Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why Should Christians Celebrate the Biblical Festival Called the Eighth Day or the Last Great Day? Jesus Risks His Life to Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:  We celebrated The Last Great Day on Friday.

“Many are also surprised to learn that these feasts of the Bible are prophesied to be celebrated by all nations after Jesus Christ’s second coming to establish the Kingdom of God.”

_______

Bible stories and pictures for the kids to color:

Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles

“Jesus once celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles even though people were trying to kill Him. Why was it so important to Him to attend that He went secretly?

Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles

PDF to print for family reading

As Jesus was growing up, He went to the festivals in Jerusalem with His family (Luke 2:41-42). He continued to obey the command to keep God’s seven festivals every year as an adult.

But as He became more well-known, His enemies got angrier at Him. Some people were confused by Jesus. Some thought He was deceiving people. Some were upset because He pointed out the things they were doing wrong. And others were angry because He broke some of the rules that people had added to God’s law.

The Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus. The Bible says they hated and feared Him so much they wanted to kill Him!

“My time has not yet come”

In the fall when it was time to go to the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus’ brothers seemed surprised that He wasn’t getting ready to go. Even His brothers didn’t believe that He was a teacher sent by God. So they told Him that He should go and impress people by doing miracles—if He was really able to.

Jesus told them to go without Him. “My time has not yet come,” He said (John 7:6). He knew that the leaders in Judea hated Him and wanted to kill Him. So He said, “I am not yet going up to this feast” (verse 8).

But after His brothers had gone, Jesus did go to Jerusalem for the Feast. But He went secretly, without drawing attention to Himself.”      Continued at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/bible-study/bible-stories/jesus-and-the-feast-of-tabernacles/ 

________  

On the Eighth Day

Leviticus 23:36

“For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.

Sunset began the Eighth Day (also called the Last Great Day), which is observed every year on the 22nd day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. This is the last holy day of the year and represents the culmination of the plan of God.  Members of the Church of God WWA, and many other churches, are gathered all around the world to observe this last of God’s festivals.

This day pictures the final stage of God’s plan for all of mankind—the future event when God will resurrect the billions of human beings who never had the opportunity to learn and live God’s true way of life. Revelation 20:11-12 pictures this momentous time when billions will be raised to physical life and have an understanding of the Bible opened to them.

This is the realization of one of God’s greatest purposes: God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

To read more about the incredible meaning of this Last Great Day, read our article “The Last Great Day: The Final Harvest.”  below.”

________

The Last Great Day: The Final Harvest

After the Millennium, pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles, comes another time of spiritual harvest pictured by the Eighth Day or Last Great Day.

The Last Great Day

The seven-day-long Feast of Tabernacles is associated with the 1,000 years of Jesus Christ’s rule on the earth. So continuing in Revelation 20, we come to the Great White Throne Judgment, which corresponds with the Eighth Day or Last Great Day. Verse 5 points out that “the rest of the dead” wouldn’t be resurrected until after the thousand years, which would make this the second resurrection.

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11-12).

Another view of the second resurrection

This same resurrection is described in other passages that help us to understand it more fully.

Ezekiel 37 describes a valley full of bones that God resurrects to physical life. In this passage God addresses the children of Israel being resurrected: “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land” (verses 13-14).

During this time, pictured by the Last Great Day, God raises these Israelites as living, breathing human beings, and He offers them His Holy Spirit, which is the same as offering them the chance for salvation and eternal life. God is completely fair and merciful, so these are people who did not have a chance for salvation in their previous lives in this world.

That is why He opens the Book of Life to them—to give them the chance to be written in it! The other books mentioned in Revelation 20:12 would be the books of the Bible, opened to their understanding for the first time.

But will only descendants of Israel have this chance? No, Jesus Christ makes plain that gentiles from all ages will have their opportunity during this Day of Judgment as well (Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41-42). And so God’s stated desire will be fulfilled: “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; see also 2 Peter 3:9).

What an amazing, merciful plan of salvation is pictured by this Last Great Day and all seven of God’s festivals! What a wonderful future God has in store for us and everyone who will respond to Him!”    From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/last-great-day/

_________

Jesus Risks His Life to Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles

John 7:2, 10

“Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. … But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.”

In spite of the threat to His life, Jesus Christ secretly made His way to Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Tabernacles. But in the middle of the Feast, He openly went to the temple and taught the people (John 7:14). The Feast of Tabernacles and His mission were so important, He was willing to face those plotting against Him.

This event is covered in our Bible Story article “Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles.”

The Feast of Tabernacles remains a meaningful festival today. Learn more about it in the article “The Feast of Tabernacles: A Bountiful Harvest”,  featured in my last week’s post.

From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/jesus-risks-his-life-to-celebrate-the-feast-of-tabernacles/

_________

Why Should Christians Celebrate the Biblical Festival Called the Eighth Day or the Last Great Day?

“The seventh and last Holy Day in God's cycle of harvest festivals has great meaning for Christians today.

A tree with sunlight behind it on top of a hill.Raphael Schaller/Unsplash

Through God's wonderful plan everyone will have an opportunity to know His truth, repent and receive salvation.

The final step in God’s plan of salvation for all mankind is portrayed in a feast day that immediately follows the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:39).

Called the eighth day or the Last Great Day, this festival pictures the Great White Throne Judgment of humankind described in Revelation 20:11-13. During this time all people who have died not knowing God’s plan for them will be resurrected to life to be given an opportunity to have their minds opened and respond to God’s call.

All the dead who have ever lived—including the queen of Sheba, inhabitants of ancient Nineveh and the people of Christ’s own time—will all be resurrected together (Matthew 12:41-42). That resurrection of multiple billions of people back to physical life is detailed in Ezekiel 37:1-14. These are the “rest of the dead” spoken of in Revelation 20:5. Billions of human beings will have the opportunity to repent of their past sins and receive the gift of everlasting life.

For those who choose not to surrender to God and His way of life (and would hence live a miserable existence), a merciful and permanent end to their lives will be met in the Lake of Fire, which will occur at the conclusion of this final judgment period (Revelation 20:11-15). Even though not everyone will choose God’s way of life for eternity, our Creator wants “all men to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4) and is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Through God’s wonderful plan everyone will have an opportunity to know His truth, repent and receive salvation.”      From: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/why-should-christians-celebrate-the-biblical-festival

_________

Update.

“Flower”, the cat that I was taking care of for the folks whose house was damaged in the hurricane is now gone, and even though she was a really sweet kitty to people, she hated other cats and would chase and terrify my foster cat, timid little Puddin’.  I had to keep Flower in my bathroom, but anytime she got out of there she would torment Puddin’.   Puddin’ is just getting over that, but she still won’t venture into my bathroom. 

My granddaughter Michele, brought her two dogs over for me to groom.  A Schnauzer and a Sheltie.  The Sheltie is in a “lion cut”.  It was a shame that she couldn’t stay long enough for me to completely finish them. They are pictured on my FB page.  I haven’t groomed a dog for a couple of years but I still have my grooming room and equipment.  Nowadays, the grooming room is used as a mail center, where I pack up packages for selling items on eBay.

Roy came and worked three mornings, and we were finishing the wall between the living room and bedroom in the mini-house.  The attic floor was still raised up where he had started to run the wire down into the wall for an outlet six weeks ago, so we finished that, and screwed the attic floor down again.  We started to put the paneling up on the wall, but I had to take my neighbor to the doctor’s Tuesday, and Roy lost the use of a car.  Then Friday was going to be The Last Great Day, a holy day at the church. So he took a few days off until today, Sunday.   The wall itself was completed today, and just needs to be Kilzed and painted.  Roy does such a good job that the walls look like sheetrock, not paneling.  The doors aren’t hung yet either.  But we are getting there.

Several people came to buy things that were for sale, and then on Wednesday I started cooking, ready for the two Holy Days church potlucks, Friday and Saturday.  I was given some tomatoes and okra, so that meant….GUMBO!  I was very careful when I cut up the okra.  Any that I felt any bit of resistance at my knife’s touch were tossed in with the chicken food.  There is nothing as nasty as woody okra!  I had some cooked Italian Turkey Sausage and some cooked chicken breast for the meat in the gumbo.

