Month: April 2011
So I went on MSN this morning, and I came across this article on the pagan origins of Easter eggs. It makes me wonder, how many people who read this article actually comprehend that this is an evil holiday, filled with the worship of pagan deities? Does it really matter to any of them, or do they just glance at it and continue on with their Sunday Easter worship, supposedly honoring the Resurrection of Chr-st, and then decide to hide Easter eggs, and theme the holiday with chocolate bunnies? Why are so many people’s hearts hardened; why do they not take the time to really understand what they are celebrating?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter Check out this link on the pagan origins of Easter.
AND, check out this video on it: http://getridofeaster.com/
I realized that last week, there was Passover and the start of Unleavened Bread, and I forgot to write a post on it. So, here it is:
Passover, the memorial service held by many in the Sacred Name movement and the Hebrew Roots groups to remember Yahshua’s death, and why he died for us. One of the greatest events in the Bible was when Yahweh gave his own Son, to die for us and our sins; he just gave him away to be tried in front of the Jews and the Romans for a crime he did not commit, and sentenced to die on a torture stake, one of the most humiliating deaths in those days. Some people these days don’t understand why he gave his only son, the one he loved from the day he created him. They don’t see the reason they need a Savior; they feel they are too deep in their own sins to ever be “saved.”
We kept Passover Sunday night(April 17, 2011) and the first High Day of Unleavened bread was on Tuesday, making the last High Day tomorrow (April 25, 2011). The week has gone so fast, and the truth is, I haven’t really missed leavening. It is not a constant fixture at our table like it was in the Ancient days, and it can really mess up your body if you eat too much of it. So, essentially, this past week has been a cleaning out of the false doctrines, sins, and leavening in our bodies, minds, and soul.
It is not an easy nor exciting experience, but it is required of us until the day when we “sin no more.”
P.S. Just a short note letting all of you in the U.S. and the areas around the world that are being affected by this turbulent weather; We are praying for you. Just keep relying on the Heavenly Father to take care of you and your family.
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Before The Morning-Josh Wilson
Let The Waters Rise-MIKESCHAIR
Ha Ha Ha, gardening in a small amount of time, small amount of space, and a small amount of seeds. That is what I call a pinch….
So, let’s see, we took a small patch of grass in our backyard, and transformed it into a palace of vegetable growth. No, seriously, we almost did that. Starting with a small area, we took a small cultivator and ripped the top off. Next, we pulled out the grass and roots from the topsoil. This was a very important step, so we will have less weeding to do. I did see many white grubs, which are harmful to roots, so I pray they will leave the plants alone. After pulling out the roots and grass, we dug up the ground underneath with spades and a large cultivator. Man, when I was guiding that thing, it felt like it was running away with me, not the other way around. 🙂 Once the ground was seriously worked up, we hoed our way through the dirt, making row upon row, a timeless tradition throughout centuries. Many moons ago Native Americans did this, and here WE are, for the first time, digging rows in the dirt to plant seeds. I think the farther we get out of touch with nature and this green Earth, the harder it’s going to be returning to the way things were back then. I am not saying it was good back then, but at least we knew what was going into our foods.
The planting being done, we covered everything up, and labeled our rows; or at least tried. Since we won’t be able to recognize any of the plants for a while, I guess we really can’t weed.
Some of the seeds we planted:
Lettuce, carrots, beets, pumpkins, squash, green beans, onions, and celery. I think there was more, but I don’t remember everything.
Watering is hard now that we have a fence around it. It is also very difficult to water with a sprinkler and AVOID getting wet. We also put up a fence around the side planter where the tomatoes and basil are, because ‘la Bear Sheba Shalom (our Siberian Husky) wants to lay on the plants.
I think a hose was one of the great inventions for carrying water from dwelling place to destination. Hmmm, that brings me to question #3,042…( I made up that number, there are probably more.) Who were, or was, a great innovator of the modern farmer.
A little while later,
Jethro Tull (not the band, Jethro died in 1741) was considered a major innovator in the practice of modern and scientific farming. He improved the seed drill, and advocated the use of horses instead of oxen to plow.
John Froelich built the first gasoline-powered tractor that propelled itself backward and forward. His invention helped pave the way for modern farming. John, with other investors, founded the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company in 1893. This company eventually became the John Deere Tractor Works.
Wow, so we have machines from the preparing stage to the harvesting stage. What great modern inventions to grow food.
Anyone else try gardening yet?
This is a report I did on a message given recently.
Sebu: Characteristics (Attributes of one’s self)
Humility is a must if we want to be able to truly worship Yahweh with all our heart and soul. When Adam and Hawwah took of the forbidden fruit, they also partook of a dose of pride. They wanted to be as wise as Yahweh, knowing as much as he did, if not more. Man has been hard-wired from the beginning to want to be right, independent, knowing anything about everything. However, this is not what Yahweh wants. He wants someone who is willing to be humble enough to work with, like a pot of clay, un-fired and still wet, ready to be molded and shaped by the potter’s wheel, a refiner’s fire.
Proverbs 15:33-The fear of Yahweh is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility
Proverbs 18:12-Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
And before honor, humility……… In order to be worthy of the honor that can heavenly be given, we must be humble, willing to accept what is being told to us.
