Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Heart Part 2

 Heart in Scripture
The heart is mentioned in Scripture many times. The term “heart” is a very important word because Elohim is so deeply concerned about the inner man or the condition of the heart.
1Sa 16:7  But יהוה said to Shemu’ĕl, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him, for not as man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but יהוה looks at the heart.” 
Jer 17:9  “The heart is crooked1 above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it? Footnote: 1See 7:24, 16:12, 18:12, 23:17. 
Jer 17:10  “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. 
These passages teach us that Yahweh looks at and searches the heart, the inner person. Why is the heart so important? Because the issues of life—our actions, works, pursuits, etc.—all proceed from the heart Pro 4:23  Watch over your heart with all diligence, For out of it are the sources of life. ;Mat 6:21  “For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.  Mat 12:34  “Brood of adders! How are you able to speak what is good – being wicked? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. Mat 15:18  “But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and these defile the man.  What we do in word and deed is first of all a product of what we are on the inside.
In His Sermon on the Mount, the Messiah spoke strongly against the mere external, performance-oriented hypocrisy of the religious Pharisees. In Matt 5:17-48, no less than six times He contrasted the mere external approach to the Old Testament Scripture, as it was taught by the Pharisees, with His own teaching which, of course, was accorded with the true design of Elohim's  Word. He did this by the following statements:
“You have heard … but I say to you …” (vss. 21-22)
“You have heard … but I say to you …” (vss. 27-28)
“It was said … but I say to you …” (vss. 31-32)
“You have heard … but I say to you …” (vss. 33-34)
“You have heard … but I say to you …” (vss. 38-39)
“You have heard … but I say to you …” (vss. 43-44)
What was Messiah  showing the people? He was calling their attention to the moral precepts they had been taught by their religious leaders for years, precepts which had their source in the Old Testament Scriptures. But then, with the words, “but I say to you,” He readdressed those same issues as, first and foremost, matters of the heart. This and only this is the true way to live out the instructions of the Father. A true walk for the believer is in an inward, intimate walk with Elohim  by faith. Anything else is nothing more than religious hypocrisy.  We then walk according to the instructions as a demonstration of our love for the Father.
As an example, Messiah  teaches us that adultery and murder begin in the heart. You may not have literally committed adultery, but if you look at a woman or a man with that in view, you have already committed adultery. Where? In your heart! Mat 5:28  “But I say to you that everyone looking at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. . Our walk with God is always a matter of the heart.  This is where the Jews became confused regarding the Father's instructions for His set - apart people.  It was so much more than what was taking place on the outside.
However, as one of the consequences of the fall, people look on the outward appearance.  Elohim, however, is always concerned with the heart, with the reality and condition of what is on the inside. Why? Because if the inside of the cup is clean, so will be the outside.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Home School this Summer

Photography 101
 this was done by our 16 year old



















These next 2 were done by our 13 year old
 Home Ec.  This is the quilt that our 13 year old designed and put together with the help of an older neighbor.  The skirts were designed and sewn by out 16 year old without much help

 Science.  Can you figure out what kind of a moth this is?  We did.


 Science.  What causes this to happen with trees
 I enjoy the light effects on this photo.  art project for the future.  study
lighting on objects
 We are taking part in a traveling home school journal for Thinking Tree.  We were blessed to be able to color and work on a few pages in this journal.  It has been sent to the next family in line.
















This page was to be creative on.  We had some library books that told what different groups of animals are called using collective nouns.  I found out that a "congress" of baboons is inaccurate.  It is a "troop".   We discovered different books gave differing names and also found some on the internet.
 The girls designed on this page
 A collective art project.  This was worked on by most of the family

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Matter of Heart 1

How much have we considered our hearts?  The Scriptures, I am finding have much to say.  Many times as I share with people about what I am learning the phrase "But, God knows my heart" comes up. Usually in reference to something they are changing the meaning and purpose of.  In this and subsequent posts I am going to post what I am learning concerning my own heart and what the Scriptures reveal concerning the heart.