For a Brit, my Gumbo came out quite OK, because I used a Cajun recipe. I divided the Gumbo into two, so that we could have the turkey sausage in it on Friday, and then chicken on Saturday, but on Saturday the left overs all got mixed together.   I also made seasoned brown rice, and a Zucchini Pie with starfruit on the top.  The starfruit were cooked in freshly squeezed orange juice to make them softer.  We had plenty of food for the two days.   There were also beef dishes, stew, chicken, lasagne, several veggies, and salad.   There was a big cake celebrating The Last Day. 

The Pastor’s wife often brings the Stouffer’s lasagne, but people just aren’t eating it like they used to.  They seem to prefer the home-cooked dishes that she and others bring.  Just like someone used to bring dougnuts, until they discovered that we just aren’t into that junk food anymore.  They would be left, and then given to the chickens.  I hope the chickens didn’t get high blood pressure from all that junk food!

The Bible readings for The Last Great Day were Deut.14:-16:7, 1 Kings 8:54-66 and Num. 29:1. and the Teaching was about the Eighth Day or Last Great Day of The Feast of The tabernacles being a separate Holy Day.  (Would you look at that word,  EIGHTH, if you were learning English would you know how to spell or pronounce it?)  This is the last of the Holy Days this year, the next ones are in the Spring.

On the Sabbath, the Bible readings were Deut. 29:9–34-12.  We wanted to finish Deuteronomy this week so that we could start Genesis next week.  The Teaching was about ‘Submit to Divine Will.’  

For October, it is very warm, maybe folks are on vacation or something because we didn’t have a big crowd for either of the days.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Feast of Tabernacles: A Bountiful Harvest.

For “Scripture Sunday”. Late again!

This is The Week of The Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles: A Bountiful Harvest

“The Feast of Tabernacles, during the fall harvest season, pictures 1,000 years of God’s Kingdom on earth. This will be a bountiful spiritual harvest.

Feast of Tabernacles

With Satan removed (pictured by Atonement) and Jesus Christ reigning as King of Kings (pictured by the Feast of Trumpets), the knowledge of God will spread around the world. Those who were faithful to God will serve with Jesus Christ in teaching and administering His way of life for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4).

Consider some of the prophecies of this time of peace and prosperity that will result from living God’s way of life:

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’

“For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:2-4).

“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

These and many other Bible passages paint a beautiful picture of good news about this coming millennial reign of Jesus Christ that will inaugurate the eternal Kingdom of God.

Past and future celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles was so important to Jesus Christ that He went to Jerusalem to celebrate it even though He knew His life would be in danger (John 7:1-26).

And the Feast of Tabernacles is destined to be a major international festival of the Kingdom of God, celebrated even by nations that resisted it at first (Zechariah 14:16-19).

Since Jesus Christ celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, and since He will force people to honor it in the future, it only makes sense for us to celebrate it today.

Significance of tabernacles

The name “Feast of Tabernacles” comes from the tabernacles or temporary dwellings that God commands His people to stay in during this seven-day festival. These temporary living quarters rehearsed the exodus from Egypt, but also serve as a reminder of the temporary nature of our physical life (Leviticus 23:43; 2 Peter 1:13-15). This helps us realize this physical life is not all there is, which helps us focus on those things that are eternal (2 Peter 3:10-13).

As much as everyone will enjoy the time of peace and prosperity, the real accomplishment of this 1,000 years will be in the people who fully commit themselves to God, repent and seek first His Kingdom and righteousness. We believe a large harvest of future children of God will come from this time in history.

However large this harvest is, it seems it will not be as large as the harvest at the seventh step in God’s plan, pictured by the Eighth Day or Last Great Day.

More articles on the same subject: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/feast-of-tabernacles/ 

_______

The Millennium: 1,000 Years of Peace

Revelation 20:4

“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

The book of Revelation contrasts those who worshipped the evil beast and received the mark of the beast (symbolic of compromising with God’s law), with those who worshipped and obeyed God to the death, if necessary, and received the seal of God, the Holy Spirit (Revelation 7:3; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:19).

The faithful followers of Jesus Christ will be resurrected or changed to immortality at Christ’s second coming and will help Him set up the Kingdom of God to rule over the earth (Revelation 5:10). This thousand-year rule has become known as the Millennium, from the Latin word for a thousand years. Although not all people will immediately accept Christ as King of kings, it will quickly grow to be a time of peace and prosperity as people see that following God’s laws brings beneficial results. This utopian time is pictured by the annual Feast of Tabernacles,

_________

When Was Jesus Born?  Was it really on December 25th?  No, During Feast of Tabernacles.

So, when God came to earth to tabernacle among Men it appears that He timed His arrival in the Bethlehem manger to coincide with the Feast of Tabernacles. That was only appropriate, for the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyous of all the Jewish feasts. It is, in fact, their feast of thanksgiving.

The Nativity

According to Luke 1:24-26, Mary conceived Jesus in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. This means that Jesus was born 15 months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth’s husband, Zacharias, and informed him that his wife would bear a child.

According to Luke 1:5, Zacharias was a priest of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:8 says that Gabriel appeared to Zacharias while he was serving as a priest in the Temple.

We know from the Talmud and other sources that the division of Abijah served as priests during the second half of the fourth month of the Jewish religious calendar — which would have put it in late June (the Jewish religious calendar begins in March with Passover).

Fifteen months later would place the birth of Jesus in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. That would be in the fall of the year, in either late September or early October. His conception, not His birth, would have occurred in December of the previous year.

The seventh month of the Jewish calendar is the month of the Feast of Tabernacles. John 1:14, speaking of Jesus as the Word, says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” The word “dwelt” that is used here is the Greek word “skenoo” which literally means “to tabernacle”!

So, when God came to earth to tabernacle among Men it appears that He timed His arrival in the Bethlehem manger to coincide with the Feast of Tabernacles. That was only appropriate, for the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyous of all the Jewish feasts. It is, in fact, their feast of thanksgiving.

The total meaning of that feast will not be fulfilled until the Lord returns again to tabernacle among Men for a thousand years while He reigns over the earth from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Isn’t the Word of God marvelous?”  More at: http://christinprophecy.org/articles/when-was-jesus-born/

_________

Update:

This week my young neighbor helped me with a few jobs around here again, but nothing was done to the mini-house as he doesn’t do plumbing, electrical or carpentry.

Sometimes it was frustrating this week.  If you put your automatic vehicle in any gear but P or N, it won’t start will it?  It just does nothing!  Well my van suddenly did the same thing that it did a while back.  It did nothing even when in P or N, no noise, no nothing!  So Thursday I waited three hours for a wrecker outside Conroe Krogers with my friend Chris.  At 7.00 pm we told the Emergency Road Service to postpone it, and Chris took me home.  I was very upset because the ERS was sending a wrecker out of Houston, 38 miles away when there are 18 wrecker services in Conroe.  The next day we set out early and the wrecker arrived prompty and the van was taken to the place that ‘fixed’ it before.  BUT, now the van started right away.  Now that is crazy.  It seems that whatever locks it up, unlocks it as soon as the van is towed.  This is the second time it has done this.  The mechaninc can’t fix it when it is working right.

Friday morning, while I was in the wrecker showing him the way to the repair shop I got two phone calls.  I had forgotten that I was supposed to be at church in half an hour for our start of the celebration of The Feast of Tabernacles.  I had to go dressed as I was, with no food offering.  Chris was following the wrecker so that she could take me home, but she took me to church instead.  Another lady at church lives on my road, so she brought me home.

The Friday Bible readings were Psa. 105, Lev. 22:26-23:44, about the Feasts, Zech.14:1-21, and the Teaching was about The Seven Feasts of Yahweh which Jesus and the disciples observed, and we should too.  The Feasts are all about Jesus.

Hans, my German neighbor, took me to church on Saturday, the Sabbath, and stayed for the service.  He likes our services.  I didn’t have any food prepared for the church potluck, and as we are not supposed to work on the Sabbath, I grabbed a big container of leftover frozen cooked Beef and Veggies, and a crockpot.  It defrosted nicely in the crockpot during the service.  But our potluck didn’t do too well as the oven started acting up.  The pastor’s wife did what she could with moving the food out of the metal oven pans onto pyrex dishes and reheating them in the microwave.  We all had a good dinner anyway, and fun time talking.

