Passover Season

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By Fr Paul Stewart

Setting aside a time to be in His presences.  The seven Feasts, God-given prophetic outline of His completed work of redemption from sin through Jesus.  The picture of the Holy Spirit.

Four spring feasts- in Jerusalem fulfilled the first time.  Feast days are feasting on the Lord.  When you have an appointment with God, he meets you at these places.  Three remaining feasts will be fulfilled at his second coming.

Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast first fruits, the feast of Pentecost.

Passover is the first chronologically and the first in the matter of importance, the foundation of all the others.  It is the beginning.

Nations celebrate the day it’s born.  The Feast of Passover marks the beginning of the nation of Israel.  Romans 11  we are grafted into the tree, the root of Israel.

On this day Israel is made a free and Holy Nation of priests unto him.  To us today the Egypt that we walk is the walk that we walk outside of the Lord, outside of the separation unto Him.  The Lord has his hooks in the Nations and is going to cause us to come out and be blessed by God.  We have been in Israel, we have seen the unbelief there, but God has not taken away this eternal calling of the physical nation of Israel.  Romans 11:28-29

The secret to our future is found in our daily routine.  Lord gives us the 613 moments with God, the commands of God.  They are the first five books of the Bible.  85% of the New Testament deals with these.  It is these moments that generate momentum in your life.  These are the Godly habits of God.  You do not decide your future your habits do.  One of them is called the feast of Passover.  God creates a moment, which generates a habit, which produces your future helping each of us to operate in a new season in your life.  The Lord uses this same pattern in the life of a born again believer and their family; this is how they came out of my Egypt.  In Israel, the celebration takes the form of a special meal called the Passover Seder.  For the Christian, it’s the commemoration of the mass.

Everything is transferred through the blood.  7 Covenants, Edam, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic.  Abraham cuts the animals in half, represent people, Abraham in a temporary sleep.  The two pieces of animal made a covenant by blood.

Today to demonstrate the New Covenant Jesus uses a meal.  The cup, blood of Jesus, and the bread, the bread of life, separated by the Word of God.  The Seder was to remind the Jewish Nation; the Mass is to remind us. “Do this in remembrance of me.”  The Seder is the oldest, on-going religious rite in the world- nearly 3,500 years old!  Moses received it about 3500 years ago at Mount Sinai.  (Instructed, Exodus 12:8 ) 3 things: lamb or shank bone, matzah bread, unleavened bread, bitter herbs.  The order of this meal goes 700 years before Jesus, and he celebrated it. The order of the meal still the same.

The eternal principals of God’s salvation are eternal principles, illustrated and explained in the Passover Meal.  These same principles are also relieved in the seven biblical feasts, also in the 7 thousand millennial years, the seven days of creation as well as the completion of your life, Jesus uses this meal to reveal the New Covenant Luke 22:19.

Blessed as we Celebrate this Feast in remembrance of the freedom that Jesus paid for each of us, bringing us out of the world and into our Promised Land.

The Animals Will Teach You

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Praying Mantis

By Fr. Stephen Young

There on the low hanging branch of the maple tree, hidden, but not hidden, stood the mantis. Brilliant green and statuesque, it appeared to be caught in deep prayer as it faced into the early morning sun; a mysterious and intriguing expression of God’s beauty.

Then, almost out of nowhere, another praying mantis materialized on the same branch and in a moment they began an ancient courtship ritual.  To be privy to this intimate act of creation was both humbling and even embarrassing.  Like Mary being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, the female was overshadowed by the male, the egg within being brought to life by the acceptance of the seed.  Like the Word becoming flesh in Mary, a miracle!!  New Life!  New Birth!

Completed, the gift given, the womb was made alive.  And then came the shock.  A scene too hard to witness, visual words too hard to listen to!!  She who had received the gift proceeded to consume the gift giver; an act of supreme sacrifice, providing the food needed to ensure that the life begun would be the life fulfilled.  Eucharist!!

