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  1. Hi SE!! Just dropping by to say hello!

  2. This is from Oswald Chambers daily reading from My Utmost for His Highest from 12-27: If you will return, O Israel, says the Lord...Jer 4:1 The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the Will before God, never first in the external world. the Spirit of God apprehends me and I am obliged to get alone with God and fight the battle out before Him. Until this is done, I lose every time. The battle may take one minute or a year, that will depend on me, not on God; but it must be wrestled out alone before God, and I must resolutely go through the hell of a renunciation before God. Nothing has any power over the man who has fought out the battle before God and won there. If I say, 'I will wait till I get into the circumstances and then put God to the test' I shall find I cannot. I must get the thing settled between myself and God in the secret places of my soul where no stranger intermeddles, and then I can go forth with the certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity and disaster and upset are as sure as God's decree. The reason the battle is not won is because I try to win it in the external world first. Get alone with God, fight it out before Him, settle the matter there once and for all. In dealing with other people, the line to take is to push them to an issue of Will. That is the way abandonment begins. Every now and again, not often, but sometimes, God brings us to a point of climax. That is the Great Divide in the life; from that point we either go towards a more and more dilatory and useless type of Christian life, or we become more and more ablaze for the glory of God--My Utmost for His Highest. __________________
  3. This is from Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest for 12-23: How can I personally partake in the Atonement? But God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Gal 6:14 The Gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Do I accept God's verdict on sin in the Cross of Christ? Have I the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be 'identified with' His death, to be killed right out to all interest in sin, in worldliness, in self---to be 'so identified with' Jesus that I AM spoilt for everything else but Him? The great privilege of discipleship is that I can sign on under the Cross, and that means death to sin. Get alone with Jesus and either tell HIm that you do not want sin to die out in you; or else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death. Immediately you transact in confident faith in what Our Lord did on the Cross, a supernatural identification with His death takes place, and you will know with a knowledge that passes knowledge that your 'old man' is crucified with Christ. The proof that your old man is crucified with Christ is the amazing ease with which the life of God in you enables you to obey the voice of Jesus Christ. Every now and again, Our Lord lets us see what we would be like if it were not for Himself; it is a justification of what He said---'Without Me you can do nothing'. That is why the bedrock of Christianity is personal passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus. We mistake the ecstasy of our first introduction into the Kingdom for the purpose of God in getting us there; His purpose in getting us there is that we may realize all that identification with Jesus Christ means.
  4. This is Oswald Chambers message from 'My Utmost for His Highest' for Dec 13th. This is one message truly for today: Men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Lk 18:1 You cannot intercede if you do not believe in the reality of the Redemption; you will turn intercession into 'futile sympathy' with human beings which will only increase their submissive content to being out of touch with God. In intercession you bring the person, or the circumstance that impinges on you before God until you are 'moved by His attitude' towards that person or circumstance. Intercession means filling that person up 'that which is behind of the affliction of Christ' , and that is why there are so few intercessors. Intercession is put on the line of..'Put yourself in his place'. NEVER!! Try to put yourself in God's place. As a worker, be careful to keep pace with the communications of reality from God or you will be crushed. If you 'know' too much, more than God has engineered for you to know, you cannot pray, the condition of the people is so crushing that you cannot get through to reality. Our work lies in coming into definite contact with God about everything, and we 'shirk it' by becoming active workers (my comments: doing instead of being, showing soul rather than God's heart). We DO the things that can be 'tabulated' (my comments: counted by men) but we wil not intercede. Intercession is the one thing that has 'no snares', because it keeps our relationship with God completely open. The thing to watch in intercession is that 'no soul' is 'patched up'; a soul MUST get through into contact with the Life of God. Think of the number of souls God has brought about our path and we have 'dropped them'! When we pray on the ground of Redemption, God 'creates' something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.
