Welcome to Home Shalom!

Welcome to Home Shalom and Shalom Farm. We pray your visit here be blessed. We are learning to walk in the Ways (Torah) of our Father YHVH and follow Y'shua, His Messiah until He returns to "set things straight". We call it a "Messi-Life". Our walk is niether tidy and nor perfect, but it is filled with passion, devotion and desire to serve our King. We are learning to be humble servants, and to be good stewards of the things that He has entrusted to us: His Word, Our marriage, our children, our family, our community, our health, and our farm. Hitch your horse and stay a while, our door is always open!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Q & A - Confused


I often get questions and comments about things people read on my blog.  It never occurred to me - until replying to this question below ..that these might be worth sharing. I have not listed specific Scriptures...but will if is requested/needed. So lets give it a try:

On Nov 28, 2014, at 10:58 PM, 
Q:  I see from your greeting that you are Jewish, but then I see you quote Galatians.    Does that mean you are Messianic Jews?

And does this relate to your prepping or just happens that you are both?


A: We are not Jewish - as far as I know. However, We have been grafted into Yah's (God's) family by faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We believe in the whole Bible - which is a Hebrew book, and which includes a Hebrew Messiah that has come to save the "lost house of Israel" (that's what Jesus says). Yeshua (Jesus) is Yah's plan for redemption. Yah's amazing councilor drew us into devoted study of the Bible and started showing us things we never saw before. We realized we had been indoctrinated wrongly from the pulpit on many matters. (As were those standing up there preaching were in their specific seminaries and Christina Bible Colleges and denominationally influenced footnotes and commentaries.) So we started studying the Bible from beginning to end, in order and in context- trying to learn all we could about the language and culture it was from at the same time. While at the same digging deep into our own church history. This opened our eyes to many things that have been "lost" and changed in our modern version of Christianity. 

Then.... We saw The Father was bringing many other families to the surface that were going through the same thing!!! He was working in their hearts and homes (and churches) individually and collectively. We are seeing this as the case more and more. It is a very interesting revival back to the origins of our faith. It is a very difficult and narrow path- because (just like the book tells us) it with be met with resistance from most. Even those whom we hold very dear and held up as more spiritual or learned Christians - our mentors, family and friends, have not been open to investigating this honestly for themselves.

Galatians is a fine example- this has been improperly preached to prove a false primes of religion.that the law has been done away with. It continues to be taught and spread because people's lack of proper Biblical foundation to question it...so it is just absorbed and excepted. By the time they get strong enough in the word to question things - they too have been so conditioned to their churches specific doctrine and culture and heart strings are tied - that they gloss over the things that may not seem to "add up".  However, for those who do question it...they are often treated as "trouble makers" or defying authority or are swayed back to doctrine by an intervention of elders. Think about it - the church evangelizes (as it should!) - but those who are coming in are sponges - ready and eager to learn - by then, people are conditioned to see the Scriptures through the falsely colored lenses of incorrect doctrine - they get defensive and can not see through the thick web of religion that they have been trapped in unknowingly. This is true for GOOD, devoted, zealous people who in their minds or hearts may be sold out for Christ. That was me!!!  However, my honest desire for truth and willingness to be humbled continually and forsake all for the truth, was coupled with Yah's unending mercy and grace and desire that none shall parish who earnestly seek Him. He dropped those scales from my eyes. Since then- this walk has been an amazing faith building lifestyle of devotion and worship and service. My intimacy has and continues to increase.  All this is true, even though I thought I was plenty intimate with Him before. How can one explain it???

As for "prepping"- I assume you are referring to our choice in learning to live more sustainable and choosing an agrarian lifestyle? (We also embrace a lifestyle of ministry which supersedes our agrarian endeavors- but that is not in question here.)  This is a lifestyle choice that we believe is wise and packed with many life and character lessons for our children (as well as us!).  Learning to live off the land put us in sync with Yah's creation, it teaches us to rely on Him in new ways. It helps us to be healthy and strong.  There are many many lessons and principals that come from being engaged in stewarding animals and growing food that are contained the Bible.  Many of these things are better fully realized when applied. These are things we are still very much learning.  (Our lifestyle looks very different than many "preppers" who buy lots of canned food storage, build bunkers and stock pile guns and ammo. We do none of these things.) 

Most folks today are separated from this process of basic living off the land. We have by no means mastered it yet- but are certainly learning a lot! We are richly blessed to experience that. Likewise- we do not spend our time in many typical modern pursuits - and prefer " the simple life" which is not easy... Just less smoke screens and distractions from our Creator.

Being " independent or self sufficient" is not our main goal. Rather, being Yah-dependent, sustainable and good stewards of what Yah has given us charge of- our health, family and land. And of course being a good neighbors in our community and stepping outside of "the rat race" in as many ways as we can, helps us with this. At the same time- we feel a responsibility and joy in being a light to the world. We are not closed off, or withdrawn. 

