Why We Chose Unity


This journey I have been on for the past 7 years has been all over the place.  Initially I felt disillusioned and somewhere between frustrated and angry that the truth had been hidden from me for most of my life.  Next came the shear joy of my new found Truth.  Learning, learning, learning.  Meeting new people who were in the same place.  Oh, the sweet fellowship!  The search for knowledge and Truth soon became an obsession and it seemed every stone I turned uncovered more pagan words, pagan practices, pagan history… the journey began to be more worrisome and less fun.  The calendar was wrong, but which one was right?  Every holiday was pagan.  The sweet celebrations lost their sweetness.  I began doubting everything.  Where does one stop?

I have come to the conclusion that it really all boils down to FAITH.  What will we choose to put our faith in?  People ask me how to KNOW that Scripture is true.  It is simply faith.  There is no way for anyone to know.  History books are written by the victors.  Our media tells false versions of what is happening.  Everywhere we turn we are lied to.  We can’t trust what we SEE or HEAR.  It’s no wonder there is so much suicide, rebellious young people, confusion.  The tester is at work.  So we must CHOOSE to have faith.  We can have faith in Scripture, that it has stood the test of time.  That is has been proven by history and archaeology and by how it is congruent.  And if we have faith in Scripture, then we can have faith in the ONE Whom Scripture speaks about.  Some will choose to have faith in a religion, or in themselves, or in the systems of this world.  As for me, I choose YHWH and His Word.

Ah, but I digress. The point of this post was to say that after all of that questioning and doubting and study, I have come to the point (full circle) that I am going to follow the traditional calendar for the Feasts.  Do I think it is correct?  Probably not.  Do I think some other calendar is correct?  I think that none of them are and it probably is not even possible to find a correct calendar until Messiah comes.  If I had to choose one, it would be the Enoch calendar, but at this time, I feel that UNITY is what we need.  Looking at this from the other side, I see this one celebrating on that day and that one celebrating on this day and we are not in harmony.  We are not enjoying the sweet fellowship of all celebrating TOGETHER.  Not that someone is wrong for choosing one calendar over another, but we are MISSING OUT!  The Father sees our hearts and our desires to obey and I really believe THAT is what He desires.  A pure, obedient JOYFUL heart!  … food for thought =)

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A Prayer for Ephraim and Manasseh


Eagle above oceanThis period of time preceding Yom Kippur is traditionally a period of introspection, reconciliation and repentance before the King, so that we may enter the new year as a bride without spot or blemish, having already dealt with our own sins, and without holding on to bitterness or resentment toward others.  With that in mind, I found a thoughtprovoking and soul searching prayer at Torah Driven Life . com that I wanted to share with you all.  Won’t you pray this with me?

A Prayer for the Days of Awe (Adapted from Daniel 9:4-19 and Psalm 80)

O YHWH, the great and awesome Elohim, Who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love You and keep Your commandments: we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, and have turned aside from Your commandments and from Your ordinances; neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets, that spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

To You, O Yah, belongs righteousness; but to us belongs open shame, as at this day; to the men of Ephraim, to those who live as foreigners in a foreign land, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries to which You have driven them, because they dealt treacherously with You. O YHWH, to us belongs open shame, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.

To YHWH our Elohim belongs compassion and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against Him; neither have we listened to the voice of YHWH our Elohim, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.

All Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has turned aside, so as not to listen to Your voice; and so there has been poured out upon us the curse and the oath that is written in the Torah of Moses the servant of El; for we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His Word, which He spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil.

As it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this evil is come upon us; yet have we not sought the favor of YHWH our Elohim, that we might turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in Your truth. And so YHWH has watched over the evil, and brought it upon us; for YHWH our Elohim is righteous in all His works which He has done, and we have not listened to His voice.

And now, O YHWH our Elohim, that has brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and has made Your name renown, as at this day: we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

O Yah according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury, I pray You, be turned away from us.

