My Journey in Learning Hebrew: How I got Started

Pray for the Peace of JerusalemI was heading home after dropping my son off at school. I pass by Temple Beth El every day. On this day I thought, “Why not give them a call and ask about Hebrew lessons?” So I quickly mapped the location on my phone and got their number while at the red light in front of the temple. I called and the receptionist exclaimed “Perfect timing! We only do one or two adult Hebrew classes a year and we have one today at 4:15!” I told her, “Sign me up!” I laughed most of the way home as I knew it was not my perfect timing but God’s.

I went to the first class armed with my note pad and pen, early as usual to anything academic related. Once the class started the teacher announced that anyone interested in taking more classes outside of this class that she would love to “give back” to the community by offering her tutoring services for FREE!

WHAT?!!! Again I said, “SIGN ME UP!” Yet another gift from God!

It turned out that I was the only student interested, so my lovely friend Barbara has been tutoring me for the past 2 and a half months. What a blessing she is and as I look at how it all came to be, the clear hand of God has been on everything related to this Jewish Temple allowing me, a Christian into their world to teach me the things of our Elohim. Amazing!

Maranatha!

I am not ashamed!

I am not ashamed! When I am persecuted I rejoice. When I am put down for my faith, I abound in joy for the privilege. My Savior is worth every bit of pain and suffering. What we go through today is nothing compared to what Paul went through let alone what Jesus endured for us. I count any persecution as a crown that I can wear with pride.

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Thursday Theology ~ Dr. Mike Fabarez “Unchanged”

Sermon Notes on UNCHANGED by Dr. Mike Fabarez of Compass Bible Church
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Unchanged

The worst kind of counterfeiting of all is Counterfeiting Christianity.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:13-14

60% of Americans believe there is a Hell and 4% believe they are going there.
78% of Americans believe in Heaven and they believe they are going there when they die.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. – Matthew 7:15-20

Here’s the thing that ought to wrench our hearts… verse 21… you gotta sit down for this one. This is terrible. Look at it. The Bible says,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21

Tell me this? Who is going to heaven? Does that scare you? Look at the text. It is not those who claim to know God, it is those who do the will of my Father, Jesus says.

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:22-23

The acid test of real Christianity is the fruit. It’s the behavior. It’s what they do. The deception goes like this. He who does what is right is righteous. Here is the deception. You can be righteous before God and not be right. I can be right before God and not live for God. That’s the deception.

Here’s what people say:

“I’m not really into God and I’m not really doing all the things I should do, but… I know God’s not going to send me to Hell because I’m a pretty good person. I do more good than bad.”

“I’m not a Jesus freak, and I don’t take it to an extreme but… I believe.”

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. – John 3:7-10

If you are a Christian your behavior in life will change. No ifs ands or buts. No exceptions.

Quote of the Day ~ Billy Graham on the Apostles

The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.
- Billy Graham

Wednesday Worship ~ I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me

“I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me

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I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

[Chorus:]
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

[Chorus]

I can only imagine [x2]

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever, forever worship you

℗ 2001 MercyMe

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