“………Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53

“But now ask the animals, and they will teach you;…”   Job 12:7

I Can Only Imagine, Counting the Stars

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Photo by Magellanic Cloud Wikipedia

We recently read in the Bible about God asking Abraham to look up in the night sky and count the stars.  Genesis 15:5-6 – “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”  Realizing that Abraham was being asked to use his imagination to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of counting stars, reveals a profound example of what it would look like when Abraham sees the fulfillment of this promise.  God uses the number of seemingly infinite stars to fuel Abraham’s imagination concerning the promises.  We read that it is anything but possible when you are looking through the lens of the facts.  In Genesis 15:7 – “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”  What is so significant about this event that was going to occur through Abraham, was by this time he was up there in years and Sarah his wife, was no spring chicken herself, as well as she was barren, unable to have children.

For Abraham, not having a son meant that his heritage would not go on.  Not having a son was paramount to him revealing a lifetime of unfulfilled desires that were continuously nagging at his heart and staring him in the face were the facts that told him this was IMPOSSIBLE.  Even if it was just for a moment in time, something amazing takes place, a miracle of the heart.  Genesis 15:6 – “And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

There is an incredible lesson to be learned here, teaching us about how God works in our lives.  We must ask ourselves what was so pleasing to God.   It was this very act of believing before it even happened.  And what does God do?  He accounts it to Abraham as fulfilling the law of righteousness, in turn, making him the father of faith.  Abraham is an example to all those who are in Christ.  We read in the Epistle to the Romans 4:17 – “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  A simple law was fulfilled as God was teaching Abraham to use his imagination and not to believe the facts nor depend on excuses like we all do in the face of impossible odds.  Instead, Abraham teaches us to trust God, knowing that His ways are not our ways; with Christ as our foundation and living by faith in Jesus.  We see evident in 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Abraham was learning to do what God is asking each of us to do, which is to exercise our faith with this incredible gift called our imagination that each one of has available to use.  It says in Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that have received them, and ye shall have them.”  Remembering God is fully able to fulfill his promises to us, Jesus reminds us when he says in Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

As we learn to live by faith, Jesus promises us we will never be disappointed, that it is the father’s pleasure to give you and I the kingdom and that His kingdom is built on the foundation of faith.  It is our small measure of faith in action that relies on HIS grace, through the renewing of our minds.  Titus 3:57– “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Quiet Walk On A Father’s Day

By Fr. Stephen Young

The woven voice of God, so full

  Melodious in currents streaming,

    So deep, so sweet, Our voice compared, so incomplete.

      In Sunday praise, to God we reach,

    But the song of wind and warbler,

  The ear of God they do truly meet,

Holy are they, pure and clean.

We gather, seeking a wilderness temple,

  Revealed to all, its veil now opened,

    We priests enjoin the sacrifice,

      Immersed, renewed by the Laver’s water

      Entering now the Presence, God’s sacred Presence.

    Off with shoes!

  Knees to earth,

This is truly Holy ground.

Shekinah Glory, a pollen mist,

  An incense blessing from brother pine,

    Fills the sanctuary in benediction,

      Holy, Holy, Holy; Lord God Almighty!

      Oh Father, seen in winter’s ice,

    Your Son heard in the many waters,

  And Holy Spirit felt through morning mist,

The essence of a triune God.

A rainbow’s promise in color proclaims,

  By red, the Lamb of love was slain,

    By yellow our redemption claimed,

      By blue the Comforter ordained.

      An empty cocoon; an empty tomb,

    The stone rolled back,

  Life from death; Love and hope,

A mystery, a miracle, a resurrection!

My naked feet upon the earth, intrude,

  Foreigners yes, but strangers not,

    From dust, I came,

      And to dust, I shall return.

But till that Day, that glorious day,

  For which all creation waits,

    I will tend the garden precious,

      Walking and talking to the One I know,

        Who loves me so, my Abba Father

On this our Father’s Day. 

Please feel free to share how God has expressed Himself to you through His “Book of Nature” as we walk and talk together in the garden with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, anticipating the coming of Christ and the new heaven and new earth!

Hebrews Chapter 1 Intro

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
INTRODUCTION

How did God speak to us through His Son Jesus? 

How did God make the Worlds Through his son?

How can we relate to God if Jesus is the Image of God?

How powerful is the Word of God in our life?

How and why did Jesus purge our sins?

THIS WEEK:
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

Hebrews Chapter 3

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
Chapter 3

Why is it so important to understand Jesus’ Priesthood?
How are Jesus and Moses compared?
What lessons can we learn from Israel in the wilderness?
What is required to be partakers with Christ?
How does the Bible Define “confidence”?
How does unbelief effect entering into God’s Rest?
This study will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

Hebrews Chapter 4

 

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS Chapter 4

What is the rest of God?

