Does God speak today? Does He really answer prayers? Does He still give visions and special words of prophecy? I believe He does! And I share my testimony here to be a witness to the power of God…
Many years ago, I attended a conference with over a thousand other people – all with a deep heart of worship for God and a desire to serve Him. Some served as pastors, some as musicians, some as lead worshipers, but all of us with a heart for worship. Each day we had multiple times to participate in musical worship together – and then something incredibly special happened. We experienced a musical worship time that was undoubtedly divine. God’s Spirit felt so present, so much so, that even Continue reading
Dancing in church? Are you kidding me?! Sure it says to dance in scripture – but, how AWKWARD is that?! The only dance in church I’ve ever experienced in all my years in church were done by women covering every inch of skin in long flowing dresses and probably instructed to make sure the dance isn’t too sensuous. That has its place too, but I never could understand the connection between that and David dancing before the Lord in his underwear! …not that I want to see ANYONE dancing in their underwear mind you!
However, as I began to look at things a little closer, I realize now that there’s a great deal more at stake here for the church than I ever imagined. Maybe even more than what you might think! Here’s why…
I was given a new book by a friend of mine that has been quite eye opening. It’s called The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn and I am continually finding things that just expand my understanding of the worship of ancient Israel. The book is essentially a dialogue between a teacher and his student. Here’s the passage I read today (I’m sure I’ll be sharing more in the near future!):
“If the death of Messiah was ordained by God, an event of the highest holiness, why did it happen through such unholy means?”
“How do you know that the means weren’t holy?” he (the teacher) asked.
“It happened through evil men, through bribery, treachery, brutality, and murder… evil.” Continue reading
WWJD was “the thing” among many Christians for quite a while. What Would Jesus Do? – was the question that was asked to determine the outcome the seeker should take in a given situation. I have to admit I was never really intrigued by this fad. I’m not saying it’s not helpful to pause and consider what Jesus’ response might be in a particular situation, but I am more intrigued by the question What DID Jesus Do? I’d rather not speculate and rely on my own feelings and conclusions about situations I find myself in, but to learn from the Continue reading
What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Genesis 1:26 says:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
So does this mean we look like God? Is it that we rule like God? What things do you think of when you have to answer what it means to be made in the image of God? Perhaps it’s a list of attributes like: intelligence, emotion, free-will, reasoning ability, creativity. I’ve often thought of these things myself – never really coming to a conclusion.
If it’s any one of these, which ones? Can’t be emotion… my cats feel emotion. Can’t be intelligence… I’ve seen some pretty intelligent gorillas. Maybe a combination of attributes? Which ones? Continue reading
What is Shavuot (pronounced Sha-voo-oat)?
Shavuot is also the celebration of the Feast of Weeks or to use a term the church understands better – Pentecost. It is the Jewish celebration of the giving of the Torah (the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy) to Moses on Mount Sinai. Each year, as has happened since the day God’s word was given to the Israelites, there continues to be a Jewish celebration of the giving of God’s word to Moses on those tablets that God Himself inscribed. This is the holiday of Shavuot.
What difference does it make?
Acts Chapter 2 – The First Pentecost and the Birth of the Christian Church Continue reading
As we are quickly approaching the season of Passover, I am reminded that the timing of the death and resurrection of Christ can be quite confusing since the Jews count the days from sundown to twilight of the next day as one day. I won’t go into the details of when all the events took place during that holy week because I’m still trying to wrap my own brain around that and there are many resources online to help with understanding this. I have found something fascinating with regard to Firstfruits though- an appointed time that happened during the week Christ was sacrificed and resurrected that is pretty fascinating. Continue reading
Christ is risen! He has risen indeed! Easter has always been a wonderful time for the church and Christians to remember what Christ has done for each of us as He died on the cross and was resurrected almost 2000 years ago. In doing so, He gave us the possibility of having eternal life with Him. This has been my tradition too, for almost half a century. However, this year has been different for me and I have struggled with the celebration of Easter more than I ever have before. While I understand the significance Continue reading
I find the ways the Messianic Jews and the Christian Church order their calendar years to be interesting. In the Church, we always celebrated the “biggies” – Easter and Christmas. Those who only attended those services during the year were kind of known as the CEO’s (Christmas and Easter Only). In more liturgical churches we included Advent, Lent, Continue reading
Here is a link to a series of videos I did at Denver Seminary a couple of years ago with one of the worship classes there. In that lecture I had the opportunity to share much of my worship study. Gotta long way to go in presentation skills, but the material is good! This link should give you the ability to see both the slide show and the lecture at the same time. Enjoy!