  5. Yes Lord, it's true...I am butt dust!! My name is Jacob and I am butt dust!!
  6. A friend of mine just got back from a gathering in Florida where they led prayer groups in praying for this nation. One of the things the Lord spoke to them there was to declare the covenants made by our forefathers on behalf of this nation before voting. I urge each of you to declare these covenants out loud and preferably with other people as we enter into this time. Here are the covenants for your consideration: The first official act of the Continental Congress in 1774 was a call to prayer. Therefore we call our nation and the Congress of the United States of America back to that place of humbly submitting ourselves as a government and as a nation to be a people of prayer, repenting and seeking favor and divine guidance from the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. *We declare that the United States of America is returning to “the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient.” Samuel Adams, known as the Father of the American Revolution, made this statement as the Declaration of Independence was being signed. *In 1777 the Continental Congress ordered the importation of 20,000 Bibles for the American troops. We declare that our nation is returning to the Bible, the truth of God’s word, and that it is the plumbline that sets the foundation upon which our nation is built and upon which our decisions are made. *We declare that our nation will humble itself with thanksgiving, recognizing from Whom our blessings flow and to Whom we owe our establishment as a nation. In 1780 the Continental Congress issued another proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer. *Our Declaration of Independence was not a declaration of independence from God but rather a statement of our continuing reliance upon His divine protection. Therefore, we declare that our nation will return to our recognition of God as Creator, to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”, to the justice and righteousness mandated by Him, and to a firm reliance on the protection of “Divine Providence”. *Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous 19th century French statesman, historian, and social philosopher traveled to America to discover the reasons for its incredible success. He said there was no other country in the world where the Christian religion retained such great influence. When he sought for the key to our greatness, this is what he discovered: “Not until I went into the churches of American and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.” Therefore, as the church we repent and cry out to God asking forgiveness for allowing this flame to die out in the pulpits of America, for allowing our influence to wane. We also declare that America will only be as great as the Church is great in the sense of conformity to His will and purposes and in being aflame with His love and passion. We call our nation back to our Christian foundation and to the greatness that He had planned for us. *We agree with the statements made by Benjamin Franklin in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention “that God governs in the affairs of men” and that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” We declare that God is the basis of all government and that Jesus Christ is our Judge, Lawgiver, and King. Our founding fathers based the formation of the three branches of government upon this scripture in Isaiah 33:22. We agree with this covenantal statement that we will return to the Supreme Architect of the universe recognizing Him as the cornerstone of all we build and yielding to His plans for us as a nation. *In 1863 Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation appointing a National Fast Day, stating that the Senate of the United States devoutly recognized the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and nations. We declare that our nation will again humble itself in fasting and prayer and that dormant seeds of truth and light will spring forth from the Senate of the United States and this governing body will again recognize and acknowledge His Supreme Authority. *James Madison known as the father of the U.S. Constitution and the 4th President of the United States believed Christianity to be the foundation upon which a just government must be built. He said we have staked our whole future upon our capacity for self-government based upon the Ten Commandments of God. Therefore, we call the Church and the people of this nation to awaken to this Biblical principle of “self-government”. We call this nation to humble itself before our Redeemer who writes His laws upon our hearts. We declare that the Ten Commandments of God will again be venerated by us as a people, will be respected in our classrooms, governmental offices, and even in the highest courts of our land. *Joseph Story, Supreme Court Justice, stated in a speech that Christianity lay at the foundation of Common Law. Therefore we declare that our laws are founded and established upon the Lawgiver—Jesus Christ. We call our nation back to the laws upon which it was established and declare according to this and other historic facts that our nation was built upon the principles of Christianity. In a ruling by the Supreme Court in 1892 it was stated that “our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind.” It declared, “Our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” We set ourselves in agreement with this 1892 ruling of the Supreme Court and declare that we are a Christian nation! This is not based on man’s failure or on our present condition but instead upon the existence of these foundational truths. *When George Washington delivered his famous Inaugural Address in 1789, he acknowledged that every step by which we had advanced to the character of an independent nation was due to God’s intervention and orchestration. Therefore, we acknowledge as the Body of Christ that this nation only exists and continues to exist because of God’s intervention and His hand upon our affairs. We thank Him for His continual intervention and for His discipline lest we fail to exist as a nation. We declare that God who birthed this nation is Lord over it! We give Him glory and praise for continuing to sustain us, to correct us, and to move us into a place of seeing His kingdom