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Tevet: A Contrast of Judgement & Victory

TevetThe month of Tevet is the tenth month on the Hebrew calendar and usually starts in December on the Gregorian calendar.

Similar to weather-related seasons, the Jewish Rabbis have created spiritual seasons that we cycle through during the 12 months on the Hebrew calendar. The Rabbis consider Tevet part of the “Season of Victory.”  This season includes the last half of the month of Kislev, all of Tevet, plus the next two months – a total of 3.5 months (4.5 months during a leap year). Read the rest of this page »

Hanukkah 2018: Sundown December 2 thru Sundown December 10

Golden MenorahHanukkah – It’s not one of Yehovah’s appointed holy days, not the Jewish Christmas, not even the biggest celebration on the Hebrew calendar.  Sometimes referred to as the “Festival of Lights” or the “Feast of Dedication,” it is mentioned in the Bible as being observed in Yeshua’s day (John 10:22).  It’s the celebration of a victory for the Jews recorded in the book of 1 Maccabees written in the latter part of the 2nd century BC.  Some people would ask, “Why should Christians celebrate Hanukkah; why not just celebrate Christmas?”

An easy question, with a complex answer.  Much has been written and taught on the origins of Christmas, so I won’t reiterate that here.  What is included here are several things I’ve learned about Yehovah by observing Hanukkah.  While it is optional, it certainly can be a wonderful focal point for meditation and revelation.

Hanukkah? Chanukah? And Why Does the Date Keep Changing?
Hanukkah…A Time of Re-Dedication
As Hanukkah’s Candles, We Light up the Darkness
As Hanukkah’s Candles, You are the Light of the World
Hanukkah Home Celebration Kit

Happy Hanukkah!

Kislev: A Contrast Of Light & Darkness

Kislev is the ninth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the ninth and tenth months are the darkest of the year – the nights are longer than any other time.  In the Southern Hemisphere, they are the lightest season of the year – the days are longer than any other time.

But the winter solstice always falls this time of year.  The winter solstice is the day the light and dark begin to reverse.  In the Northern hemisphere the days start getting longer; in the Southern hemisphere the nights start getting longer.

It’s a contrast of extremes – It gets darker and darker until, on one day, it stops, and begins to get lighter and lighter.  On our Gregorian calendar that day is always December 21. Read the rest of this page »

Why 40 Years in the Wilderness?

The weekly portion of Sh’lach L’cha, Numbers 13-15 is the account of the 12 men going into the Promised Land to reconnoiter it and come back to report to the people what it’s like. This is the point at which Yehovah decides that the Israelites are going to spend 40 years in the desert.

40 years! How old were you 40 years ago?  It was the 1970s – What were you doing in 1970s?  40 years ago I was 11 years old.  A lot has happened since then.  What about ten years later in the 80s?  I got my first career job. What were you doing in the 1990s and the turn of the century?  Think about everything that’s gone on in just the last ten years.

40 years is almost half of our lifetime. It’s a long time. It seems like a harsh punishment.  Read the rest of this page »

Learnings From Leaven

Did you know, “about 40 to 50 percent of your day is made up of habits?   But you don’t recognize them because they’re unconscious.”

Michael Phelps started training at the age of 7, but his coach knew habits—not skills alone—would be the driver of his success. So, Phelps’s coach built a series of activities before every race designed to give him a sense of building victory. On the day of the race, he gets out of bed, eats certain things, does specific stretches and exercises, he thinks about certain things. By the time the race arrives, Phelps is already more than halfway through his unconscious habits and the pattern he lives by on a daily basis. That way, the race itself—and winning the race—is just another step in Phelps’s laundry list of things to do.  He’s made winning a habit.

Wow – the mind is an amazing thing!  But how do we transfer that to other parts of our lives? Read the rest of this page »

Keeping Passover and the Spring Feasts: When are they and how are they relevant today?

The Lord’s Holy Days, Feast Days, 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 »

You want me to do what?

Have you ever been in a situation in which you wondered what Yehovah was up to? You knew you were in a specific place for a reason, but not sure what it was.  Or maybe you’ve felt you were meant for something more than you’re currently doing and have asked Yehovah to open new doors. You’ve prayed and waited on the Lord for your next assignment.  But once you realize what it is he’s asking of you, it seems daunting, more or different than you had in mind.  You might feel overwhelmed at the prospect, maybe reluctant or anxious.

Take heart, you’re in good company. Joseph, Moses, Noah, Gideon, even Yeshua – they’ve all been where you are.

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