The Desert Can Be A Place To Blossom

This week’s Torah Reading is from Numbers 1:1 -4:20, The reading is called “Bamidbar”, which means “in the desert,” and it is the first portion of the book of Numbers. We always read it just before Shavuot/Pentecost. But why?
The reason is that God gave the Torah in the desert. It might seem that the Lord The word for desert or wilderness, which in Hebrew are interchangeable, is midbar. The root of the Hebrew word midbar is davar, which means “word,” and is also related to midabber, which means “to speak.”

  1. In Hebrew, the midbar (desert/wilderness) is the place where God midabber (speaks). We see this connection in the description of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 10:4, “the Ten Words/Asert ha-Devarim which the Lord spoke/dibber to them.”
  2. The desert can also develop our character, and more specifically, the character quality of humility. The giving of the Torah in the desert profoundly emphasized the value and significance of humility.
    • The desert is comprised of sand, calling to mind that God created man from the dust of the earth. But in the same way that the Lord made the humble desert a place of holiness, His presence can also change an ordinary person into a saint.
    • Like the barren desert, we must empty and nullify ourselves for the Lord. As Paul writes, “and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim (the Son of God)—who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).
  3. We must become like the desert, being lowly in our sight so the Lord can make something beautiful out of us. T should have given the Torah in the land of Israel. Why was it given in the midbar, the desert wilderness? What is significant about this location, and what is it meant to teach us?
  4. A desert is a place of intimacy and connection. In a desert, there are no distractions or noise. The serenity and silence of the desert was an ideal setting for God’s new bride to get to know the Lord, her Bridegroom.
    • A key aspect of spiritual intimacy is communication. Since the desert was the place that God first spoke to Moses, it makes sense that He would speak to Israel in precisely the same place. But of course, there is more.
  5. Likewise, the desert is a place of transformation. Desert experiences always change a person. The desert forces a person to come to the end of themselves.
    • And it’s when we come to the end of ourselves that only God can begin to transform us. The Lord used the desert to transform Israel and prepare them for the Promised Land; He will use the desert to prepare you as well. Remember, between the promise and the Promised Land; you must pass through the desert.

My prayer for you is Isaiah 35: 1-2, “The wilderness and the [a]wasteland (Covid-19 pandemic) shall be glad for them,
And the desert[b] shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.”

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The Rider of White Horse and Covid19

In Revelation 6:1-2, “there is a description of the first Horse and it’s Rider, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”

This description has to do with an Anit-Christ spirit that we are seeing across the world at this time. Notice, the rider had a crown (corona) and held a bow. Bow in the Greek means “Toxin”. And he rode out as a conqueror bent to conquest. This is amazing to me that we are seeing this before our very eyes. From the power grabbing of world leaders, Governors, and Congress, not to mention the WHO, CDC and others. The Globalist and Liberal leaders taking every opportunity to use this pandemic for their agendas.

Through this Covid19 pandemic we have seen many of our own civil liberties taken away. There is the division of family, Churches, States, and citizenry. The division of for a mask against a mask, stay at home not to stay at home, and essential, nonessential.

I believe this is a testing to see how people will react and how the masses will respond. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is not just about following the authorities and living safely. We are in a season of warfare. If this was a dream, what would all this mean?

I believe we are experiencing Revelation 6:1-2 before our very eyes. This is not only a test for the world from a earthly standpoint but I also believe Heaven is watching and this is a test from an eternal standpoint. The story of Gideon in Judges is a great example of what is happening.

Gideon is chosen by God hiding in the wine press because the enemy has stolen all the harvest. God chooses Gideon to lead the army of Israel to win the victory. God tells Gideon to Choose the men of faith for battle. First he tells the men who are afraid and walking in fear to go home. They are disqualified. The rider on the white horse wants us to walk in fear. God makes it clear when we are afraid it causes paralysis, confusion, and lack of vision. God numbered the army and ten of thousands went home.

Secondly, God told Gideon to have the rest of the men to drink water from the brook. The ones who drank water like a dog were disqualified. The Bible says, Yeshua Jesus is living water. If we drink of Him we will never thirst again. Those who drank water like a dog is likened to people who drink the living water of Yeshua Jesus with Carnality. Take Revelation and use it to exalt oneself, act prideful, or with a haughty spirit lord their knowledge over man. It also would be the like the teacher who teaches but does not live the word they teach.