We are Israel (according to the Bible) The chosen people...by faith we have been grafted in. This is how the Bible defines us. I believe it is how Yah defines us. We have been adopted into Yah's family- we take on the culture of our Father's house. It might look "Jewish " to those on the outside looking in... But being misjudged by others in that way, is of no concern to me. It is my desire and mission that for those who know us- see Yah's redemption (Yeshua/Jesus ) in us and our life as is demonstrated by Him with love, devotion, kindness, justice, obedience, commitment, faithfulness, graciousness, honesty and laying my life down for Yah's purpose and my fellow man, as He has called me to do.

I know you can't get all that from a blog- but hopefully those who KNOW me- even in my imperfections will see that- in me.

I noticed in your note you have made some snap judgement to "figure us out".  I do not seem to fit your understanding of religion and identity. You do not see me as a "Christian" because your church has defined that as something different for what you may be seeing on my blog. However, the title and concept of "Christian " is entirely man made. After studying Church history - back to the New Testament - that became very clear to us. Most people if they even study church history, they (conveniently) only go as far as their church founders or the Catholic reformation. (Not realizing Protestant means protesting Catholic. Not realizing they are carrying so much of the Catholic religion with them too) However, it needs to be tracked all the way back to Yeshua/ Jesus -   then dare I say - Abraham! When and how did the Sabbath change? or did it?  When did Christmas start and why? What do these religious words that we use in church-speak actually mean and do they come from Scripture? What are the Hebrew origins?  Are they the same? And so on... When someone has the courage to HONESTLY do that... They are put in a very very hard place of "reality check" and repentance. This is what we did. It caused us to test and evaluate everything we thought we knew and measure it against the actual Word if God!! It caused us to take full responsibility for our faith. What does The Bible call us? It is not Christian. It is Hebrew or Israel... Even in the New Testament... 

When we read revelation - who are called "the overcomers"? Overcomers are defined Revelation as "those who stand fast to the testimony of Yeshua and are faithful to keep the commandments".  What commandments? The ones that are referenced consistently through out the whole book. Our churches take things out of context and feeds us revised doctrine that fits their denomination and we get it in ingrained in our own theology and it is hard to see Yah and His plan and His Redeemer for what/who it is. Our perspective is very seriously skewed. We can only truly see that, when the scales are removed and we study the Word in context, with The Helper, with  respect to the culture and language and 'whole plan' from beginning to end. We have thousands and thousands of denominations because man wants to interpret The Word the way it best suits him to do so. Where is the love in that? Where is the submission and "lordship"? I am suggesting we stand outside of our religion and take a hard look - it is the truth of the matter.

So my greatest encouragement for you and your husband/ family (if that applies). Is to submit all you think you know before the Father, and ask Him: If there be any scales that need to be removed - that he would remove them and show you pure truth. Then approach The Word humbly in fear and trembling.  Study it in order from Gen 1 to Rev and let him re-write The Word on your heart. So eventually, when you get to the end of the books like Galatians and the writings of Paul and Revelation, these will be seen in a different light. Always consider context and try to learn about the Hebrew language and  place yourself in the culture. (When any language is translated- the fullness of the meaning and the cultural understandings are often lost and transposed into something different to fit the mind of the other language or culture.  We have found that this happened in the English translation in some places.  Some religions would freak out at that statement... But it is the truth... ) Pray for the strength to handle The Truth. Once the original languages are explored this can be seen rather plainly. Let's face the truth with faith and humbleness and move forward in Him- shall we? Some will- some won't. A few will "loose faith" all together (which likely means they never really had it to begin with, but rather a facade of it.) We will be judged, tested and tried. Scripture is very clear about this in the Old and New Testament. 

Our Christianity has watered down the truth and focused in on many good things mixed with many added doctrines of man which had caused us to go astray. It ignores many things all together when it does not fit their doctrine.  The Bible forewarns us all about that too- at great length. Christianity and Judaism alike - likes to separate "Jews and Christians" into two categories and parse what applies to each. This in not Scriptural. Yes... Some things progressed and changed... Some things remained. But the people- His true children are always those whom are faithful believers who are willing to lay their life down to follow Him - from Abraham to us today. All were imperfect (except Yeshua/Jesus of course) yet many still considered righteous. That is the family we are grafted into - Yah's family. The Bible calls us Hebrew or Israel. This is God's design- not ours. I'm going with His plan- not man's.

If you do take this suggestion and you do honestly pray for truth and search this out with The Spirit, you will come against testing, resistance and conflict ... Just like the Bible says we do when follow the truth. Your faith will be challenged and rebuilt.  You will start seeing yourself within the pages of this ancient book!!  It will take time and devotion (faithfulness). Most Christians don't want to be "bothered" and are just fine with their religion- thinking they have it all wrapped up. I will never come to the place where I think I have the Creator of the Universe and His plan all figured out. It is a constant seeking and desire to know Him more and be transformed in His likeness.  Yet... In my seeking there is great rest... Just like the Bible says.

May Yah Bless You and Keep You and make a great thirst for truth and righteousness be yours.  May He make His face shine upon you and bring you peace (shalom).

Shalom in Him,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Craig's Wellness

I am very excited to introduce a friend of ours to you, Craig Ryan.  He moved to rural TN from NC a few years ago (and lived previously on the East Coast), and we were introduced by a friend in common.  We love him and his family dearly. We have shared many laughs, sung songs together, had Bible discussions, toured garden & property and have conversations about everything under the sun - including health.  I like to send questions his way when I have them about health and food.

