March Mitzvot Madness

Last year we pushed back against popular culture’s March Madness (re: basketball) with our own March Prayer Madness, devoting each day of the month to persistent prayer.  The world may call it “madness” but we delight in our Elohim!  Thanks to all of you who joined us in that joyous effort!

This year, we’ll be doing something similar.  We’ll spend March rejoicing over YHWH’s instructions, as the Psalmist does, by highlighting some of His loving precepts, better known as His commandments, or mitzvot.  Be sure to share these posts with others to spread the Good News of our Father’s love!  So many think His “laws” are burdensome (madness?), but no(!) they are actually freedom!

I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word. ~~ Psalms 119: 14-16

Even when princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws.
Also your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.  ~~ Psalms 119: 23-24

Give me understanding; then I will keep your Torah; I will observe it with all my heart.  Guide me on the path of your mitzvot, for I take pleasure in it.. ~~ Psalms 119: 34-35

Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it!  For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror,  who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does.  ~~ James 1: 22-25  

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But Apostle Paul Says…

It’s amazing to see how so many professing “Christians” hang on every word of the Apostle Paul and cite him as if his words mean more than Yeshua (Jesus)!  I submit to you that there are people out there who are unknowingly worshipping  Paul!  It is sad and sick!  Remember the scene in Acts 14?  Modern “church-ianity” does almost the same thing.  They misinterpret Paul, then use this twisted doctrine to justify their disobedience to the Father!

Remember what Peter said that we’ve highlighted in other posts:

And think of our Lord’s patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha’ul also wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him.  Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. ~~ 2 Peter 3: 15-16

Then there are others who believe that Paul was a false prophet, should never have been included in the Bible, and should be banned from Biblical discussions.  For both groups, I would ask this.  Please spend a few hours out of your life to investigate this further.  It is a very small investment of time for the benefit you will receive…guaranteed!  The following videos are ones that can help explain the depth of the situation with Paul that we don’t normally get taught.

Click HERE for a teaching from Mark Biltz from El Shaddai Ministries on “Rabbi Shaul AKA Apostle Paul”.

Click HERE for the “Pauline Paradox” teaching series from 119 Ministries.

Winter Sunshine

What a beautiful sunny winters day!  We’ve been blessed with sunshine for several days now and what a joy it has been!  Thought I’d share the scene at the Libby Airport.  Do you recognize this tower?  It was shown in the 1989 Steven Spielberg movie “Always” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter.  Sure makes a lovely photo of our picturesque area!

libby airport tower feb 2016

Potential Road Trips

Guess my mind has been on road tripping lately…  Saw this interesting infographic from the National Park Foundation.  Have any of you seen all of these parks?  They seem like good ideas to start trip planning.  Personally, I don’t like strict itineraries when on vacation.  My preference is having a basic outline and deciding the details with spontaneity as we go along.  Share your road trip thoughts in the comments section.

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Graphic from National Park Foundation

Not Sorry, Closed for Sabbath

At times, we may feel like we have to apologize for our convictions, for our obedience to YHWH.  “Oh, I’d really like to, but I can’t.” or “I’m sorry, but that day is my Sabbath, so I can’t participate.”  There should be no apologies for obeying Elohim.  Who are we trying to please…God or man?

This week I had the opportunity to take a stand against doing something on the Sabbath.  While firm, I was pleasant and respectful.  The people on the other end, in this particular instance, were completely incensed!  What an unheard of thing – refusing to do something on Saturday!

So thankful for our Elohim’s weekly gift of rest, and allowing us to identify with Him by observing it!

Saw this graphic on Pinterest, but I’m unsure of the original source.

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Graphic from Pinterest