Thursday, June 25, 2015

Birds of a feather

This is pretty amazing.  We have a least 6 hummingbirds that attend our feeder.  I have seen pictures of people hand feeding them.  So I decided to give it a try.  Here are a couple videos.  The one was shot through the screen so it is hard to see.  But there are two or three dancing and chittering around me and between me and the feeder.  There is also one where I am buzzed by one as I shoot video.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sweeter than Honey

Grace is God demonstrating His love for us. Our obedience is us demonstrating our love in return. That is the relationship of love Scripture declares we have with God Himself.

Here is how Scripture defines God’s law:

1. The Law blesses (obey) and curses (disobey). It blesses us when we obey, and we are cursed when we disobey.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28

26See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse - 27the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God.

(See also Psalm 112:1, 119:1-2; 128:1; Proverbs 8:32; Isaiah 56:2; Matthew 5:6, 10; Luke 11:28; James 1:25; 1 Peter 3:14; and Revelation 22:14)

2. The Law defines sin. If we break the law of God, that is sin. If we observe the law of God, we stay out of sin.
1 John 3:4

"Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness."

(See also, Jeremiah 44:23; Ezekiel 18:21; Daniel 9:11; Romans 3:20, 7:7; and 1 John 3:4)

3. The Law is perfect.
Perfect means that it cannot be made better. Perfect means that if you take any of it away, it is no longer perfect.
Psalm 19:7

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

(See James 1:25)

4. The Law is liberty/freedom.
Psalm 119:44-45

44So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. 45And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.

That means if you walk in the law of God, you are free; but free from what? Free from sin. Remember how Yeshua walked? He walked the law of God. Remember how Christ said to walk, how John said we should walk (1 John 2:6)? Walk like he walked...that is why Christ is freedom. Remember, it is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32). What is Truth?

(See also Psalm 119:45; James 1:25, and 2:12)

5. The Law is the truth. Psalm 119:142 says it best:
Psalm 119:142

"Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is truth."

(See also Malachi 2:6; Romans 2:20; Galatians 5:7; Psalm 43:2-4; and John 8:31-32)

6. The Law is the way.
Exodus 18:20

"Teach them His decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave."

(See also Deuteronomy 10:12; Joshua 22:5; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 119:1; Proverbs 6:23; Isaiah 2:3; Malachi 2:8; Mark 12:14; and Acts 24:14)

7. The Law is life
Proverbs 6:23

"For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life."

(See also Job 33:30; Psalm 36:9; and Revelation 22:14)

8. The Law is light.
Proverbs 6:23

"For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life."

(See also Job 24:13, 29:3; Psalm 36:9, 43:2-4, 119:105; Isaiah 2:5, 8:20, 51:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14; and 1 John 1:7)

9. The Law is Yeshua (Jesus), the Word made flesh. (He is PERFECT + He is FREEDOM + He is the WAY + the TRUTH + He is the LIFE + and He is the LIGHT. The Law = Jesus).
Revelation 19:13

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

(See Psalm 27:1; John 1:1-14, 14:5-11; 1 John 1:7)

10. The Law is also for those who were once Gentiles (the foreigner or alien) but are now grafted into Israel.
Numbers 15:15-16

15One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger (alien/foreigner/Gentile) who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. 16One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.

(See also Exodus 12:19, 38, 49; Leviticus 19:34, 24:22; Numbers 9:14, 15:29; the book of Ruth; Isaiah 42:6, 60:3; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 37; Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 2:10-13; Acts 13:47; Romans 11:16-27; 1 John 1:7, and 2:10)

11. The Law is God’s instructions on how to love God, and how to love others, and how to not love yourself.
1 John 5:2-3

2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

(See also Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10, 6:5, 7:10, 11:13, 22, 30:16; Leviticus 19:18; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4; Matthew 10:39, 16:25, 22:35-37; John 14:15, 21; Romans 13:9; and 2 John 1:6)