Thirdly, there were the 300 men, band of Gideon who listened to God, obeyed His voice and followed God’s directions. They were the Kingdom people who listen to what the Spirit of the Lord was saying and did not fear nor were carnal. They lifted up their torch which was hidden in a pot, the light of Yeshua Jesus contained in their earthen vessel bodies, and blew the Shofar, their trumpet of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship. An Angel of the Lord, one Angel slew 170,000 of the enemy in one swell swoop. Wow!

God is looking for a mighty band of Kingdom Warriors like Gideon’s army who are not afraid and will not fear, who drink from the living water Yeshua Jesus with a pure heart, and obey and follow the Lord’s voice in His timing and season. Think about it, we are living in the biblical year of 5780. Eighty is the Hebrew number of Pei. Pei is a picture in Hebrew of the mouth wide opened. This is the year and decade to open our mouths and declare and demand the Lord’s promises. To taste and see that the Lord is good.

Yet, the rider of the white horse has given the majority a spirit of fear and pandemic to where we are ordered to wear a mask and cover our mouths. I’ve always have taught what is in the physical is a picture of what is in the spiritual realm. My prayer for you today is, you will not walk in fear, nor receive truth carnally, but you will be Kingdom minded and hear God’s voice with a Kingdom perspective. We are living in a New Wine Skin. Shalom!

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50 Day Journey from Passover to Pentecost: Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold!

50 day journey from Passover to Pentecost: For centuries the Rabbis have taught during the 450 year bondage of Egypt the Israelites had given into 49 levels of Idolatry and Bondage. According to Leviticus 23 the Sabbath after Passover the counting of the wheat harvest begins(counting of Omer.) Which is First Fruits. Yeshua Jesus Resurrected on that day fulfilling the prophetic declaration in Isaiah 11:1. Yeshua Jesus is our First Fruit of Salvation.

So from the Red Sea to Mount Sinai was 49 days, thus each day according to the Rabbis Israel was being purified for their 49 levels of idolatry. It was on the 50th day (Pentecost) that God gave Moses the two tablets of Covenant.

As we journey on this 50 day journey of maturity in Yeshua Jesus here is a thought about not letting our love grow cold, especially in the time and season of this Covid 19 Pandemic and the Biblical Year 5780. The year to open our mouth declaring God’s promises and tasting the goodness of Yeshua Jesus.

Francis Frangipane says it best:

Is your love growing softer, brighter and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evidence that a stronghold of cold love is developing within you.

Jesus warned of our era. He said, “Many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (Matt. 24:10-12). So let us honestly ask the Lord to examine us: Is our love hot or cold? Another’s thoughtlessness may have wounded us deeply, but instead of forgiving the wound or going to them and discussing it according to Matthew 18, we go to others with our complaint. The wound then begins to germinate into a root of bitterness, and many are being defiled (Heb. 12:15). What is growing in us is not love but bitterness, which is unfulfilled revenge.

Again, Jesus warned that “stumbling blocks [would] come” (Matt. 18:7). There will be times when even good people have bad days; there will never be a time when “stumbling blocks” cease to be found upon your path. Remember also, people do not stumble over boulders but over stones — little things. When you have stumbled over something, you’ve stopped walking.

Have you stumbled over someone’s weakness or sin lately? Have you gotten back up and continued loving as you did before, or has that fall caused you to withdraw from walking in love? To preserve the quality of your love, you must forgive those who have caused you to stumble. Depending on the issue itself, it may be that you legitimately cannot trust them, but you do not have a reason to stop loving.

Every time you refuse to forgive or fail to overlook a weakness in another, your heart not only hardens toward them, it hardens toward God. You may still think you are open to God, but the Scriptures are clear: “The one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). You may not like what someone has done, but you do not have an option to stop loving them.

What do I mean by love? First, I do not merely mean “tough love.” I mean gentle, affectionate, sensitive, open, persistent love. God will be tough when He needs to be, and we will be firm when He tells us to be, but beneath our firmness must be an underground river of love waiting to spring into action. When I have love for someone, I have predetermined that I am going to stand with them, regardless of what they are going through. I am committed.

We each need people who love us, who are committed to us in spite of our imperfections. The fullness of Christ will not come without Christians standing with each other in love. We are not talking about salvation but growing in salvation until we care for each other, even as Christ has committed Himself to us.