Craig is a personal trainer, consultant and health coach with more than 10 years experience in wellness.  He tells a little about his personal health journey here.

When they moved to start this homestead in TN, Craig converted a wood shop into a gym with a vision to start training single clients and small groups there.  One of the (many) things that makes Craig so special, is that he sees health through a Biblical holistic lens.  Everything is run through the filter of The Word.  He is also a family man.  So he loves to train and help FAMILIES become and stay healthy.  It is not at all a typical "singles gym setting" which focuses on the carnal aspect of health and physical beauty. His motivation and inspiration runs much deeper than that.

As a devoted husband and father to 7 beautiful children (at the time of this writing) - He is well aware and sensitive to (and experienced with) women's health and what is related to parenting and maintaining heath to sustain it.  His wife Amy is also an inspiration, an encouragement and fine example of this! They both want to be IN THE GAME with their children, not on the sidelines watching due to "getting old" or not being healthy.  They home school all  their children and Craig is also very active and involved in raising and educating his children.  They are genuine and fully committed to faith, family and longevity!  What a blessing they are!


While Craig has experience in sports medicine and in Work Site Wellness Training - his heart is truly for vibrant healthy families to carry out Kingdom work!  We're talking about healthy mommas, pappas and children who can live chemical free and strong lives - to do Yah's will without health related obstacles!

Since they have chosen this rural homestead  - he needed to find a way to help people outside of his low populous area while at the same time, generating an income to sustain his family and homestead.  He wanted to continue what he is passionate and gifted in doing.  So how does one do that when he insists on a personalized approach to address the specific needs of his clients?  Answer:  By using the internet!  Craig has launched his new website, where he shares very informative tid-bits in his "5 Minutes to Better Health" audio updates (which I LOVE!), Webinars and Seminars and the thing I am most excited about for folks is the personalized Workout Design and Remote Coaching.  He wants to help encourage and coach people to put this information into ACTION! He wants to help them incorporate it into a lifestyle, not just a diet or passing fad. With the website now up and running, his council and coaching is not limited to those few folks in his local rural county.  He does offer some things for free and he is willing to share his knowledge on a donation basis as well.  His paid services are offered at very family friendly rates too!  So if you like the idea of having a coach to work with maintaining your family’s health, and you like the idea of supporting a God-fearing man and his family in the process, please check out his site:  www.CraigsWellness.com.

If you like what you see, become a subscriber for free or on a donation basis if you are able to support him while he supports you!  Meanwhile, start taking those steps toward wellness and longevity for your family's sake!  Likewise, please share his site with others, this is a new venture and we want to get the word out to people!  

There is one other way you could support and bless this family. If you purchase things at Amazon.com you can go to this link (HERE) to enter Amazon and the Ryan family will get a small affiliate's percentage paid by Amazon to them for the referral.  It is no extra cost to you, to do it that way.  If you save or bookmark the link  in a way that is handy to use - just enter Amazon through that "door" if you will.  This small gesture made by many could slowly add up for this family and they will be able to continue to offer free and low cost health counseling, yet still cover the financial needs of the family.

There is a little saying that I often remind myself of...when I get discouraged and feel like I want to "slack off" in any area of our commitment and conviction.  It is this:

If you value something - you will do what it takes to make it happen.
If you don't, you will make excuses.

It really is that simple, isn't it? :-)

May Shalom and Health Be Yours!!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tribes of Israel Game




I have had the privalage to meet and now walk with a wonderful family who recently moved here last year,  The Groat Family (see picture below).  They are passionate for The Creator, His Word, His Kingdom and for The Land of Israel. They serve the farmer's there every opportunity they get, in the spring and the fall!  They have adjusted their whole lifestyle to be able to go for weeks/months at a time to volunteer there.  They live on a small farm here and live a simple debt free life so that they may be free to minister.  They created this family game from scratch in the hopes that it would help them raise money to serve in Israel.  (The plane tickets and accomidations are not inexpensive, the commitments back home also need to be accounted for, but they are very creative and committed to see it through!)  It is their goal that all three be able to go to Israel to serve this fall. 

I asked The Groat Family to answer a couple questions for our readers.  
This is our little interview is below.

What inspired you to make Twelve Tribes Of Israel?
We were inspired to make The Tribes of Israel game about 12 years ago
after finding out we are part of Israel*.  We learned our identity by
studying Scripture with another family the Father put into our lives.  Prior
to that time, we were not very familiar with the Tanach (Old Testament), so we thought
making the game would help us become more familiar.

What was involved with making your own board game?
To make the first game, it took many hours of work to get the city
names, cards and ideas together.  Each game is made by hand
individually, so it takes several hours for each one.

Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
As a family, we were convicted that we needed to become debt free as
soon as possible.  We were living in North Texas, and Ken had a
corporate job that took him away from the family traveling a few days
each week.  While we were making good money as a family (we also had a
few family businesses then), we were not living as our Father wanted us
to.  Part of Ken's job required him to work most Sabbaths.  After Family Week
last year, our Father made it  clear that we were to follow all of His commandments,
 including the Sabbath, and He brought us to Middle
Tennessee to be part of the greater community here.  Selling these games
is one way to provide financial support for our family.  Some other
things we're doing is to sell two kinds of chicken sausage, grass-fed
beef jerky, grass-fed beef snack sticks, and we also have a small,
clean-kill (Biblically clean) butcher shop.  Additionally, we offer
organic herbal teas, and a variety of chemical-free cleaning products.
This allows us to work together as a family, and live as our Father
intends.  By living debt free, and Ken leaving his corporate job, we
were blessed with the ability for Autumn (our daughter) and then for Ken to go to
Israel with HaYovel to bless the farmers in Judea & Samaria.  This would
not have been possible if we were living in the bondage of debt and a
corporate job.  We have also been able to spend a lot of time together
as a family, which has been an incredible blessing.

If one feels lead to contribute to their work or to bless Jews settling in the Land by buying some of thier products click here.


 They have started a blog to share their experiance.  
(I have shared one of Ken's posts here.  It was GOOD!)


What a joy it is to walk with those who fear YHWH and are committed to living for Him and serving Him!


We are a part of Israel??
(Continue reading Chapter 4 in relation to the 2 previous verses!)






Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yah Willin', If The Creek Don't Rise


I thought I would share a funny story with you that was shared with me, by a dear friend of mine.  (You can see them in our Memorizing Scripture Section - as they have done the Het and Lamed Portions of Psalm 119!) They live on a rural property that requires crossing a river to enter and exit.  This is acually fairly common in our community - as many of us our homesteading.   (Another family in our community had their collection system washed away inthis same storm on their off grid farm!  Last year, We got stuck crossing yet another family's creek trying to enter their property in our 15 passenger van one (cold water) winter day.  Their team of work horses pulled us out that day!)  Anyway, last week we had a series or stormy days in succession.  When you live on a property like that - your freedom and flexibility is subject to the condition of the river that you must cross.  You learn quickly to "step in time" with Creation and your Creator when living this way. We meet at this family's home once a month for Shabbat Fellowship, "Ya willin', if the creek don't rise". The Pappa (Gary) of this family travels to work daily "Yah willin', if the creek don't rise" (but if it does he works from home remotely).  It's a different way of life - but they wouldn't trade it for anything, because they know it is what Yah has called their family to do.

The following is the tale of this last storm, as written my "the momma" (Nancy) as she needed to get in and out of the property during a storm to pick up a very important package that could not wait.  She wrote this in response to friends who were inquiring as to their condition during the storm - to see if they needed anything. (I share it with permission of course!)

We had ordered some baby chicks through the mail and knew that when they came in we'd need to get them from the post office right away and get them under the heat-lamp setup we'd made for them. Well, this morning at 8:00 -- after rain had been pouring for a couple of hours -- I got the call from the postman that the chicks had arrived. Knowing I didn't have much time to get them before the creek might be too high to cross, I grabbed the boys and we all jumped in the van to get the chicks. We had to go across town to the co-op to get some feed and supplies before getting the chicks, and when we got back to Green Acres, the creek was too high for the van to go back across.

After consulting with Gary and deciding that the back-road-route was not an option, the boys and I took to the trail on foot. We wrapped the chick-box in the wool sweater I'd been wearing and charged Jonathan with the safe transport of the chicks. Chris shouldered the fairly heavy block of wood shavings we needed for them, and I toted the bag of chick feed along with my purse (which some of you know is the heaviest item of the lot, mind you.) We all then started on the approx. 1-mile trek that would get us home without having to swim the creek. In a heavy rain that had us drenched not long after we left the car, we walked up the road, down the railroad tracks, across the creek via the railroad bridge, down the steep, muddy railroad embankment, across/through a swollen side creek, and through the woods toward home. We were all quite a site. My denim skirt was hilarious -- like wearing a wet bedspread. I have to say I'm proud of my boys, as they joined in with good spirits.  We trekked along singing songs like, "Detour, There's a Muddy Road Ahead," making a grand adventure of our wet journey. We finally arrived home safely with the chicks, who seemed none the worse for the soggy wear, and we got them all settled in just fine.  They are living in luxury in Granny's bathtub, thanks to her generous and venturesome spirit.  '-)

Meanwhile, Gary had decided he'd better head home while he still had a chance of crossing the creek. Not long before he got home we all saw Shalu (The Family Dog - Pyraneese ) standing on the other side of the creek, unsure of how to get home.  Gary was able to join up with her and take her with him in the truck. He soon found out, though, that all road route options were "out" for his truck as well, and he and Shalu had to take to the trail on foot like we'd had to do. They chose to go a different route, though, hoping to avoid having to cross the swollen side creek the boys and I had had to cross. Little did they know, though, that their choice was even more challenging. Their route took them to the bridge down-road from us that crosses Mill Creek, but that bridge had already begun to be covered with water, and water had flooded around the bridge as well, causing rather deep spots on either side. Long story, but picture Gary -- in his khakis and zero-tread dress shoes -- wading across hip-high water with one hand on Shalu's collar and one hand holding his laptop up high to keep it out of the water. I don't know if Shalu has ever swum before, but if not she has now. Gary said she seemed to know he was there to help, and she trusted his encouragement to swim along with him.