come and His will done in and through us. *Daniel Webster, orator and famous American statesman, declared that our forefathers were brought here “by their high veneration for the Christian religion.” He said they sought to impinge and diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, and literary. We repent for withdrawing into the arena of the church and losing our effect as “salt and light”. We declare that the purposes of God in bringing Christianity to this land will not falter and fail because of our lack of obedient influence, prayer, and fortitude. We pray for another Great Awakening that will fan the embers of Christianity in all our institutions. We call for an awakening to the Holy Spirit of God in every segment of our society—the church, family, education, business, government, media, entertainment and the arts. *James Madison said that before any man could be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. Therefore, based upon this and many others statements that only righteous leaders could be elected to public office, we call for the voters of this nation to choose wisely—to choose those whose lives are based upon Christian principles of morality and righteousness. We declare that Americans and primarily the Church will awaken to our responsibility to elect men and women to office who will stand on the principles of the Word of God and will acknowledge him in their private and public lives. *When the Pilgrims penned the Mayflower Compact before establishing the colony at Plymouth, they stated that it was to be undertaken by God’s Sovereign leadership and commissioned for the advance of Christianity. Therefore, we call this nation back to its foundation and call this people back to our reason for existence. We are not here to be prosperous or powerful or to fulfill the American dream. We are here because God sovereignly established us here for a divine purpose—the advance of Christianity. According to Acts 17:26-27, we proclaim that He has determined our preappointed times and the boundaries of our dwellings so that we should seek the Lord, find Him, and live and move and have our being as a nation in Him!
  7. Lord God Almighty, Creator of the Heavens and Earth, we come before You to Praise You for Your Goodness. Your Lovingkindness is Everlasting. Your Mercy endures forever. We join together in these prayers of repentance for ourselves, our families and our nation. We have willfully and foolishly turned away from You and our leaders have twisted the arm of Israel to bribe her into giving away Your land. We have been complicit in murdering babies by allowing our leaders and politicians to remain in office. We have turned a cold heart to the poor and homeless without shedding a tear or giving of ourselves to bring comfort. And yet, because of Who YOU are, we dare ask for Mercy. We ask for Mercy because of Your Faithfulness. Keep all of us under Your wings of protection. Hide us in the very folds of Your garments to be released as Your army of Light in Your day for Your purposes and Your harvest. Let us always remember that even Your judgments are redemptive in nature. Purify Your Bride in every single way that is necessary Lord to bring a Holy Spotless Bride to You. You alone are Worthy. May the Lord of the Harvest be magnified and Glorified. Let whatever happens be done by Your hand of mercy for Your purposes. Amen.
  8. Hardy Boys novels. Tresure Island. Swiss Family Robinson.
  9. Thanks for the recipes. Got one for the Coffeemate French Vanilla by any chance?
  10. Glad to have 'ya here. I'm in SW Louisiana. Lemme know if I can help. I grew up in Monroe and have friends all over the state.
  11. LBV, I tend to agree with you about communion. Part of the traditional Sabbath celebration is breaking of bread and drinking from a cup of wine with Blessings before and after. In the more Orthodox Jewish synagogues, the cup is 'filled to overflowing' as part of their tradition which I find very interesting. If everything else is a 'type' or 'shadow' as a 'marking' point to get our attention of what God is 'really' up to among the Israelites, I have every reason to believe that Communion is part of that 'remembering'. Some Messianic folk are quick to say 'this is not communion, it's a Sabbath breaking of bread'. They'll even use the scripture from John at the Last Supper about 'as often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me' as referring to 'as often as you have Passover'. Personally, I'm not buying it. I need to be washed in His Blood daily so I take Communion daily just so that I stop my whole day and consider that. And rather than it becoming a stale routine (which is a matter of each individual heart) it affirms something of my forcefully recognizing my total dependence on Him for everything daily. Taking my eyes off of what I 'see' naturally and looking to Him Who IS my refuge. Nuff said about that. I also think that if we really look carefully at all of the details of a traditional Passover seder, it's so obviously clear about that what that was referring to that I want to SHOUT about it. Every detail of the ceremony just screams YASHUA to me. So much for eating ham (of all things) and fancy dresses and Easter eggs and sweet chocolates for Easter. Try Unleavened bread, horseradish, simple roasted meat and bitter herbs combined with 4 cups of redemption to get a real message. Not to mention the 'broken bread' and 'hidden' Afikomen that is found by a child so that it is thoroughly ingrained in them to 'watch' and seek and look for something that is hidden. Or the idea of leaving a door open and an empty chair for 'Elijah' who is to come. Giving up 'leavened' bread in humility for just one week of eating only unleavened bread just serves to accentuate the great work done at Passover and 'remembering' that with great humility. Shavuot/Pentecost occurs 50 days (not by accident; 49 + 1) after Passover. It's the day celebrated as the giving of 'teaching' and when the Torah (properly translated as teaching) was given to Moses the first time. How interesting it is that it's the same day that Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in Jerusalem (the Teacher) and they were anointed with fire (wait there as directed). If there are more questions, I'll be glad to give you my understanding but I think this addresses most of what I read.