Heb 4:12  For the Word of Elohim is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 


Pro 4:23  Guard your heart with all vigilance,

for from it are the sources of life. (NET)

Some one has said the heart is so important to the things we think, say and do, we must regularly perform open heart surgery through the use of the Word of Elohim, but always under the guidance and direction of the great physician.  

   How is this done?  It can be done with the convicting ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh or Set-Apart Spirit.  It is done through the use of the Scriptures and making sure our lives are right before the Almighty.  Our lives as in our hearts, our motivations, our desires, our thoughts, 
2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 
2Ti 3:17  that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work. 

I am finding so much of what we do is motivated by self.  Our desire to be successful as the world views success.  How smart can I look, or what kind of impression do I make on others.  We live in a driven society, driven to look right, have the right house, the right car, the right family, and the list goes on.  There isn't much that would place an emphasis on the inner person, on the heart which Scripture points out is the very well-spring of life.  This is where the thoughts, emotions, motives, ambitions values, and decisions take place.  Here we also must be careful we do not become self centered because it goes against everything we are taught in this world we are in.  Today's spirituality has become more man-centered than centered around our Creator Elohim.  Most of what is accomplished is done for our benefit than for the benefit of the Kingdom.  We forget we are called to be ambassadors.  



Bloesch writes:  In our society today, the humanist ideal of happiness or interior well-being was incorporated into Christian faith without any drastic modification so that religion was given a decidedly anthropocentric orientation. It is generally acknowledged that much popular religion (both conservative and liberal) is narcissistic (egocentric), focusing on inner feelings and on purely personal hopes and goals. God is deemed necessary to help his people attain the desires of their hearts or to find perfect happiness. Some even make the object of religion sound like capitalist consumerism—acquiring the goods of this life. But is prosperity an inevitable concomitant of true faith?1
We must all ask ourselves this question: How well am I guarding (keeping) my heart? Is the condition of my heart my greatest concern? It should be because it is so determinative of every aspect of life. It ultimately determines our love for God and for others. It determines who we are and what we do.
There is more to come as I share my heart and what is happening to it and in it.  Hopefully making a difference in the outside of me for the right reasons with the right results.  May Yahweh Elohim create in me a clean heart for His esteem.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A House of Faith

This goes with the previous post.  Concerning the interpretation of the Scirptures.  I would invite you to read the post on Questions first.  

This is exactly how the Scriptures should be viewed and interpreted
THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH
This is a very good image showing the authority of scripture from the foundation up.
The Torah is the foundation
The writings and Prophets must be understood from the Torah
The Gospels must be understood from the Torah, Writings and Prophets
The epistles must be understood from the Torah, Writings, Prophets and the Gospels.
The epistles do not replace or trump the TeNaKH (O.T.); they depend fully on it. Yeshua/Jesus did not come preaching a new Gospel; he came fulfilling (accomplishing) the promises found in the TeNaKh regarding the Gospel. The Apostles did not begin a new religion; they did not sit down to write scripture; and they certainly had no authority to alter the already revealed word of YaHWeH. The Apostolic writings (N.T.) is perfect because it agrees with the TeNaKh (O.T.) which is perfect; the Apostles speak with authority because they stand in agreement with what was previously spoken and written. All later revelation and or scripture stands or falls on the foundation of scripture - the Torah.
Don't build your house upside down!
The Torah Thumper
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Questions Being Answered

Today I am posting some questions that are being raised by someone on my friends list.  I am making it available here for those who may have some of the same questions.  I will be completing the answers over the next few days.  I hope you all find this of interest and may it lead you all to a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and why you believe the way you do.  Most of all I trust it will lead you to allowing the Scriptures to speak for themselves and you will question the doctrines of your church while you hold them up to the refinement of the Scriptures.

