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Monday, February 3, 2020

Using God

"They tried to get their own way with God,
clamored for favors, for special attention.".  Isaiah 25            Using God as a means to an end, is a deadly trap leading to resentment and anger toward Him since He didn't do what we who are eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil think He should have done. The answer to this is sacrificial love that has no agenda is willing for whatever the Master wants. Eating from the tree of life.  Cain whose name means acquire was offering a sacrifice but John tells us his deeds were evil.  His main concern was for himself as demonstrated in how he responded to God's punishment.  We just have to be SUPER aware of our own heart and our own motivation.  Oh God cleanse and keep cleansing our hearts of false motives.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Abel's Willingness

Abel knew his sacrifice had been accepted.
Abel knew Cain was angry that his sacrifice was not accepted.
Abel knew Cain was angry at him.
Abel knew God, he was accepted by God and then
his sacrifice was accepted.
Abel knew that a sacrifice was necessary to cover sin.
Abel was willing to go for the walk with Cain.
Abel was willing to be God's instrument to reach out
to Cain one last time.
Abel was willing to be a sacrifice of love for his brother Cain.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Cain and Abel

The first 3 teachings on this page are
Art Katz
sharing in a prophetic school on
Cain and Abel.

It is hands down, one of the most wisdom
filled teachings I have ever heard in my life.

Listen to it and we will be discussing it
in this blog for the next few posts.

Please listen to it, the downloads are

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Where Are You?

If the question is "Where are you?", isn't it amazing
that by the blood of the Messiah
we can rest and trust in the fact
that our answer is, "In His presence."

No matter where we are, we are in
the presence of the One who said, "I will
never, leave you or forsake you, no never."

Friday, January 17, 2020

A Prayer

A Prayer from Eugene Peterson's "Praying with the Psalms" 

"Oh God what good would it do me if I did know the answers to the querulous (complaining in a whining manner) questions with which I badger You?  
You know what I really need--
not more information, 
but more love,; 
not Your timetable,
but Your presence.  
Thank You for giving me Yourself in Jesus Messiah.  Amen"

Monday, December 30, 2019

End of the year thoughts.

Willing, loving, joyful subservience and moment by moment dependence, the life of a follower of the Messiah!  A servant, who is totally dependent, so you see the beauty of receiving God's mercy?
Do you see the beauty of this life that is designed to destroy pride and elevate humility?

What wisdom!

Gentleness, tenderness two qualities we need more of.  Fruit of the Spirit available to whosover will. 

"But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"   1 Peter 2:9  
"Holy race" ... singular... we are grafted into the one, already existing vine.

Exodus 19:5,6  "Now if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you will be My treasured possession out of all the nations--for the whole earth is Mine.
And unto Me you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you are to speak to the Israelites."

Deut. 7:6   "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His prized possession, above all peoples on the face of the earth."

So instead of trying to create a new thing called "church" why not enjoy and rejoice in your inclusion by grace through faith into an already existing, chosen, holy, race?

Taking Bonhoeffer's "Life Together" in the tiny little bites that it deserves.  It is a very deep, very practical book.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

One Family, One Father, Through the Life of Our Brother, By the Power of the Spirit

Complete Jewish Bible, Tree of Life Version, The Messianic Writings by Daniel Gruber.

Those are 3 translations that you could read that would make clear the simple beauty of Ephesians chapter 1,2 and 3.  Our foundation is so important, and the Apostle Paul, a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who still kept the law, and yet was willing to wrestle with Jacob (James) in Acts chapter 15 about how little was expected of gentiles who were being added to the Body of Messiah, that Apostle Paul, not some strange animal that was out to establish something new called the church, if that was his goal, why go back to Jerusalem, why consult with Jacob (James) and Peter at all?.  Abraham is our Father, there is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.  The prophets from age to age have been speaking of this one body of the Messiah, the chosen people. The beauty is for the gentile who drops their pride and bows to enter into the tent of Shem, they become a part of the body of Messiah.  This understanding that there is no such thing as "church" because we gentiles are simply being caught up into the continuing work of God, Messiah's community, the Body of the Messiah, something that has been, is and will be.  There is no need for a new expression, just a proper understanding of the true calling and election, and the humility to agree with God that He has a right as Creator to select a chosen people and bless the nations through them.  Humility is the key to receiving that blessing.  "Even the dogs get the crumbs that fall from the Master's table."  BAM, woman you are in with the full blessing, healing and salvation of the family.  Welcome Home!
That is how gentiles get into the family, by humility.
Don't you see that the use of the words "Christ" and 'church' have been instituted by satan himself to twist and distort what should be clear and plain.  "Christ" would have made no impression on the mind of the Jew who made up the majority of Messiah's community in Acts.  Messiah connects the whole story together and shows the amazing continuing determination of God.
"Church" distorts and tries to introduce as new, something that is simply a wonderful opening up of something that is from ages past and will go on into ages to come, the Body of the Messiah, Messiah's community. 
To the faithful few who have made it this far.  Simply read Eph. chapters 1-3 in one of the translations above and see the beauty of being welcomed into the One family of God, the God of Israel, through the blood of the Messiah!