In today’s culture we have ways to “follow” people like never before. Movie & television stars, sports heroes, writers, photographers, web designers, fashion designers, etc… can be followed online in interviews, blogs, websites, twitter feeds, you-tube; or in print through magazine articles, newspaper write-ups, books about them or by them; on the radio or big screen; or by going to conferences, races, games, and other places to meet them in person, so that we can know so much about their lives, that we feel like we know them. We know what they like, how they dress, where they grew up, what they eat, who they like, basically the good, bad, and the ugly of their lives. While I don’t do this, I know there are many people who do. I’m not talking “stalker” weird here, but more than just keeping ”tabs” on your favorite person/people/team. I have known people who can rattle of all sorts of facts about bands, teams, movie stars lives, or who get books, videos, t-shirts, posters, license plates, pillows, clothing, bedding, board games just because it has their person/people/team on it. They might consider that they know this person very well. Fine and dandy… but where’s that going to get you unless they know you? Continue reading
A quick thought… once, during worship, the Lord spoke to my heart that He is to people what they look to Him to be… savior, healer, etc.. Not that He isn’t already those things, but that only as much as people are willing to look to Him is as much as they will experience of Him. Along those lines, it occurred to me this morning that I have been using the term ‘Master’ of Yeshua lately, because that is how I am beginning to look at Him… I am His slave. But some don’t use that term. They only want Him to be their Savior, to give them eternal life, but not to have a complete say over the rest of their lives.
So, is He your Master?
Galatians is written to people who are being told that they must do something by their own merits to join, or be identified with, Israel. Obviously they’ve seen something in their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that tells them they are connected with the natural seed line to have opened themselves up to this type of deceptive reasoning. Paul is emphatically explaining that they are connected, through their faith in Yeshua (Gal. 3:29)! Continue reading
Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of Yahveh your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. Deuteronomy 8:6
Now, Israel, what does Yahveh your God require from you, but to fear Yahveh your god, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve Yahveh your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep Yahveh’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13
This day Yahveh your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have today declared Yahveh to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and to listen to His voice. Yahveh has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to Yahveh your God, as He has spoken. Deuteronomy 26:16-19
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love Yahveh your god, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahveh your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. Deuteronomy 30:15-16
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Yahveh commanded you, to love Yahveh your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5
Keep the charge of Yahveh your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn. 1 Kings 2:3
May Yahveh our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers. 1 Kings 8:57-58
And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahveh, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of Yahveh from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3
Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not Yahveh, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey? Isaiah 42:24
I get the point… do you?
In my desire and corresponding action to walk in His ways, a lot of good Christian folks have been bothered by my life. They seem to think that I am their enemy and feel they must directly oppose anything I believe in (whether I actually believe that way or they just think I do). The sad thing is we don’t disagree on as much as they think we do. Continue reading
Being a parent has made me focus on my actions and responses as I teach my children how they are to act, not only as men and ladies, but more importantly, as godly adults. I see many shortcomings in my own life, and wish I had learned a few of the lessons I am now striving to impart to my children a lot earlier. I try to take situations that come up as teaching opportunities for my children, and often I learn from it too. Everything from day-to-day life, books, and movies can be used to show godly/ungodly behavior, good/bad morals, the outcomes of obedience or disobedience, honoring God and parents, respect for people or property, and so on. I am aware that my behavior teaches my children how they are to act one day, and I want it to be in the way that brings glory to Yeshua and the Father. Continue reading