Tales from the bus: Seeing

My longtime readers remember some older posts in the Tales from the bus series, valuable illustrations that came from work experience.  Here is a recent addition.

A few weeks ago, a driver came in after their afternoon route and complained their bus was making a clicking sound in the left front end when making sharp left turns.  I agreed to go take a look before calling maintenance and quipped it was probably nothing more than a rock stuck in the tire treads.

After strolling across the bus lot to the bus in question, I bent over to run my hand around the tire, looked down, and my jaw hit the ground!!!

Seven of the ten lug nuts were loose!!  Some were backed off by as much as 1/3+ of an inch!!  Wowsers!!  How in the world?! My mind raced as I called maintenance to get a service truck over.  I  know the driver does a twice a day walk around inspection, I’ve witnessed it on multiple occasions.  I’ve been by that bus dozens of times and so has the fuel guy.  How had we missed this?

Ultimately, we found multiple dropped balls in the maintenance and inspection chain and numerous of us were culpable to varying degrees.  By Yah’s grace, there had not been a disaster with a bus load of kids.

What did I determine was the major problem?  ~All of us looking, but not seeing.  Essentially,  we were going through the motions of a visual check, turning our head and eyes to the right places, but habit was blinding us.  We were not seeing what we were supposed to be looking at.

It occurs to me that we do that so often with Scripture.  We look at it and think we know what it says, so we don’t see  what it actually says, yet we are accountable!  I’m guilty.  I can go through the motions and see only what I want to see, or what doctrinal filters tell me to see.

Our prayer should be that Abba open our eyes and show us truth.  We must ask Him to remove blinding traditions and doctrines that we  see what is actually written!

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Today, we are thankful!!!

ferris-the-first-thanksgiving  
J.L.G. Ferris, The First Thanksgiving

The journey is finally over, or more likely, it is just beginning!  But, today we are most thankful. Ten Parts in the King went to the printer yesterday afternoon!! In a few days we should have a proof copy in hand to take a quick final look at before the first print run of a scant 2500 copies is ordered.

Honestly, we thought the process would have gone much faster, but the Father’s time and measured steps have been evident at every turn as He has blessed us with

  • new and relevant information that improved the book,
  • numerous proof readers with loads of valuable suggestions and input,
  • editors who saw mistakes and typos we didn’t, and
  • prayer warriors who stood in the gap lifting this project.

If this book is successful, it will not be because we are special or have any real effect, but it will be because continue reading…

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Back to Basics: Reflecting on the New Covenant

I woke this morning pondering the New Covenant, and once coffee was made and poured, I sat to reread it.  I was draw to begin reading at Jeremiah 30:18 to be reminded of the context and who the players are.  This is a good opportunity for us to go back to the basics.

Christian theology centers on the New Covenant.  We recognize Yeshua/Jesus as declaring that He is instituting this New Covenant, but we do not pursue the matter to a full understanding of the implications.  So, let’s take a few minutes and be reminded of what Scripture says it means to be part of the New Covenant.

First, Yeshua and Paul’s use of the term,

Luke 22:17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.

I Corinthians 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Christendom hangs its proverbial hat on these verses, but the vast majority, pastors included, do not know Continue reading

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Religion v Family: A believer’s litmus test….

The Elders and the Administrative Council for B’ney Yosef North America meet on a quarterly basis via zoom.us to insure our bi-weekly individual Council meetings are well wp-image-1804509542coordinated and moving in the same direction.  Our discussions and interaction is always rich and warm as we compare notes and chart the course for the coming months and year as our Father leads.Each gathering yields little nuggets that are priceless and last weeks was no different!  I am not sure who said it, an Elder, I think, but someone said, “Denominations rally around a common belief, families rally around a common father.”

WOWSERS!!!  So much truth and so many sudden trails of thought exploded in my head that I had to gather myself. Continue reading

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Paul believed EVERYTHING written in the Torah….

Do you?

Shema Israel…..

“But this I confess to you, that according to the Way (which they call a sect), I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything written in the Torah and the Prophets.
Acts 24:14 TLV

http://bible.com/314/act.24.14.TLV

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Come!!  Let us go up!!

All across Christendom there is an amazing, Spirit-directed,  Torah awakening going on.  The goal of Yehovah, according to Scripture,  is the restoration of the Kingdom!

The house of Israel’s rebellion was not against the house of Judah, but against the house of David.  See 1 Kings 12:19.  In coming to Yeshua Ben David, we  begin to heal this divide, but there is a next and greater step of allegiance:

If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their Lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
1 Kings 12:27 KJV

Do you really want to take steps toward restoring the Kingdom?  Do you really, really want to see Messiah on the throne?

Then, here is the answer: make personal sacrifice and begin going to Jerusalem for the feasts…  even if just once every year or two!!  Help others get to the feasts.  Send fellowship/congregational representatives!!

GO UP!!!

On that note, stay tuned for an opportunity to go up for Pesach and the 3rd B’ney Yosef Congress.  Details in the next day or two…

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Videos from National Shabbat 

What a great day!!  Phone reception was bad, so I couldn’t load anything as the day progressed.  I took several short videos that I want to share here…

Details later….

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SC National Shabbat today!!!

Worshiping with family from across SC and the southeast….

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From generation to generation….