Well, the two of them made it back safe and sound. We've all now been dried, hot-chocolated, and souped and are relishing a cozy afternoon in a warm, dry house. Our "16 head of livestock" (as Gary likes to put it) are snug and happy as well, and we are all thankful for the safety and memorable moments Yah provided for us today. Thanks for checking in on us, Luci. We pray you are all fairing well with the weather. We will look forward to seeing you all soon "Yah willin' and if the creek don't rise!"

Love,

Nancy  

Labneh


Labneh is one of my (new) favorite things to make!  It is so delicious, easy to make and eat.  It is wonderful nutrient dense "fast food" which I tend to look for when heat approaches.    It is cultured food (always a plus) and fun to take to gatherings to share.  A friend shared this with me when we gathered for Matzah and I couldn't wait to get home and make it myself!  It is a simple yogurt cheese, store in (optionally flavored) olive oil.   This is delicious spread on crackers or bread;  Served with vegies as a dip; blended into pasta or rice as a sauce; topped on a grilled meat; served on a salad; or with fresh apples or pears!  It is versital and the seasoning options are endless.

Ingrediants:
Plain Yogurt or kiefer (homemade, or store bought)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt (to taste)
Herbs of choice (optional)
Garlic (optional)

1.  Take a gerneroously sized, clean flour sack, tea towel, or several layers of cheese cloth and lay in a bowl.  Plop your yogurt in the center off the cloth and gether it up  and tie the top to make something that resembles a "hobo sack".  (In times when my cloth was too small to tie well, I used rubber bands to close it.)  Now you will hang the sack and let the yogurt drip the whey into a bowl below.  You can do this many differnt ways, depending the tools you have available in your kitchen.  I like to set my spoon accross a gallon jar and let it drip.  There have been other times where I tied the sack to a upper cupboard handle and place a bowl underneath.  You want to keep your sack from sitting in the whey that drips out, so you need it to hang a few inches above the bottom of your dip container.  Some yogurt is "wetter" than others, so the amount of whey varies.  It is finished when it stops dripping. (Usually a couple hours - but its ok to leave it over night - the cheese will get a little tangierof you leave it longer.)

2.  In the mean time, take a jar and fill it 1/3 full of olive oil.  If you want to season it - now is the time.  Suggestions for seasons are:  Garlic, onion, sundried tomato, pesto, hot pepper of choice, red pepper flakes, basil, (and green herb of blend of choice).

3.  When the cheese stops dripping, take it down and open up your cloth, you will have a nice lcheese ball.  I like to take a small melon baller, dip it in the oil (if needed) and scoop it in the cheese to make a little ball.  Then drop it in the oil.  I do this until it all distributed in balls in the jar.  The cheese is delecate and spreadable soft cheese.  If you don't have a melon baller, just use a tea spoon.   Yu want the balls to be covered in oil.  So when yua re finished, if they are not, top the cheese with oils, so that they are immersed.  The oils helps keep the balls seperate too.  So as you are filling your jar, if you run out of oil, you may choose to add a little as you go, so that you are always dropping them in oil instead of stacking them directly on each other.

4.  Store the cheese in the fridge.  The oil does harden when cold (as seen in my photo) and it nicer when served with the oil "wet".  So pull it out of the fridge about 15 minutes (give or take, depending on how warm it is in the room) before planning to offer it.

Tips:

  • 1 pint of yogurt fits spaciously in a quart jar with oil and seasonings. Keep that ratio in mind, with the amounts you choose to make.
  •  I like to use a long handled tea spoon for serving the balls.  Be sure serve with some oil and herbs.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not cheap, but it has the best flavor and the best health benefits.  So don't waste it.  Use the left over oil and make another batch of cheese.
  • I have not tried this yet,but a good virgin pressed coconut oil would be fun to try.  Especially if you wanted to try a sweeter version instead of a savory to go with jam on toast or make a danish or sweat bagel shmear or something.  I think this would convert very nicely in that direction as well!



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Physical and Spiritual Pruning


A friend of ours writes from the Land of Israel as he volunteers to prune grapes there for the farmers.  I thought his reflections were worth sharing to encourage you all in your parenting as you raise up your children to walk in Yah's ways. Also take heed to how Yah continues to prune us as adults - as mature vines that SHOULD be heavy with fruit!  This is the case when we have gone through MANY seasons of pruning.  So if you see someone who's life is full of fruit - do not think they got there quickly or easily - rather they got there becasue they have allowed the Great Vinedresser to prune them season after season after season!!  Enjoy ~



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Shalom from Eretz Yisrael! Peace from The Land of Israel!

As most of you know, the stated  purpose of this trip to Israel is to prune grapevines for the vineyard owners in Judea & Samaria. I'd like to share some experiences I have had pruning...

If a vineyard owner fails to prune his grapevines for even one year, those vines will not produce well at all. It would be irresponsible for a farmer to not prune his vines. In the same way our Father prunes us so we will produce fruit.