Friend 1:  
Mike, I wanted to consult some friends of mine before I fully replied to your comment "churches are sinning because they don't keep the Sabboth."
Mark chapters 2 & 3 say that Christ fulfilled the Sabboth as well as ALL the other requirements of the Mosaic Law.
Hebrews 7 goes on to explain that believers are under a NEW LAW with Christ's Priesthood.
Romans 7 is very clear on how believers are completely and utterly DEAD to the Mosaic Law.
Was Christ sinning because He didn't keep the Sabboth?
Were the Apostles sinning because they didn't keep the Sabboth?
Regarding the post you shared about Constantine, he tried, but was not able to burn all the manuscripts. The University of Michigan library has an original partial manuscript from the 2nd. century A.D.
I believe the translators of the Bible we have today were very careful to hide and preserve the original texts, so that God's complete and inerrant Word could be passed down to all generations.

Friend 2. 
 Keeping the sabbath...
God told Israel that the sabbath was to be kept thru the ages.
Jesus came with his disciples and said he was the Lord of the Sabbath. He said it was ok to do good on the Sabbath. I don't remember many times in the word that Jesu
s chose to be idle on the sabbath, rather he diligently did his work on the Sabbath usually at the disgust of those who were respected as leaders.
That is not to say that he didn't spend the time with fellowship with the Father which was the main point of the Sabbath. 
I believe Jesus completed and fulfilled the law concerning the requirement for the need for blood to receive forgiveness when He, being God in the Flesh and the perfect being, went to the cross for our benefit. Belief in this concept is a requirement for being a follower of Christ. That being said Jesus gave us instruction in love and forgiveness

Mike:  
OK,Lets start with some common ground. The Scriptures in the original is the inerrant Word of Elohim (God). Paul said in 2Ti 3:14 But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned, 
2Ti 3:15 and that from a
 babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע. 
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 
2Ti 3:17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work. The Scriptures at the time of Paul's writing this letter did not consist of the NT. Just the OT. So, we have the OT and the NT. In the original languages it is inerrant. Any time you translate from one language to another there are things lost in the translation. It is just the way languages work. You can ask any Biblical translator. For instance. Isa 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says יהוה. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. There are places in this world where there are people who have no idea what snow is. The translators found something that could take the place of snow the people would be understand but yet still not change the understanding and meaning of the passage. So yes, we have a set of 66 books making up the Scriptures that are trustworthy. They must also be handled with care. In understanding the Scriptures there are 2 main tenants. 1. Scripture interprets Scripture. 2. There are no inconsistencies in Scripture. Where there seems to be an inconsistency or a seeming contradiction it is in the interpretation not in the Scriptures.
Now, for how to understand the Word of Elohim I am going to put something here I found on line today that sums it up well. THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH
This is a very good image showing the authority of scripture from the foundation up.
The Torah is th
e foundation
The writings and Prophets must be understood from the Torah
The Gospels must be understood from the Torah, Writings and Prophets
The epistles must be understood from the Torah, Writings, Prophets and the Gospels.
The epistles do not replace or trump the TeNaKH (O.T.); they depend fully on it. Yeshua/Jesus did not come preaching a new Gospel; he came fulfilling (accomplishing) the promises found in the TeNaKh regarding the Gospel. The Apostles did not begin a new religion; they did not sit down to write scripture; and they certainly had no authority to alter the already revealed word of YaHWeH. The Apostolic writings (N.T.) is perfect because it agrees with the TeNaKh (O.T.) which is perfect; the Apostles speak with authority because they stand in agreement with what was previously spoken and written. All later revelation and or scripture stands or falls on the foundation of scripture - the Torah.
Don't build your house upside down!
The Torah Thumper
Image designed by: Paul Todd
I will share this image on my page in awhile
Friend 2:  Ok. Jesus did not write a new gospel but he did change the way it affects our ability to worship in a way that pleases God. In fact God himself came in the Flesh and did so to show us the way. He did fulfill the promises listed in the prophets and He taught the apostles. Then he sent the Spirit to be with us, also God in the Heavenly Form