The goal of pulling down the stronghold of cold love is to see our hearts restored to the heart of Christ. You will be challenged in this, but if you persist, you will discover the height and depth and breadth of Christ’s love. You will become “a body filled and flooded with God Himself” (Eph. 3:19 Amp).

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Passover Haggadah: Christ in the Passover Seder

CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER SEDER

Passover Seder Wellspring Israel/Jim & Debbie Laymon

 Introduction:

Candle Lighting:  A woman or older girl lights the candles, then she reads the blessing.  Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.

Prayer:  Baruch atah Adonai Elohaynu meleeb ha-olom, she-shalach et ben’chay’cheed’cha Yeshua Ha-Mashicah, Li-h’hot or ha-olam v’she ha-pesach shelanu I’ma-on n’chyeh biz’chutto.  Ah-main.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord or God, King of the Universe, who has sent Thy Son, Thine only

Son, Yeshua the Messiah, to be the light of the world and our Passover lamb, that through Him we might live, Amen.

A brief welcome and teaching on the Significance of the month and Nissan- Exodus 12

First Cup of Kiddush Sanctification: According to Luke22:17-18, “After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Washing of Hands and the bitter herbs:

The leader holds up the parsley and says, “This parsley represents life, which God gives us.”  Then he dips the parsley in the salt water.  The salt water represents the tears of the Israelites because of the suffering they endured as slaves in Egypt.  Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.  Take the parsley on your table and dip in salt water and eat it.

Haggadah, The Four Questions:  A child reads this out loud

On all other nights we eat bread or matzah.  On this night, why do we eat matzah?  All other nights, we eat vegetables.  On this night why do we eat bitter herbs?  On all other nights we do not dip the vegetables, but on this night why do we dip the twice?  All other nights we eat sitting.  On this night why do eat reclining?

 Leader says: On Passover we eat only Matzah, flat bread without dough to rise when they left Egypt.  Leaven, or yeast, is a metaphor for the bad influence of sin in our lives.  It is a way to represent physically that we are now a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We get rid of the leaven, which is the old life of sin.

 The Leader holds up the plate with three piece of Matzah, called Afikomen, which means, “that which comes last.”  Later children will look for it and the one who finds it will get a prize.

The Leader says, On the Passover we eat bitter herbs to remember the Israelites terrible life of slavery in Egypt.  Take a piece of Matzah bread and dip it in the horse radish sauce and eat it.

The Leader says, On Passover we dip vegetables twice.  We have already dipped parsley in salt water to remind us of the Israelites’ tears.  But we also dip our vegetables in sweet charoset.  This reminds us that even in slavery, the Israelites had hope in God.  Everyone take a piece of Matzah and scoop charaset onto it and eat it.

 The leader says: On Passover we recline, or sit comfortably, as free people.  In contrast, the Israelites at the first Passover meal standing, ready to leave any minute.

The Passover Story:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus

 Second Cup, The Cup of Deliverance. 

The Second Cup is the Cup of Deliverance.  In traditional Jewish Seder the second cup is not drank.  Instead of drinking, the finger is dipped ten times into the cup, while the each plague is recited.  The ten plagues: blood, frogs, lice, cattle disease, boils, hail, locust, darkness, and death of the firstborn.

 Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Passover Lamb:  The Leader holds up the roasted lamb shank bone and says:  This bone reminds us of the Passover lamb that was killed.  He briefly summarizes Exodus 11 and 12.  Jewish people can no longer sacrifice a lamb on Passover because the temple was destroyed.  But no one needs to make a sacrifice because Yeshua died as the Passover Lamb to take the punishment for sin.

The Leader holds up the betzah (the boiled egg) and says:  The egg symbolizes mourning and reminds us that the temple was destroyed, a sad event for the Jewish people.

Leader says, When Jesus celebrated the Last Passover before His death, he took the Matzah broke it, and blessed it.

All read: Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Leader says, Then Jesus gave some of the Matzo to his disciples and said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:19

Third Cup, The Cup of Redemption:

 Leader says:  Then Jesus took the third cup, the cup of redemption, and said the blessing.  “Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.”

Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Afikomen:  Children look for the hidden Matzah that was hidden earlier.

The Little Children search for the hidden Afikomen (meaning at the end or party)

Now we eat a meal of Rest, Relaxing and Lounging:  The meal is to be one of joy and gladness.

