Worthy is the Lamb!

I’ve been reading up on baptism in the 1st century lately.  This topic has intrigued me since my teen years, I always wondered where the idea of baptism came from, what gave it a validity to the people, especially since I was told it came on the scene with John the Baptist.  I have known for a time that it has its roots in the washings prescribed in the Torah, but have wondered as of late how the people at that time viewed it.  There is still more searching to do, but I definitely have learned a lot, especially concerning the dialogue between Nicodemus and Yeshua in John 3.  I have been drawn to that passage several times, and felt like there is more to be understood than what I currently did.  There is definitely more depth there than I had seen before. Continue reading

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Torah – Prophecy or Constitution?

Ever heard “Jesus fulfilled the law, so it doesn’t apply to us anymore?”  I used to believe this…. because I was happy to go along with what I was taught instead of actually studying the Word for myself.  Yeah, not so much anymore!  Yes, Yeshua did come to fulfill – to bring the full meaning to the commandments, not to make it no longer valid.  Not to mention the issue with Him fulfilling the whole law as He was neither a woman, leper, land owner, or married… there are some very specific laws pertaining to only those groups of people, so do they still pertain to those people today? Hmm… Continue reading

Bible Copy

For years I have written out passages of Scripture – from single verses to a few epistles.  I find that I can really learn about a topic if I look up all the verses pertaining to that subject, like grace, and write out all the verses that mention the word.  It gives a great overall picture, which is lost so often when we cherry-pick.  I love finding old notebooks and looking back over “word studies” that I have done in the past.

This past spring I came upon a website talking about Bible copy, as in the whole Bible! Continue reading

Branding

One of the hottest fads in the church is “branding.” Okay, it’s not just the church, it’s everywhere.  All the major churches (and secular corporations) have them, and any good up-and-coming seeker friendly, mega church wanna-be makes sure they create a “feel” from the get-go.  I even read about a church who hired a company (and there are lots of them out there) to help them come up with their name and brand before they even started it!  Hmm, I wonder how Spirit-led that was? Of course, this goes right along with asking the world what they want in a church… oy! Continue reading