Making Decisions…

Many decisions in life can be very challenging. There isn’t always a clear right or wrong, best or worst, good or bad.

Sometimes, you just have to make the best decision you can and trust the Creator that it will all turn out OK in the end.

There may be those who do not understand the decisions you make. But it is not wise to make decisions based upon the approval of others. That will leave you torn back and forth between dissenting opinions and you will always lose in the long run.

That does not mean you should not seek wise counsel. It is always good to do that. But when you make the final decision, what someone else wants should not over-ride what you truly believe to be the best choice.

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Update and Thoughts on December 25, 2017

Overall, I am feeling better today. Still got a bit of off and on runny nose, but that can also be seasonal. Not full energy, yet, but getting there. Of course, for me, full energy is not a lot of energy anyway, but over the course of the last year, that has also improved greatly, especially taking into consideration the things I have had to deal with.

For me, a whole lot has to do with letting go of things…yes I do mean physical things, too, but mainly just not letting things get to me. There is a reason for all that happens in life…not always a good reason, but there is a reason. I belong to the One who takes all that we humans have done to our world, ourselves and each other and, while still allowing us freedom of choice, takes those very things and uses them…somehow…for good.

We may not always see that good right away, but someday we will look back (as I have many times in my life) and be able to see how our Creator turned things. We will see the many times He protected us from the decisions of others, as well as our own. We will see the many times He shed tears over those same decisions and the consequences they brought.

Bible prophecy tells us time is winding down. There are specific signs/indicators spoken of in the Bible that have come to pass. There are more to come.

Do I believe a world leader will come on the scene appearing to have all the answers, but who will be a deceiver? Yes.

Do I believe it signifies the end of the age? Yes.

Do I believe Messiah is coming? Yes.

Do I believe the heavens and earth will be made new? Yes.

Do I believe all these things are imminent? No.

The prophets told us there would be a progression…a sort of timeline. Well, the timeline has begun.

Personally, I do believe I will see the rise of that deceiving world leader, assuming my life is not cut short. I do believe we are getting very close, NOT because of what modern day “prophets” are saying, but because of what the proven prophets of old told us…the ones with a track record of being correct.

However, we all have so many days of life gifted to us. Our last day could be ANY day.

Are we living like we believe that?

Are we seeking our Creator and being about His plans and purposes?

I hope so.

Life is short.

Life is precious.

Life is a gift.

Don’t waste your life in this world, sacrificing your life in the world to come.

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He Came…

He came, fulfilling many specific Bible prophecies…detailed prophecies. These were not vague prophecies with many possible interpretations, but specific. Place of birth. Manner of death. Time of birth. (Not December, BTW.)

Manner of coming…through a virgin. Although that Hebrew word today incorporates the additional meaning of young maiden, in ancient times, it only meant virgin.

There exists a plethora of historical evidence for the Messiah’s (Christ’s in Greek) birth, life, death and resurrection. Yes, even of his resurrection…and some of it from”hostile” sources…those who are not his followers.

Think about it.

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Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.”
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He Did Come…

He did come. You don’t change the world’s way of counting years because of a myth. There’s more historical evidence for his life, death and resurrection than there is for any other historical person. Many atheists have actively used their skills and resources to prove him either myth or at least not risen, including lawyers, an investigative journalist, a cold case forensic detective, a famous English Lord.

They all became believers after carefully examing all the evidence according to their professions.

You can deny, but do you have even a tiny amount of their expertise? The reality is…if you deny him without doing the same amount and quality of study, then you are illogically rejecting him.

Every issue you have with the Bible actually does have an answer. Are you willing to seek out the ones who can give you those answers? Or do you have a reason in your heart for refusing to do so?

Please consider this. You don’t know how many tomorrows you have left…no matter what your age is.

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The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

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Celebrating…

FOR THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST: May you be blessed beyond measure with His shalom/peace. May your light shine before others so that they will see His love within you and flowing out from you.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING SOMETHING ELSE: I pray that you will find joy in your celebration and that you will consider the one for whom the holiday is named. “Christ” means “anointed one”. Yeshua (Jesus) is the anointed one of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Seek Him (ignoring the propaganda and the behaviors of those who claim His name while not truly representing and/or living what He actually taught) and He will reveal Himself to you.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING A LOSS THAT IS ESPECIALLY FELT DURING THIS TIME: I pray comfort for you and a sense of Shalom/peace. May you recall good things about your loved one(s) and may it bring a smile to your heart even as it brings a tear to your eye.

BLESSINGS TO ALL! LOVE TO ALL!    