The Bible readings were Deut. 21:10-25:19, and as we had a couple of days this year when we could not have a service we doubled up and Deut. 26:1-29:8 was also read.  Then Isa. 52:1-10.  Again the Teaching was about the Feast. We are reminded that we Christions are grafted in to the Jews in Rom. 9:24,25. 10:12,13, 11:13 & 17-19,  Acts 15:14,  Amos 9:12, and Eph. 1 & 2.

Another phone call was from Roy.  He and his friend were staying clean, and he wanted to work some mornings as he had the use of a car, so I let him start work on the mini-house again on Sunday.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Day of Atonement: A Christian Holy Day. God's Point of View. The Symbolism of the Day of Atonement. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Day of Atonement: A Christian Holy Day 

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur): At One With God“What does the Day of Atonement (or Yom Kippur in Hebrew) have to do with Christianity?

Isn’t this just an Old Testament festival that was fulfilled by Jesus Christ?

If we take a look at some of the Old Testament entries regarding this Holy Day, we see that that High Priest was to enter the Holy of Holies once a year, and spread the sacrificial blood on the Ark of the Covenant (Leviticus 16).

In Hebrews chapter 9, we are told that Jesus Christ “entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (verse 12).

Does the sacrifice of Jesus Christ abolish the Day of Atonement? Rather than being forgiven of our sin based on our own merits, the Day of Atonement reminds us of our absolute dependence on God, not just as creator and sustainer, but also as Redeemer. We celebrate the Day of Atonement in remembrance Christ defeating Satan and overcoming sin an death. Discover how this Christian Holy Day is still relevant for the follower of Jesus Christ today…”  More at: http://www.christianholydays.info/day-of-atonement/

________

Day of Atonement: God's Point of View

“To comprehend God’s plan, we must understand God’s point of view, a necessary element to a good story. God sees not only the physical events occurring in the world, but the invisible spiritual forces at work behind the scenes.

When Christ returns, He will remove Satan and his demons from their positions of influence. God will ultimately place the blame for the sins of the world on the head of Satan (symbolized by the Azazel goat sent away on the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16:10). From God’s point of view, man has sinned and is responsible for his sins, but Satan was the originator of sin and the deceiver of all mankind (Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9) and will face the consequences.

The Day of Atonement foreshadows the binding of Satan and his demons. For 1,000 years Satan will be unable to influence human beings. Revelation 20:1-3 describes his imprisonment shortly after the return of Christ. Satan is the impediment standing in the way of mankind’s being reconciled to God. This is the ultimate fulfillment of the Day of Atonement.”       Excerpt from: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/greatest-story-never-told/

________

The Symbolism of the Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16:21-22

Pictures from: https://www.slideshare.net/rxariel/the-day-of-atonement

imageimage

image

imageimage

image

“Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.”

The Day of Atonement is a special holy day with great meaning. The rituals described in Leviticus 16 help us understand its meaning in God’s plan. Here are excerpts from our article “The Day of Atonement: Removing the Enemy, Reconciling All to God.”

“The rituals God gave ancient Israel for the Day of Atonement included one involving two goats. The high priest was to present them before God, and God would show which one was ‘for the Lord’ to be sacrificed (representing Jesus Christ) and which was for Azazel (the Hebrew word translated as ‘scapegoat’ in the New King James Version). The goat for Azazel was left alive.

“‘And he that letteth go the goat for Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh in water’ (Leviticus 16:21-22, 26, Jewish Publication Society).

The connection between the goat for Azazel and the binding of Satan in Revelation 20 becomes more clear when you note that most scholars believe Azazel is the name of a demon inhabiting the wilderness (Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 1, p. 326).”

For more about the symbolism of the Day of Atonement, see “Leviticus 16 and the Day of Atonement.”      From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/the-symbolism-of-the-day-of-atonement/

_________

Jesus and Yom Kippur

The Tabernacle and the Temple gave a clear picture of how sin separates us from the holiness of God. In Bible times, only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies by passing through the heavy veil that hung from ceiling to floor, creating a barrier between the people and the presence of God.

Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would enter and offer a blood sacrifice to cover the sins of the people. However, at the very moment when Jesus died on the cross, Matthew 27:51 says, "the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split." (NKJV)

Hebrews chapters 8 and 9 beautifully explain how Jesus Christ became our High Priest and entered heaven (the Holy of Holies), once and for all, not by the blood of sacrificial animals, but by his own precious blood on the cross.

Christ himself was the atoning sacrifice for our sins; thus, he obtained for us eternal redemption. As believers we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Yom Kippur, the final atonement for sin.”

From: https://www.thoughtco.com/day-of-atonement-700180

_________

Update.

Well, that is a lot about this present Holy Day, The Day of Atonement.  It is different from the other Feasts as it is a Fasting Day.

My neighbor needed to earn some extra money so he helped me with some things this week.  So on Monday he trimmed the hedge and weed-eated the yard and made it look tidy.

Then, Blow Me Down! On Tuesday, the Property Owners Assoc. comes along and takes down the subdivision’s fence between my back yard and the busy road behind me.  Now anyone walking along the road can come up to the back doors of either of my houses, as I don’t even have fenced back yards any more.  I do have my hedge between me and the world at this main house though. 

So Wednesday we spent the day cleaning up the mess.  Thursday we sorted out the lumber pile on the side of the mini-house, just in case they came along and tore that fence down, too, as I am on a corner. They had told me years ago when they tore out a lot of the fences around the subdivision, that I could keep mine as long as I maintained it.  I have been painting, buying and replacing boards and keeping it up all this time.  But this new Board of Directors wants all the subdivision’s fences down. 

Now they say that they will pay for my boards and that I can put up my own fence, design approved by them, of course.  That’s fine and dandy, but it has to be on the property line which means my hedge, 100’ trough of aloe vera, and underground watering system would be outside the new fence!  Who knew that they would have some silly sod come up with the idea of tearing the fence down since it has been there since 1984.

Friday, I just took it easy and cooked most of the day.  Then I got tired of my long hair and chopped off about 10 inches.  I feel quite light-headed now !

Finding in my freezer, taking up a lot of space, a big package of ground turkey and the only thing I could think of to make it taste less like ground turkey was Hungarian Goulash.  I bought some red onions and Sweet Hungarian Paprika and made a big pot of it.  Also a pot of spiced cabbage and another of purple new potatoes.  These three dishes were packed in three crockpots and taken for the church potluck.  There was also a chicken, organic chicken nuggets, meat pie, rice, beans, greens, salad, lots of other things, plus pies, cookies, etc.  For The Day of Atonement one is supposed to start fasting at sundown, 7.00 pm here,  so we wanted to make sure everybody had enough to eat and have enough left-overs to take home for when they quit fasting.

The Bible readings were Isa. 56:1-8, 58:13,14 about the Sabbath, then Deut. 16:18-21:9, Isa. 51:12-52:12, 53:12, John 1:19-27.  The Teaching was, of course, about The Day of Atonement.  We all had a great time eating, chatting, and fellowshipping in the dining hall, and some stayed for the evening service and start the fast together.   I didn’t want to be driving home after dark, so I went home.  Another lady from our congregation who lives near me, came over and we watched the Day of Atonement service from The Church Of God, Tyler, TX on my computer.

The church we use on Saturdays belongs to a Sunday church, so we had to have The Day of Atonement service after our Saturday service, as the church buildings would be busy on Sunday.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

How the Seven Trumpets of Revelation Will Affect Humanity. Seventh Seal Reveals Seven Trumpet Plagues.

For “Scripture Sunday”: Celebrating The Feast of Trumpets -

Rosh Hashanah which means "Head of the Year" or "First of the Year." This is because it falls on the first day of the seventh month of God's sacred calendar.   The Feast of Trumpets is a very special feast day. In many ways, it is a pivotal day.

How the Seven Trumpets of Revelation Will Affect Humanity

   

“The book of Revelation speaks of seven successive trumpets that will sound prior to the return of Jesus Christ to earth. What do they represent?

The number seven is an often-repeated number throughout the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. This book, which was given to reveal what “must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1), includes seven churches (verse 4), seven golden lampstands (verse 12), seven stars (verse 16), seven “lamps of fire … which are the seven Spirits of God” (4:5), seven seals (5:1), seven trumpets (8:6), a beast with seven heads and 10 horns (13:1), seven thunders (10:3) and seven last plagues (15:1), which are contained in seven golden bowls (15:6-7).

