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Walk To Beautiful~a Book Review

 

What do an abandoned child, homelessness, and a hit country music singer have in common? From outside appearances, it would appear nothing. However, according to Jimmy Wayne, that is precisely what happened to him as a child and on into his teenage years. From the inside cover:

“Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.”

 

This gripping real life story of a child abandoned multiple times by his mother, couch surfing, running away, landing in a detention center and foster care only to be abandoned AGAIN, is a difficult read to put down. It screams of all the injustice done to children these days and the faces of the many that are in our foster care system today. As a matter of fact, it is those faces that have marked Jimmy’s life calling.

Along with his own personal story, the book includes numerous photographs of the author. Join along, cry, get angry and at times even laugh, as the haunting story of Jimmy Wayne goes public. I highly recommend this book, especially anyone (like myself), who enjoy hearing the hearts of humanity.

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New Bible Study Community!!

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Ahhh..Bible study. A long standing passion of mine. Drawing life from the Scriptures. Unity….uniting sisters from all walks of life: Evangelical Christians, Non-Denominational Christians, Catholics, Orthodox, Hebrew Roots, Torah Observant, Messianic..and much more. One common ground: Yeshua (Jesus) is our promised Messiah and a deep desire to read Scripture together. Maybe that is TWO common grounds. Actually, once we ‘kicked off’ this group this past weekend, we found MUCH more in common. We also have homeschoolers, non homeschoolers, stay at home moms, work at home moms, work outside the home moms, volunteers in ministry…and SO much more. Thank you Father….

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My original intent with this Facebook group was for a handful, meaning about 5, of us ‘sisters’ coming together and studying the Word together. FREE. No fancy anything. Just His Word and some original language tools–which are FREE. Sharing points of view. Sharing prayer requests. Sharing hearts. Being Bereans and searching Scripture for themselves. My heart jumped in my throat when that number jumped to 50! Oh, Father…what am I doing? There are SO many differences in this group. Can we truly unite? Our beliefs…or rather the way we walk out our faith…is so different. And, just in that moment, all of these beautiful women began asking questions…seeking to understand things they didn’t know….being gentle. Speaking kindly…not arguing. Thank you Abba for knitting the hearts of your daughters together….

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)

 

It is SO amazing to see the hand of God, but more amazing is to see that same hand uniting those that this world would think should be divided. No Jew, No Greek….all ONE in Christ. I am SO humbled to be a part of this….I am SO excited to see how He will move…I am SO getting out of the way so that He CAN and WILL move!!!

Baruch HaShem Adonai……..Blessed be the name of the Lord God.

 

Where Do You Go?

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A friend shared some interesting articles on her page about a famous devotional. It’s one that I used to read quite often until I felt a ‘check’ in my spirit. Was it what I needed to hear that day? Usually. Did it line up with the Word of God? Partially-it even included Scriptures in the ‘message’ from Jesus to the author/reader. So what is so bad about it? After reading this post (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/23/the-strange-saga-of-jesus-calling-the-evangelical-bestseller-you-ve-never-heard-of.html), it basically sums up my thoughts.

Are reading devotionals/books/commentaries a bad thing? Not entirely. Depending on them to ‘hear a word from God’ or used primarily as your teacher, is. They CAN become an idol when they replace the VERY living, breathing book God gave us to ‘hear’ from Him and ‘learn’ from Him. He placed His Holy Spirit in you to “bring all things I said to remembrance.” When we are quick to jump to opinions or views on the Word when the Word was manifested in flesh already. When we are quick to grab another book about God, about Christian living, about whatever–that has become an idol. He only approved His Word, His Spirit, to live by.

But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭8‬ ESV)

Those of us who believe in the Bible alone, using original language tools and with very little commentary usage are sometimes called “legalistic,” “prideful,” “causing others to stumble/not learn” and so on. But you know what, 5 years ago when my world was flipped upside down ALL I had was my Bible. All I had was prayer. All I had was ‘Rabbi Jesus.’ And you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It had taken me years to shed off man made garbage that I have picked up through the years. Test the spirits-this includes your favorite author/speaker and your pastor or anyone in the church. Odds are if the message is “always feel good” then it’s fake. Read the Gospels-Christ rebuked Peter!! Read Jeremiah. Above all, TEST EVERYTHING!! Even the enemy himself used Scripture AGAINST Jesus-twisting it to fit HIS agenda, not God’s.