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Prayer for December 25, 2017

Avinu, we praise You and trust You, for You are good. You are all knowing. You see things differently than we.
 
We choose to follow You even when we do not understand why You are allowing some of the things You allow. We KNOW You ARE turning all things for the good of Your kingdom which is, ultimately, for our good.
 
I ask that You bless each one of Your children. Draw us closer to You. Help each one of us to experience Your presence, Your voice, Your Ruach in a deeper and new way.
 
Comfort those who mourn and who are facing loss.
 
Give fellowship to the lonely.
 
Strengthen the weak.
 
Weaken the strong (in their own strength).
 
Humble the prideful.
 
Lift up the abased.
 
Set free the captives.
 
Heal broken hearts.
 
Heal broken bodies.
 
Give us wisdom and understanding as to how to walk in Your ways as YOU actually intended rather than as we (or others) believe it to be intended.
 
May we walk in Your Truth, allowing the Truth, the Way and the Life to dwell within us.
 
May we remember who we are in You…every day…in every thought…in every decision…in every word we write/say/listen to.
 
May we shine Your Light to a darkened world and hasten the redemption and the coming of Messiah.
 
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Happy Hanukkah!

A good post on Hanukkah!

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This evening begins the holiday of Hanukkah.  May you have a very blessed Festival of Lights!  Recently, Baruch wrote a brief article concerning Hanukkah and I thought I’d share it with you here.  Blessings!

Chanukah, Festival of Lights

The Hebrew word Chanukah relates to dedication, as the Temple was rededicated after the sacrilege which Antiochus Epiphanes committed in approximately 167 BC. However, because this festival relates to the miracle of oil, which allowed the Menorah to continue to be lit for eight days, it is also known as the Festival of Lights. Naturally, there was always a connection between the Menorah and Light.

In the Scriptures, light frequently is related to the Word of G-d. Scripture is G-d’s revelation to humanity and therefore one can anticipate a relationship between Chanukah and revelation. In other words, HaShem wanted to reveal a message to His people through the events of Chanukah. In…

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picSaturday night was our Live Stream.  Thank you to all who joined us.  At the beginning of the Live Stream, Baruch shared about the plight of the Eritrean refugees here in Israel.  He mentioned that we would give more information concerning them and how you can help.

According to the Israeli government’s statistics, at the start of 2017 there were 40,274 African refugees in Israel, Out of this number, 29,014 are Eritreans.

The Eritreans here in Israel are Christians (98%).  They fled Eritrea because they have been forced into indefinite military service which is like slavery, there is no religious freedom, and those who dissent are jailed and tortured or killed.

They have come to Israel because Christian refugees are not safe in Muslim countries.  Israel is the closest friend to the Christian people.

There are undeniably problems with the treatment of Eritreans refugees in Israel.  Almost all are given…

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Poor Theology

Important for John Piper followers to read! Another example of poor theology.

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Written by Baruch.

Recently, Rivka showed me a post on a friend’s Facebook page. The post originated from John Piper’s Desiring God website. I feel I must disclose that I believe that John Piper is theologically very dangerous. His methodology for interpreting Scripture is highly flawed. I have a few examples of this on our website LoveIsrael.org. For example, in a dialogue with David Brickner from Jews for Jesus, Mr. Piper used the term, the New Palestine. Biblically, one should use the term the New Jerusalem. Mr. Piper has demonstrated an anti-Israel position that strongly misrepresents the verses he provides as support for his views. Below is a link to my response to his article on Israel and Palestine:

https://loveisraelconnection.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/b381b-piper.pdf

The post which I saw was based on a November 26 article from desiringgod.com.  It was a brief article, entitled “Jesus Prays for Us”.

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Think About It … November 29, 2017

Mat 18:5-6 “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Think about how the heart of our Creator must break when the very people He created for a love relationship with Him destroy their own. We have abortion, starving & dehydrating the disabled, killing our elderly & the mentally/emotionally struggling. We have bullying, sex trafficking, adultery & all kinds of sexual misconduct. There are so many other things I could list in our war against ourselves.

It boggles my mind that we have reached this place in life.

It helps, though, to remember we have a spiritual adversary as the driving force behind all this. But even that adversary could not pull this off if all of us focused on our Creator and on walking in His ways out of love for Him.

It really is about love, isn’t it? Our Creator’s love for us. Our love for our Creator. Our love for one another…even for those we don’t like or who don’t think like us. Real love. With safe boundaries. Recognizing the gift each one of us is and has. If we all were able to do that and raise our children with that, we would not have so many of the problems we have in our world today.

 

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