Seven Trumpets of RevelationThe seven seals, seven trumpets and seven last plagues form an outline of prophetic events that will occur before and at the time of Christ’s return to earth. As our articles “Seven Seals,” “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and “Wrath of God” explain, the first five of the seven seals represent Satan’s wrath against God’s people and mankind in general. The sixth seal announces the wrath of God (Revelation 6:12-16).

The seventh seal represents the Day of the Lord—the major theme of the book of Revelation. This seventh seal includes God’s judgment upon disobedient mankind in the form of seven trumpet plagues (Revelation 8-9) and seven last plagues (Revelation 15-16).

(Our bimonthly Discern magazine covers issues like this regularly. We’d be happy to give you a free subscription to Discern. Digital subscriptions are available worldwide; print subscriptions are currently available in the United States, Canada and much of Europe.)

Seven trumpets and their meaning

When the seventh seal was opened, John saw seven angels with seven trumpets. As each angel blew his trumpet, John saw terrifying plagues unfold, and he used powerful symbolic language to try to describe what he was witnessing.

First Trumpet: Hail and fire mingled with blood will cause all the grass on earth and a third of the trees to be burned up (Revelation 8:7).

Second Trumpet: A great mountainous burning object will be thrown into the earth’s oceans, causing one third of them to become blood, one third of sea life to die and one third of the ships to be destroyed (verses 8-9).

Third Trumpet: John saw a burning star fall from heaven on sources of fresh water, causing the water to become bitter and kill many (verses 10-11).

Fourth Trumpet: The light of the sun, moon and stars upon the earth will be diminished by a third (verse 12).

Fifth Trumpet (also called the first woe): What John could only describe as an unusual type of locust (likely seeing in the vision modern military aircraft) will emerge on the earth that will inflict intensely painful stings upon humans for five months (Revelation 9:1-12).

Sixth Trumpet (also called the second woe): Four angels will be released to kill one-third of the earth’s remaining population via an army of 200 million (verses 13-19).

Seventh Trumpet (also called the third woe): As this trumpet is sounding, voices in heaven will say, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15).

Impact of the trumpets

Because of mankind’s disobedience to His holy and beneficial laws, God will bring this severe punishment upon earth’s inhabitants. The effects of the first six trumpets will include an ecological disaster of epic proportion. And as the planet struggles to support life, humans will have to endure such intense pain that they will desire to die (Revelation 9:6); and many will indeed die, as noted in the description of the sixth trumpet (verses 13-19).

While one would think that such intense punishment would cause people to repent of their sins, this will not occur. As the Bible explains, “But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation 9:20-21).

Humans are going to be so set on their freedom to break God’s laws that they will be willing to die for their way of life rather than repent. What a truly sad state of deception Satan has perpetrated upon mankind (Revelation 12:9)!

Because people will not repent, seven additional punishments called “the seven last plagues” (Revelation 15:1) will come upon mankind. While these sobering judgments are destined to come upon the inhabitants on earth, our loving God does not desire any to ultimately perish (2 Peter 3:9) and will in due time give every human an opportunity to understand His way of life and choose whether to obey God or not. This opportunity will come during and after a 1,000-year period of time called the Millennium—a time when Satan will be bound and unable to deceive mankind.”

From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/revelation/seven-trumpets/

________

Seventh Seal Reveals Seven Trumpet Plagues

Revelation 8:1-2

“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

The book of Revelation describes seven seals on a prophetic scroll. When we come to Revelation 8:1-2, the first four seals (also known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), the fifth seal and the sixth seal have all been opened. Now Jesus Christ opens the seventh and last seal to reveal seven angels and their trumpets. In succession, these seven angels blow their trumpets to announce seven terrible end-time events.

  • First trumpet: Trees and grass struck (Revelation 8:7).
  • Second trumpet: Seas struck (8:8-9).
  • Third trumpet: Fresh waters struck (8:10-11).
  • Fourth trumpet: Sun, moon and stars struck (8:12).
  • Fifth trumpet (first woe): Symbolic locusts torment people for five months (9:1-11).
  • Sixth trumpet (second woe): A 200-million-man army kills one-third of humanity (9:13-21).
  • Seventh trumpet (third woe): Announces the return of Jesus Christ and the seven last plagues (11:15-19; 16:1-21).

Read more in our article “How the Seven Trumpets of Revelation Will Affect Humanity.” These trumpets are tied into the meaning of the fourth of God’s festivals, the Feast of Trumpets.”

From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/seventh-seal-reveals-seven-trumpet-plagues/

________

Update.

As I haven’t found anyone to hire to help with the remaining little bit of carpentry, plumbing and electrical work in the mini-house, progress there is at a standstill.

One day the folks who originally had the baby kittens came to help me clean up the grooming room.  I couldn’t get those big cages down by myself to clean and vacuum under them, they felt that it was the least that they could do to help.  I was very grateful.  The kittens are now in the Habitiat at Petco on display for adoption. 

The cat that I am taking care of for the folks whose house was damaged in the flood was not taught to stay off tables and counter tops.  I think that should be the first thing in a cat’s etiquette learning.  She is sweet and loving to me, but chases my other foster cat and terrorizes her.  Hopefully she will go home soon. 

My young neighbor, Zach, had lost his job so I hired him to help me one moning, but it was to get Roy’s stuff out of my storage area.  I can’t reach high up, so that is why I needed help to get it and tote it into my green house, which is not being used for plants right now.  All that stuff is now deemed abandoned, as not a word from Roy, so most of it will be donated. 

One day I took Zach for his doctor appointment like I usually do, and then the next day I took him to the food bank and Kroger’s.   Just ordinary life going on except that this week there were two Sabbaths. 

Our church was celebrating The Feast of Trumpets on Friday, so on Thursday I was cooking enough for both Friday and Saturday Sabbaths.  I read somewhere that Apples and honey were good fare for this feast, so I made Apple Crumble Slices.  A mixture of different things including oats, apple sauce, cinnamon and honey are placed on apple slices and put in the oven, and it turned out pretty good.

Because I have a lot of chicken in my freezer, I made organic minced chicken and organic veggies again, and also made some chicken sausage wontons.  So that they wouldn’t fall apart I cooked them in water just before church service started and put them in a crockpot with some Matzo Balls in chicken broth, but they fell apart anyway.   Next time I will use a crispy wonton recipe where they can be kept warm in the oven.  We also had organic beef meatloaf, Chicken à la King, slaw, salad, pie, cookies and a big cake with “Trumpets” written on it.

For the Friday celebration, after Jeff had blown several of the special blasts of the shofar, we sang songs relating to the trumpets and then the Bible readings which were Gen. 22:1-24, Num. 29:1-6 (about the feast) and Jer. 31:2-20 and the Teaching was about Repentance, the main theme of the Feast of Trumpets.  We all had a great time in the dining hall afterwards, even though some had to leave early as it was a weekday.

On Saturday, our regular Sabbath, the readings were Deut. 11:26-17, Isa. 54:11-55:5, and Jer. 7:37-52. The teaching was more about Repentance with the stories from the Bible about the wicked king Jehoram and his nasty end (2 Chron. 21).   Then the king Manasseh who started out really evil in his ways, and how he repented, humbled himself, did away with the false idols and was blessed in the end. (2 Chron.  33).

There was plenty of food left over from the day before, so we all had our fill, plus ‘doggie bags’, and really enjoyed the fellowship.

Then today, Sunday, I went to the Bible study and service at the little church next to our subdivision with Hans, a neighbor, and afterwards several of us went to eat lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, so I really had an enjoyable Christian three days.

      

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Feast of Trumpets: Alarm of War, Announcement of Peace. The Feast of Trumpets, A Turning Point in History. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:  The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated all over the world this week: 

Rosh Hashanah 2017:  Rosh Hashanah, The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset Wednesday, September 20, 2017 and ends at nightfall Friday, September 22, 2017.

The Feast of Trumpets: Alarm of War, Announcement of Peace.

“Trumpets are used as signals of important events, and the Bible describes earthshaking end-time events that are pictured by the Feast of Trumpets.

Feast of Trumpets

The first three festivals, Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, reenact events that have already taken place and are ongoing in the lives of Christians. The last four festivals listed in Leviticus 23 preview dramatic future events in God’s plan of salvation. All four festivals occur during the fall harvest season in the Holy Land.

The fall festivals begin with the Feast of Trumpets. Trumpets are used as signals of important events, and the Bible describes earthshaking end-time events that are pictured by this festival.