Pruning vines reminds me that as parents, we must "prune" our children. One of the vineyard owners told us if the vines do not get pruned, they will grow wild. We have all seen the devastating effects of undisciplined children and adults who have had no boundaries. Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Pruning grapevines looks as if you're killing them. It does not kill them, and in fact it strengthens them. Are we any different than grapevines? As God prunes us, we become stronger. Despite how it may seem, the pruning will not harm us, and we will not produce much fruit without Him pruning us. "Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol." Proverbs 23:13-14.

Pruning is difficult - on the vines, and on the pruner. It's not an easy thing for the plant to yield itself to the pruner, just as it is sometimes difficult for us to yield ourselves to our Father.

John 15:1-11, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you will keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."

Different varieties of grapevines must be pruned in different ways. In the same way, it's easy for us to think that God needs to prune our brothers and sisters the same way He prunes us. That's just not the case. We are different varieties, and so we must be pruned differently. "There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?" James 4:12.

We pruned one morning after it rained through the night. The vines were soft and easier to prune. We need to be soft and moldable so we can be more easily pruned, and so it won't be so painful.

"You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, 'My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of YHVH, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom  YHVH loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He loves.' It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness." Hebrews 12:4-11

May we welcome our Father's pruning in our lives that we may bear much fruit for His Kingdom!

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Many blessings and peace from Israel!

Ken

Friday, January 10, 2014

Psalm 119:97-104 Mem

Join us in memorizing the next  section of Psalm 119 with the Brumlow family!


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Stay Strong in Your Savior!
Pamela


Psalm 119: 11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Protestant Church and Sunday Sabbath


In our early faith walk as young adults, we attended Non-Denominational churches in the different places we lived).  We were very zealous and passionate about our faith and active in our church.  We specifically chose Non-Denominational churches, because we were aware of enough of  religious corruption that we did not want to be a part of that and we thought that this choice would protect us from it.  These non-denominational churches claimed to "just follow the Bible" and that is what we wanted to do - right from the start.  Our pastors were upstanding people, who were honest and kind and had fruits hanging off their family tree!  We (thought we) wanted what they had - so to speak.  We were just starting to learn the Bible for ourselves. (It takes time!  It is very big and full living book!  We still consider ourselves students of it today more than 20 years later and we will until we die.)  What we did not realize at first, was the subtle inconsistencies and then contradictions between the doctrine being taught and the Bible as it read.  However, as our maturity and pursuit of truth was growing, and as we studied the Bible and found ourselves in Leadership Positions in our church, things started to change.  This caused us to take more responsibility for our doctrine and caused us to search for answers from questions that came from others (that we never even thought of at that point).  Well...that was about 10 years ago - that this topic of Sabbath rose through our study of Scripture and the Spirit poking at my conscience on the topic.  We didn't truly "get it" fully for couple years after that..because we were  not mature enough in our willingness to submit EVERYTHING to our savior and His ways.  (Even though we sang that we would do that, every Sunday morning!) In spite of this, our Saviour was preparing our hearts and when we were (truly willing), we GOT it!  We took our questions to our pastors and leaders and they gave us all the "usual" arguments for Sunday that sound good to the ignorant, well indoctrinated or casual Christian who acknowledges God because of what God can do for them.  Some even said Saturday is the Sabbath - but "we keep the Lord's Day" because that's when Jesus rose. (Even though Scripture NEVER authorizes such a radical doctrine change.)  They also quoted Scripture out of context to support more replacement theology principals, ever so subtly.  Later when we studied more Scripture in context, and became better students of the Word from the context it was written instead of the context it was being falsely preached - we saw very clearly that they were using apples to prove oranges. As time and study and research went on, we also learned this was very common practice in the protestant church and maybe one of the reasons why we have over 3000+ denominations , yet teach our of the same Bible! The fact is - we were ignorant of the Scriptures (not stupid - but ignorant - there is a difference) and we were indoctrinated incorrectly (as were the people who taught us).  (In other words - we developed our Biblical view from sermons, teachings and doctrines shared from the pulpit and seminaries.  This happened much faster and stronger than our own study habits developed.  As a result it seeded itself in our minds as truth and colored our perspective because our understanding was filtered through the incorrect things we were taught.  We did not know to question the validity of it - these teachers, preachers and servants had been doing this FAR longer than us.  They were more together than us and they were genuine "good people"!  We were not so proud or rebellious to think that we understood it better then them.  We knew that we did not understand this beautiful book, but we WANTED to!!)  We were blind to the truth and happy to be spoon fed the alternative (lies of connivance) unknowingly. However, because we wanted the Lord's Truth - above all;  above our convenience, our church culture, our comfort, our popularity, above our ignorance, etc...the truth was able to penetrate our thick heads and it changed our lives in yet another way.  (Because our lives were sincerely changed in our time in the church - no one can take THAT away from us...No one an take that away from YOU!  Our Savior meets us right where we are and works with us to bring us closer to Him and His truth!!)   "Getting" Sabbath was a door that opened to so much more that we were "missing" in understanding in our "bible believing non- denominational church".  I am so thankful for it!   Eventually we left that church - which also opened another world of discipleship, ministry and service directly with our Savior, that we never knew was possible without a "church covering" as was previously taught.  Our accountability, responsibility and relationship is stronger now.  Davine appointments and assignments happen daily, it is so beautiful to walk in submission and harmony with the Creator the Universe (without the "middle man" in the way).  After some "quite time" of refining alone with our Creator, He has brought us into community to help encourage and assist many other whom He is showing these things.  It is so very exciting to see such revelation happening in the hearts of men, one family at time - yet SO MANY families simultaneously - as he reveals us to one another.

