Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said,…..And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. 9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
Matthew 15:1-9 (sel)
Years ago, my eldest coined the word ‘tradishma’ a mashup of tradition and dogma. What the Church in general and various denomination to greater or lesser degrees have done for 1900 years is meld traditions, many pagan, with a patchwork of manmade rules (dogma) loosely justified by snippets of Scripture.
This is not an easy truth to process, in fact many get rather angry or hurt when they learn this. I know, I did! Proceed for some fireworks!!
I should have written this weeks ago. It’s been burning in my for at least that long….
One morning, in the wee hours, I woke with the phrase, ‘PROVE ME WRONG’ burning on my lips and like fire in my eyes. I almost got up and wrote this post, but after two hours of wrestling, I went back to sleep. Intermittently, for weeks after, I would get on a tear, about to write this, but always back off after cooling down.
Certainly, passion is good, but to come across as angry may not be. I want real answers. I want a serious challenge. Prove. Me. Wrong!!
Well, a little video last week again stirred the very message I’ve had in my gut for weeks. A fire!!
I have no affiliation with Pastor Dowell or Straitway, yet last week he surprised me with a shoutout that doubled my YouTube channel subscriptions. Apparently, we are standing on the same hilltop with the same message!!
What gets you out of bed in the morning and motivates you throughout the day? A warrior knows it is the battle, or preparing for battle! Wear this beautiful lithograph of Gideon to remind the world of the only reason to exist:
In a fascinating multi-year study, Larren Cole documented a colony of beavers that keep the seventh-day Sabbath! In the process he encountered multiple stories of other individual animals as well as whole specie groups that keep Shabbat.
Should we be surprised? Consider,
..The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard...
Christendom committing Hara-Kiri over the Respect for Marriage Act is well deserved.
The culture war is reaching fever pitch! Even in secular outlets, there is heated discussion about masculinity, feminism, patriarchy, #redpill, #MGTOW, and a thousand related topics. Everyone agrees that something is radically wrong and if it isn’t fixed soon we are going to not just lose a generation or two, we will lose humanity!
One of the earliest signs that the commitment to defend biblical marriage was weakening came from Christianity Today CEO Timothy Dalrymple.
News flash! What Christians typically assume is ‘biblical’ concerning marriage is actually tradition! Or, in my family’s oft quoted wordmash from my eldest, ‘Tradishma!!’ Simply, what is usually termed ‘traditional marriage’ is entirely that: TRADITION.
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While the overall information is not new, the compilation is heartbreaking. Interestingly, before our Shabbat fellowship started, we had a good discussion on current events, eschatology, etc… we agreed that the confluence of events places us squarely in apocalyptic times.
Our concensus was that we need to be heads up, eyes wide open. We are already in it and tptb are in too deep to delay or back up at this point. It is game on until one side or the other wins.
We know who wins. Yeshua! No head in sand. No holding back. Time to march forward listening for our King’s direction. We are that generation.
Died Suddenly was a massive exclamation point to our discussion. Global depopulation is underway. More similar attacks will be coming. Pray. Plan. Prepare.
The Federalist website posts commentary on the news and politics of the day. Recently, they posted two pieces on the “masculinity crisis” and the large number of unmarried women voting against their own interests out of fear. Whether knowingly or not, both men are calling for the return of the patriarchy, marriage and the subsequent destruction of radical leftist feminist ideology.
God clearly portrays Himself as having two brides in multiple passages of Scripture. Why? What is His purpose? Can we learn anything from the life of Jacob and history to understand prophecy and Yah’s self portrayal?
I am often enthralled with the minute details that formulate the entire picture or system by which we SHOULD observe and follow. Rarely do I think that we see the trees through the forest and I can understand why.
However, on Shabbat, it’s time to dig deep, and as a random thought crosses my mind, I take the time to meditate on it for a few minutes. Let’s talk about one of many that happened to me today.
In Matthew chapter 5, we have a speech known best in Christendom as “The Beatitudes”. In verse 9 we have the beatitude which states, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God”.
Why did this stick out to me, you might ask. Well, he didn’t say “Peacekeepers”, he said “Peacemakers”. I often remember pastors telling us that we should be peaceful then somehow applied this to turning the other cheek. But that’s not what it says. Peacekeepers maintain existing peace, and that’s not what he is talking about…not even a little bit.
Imagine with me, if you will, unrelenting chaos. Are those who run away the ones he calls Sons? Seems unlikely. In a masculine patriarchal faith where we have a Father who is in heaven, not a heavenly mother, I cannot imagine the picture of peacemaking one which causes cowardice.