Trumpet plagues

The book of Revelation lists seven terrible plagues announced by seven trumpets (Revelation 8-11). These plagues will come in the times just ahead of us because of humanity’s sins. Consider the sixth trumpet and its announcement of a 200-million-man army preparing for a battle that will kill a third of humanity (Revelation 9:16-18). In spite of these punishments, human leaders and their subjects will continue to pursue selfish and ungodly goals and sins (Revelation 9:20-21).

Thankfully, the seventh trumpet also heralds good news: “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” (Revelation 11:15).

Finally Jesus Christ will intervene in world affairs to stop humanity from self-destruction (Matthew 24:21-22). He will then begin to establish His long-promised utopian Kingdom of God.

The first resurrection to eternal life

At Jesus Christ’s return another incredible event will occur. The apostle Paul announced it this way:

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Paul also made clear that this would occur when Jesus Christ was returning (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

The Feast of Trumpets focuses on these pivotal events that signal the end of human rule and the establishment of God’s wonderful Kingdom on earth.

Zechariah 14 and Revelation 19 recount the final battle when the evil end-time “beast” and other world leaders try to fight the returning Christ. They will prove no match to our all-powerful Messiah, and the stage will be set for the fifth step in God’s plan, pictured by the Day of Atonement.”

From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/feast-of-trumpets/

_________

The Feast of Trumpets, A Turning Point in History.

“The Feast of Trumpets depicts the return of Jesus Christ to earth to establish the Kingdom of God.

A person blowing a shofar.God instructed ancient Israel in the appropriate use of trumpets—a hollow animal horn, known as a shofar, and metal instruments—to communicate important messages.

The Feast of Trumpets introduces the autumn festivals—representing the culmination of the present age of man and the beginning of an incredible time during which God will play a much more direct part in world events. Indeed, this festival, a Holy Day, signals the intervention of God in the affairs of humanity on a global basis. The Feast of Trumpets thus represents a dramatic turning point in mankind’s history.

This particular festival also marks the beginning of the third and final feast season (Exodus 23:14; Deuteronomy 16:16), which includes the final four Holy Days of the year.

The return of Jesus Christ!

The Feast of Trumpets depicts nothing less than the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God! The book of Revelation reveals a sequence of earth-shaking events heralded by angels sounding a series of seven trumpet blasts. The seventh angel’s sounding of the last trumpet signifies that “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15, English Standard Version). The Bible foretells that at this time Jesus Christ will at last return to the earth. Of all the prophecies in the Bible, this one surely heralds the most exciting news possible for this weary, sin-filled world!

The Feast of Trumpets also marks the future fulfillment of the many Old Testament prophecies that speak of a Messiah coming as a king of the line of David who will sit on the throne of Israel and rule with power and authority over all nations. The concept of a conquering Messiah was on the minds of the apostles immediately after Jesus’ resurrection. When He appeared to them just before returning to heaven, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Even in His earthly ministry, Jesus had spoken of distinctions between His first and second comings. When Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, questioned Him before the crucifixion, Jesus stated clearly that He had not come to rule at that time. “My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus told the governor. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” So Pilate asked Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus responded that He was: “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth” (John 18:36-37).

After Christ’s resurrection, the apostles excitedly anticipated the fulfillment of Jesus’ promises. They were aware of messianic prophecies such as Isaiah’s that describe a time when “the government will be upon His shoulder” and “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

In answer to the apostles’ question as to whether He would then establish the Kingdom, Jesus told them it was not for them to know the “times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (Acts 1:7). Instead, Christ told them to focus on spreading the gospel—the good news—throughout the world. Later, in due time, the apostles realized that His second coming was not necessarily imminent. Numerous scriptures describe the saints as eagerly looking forward to His return.

Why the symbolism of trumpets?

The excitement of this Holy Day, picturing these monumental events, is captured in the symbolism of this festival. Ancient Israel celebrated it with “a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts” (Leviticus 23:24, NIV).

What is the significance of the dramatic sounds accompanying the observance of this day? To help us understand the symbolism of trumpets, let’s consider the use of that musical instrument in the Bible.

God instructed ancient Israel in the appropriate use of trumpets—in that day, a hollow animal horn, known as a shofar, and metal instruments—to communicate important messages. The sounding of one silver trumpet meant a meeting of the leaders of Israel. Two sounded to call a gathering of all of the people (Numbers 10:3-4). God also used a shofar to herald His meeting with Israel when He descended upon Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16).

Trumpets could also sound a warning. Numbers 10:9 states, “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets.” In this case the trumpets sounded a warning of impending danger and imminent warfare.

Trumpets could also furnish a festive sound: “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets . . . and they shall be a memorial for you before your God” (Numbers 10:10).

With their ability to transmit sound over great distances, trumpets were in ancient times excellent instruments for attracting people’s attention. In connection with this feast day, Psalms 81:3 exhorts, “Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon … on our solemn feast day.” 

Complete article at: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/gods-holy-day-plan-the-promise-of-hope-for-all-mankind/the-feast-of-0

_________

Update:

I have been busy all week, but it doesn’t really show.  Just catching up on things around the house, and answering the ad that I put in the local website for some part-time help.  Jay got drunk and was nasty to me on the phone after I had caught him taking things that didn’t belong to him, so when he called again, all nice, asking if he could come back to work, I said “You’ve got to be kidding!!”. 

The four kittens left on Wednesday evening to go to Chris’ so that she could take them to the vet early on Thusday for their neutering surgeries.  She took care of them on Thursday night and Friday then took them to our SPCA Cat Habitat inside Petco on Saturday.  They will be there for about 4 weeks.  They should show well and there should be some adoption applications for them soon.  Also on Thursday she brought me a tortoiseshell cat called Flower to stay with me.  Flower and her folks were in the flood so I am taking care of her until they get their home back in order.  So now I have two ‘torties’ here and they look very much alike except for their body size.  My foster cat, Puddin is fatter.  Flower and Puddin just avoid each other, but at least they aren’t fighting.

So on Thurday morning I cleaned up my grooming room and cleaned the cages where I had kept the four kittens.  I have the cages up at table height as I can’t go grovelling on the floor to tend to cats in cages.  But the cages needed to be got down to clean underneath them, and I just can’t do it by myself.  Also I have a lot of stuff here that I need to get down to take pictures to sell it.  That’s when I knew that I have to have some part time help.  But even though the pay has not been discussed, people just don’t show up.

My van is back, but with the price of mechanics these days, it might as well have gone in for gold-plating, so I was able to drive myself to church.  I took a crockpot of organic chicken and veggies, and another smaller one with steamed, buttered new potatoes, and some more hydroponic butter lettuce.

The Bible readings were Deut. 7:12-11:25, Isa. 49:14-51:3, Heb. 11:8-12 and Rom. 8:31-39.  The teaching was about ‘Spiritual Warfare’, and also how we need each other’s fellowship to keep us on the right path.

Our church is going to celebrate the two day Feast of Trumpets on Friday, and then we will have another Sabbath the next day.  So we are going to take enough food for two days.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Should You Keep the Festivals Jesus Observed? The Feast of Trumpets. God Calling!

For “Scripture Sunday”:  

The Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, will be observed the third week of September.

Should You Keep the Festivals Jesus Observed?

“Jesus observed the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles and the other festivals that God gave to Israel. Should you follow His example? Are those sacred festivals still applicable for Christians?

Jesus Christ observed the festivals God gave to ancient Israel. Christians, of course, are expected to follow His example, to "walk just as He walked" (1 John 2:6).

Some of our readers may be surprised to learn that the United Church of God, (and the Messianic Churches), observe the same religious festivals that Jesus observed. Why would we follow His example in the matter of which days we keep?

One obvious reason is that Jesus Christ was the perfect model of how a Christian should live. Equally important is our conviction that religious practices should be founded directly on what the Bible approves. The only religious festivals commanded or approved in the Bible are the ones Jesus kept. But are these the only reasons, or is there more to this story?

Jesus Christ observed the festivals God gave to ancient Israel. Christians, of course, are expected to follow His example, to “walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:6). One reason Christ observed the festivals is that they are relevant to His message, the gospel of the Kingdom of God. By observing them we can learn much about God’s plan to grant eternal life to those who become His sons and daughters through Jesus Christ. This is what gives these festivals their Christian importance and significance.