Numerous passages of Scripture declare, not only that God doesn’t change, but that His Torah, His instructions for righteousness, remain in effect.

Theological contortionist and doctrinal gymnastics aside, the seventh day Sabbath has not been changed (Ex. 20:8-11).   The feasts of the Lord remain in effect (Lev. 23), and eating unclean still brings curses (Is. 66:16-17).  

Please.  Read what your Bible actually says, not what man made church doctrines say it says.

Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord , because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Hosea 8:1 KJV

http://bible.com/1/hos.8.1.KJV

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SC National Shabbat, this weekend!! (Nov. 11)

EMB Creation PapercutWe are excited to help host a National Shabbat this weekend in western South Carolina.  This will be a very nice sized event in a terrific venue that will gather Hebrew roots and Messianic believers from all of South Carolina and many surrounding states.  Lenny and Varda will lead music with Eliezer Braun, from Israel, addressing us.  We will read Torah, worship, fellowship, dance, sing and eat!  After sunset, Lenny and Varda’s music as well as Ellen Miller Braun‘s art will be available for purchase.  Please, bring an offering.

Come join us for a terrific time of worship and fellowship!  Details are here.

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Amazing video by Rabbi Harry Rozenberg

Guys!!  I am enjoying an amazing video right now by Rabbi Harry Rozenberg about the Ten Tribes.  He is sharing incredible insight and breadth of understanding on the topic, delving into resources I want to better understand!

And, the video is just plain fun!  He moves and talks so fast that you’d think he was a New Yorker on his third double espresso!  You must watch!

If you find this interesting, here are two more videos: Continue reading

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Ten Parts in the King is FINISHED!!! -here’s the scoop….

The journey has been teaching me patience.  Abba knows, I wanted this finished a couple months ago, but He has held the brakes, resulting in many wise counselors and quality inputs, additions and alterations.  I can say with full assurance, this is a DYNAMITE book that is going to have a serious impact for the Kingdom!  Every pastor and student of the Bible that you know needs to read Ten Parts in the King!

We just posted an update on what the next steps are over at tenpartsintheking.com .  You can help get the word out and help with the publishing.  Come get the details!


News and Updates

Publication Update: Manuscript is Complete!

The Empire of David and Solomon
(Rand McNally Bible Atlas, 1910)

We took a major step forward this week with Ten Parts in the King. After months of work, with input from some very dedicated, knowledgeable, and helpful readers, the manuscript is complete!

What’s next? Glad you asked!

This week, we are working with Key of David Publishing to take care of those important legal and financial details to prepare the way for sending the manuscript to the printer. We already have an estimate for the initial print run, and we are very encouraged that it’s about $3,000 – about what we expected. Once we have half of that amount in hand, and have the copyright and other details settled, we can send the job off to the printer. After that, it should take continue reading…

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MUST SEE video, and – book in hand.

Sunday was the book launch in Jerusalem for Ten From the Nations. I really wanted to be there, but it simply was not possible.  Well, the whole thing was filmed and the video is gold!  You really must see this video to get a full flavor for what this book is about, meet a few contributors and most especially, hear from the compiler and editor, Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler.  You really MUST SEE this video!

But, there is more!! Continue reading

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Introducing: Ten Parts in the King Website

Ten Parts in the King now has a website!!  Al and I have set this up to keep you informed of our progress and to promote the book as we head into the final stages of publication.

Click the banner above to go to the website and sign up for updates.

When you visit the website you will find a good bit of information about the publication as well as what others are saying about the book.  A number of people from very varied backgrounds have had opportunity to read the manuscript and give feedback which has allowed us to improve the book immeasurably since we completed the rough draft in late July.  Now, as they are taking a final look while it is being edited, they are giving impressions and feedback that we can share with you.

Another feature of the website is a blog on the front page where we plan to post a weekly article, even after the book is published, delving deeper into topics that Ten Parts in the King only grazes.  These will be critical posts in the understanding of geo-political, economic, and theological influences of the division of kol Israel, our exile, and the prophesied restoration.  We will explore further Continue reading

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Surprised by tears….

Over the course of the last six months, Al McCarn and I have been co-authoring a book, Ten Parts in the King, that is about to be published.  We really had most of the book finished within two months of starting, but have sensed Abba guiding us toward refining the text and insuring the tone is right and compassionately humble.  Part of His guidance toward that end, He has led us to place the manuscript before a number of persons from a broad background, both Christian and Jewish, for input, review and feedback.

One such reviewer invited us to middle Tennessee last weekend for a Sunday morning interview to be edited into two segments for her international ministry’s online video program.  While details and links to this upcoming program will be released at the appropriate time, I tell you that to give the background for why we were there and something special the Father showed us.

Because we did not want to travel on Shabbat for the early Sunday interview, we reached out to friends, Eddie and Wendy, who graciously hosted us.  Friday evening and all of Shabbat were wonderfully full of deep and thoughtful discussion about myriad topics, though the subject matter of the book remained central.  Shabbat afternoon as we sat with them and another couple, Dean and Karen, under their back porch sukkah, our discussion again went to Ten Parts in the King and the details of the division between the House of Israel and the House of Judah.  Then, as we dug deeper than the scope of the book, we were surprised by tears. Continue reading

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