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1 or 1 million

1 or 1 million

2 Timothy 4:2

proclaim the Word! Be ready when it is convenient or inconvenient. Confront, rebuke, encourage—with complete patience and instruction.

In 1957, evangelist Billy Graham spoke in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This outreach lasted nearly 16 weeks, from May 15 to September 1, and was attended by more than two million people. Billy Graham spoke to more people and live audiences than anyone in history: nearly 215 million people in 185 countries and territories.

That is one form of “evangelism.” While that format has been used by God to bring many to salvation, evangelism simply means to “proclaiming the Good News.” It can take place one on one over a cup of coffee or at a gas station. Billy Graham simply used his spiritual gift; that every one of us is called to be the bearer of God’s Good News.

Most of us will never preach to thousands, but all of us will have the opportunity to share the “reason for the hope that is in us.”

1 Peter 3:15

Sanctify Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.

Ask God to arrange for a divine opportunity for you to be an evangelist!

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Who do you watch?

Psalm 25:15

My eyes are always looking to Adonai,

for He will pull my feet out of the net.

I’ve watched the conductor at my grandchildren’s concerts. Every eye is upon him as he stands in front of them; responsibility for the timing and execution of this musical piece rests on him. As he raises his baton, the silence of the room expands. When he signals, musicians raise their instruments and music fills the room. He knows each member and instrument in the orchestra and has spent many hours preparing them for this performance.

God is the director of the world and all its inhabitants. We may not always be aware of His directing, but He has created all things and sustains all things. He oversees each detail of our lives.

Psalm 139:1-6

For the music director: a psalm of David.

Adonai, You searched me and know me.

 Whenever I sit down or stand up, You know it.

You discern my thinking from afar.

 You observe my journeying and my resting

and You are familiar with all my ways.

 Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, Adonai, You know all about it.

You hemmed me in behind and before,

and laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

When we lock our attention onto God and ask for His wisdom, He generously gives it to us. We can count on His sovereignty.

When we wait for God’s cues and direction He guides every note of our lives. He will orchestrate every moment to create a masterpiece that sings His praise and reveals His glory.

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The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

Psalm 14:1

The fool said in his heart:

    “There is no God.”

They are corrupt; their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.

Creationist physicist Tony Rothman wrote an article for Discovery Magazine discussing the problem secular scientists faced with the complexity of the universe and the remarkable scientific laws and fine tuning of the cosmos. “When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and the strange coincidences of nature,” he wrote, “it’s very tempting to take the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many physicists want to. I only wish they would move it.”

Acknowledging the creative power of God isn’t really a leap of faith; it’s obvious for those who are honest and objective.

The Universe is filled with evidence of God’s greatness. In awesome wonder we can consider the world He has made. When we see His stars and hear His rolling thunder, we can praise Him. We can agree with the psalmist:

Psalm 14

For the music director, of David.

The fool said in his heart:

    “There is no God.”

They are corrupt; their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.

Adonai looked down from heaven on the children of men,

to see if there are any who understand,

    who seek after God.

They all turned aside, became corrupt.

There is no one who does good

—not even one.

 “Will evildoers never understand—

those who consume My people as they eat bread—

and never call on Adonai?”

There they are, in great dread.

For God is with the righteous generation.

You would frustrate the plan of the lowly.

Surely Adonai is his refuge!

O may He give Israel’s salvation out of Zion!

When Adonai restores His captive people,

Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad!

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Sukkot

Adonai spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work.  So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonai for seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month.  Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-41

Next week we celebrate Sukkot, Monday October 14 at 7:00PM; beginning the Feast of Tabernacles. As always, at Beth Messiah Fruitville. The main focus of this time is joy. In my opinion, Sukkot is one of the most prophetic of the Appointed Times. Here are some samples of the prophetic picture of Sukkot:

 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you will have the Passover, a feast of seven days when matzah will be eaten. On that day the prince will prepare a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land. He will prepare a burnt offering to Adonai for the seven days of the feast—seven bulls and seven rams without blemish daily for seven days and a male goat daily for a sin offering. He will prepare as a grain offering, an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram and a hin of oil for each ephah. He will do this in the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, during the Feast, for seven days, for sin offering as well as burnt offering, grain offering as well as oil.” Ezekiel 45:21-25                                 

Tying the joy of Passover to the joy of Sukkot in the prophetic picture of a “redeemed people”!

And possibly a future prophetic picture:

“Then all the survivors from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, and to celebrate Sukkot. Furthermore, if any of the nations on earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, they will have no rain.” Zechariah 14:16-17

One of the great focuses of this festival is rain. It is a transition in Israel between the dry season and the rainy season. Hence the significance of Hoshana Rabbah! “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He? Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?” So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua.  John 7:37-43

So, enjoy this festival. And especially enjoy your relationship with God and the Messiah.

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YOM KIPPUR

Leviticus 23:26-32 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: “However, the tenth day of this seventh month is Yom Kippur, a holy convocation to you, so you are to afflict yourselves. You are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. You are not to do any kind of work on that set day, for it is Yom Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God. For anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. Anyone who does any kind of work on that day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no kind of work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It is to be a Shabbat of solemn rest for you, and you are to humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening—from evening until evening—you are to keep your Shabbat.”

Next Tuesday Evening, October 8, starts Yom Kippur; which continues all day Wednesday, October 9.