At one of these festivals a city newspaper reporter once asked me, “Why does your church observe the Feast of Tabernacles, a Jewish festival?”

I had the opportunity to explain that the occasion is not a festival for Jews alone, but for all humanity. This is one of God’s own festivals for the benefit of the human race. She later wrote an article complimenting the church for bringing a truly family-oriented convention to her city.

The Feast of Tabernacles, observed annually in September and/or October, is indeed a family festival. It has a distinct atmosphere, presenting abundant opportunities for close cooperation and communication among family members. It reflects what God is doing to create a family for Himself, His own children. He says to those called to be Christians: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the L ORD Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18, emphasis added throughout). God seeks a family relationship and calls on us to become a part of that family!

The harvest of the children of God

The festivals of the Bible are closely linked to the harvest seasons of the Holy Land, where Jesus Christ spent His human life. Jesus often compared what God was doing through Him to a harvest. For example, Christ said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white [ripe] for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together’ ” (John 4:34-36).

Here Jesus links the idea of a harvest to His work of bringing humanity into a relationship with God that leads to eternal life. The festivals are not just memorials of what happened to ancient Israel, nor are they meaningless ritual. They were given to reveal major aspects of Jesus’ role in securing the redemption and salvation of all humanity. They are all about the work of Jesus Christ. That is why we keep them.

God’s marvelous master plan

Few realize that God has a master plan He carefully follows. His actions are not random or capricious. He formulated that plan before He created the heavens and earth. He began revealing important aspects of it with our first human parents, Adam and Eve. Let’s examine what the Bible says about that fascinating plan and how the festivals that Jesus observed reveal the order in which God’s magnificent blueprint for mankind will be accomplished.

When did God conceive His plan for creating mankind and offering us eternal life? Paul tells us that he became “a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness-a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time ” (Titus 1:1-2, New International Version).

Time, of course, is measured by the movement of the earth and the other heavenly bodies in space. Paul is telling us that before God created the universe He envisioned human beings and a way for them to receive eternal life. The salvation of mankind is not a new idea with God.

Later, when God evicted Adam and Eve from the garden paradise of Eden, after they had succumbed to the serpent’s influence and sinned, He told the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).

In Adam’s and Eve’s presence, God revealed to Satan, “that serpent of old” (Revelation 12:9), that the time would come when a descendant of the very woman he had just deceived would crush his deceptive leadership over mankind. But first he would be allowed to strike (by crucifixion) a temporarily disabling blow to the promised Messiah.

God had a clear picture of the future. His plan included the death and resurrection of the Son of God, who was also to be the Son of Man-with God as His Father and the woman, Mary, His mother.

Is it any wonder that God began revealing more details of His plan to Moses at the time He selected ancient Israel as His special people? That was why God commanded the observance of His festivals with their dual meanings. Some of them represent truly historic events that occurred at the founding of ancient Israel as a nation. But they all represent the much more important relationship of all human beings to the mission of the Messiah (Colossians 2:16-17). That has always been their primary focus.

The Feast of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, begins the new Jewish civil year. But it is also the first day of the seventh month of the sacred calendar. It pictures the beginning of a new era, the end of the age of Satan’s influence and the beginning of the age of the Messiah. God instructed Moses that “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” (Leviticus 23:24).

(Rosh Hashanah is known as the Day of Judgment. At the final judgment spoken of in Revelation 20:15, we read that "anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." The book of Revelation tells us that the Book of Life belongs to the Lamb, Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:27). The Apostle Paul maintained that the names of his fellow missionary companions were "in the Book of Life." (Philippians 4:3))

Why remember the blowing of trumpets? What relationship do trumpets have to God’s master plan and the mission of the Messiah?

The Bible reveals the significance of trumpets: The blowing of trumpets will announce the return of Jesus Christ!

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet , and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).

Paul clarifies even more what will happen at the conclusion of the blowing of trumpets that will announce Christ’s return: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).

Few events-pictured here by the Feast of Trumpets-could be more significant to Christians than those that occur at the blowing of the trumpets at Christ’s return. That is when Christians, living or dead, receive immortality and eternal life.

The Festivals kept today

Jesus Christ set us an example by observing the biblical festivals, not because they were traditions of the Jewish people, but because, from the beginning, they represented His personal role in bringing the children of God into His spiritual family.

His apostles, walking in His footsteps, continued observing the same festivals. A considerable portion of Christianity observed them for centuries after His death. Looking into the future, we find a continuation of the same pattern. The prophet Zechariah tells us that attendance at the Feast of Tabernacles will be required of all peoples after Christ returns (Zechariah 14:16).

Today there are still Christians faithfully observing the same festivals Christ kept. These annual occasions were instituted to keep God’s people, in all ages, aware of the key aspects of the mission and work of the true Messiah. They are, indeed, Christian festivals.” 

Complete article with list of Feasts: https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/should-you-keep-the-festivals-jesus-observed

_____

God Calling!

“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Called and chosen for what? What is God’s calling? Are you sure you are among the called? 

God Calling!

Can you imagine your telephone’s caller ID displaying “God calling,” when your phone rings? Of course, His calling is much more subtle than that, but it is just as real. Jesus plainly stated, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws [calls or invites] him” (John 6:44, also note verse 65). Clearly, Christ is saying that no one can come to Him; that is, no one can become a Christian unless the Father first calls that person.

Jesus’ teachings were shocking—so much so that John said many of Christ’s disciples took offense at His words and walked away for good (verse 66). God’s calling refers to the process by which the Father draws (or calls) a person. It includes God’s opening a person’s mind to understand spiritual truth, and it is literally an invitation to salvation for that individual.

There is much confusion about the meaning of salvation, so let’s simplify it. In the physical sense, salvation means being rescued, usually from death. A person pulled from a burning building has been saved from a terrible death. Similarly, spiritual salvation means being rescued or saved from eternal death. The difference is that spiritual death is a death from which there is no return, literally ceasing to exist. The saved, even if they experience physical death before Christ’s return, will be changed to spirit and live forever when He comes.

The Bible shows not everyone is called now

One of the passages in the Bible that clearly explains that God is not calling everyone to salvation at this time is Christ’s parable of the sower. “Behold, a sower [a farmer] went out to sow [plant seed]. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

“Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear [who can understand] let him hear!” (Matthew 13:3-9).

Do you know what Jesus meant?

Jesus explains the parable

In the parable, a story with a spiritual lesson, a farmer planting seed is likened to the work done by Jesus Christ and His Church. The seed is the gospel of the Kingdom. Notice how Jesus explained it: “Therefore hear [understand] the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:18-23, emphasis added throughout).

“God calling” for the people in the story means the Father opens their minds so they can understand the good news of the Kingdom of God. This knowledge of the Kingdom includes knowing the King of this Kingdom (Jesus Christ), its territory (this earth), its constitution (the law of God) and its citizens (those over whom Christ and the saints rule on the earth). For further study, see the section on the “Kingdom of God.”

“Many are called, but few are chosen”

Not everyone who heard this parable [teaching] understood what Jesus was talking about. Although the entire multitude heard the same words, different reactions were taking place in those who heard the message. Some did not “hear” the call. Some did hear, but chose not to respond to the call.

The seed only grows in those God the Father is calling and who choose to follow His way of life. It is important to note that within the context of God’s plan of salvation for humankind, He is not opening everyone’s mind to the truth at the same time. Jesus had to explain this fact to His disciples, and He does so in the context of this parable of the sower (Matthew 13:11-17).

Another biblical example helps explain the fact that some are called ahead of most of mankind.

This is critically important

Another example of God calling only some during this age is found in the book of Acts. At the conclusion of Peter’s powerful sermon on the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given, many who heard him were sorrowful and repentant, realizing that their sins required the death—the sacrifice—of Christ. Notice their response; “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart [they were repentant] and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’” (Acts 2:37).

This is critically important: Real repentance requires the person to act on the knowledge he or she has received. Conversion is much more than an emotional reaction.

Real repentance requires the person to act on the knowledge he or she has received. Conversion is much more than an emotional reaction. Peter responded, “Repent [turn your life around], and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (verses 38-39).

Notice the phrase “as many as the Lord our God will call.” Did everyone who heard the call positively respond that day by repenting and being baptized? No. “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized” (verse 41). To be sure, God added about 3,000 people to His Church that day; but even so, many others who heard the call chose not to respond.”

