Normally I struggle with the Festivals. I just botch them every year. I forget they’re coming. I don’t take the days off from work that are required. (Why can’t they all fall on the weekends!?) Plus, since we go by the sighting of the moon and don’t follow the Jewish calendar, we’re off from all of normative Judaism and a lot of the Messianics as well. Then I get to thinking how much better it would be to live in Israel. But would it? Therefore, I find myself with an ever growing desire for the return of Yeshua. Then everything will be as it should. Can’t wait.
The above may seem like a funny question, but is it? I think most of the people in the world who say they believe in God (I'm using that phrasiology very loosely in case you were wondering) would also so say the Bible is not entirely true. They may not take the first chapters of Genesis for what it means. Or they may not believe Noah's flood actually happened or that the Red Sea parted or even that Yeshua (Jesus) ever existed.
Are there demons any longer?
It doesn’t appear so. It seems like we’ve gone from the Salem Witch Trials to there ain’t a devil to be found anywhere. Even believers don’t give a lot of thought to the realm of the demonic, much less the world.
We’ve almost become immune to the notion there’s an evil unseen world swirling around us. I’m not saying we should go looking for demons behind every tree or under every rock. However, it might be advantageous to stick our spiritual antennae up a little bit higher and see what we can detect.
I drive all over New England for my work. A benefit of this is my getting to see a wide range of areas, towns and the culture that inhabits them. One of the things I regularly enjoy doing is looking at the signs of the different churches I drive by. Often they will have a Bible verse, a witty statement or sometimes a convicting statement. In many ways, this little snippet of text on their signs can tell you a lot about the church and the culture of the people in an area.
The Ferengi are an alien race in the world of Star Trek. They first appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Here’s a brief snippet about them:
“Their home planet, Ferenginar, is the center of the Ferengi Alliance and is governed by the Grand Nagus and a Commerce Authority made primarily of the Council of Economic Advisors (formerly Board of Liquidators). Like most of their culture, their religion is also based on the principles of capitalism: they offer prayers and monetary offerings to a Blessed Exchequer in hopes of entering the "Divine Treasury" upon death, and fear an afterlife spent in the Vault of Eternal Destitution.”
Bear with me please … I do have a life, honestly.
Recently a loved one of a close family member died of cancer. It was a prolonged period which lead up to the ultimate end - death.
It affected me. I’m not really sure why, considering I’m not that connected to the person other than through the ties of family. But, I think it was the catalyst that caused a new and fuller reaction within me for the first time: Survivor’s Guilt. Why am I still living after my bout with cancer and he isn’t? Surely he’s more deserving than I. He probably was a much better person than I. Why am I allowed to live but not him?
I’ve been reading some materials that deal with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In revisiting this Feast, I’ve decided to go out on a limb here and talk about it. I’m Boldly Going Where … I Probably Shouldn’t Be Going.
Here I go …
I like the Star Trek series. However, the world of Star Trek presents a version of society that will never have any basis in actual reality. For example, they have “evolved” to the point where money is no longer necessary. That’s a great fantasy which will never find reality.
Perhaps our Systematic Theologies have as much basis in Scriptural reality as a life with no need of money in Star Trek’s reality. Could it be we’ve created our theologies to fit our preconceived notions of what we want Scripture to say?
I can safely assure you that God isn’t worried about climate change. Others are, however. Watching the Weather Channel this morning, climate change was once again brought into the discussion concerning what’s happening around the world. I get tired of hearing this nonsense.
The real problem isn't climate change. The real problem is Bible illiteracy. That’s it.
Habakkuk 2:4 — Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but The Just Shall Live By His Faith.
After almost 20 years of pastoring my church, I resigned. As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I needed a break, rest, time in God’s Word to grow personally. So, we packed up and moved to Arizona. But then once there, something unexpected happened — my faith took a nose dive.
I couldn’t really tell you how it happened. I didn’t lose my faith in God, His Word, or my salvation. I just lost … something.