In following the guidelines of scripture interpretation something in today's theology does not line up with what the Scriptures tell us concerning the instructions of the Father for His set apart children.
Pro 4:1 Children, listen to the discipline of a father, And give attention to know understanding;
Pro 4:2 For I gave you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah.
Pro 4:3 For I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the eyes of my mother,
Pro 4:4 Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Guard my commands, and live.
I remember singing this as a youth at church.  Little did I really think about the words I was singing.  Elohim's Law or as it should be interpreted "instructions"  are not just for Jews.  They are for those who are set-apart by the Father to be His children.  These instructions are sweeter than Honey.  They are to be desired, not abandoned or set aside.  Whoever believes they are set aside misinterprets Paul and disbelieves Peter when he tells us to be careful how we interpret Paul concerning the law.
Psa 19:7 The Torah of יהוה is perfect, bringing back the being; The witness of יהוה is trustworthy, making wise the simple;
Psa 19:8 The orders of יהוה are straight, rejoicing the heart; The command of יהוה is clear, enlightening the eyes;
Psa 19:9 The fear of יהוה is clean, standing forever; The right-rulings of יהוה are true, They are righteous altogether,
Psa 19:10 More desirable than gold, Than much fine gold; And sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11 Also, Your servant is warned by them, In guarding them there is great reward.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What is New

What's new in the Race household.
 My beautiful and gifted wife posted this and she did such a great job I had to share it too. She did forget to mention the owl that occasionally perches on the telephone pole just across the road.  The Blue Herons at the ponds and the hawks soaring in the air.  There are also the Turkey vultures, cows and llamas.  We live on a ranch with over 3,000 acres and 27 ponds where I manage 12 turkey barns.

Our 6 year old discovered what she thought was a fossil but which actually turned out to be a native American spearpoint.  Also some crayfish skeletons.  We hope you enjoy the pictures and what we have been up to.

 Then there are the turtles we find crossing the roads. We bring them home so the girls can learn about them and then take them back and drop them off where we found them.


Here is what Laurie has to say:

What's new in the Race household since we moved to MO? An Abyssinian kitten - Pharaoh, a rescue puppy - Trixie (who is a he and not a she), a rescue dog - Daisy Mae (who was 3 wks pregnant when we got her), and Daisy's 5 day old puppy. Do you know I got more sleep when I was pregnant than I did with a pregnant dog in the house? I also got more sleep with a newborn than I do with a puppy in the house.

Mike's job is going well; hopefully the ranch will hire someone to work with him as the person who was going to changed his mind. There is way too much work for one person. He put in over 66 hrs a couple weeks ago, and hoped to have a shorter week after, but when things break down...the animals still have to be fed.
The girls are excited as almost daily we have pkgs of homeschool curriculum and books coming to the house. After testing a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to see the steady learning that has taken place in the last year with more relaxed schooling. Several tested ahead in math, and all tested ahead in reading.
Oh yes, I must not forget the skunk family! In the barn nearest the house there is a mama skunk and her 4 babies. They can't get in the barn, but just between the outside and inside walls. Every night as the sun is going down, mama skunk heads down the drive and the road. During the day we have seen mama and babies walking along the outside of the barn. We tried to take pictures, but didn't want to get too close.

Today, Esther, Jennella, and Kaytelyn saw their first live police chase and arrest in a small town not far from here. They heard the police officer shout, "Stop her, stop her!". I think I prefer farm-life excitement to police chases.

 And so our lives continue at a fast pace amidst the beauty which Yahweh our Elohim has created.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I started to work for an in home care organization a couple of weeks ago.  Things are going well.  The girls have all been sick this last week and are beginning to recover.  We love being in the south as we are avoiding most of the cold and wet white stuff.  We did have some a couple of weeks ago but that is long gone.  I still have things that need to be repaired on the van and am asking for Yah's provision in that area.  Abigail has gone back to help Sarah and John with Manasseh until Hanukkah when she will be back to join us for the celebration. 
   We praise our Father for his provision for a reasonable place to camp while we rejuvenate and get our resources replenished.  We are also renting a 15x10 foot storage unit which is on the same place as the campground.  This gives us a little more room to spread out. 
   Please pray for us in the area of finding friends and fellowship as well as the rest of our needs which I have made known to our Father.  We try to patiently wait for His provision. 
I think we have had our next place verified to us but we will wait until Father gives us the green light through His provision to head in that direction.   