Complete article at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/change/christian-conversion/god-calling/ 

________

Update.

Jay has been here a few times to help me as he needed cigarette money.  He feels that he has to spend nearly $7 for a PACK of cigarettes, just to go up in smoke.  No wonder he is always broke.  We used to pay $1.80 a CARTON at the base commissary!  I am so glad that I am not a slave to that anymore.  It’s been three years and nine months since I quit my 60 year fag habit. (The word "fag" is a British term, used to describe a tobacco cigarette.)  I didn’t smoke those expensive cigarettes, just the little cigars, but I still have saved a lot of money, and thankfully my oxygen is up now and I don’t have COPD.

He mowed my grass that had become really tall during all that rain.  We raked up more pine needles and burned them.  We moved a great big metal wide filing cabinet out of the mini-house carport up three steps into the new tool room, the old store room.  Now there are two of those 40” wide, and five legal size drawers in the tool room.  We had to remove the drawers to be able to move it, even with my big appliance dolly.  With the big filing cabinet moved and a humongous BBQ that I sold, that left a lot of space in the mini-house carport.  Now to just get the rest of the stuff sold.

Another morning, we cleaned up my front porch siding, tables and chairs and washed the fence.  It looks so much better.

I went down to Roni’s place (now mine) and then my van wouldn’t start.  I had had trouble turning the key all the way to make it connect, but this time it just wouldn’t go.  So I called the Emergency Road Service and they towed it up here.  A few days later Chris came over so that we could try to start it and get it into Conroe to the repair shop, but I couldn’t start it, but she did due to the ‘special words’ that she prayed over it.  The prognosis is that I need a new starter and radiator, which this day and age cost a lot, they said $650.  On Monday, Gary an elder from the church, is going to do some checking around.

My four little foster kittens had an outing, as they had had their second batch of shots they could safely go out into the big world.  Chris, my SPCA foster mom neighbor, took them to Petco for Adoption Day on Saturday afternoon. They were a big hit, but no applications came in for them.  They are so cute, friendly, playful, pretty and handsome that I have no doubt that they will be adopted soon after their neutering surgeries.

My daughter, Wendy, has been volunteering down in Brazoria, helping people she doesn’t even know, get their homes cleaned up after the floods.  She felt that it was just something that she had to do.  She has been helping tear out soggy sheetrock and carpet.  They thanked her, but she thanked them for letting her do it.  She used to live down in West Colombia, so she knows a lot of folks who had at least 4 feet of water in their homes.  She and her two daughters came and helped me when I had over 4 feet of water in my new house in the flood of October of 1994.  That’s when I bought on top of this hill!

With my van in the shop, Hans my neighbor, took Jay and me to church with my big insulated food bag containing food for the potluck, and the bag of peelings and scraps that I collect for Gary’s chickens.  Hans was going to an ice cream social so he couldn’t pick us up.  But Gary, his wife and daughter to the rescue once again as they brought us and our food bag back home.

Someone gave me an enormous cabbage, now what was I going to do with that?  I made buttered sautéed cabbage with carrots, and took it in a crockpot to the church pot luck.  Then I made a big glass bowl of Waldorf Slaw, and took it too, but I still have some cabbage left over.

The Bible readings were Deut. 3:23-7:11, (now that includes The Commandments in Deut. 5:6-21), Isa. 40:1-40 and Mark 12:28-34.  One of the songs that we sang was from Psalm 48.  With ‘The Feast of Trumpets’ nearly upon us the Teaching was about celebrating the Holy Days as Jesus did, and how Jerusalem is no longer the place of desolation that Mark Twain described in his day.

Monday, September 4, 2017

When Do I Get a Break? THE BUSYNESS TRAP. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

When Do I Get a Break?

rest weapon of god

“The calendar has Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and others. It seems there is a day for everything—but where is your day?”

Are you working more and relaxing less? Doing more but never getting everything done? Running here and there but only running yourself down? Maybe it's time you took a break!

In today’s world of rush here, hurry there, a haggard lament often arises with a weary sigh: “When do I get a break? I never have any time for myself. I’m up before dawn getting ready for work, commute an hour or more, work at least eight hours, commute home arriving after dark—and I’m beat.”

Family responsibilities add to the load. Many a mom tells the same story:

“I was up at 3 a.m. to comfort a child with an upset stomach, then got out of bed at 5 a.m. to make lunches for everyone, put a load of clothes in the washer, fix breakfast, get the children dressed and off to school, and get ready for work. I leave from work to pick up the children after school and go home. Then I take the clothes out of the washer, put them in the dryer and prepare dinner. After dinner, I do the dishes and get the children ready for bed.

“That doesn’t include doing the ironing and cleaning the house. I don’t have time to be exhausted, but I am. Just after midnight one of the children is having a nightmare and needs comforting. Finally I get back to bed and start the whole thing over again at 5 a.m.”

Working more, relaxing less

It seems there’s never time to sit back and relax—and if we do, we feel guilty. What’s the answer? Life is much more than the 40 hours a week on the job. How in this complicated 21st century (filled with time-saving devices!) can a person find time to take a deep breath and just sit down? Is it possible?

The calendar has Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and others. It seems there is a day for everything—but where is your day? Many people don’t even have time for a vacation!

Sound familiar? One of the major complaints people have is about finding time for themselves or their family. Historically, after World War II, Americans had the shortest working week in the world. Now, according to Boston College professor Juliet Schor, they have the longest. Her comment is that the average American worker now puts in 200 hours per year more than in 1973.

Astonishing, isn’t it? People are so desperate for some free time that, states the Center for a New American Dream, half of the work force would trade a day off for a day less pay.

All these things are complicated by the fact that as soon as a tiny break presents itself, a compulsion to fill it takes over. We immediately rush to surf the net, talk on the cell phone, play a computer game, take one of the kids to soccer and another one to tennis or something. We find it nearly impossible to sit still.

That is a part of the problem. Most people aren’t comfortable unless something is going on. Society has convinced us that we should never just sit without something happening.

Sitting quietly and contemplating a beautiful sunset is almost a lost art, as is staring deeply into a crackling fire. It’s sometimes joked that those who practice yoga sit and contemplate their navel. I’m not recommending that, but we do need to learn how to rest or enjoy free time without something being scheduled to fill every minute of every day.

What’s the answer?

take-a-break-need-a-breakDo you need a break enough to take advantage of such a time? Do you want to hear about it? How badly do you want that break? Is it enough to trade a day of pay for a day off? Are you sure?

Oddly enough, there is a time expressly made for just that. It’s a time for a person to take a break—designed for all men and women, regardless of how busy their week may be.

You may be thinking, “I’m always behind and can’t get everything done as it is.” If that’s the case, making some time for yourself isn’t going to make that much difference. You’ll still be behind, but you will have had a break—and maybe now you can get more done in the remaining time than you would have otherwise.

Every one of us has 24 hours in our day. We all have seven days in the week, totaling 168 hours. You might say, “And I still don’t have any free time!”

Yet 24 of those 168 hours are intended specifically to give you the break for which you long. They are designed to be a special time for the whole family. Parents think of their working week, but children need a break as well. Many of them won’t slow down long enough to take time for an appropriate meal. If they do, it’s usually to gulp it down and rush off to something else.

Starting at the beginning

Could you handle a time to relax? What would it be worth to you?

Let’s start at the beginning. A supreme Creator exists who made all things, including you and me. He fully understood the mind of man and knew men and women would crowd the week with their own activities. He also knew the tendency of humanity to ignore personal health and welfare in favor of keeping busy.

So He created a day and set it apart as a rest day. He actually commanded that man take a break each week. You can read it for yourself in His instruction book for us, the Bible.

After six days of creating a wonderful world for man to dwell in (as well as creating man himself), we find that God rested from all His work. “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

Did He bless it and sanctify it for His own use? The answer is a resounding no. God doesn’t need to rest. This is simply telling us He ceased the work of the physical creation. Why, then, did He set apart the seventh day? He was setting us an example that we need a break from physical activity.

Jesus Christ spelled this out in Mark 2:27-28: “And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man , and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.’” He plainly says that the seventh day, also called the Sabbath, was made for man as a time to take a break from our everyday routine as well as a time to worship God.

