So Long Halloween!

Rejoice and take comfort!  Others are standing firm for Adonai’s truth!

Recently I found this article explaining one woman’s journey toward giving up Halloween.  The author doesn’t implicitly mention Hebraic Roots, but her reasoning is solidly based on Biblical (including Torah) truth.  At this season, while everyone around us, it seems, is excitedly preparing for this pagan celebration, I felt it would be beneficial to share this link.  Those of us who fellowship virtually, at a distance can feel we are facing life’s challenges alone.  May this article strengthen you, brothers and sisters!  You aren’t alone in this battle against darkness.  Shalom!

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Graphic from Prophezine.com article

He’s Coming Again!

Rejoice!  Yeshua is coming back someday!  We may not know the time or day, but we can intelligently estimate He will return in this Holy season (during the Fall Feasts of Adonai) some year!  We have faith but that doesn’t mean we are guessing He’ll return, we KNOW!  Praise YHWH!

May Abba encourage and excite(!) you with this song from Joshua Aaron.  Shalom!

Recommendation: Arches National Park

Do you enjoy hiking?  Does getting outdoors revitalize your faith in our Creator?  If you answered yes to both questions, an absolute must destination is Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah.

This is one of the most heavily visited national parks for good reason!  It is incredibly gorgeous and allows for visitor enjoyment at all levels.  If you want to take a quick drive through to see the basics of the park, you can easily do that.  If you wish to enjoy a short hike to stretch your legs, you can do that.  If a long challenging hike or multiple day visit is your desire, that is abundantly doable.  Biking through the park is another incredible way to see the sites.

To make the most of your visit, there are some important things to know…

  • Crowds can be massive, so plan to arrive early in the morning.
  • This park is not pet friendly, so groups with pets often find one person is left behind at the vehicle or RV to maintain the pets while everyone else hikes.  The best bet is to leave pets at home or find somewhere to board them while you visit.
  • Remember, all times of the year, to bring lots of water, not just in the car but on your hike.  Numerous people dehydrate (and some even die) here annually by being unprepared.
  • Elevation changes are considerable.  This is not flat terrain.  Whether biking or hiking, know what to expect on your trail and don’t assume you can just handle whatever comes.  Stamina is required for many of the uphill spots.
  • Avoid the high temperature summer months and the heat of the day, because the red rock absorbs heat and reflects it back to you.
  • Sunrise and sunset at Arches NP are exceptional times to witness YHWH’s handiwork.  Just be aware that photographers from around the world stake out spots near popular features such as the Delicate Arch well in advance, so you are unlikely to enjoy the scenery alone.
  • Using the nearby town of Moab as base camp during your visit is convenient.  Just know that prices for groceries, restaurants, tours, hotels, campsites, etc. are high in Moab.  It’s certainly a fun place to visit, just prepare with extra money on hand.

With those bits of advice, I would definitely recommend visiting Arches National Park!  It is a unique place of incredible beauty where you would be hard pressed not to recognize the hand of Adonai!

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Graphic from http://www.mapsofworld.com

Mirror Time at Yom Kippur

Mirror time.  That’s what Dear Hubby calls it.  Spending time examining the person in the mirror and being real.  We all need to reflect on our own sinful selves instead of looking and pointing fingers at others.  Throughout the year, we should continually reflect, repent and realign to YHWH’s path.  This season (the Fall Feast time of Adonai) is especially meaningful since our Creator tells us to do it NOW.  Our Messiah Yeshua has atoned for us (Hallelujah!) but we must not take it for granted.  We are not absolved from responsibility.  He tells us directly that if we love Him we will keep His commandments.

May we be serious about “getting right” not just in head knowledge but, more importantly, in our hearts and minds.  Praying you all are blessed abundantly at this Holy time!

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Graphic from AlephTavScriptures.com

Observing Yom Kippur

Clarification:  This post was meant to be something we review PRIOR to Yom Kippur, in preparation for it.  It was not intended to insinuate that the holiday was today.  Sorry for any confusion.  Thanks to those who made this oversight known so I could clarify…

It can be confusing to come out of man’s holiday traditions and begin observing Elohim’s Holy Days.  How do we “do” them?  Some like to follow the lead of the Jews, following their customs and rituals.  That is fine as long as we realize what is truly tradition versus commandment. Remember Yeshua rebuked the religious leaders of His day for elevating the importance of their traditions over YHWH’s commandments.

If you’ve been uncertain about how to observe Yom Kippur, I encourage you to watch the two short videos below from 119 Ministries.  They explain their conclusions and always encourage others to test them to Scripture.

Dead Fish

Over the last several years there have been fish die-offs in diverse locations.  No “expert” consensus has provided a reason.  It’s just some strange occurrence that happens over, and over, and over.  Hmmm…wonder what is really going on?  We may never know, but there are lessons to be learned even in the mysteries of this crazy world.  I think Adonai speaks within such things.  Our Elohim commands us to be set apart (holy) as He is, and not to be conformed to the world.  In western Christianity there is tremendous conformity these days…you know, going with the flow.  That isn’t being set apart, is it?

Only dead fish go with the flow.

                                    — Andy Hunt (author)
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Graphic from am1280thepatriot.com (fish die-off in Yellowstone River, Montana)