 Fourth Cup, The Cup of Consumation:  Matthew 27:46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Empty Cup which is at an Empty Chair and Place Setting:   The Cup of Elijah:  The Leader says, Jewish people look for Elijah’s return on Passover, so they set a place for him at the table and open the door to welcome him.  Christians acknowledge that Elijah has come again in the presence of John the Baptist (Mt 11:14), and also that the Messiah has come.  Tonight we open the door of expectation of the second coming of Messiah;  Maranatha! (Revelation 22:20).

The Leader reads the Hallal:  Psalms 118, Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

 Next the Front Door is opened and the children go out to look for Elijah.  The Leader ask, “look up in the sky, do you see Elijah?”  And then everyone shouts out,  “UNTIL NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.”

 

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Numbers Having to Do With Corona Virus and Passover

Nisan means Miracle. This first month of the Biblical Calendar is called Nisan. In Hebrew the first syllable of this word is “née” which means “miracle”. God told the children of Israel that I want to make this your first month. Remember they had been in bondage and enslavement for 400 years. So they had forgotten the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Adonai. First in Hebrew mean Rosh Chodesh or the New Beginning. Thus, Passover is the first month of your Miracle. Watch this, another Hebrew word that has the numerical value of 367 is hand along with the number 14. Purim, the story of Esther is about God’s unseen hand touching and changing the story on a dime. We are to celebrate Purim on the 14th day of the last month of the Biblical calendar. And we are to celebrate Passover on the 14th month of Nisan the first month of Biblical Calendar. Thus we see and experience both of God’s hands. His Unseen Hand-Purim and His Revealed Hand-Passover.

The word for Corona in Hebrew has the numerical value of 367. Corona is mentioned in Genesis where God tells Noah, “you shall not eat of the flesh of a living creature.” In Hebrew this phrase has a numerical value of 367. Back to Noah it is connected with Deuteronomy 12:53 that says, “you shall not eat the meat of the flesh of a living animal. That phrase also has a numerical value of 367. Obviously the significance of that is it is suspected the Corona Virus was generated in a wet market in China where somebody was eating flesh of a living creature which was alive when it was consumed breaking that law which is one of 7 basic Hebrew laws God gave Noah.

This connects with Passover because their is a commentary by one of the well known sages, Rashi. He writes that when the children of Israel are to eat of the Passover lamb they need to make sure it is fully cooked, well done. You shall not eat of the lamb that is not well done. Flesh that is eaten not fully cooked is called “CORONAH” in the Arabic language. This is stupid amazing. Who would had believed that this corona virus connects to this season of Passover?

We are not just going to win the battle on a Scientific level but on a spiritual level too. Because God created the heavens and the earth. Passover and this season is so significant because it is about the Blood of The Lamb of God, Yeshua Himself. We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience but we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.

Not only is Hebrew language Alpha Numeric but the Greek language is Alpha Numeric as well. So the word in Matthew 21:21 says, “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” The word for “cast” in the Greek has a numerical value of 367.

So the church needs to have this kind of faith. Passover kind of faith for miracles that we can cast down things that are not of God, i.e. corona virus and not doubt. This is the season we are in. Interesting enough this decade of roaring 20’s, 2020 is the decade of the “Peh” in Hebrew which means Mouth. We are in the first year of this new era to speak and cast down everything that is not of God. We need to take authority over the corona virus. We need to pray against the corona virus. Like Israel did when the had the faith at Passover. Like the blood on the door post of their dwelling places. We need to declare it so. Passover was the first mention of social distancing and stay in your home. The corona virus is like Egypt. The death of the first born, the corona virus will not enter you home. I declare it with so with you. It will not enter your dwelling place, your home. We are declaring right now the Blood of the greater Lamb, the Blood of Yeshua the Messiah on the door post of our hearts and homes right now. Amen

In Numbers, Miriam complains (opens her mouth) and speaks evil of Moses. God strikes her with leprosy and she and her hand begins to “wither”. And Moses cry’s out for God to please heal her. In this passage the Hebrew word for heal her has a numerical value of 367. On the on hand the corona wants to wither, isolate, and destroy us, and then God’s word to “heal” is the opposite with the same numerical value. God brings the healing. God had the healing even before this sickness was created.