There is your break. There is a 24-hour period every seven days in which you can renew your energies, both mentally and physically. Stress and overwork is a major health problem today. Hypertension results from never making the time to relax. These 24 hours were made to relieve that problem, among many others. It gives us a specific “break time” every week.

When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments , one of those commandments dealt directly with the Sabbath: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work …” (Exodus 20:8-10).

This is not an idle comment. The day God made for man—the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week—is intended to be acknowledged by man by using the time differently from the normal workday. Most of humanity has ignored this particular commandment down through the ages.

God concerned for His creation

God the Father is a patient and loving individual. He is concerned about the welfare of His creation. He has given humanity time to accept His commands, but eventually He does run out of patience.

Reread Exodus 20:9-10. His instruction is very specific: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORDyour God. In it you shall do no work …”

The question is why? Why is it so important to take a day off from all work, regular and otherwise? If this is a day made for man, why not just do as you please? It is made for man, but it is a special time that has been set aside—hallowed—by God not only to rest but to be reminded of the Creator of all things.

Here is what He told the ancient nation of Israel: “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you’ ” (Exodus 31:13-14).

Then in verse 17 He adds: “It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”

A blessing waiting for you

This statement was made to the nation God had chosen to be His special people, but it applies to all humanity. Jesus isn’t just the God of the Israelites. He is the Savior of all humanity. That is clearly shown by His comment that “the Sabbath was made for man.” We see it is more than only a day of rest. It also identifies the one keeping it with the Creator God who made it.

In society today, people wear all manner of identifying signs or symbols. Each nation has its own flag. Some wear a jacket, shirt or hat displaying the name of their favorite team, player or political party.

This verse says that keeping the Sabbath is an identifying sign, too. The Sabbath day identifies those who wish to truly honor the Creator. It also says to all who see, “I belong to and worship the God who made all things. My loyalty is to Him above all else.” It also gives a much-needed break every week.

Someone might say, “I’m just not interested in religion.” He or she still needs a break, so why not use the day that was created for that purpose? It is important. The Sabbath is a break for you, and it’s also a time to learn about the Father of mankind.

The truth is there are great blessings in learning to “take a break.” It helps to fight stress and gives the body a chance to recuperate from the toils of the week. The pressure is off.

It gives you an opportunity to sit back and relax, and even to have the chance to watch a beautiful sunset without feeling guilty. It is an opportunity to read to the children or to simply sit and talk with them, tightening the bond of love and respect between a parent and child and their God.

You need a break. You need a time when the pressures of work are set aside. Whether you’re a man, woman or child, you need a chance to take a deep breath and just relax. Now the question is, do you really want a break ? Are you willing to accept the time God made for you to have a break? It is important to you. It is important to identify yourself with the Creator of the universe.

Will you do it? Will you finally learn to “take a break”? It’s in your hands. Do it!

From: https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/when-do-i-get-a-break

_________

THE BUSYNESS TRAP

“Are you frazzled by nonstop activities and never-ending pressures? Why is everyone so busy today, and what can we do to reorient our lives?

Taking time out for a heartfelt conversation with a family member, having a leisurely visit with a lonely widow or going out for a long lunch with a friend who needs encouragement all have eternal value. God does not want us to be so busy that we do not have time to reach out to others.

God provides time for rest. Today, downtime is often seen as unproductive. But resting isn’t necessarily unproductive downtime. When we understand the implication of the Sabbath commandment, we see that God actually blesses us with a full day each week designed to keep our lives in balance by maintaining our focus on the most important priorities. 

The Busyness Trap“I’m sooo busy!”

“I have way too much on my plate right now!” “There aren’t enough hours in the day!” We’ve all heard these kinds of comments. We’ve all said them. Busyness, it seems, has become an endemic problem in our modern, fast-paced Western world.

We’ve got career ladders to climb, businesses to keep afloat, children to raise, classes to attend, appointments to keep, emails to answer, meetings to go to, errands to run, housework to do, and on and on. We’re swamped. We’re pressed for time. We frantically rush from one activity to another. There are so many things that need and take our attention, we don’t even stop to think about what our overloaded lifestyles are doing to us.

Being busy simply means having a great deal to do. Defined that way, busyness is not a totally new phenomenon. There have always been those who had a lot of work to do.

But today, as a society, we’ve taken busy to an entirely new level. We’re not just industrious; we’re insanely busy. It’s not only certain segments of society that are working more, but nearly everyone is. We’re not just putting in long work days; we constantly have multiple, even conflicting, demands on our time. Our schedules are chaotic. We feel pulled in too many directions and can’t help but feel frenzied, harried and stressed.

How we got to be so busy

Considering all of our modern conveniences, it’s ironic that we lead such hectic lives. But it’s because technology has allowed us to do our work faster and more efficiently that additional demands have been thrust upon us.

“Nowadays we’re expected to accomplish much more with our time,” says David Levy, Ph.D., professor at the School of Information at the University of Washington. In an attempt to get extra work done, we “multitask, always trying to do two or three things at the same time. So we may eat our fast-food lunch and conduct business calls while we’re driving or checking our email. Rarely do we focus our attention on just one task anymore.”

A big negative to all this multitasking, he adds, is that it is far more intellectually draining than single tasking.

There are other factors at play as well. Mobile devices allow employees to be reached anywhere, anytime. “We can’t get away from work anymore,” says Gabe Ignatow, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of North Texas who studies social change. “Even when we’re relaxing on the weekends, we’re often bombarded with emails, text messages and calls from the office.”

Other digital distractions—namely, social media—can make us feel even more inundated. “Many people feel like they have to keep up with the endless stream of Facebook, Twitter and other social media posts, so that consumes even more of our time,” Dr. Ignatow adds.

In terms of work, there’s the trend, particularly for managers and professionals, of staying late at the office and going in on weekends to get more done.

“Nowadays there’s this pressure that if we don’t work 50 to 60 hours a week, we’ll get laid off if our company is downsized,” observes Susan Mackey, Ph.D., a psychologist with the Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Continued at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/christian-living/the-busyness-trap/

From: Discern January/February 2016 magazine

_______

Update.

This was the road coming up to my subdivision.  Then the water got higher than that, so it was impassable and everyone had to go the long way around Shepherd Hill to avoid it.  For a short while that was impossible.  But even if you did get out everything was closed, even the Post Office.

I thought that I had missed our mail lady down at our mail boxes, so Hans my neighbor, drove me to take a package to Chris’ mail box.  But the mail didn’t run, and the label got wet and illegible.  Chris brought it back to me so that I could print a new label.  This time I covered it with clear contact paper and clear tape.  When the road was clear for a short while, Hans dropped it in the box outside the Post Office, not knowing that they would be closed for several days.

Several people this side of the flooded road came to check on me, and the church people kept in touch by phone.  We couldn’t have the church service, but we kept in touch.  My van was still in the shop so I couldn’t go around the neighborhood to check on folks.  My cell phone decided that it was worn out and quit, too, and sometimes my landline wouldn’t work.

The little foster kittens, just played and played as if nothing was going on with the rain just pelting down past each window!

20170828-Harvey_Flood_Damage-Calvery-This is what it looked like coming from the other way. and everyone around here knew not to try to go through it.  In 1994 a lady tried it in a pick-up truck, and they found her body in someone’s swimming pool after the waters had receded.

But we can’t complain, as we only lost power for a few minutes and had internet and TV for most of the time.  We are so thankful and pray for those who lost so much.    That was my situation in the flood of October 1994 when I had over 4 feet of water in my house newly rebuilt after the old one burned down, so my heart goes out to them.

One rare morning when it wasn’t raining, Jay came here and helped me get the fallen pine needles onto the burn pile. 

But we were going to have church this Sabbath, so I halved and baked some green peppers that one of the congregation had brought me.  Then I stuffed them with ground lamb, quinoa, topped them with shredded cheddar and a piece of organic tomato.  It just had to be popped in the oven for a while to warm up and everyone enjoyed it.  They had also brought me 4 boxes of hydroponic butter lettuce which I washed and took to the church so that everyone could have some there and take some home.

The Bible readings were Deut. 1:1-3:22, Isa. 1:1-27, and Acts 9:1-22.  The teaching was about ‘Our Warfare is Spiritual’, and to put on the whole armour of God.  Eph. 6:10-18.

It was so great to be back with my church friends again, we miss each other when we can’t have the service due to ‘weather days’.