point is when we are to do ‘things’ (hopefully the things
He has instructed and requested) because we love Him and want to please Him,
because we are now related to Him by Blood – The Blood of The Lamb. ‘For this
is the love of God, that we keep His commands, and they are not a burden.’
There would not exist a very good relationship between a husband and wife if
there were no daily communication and interaction. It would not be a good
marriage if the only time we spoke was when there was a want or need by one
from the other. There would not exist the strong bond needed for the marriage
to prevail if we failed to listen or respond to one another’s voice. It is the
same with our Father. We must not only talk to Him, but listen to Him daily. We
must lavish our praise on Him and show by our actions that we believe He is
worthy of our praise, adoration and service. This is all part of this
relationship, and it only can exist through Yeshua and the work of the Holy
Spirit on and in our hearts.
There is another thought that comes to mind as we look at the words. In the
Hosea passage, it also speaks of being ‘a priest to Me’. We must ask ourselves,
was He speaking specifically to the Levites and the sons of Aaron, or is there another
priesthood to which our Father is making reference and has called us to?
So what’s The Word say?
‘And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation’ (Exo 19:6)
But you, a chosen generation (aggregate of many of the same nature), a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the
praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;’ (1Pe
We are not all of the Levitical line, but every born-again believer in
Messiah Yeshua is of the higher, eternal priesthood of Melchizedek,The One Who
Is Yeshua/Jesus. Once we have been grafted in, we are no longer ‘cut off’ as it
were, but rather now we ‘know God or are known by God’ (Gal 4:9) by the work of
our High Priest Who gave Himself for us on the cross of Calvary. It is and
always has been about relationship . . . relation-ship . . . to be related.
There are only two methods by which I can be related to a parent or as a
parent. That relation-ship comes either by a blood and water birth, or by
adoption. As children of the Most High, we are granted relation-ship by both
methods. For by the Spirit of Adoption we can now cry ‘Abba Father’ and be
heard, because the payment for the adoption and ‘First-Born’ privilege is made
in full by the broken Body and shed Blood of The Lamb of God that takes away
the sin of the world.
‘To the making of many books there is no end, and excessive study is weariness to the flesh.’ (Ecc 12:12) ‘There has never been a law written that will make a man righteous before God.’(Gal 3:11) ‘For no one comes to the Father, except by the Son.’ (John 14:6) ‘And when He (The Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they do not believe in Me;’ (John 16:8-9) ‘And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;’ (Eph 5:18)
We ask all our local folk and all others that can to bring a covered dish or two for Shabbat Evening PotLuck Meal.
We will receive a free-will offering at each session. Yeshua said ‘The workman is worthy of his hire’. ‘Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.’ (1Ti 5:17)
If you wish to assist with underlying expenses, your assistance will be received thankfully.
#All Foods served will be Biblically Clean#
RSVP – Your timely response to this post will be your RSVP which is very much needed to provide adequately.
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All the above facilities are located in Danville KY, an easy 15 minute drive to the meeting venue.
If you any have other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Shalom – J&R
Before premature excitement sets in, PLEASE read this carefully and prayerfully from a Scriptural perspective. Then, ask yourself some questions. Some of which are – If Messiah is going to build the temple, then why are so many making plans to build it? Has He already begun building His Temple? Why are we waiting for the arrival of Messiah if He is already here waiting to reveal himself? Who IS the one The Word says ‘is revealed’? Is this something that believers should be involved in? What’s The Word Say?