The Wiseman said, “The curse causeless shall not come.” Many problems and negative outcomes we experience are often self-invited. Self is a powerful motivator, and when a leader is motivated by self-will, it is especially tragic, because the consequences will be suffered by many others within his sphere of authority. Continue reading Self-Will Will Kill!
This year October marks the holiest season in the Jewish religious calendar and includes the Fall Feasts of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement (Oct. 4) , and Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles which lasts eight days (Oct. 9-16).
The reason the dates of these feasts fluctuate each year is God’s calendar, which began in the book of Genesis is based on the lunar cycle of the moon’s orbit around the earth; whereas our modern (Gregorian) calendar is based on the solar cycle. Continue reading Manipulating Fall Feasts for Finances Is Wrong
There are seven holidays that God instituted which were intended to be special times to meet with Him. The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies” (Leviticus 23:1-2). Four feasts are in the Spring and three are in the Fall: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.
Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year”, which correlates to “new year” (September 17). It is also known as the feast of trumpets. On this day the shofar is blown to call people to repent and to remind them that the holy days are arriving. These are known as “the 10 Days of Awe” which culminate on Yom Kippur, “the day of repentance” (September 26). Continue reading Forgiveness & Fun in the Fall Feasts
One of the greatest joys of becoming born-again is that we can address God “Abba Father”:
“And because ye are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, writing, Abba, Father. Wherefore you are no more a servant but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:6-7)
In verse 5, Paul stated that “we have received the adoption of sons.” Again, in Romans 8:15, he stated: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba, Father.” We know that Abba is an Aramaic term that is best translated into English as “Daddy”, because it is a term of intimacy and endearment only used by the children to their father. Clearly, Paul made the point that we have been adopted into the family of God — We were once servants, but now we are sons. This means we share equally as heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Himself (vs. 16).
Continue reading Begotten? or Adopted?
The language that Jesus spoke, Hebrew, is one of the few languages that was first written in pictures. The pictures later became letters and the Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, many close to our English alphabet.
In ancient Hebrew words were not written with the vowels. They were spoken, of course, but not included in the spelling of the words. The interesting thing is, when we look at the original word pictures that the letters stand for, there is often an underlying meaning.
Such is the case with the word for “father” which is spelled AB (also pronounced AV). These two Hebrew letters are ALEPH & BET. Now for their word pictures: Continue reading Hebrew Pictures from the Lord’s Language