So much was hidden in ONE VERSE! It is incredible what the Father taught in this ONE VERSE! Join me as I share how we, as a walking display of covering, displays our payment of Yeshua. We have been brought from death to life! We are surrounded by death, but we are secure! We are kept safe! We are paid for, and made ready to bring forth new LIFE! He has protected His Bride, and She WILL bring forth HIS offspring of LIFE!

May you be blessed knowing your role in His Kingdom! May you be blessed knowing you are HIS! Rejoice, Bride of The King!

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Seniors are unresolved in mind

Last week, we talked about senior citizens being unresolved in their body, that there were some things that were uncertain, unfinished, in transition. These medical issues can be the source of great stress for those of us on the senior side of life. But physical issues are not the only factors of aging that cause us problems as we get older.

For this writing, we are focusing on the mind. Seniors, at least this senior, definitely has issues with memory. “Senior moments” are familiar to me. In fact, I had one as I was doing this writing today. I am developing my writing skills by writing for three different websites, this being one of them. I opened up a tab to start working on this post. Then I got to thinking about writing for Saturday’s post on another site, that one dealing with worship. The end result is that I almost posted a piece about worship on this site! Talk about a senior moment!

Sometimes our mental struggles cause us to laugh, sometimes to cry, and sometimes to shake our fists in anger and frustration. But there’s more to the story

While we are unresolved in body and mind, there is one area we can have great security and resolution in, that being our faith. As a Christian, I have the assurance that God, my creator, loves me and has a plan for my life. If you give your life to Him, you can have that same peace. There is great security in knowing Jesus. Do you know Him? 

 

Yes! The first mention of Grace is actually in Genesis 6! When a word is first mentioned in the Scriptures, it is called “First Mention” and is considered a “definition” of the word, as that particular word is used throughout the rest of the Scriptures. This was a very beautiful discovery, and one that was also coupled with the picture of baptism, and the eyes of The Father.

Join me as The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) reveals these beautiful pictures of His Grace, Love, and restoration. Diving into the Torah, and researching the Hebrew, unveils many beautiful discoveries! He is so faithful and loving in His teaching.

The LORD bless you in this unveiling.

Shabbat Shalom

~Landra

We are Unresolved!

Senior Citizens are unresolved. That means they are not finished. They are in transition, going from one place to another. They are in the middle. The term “middle age” gives some hint of their status as seniors. 

As I get older, I am discovering more and more things that I don’t understand, especially the changes in my body. Sudden chills that last for a few minutes, then they are gone; suddenly starting to sweat on my forehead, which lasts for about a minute, then I feel better. I do not understand my body. It is weird. It is well loved and cared for, but it is still weird at times. It just doesn’t make sense. There is definitely a slow down in some areas. I could go on and give more specifics, but you get the idea. Like teenagers, our bodies are changing and we don’t quite know what to do with all that.

What I find comforting as a Christian is that there is more to life than the physical. When the body is in pain, or slow, or confusing, I have an anchor in Christ I can hang on to.  I am secure in Christ. Its true that my spiritual life is inconsistent, that I am growing in faith and obedience, that God is not done with me yet. That’s a good thing, because there is a lot of work to do in that area. But God is doing that work. 

So when the confusing times come, and they will, when I am tired and my mind does not want to work, I am very resolved in this one thing – Jesus loves me, and I belong to him. He is leading me and helping me through these changes, these transitions, these unresolved moments, and He will finish the work He started. As Philippians 2:13 says, 
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

May we ask God to lead us through the changes of life and bring us safely to be with Him in the end. By His grace and in His name I pray.Amen.

Shabbat Shalom!

During my study of the Torah, the LORD has had me define every name. In Genesis Chapter 5, The LORD also had me look up the generational ages of death. I thought that odd, but I obeyed, and did look up the numbers as I went along. As always, the LORD showed me the reason for looking up this information. The Names, all speak of The LORD’s redemption plan. The numbers of their ages at death, also speak of the beautiful plan.

These things matter. Our names matter. Our length of days matter. They matter more than we know, or perhaps can imagine. Join me as The Holy Spirit unfolds the Redemption story, all in the names and length of days. He is amazing. He is more amazing than we could every think possible. This is our LORD. This is our King.

Praise His Name! Hallelujah and Amen!

Blessings to you,

Landra

Don’t Miss the Gift

Don’t Miss the Gift

There’s a package at the door! I need to get that package!”
Don’t miss the gift.
“I ordered your present online. They said it should be here tomorrow.”

Don’t miss the gift.

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Don’t miss the gift.

He came into His own, and His own received Him not. But to as many as received Him, he gave them the right to become children of God.”

Don’t miss the gift.

The gift is not under the tree this Christmas. The gift is on the tree.

The gift is not wrapped with ribbon and bow. It is wrapped with blood and with grace.

The gift was not bought with cash, credit, or debit. The gift was bought with the blood of the Lamb.

The gift is not about money or power or prestige. It is not about control. It is not about dominance or authority or chain of command.