There is a wonderful website that is devoted to sharing this information specifically about Sabbath.  ( I can not know of any of their other doctrine.) It is called SabbathTruth.com .  You can research and confirm all this second party once you know there is a trail to follow!  I highly encourage you do so if you doubt its accuracy or truth.  Please please do your homework!  It  is time to stand accountable for our faith!  Our Father is drawing us nearer to His truth in THIS time for a reason.  May those who have ears to hear, hear!

You may also like to visit our page above - as we try to show the scriptural definition of Sabbath.

Below is a video of some of  that same information we found when we researched church history that shook us out of our ignorance and made us face truth and test our own doctrine.  It really helped us see that the "protestant church"  that we were so sure had it right (even our "safe" non-denominational one) was very different than it was painted in my "protestant church history" studies.  We were actually Protesting Catholics!  We were practicing more unbiblical Catholic doctrines then we knew.  Some of them were shed at the time of "Reformation"...but many still remain as fundamental and foundational for Protestants, even today- yet they are NOT Biblical.  Keeping and excepting the change of the Sabbath Day is one of those (very very important) things that Martin Luther and the other Reformers took with them. This is very important for us to recognize and repent of, if we desire to worship in Truth.




I pray that my God-fearing faithful brothers and sisters who are in these churches (like we were) who seek truth -but are ignorant and are believing and teaching things that are not true to their children and others, are able to humble themselves with teachable hearts and honestly seek the Father on this topic.  May you have the ears to hear this and the courage to do what we are taught to do in the Bible, when we come to a cross road of decision between right and wrong in Our Savior's Eyes.  I know there is a lot to search out and "untangle" when our doctrine is off the mark (we have and continue to test ours own docterine to this day!).  You will see that it is a sticky web when you start - because Sabbath is not the only thing that we brought with us from Catholsism.  However, God is faithful and so very willing and able to show you the way..if you are willing to submit to Him and the truth - and let it transform you.  If you do..you will find yourself stepping into the pages of the Bible and "owning it" like you never ever have before.  Scale will be removed, that you didn't even know existed!

The Sabbath is very important because God says that it is a sign between Him and His people.  (Ezekiel 20:8-25)  He was very  mad at Israel when they ignored it.  It is one of the things that sets us apart from the world.  If it is important to God it should be important to us! 

We Love You!
Shabbat Shalom
(Sabbath Peace and Wellness)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Psalm 119:89-96 Lamed

The Kelley's are sharing this section of Psalm 119 with us.  We are enjoying memorizing and hope you do too!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Meet Michael Life and His Family


I would like to introduce you to a special family in the Body of Messiah and in which we are blessed to walk with here in our community. 
 A couple months ago, they experienced a very trying, heart wrenching tragedy in their family and  
This is a story of faithfulness. A story of love, devotion and commitment.  A story of overcoming, of community and of the mercy and grace of our Heavenly Father and His redeeming love that supersedes the worst of circumstances and prevails.    It is a story of thankfulness and appreciation.  It is a story of family.

I was not one who was present (on site) that is mentioned in this story - but rather one (like others I am SURE) who was miles away, but QUITE present in The Spirit, praying, and crying out and pacing and mourning with them in this 2 week process of waiting on the Father and interceding for needs of the family and the life of the baby.   Seeing these pictures and hearing this story once again - made my heart over flow with sadness and love and gratefulness all at the same time.  Who can explain it?  Except, that it be LOVE! Love for the Father; love for His people and compassion for the loss and pain that we must endure until the Messiah returns to "set it all straight".  It is a bitter sweet thing... a bitter sweet thing indeed.



This family are small organic dairy farmers, who run a CSA to reach out to folks and provide for their family (and to work together as a family unit).  They live in close community with a small group and despite their large family  they always have "time" for others who may bring a need or question to them.  They are always reaching out.  They are zealous for Yah and His ways and live honorably, as you will see (testified)  by the quotes posted in the "updates" of the site listed above.  

Personally speaking, in this past few months alone, Todd has been gracious to answer farming and milk cow questions  for us, as we have been struggling to cure our milk cow of mastitis for months.  He has graciously offered His bull's services to us (for free).  He even offered to take our cow to his own farm to try to nurse her back to health himself (even though he has plenty of "concerns" right now).  We have been trying for months without success to help her heal, while other's suggested we give up and dry her up or eat her - Todd offers hope and help when we are feeling our most defeated!  Why do I tell you this?  Because everyone who knows the Vincents has some sort of story of encouragement or hope that they have received from them!  They are just that kind of family.  I felt the need to share one of my one"testimonies" of how I am in the midst of being blessed  by them,  as I write this post!

