Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #134


(Messianic Email Message)
Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


You May be a Saint if…

As we approach The Passover season we need to take a closer look at ourselves and see if we are looking like a saint - like one redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

The Apostle Paul writes:

Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Who then is a saint?

If we are in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) and faithful, as above, it would be safe to say we are a saint. So how do we define a saint?

In the Hebrew word for saint is translated as: sacred, holy, holy one, saint, set apart

In the Greek saint is one that is sacred (physically pure morally blameless or religious ceremonially consecrated)

From Webster’s (1828 dictionary) a saint is one sanctified


1. In a general sense, to cleanse, purify or make holy.

2. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use.

God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Gen 2.

3. To purify; to prepare for divine service... Ex 19.

4. To separate, ordain and appoint to the work of redemption and the government of the church. John 10.

5. To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy be detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God.

Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17. Eph 5.

6. To make the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.

7. To make free from guilt.

8. To secure from violation.

To sanctify God, to praise and celebrate him as a holy being; to acknowledge and honor his holy majesty, and to reverence his character and laws. Isa 8.


Note what Yeshua (Jesus) said just before His crucifixion:

John 17:19 "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

Our Master said to Saul (Paul)

Acts 26:18 (You are) to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'

Then the Apostle goes on to say to the saints:

1Cor 6:11 … but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.


Heb 10:10 … we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Heb 10:29 … the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified…

Note: we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua Messiah and the blood of the new covenant...


Many are about to observe the annual anniversary of the new covenant

Yeshua speaking:

Luke 22:15 And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;

Luke 22:19 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.

The Apostle Paul’s instruction about this observance:

1Cor 5:7 Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

1Cor 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."

1Cor 11:25 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."

The Apostle ask us to examine ourselves because --

1Cor 11:27 …whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.

1Cor 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.

1Cor 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned along with the world.


"The List"

The epistle to the Ephesians list what the sanctified ones (saints) look like. It would be helpful to compare this list with our own values in Messiah. May we see our need to be faithfully devoted and committed to the only One who will truly sanctify us by making us holy.

[We can only be as holy (sanctified, set apart) as much as we have Yeshua abiding in us.]

2Cor 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you -- unless indeed you fail the test?

This may be called the list of saintly attributes; it is a take off on Jeff Foxworthy’s "You may be a redneck if…" only with the saint in view:

You may be a saint …

(if you added by MEM)

Eph 4:1 if you Walk in a manner worthy of the calling

4:2 if you Have all humility and gentleness, patience, showing forbearance to one another

4:7 if you Display the grace given according to the measure of Christ's gift

4:13 if you Have unity of the faith, being a mature person …in the fullness of Christ

4:14 if you Are no longer as a child, tossed about by every wind of doctrine

4:15 if you Speak the truth in love - growing up in all aspects in Christ

4:17 if you Walk no longer as the Gentiles that are 18 excluded from the life of God

4:22 if you Lay aside the old self

4:23 if you Are renewed in the spirit of your mind

4:24 if you Have put on the new self, in the likeness of God

4:25 if you lay aside all falsehood…

4:26 if you When angry, do not sin

4:27 if you do not give the devil any opportunity

4:28 if you labor, performing with your own hands what is good, in order to share

4:29 if you Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth

4:30 if you Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God

4:31 if you Have no bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander or malice

4:32 if you Are being kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving in love

You may be a saint …

Eph 5:1 if you Are imitators of God…

5:2 if you walk in love

5:3 if you do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you,

5:4 if you let no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting 5:5 for no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God

5:6 if you Let no one deceive you with empty words

5:8 if you walk as children of light 9 which consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth

5:10 if you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord

5:11 if you do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness… 12 it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them

5:16 if you make the most of your time, because the days are evil

5:17 if you are not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

5:18 if you are filled with the Spirit

5:19 if you are speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord

5:20 if you are always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God

You may be a saint …

5:22 if you Wives, are subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord

5:25 if you Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her

6:1 if you Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right

6:4 if you fathers do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord

6:5 if you Slaves, are obedient to those who are your masters … with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ

6:9 if you masters, … give up threatening, …as their Master and yours is in heaven know there is no partiality with Him

You may be a saint …

6:10 if you are strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might

6:11 if you have put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil

6:14 if you Stand firm, girded your loins with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness

6:15 if you have shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace

6:16 if you take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one

6:17 if you take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

6:18 if you pray at all times in the Spirit, with all perseverance and petition for all the saints


6:23 if so then peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

6:24 If so then Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible


Thank You Father for Your New Covenant; Yeshua in us, the hope of glory.