Sabbath Ponderings: Repentance

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Teshuvah. One word…yet deep meaning. This word has been running through my head all week. Not strange for most considering we are coming upon the eve of Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement. For me, though, it is an answer to prayers-literally.

According to the website Hebrew4Christians:

The theme of the Jewish High Holidays is teshuvah, a word often translated as ‘repentance,’ though it’s more accurately understood as turning back (shuv) to God. In Modern Hebrew, teshuvah means an ‘answer’ to a shelah, or a question.

“Psalm 51 is sometimes called ‘Perek Teshuvah’-the great Chapter of Repentance in the Scriptures.”

 

Especially meaningful is the fact that just yesterday my son was talking about a verse that he was praying. Psalm 51:10~Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Without even knowing it, my beloved boy felt the need to pray one of the verses from the Perek Teshuvah! After reading the chapter myself, it has become a cry of my heart as well.

As I have been looking further into our “Hebrew Roots” of Christianity, I am surprised….and appalled…at what we have lost or have had hidden from us from following ‘traditions of men’ aka, Church Fathers. We have lost the beautiful meaning of our Jewish Messiah, our Jewish Scriptures, and the original Jewish founders of this thing we call ‘church.’ Do you really know what a church is, according to the Bible?!? All over the New Testament, the same word is used, except a few places. This is G1577 in Strong’s:

ekklesia-a popular meeting, espec. a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both); assembly. This word stresses a group of people called out for a special purpose. It is used of Israel in Acts 7:38.

 

Used of Israel? First we must ask: Who is Israel?

Matthew 15:24~He answered, “I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.”

Mark 12:29~ “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

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Ephesians 2:14~For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

Galatians 3:28~ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

My question is this: if you are not part of Israel, according to Matthew 15:24, Jesus did not come for you, did He? Do you know who some of the ‘lost house’ is? The 10 scattered tribes from the Northern Kingdom. Do you know what blessing Jacob gave Ephraim?

…but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and is descendants shall become a multitude of nations. (Genesis 48:19 b)

 

Who is this ‘multitude of nations?’

Strong’s: G1471~goy; foreign nation, hence a Gentile. Goy means “nation; people; heathen.’

 

Ephraim, Jacob’s son and one of the 12 tribes of Israel, would be the father of a ‘multitude of nations (goy)–GENTILES. So, now I ask, are you a part of Israel?!?

And so, here is my ponderings leading up to not only Shabbat, but the Day of Atonement as well. It’s time my “Gentile” friends. If you preach “Sola Scriptura,” or Scripture alone, it’s time to start digging and #testeverything. It’s time for Teshuva.

Shabbat Shalom and may the God of Israel grant you wisdom, rest and mercy all the days of your life!!

Tables in the Wilderness: A Book Review

What happens when you ‘find’ God, get ‘lost’ and then ‘find’ Him again? Author Preston Yancey proposes just that in this Advanced Reader’s Copy of Tables in the Wilderness. According to this memoir, Yancey grew up Evangelical in the South, Southern Baptist to be exact. He went away to college and ‘stumbled’ upon the Episcopalian church and began living in what he calls a ‘two-church’ lifestyle ever since.

So many of us have begun to ‘search’ our roots; test our beliefs in the Christian faith. With all of the tens of thousands of Christian denominations out there, why do you suppose we are all confused. As one traveling this path myself, (see story here), I was so excited to receive this Advanced Reader’s Copy to dig into. I have watched many ‘conversion/transfer’ stories, read many memoirs on the subject and it fascinates me as to why so many leave the faith/religion/denomination they grew up in.

While I am trying to remain unbiased, as this IS an advanced reader’s copy, I must say this book was very difficult to get into. It seemed to hop all over the place. I kept plugging through hoping it was just the beginning, but quickly became bogged down and had trouble ‘keeping up.’

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