Yom Kippur is a great opportunity to stand together with all who gather around the world on this day to accept this invitation from our God. We follow many of the historic traditions that have been practiced around the world since the time of the Temple.  Interestingly, this is one of those times that God tells us: “It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings”

On Yom Kippur we are instructed to deny ourselves. I find this as an opportunity to let my flesh know that God is in charge.  Once again, we get to choose whether to accept this invitation of God. It will not add to your salvation nor will it add to God’s love for you. It is just an opportunity for us to stand together with all who choose to gather on this day and ask God to intervene on behalf of Israel and indeed, the whole world.

We do so in complete freedom. What a blessing.

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Rosh HaShannah

(Leviticus 23:23-25) Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it

This week we celebrate Yom Truah, now known as Rosh Hashanah. We are entering the biblical new year of 5779. Yom Truah (Rosh Hashanah) falls on the first day of the 7th month. The 7th Month is set apart as is the 7th day of each week and every 7th year. Our Rosh HaShannah Service is Sunday September 29 at 7:30PM. All of our Services are at Beth Messiah Fruitville.

It is exciting to recognize we are in a new season preparing to move to our own building in Bradenton; even as we move into the new year! Mark the recent time of being stretched as a chance for a new beginning, a new opportunity, to move into a higher level in your relationship with God. His invitation is open to you to draw closer to Him. He is the answer to every question you have.

The Sabbath that falls between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur is called the Sabbath of Return. Again, it is an invitation from God to return back to Him. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. This is a great season to leave anything in the old season behind that held you back and expect God to make next year better for you.

It is all about God and it’s all about the Messiah.

Stay focused on the All!

As always, all are invited to our free services to share in the invitation of our God.

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THE HIGH HOLY DAYS

Leviticus 23:1-2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

The High Holy Days are coming. As always, we get to choose to accept God’s invitation to meet in His Presence. Notice that all of the Designated Times belong to God. “My feasts, or My designated times”. The special times do not belong to Israel or the Jewish People. They belong to ADONAI our God. We should see each Holy Convocation as an opportunity to gather into God’s Presence. It is not for our salvation. Neither will God love us more for doing it. It should be seen just as a great opportunity.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving ADONAI your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him – for that is the purpose of your life!

Observing the High Holy Days is about choosing life and blessing. It is about enjoying God’s reality to speak directly into our lives. Come to each service with the expectation that God wants to bless you. The more expectation you have, the more you will receive from God. These times are to bless you, indeed, an opportunity to bless all of Israel.

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High Holly Days schedule

EREV ROSH HaSHANAH

Sunday                Sept.29                    7:30 PM

SHABBAT SHUVAH

Saturday                    Oct. 5                   10:00 AM

YOM KIPPUR

Tuesday

Kol Nidre             Oct. 8                     7:15 PM

Wednesday               Oct. 9    

Shakhrit                                         10:00 AM

Torah Service                                11:30 AM

Musaf with Avoda                          1:45 PM

Mincha                                             2:30 PM

Memorial to Martyrs                     5:00 PM

Yizkor                                                 6:00 PM

N’ilah                                                  6:10 PM

SUKKOT

Monday                 Oct. 14                      7:00 PM

HOSHANA RABBAH & SHEMINI ATZERET

Sunday              Oct. 20                          6:30 PM

SIMCHAT TORAH

Saturday                   Oct. 26                     10:00 AM

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Moadim (The Appointed Times)

God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” (Genesis 1:5)

God created time. The natural beauty of the world declares the glory of God.  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1) God’s will is that we follow His directions.  “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) The High Holy Days are a part of God’s plans for us as community.  “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and tell them: These are the appointed moadim of ADONAI, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations—My moadim (designated times).”  (Leviticus 23:2) The High Holy Days should not be viewed from our perspective as having to do with our performance. As we all know “it’s all about God and the Messiah”, so we approach this season in His freedom and love. God is the Lord of time, since He created it.  He knows best how we should use our time.  “Make the most of your time because the days are evil.”

(Ephesians 5:16)

It is imperative that we come into the High Holy Days with an attitude of appreciation and freedom that we have in the Messiah. “Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat. These are a foreshadowing of things to come, but the reality is Messiah” (Colossians 2:16-17) It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate these festivals in a way that is consistent with our Messianic faith and exalts the Person of Yeshua.  The Moadim (Appointed Times) all find their fulfillment in Messiah. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.   Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass.”  (Matthew 5:17)

God’s Moadim (Appointed Times) remind us that He is Lord of the calendar, the King of creation, and that He is to be worshiped every day. God’s Appointed Times have a great deal to teach all who have crowned Him Lord of their lives.

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Daily Devotions

Ezra set his heart to seek the Torah of Adonai, to observe and to teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Ezra 7:10

Are you familiar with phrases about having our “daily devotions”? Where did that term originate? We don’t know when the word “devotions” was first used for periods of Bible study and prayer, but it’s appropriate. The word “devotion” means “earnest affection for a person or a cause.” It’s a better term than the word “commitment.” We can be committed to a cause out of sheer duty; but to be devoted implies commitment plus affection.

When we’re devoted to learning God’s Words, it helps to have the right study tool. The primary tool is having a Bible. Many also use a personal notebook to record their thoughts. A concordance (either online or in a book format) can help locate all the occurrences of a particular word in Scriptures. It’s rewarding to devoting ourselves to this study in observance of God’s Bible and teaching it to others. As you study your Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit, and live out the truths that God reveals to you, you will discover new stability, strength and confidence.