How do we enter God’s rest?

What does fidelity have to do with entering God’s rest?

What work is involved, to enter God’s rest?

What is the throne of grace, and do I have Access today?

THIS WEEK:
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

 

Hebrews Chapter 5 The Importance of understanding the Eternal Priesthood

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS Chapter 5

CCO WORD STUDY ONLINE BIBLE STUDY.

Why it’s so importance to understand the Eternal Priesthood of Melchizedek, what it means to each of as a born again spirit filled Christian!

Why is it important to have a High Priest?
Who Choose Jesus to be a High Priest?
What Duties are performed by a High Priest?
What food is necessary for teaching?
Why are these questions so important to a believer?

As we drill it down
dibrah Strong’s H1700 meaning “Cause.”
dabar Strong’s H1697 noun Meaning “speech, word, speaking”
dabar Strong’s H1696 The Verb is the root word “to speak, declare, converse, command, “promise.”

The Word Order at its root means Speech

WAKE UP To a Sense of KNOWING.

2017-02-25 07.23.27By Fr. Leo

Trusting God is something we talk about casually in our lives, but when it comes down to it, we must ask ourselves, do we really trust Him or are we just saying we trust Him because we think we should?  If we are really going to learn to trust God, we need to realize that it’s not a logical thing to trust in a God that we cannot see, feel or touch with our natural senses.  Therefore, if we are going learn to trust God, our formless, shapeless inner conscious being, the part of us that experiences God must

Trusting God is something we talk about casually in our lives, but when it comes down to it, we must ask ourselves, do we really trust Him or are we just saying we trust Him because we think we should?  If we are really going to learn to trust God, we need to realize that it’s not a logical thing to trust in a God that we cannot see, feel or touch with our natural senses.  Therefore, if we are going learn to trust God, our formless, shapeless inner conscious being, the part of us that experiences God must WAKE UP to a sense of KNOWING God and trusting Him, which sense comes from our knowing Him personally and being in a personal relationship with Him.

No matter what we see, no matter what we hear and no matter what goes on around us, we come to the realization that this world we live in, with all its pleasures and troubles, does nothing to build our trust in God, but only OVERWHELMS us with facts.  These facts are designed to get us to trust everything but God.  So how do we come to the place in our lives where we can experience this trusting relationship with God, confident in the knowledge that He is our provider, our healer, our deliverer and our savior?

Worldly trust comes from believing the facts.  These facts leave us with a false sense of security.  In turn, our confidence is based on a world of deception and lies; not a very secure place to live.  We read in Psalm 4:2, “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Strong’s H3577 Selah.”  The word leasing means deceitful and false, which is indicative of the world we live in.  When we base our trust on worldly facts and not on God, we turn God’s glory into shame.

The Lord has provided so much more for us.  What he desires to give each of us is incredible.  We read in Luke 12:31-32, “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  We have to ask what is this kingdom He speaks about.  The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

So how do we learn to walk and live from the examples given of this heavenly kingdom?

We read in Psalm 4:3-4, “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah.”  Remember it’s an experience of knowing Strong’s H3045 that can only be had by learning to connect with God emotionally by communing Strong’s H559 with Him with your own heart.  By learning to use your creative inner talk or speech, you must ask yourself whether your inner speech is reflective of that which is godly, Strong’s H2623 being faithful and kind in one’s own heart.In Psalm 4:5, we come to the word trust.  It is nothing short of amazing.  In Hebrew, trust is batach” Strong’s H982 which means not in a logical sense.  It is a feeling of trust that is based on an inner experience.  This inner trust gives us a sense of knowing, a confidence coupled with great optimism, that wells up from a deep place in our soul, even when the facts tell us otherwise. The Lord gives us the ability to draw from this fountain of grace when we learn to live in the world, but not be of the world, for the world is filled with deceitful, false lies.  You can see why when the disciples were questioning Jesus on the facts, He reminds them of the Kingdom of God.  We read in Mark 9:23, “Jesus said unto him if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  That belief is not in the facts of the world, but in the heavenly facts, which belief creates in us a knowing based on our confidence we receive from our faith in God. In light of this word, it is important to ask ourselves, are we trusting the experience from above, knowing that it is the only way to know God is by personal experience, or are we trusting in the facts of life?

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