Blessed Pesach!

Have a blessed Seder and Feast!

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Seeking You Out

Are you Israel?  Are you living outside the Land?  YHWH Himself is seeking you out, to bring you home!  He will bring you out from the nations and gather you…H.O.M.E!

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Recommendation: MTOI

Can’t believe I haven’t posted this before now!  Dear Hubby and I have enjoyed the teachings of MTOI and Rabbi Steve Berkson for a good while.  When I realized that I had neglected to mention this ministry here, I felt like I had done you a disservice.  So, we will rectify that right now.

MTOI stands for Messianic Torah Observant Israel.  What a pinpoint title of what we are!  The term “Hebrew Roots Movement” can have negative connotations.  Just the word “movement” sounds fleeting, like the latest fashion trend.  But, what are the other options?  We aren’t necessarily Messianic Jews, at least many of us are not.  So, what are we?  We are Israel, but more.  Yes, I believe MTOI has accurately described who we are with their ministry name.

But, MTOI is more than a good name.  They offer hundreds of free teachings online, and the teacher, Rabbi Steve is…well, to the point.  He isn’t one to beat around the bush or coddle his listeners.  If you have ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to receive, you will most certainly learn new depths of Biblical understanding from this ministry.  If the plethora of teachings provided seems daunting and you wonder where to start, I recommend the “Fear of Yahweh” series and some of the short In-Focus videos.  The website is www.mtoi.org and the YouTube channel is here.  Their weekly Shabbat services are streamed live on YouTube and they offer other ways to connect, such as affiliate congregations, and online general sessions for all who are interested to attend.

There are many Torah teachers and Messianic-type ministries out there.  If you haven’t yet given MTOI a listen, make time this week to do so.  I feel certain you will be blessed once you do.  Shalom!

 

A Hebrew Dog

Dear Hubby and I will never be able to replace our sweet little furry friend we buried in Montana two winters ago.  But, as time goes on and Adonai brings us back to homesteading, it may be time to find another dog to join our family.

We are considering an amazing canine breed straight from Biblical times.  The Canaan dog is the national dog of Israel.  When the Hebrews were dispersed in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem, these hardy animals were left behind, reverting back to the wild and ending up down in the Negev desert.  They survived, just as their human Hebrew families have.  A rare breed these days, they have been re-domesticated and are still considered to be excellent guard and herding dogs just as they were thousands of years ago.

Maybe, just maybe, one of these lovely creatures will be in our homesteading future…Picture from animalplanet.com

So God Made a Farmer

Paul Harvey had a way of painting vivid colors with his words.

As someone with a long farming heritage, who grew up on a farm surrounded for a hundred miles by other farms and farmers, I relate deeply with the words in this video.  Apparently it resonates widely, otherwise a truck commercial wouldn’t have almost a million views…

 

Joyful in His House of Prayer

Here is what Adonai says: “Observe justice, do what is right, for my salvation is close to coming, my righteousness to being revealed.”  Happy is the person who does this, anyone who grasps it firmly, who keeps Shabbat and does not profane it, and keeps himself from doing any evil.

A foreigner joining Adonai should not say, Adonai will separate me from his people”; likewise the eunuch should not say, “I am only a dried-up tree.”

For here is what Adonai says:“As for the eunuchs who keep my Shabbats, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant: in my house, within my walls, I will give them power and a name greater than sons and daughters; I will give him an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to Adonai to serve him, to love the name of Adonai, and to be his workers, all who keep Shabbat and do not profane it, and hold fast to my covenant, I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”  Adonai Elohim says, he who gathers Isra’el’s exiles: “There are yet others I will gather, besides those gathered already.”  ~~Isaiah 56: 1-8