Thy Kingdom come… Amen

(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)


Eph 5:15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise…

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 8:33 "Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.


We cannot be like Yeshua "until Christ is formed in you - " Gal 4:19


"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads --" - Albert Camus

Rom 14:22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

Isa 52:7 How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"


YHVH, happiness is knowing Your Salvation; for goodness and mercy shall follow me all my days

Bible Quiz
  1. Who did Yeshua (Jesus) say were "blind guides"?
  2. How many Major Prophets were there?
  3. Naaman was a commander of the arm in what country?
  4. What three words describe God’ will?
  5. Which way would have been shorter for the LORD to lead the Israelites to Canaan?
  6. Who helped her son deceive his father?
  7. Who said, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there"?


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and death to self.)

"Beware of the mistake so many make. They have so many qualifications and limitations, so many thoughts and questions as to what true humility is to be and to do that they never unreservedly yield themselves to it. Humble yourself unto death. It is in the death to self that humility is perfected. At the root of all real experience of grace and true advance in consecration is conformity to the likeness of Jesus, which affects our dispositions and our habits. The reason I mention disposition and habit is that it is possible to speak of walking in the Spirit while there is still evidence of self. True humility will manifest itself in daily life. The one who has it will take the form of a servant. It is possible to speak of fellowship with a despised and rejected Jesus and of bearing His cross, while the meek and lowly Lamb of God is not seen and rarely sought. The Lamb of God means two things: meekness and death. Let us seek to receive Him in both forms." Andrew Murray


1John 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

Thus we should not deceive our selves thinking we are a saint when our actions deny our words.

Job 13:9 "Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?


Yeshua, Master, our salvation is to become like You by dying to self -"take up your cross and..."


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

Consider Job, as he faced an impossible situation in man’s eyes; he never gave up on his prayer. Do we pray to the only One that can deliver us both today and tomorrow?

Job 16:17 …there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

1Tim 2:8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.


YHVH, despite our materialistic condition we need a close relationship with You now.

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

A more effective witness

God’s people should be the most fit, healthy, energetic and stable minded people on the planet.  Instead, many who call themselves Christians are no better, often worse than the world and then expect God to do a quick fix on them to make them all better despite it being their consequences for their caretaking or lack of caretaking of their body.  Or they do the martyr’s march - "bearing" the burden of sickness that He has placed on them.  God wants His people healthy, to be victorious with strength flowing in their bones.  But are they willing to be disciplined in eating healthy and give up or sacrifice the things they shouldn’t be eating?  You need to take seriously how important food is. It is your fuel, it sustains the incredible machine your body is. One of Satan’s great tools to distract God’s people is food. Look at how ineffective you feel if you are unhealthy, obese and lack energy.  Work to not just claim but also display victory in your life, to become a more effective witness. Choose to glorify God, not your cravings.

Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1Cor 6:19-20)

Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.

Did you know:

Six Boys and 13 Hands

 Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable. On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II. 

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?' 
 I told him that we were from Wisconsin. 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.'  (It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.) 
 'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers ' which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me. 
 'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team… They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.
 (He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend, Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men. 
 'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank… Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys… Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'
'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken). 
 'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.
'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back..' My dad never fished or even went to Canada … Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press. 
 'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain. 
'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.' 
'So that's the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.' 

 Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless. 
 We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice 
 Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom...please pray for our troops.
Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also ....please pray for our troops still in murderous places around the world.
STOP and thank God for being alive and being free due to someone else's sacrifice. 
 God Bless You and God Bless America. 
REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day. 
 One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is ... that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.

From An E-mail

 Older than Dirt

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.

'All the food was slow.' 

'C'mon, seriously… Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained.

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'

When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had..

I never had a telephone in my room.

The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. 

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes 
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 
7. Party lines on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie 
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax 
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate]) 
12. Peashooters 
13. Howdy Doody 
14. 45 RPM records 
15. S&H Greenstamps 
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever 
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns 
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers 

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older 
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Lighter Side

Three women were all applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, "So y'all want to be cops, huh?"

The women nodded.

The detective got up, opened a file drawer, and pulled out a folder.
Sitting back down, he opened it, pulled out a picture, and said, "To be a detective, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities like scars and so forth."

So saying, he stuck the photo in the face of the first woman and withdrew it after about two seconds. 
"Now," he said, "did you notice any distinguishing features about this man?"

She immediately said, "Yes, I did. He has only one eye!"

The detective shook his head and said, "Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It's a profile of his face! You're dismissed!"