  12. Michelle, Do a search for 'icy ball'. Wikipedia and other places have some fairly detailed descriptions and it's actually something that can be built and maintained fairly easily. Let me know privately if you have further questions and I'll try to get you some more info. They can be had for around $600.
  13. THE BLIND COWBOY An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders some coffee. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the waiter, "Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?" The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2. The bouncer is a blonde woman. 3. I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde gal with a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter. 5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?" The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head, and mutters, "No...not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."
  14. Not sure exactly. Maybe Jiffy has baking powder in it or something? I used cheapo corn. I don't know why it says name brand.
  15. This is good stuff. Almost a meal in itself. I made some the other day and it's still moist inside after 2 days. I also modified it a bit by adding 3 stalks of thinly sliced celery that I had available and used a whole medium onion. Would have added maybe 1/2 bell pepper and maybe even some minced garlic if I'd had it available. I cooked it (be sure the oven is good and hot) until the top edges were sorta crunchy and the whole top was 'solid' to make sure the insides were done. Southwestern Style Cornbread 2 - C cornmeal mix white or yellow (not jiffy!!!) 1 - Table spoon self rising flour ¼ - tea spoon granulated garlic 1 - Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded) ½ - Cup finely chopped onions 2- Table spoons chopped Jalapeno peppers You can remove the seed and membrane so it won't be so hot! But this is where you can make it as hot as you want. 1- 15 oz. can of a name brand cream style corn. All of it. 1- 15 oz can of a name brand Whole kernel corn drained 1 - small jar of pimientos (finely chopped ½ - Cup vegetable oil ¾ - Cup butter milk Pre. Heat oven to 400F Mix all ingredients together In a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Add a little vegetable oil and roll it around and place on a top eye till it starts to smoke then roll around again and add your mix. Shake it to level it then place it into your hot oven, BAKE TILL DARK BROWN ON TOP OR IT WILL BE SOFT IN THE CENTER
  16. Love and Respect; Emerson Eggerichs Highly recommended Knowing God Temple from before Time Oswald Chambers Complete library Jonah commentary 1,2 Samuel commentary Just ordered the last 5 today but that ought to keep me busy through a cold winter. Love and Respect is probably THE best book out there regarding relationships and communication from what I can tell. Completely scriptural and well researched.
  17. Do you mind if I ask how old your children are? That might make a big difference in how much they were really able to understand why she was even asking the questions. I'd lean toward giving her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she had their best at heart.
  18. This is from Oswald Chambers 'My Utmost for His Highest' for today. 'If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away' 2 Cor 5:17 Our Lord never nurses our prejudices; He mortifies them, runs clean athwart them. We imagine that God has a special interest in our particular prejudices; we are quite sure that God will never deal with us as He has to deal with other people. 'God must deal with other people in a very stern way, but of course He knows that my prejudices are all right' We have to learn--'Not a bit of it'. Instead of God being on the side of our prejudices, He is deliberately wiping them out. It is part of our moral education to have our prejudices run straight across by His providence, and to watch how He does it. God pays no respect to anything we bring to Him. There is only one thing God wants of us, and that is our unconditional surrender. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is not a bit of the old order left; the old solemnity goes, the old attitude to things goes, and 'all things are of God'. How are we going to get the life that has no lust, no self interest, no sensitiveness to pokes, the love that is not provoked, that thinks no evil, that is always kind? The only way is by allowing not a bit of the old life to be left; but only simple perfect trust in God, such trust that we no longer want God's blessings, but only want Himself. Have we come to the place where God can withdraw His blessings and it does not affect our trust in Him? When once we see God at work, we will never bother our heads about things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in Heaven Whom the world cannot see.