Now therefore, O our El, listen to the prayer of Your servants, and to our supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon us, for Yah’s sake.

O our El, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great compassion.

O YHWH, hear; O Yah, forgive; O Yah, attend and do, and do not defer; for Your own sake, O our El, because Your name is called upon Your people.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You that lead Joseph like a flock; You that are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your might, and come to save us.

O Elohim, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved.

O YHWH Elohim of hosts, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure. You make us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies mock as they please.

O Elohim of hosts, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. You plucked up a vine out of Egypt; and You drove out the nations, and planted it. You cleared a place before it, and it took deep root, and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shadow, and the mighty cedars with its boughs. She sent out her branches to the sea, and her shoots to the River.

Why have You broken down her fences, so that all they that pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood ravages it, and that which moves in the field feeds on it.

O Elohim of hosts, return, we beseech You; look from heaven, and behold, and be mindful of this vine, and of the stock which Your right hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.

Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. So shall we not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your name.

O YHWH, Elohim of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

It’s Feast Time!


Today marks the beginning of the Fall Feasts and my favorite time of year!  Yom Teruah means the Day of Trumpets, or some call it Rosh Hoshana signifying the beginning of the year based on Creation.  In Judaism there are several beginnings of the year for varying reasons.

The only things Scripture clearly asks us to do on this day are to blow the shofar, rest, and meet with others.  It is not like the weekly Sabbath though; on this day food can be prepared, so it’s a great celebration!

Many believe that Messiah will return one year on the Day of Trumpets and it seems like every year there is someone trying to prove that “this will be the year” based on this or that.

10 days from now is Yom Kippur which is a very sober day, so the countdown between today and that day is considered the Days of Awe or Days of Repentance.  It is a time of reflection and deep consideration.

There is one place in town that is closed on Sabbath and all the Feasts of Yah found in Scripture.  He has honored that place and brought blessings upon them.

Does your family celebrate the Fall Feasts?  If so, what do you do to make it memorable and special?  Post in the comments… we would love to hear from you!

 

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Hanukkah Ideas


promo292887055I thought I would include here some resources for Hanukkah that I have run across.  Some of it is information and history and some is activities!  I hope you find it helpful!

Family Hanukkah Story from Torah Family Living

A Hanukkah History Movie – Reclaiming the Real Hanukkah

Interesting Hanukkah History Facts

Hanukkah Ideas from Torah Driven Life

Hanukkah on Pinterest

Children’s Hanukkah Activities

Hanukkah Playlist

Nehemiah Gordon on Hanukkah

Hanukkah Information

Hanukkah – Feast of Dedication


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To celebrate or not to celebrate, that is the question.

Actually, HOW to celebrate…

In the past, we have had a hanukkiah and dreidels, eaten fried foods and lit the candles each night.

A friend is thinking of celebrating/studying the 7 days of creation, 1 each day and then not sure what on the 8th day.

I  believe the origin of Hanukkah itself is *not* pagan and is ok to celebrate.  I LOVE to celebrate and there is very little left that does not have pagan origins.  I don’t celebrate any Hallmark holidays, birthdays, etc.  But I would like to celebrate Hannukah this year!

Here are the facts according to the historical accounts in Maccabees:

  • They celebrated for 8 days
  • they lit the Menorah on the first day
  • There was a military victory

The dreidel is a traditional added later and said to be in remembrance of  when the Jews were secretly playing a game with the gambling piece (the dreidel) that taught them Hebrew letters and ways.

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The gifts were added even later to make the celebration more like xmas.

The Miracle of the Oil is pretty much known to be legend and myth.  Here is what Josephus has to say about the miracle of hanukkah:

The “miracle of Hanukkah” refers not to burning oil but to the gaining against all odds of the freedom to worship and to follow ancestral customs

Here is some more info I found in a search today:

 

I’m curious as to what you all do?  Suggestions?  How do you feel about Hannukah?  The dreidel, hanukkiah, miracle of the oil, gifts, etc?