'Friends/family in common' who live in their small community have put together the site linked above to HELP THEM for a change.  They wanted their story to be told and wanted to see if we could pull together like the community described in Acts to help meet the needs of this family as they are coming out of a very hard season in their lives.  (No matter where we all may live!!) The Vincents have incurred some debt with medical bills and other trials have occurred with their family van.  (They have been borrowing a vehicle to run their goods to Nashville for their livelihood - just making modest ends meet as well as sold a couple of their needed livelyhood-producing cows.)  While we can not change those things which have happened in the past months, we can rally around them in support to help bear the burden with them.



When praying about this post - this chapter of Scripture came to my mind Hebrews 11.   I read it and felt that is speaks VOLUMES as to the Scriptural faithfulness that has been lived out during this very hard time.
So often adversity and calamity will crush a person's spirit and whose faith is not rooted in their Savior.  However, this family has and continues to walk in such faith as described in Hebrews.  I know their reward is in YHWH and they never ask for anything more...but we...who walk with them are hoping to bless them in this small way - so that their burden may be lightened and they may be a little more free and mobile to continue their Kingdom work.  Many of the folks in our community, live very financially humbly in order to minister and serve, yet we are giving all we can.  I felt led to reach out to YOU, our extended family of believers, to see if you might pray about assisting us in blessing the Vincent family as well.

Gratefully and Humbly and Sincerely,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Psalm 119:81-88 Kaph

After months (and months) we finally have recorded and subtitled the latest Psalm put to music. Here is Psalm 119:81-88:



 We have several families who have recorded and sent us the next few psalms sections, now that the Schminkes have finally gotten this one done. Be on the lookout for more additions very soon!! Thanks for being patient with this project! We are very excited with everyone's enthusiasm and diligence.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Online Accountability



I was just recently introduced to a web service called Covenant Eyes.  It is a brilliant concept for online accountability! This is a tool that can be used as a prevention measures or as an accountablity partner if anyone in your home may struggle or may be vonerable when it comes to pure and righteous content before thier eyes/ears online.  I find it partcularly ideal if there has ever been a struggle in this area.  It is customizable - and I think it could be the kind of tool that could help keep Men//Women and Youth who are seeking after Yah's ways to use the interent and stay above reproach!  Check it out!

http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/about-covenant-eyes/

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving

May you be joyous and thankful in Him!


Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to Yahowah, all the earth!
Serve Yahowah with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!
Know Yahowah, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For Yahowah is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

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Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Yahowah, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in Yahowah without wavering. Prove me, O Yahowah, and try me; test my heart and my mind.  For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.  I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.  I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.  Iwash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Yahowah, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.  O Yahowah, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,  in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.  My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless Yahowah.
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Psalm 95

Oh come, let us sing to the Yahowah; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Yahowah is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Yahowah, our Maker!  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,  do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.  For forty years I loathed that generation and said, "They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways."  Therefore I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter my rest."
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Psalm 50
The Mighty One, God Yahowah, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.  Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:  "Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!" The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah "Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.  I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds.  For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.  "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.  Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?  Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."  But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?  For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.  If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers.  "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.  These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. "Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!  The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!"
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Psalm 107

Oh give thanks to Yahowah, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Yahowah say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;  hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Yahowah in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank Yahowah for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.  Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.  So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to Yahowah in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 15 Let them thank Yahowah for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried to Yahowah in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank Yahowah for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of Yahowah, his wondrous works in the deep For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits' end. Then they cried to Yahowah in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank Yahowah for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish. When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow, he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks. The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth. Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Yahowah!
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2 Corinthians 4
 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Y’shua Ha Machiach as lord, with ourselves as your servants for Y’shua’s sake.  For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Y’shua Ha Machiach. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Y’shua, so that the life of Y’shua may also be manifested in our bodies.  For we who live are always being given over to death for Y’shua’s sake, so that the life of Y’shua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.  Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Y’shua will raise us also with Y’shua and bring us with you into his presence.  For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
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2 Corinthians 9:6-15
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for Yah loves a cheerful giver. And Yah is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, "He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to Yah. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to Yah. By their approval of this service, they will glorify Yah because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Messiah, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of Yah upon you. Thanks be to Yah for his inexpressible gift!
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Ephesians 1:3-23
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach, who has blessed us in Messiah with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Y’shua Ha Machiach, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Messiah as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Messiah might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Y’shua and your love toward all the saints,  I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Y’shua Ha Machiach, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Messiah when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the Messianic Community, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
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Ephesians 5:1-21
Therefore be imitators of Yah, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Messiah loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to Yah.  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.  Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.  For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and Yah. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of Yah comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them;  for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light  (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Messiah will shine on you." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to Yah the Father in the name of our Lord Y’shua the Messiah, submitting to one another out of reverence for Messiah.
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Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Yah.  And the peace of Yah, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Y’shua.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the Yah of peace will be with you.
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Philippians 1:3-11
I thank my Yah in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Y’shua Messiah. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For Yah is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Messiah Y’shua. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Messiah, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Y’shua Messiah, to the glory and praise of Yah.