The gift is Jesus, hanging on the cross in extreme pain, isolated, alone, bleeding, and with one thought in mind – “I have to finish my Father’s mission. I have to pay the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. My Father loved the world so much that He sent me to pay this price so that they could have eternal life with me and through me. They may never know this deep down, but it is still true that You loved them enough to send me. I loved them enough to come. Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.”

Don’t miss the gift. The gift of Jesus. The gift of eternal life. The gift of forgiveness and grace and mercy. The gift is free to us and costly to Jesus. It is wrapped in love and received in the heart. If you realize the need, Jesus is the solution. God is the giver and Jesus is the gift. For the sake of your eternal soul and your deepest needs, please don’t miss the gift!

Shabbat Shalom!

I thought this might be a good time to introduce you to a favorite practice of mine: baking bread–especially Challah bread. This sweet, braided bread is considered a “Shabbat” bread, and is made on Shabbat, around the globe.

Challah is a sweet bread, sweetened with sugar or honey. I sweeten mine with honey. It is a wish for a sweet Sabbath. I also make mine with Olive oil, to remind me of the in-grafting into the Commonwealth of Israel.

This is the easiest, and most delicious Challah bread I’ve found. I pray it is a blessing to you and your family. May your Sabbath be Peaceful and Sweet. The LORD bless you.

Landra

What Christmas Means to Me

At the time of this writing, it is one week before Christmas 2018. As I am writing this, I am thinking about the meaning of Christmas. For some it is a ‘wonderful time of the year.’ The image of Christmas is usually one of Santa Claus, presents, a Christmas tree, and of course children going nuts running around the room and tearing open presents. To some, that is what makes Christmas so special. It’s what ‘makes Christmas’ for them. They look at the lights, the decorations, the smiling faces, the way people look after each other more than usual – hot meals, shelter, clothes, toys. They look at the colors and say ‘this looks Christmasy’ (Is that even a word?)

Others have a more cynical or sad view.  For some this is a tough time of year. It reminds them of what used to be, of who used to be there and no longer is, of what we used to possess and no longer do. For some, Christmas is just like any other day.  It is sad. It is cynical. It’s not even real to some people. Others can celebrate if they want to, but they are not going to. As Billy says in “The Polar Express” movie, “Christmas just doesn’t work out for me.”

Does it work out for you? Can you relate? Has your view of Christmas changed over time? I know it has for me. As a kid, my focus was on the presents I was going to get. Which ones had my name on it? How many did I get. Did I get any extra ones? You know the drill. Maybe you have been there. Maybe not. Some Christmases are better than others for us. We have seasons in our lives.

Things turned around for me as a teenager when I gave my life to Christ. I asked him to forgive of my sins and come into my heart. I gave him control over my life. Since that day, I have grown closer to Him, and I am starting to realize more and more that He loves me and wants to spend time with me. He still has work to do in my heart and in my life, and He will continue it until ‘the day of Jesus Christ.’ 

This Christmas, I want to focus more on Jesus and what He has already given and done for me since I gave my life to him in 1969. Jesus is real. His love is real. His presence is real. His holiness is real. This Christmas, I want to honor Him for who He is, and what He has done in my life.

Have you given your life to Jesus? Have you let Him reach down to your deepest hurts and longings? How about giving Him a present this Christmas. Give Him your heart. Seasons change, but He never will. He is faithful to the end.

Merry Christmas to all who read this post.

We can all identify with being a stranger from the God Most High. This passage, in Genesis 4, stopped me and offered me a picture of my identification with Yeshua Messiah: my New Life, hidden with Him.

We are no longer strangers and foreigners to God. We are His Children, and He will fight for us! Join me, as I dive deeper, and discover our renewed relationship with this Defending Father!

Shabbat Shalom.

Landra

Senior Struggle at Wendy’s

I went to Wendy’s and got two four for fours. Fortunately, my wonderful helper suggested “you might as well write it down.” That was a helpful suggestion. We also made it the same for both
orders, so that helped too. That’s the easy part.

Now for the confusion, the senior struggle. Wendy’s is on the right once I turned on the road just past the interstate. I knew this and was confident in it. But for some reason, I didn’t see it when I turned in, so I kept going until I could make a U-turn and go the other side of the road. I thought I remembered it wrong.

That wasn’t right either, so I did another U-turn and saw what I was looking for – Wendy’s, right where I thought it was.  List in hand, ready to order, no problem. I got up to the register and told them what I wanted – two four for fours, both the same – oh, and two chocolate Frosty’s … and a senior citizen discount. (That’s too many details for me to handle with any confidence.) Fortunately, I got the discount, so a praise there. (In my mind, I was wondering “what’s in the four for four? Does it include the Frosty’s? Did I mess up the order?)

I say all that to say this – if you suffer from confusion, your value has not decreased, God’s love remains unconditional, and grace is still in full force. When this confusion occurs, it is okay to be frustrated (at least I hope it is), but its not worth hanging on to. Confusion is not who we are, and does not determine our worth. Jesus still died for us, and we still belong to Him. This is the truth that you and I need to hang on to.

Seniors may have moments of confusion or memory loss, along with other struggles – we all have them … but they are temporary. This is what I need to remember, as I refocus my attention back on Jesus.

A little long, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Blessings,
Pastor John