My Journey in Learning Hebrew: How I got Started

Pray for the Peace of JerusalemI was heading home after dropping my son off at school. I pass by Temple Beth El every day. On this day I thought, “Why not give them a call and ask about Hebrew lessons?” So I quickly mapped the location on my phone and got their number while at the red light in front of the temple. I called and the receptionist exclaimed “Perfect timing! We only do one or two adult Hebrew classes a year and we have one today at 4:15!” I told her, “Sign me up!” I laughed most of the way home as I knew it was not my perfect timing but God’s.

I went to the first class armed with my note pad and pen, early as usual to anything academic related. Once the class started the teacher announced that anyone interested in taking more classes outside of this class that she would love to “give back” to the community by offering her tutoring services for FREE!

WHAT?!!! Again I said, “SIGN ME UP!” Yet another gift from God!

It turned out that I was the only student interested, so my lovely friend Barbara has been tutoring me for the past 2 and a half months. What a blessing she is and as I look at how it all came to be, the clear hand of God has been on everything related to this Jewish Temple allowing me, a Christian into their world to teach me the things of our Elohim. Amazing!

Maranatha!

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Monday Modern Parable ~ The Plant

Plant ParableI recently moved a plant to a new location near a sunny window. Of course I wanted to see the beautiful leaves so I turned it toward me. After a day I noticed the leaves had all turned toward the light. So, I turned it back. I sat there for about 10 minutes watching it. Nothing. I left and came back after several hours. Sure enough the leaves were all turned again.

Sometimes in our walks with God we cannot see our sanctification. We want instant gratification. We want to see change before our eyes. Yes, occasionally we get to see change that smacks us in the face, but more often than not, our sanctification, our growth and turning towards God’s light is gradual to us. Ask a friend or a family member if you are changing and growing in Christ (our light). They will have a better perspective.

Paraphrased thought provided by Corinne Congelliere.

The Art of Deception

What’s with the Church today? Why is there so much strife and envy between God’s people? Why is Satan so good at causing divisions and confusion? Oh, that’s right, he has had 6,000 years to practice and perfect the art of deception. The smaller and less noticeable the twist, the more who will stumble and fall.

Tuesday Teaching & Training ~ Jon Brown on Control

By Guest Blogger, Jon Brown

Don’t you hate it when things are OUT OF CONTROL in your life? I do. I often wonder why God allows such haberdashery… True, I tell myself that He has his reasons, that He really does love me, that He has my best in mind, but that’s where the rub lies… Why do I still struggle with being out of control if I believe all those things about God? Enter, the human condition…

I’m human, your’e human, and quite frankly, it sucks. As a human, I’m a fallen being with all kinds of self

ish desires. I want things the way I want them, how I want them, when I want them and it doesn’t matter why I want them, I JUST WANT THEM! My guess is that aside from some pinnacles of light that eclipse your selfish heart, you also struggle with being human.

I feel like a kid in the grocery store demanding Captain Crunch, only to be left with Cheerios. Can’t they at least be honey-nut? But what’s good for me is not always what I get. And when things are out of control, it gives God the perfect opportunity to show himself to me.

So here’s the challenge… When something is out of control, give it to God! Let Him show up in your life. But there IS a huge caveat… God wants us to do the VERY BEST we can, and then leave the rest up to Him. For example, if you don’t have a job, it doesn’t mean saying, “Well God, I’m just going to sit here on my {expletive} and wait for you to bring me a job…” That’s not wisdom, that’s laziness. But THAT my friends is another post for another time. I think you get my point. It’s leaning on God when things are TRULY out of control and out of our hands.

So give it up. Quit trying to figure it all out. Rest in God. Rely on God. And, tell Him that He’s in charge, and your’e not! I promise you one thing… God LOVES showing up in our impossible situations… Nothing is beyond God’s control…. Nothing…

~ Jon

Attributes of God: He is Omnipotent

God Is Omnipotent (He has infinite and unlimited power.)

Lord, I confess that I do not completely understand this one. How is it that you can do anything but that you cannot do anything that conflicts with your own character? Maybe the idea is that you could but that you never would. You are all powerful. Thank you for being such a huge God; the God of my puny life. I give you my life today that you may do your work and have your purpose done in my life. I ask that I would not drive my own purpose but that I would yield moment by moment to you.

Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. – Jeremiah 32:17

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. – Job 42:2

Quote of the Day ~ on Problems

Don’t tell God how big your problems are…
Tell your problems how big your God is.

– Anonymous

My God is HUGE!

Quote of the Day ~ Francis Chan on Humanity

“The world is not moved by love or actions that are of human creation. And the church is not empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit. But when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.”
― Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Monday Modern Parable ~ The Little Cottage

Old Cottage to New Palace“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
C.S. LewisMere Christianity