1 Peter 5:8
1 Peter 5:5
Submission: giving one’s self to a higher authority than his soul and body
Submission has always been hard for man to give himself to. Submitting one’s self to the daily grind of life is one thing, but submitting your entire being; your thoughts, emotions, words, needs and wants, that takes an entirely different type of person willing to give themselves to some higher being. Someone who knows more, understands more, can tell the future and still make you take a choice and live it out. What if? You have to submit your entire being to him to make yourself worthy of the cause.
James 4:7-10-Submit yourselves therefore to Elohim. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Obedience: to the higher authority
Part of being humble and submitting one’s self to a higher authority is the willingness to obey.
You have to be willing to obey to make ANY changes in your life, big or small. There are 613 commandments given in the Old Testament, detailing what we need to do in our everyday lives. If Adam and Hawwah had simply obeyed Yahweh in the first place and done what he had told them to do, there would have been no need for a Passover Lamb, a Savior, hundreds of Laws committed to memory, or me sitting here writing this right now. We wouldn’t have needed someone to rule over us they way they do now. But no…… they wanted to be better; they wanted to be more than what they were. See what disobedience causes????
2 Corinthians 10:5-6-Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of Elohim, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Messiah; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 1:1-2
1 Peter 1:13-16
Reverence: something in awe and wonder of something else
Reverence was held by many people in the Bible, from prophets to kings, from ordinary people to even little kids. Many people revered this supernatural being who could kill them in an instant, or bring them back from the dead. Reverence and respect is needed to maintain a proper relationship with the Heavenly Father.
Hebrews 12:28-29-Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve Elohim acceptably with reverence and awe: For our Elohim is a consuming fire.
Pride: victim of one’s self
Pride is described in a colorful way as riding a high horse. The first man and woman in the Garden had a sense of pride in wanting to be more, wanting to be higher. They took it too far when they listened to the serpent and obeyed him. Taking pride in what you do, or being proud of whom you are is okay as long as it’s Yahweh’s will. It’s kind of like saying “ I’m proud to be an American.” However, when you go so far as to refuse any and all criticism, you are going against the grain. Yahweh made people to rely on each other, and to help each other.
Proverbs 11:2-When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
And Yahshua called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, At the same time came the disciples unto Yahshua, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Young children are special in the fact that they are not tainted much by the world. Their mind is willing to learn without being biased to anything. They have certain humility to themselves and to others.
Someone who questions a child’s faith in Yahshua were better dead than alive, because children can be so easily swayed by someone of false doctrine. They are also more inclined to trust someone, where as older people doubt a lot.
When I was studying the subject of attributes of Yahweh in my schoolwork, they often listed love, mercy, and grace as his attributes. That is just the surface though. He’s jealous for us, he wants us to love him, to have a relationship with him. Yahweh’s not an on-the-surface deity that we honor with ceremonies and sacrifices, and then walk off and forget everything. He wants us to have reverence, humility, meekness, be submissive; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365+ days a year.
Just a quick post letting everyone know that the pictures from Harrison, AR are up.
We just arrived home from our fifth trip to Arkansas, the “2nd Annual Hebrew Roots Prison Ministry Conference” hosted by Elder Barrie Wittrock and Elder Frank Brown. It was a very moving conference, with several prisoners giving testimonies and representatives from other prison ministries there. Broken Vessels and Yahweh’s Vineyard of Refuge
represented by Tom Schmidt and Racquel St. James, and Elder Barrie Wittrock, respectively. Several speakers gave messages throughout Saturday and Sunday, major topics being: prison ministry, survival, Hebrew Roots, and the controlling of one’s self.
Raquel St. James gave a moving testimonial based on letters from prisoners who were so touched to have someone to write to them. She explained the loneliness a prisoner feels when their family and friends have forgotten them; left them alone to face the world when they have gotten out of prison and learned their lesson. Many had trouble staying out of the areas where they weren’t supposed to go because there was no one to guide them. There was a basic passion among the people there to guide prisoners to Yahweh while they are in jail, and to help them to not make the same mistakes once they are out of jail.
Tom Martincic gave an inspirational story in his message on Sunday. It kinda goes like this:
He bought some ducks to raise in some acreage on his farm. He asked the seller if they had ever seen water before. The seller pointed to a plastic baby wading pool and told him that was the only water they had lived with. So he put the ducks in a cage and took them home. He was afraid they would see the openness of the water and the land and try to fly away, as they were ducks that could fly. So he set them on the edge of the riverbank and fed them in the cage while he waited for them to get used to the new landscape. When he finally let them out of the cage, he was overjoyed at the reaction from the birds. They were so happy to be in the water, and he was so happy to see them do something they were naturally made to do.
Now see the parallel between the ducks and humans; humans were not naturally supposed to sin and commit crimes. But when Adam and Hawwa ate of the the Tree Of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Everything changed. Prisoners locked up in a jail may learn their lesson, find Yahshua, and pledge to never make the same mistake , but when they are let out, there is a feeling of complete freedom, to do good and evil. These prison ministries were created to guide the person on a path to do good.
I hope everyone reading this is doing well, and may the Heavenly Father bless you….
P.S. The pics from the conference should be up soon.
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