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Keeping the Fall 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!  This year the Fall Feasts begin in September and continue into mid October.

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 Fall Feasts.   (more…)


Feast of Trumpets & the New Moon

shofar-newmoonWhat’s the only feast that falls on a new moon? Feast of Trumpets! The Feast of Trumpets always begins on Tishrei 1, the beginning of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.  It’s always marked by a new moon.

Genesis 1:14 tells us:

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”

The moon is one of the lights that marks the seasons. On the Hebrew calendar, a new month always begins on the evening that a sliver of the new moon appears.  That’s how a new month is determined – by the moon.

Now let’s look at Leviticus 23:24-25:

24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to Adonai.’”

Here we see that Yehovah has made sure that we always celebrate the Feast of Trumpets on the first of Tishrei, which is a new moon and a new month.  I wondered, why.  Why would Yehovah put one of his holy days right on the day of a new moon, on the first of the month?  What does the Feast of Trumpets have to do with the beginning of a month? (more…)


Deuteronomy, The Book Of Love

What do you see in this image? What you see depends on your point of view, your perspective.

There’s both a white vase and a two black profiles, but one of them stands out depending on the way you see things.

This same principle applies when we read the Bible. We read it from a certain perspective. It may be a preconceived notion we have. It may be through a filter of how we’ve come to understand a certain passage. It may be a perspective we were taught. If we’d never read the Bible and pick it up one day, we’ll see things through our own experiences, sensitivities, fears, orientation to life and our notions of God.

We can’t help it, as humans we bring all of our psyche and intellect to everything we do.

How We Read The Bible

In reading through the Torah – and specifically those books with a lot of commandments – your perspective will determine how you characterize God. (more…)


Yeshua’s Teaching on Deuteronomy 6-8

Sinai WildernessHave you noticed that the enemy often increases his efforts just as we’re about to approach a victory? We don’t always perceive what’s happening in the moment, but we notice that things get very difficult.  Then all of the sudden, there’s a breakthrough in an area where we’ve been struggling or praying for.

Parashah #46 is Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  It’s called ‘Ekev which means “Because” (or considering, in light of, or since) It starts out in verse 12 with:

“Because you are listening to these rulings, keeping and obeying them, Adonai your God will keep with you the covenant and mercy that he swore to your ancestors.”

It starts with a promise, a covenant made between Yehovah and our spiritual ancestors.  By keeping the commandments laid out to them, this Israelite generation is continuing the same covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and by doing so Yehovah brings about the blessings he promised to them: (more…)


10 Characteristics of Yehovah Revealed Through Bil’am

Weekly parsha #40 includes Numbers 22-25.  Numbers 22 is the account of Bil’am and Balak.  There are so many lessons that can be gleaned from this story and from this parsha.

The main characters of the story are:

  • Balak, king of the Moabites (where Jordan is today on the east side of the Dead Sea)
  • Bil’am, a diviner from up near the Euphrates River (likely in Syria about 400 miles north of Moab)
  • Israel – camping on the east side of the Jordan, just north of Moab
  • Yehovah – orchestrating all these events and revealing his heart to us in this story

This article will focus on the latter – How Yehovah reveals himself in this story. (more…)


Purim – A Reflection of our Own Faith

PurEstherim 2017: Sunday, March 12

While not one of Yehovah’s commanded feasts, I believe Purim, the remembrance of the story of Esther in the Bible, is worthy of its annual celebration.

Purim is a microcosm of our own lifelong quests:  to walk in Yehovah’s ways despite the pressures around us, to trust that his purposes are being manifest in the events of our nation and world, and to have the courage to submit to his sovereignty and will at every turn.  In short, it’s about living a life of faith.  As you read the story and the following posts, you will see yourself and your circumstances, as well as Yehovah’s sovereignty and guidance in your own life. (more…)


Shabbat Shalom – A Photo Gift Book of Sabbath Peace

CoverA visual delight for the eyes and a respite for the soul, this book leads the reader deeper into Sabbath rest with the turn of every page.  With 30 pages of inspiring nature photographs blended with Hebrew scriptures from the Old Testament, this book is appropriate for Jews, Christians or Messianics.

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