Monthly Archives: January 2013

Coming Monday…

a soul baring confession. RT: Antisemitism  Or, The Confessions of a Misguided Pastor

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A Thought…

Those who cannot count to three, should not be expected to count to seven.

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Noah and the Parable of Gomer

  Truth like you’ve never heard it before…    

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TP: Yitro

For those unfamiliar with Messianic worship of Yeshua, you may never have heard of Torah Portions.  Interestingly, the entire Messianic community, (worldwide, I think!) uses the same reading/study schedule which includes several chapters from the Torah, a selection from the … Continue reading

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Zealous Over Zion!

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RT: Manipulatives

Reformation Thought: Manipulatives Neither my wife, nor I, ever planned to be educators.  Certainly, parenting has an inherent requirement involving education as we ‘train up our children,’ but homeschooling was not our expectation when we began some six or more … Continue reading

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The Sabbath, Scripturally Speaking…

My eldest son, 16 years old, had a writing class this past semester that focused on research papers.  Since we had recently come through an intense time of study in our family, he decided to use some of what we … Continue reading

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DIY Shofar, pt.1

So, I decided I wanted a shofar….  but have you priced the pretty/good ones?  Yep, me too.  (See The Shofar Man for some real beauties… ) After a little research and some elbow grease… I started with a 38″ South … Continue reading

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Jonathan Cahn on fire!

I don’t know how long this will stay up, but wow!!!  Jonathan Cahn speaking to the inaugural prayer breakfast, 2013. If it disappears, again…  just search Youtube for Jonathan Cahn Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. I highly recommend his book, The … Continue reading

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Haleluya La olam

Just wanted to share… A couple weeks ago while working on RT:Olam, I did a quick search for ‘Olam’ and stumbled on this video of a Eurovision song competition in 1979 that was won by this group named Milk and … Continue reading

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RT: Grafting

Reformation Thought: Grafting

I don’t consider myself much of a farmer. Yes, we raise tilapia, have several beehives and half a dozen milk goats. We have laying hens, a greenhouse and raised garden beds. We even have eight or nine fruit trees and a dozen or more fruiting vines. Still, I only reluctantly claim any ability to grow anything. The real reason is that I know I do not have the proverbial ‘green thumb.’ Just check the spot where I have managed to kill two beautiful apricot trees. It stands as a testament to the many other plants that I have tortured or terminated in any number of dumb ways.

Maybe that is why I consider grafting to be one of the so called ‘holy grails’ of farming. There seems a certain mystery to it, but I aim to learn more about it this year. Someone recently told me of an article about how to graft tomato plants for increased yield and multiple varieties on a single vine. Sounds like a new way to destroy formerly green plants that I’m itching to try. But, I digress.

Grafting is indeed a tricky piece of husbandry whereby a branch or bud from one plant or tree can be trimmed and inserted into a notch in a strong(er) plant for the benefit of nourishment from the root stock. The cutting by itself, in most cases, will die. However, if someone who knows what they are doing can trim it up and properly graft it into a choice stock/stump, it will bear much fruit.

Paul rightly uses the grafting metaphor in Romans 11:17-24 when he explains how Gentiles ‘become partakers of the rich root of the olive tree.’ At least six times in those eight verses he uses the words graft and grafting. Continue reading

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RT: Olam!

Recently, I woke in the middle of the night thinking, ‘Olam!’ No kidding!

I got out of bed and slipped into the quiet den so I could consider some of the uses of this Hebrew word of promise. Continue reading

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RT: Names

We sing, “Blessed be the name of the Lord…”

We pray, “..hallowed be Your name…”

We say, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower…”

His name. I’m sure I never really understood how very important His name is, until recently. Yet there are literally hundreds of verses of Scripture pointing to the significance of His name. How is it that I could go for decades and NOT understand the significance? Continue reading

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Certainly, I am no Martin Luther, but the title of this blog is a nod to his alleged statement, “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  May God help me!”  The Hebrew word natsab means “to stand, take one’s … Continue reading

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