Friday, November 7, 2014

The proving of belief

Praising Elohim.  I had an interview this morning for a part time job with housekeeping.  It is for 20 hours and the pay is pretty low.  It would pay for a camping site plus my gas for work.  I also have an interview on Monday for in home help for the elderly.  The hospital this morning was excited to have received my application.  They are having a hard time keeping their housekeeping staff.  (can't help to wonder why that may be...perhaps it has something to do with the pay).  One drawback on the part time job is they require a flu shot.  Due to my religious convictions about what I put into my body, that won't happen.  They had a couple of more people to interview yet and will get back to me on Monday or Tuesday. 
   The interview I have on Monday...When I filled out the application they said they didn't have anything at the time but that could change.  When I talked with them yesterday they went so far as to say they had someone in mind for me even before my interview. 
   I will continue to look for work and look forward to seeing how Elohim works these things out as we continue to serve Him.
    I talked with a gentleman named Terry in the parking lot of Walmart today.  He too was from Minnesota.  He saw the front license plate on the van and started talking with me.  I mentioned we were Torah Observant believers, he asked me where we were fellowshipping as Baptists are extremely dominant in this area.  I told him we don't have a fellowship persay but there are others of like mind in the area.  He then invited us to his church on Sunday.  So, I think we were both trying to evangelize and talk of Elohim to each other.

This sums up where we are at today.
Jas 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Jas 1:3 knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance.
Jas 1:4 And let endurance have a perfect work, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in naught.
Jas 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Elohim, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it shall be given to him.
Jas 1:6 But he should ask in belief, not doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Jas 1:7 For that man should not think that he shall receive whatever from the Master –
Jas 1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The testing of Faith

  At this time in our travels we find our faith is being sorely tried.  We have some repairs that need to be made before we journey onward and without the finances to make those repairs.  We are needing to move to another location as the water where we are will need to be shut off for the winter.  Our finances are dwindling and I have not yet been able to find work to bring in a steady income.  We look forward to how Abba El will be meeting our needs with anticipation.  For some there are doubts, some of us are hanging on by a shoestring as we bring our needs to our Father who knows all things before we ask.  I have lived for Elohim too long to actually give up my faith in His Word but there still remains that struggle.  I know all the scriptures that tell of His love for us and how He will meet those needs.  It is one thing to know in my head but another all together for those head messages to reach the heart.  I hesitate to share here what the needs are as I desire to leave things in the hands of Father and to watch as He meets those needs.  One need we had that has been met is a hot water heater.  Ours rusted out and until I can replace it at the cost of 500.00 we have no running water again in the camper.  My daughter who is with us has offered her savings to have it replaced so we are able to move forward.  I am praising Elohim for this answer to my prayers and ask that He will continue to guide and direct us.  I trust that all is well for those who are following us.  I am sorry I am not able to update the blog very much as we have to travel to use the internet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Where Have We Been?

Over the course of the last few months we were in Missouri helping our oldest daughter and her husband with our first grandchild.  In Sept. Mike headed to Minnesota to claim a few things we had left there and to touch base with another of our daughters who is still there.  From there Mike traveled to Michigan to help work on a camper to restore it to a useable condition.  Mike spent a couple of nights with his parents and then down to visit with Laurie's for their 50th anniversary.  Mike gave them the picture he painted titled "A Glad Song"
Mike had also done their portraits from their wedding photo (black and white) redone in color and then a picture of them now.  From their Mike headed back home to Laurie and the girls.  We have now left Missouri.  Mike is currently looking for work to get us through the winter that is approaching.  We look forward to what Yahweh our Elohim has in store for us as we are now celebrating the feast of Tabernacles this next week.  If you are unfamiliar with the blood moons I would encourage you to find out about them.  Two are now finished and there will be two more in the next year.  John Hagee has a book about them.  I have also read a book by Jonathan Cahn concerning the Mystery of the Shemitah. 
   For those who are wanting to know more about churchianity and where all the customs have come from and how to get back to what followers of the Way used to do in the first century I would highly recommend reading the book Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices.  by Frank Viola and George Barna.

I will post more as I am able.  Right now it is hard to get internet. 

Prayer requests
Work for Mike and also reasonably priced internet service.