It even gets better. In the Greek, Yeshua goes into the synagogue and there is a man with a “withered” hand. Withered in Greek language has the numerical value of 367. Because in the natural corona wants to cause people’s lungs to wither. Corona wants to cause people’s finance to wither. It wants to isolate us until our hope begins to wither. But Yeshua is the great physician, the great healer and He walks in and touched that man’s withered hand, 367 and the man is totally healed. Wow, So I am declaring now for you and your household, during this Passover season that the Blood of the Lamb, Yeshua is your healer, deliverer, and restorer. That your finances is not going to wither. That your health is not going to wither. That your relationships are not going to wither. That our Nations is Not going to wither. That God is going to restore our Nation and Israel. Like Yeshua did when He touched that mans hand on the Sabbath and was made whole. And like Adonai did at Passover. Amen and Amen.

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God’s Got This Pandemic

As we enter in to Shabbat at Sundown today I’ve been thinking about the coming to an end of the last month of the Biblical Calendar, Adar. To see what it looked like in the Bible really is not much different than today. It was recorded by Moses in Exodus 12:12, The Israelites needed a redeemer and deliverer just like the world needs today. “‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

Numerically, the number 12 in Hebrew is very prophetic and I believe is significant for such a time as this. As we stand on the precipice of history with this Pandemic and ending the 12th month in the Biblical calendar next week on March 24th, I can’t help but think God’s Got This. We have a choice to stand in fear or stand in FAITH! Just because I’m standing in Faith and not in fear does not mean I am not going to use common sense and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide my daily activity.

The number twelve in Hebrew is the number of perfect Government. Twelve is the last of the four numbers God uses to show His perfection. It is the number that God shows He is in control and actively ruling over something as King. When God wants to show us He is ruling and there is a perfect plan. He likes to use the number 12 in his language. Thus I believe that this Pandemic will end at Passover.

It is impossible to separate those who govern from the governing of God. In another words every one who governs is governed by God. You see, God almighty is not just King but King of Kings. He is just not Lord but Lord of Lords. Revelation 16:19, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Twelve marks when God is in control of something. In Matthew 26:53 when Peter took things in his own hand and cut off the soldiers ear, Jesus said, He had the power to call 12 legions of angels.

Here are examples of 12 in scripture: Jacob had twelve sons and Israel had twelve tribes. It is interesting to note that Jacob and Israel are the same person. One is born of man, Jacob and the other is born of God, Israel, and God governs both of them perfectly.

Jesus had 12 disciples and set up the church with 12 teachable and yieldable men who would drop their careers and family to come and follow Yeshua. That’s why the New Jerusalem has 12 gates and 12 foundations. There are also twelve pearls and 12 foundations associated with the New Jerusalem. The measure of the city is 12,000 furlongs and thickness of the walls are 144 cubits or 12 X 12.

The first recorded words of Jesus was at age 12.

There were 12 baskets of food left over when Jesus fed the 5000.

There were 12 spies sent out by Moses in Numbers 13

Elijah built an altar of 12 stones when he called the fire down from Heaven. 1 Kings 18

There are 12 Biblical months in a year because God rules over every year.

There are 12 major constellations because rules over all the heavens.

There are 60 minutes in an hour (12 X 5) and 60 seconds in a minute because God rules over every nano-moment that has ever been measured.

The number 24 (12 +12), There are 24 elders who circle around the Throne in Worship.

24,000 plus miles circle the the planet earth. Twenty four is a witness of God’s perfect Government. That is why the 24 elders fall down and worship him as they fly around the throne. Because they see him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Twenty four is associated with the priesthood as David distributes the priest among 24 descendants of Aaron.

So if you have never believed God is in control and has a plan for this world, our Nation, your family and even your life tonight, I believe Adonai is in Control and Has Plan for You. In the midst of this chaos, panic, and hysteria, God’s Got this so let’s take time to Worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Shalom!

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Guidelines How to Live In Today’s Culture

1 Thessalonians 4: Paul visits the Thessalonians for 3 weeks and gives the guidelines on how to live a life set apart from their culture much like today. Listen to audio teaching:

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How To Live In Today’s Culture

1 Thessalonians 4 

Plea for Purity

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who[a] has also given us His Holy Spirit.

The ancient writer Demosthenes expressed the generally amoral view of sex in the ancient Roman Empire: “We keep prostitutes for pleasure; we keep mistresses for the day to day needs of the body; we keep wives for the faithful guardianship of our homes.”

  1.  Because the Lord is the avenger of all such
  2. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness
  3. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God

4.Who has also given us His Holy Spirit

A Brotherly and Orderly Life

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

– This religion has a god: The self.

– This religion has priests: Celebrities.

