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No ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ ? What’s The Word Say?

It has recently been said, ‘there is no such thing as a ‘sinner’s prayer’ anywhere in the Bible? Here is one example . . .

“ . . . God would that none would perish, but that all would come to repentance . . .“ (2 Peter 3:9)
“The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”” (Luke 18:13)
“ . . . But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart”, that is, the word of FAITH we are proclaiming . . . That if you confess with your mouth, Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:8-9)

There’s your pattern for a ‘sinner’s prayer’ . . . Repentance of sin, belief, acceptance and confession that Yeshua is Lord to the Glory of YHWH our Father. Shalom

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Passover 2017

Just a reminder . . . our Passover Gathering is coming up monday, April 10th, 6:30pm and the doors will open at 6:00. We will meet upstairs, above the Bluebird Cafe in downtown Stanford (where we have met previously). The Passover meal will be potluck. We ask that each bring a meat/main dish and either a side dish or dessert, or both if you so desire. Remember – no leavened items. if you have questions about that and are not sure what that entails, just give us a call. We DO need an RSVP. We MUST know how many are planning to attend so that we can make adequate seating arrangements. Please do NOT assume we know you are planning to attend. Again – April 10th, 6:30pm, doors open at 6:00, downtown Stanford above the BlueBird Cafe. See ya there . . .

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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Shabbat Shalom

‘Shabbat Shalom’ from our branch to yours . . .

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Is it enough?

In previous verses of Acts 8, we see Peter and John going to Samaria to pray for many for the infilling of the Holy Spirit and to preach ‘the gospel’. Some today ask ‘what is the Gospel’? In the passage below, this Ethiopian official obviously recognized YHWH as the One and Only God worthy of worship.  Philip was sent to the Ethiopian eunuch to reveal to him The One Who IS the Gospel, The One spoken of by the prophet Isaiah. Through the reading of Isaiah 53, the work of the Ruach, and a heavenly messenger (angel)  and an earthly messenger (Philip), this man realizes recognition of just God the Father is not enough, but rather the necessity of accepting God’s Messiah, Yeshua, the embodiment of The Gospel. It would seem that in the length of time Philip spoke with the Ethiopian, not only was the Gospel preached and accepted, but the importance of obedience, not the least of which was the water baptism, just as Yeshua displayed.
So was it enough for the eunuch just to go to the Temple to worship and thereby recognize who the one true God- YHWH- is?  If so, then there would have been no need for the angel of the Lord to send Philip to share the gospel of Yeshua with him. If it wasn’t “enough” then, how can it be “enough” now to recognize or acknowledge the Father without the Son?
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”  So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian  eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,  and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.  The Spirit told  Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”  Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.  “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.  The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”  The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”  Then Philip began  with that very passage of Scripture  and told him the good news  about Jesus.  As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”    And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.  Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.” (Act 8:26-40)
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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Shabbat Gathering

At least two of the topics of discussion for tomorrow’s Shabbat gathering will be ‘Why and How Passover?’ and ‘My Walk and My Faith – their difference and their interaction.’ See ya there . .

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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
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Shabbat Shalom

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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

‘America 2.0’ or ‘America – a reprieve to prepare’?

‘America 2.0’ or ‘America – a reprieve to prepare’?
It has been said by pundits and radio hosts that we are literally seeing ‘America 2.0 – the rebuilding and renewing of the Republic’; that we are seeing, if you will, a rebirthing of the nation as it was and was meant to be, as envisioned by our founders. Perhaps these hosts and hostesses are correct. Perhaps we are seeing a turnaround in this nation that many have hoped for and prayed for these past several years. Perhaps there ARE better days on the horizon, as we strain to perceive in the dim light of this new dawn, the possibility of a return to conservative Biblical values, the ‘reigning in’ of government overreach, transferring ‘the power’ and giving it back to the people, an opportunity to truly extend respect and dignity as we properly care for those that have fallen through the cracks – the poor, the widows, the orphans, the voice-less, the face-less, our veterans and their families – and allowing the God of The Bible to once again have His rightful place in our society, our government, and our daily lives.

Or perhaps, what we are seeing play out before our eyes, is ‘America – your reprieve to prepare . . .’ There are those who ‘prophesied’ Donald Trump would NOT be elected, that he would never occupy the White House. There are those who declared ‘thus saith The Lord, Hillary Clinton would be the next president rather than Trump’, and yes, even those that declared Obama to be the last president of the United States. Well, here we are, and none of those prophecies have come to pass. But in the midst of all the ‘prophecies’ and ‘declarations’ and ‘visions’ and ‘dreams’, there was one ‘Word’ that we kept hearing time and again – ‘God is going to allow a reprieve’. ‘God is giving a reprieve.’ ‘America will receive a reprieve.’ Well what is a ‘reprieve’, and IF we are going to receive a ‘reprieve’, from ‘what’ or better yet, from ‘whom’ will we be reprieved?

Well, here are some thoughts on the matter . . . According to Mr. Webster and some of the older dictionary sources, ‘reprieve’ is ‘to delay the punishment of; to give relief or deliverance to for a time.’ Some of the newer versions do add the word ‘cancellation’. So what punishment is to be delayed, or from what or from ‘who’ are we to receive relief or deliverance, for at least a time? Well, many will say ‘we received a reprieve’ when Hillary was defeated in the presidential election. Some will say the restoration of our relationship with the nation of Israel brings relief and deliverance from judgment and punishment, at least for a time. And some will say that Mr. Trump will set things straight and get us back on the right track. And we do not necessarily disagree with any of those statements.

But here is a thought to ponder. The phrase ‘for a time . . .to give relief or deliverance to, for a time’ . . . God said He would punish the nations that come against His people and divide His Land, the Land of Israel. That fact is established in The Word and will come to pass; not ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ is the correct question, for this punishment is set in stone. The Word also tells us God will not forgive, but rather will punish and render judgment for the shedding of innocent blood, an act of disobedience and rebellion that has been endorsed and enforced by our government through state-sanctioned abortions since the passing of Roe vs Wade in the 70’s. God will NOT excuse this sin. And perhaps the final straw? The mixing and confusing of the genders. Not only has this nation’s government endorsed and enforced the acceptance of homosexuality and all of it’s offshoots as ‘normal and natural’, but now our leadership has embraced ‘gender fluidity’; the concept that you are not the sex of your birth, but rather, the sex with which you identify . . . and that ‘sexual identity’ is subject to change from day to day and moment to moment. So now ‘Bruce’ is ‘Caitlyn’ and ‘Bradley is now ‘Chelsea’ and ‘evil’ is ‘good ‘and ‘good’ is intolerable and ‘true tolerance’ is acceptance of all that man (and woman) can image in their heart.

America has virtually become two distinct groups of people. And not just spiritually and religiously, but even on a secular level of basic morality, America has become a ‘mingled garment’ if you will, a mixing of that which should NOT be mingled. It is being torn and we are experiencing a rending of the fabric of this nation, the fabric of who we should be versus what, in many ways, we have become.

God sets before us blessing and cursing, good and evil, light and darkness, life and death . . . Choose Life.

So is there a reprieve? Yes . . . but only ‘for a time’ . . . and this ‘window of opportunity’ will only be open for a short time. ‘For the heart of man is wicked’ and the sin of the amorite is almost full. So work while it is day.

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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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