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How Can I Observe the Sabbath Without a Congregation?

Observing the SabbathI hear this question a lot.  In fact, I used to ask this question a lot.  You may feel the pull of the Holy Spirit to observe the Sabbath.  You may find that your heart and perspective toward the scriptures, the Israelites of old and the land of Israel today is different than those you currently worship with at church on Sunday.

But now what?  You don’t know anyone else who is pursuing these things; there’s no gathering on the Sabbath that you can be part of.  How can you keep the Sabbath on your own?  What should you be doing?  What about the command of assembling with others on the Sabbath? Read the rest of this page »

What Are You Making God?

SubmitI lifted my most pressing heart’s desire to God, as I make a habit of doing on the Sabbath.  Later that day, He began answering me, as He often does on the Sabbath.

A new opportunity arose from someone in my congregation, and I was asked to participate.  Wow, I’d never thought of that idea, I didn’t even know we had those resources.  It was an obvious God-incidence in answer to my prayer.  I was excited about the prospect and what it could lead to.

Then the obstacles began to mount against my participation — to the point of impossibility.  Under my current circumstances there was no way I could participate in the project.  Read the rest of this page »

Keeping the Spring Feasts & Holy Days: When are they and how are they relevant today?

The Lord’s Holy Days, Feast Dates, Jewish Feasts, Appointed Times, Mo’edim — whatever term you use, don’t miss these days!  As a Christian seeking more intimacy in my walk with Yeshua, learning about, experiencing and keeping these feasts (including the Sabbath) has brought me not only into deeper intimacy with him, but God has showered me with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.  I highly recommend it!
Included here is a list of my blog posts about the Spring Feasts.   Read the rest of this page »

What Did Jesus Say About the Sabbath?

(In this post, I will refer to Yeshua as “Jesus,” because it is written for those who may not yet observe the Sabbath and likely still call Yeshua by his English name, as I did for many years.)

GrainOften we hear that Jesus taught against the Sabbath as a day of rest.  After all, he healed on the Sabbath, he defended his disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath.  Every time the Pharisees challenged him about the rules of the Sabbath, he set them straight that “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

I heard those teachings; I read the Pharisees’ criticism of his actions on the Sabbath and Jesus’ responses defending himself and his disciples.  I was convinced that the Sabbath and all its rules had been done away with when Jesus came and taught us the New Covenant.

Then I read the original instructions for the Sabbath in the Old Testament.  Read the rest of this page »

Purim – Partnering with God to Bring His Will

“As a Christian, serious about living out Christ’s intention for me, I view life as a series of opportunities to respond to and maximize… to recognize opportunities – either immediate or in the future – and prepare for, or respond well to them.”  Dr. Jerry Cook

This summarizes our partnership with God in bringing his will.  This is exactly what Esther and Mordecai did when the Jews were threatened with extermination by the Persians, as recorded in the Book of Esther – the story commemorated on the festival of Purim. Read the rest of this page »

Purim – The Story of Mordecai

EstherEsther – Queen of Persia, intercessor for the Jews before the King, and the one for whom the book of Esther is written.  Understandably, as the heroine of the story, most discussions of the book are meant to inspire people to emulate her.  But how many people are going to get the chance to be a queen, and in a position to intercede for their people in front of a king?  Re-reading the story this year, I realized Mordecai’s role in the whole affair is probably a more realistic picture of what people in any position could aspire to. Read the rest of this page »

Hanukkah? Chanukah? And Why Does the Date Keep Changing?

Happy_Hanukkah3Hanukkah — or Chanukah as it’s sometimes spelled, typically falls sometime in December.  I had heard of it, but didn’t actually know what it celebrated.  So one day I decided to look into it.  If you’re at that point, I can save you some time.

It turns out, it’s really not the Jewish version of Christmas.  It’s not even the most important Jewish holiday.  It just happens to usually fall between America’s biggest holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas — so we end up throwing it in with the majors.  Not to say that what’s celebrated is not a big deal.  Here’s what I found out… Read the rest of this page »

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