May 242015
 

Pentecost

The Jewish “Feast of Weeks (Shavuot)” and the Christian feast of Pentecost are correlated for those who believe in Messiah Jesus.

For the Jews, this time of celebration is known as Shavout, which is the Hebrew word meaning “weeks.” This is one of three separate names that are used in Scripture to refer to this important Jewish feast. Each name emphasizes an important aspect of the feast as well as its religious and cultural significance to both Jews and Christians.

Besides being called the Feast of Weeks in Leviticus 23, this special feast celebration is called the “Day of the Firstfruits” in Numbers 28:26 and the “Feast of Harvest” in Exodus 23:16.

This important feast gets its name from the fact that it starts seven full weeks, or exactly 50 days, after the Feast of Firstfruits. Since it takes place exactly 50 days after the previous feast, this feast is also known as “Pentecost” (Acts 2:1), which means “fifty.”

It normally occurs in late spring, either the last part of May or the beginning of June. Unlike other feasts that began on a specific day of the Hebrew calendar, this one is calculated as being “fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath” (Leviticus 23:15–16; Deuteronomy 16:9–10).

Like other Jewish feasts, the Feast of Weeks is important in that it foreshadows the coming Messiah and His ministry. Each and every one of the seven Jewish Feasts signifies an important aspect of God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.

In the New Testament, fire is associated with the presence of God (Hebrews 12:29) and the purification He can bring about in human life (Revelation 3:18). God’s presence and holiness are implied in the Pentecostal tongues of fire.

Indeed, fire is identified with Christ Himself (Revelation 1:14; 19:12); this association naturally underlies the Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit, who would teach the disciples the things of Christ (John 16:14).

Click on the blue headline link at top to read more about the significance of PENTECOST.

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May 222015
 

Arutz Sheva: “Hezbollah officials say they are preparing to use the strategies and techniques they learned fighting Syrian rebels along the border with Lebanon to conquer Israel’s northern Galilee region.

The Iranian-backed Shia Islamist group has been making steady gains in its hard-fought campaign to wrest control of the Qalamoun region in Syria from Sunni rebels, including jihadists from Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, despite itself incurring significant losses.

But although that battle is still ongoing, a series of remarks by Hezbollah officials and propaganda outlets, translated by MEMRI, reveal that the terror group still has its eye on a future conflict with Israel.”

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Opinion: Galilee is a stepping stone for the ultimate prize –  Jerusalem. Not just for Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority, who are within close proximity, but for the whole world, Zechariah 14:2.

Here’s why:

Zechariah 3:2 “And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand (Judah) plucked from the fire (delivered from the Captivity)?”

And God told the nations that Jerusalem will confound them:

Zechariah 12:2-3 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

And in that day (near the end of the tribulation), the Lord will remove the scales from their eyes (Acts 9:18).

Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

Wow.

 

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May 172015
 
I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.—Isaiah 43:11

I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.—Isaiah 43:11

One of our favorite writers is the late Oswald Chambers. For many years, Author and I read his daily devotional “My Utmost for His Highest.” It gave each new day a strong focus on Christ and the Christian life.

Recently, I found his small book “STUDIES IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT” in one of my laptop’s “Favorites” folder.

I opened the link and as I read his Introduction, I realized it was full of his sharp, insightful guidance into Jesus Christ.

Just the Introduction alone is an edifying read.

Click on the blue headline link above to read the INTRODUCTION, and you might be moved to read the rest of his book.

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SUNDAY POST: Mother's Day

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May 102015
 
SUNDAY POST: Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of today’s celebration, we’ve highlighted 8 famous mothers in the Bible. But most of us moms are never widely known or written about, nor do we care to be. As long as our children have God written in their hearts we are content beyond measure! Click on the blue headline link above

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May 072015
 
Obama to back Palestinian state at Security Council – payback for Israel’s right-wing cabinet

Debkafile, Washington: “President Barack Obama is to give Europe a green light to file a UN Security Council motion proclaiming an independent Palestinian state. Without waiting for Binyamin Netanyahu to present his new government at midnight Wednesday, May 6, Obama decided to punish him for building a right-wing coalition, minus a moderate figure for talks

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May 032015
 
Sunday Post: GOD'S INFALLIBLE WORD

God’s Word reveals God and His purpose. True direction is found in His Word; it enables people to make godly choices in life. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and

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SUNDAY POST: Put On The Full Armor Of God

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Apr 262015
 
SUNDAY POST: Put On The Full Armor Of God

Last Sunday we posted about habitual sin, and the control, destructiveness, and misery it causes us. Our inability to overcome a persistent sin is proof that we have allowed and repeated an offense which satisfies a particular desire in us. Each time it is repeated, it settles more deeply into an ingrained pattern. It could be something as simple as biting

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