The detective then turned to the second woman, stuck the photo in her face for two seconds, pulled it back, and said, "What about you? Notice anything unusual or Outstanding about this man?"

"Yes! He only has one ear!"

The detective put his head in his hands and exclaimed, "Didn't you hear what I just told the other lady? This is a profile of the man's face! Of course you can only see one ear! 
You're excused too!"

The detective turned his attention to the third and last one and said, "This is probably a waste of time, but...." He flashed the photo in her face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it, saying, "All right, did you notice anything distinguishing or Unusual about this man?"

She replied, "I sure did. This man wears contact lenses. 

"The detective frowned, took another look at the picture, and began looking at some of the papers in the folder. He looked up at her with a puzzled expression and said, "You're absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! 
How in the world could you tell that by looking at his picture?"

The blonde rolled her eyes and said, 
        "Well, Hellooooooooooooo! With only One eye and one ear, he certainly can't wear glasses!"


Have a good day!

Cause and Effect


(By Michael Boldea Jr.)


"We refused to defend the small things because we thought them unworthy of our efforts, and the more ground we gave up, the bolder the enemy became. Soon enough, here the enemy stood at the castle walls, and now the church has gotten so used to running it has gotten so used to giving up ground, that it is having a difficult time mustering up the courage to defend the city itself."

"When we stand our ground, when we defend the truth of God’s word, when we are willing to put our reputations on the line for the sake of Christ, and suffer the mocking and scorn that will surely come from the godless, it is the Lord that will fight alongside us; it is the Lord who will ensure our victory."

Michael Boldea Jr.


There is never want where the mind is satisfied

There’s no fun in medicine, but there’s lots of medicine in fun

I thought the ladies were whistling at me until I discovered it was my hearing aid

You know you’re getting old when your age in years surpasses your height in inches

You’re getting older when every move you make becomes a joint effort

People decide their habits, and their habits decide their future

Tomorrow is often the busiest of the week


Where Did You Come From?

Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you? (Deuteronomy 32:6; ESV)

When our children were little, if you asked them, "Where did you come from?" they would have answered, "From God." Cute? Even if God were the creator, people don't actually come from God, do they?

In (the scripture above) the people of Israel are reminded that God is their father. But what does that mean? Does it matter? I imagine if we were the random product of natural processes alone, then nothing matters. Life has no meaning. Values, standards, and morals have no actual basis beside preferences and desires.

Yet most people know the truth that there is meaning in life. We know intuitively that relationships, especially our most intimate ones are not the product of impersonal random chance. The reason why so many people are so very hurt by their fathers is because we carry in our hearts an ideal of what fathers should be. Where does that come from?

The father relationship is as crucial as it is because it is derived from The Father of us all (see Acts 17:28). The above reminder to Israel at some level is a reminder to all people. God as the great original progenitor is personally everyone's Father. That he used secondary causes - our natural parents - to bring us into the world is beside the point. You exist because God birthed you.

Every human being has their origins in God. You were specifically designed on purpose and for a purpose. The sense of meaninglessness so pervading life today is primarily due to our being disconnected from this realization. We are not made to simply learn how to cope with life, but as God's children to serve the high purpose of our Father.

Accepting the truth that God is our Father helps us to better understand what life is all about, but that doesn't automatically put us in right relationship with him. Scripture teaches that we come into the world predisposed as rebels against him. No matter how hard we try to feel good about ourselves, we are deeply aware that something is wrong with us. The Scriptures call this problem sin. Sin is more than misdeeds; it is the principle driving our inability to be what we should be.

But God as Father has provided a solution to the problem of sin. In Jewish tradition the Messiah was expected to come to defeat God's enemies, but an essential aspect of this victory tended to be overlooked by our ancient teachers: that to achieve that goal, the Messiah would need to resolve the internal issues that made people God's enemies in the first place. It was necessary for Yeshua to die on behalf of our sins, thereby reconciling us with our Father. And through his resurrection he empowers us to truly live as children of the Father.

By Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

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Psalm Promise

Psalm 34:9

O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him, there is no want.

To fear YHVH is nothing but proper worship Webster (1828)

In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun everything that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.

I will put my fear in their hearts. Jer 32.


Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Essence of Message

Ps 16:3

As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

Quiz Answers

1. The Pharisees - Matthew 15:12-14

2. Four

3. Aram (Assyria) - 2 Kings 5:1

4. Good, pleasing and perfect - Romans 12:2

5. Through Philistine country - Exodus 13:17

6. Rebekah - Genesis 27:5-30

7. Nathanael - John 1:45-46