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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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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.