Mike:  Now, with that foundation established. You say the Messiah and apostles did not keep the Sabbath. Your salvation is at stake with that statement. If the Messiah did not keep the Sabbath then He was not without sin. You see Scripture defines sin for us in 1Jn 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. The King James Version says it is the transgression of the law. In order for the messiah to be the perfect lamb of Elohim which takes away the sin of the world he would have had to observe the 7th day Sabbath. This is the 4th command. As a side note, if Messiah was the Word of Elohim in the flesh, then He would be keeping it as well. Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 
Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Also the testimony of the Messiah himself say He kept all the Father's commands. Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. So, what are the commands of the Messiah? They would have to be the exact same ones as the Father as Messiah was the Word.
The Apostles understood this and also were in observance of it. Where the seeming contradiction comes in is with the argument with the Pharisees. They accused Him of breaking the sabbath because He was not observing the man made additions to the law. That was the messiah's whole problem with the Pharisees. There is a whole list of Scriptures where the apostles kept the Sabbath. Act 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. Act 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Act 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Act 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.Act 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Act 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Please also note Stephen and Messiah were falsely accused of breaking the law. If it was a false accusation then it means they were keeping the law. Act 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 
Act 6:14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. 
Now, all that being said, who is to be our example? Paul says to be followers of him just as he is following Messiah 1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 
1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
1Jn 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 
1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. As it is getting late I will continue to answer more tomorrow.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Part 4 The Set-Apart Family

How Do We Get There? 


     Getting to the point where people see a difference in the way our 
children act and behave means raising our children on purpose. There 
are reasons why we do things differently. If you desire to see results 
that are different in your children from the normal behavior of other 
children around you then you must be willing to walk a different path.
 Someone once said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over but
 expecting different results.” If we desire to be set-apart we cannot 
accept the post-modern view of the world and the raising of our family. 
     In the post-modern world of today the family and or assembly has
 become impotent. The family and church are either one step behind the
 world or running in step with it. A family which desires to be set-apart 
for Elohim ought to be different. Yahshua told us if we are followers 
of Him the world would hate us as it hates Him. 

1Jn 3:13 Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you.1 Footnote: 
1See John 15:18-19, John 17:14. 

Joh 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it
 hated you. 
Joh 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But
 because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for
 that reason the world hates you. 
     Peter also tells us we are a peculiar people set-apart for the 
purposes of Elohim. 

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation (race), a royal priesthood, an 
holy nation (set-apart), a peculiar people (people for a possession); 
that ye should shew forth (proclaim) the praises of him who hath called
 you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

     Peter is quoting from the Old Testament. 

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my
 covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: 
for all the earth is mine: 

    In the post-modern world of today children are viewed as an economic 
burden. Children are to be delegated to the care and instruction of 
others. There is no distinct difference between male and female. 
Daughters are taught being self-supporting and independent is more 
important than the high calling of motherhood or of being a helpmate 
to a husband. 
     I am in no way endorsing the the patriarchy movement here. What I
am saying is that society has given up on the biblical mandates for men 
and women and the roles they themselves are to play in the family. The
 underlying current I am trying to suggest is, as parents we are 
responsible to promote a generational faithfulness to the whole word 
of Elohim. It is only in this way we are able to be set-apart and 
influence the society in which we live. 
     Post-modern society tries to fragment the family rather than
 keeping it together. Wives are encouraged to be independent of husbands 
or to serve men other than their husband through work. Husbands are viewed 
as the breadwinner rather than the spiritual leader of the family. 
Children are seen mostly on weekends and in church the family is 
fragmented more. When at home time is spent watching television or 
computer not to mention outside activities of sports and recreation. 
The post-modern family sees personal comfort as the main objective in 
life. 
     Finances are usually handled through adding of debt into the mix.
 When it comes time to take care of our elderly parents it becomes easier
 to allow someone else to care for them. Again our own personal comfort is
 more important. We forget the wisdom and influence an older generation is 
able to have upon our lives and the lives of our children and 
grandchildren. 
     For achieving different results we must begin to see things 
differently. We must reject the glitter of the world. As a set-apart 
person or family we set ourselves up to be somebody different. The world
 around us may see us as being strange. In some cases we don't fit in with 
our extended family. In reality we have become a lesson in faith, a visual 
aid where Elohim has said we do things purposely to be different. He wants
 us to be different so that when people see us they will understand they
 have to be different. What are we to be different from? Different from
 the culture we live in. We are to be faultless, in the world but not of 
it. 

