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September 20th, 2020

Feast of Trumpets – Day of Judgment 2020

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Feast of Trumpets shofar 2020A Day of Judgment – A Time to Remember

The Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, is considered to be a day of judgment by those who have a national covenant relationship with the Lord God. At this time many in the Jewish community who celebrate the day will spend some time reflecting on the past year. Then they will make resolutions for the future.

But most Christians have forgotten the command to observe the Feasts of the Lord. And, as a result they neither know their spiritual history, nor the significance of these annual Holy days. As the apostle James warns believers, if you are just hearers and not doers of the law, then you will forget. And having forgotten, you will no longer understand the value of God’s teachings and the joy that comes with walking in the ways of the Lord. It is dangerous to lose touch with the past. More

September 13th, 2020

Appointed Times – God Intervenes in History

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Feasts of the Lord

What  is meant by “Appointed Times?”

God is a master of time. He is the Creator of time and seasons. And God intervenes in history and acts at just the right time. Even the demons when speaking to Jesus acknowledged that their time for judgment had not yet come. But, it would come at the appropriate time. Jesus, as he saw the fall festival approaching, urged his family to go up to keep the feast at the appointed time. But he would not go up with them just then. He was waiting until the time was right. Then he would also go up and keep the Feast of Tabernacles, one of God’s appointed times. From the beginning of creation, God had established the heavenly lights to proclaim the seasons, and herald the appointed times. Times that God established as Holy Days and festival seasons. So how do we know when these times occur? More

September 7th, 2020

House Rules for Humanity – Who Sets the Rules?

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moral logic of the universeThe Golden Rule

Do you know the “Golden Rule?” Would it come as a surprise to you that many people do not know what it is? The “Golden Rule” is something that is even taught in secular school settings. Why? Because it encourages children to treat others in the way that they would like to be treated. Most children in this generation do not know the source of this precept that is one of the house rules for humanity. But those with a Christian background would recognize the “Golden Rule” in Christ’s admonition: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Is this precept important in your life? More

September 6th, 2020

The Problem with the Law – Human or Divine

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Man's Law or Divine LawWhat is the Problem with the Law?

Do we have a problem with the law? Do we have a justice system, or just a legal system? Does the “Rule of Law” matter in a time when it is applied sporadically, or ineffectively? The prophet Isaiah had something to say to a society that no longer valued justice, where lawsuits were the norm, and people trusted in lies. He paints an eloquent picture. For truth had fallen in the city square, the place of judgment. Those with integrity could not enter, and those who spoke out against evil were attacked. Perhaps, our society sadly bears a marked resemblance to that of our ancestors millennia ago. More

August 31st, 2020

Spiritually Sighted or Blind Leading the Blind?

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Spiritually sighted or blindJesus Heals the Blind

In dealing with the religious leaders of his day, Jesus queried whether they were spiritually sighted or blind. He put them to the test on the Sabbath by healing a blind man who had been blind since birth. It was truly a miracle that many witnesses rejoiced in and readily accepted as the work of God. For not only could the man see, but he could correctly interpret what he was seeing. And he, being healed, now understood the nature of the one who had healed him. For he reasoned, who but a prophet of God could give sight to the blind? But this was not the reaction of everyone. Those who thought they were spiritually superior were not rejoicing! Were they spiritually sighted or blind to the reality of God’s power at work? More

August 22nd, 2020

Effective Prayer – God will Listen

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effective prayerAbraham Talks with the Lord God

Abraham knew the power of effective prayer. Had he not prayed for a son? And God had promised to bless Abraham with his heart’s desire for, “Nothing was too hard for the Lord.” It did not matter that Sarah was well beyond child-bearing age, for God could do the seemingly impossible. Their son, Isaac, was the answer to their prayers; Isaac, meant “laughter,” for Sarah had laughed at the idea of an old woman having a baby. As a consequence of Abraham’s answered prayer, a blessing was passed on to all nations. As they followed Abraham’s footsteps and walked in the way of the Lord, they would be blessed. Abraham’s effective prayer made a difference, and God listened. Is God listening to us? More

August 15th, 2020

Divine Encouragement – Know God’s Mind on Matters

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divine encouragementEncouragement in Difficult Times

Divine encouragement is not the modern concept of “Go on; you can do it!” Rather, it is a reminder that good outcomes are more than the result of mere human ability, strength, or perseverance. It is a reminder that God is our strength and refuge in times of trouble. Though the earth is in turmoil, and nations are in chaos, the Lord God promises that he will preserve his people and give them a future. Where will we find this divine encouragement? More