  19. Yep, I guess He's even in bird poop. Certainly in the wind. What a remarkable testimony.
  20. Just so we all understand that we really are on a tangent but that we're not alone I offer you this. http://www.kolhator.org.il/ Kol HaTor means 'voice of the turtledove' in Hebrew. The dove represents 'Ephraim' the tribe collectively referred to as the 'sons of Joseph' (including Manassah). Might want to take a look at the prophecies regarding these two boys by Israel/Jacob in Gen 49 before he died. Ephraim collectively referred to the '10 lost tribes' of Northern Israel before they went into captivity and scattering first (before Judah and the Southern Kingdom). In 1K 11, the Lord tells them not to try to unite the two after a falling out because it was done by Him as painful and offensive as it was to their way of thinking at that time. Would we EVER be able to explain this to Judah/Jews? Nope. They were never ever referred to in the Bible as 'Jews' until they went into captivity in Babylon. They were always referred to as Israelites or Hebrews or as individual tribes in different regions. But God Almighty Himself is waking Rabbi's up in Israel to His reality. Within Judaism itself, God is stirring 'real' Jews to the awakening of Joseph and the impending return of Ephraim. Hassidic Rabbi's for generations have always had one prayer daily (from what I understand) and that is 'Ephraim, come home'. 'Come home, Ephraim'. God is answering that prayer. We are looking for our lost brothers and they are crying out and awakening (ever so slowly) to who Joseph really is even with the outward differences and even different 'realities' of who God really is. I'm thinking we will feed them and we will all join together with our Father. It's a long walk up that mountain to the cave at Horeb. Rocks crumble along the way and the path gets very narrow. And yet, God Almighty is waiting there to speak to all of us. Ever wondered why it was Moses and Elijah that met Christ on the mount at the Transfiguration? They were the only two in the Bible that went to the top of Horeb. Two unleavened loaves of showbread in the Temple. There's also www.jewsandjoes.com which is worth exploring as well. Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord. Let's have fun on that rocky path, eh?
  21. LBV, I do have serious questions about some of the oral traditions and Talmud kind of stuff for the very reason you stated. It's 'traditions of men' that divert our eyes from Him. Sounds like your congregation is alive, eh? I was talking to a friend who grew up Catholic and converted to Judaism several years ago. I really never knew her before but she's gotten an 'edge' of hatred for Christ that is really offensive at times. I was telling her about a guy that I know that grew up Jewish and is now a Rabbi but has recognized Yashua as the Messiah (his last name is Cohen by the way lol). This converted 'friend' said 'well, you know that he's no longer Jewish now don't you? He's now a Christian'. Hmmnnn...all of the focus on blood lineage etc but now that he's seen something different, he's no longer Jewish? What if he was just a secular numbskull that knew nothing? What if he takes off into one of the many sects of Judaism that are as far flung as many of the denominations of Christianity in beliefs? Honestly, it hurts me. Steph, Your comment about 'long lost brother' really whammed me because of the prophetic importance that it really has. Think back to the story of Joseph. I tried to post about this yesterday but the site went down. This very morning, Holy Spirit led me in His unique way to another part of the same story that really sent the message home. The part I started writing about yesterday was the 'gathering' of the boys back together in Egypt. Joseph had been sent away (2 different accounts of what really happened there btw) to Egypt. Joe becomes the Pharoah's second in command, the famine hits and the boys (except for Benjamin) travel to Egypt for food. Joseph hears their language and knows who they are. He looks like an Egyptian to them and they don't have a clue about who he is. Finally he reveals himself to them...remember the first question out of Joe's mouth?...Is my Father still alive? Makes me want to weep because I know it's a much bigger question than just him asking about Jacob. Jacob 'knew' Joseph was dead and wept openly. He even had 'proof' because his mantle had been returned with blood on it and Jacob 'refused' to be consoled. One can only imagine the grief that old man went through and why Benjamin was so closely guarded. This morning, I was doing a word study and was led to Gen 37. Joseph has his dream(s) (having the same dream is important btw see Gen 41:32 about twice) and tells them about it boldly. Everyone (including Jacob) get mad about it and the rest of the boys take off to do the sheep thing. Here's what the Lord made alive to me this morning and I really believe it's in relation to the other question that Joseph asked. Jacob sends Joseph to find his brothers at Shechem. Joseph is 'wandering in the desert' and comes upon a 'certain man' (unnamed stranger?) in the field. The 'man' asks Joseph 'what is it you're looking for?' Joseph's answer makes sense in the natural. 