Php 2:15 in order that you be blameless and faultless, children of Elohim
 without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among 
whom you shine as lights in the world, 

     Sampson is an example of being called to be different. His was the vow 
of the Nazarite. He was to be unique, set-apart for Yahweh’s purposes. 
Sampson was not effective in his calling as a visual aid for one reason.
 He went down to the Philistines and rather than being in confrontation 
to the culture there, he chose to participate in it. This is what I see 
in the churches today and why following Abba’s instructions are so 
important. Sampson’s big failure was not so much in violating his 
Nazarite vow but in beginning to participate in the cultural value 
system that he was supposed to be confronting. 
     It is completely impossible for us to live out this Elohim – 
centered existence in confrontation of the cultural values that we 
live with and with which we disagree if we are openly or even secretly 
participating in the value system in which we oppose. The great failure 
of Christianity is its tendency to adopt the cultural values and the 
lifestyle values of the very culture we are supposed to be distinct
 from. Just as when Sampson lived a lifestyle completely separated to
 Elohim’s values he was effective, so to when we live according to 
Abba’s instructions we can be effective. When Sampson compromised 
with the value system he represented he lost his power and effectiveness.
 The same thing happens to us. Our task is to be a part of this 
confrontation between the culture of Elohim and the culture of the
 world. Our task begins and ends with discipleship for ourselves 
and our family. We must recognize that “faith is more often than not 
counter-cultural, that the values it elevates – selflessness, love,
 faith – are often ignored, belittled, or perverted by the society 
we live in. And if Jesus really is Lord, as the Gospels, the apostle 
Paul, and the church insists, then nothing else is, so why should it
 matter what society thinks, does, or says?”3 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Life and Death Error


Michalle, your second question is concerning the Sabbath and a life and death situation.  "The 119 ministry folks did make a lot of convincing arguments but my question is specially centered around why some Torah observers quote out of the New Testament but choose to live from the Old Testament? I do believe that God does not change, and I don't see God changing in the New Testament either. I see fulfillment of Prophecy and continuing of God's ordered plan for the Christian life. I see that the Old Testament clearly teaches the Sabbath Day but I also see the events laid out in the New Testament that clearly indicate an observance of the Lord's Day (commemorating Christ's Resurrection) which was clearly held on the First day of the week.

His resurrection (John 20:1), His first and second appearance to the disciples (John 20:19 & 26), the first sermon preached by Peter (Acts 2:14-15), the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1), the first baptisms (Acts 2:41), Pauls 7 day visit at Troas, mentions gathering for breaking bread with believers on the first day of the week, not the Sabbath.(Acts 20:6-8), collections for the poor (1 Corinthians 16:2), John the Revelator's Vision on the Lord's Day (Revelation 1:10). 

I also see that the disciples were faithful for adhere to the commandments as taught by Jesus who didn't come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. So I don't believe the Sabbath Day and the Lord's Day are the same. Which wouldn't make Jesus changing the Law at all. The New Testament Christians observed the Lord's Day because of all the events listed above that took place on that day (first day of the week) I see it as the Law was in place and still is up to and including Christ's coming, crucifixion and resurrection. Then, when that was fulfilled, which was prophesied in the Old Testament, a new beginning was established. 

Based on the important new events told in the New Testament which the Old Testament believers could not experience until Christ came, why is it not acknowledged by Torah believers that it is acceptable to meet and honor the Lord on a Sunday? Why is it considered a life and death error?" 