– This religion has a prophet: Music video channels.

– This religion has scriptures: Tabloids and entertainment news and information programs.

– This religion has places of worship: Amusement parks, theaters, concert halls, sports arenas; and we could say that every television and internet connection is a little chapel.

 

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [b]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [c]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [d]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

– Don’t be ignorant about God’s plan for Israel (Romans 11:25).

– Don’t be ignorant about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1).

– Don’t be ignorant about suffering and trials in the Christian life (2 Corinthians 1:8).

– Don’t be ignorant about the rapture and the second coming of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

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5780/2020 The Decade of Order

This past Saturday, December 28th began the 10th biblical month of Tevet. Tevet is a month to pray for Leadership. Many years ago while studying Leadership, John Maxwell ask the question, “are you a Leader?” Many people will answer NO! But the truth of the matter is we all are leaders in some way. Your a leader if you are Mom or Dad. Your a leader if you are a Grandparent. You are a leader because you influence friends, family, and others by the way you carry yourself. Your attitude, your talk, your persona.

That being said, Tevet being the 10 month I have did a study on what the number 10 means in scripture. The number 10 has to do with timelines and how God carries out a plan in perfect order. It is the number where God reveals His plan and sets things in order to His plan. One of the four perfect numbers, 10 has to do with God setting up things for His purposes and plan.

Ten is also the number for Kingdom. Perfect order is simply, “Christ the Head.” He didn’t come to be a 6 pound Hebrew/Jewish baby. He came to be Lord of Lords and King of King. The first time the word Kingdom is found in the Bible is Genesis 10:10. For this month of Tevet which includes the new year 2020 God wants to launch a new campaign of reminding us who is boss. He tends to preach through His Word the number 10.

That is why when Pharaoh thought he was god over the Israelites, God gave him 10 plagues. When the Jews thought they would be god over their lives, He gave them to 10 Commandments. Did you know also Noah was the 10th generation from Adam. And that is God showing up to remind the world that He was boss. Setting everything back to divine order again.

Here are some examples of 10 in Scripture as God’s Perfect Order According To His Plan:

1. King David was the 10th in line from Judah. (Ruth 4:18-22)

2. Noah was the 10th descendant from Adam.

3. Abraham was the 10th descendant from Noah.

4. The Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 10 (10 X 2=20)

5. Under the Law your tithe is 10 percent, meaning your finances belong to the Lord.

6. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” shows up 10 times. Perfect order comes from living according to the Master’s order.

7. There are 10 Kingdom parables in book of Matthew.

8. There are 10 “I AM” statements of Christ in the book of John.

9. In the natural we have 10 fingers. What we do has to do with God’s will and way.

10 We have 10 toes. The life we walk belongs to God. Don’t get that out of order.

As I reflect on this last day of 2019 and last day of the decade of 2010’s I am reminded of the old song we used to sing in the 80’s. “If God is not Lord of ALL, God is not Lord AT ALL. Somethings to think about as we enter a new year and decade. Shalom!

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The Miracle of Hope

Today is the last day of Hanukkah, The Miracle of Hope:

Hanukkah began as a military holiday celebrating the capture and re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple around 164 BC. About 200 years later, however, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

Some Jewish leaders of the period said Hanukkah should be abolished. Since the Temple was destroyed, why celebrate its rededication?

The answer lay in the most profound Jewish idea: hope. While the Temple was destroyed, hope was not. Hope is not blind optimism. It is faithfulness, confidence, and vision, combined with a determination to act.

Hope has sustained the Jewish people through

countless experiences of persecution and exile. Hope is the conviction that what was once destroyed can be rebuilt. Hope is not only about one person, Yeshua. It is about each of us.

No matter what has been destroyed in your life. Like the Temple, relationships, health, career, loss of loved one, ministry or severe disappointment in ones self. This is the month of Hope.

Not only is last evening the lighting of the eighth candle about Hope but it is also the First Fruits Rosh Chodesh) of the 10th Biblical month of Tevet. It is not a coincidence that in the month of Tevet we are to Pray for our Leaders that they have a Godly prospective. The month of Tevet which started last Saturday is a month for us to see with Godly eyes and to war for a Godly outcome.

Hopefully you will join our family today in celebrating Hope and what has been destroyed in the past is being rebuilt to even greater Glory and Testimony. Tevet is the tenth month of Biblical Calendar and Ten is the number of Testimony. Shalom

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