'I seek my brothers. Tell me, I pray you, where they feed their flocks?' I believe this is a prophetic statement about the separation and regathering of the 'two houses', 'two lamps', 'two loaves of bread', 'two anointed ones in Zechariah'. It's a story about Joseph (whose sons were Ephraim and Mannasah and born in Egypt from an Egyptian mother) who was 'in exile' in a far away place looking for his Father. It's his 'brother's who 'intended evil' that God worked to Good in His great plan to unite them again. I don't know how this is all going to work out but He's snickering about it right now lol. Folks, we are a Joseph generation. I cannot prove it by one whit. I just know it. We are looking for our 'lost' brothers that we see from afar. Joseph's brothers saw him coming from afar and started scheming about what to do with him because of his 'dreams' (that were established before God because he had it twice). And Joseph welcomed those same brothers years later in Egypt. Gave them food to survive the famine. And they brought his Father to him even in the middle of idolatrous Egypt. He fed them. They brought the Father to him and united them. Life from death from Israel's perspective because he was so completely certain that Joseph was indeed dead. He was dead to Israel. And yet... Thank You, Our Father, for Your faithful hand in bringing Your family to 'the same page' lol. There is none like You. None like You and we praise You and You alone for Your Goodness.
  22. C4C, Posting that article was the first time that I remember ever going to the 'Jews for Jesus' website. I really know very little about the organization and had never bookmarked it. Your question is truly profound for me and something is going 'wooba' within me as I consider how to answer it. Please know that I'm not purposefully being obtuse, but I'm not exactly sure how to answer the question. As far as I know, I don't have any 'Jewish' ancestry naturally. But that begs a very deep question because I can trace my family back to Europe but the true biological trace ends in Belgium. I think you're asking me if I grew up 'Jewish' and the answer is no. I grew up nominally Christian but that's a deep question for me because the truth is that I wasn't 'really' Christian until I was in my early 40's when I was baptized. I do have a great love for the Hebrew language (fascination is closer to describing it) and observing the Feasts etc seems 'right' to me. I suppose I'd have to answer that I'm Christian because I certainly know who the Messiah is and want to follow Him wherever He leads me no matter what. No matter what. I have been to services with Messianic Jews but the truth there is that much of it is far too ritualistic and even dry sometimes at least at the one that I've been to. That's not to say that all of them are that way. I think it's fair to say that I have a 'Hebrew' heart. But that's very different from what most people recognize as 'Jewish' today. My experience with participating in the Feasts and holidays has been very personal and 'feels' right. I'm careful not to get too caught up in the 'traditions of men' thing. More important than that, I want to be led by Holy Spirit to celebrate and worship with Him as He desires. Far too many rituals are just empty shells of 'living' a life that's truly 'joined' with Him. He says throughout His teaching that 'these are MY Feasts'. He also says that He owns the land and that the Israelites were just sojourners with Him on His land. He also exiled them (2 different waves at 2 different times) because they defiled the land. Stephanie has echoed so much of what I really believe way down deep inside. If we look at the way the Israelites (properly referred to as Israel's northern tribes) and Judah (the southern Kingdom) we'll see two different groups of people that lived in two different places. God scattered both groups and in fact separated both groups after David died. The account in 1 Kings 11 and 12 is startling and purposeful as part of His design. If you read the prophets carefully, you'llsee that most often, He addresses 'you O' Israel' and 'you, O' Judah'. That's not just wordplay. It's not by accident that very often His words to each separate group have different purposes and different promises. Bottom line is that I think that many of us could very well be 'Ephraim' ancestrally which is different from 'Judah'. Sometimes He even refers to 'Israel' as 'the tribe of Joseph' or 'Ephraim'. Two different 