Why do I consider it a life and death matter which day is honored for a day of rest?  If you have listened to John Lawson's video above he brought to light something that is left out in churchianity.  The Sabbath is a sign.  The Sabbath is talked about throughout the Scriptures as having all that is needed to be a signet ring.  The King's signet ring.  First Exo 31:13  “And you, speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign1 between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה, am setting you apart. Footnote: 1The only sign of יהוה setting us apart, the only sign of the everlasting covenant, is His Sabbaths, one of them being the seventh day Sabbath. This is repeated in Ezek. 20:12 & 20.
     The king's signet ring is what was used to put a seal on documents and things of importance.  Consider this, if we as believer's are sealed by the Father and that sign or seal is the Sabbath day, would not the enemy also have a sign that you belong to him?  I believe he does, he comes as an angle of light, he has wolves in the pulpits that spread his news so that many are deceived and do not realize it.  So, if the 7th day Sabbath is the sign of the Father that you are his then the 1st day Sunday belongs to none other that the deceiver.  Yahshua, said in Mat 7:13  “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. 
Mat 7:14  “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed1 which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Footnote: 1Or the way is afflicted. 
Mat 7:15  “But beware of the false prophets,1 who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. Footnote: 1See v. 23 
Mat 7:16  “By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 
Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 
Mat 7:22  “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 

Mat 7:23  “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’1  Footnote: 1 See v. 15. 

Notice it is those who practice lawlessness, or Torahlessness that are to depart.  Father told us specifically to REMEMBER, the Sabbath.  Is there a reason, to be sure to remember it?  Be sure to search it out.  The Roman Catholic church tells plainly and clearly they are the ones who changed the times and set apart days.  Look carefully and you can see this violates the adding to or subtracting from the Scriptures.  Constantine and the "church" gave the penalty for meeting on the Sabbath as death.  So, we can follow the guidelines of the Father and enter the kingdom or we can depart by not following the instructions for His set-apart people.

Concerning the first day of the week and meetings.  It is important to remember the Jews began the first day of the week at sundown on Saturday.  In many of the passages that are mentioned you  read it was dark.  It was at night, Saturday night, not on what we would consider Sunday.  Concerning the collection.  If you look closely at the instructions, no buying or selling would take place on the Sabbath.  So, the collection was taken at the beginning of the week, or even during that week as they would not collect on the Sabbath.  This has been lengthy, I will continue shortly

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Schoolin the Thinkin Tree Way

So just what have the girls been learning.  Well, it seems they have been reading about horses, nature studies and horses.  




They have been helping the neighbors with planting flowers and picking up their lawns.




 Nature on the window screens

So, we met some of the neighbors the girls had been helping and in return we were shown his fantasy land express.  He runs the next size up from an HO.  I think it would be O.


 From there we ventured out into their back yard and were treated to a wonderful garden adventure.  It turned out to be more like taking a walk in a park.
 More nature study.
 Oh, the blessings.  The girls were so excited when a neighbor told them she would share her horses with them.  This was never expected or even thought possible.  But here they are.  Did I tell you they really desired to study horses this year.


 Frog stuck to the sliding glass door chasing and tasting the bugs attracted by the house lights at night.
 Oh, yes, the girls are doing school the thinking tree way.  So, they pick what they want to study and read lots of books, and write and draw and color all about what they are learning.  I think we have driven the librarians nuts with all the books we get through inter-library loan.







 Oh, did I forget to mention they want to learn all about horses?
 And more nature.
 Some of the girls have decided to study photography.
 Esther has opened an art store to sell prints of her work

 The beauty all around us declares the esteem of our Elohim.
 There is even time to do solitaire chess
 and find interesting things out in the yard and around the house.


 Discussing a muddy situation as the skid loader fills in the hole surrounding the foundation


 Finally the girls would love to have me tell you they actually were able to ride on a horse.





We have been blessed tremendously this summer and our neighbors tell us they have been blessed as well through our daughters being willing to share their time helping and being cheerful.  Oh, later we will have to share the quilt that is being done by Esther and the neighbor lady.