'houses' to two different people from different fathers scattered to many different places with different heritages and different promises along the road. Go back to Gen 49 and look at the prophetic promises to the different sons of Jacob. Lots of clues there. Remember also, that we don't know exactly what happened to Jacob when he 'wrestled' with the 'man'/'angel of the Lord'. The Hebrew word for 'wrestled' there is worth a volume of books in and of itself. Suffice it to say that it's the only time in the Bible that word is used. Out of every word that could have been used in Hebrew, that word was only used in reference to that specific 'event' at that place with that man. And Jacob 'became' Israel and never walked the same way again. To answer your question C4C, I do observe the holidays and they have had a very personal impact on the intimacy between me and the Lord. I don't have 'Jewish' lineage that I know of which means that as far as I know none of my relatives were from 'Judah' which is not to say that they weren't Israelites. I personally think that one of the biggest problems with the 'church' today is that we've forgotten what tree we were grafted into. There's only one olive tree with many branches. It's a Hebrew olive tree and we've been grafted in as one with that tree. Romans 9,10,11 are some of the most ignored and yet important chapters in the 'New' Covenant and yet when is the last time we ever heard anyone shout those words like we do other favorite scriptures? There is now no separation between the two because we're part of the same tree. But let's not forget that we who were 'far off' have been 'brought near' to the root of our Faith by His grace. That doesn't mean that it's a different kind of tree. It's the root that supports the branches, not the branches that support the root of the tree. Let us not be arrogant toward the branches and remember that the root is 'Faith'. That faith is Abrahamic faith and was always God's plan. Faith is by grace and His free gift for all who call on Him. It's always been that way and always will be that way. It was Faith that Abraham had that was reckoned (counted) to him as righteousness. Nothing to do with works or earning our way and that's part of what the trap of Judaism has always been. It's some sort of twisted 'religiousity' within all of us that wants to 'make it on our own'. The result of that is pride and 'self' sufficiency which does not grow our faith one iota. If anything, it leads us further away from truth and into building our own idols that can't talk or move. The root of all the covenant promises has been Faith in Him as He says He is. I haven't ever built a sukkah but I have spent some afternoons in them just reading and enjoying. I understand tha branches from trees are trimmed in Israel the week before Sukkot just so people can build their own sukkha at home. The men sleep in them while the women and children go inside at night and neighbors help one another building their sukkot in their neighborhoods. Closest I ever got was my little Kool-Aid stand when I was a kid. But it 'was' a nice Kool-Aid stand if I do say so myself lol. I do know a few Hebrew prayers and pray them sometimes daily just because I can. It seems like it's always an auspicious few moments when I do. And sometimes I find Hebrew words that 'pop' into my memory when trying to describe something accurately to the Lord (like He needs me to be specific). But it does just 'come' to me to express myself to Him that way at times. And there are some profound lessons about humility in each of the Feasts that are good for me to have integrated into my life. I don't have a family and few of my friends are really on the same path that I'm on so it's not a 'community' thing for me although I would enjoy that at some point if it develops that way. Hope this answers some of your questions. We could actually start a really deep (if speculative at best) thread on the two houses of Israel and Judah and the 'lost' tribes that really never were lost if y'all want to. Funny how Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied to them, Zechariah prophesied to them and all after they'd been 'lost' for over 100 years. Some of the Rabbis know more than they're telling because they don't like to think about what it might mean to the 'face' of Judaism (imho).
  23. One more thing to consider. The number 7 in Hebrew thinking generally symbolizes 'complete', 'whole', 'full' or 'finished and done'. The number 8 is recognized as a prophetic picture of 'renewal', 'rebuilding', 'starting again' and 're-birthing'. Gives even more meaning to John 7 and what Yeshua had to say there. Also, prophetically regarding the Feasts, it's a picture of a 'renewed' Kingdom under Him and His reigning among men. Drink it in with BIG gulps.
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