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Support your beliefs with the pillars of faith

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Support your beliefs with the pillars of faith

There may be times when we feel that the Holy Spirit is far from us. We may think that the reasons are because we’ve done something wrong or maybe we didn’t have enough faith. During these weaker moments doubt can creep in, possibly even bitterness since we are confused as to why we lack faith. How much more do I need to believe?

Faith is much more than just believing Jesus is the Messiah. So, how do we examine our faith?

The Jewish sages used to teach about  pillars of righteousness and love. This is spoken of  in both the Torah and New Testament in regards to how we should love our Father.  Yeshua says to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Jesus repeated what was written in the Torah to remind those listening what they had obviously forgotten. They had failed to see that loving our Father with all our heart, soul and mind would cause a more sincere obedience. And there would be no need for man-made ordinances.

Recently I heard a Rabbi give an interesting lecture of what it means to have faith. He gives a great example where Moses accuses the people of not trusting God. In Deuteronomy 1 it says:

The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,  and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’But for all this, you did not trust the Lord your God…

Reading the Old Testament, it’s hard not to think how in the world the Hebrews would disbelieve God and why they kept backsliding.  If God had done all those miraculous things in our presence there’s no way we wouldn’t have faith…right?

We are given an example of how this train of thought goes back millennia in Matthew 23. It’s nothing new. We think if we were in that situation that we would have done something different. We might have. But as history has shown us, more than likely we wouldn’t.

The Rabbi went on to talk about how faith is based on three key components.  Imagine faith as being three pillars holding up a roof. Each pillar in this analogy represents a component of your faith, and the roof that sits on top is trust.

So what do these pillars represent?

  • The first pillar is Empathy/Love. – We need to know and believe that God cares about our suffering no matter the circumstances; that He is empathetic to our emotional, physical and spiritual needs. This reassures us of His love.
  • The second pillar is Power. – We need to know and believe that God has the power to help us in whatever situation we find ourselves.
  • The third pillar of our faith is Understanding. – We need to know and believe that God has understanding of our human condition as well as knowing that He understands our heart and mind.

Understanding is a tough one for us to comprehend. We seem to feel as if God has plenty to take care of, therefore my little problems are just something I have to deal with on my own. He doesn’t really pay attention to the little every day things that we’re going through since they are so small in comparison, does He?

When we doubt that He really does get involved in our little lives then we don’t completely place ourselves in His hands. This inadvertently causes us to feel as though God can’t or doesn’t  fully understand us or our situation, and in turn we don’t fully understand God. Unfortunately, this causes a lack of intimacy in our relationship with Him.

So, what is the hardest pillar? For the answer we must look to the past.

While in the desert the Hebrews didn’t lack belief in their Creator. As Moses stated they saw all those miracles, however it wasn’t belief in His existence or power since that had been made completely obvious.  Rather, it was the belief that they could be loved that much.

In Deuteronomy it states:

You went to your tents and began to complain. You said, ‘The Lord hates us! He brought us out of the land of Egypt just to let the Amorites destroy us.

One of the reasons for not believing that God can really love us that much is that we know we have fallen short. We feel we do not deserve our Father’s love or forgiveness, although He freely gives it. This concept is nearly impossible to fully grasp. But when we do allow ourselves to accept this, then and only then can we begin to fully trust our Father. In other words, If we have each pillar in place then we can fully trust God.

These pillars are to show us that we may not be trusting our Father. Even when we are told that He will not let us fall, we hesitate in letting go because we don’t truly believe we are important enough for His attention. However, when we let go completely and surrender ourselves to Him then the intimacy with our Creator goes to a new level. This can only be experienced when its no longer about your will.

Our level of intimacy with our Father isn’t based on how much we do, but how much we give of ourselves. We must realize that there’s nothing we can do to deserve His love, but there’s a lot we can do that pleases Him…even when we feel distant or as though He just isn’t there any more. Is it easier to act nicer when our parents are around, or when we think they are gone?

Can we relate to the Hebrews? In hindsight of another person’s situation we can always judge what should have been done. It seems so obvious after the fact.  But, chances are we would’ve made the same mistakes. In fact, we are probably making the same mistakes now.

The Grace of our Father allows us the opportunity to get to know Him through His Son.  But, it’s our faith that determines how far we go in that relationship and how much faith we have is determined by how much we give of ourselves. If we don’t believe He loves us enough to be involved in our lives, then we fail to realize what the sacrifice of His Son really meant.

There will be times when our faith seems weak, when the circumstances change and for whatever reason we seem to get off track. But, the only way for us to not fall victim to Satan erasing all we have learned is knowing and believing that God understands us, He loves us and He has the power to save us.

 


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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

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What does an ancient human skull found in a cave in Israel tell us about the past? It all depends on which perspective you take and whether you want to follow sound scientific practices or manipulated conclusions from circular reasoning.

Modern science can give us a tremendous view of the past. With nearly every discovery, we can see God’s work at play in molding the planets and the stars, the oceans and the lands, the people and the other wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, scientists often distort the findings to fit in with their secular worldview. A clear case of this comes to us from a study published four years ago in the scientific journal, Nature, titled Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans, that is still being erroneously taught today.

First, watch the way that it is being reported. Then, let’s discuss the conclusions.

This is an important discovery, one that clearly points to a Biblical worldview of the roots of man from the garden of Eden working its way from what is now Africa into what is now the Middle East. It jibes with the story of the great flood, stories from the life of Adam through Joshua, and a centralized end point of ancient man in the region along the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa up through modern day Turkey.

Of course, that’s not what the scientists doing the research concluded.

“The is the first evidence that shows that, indeed, there was a large wave of African migrants coming out of East Africa and inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University.

One of the biggest problems with modern science is that our society blindly accepts their conclusions. They know, right?

Proper scientific method that we all learn in high school tells us the conclusions of the research are completely unscientific. We know a few things that are truly observable:

  • Humans very likely started in Africa and Neanderthals were in the Middle East.
  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred to form the basis for Europeans. Today, everyone other than purely African people have at least a little Neanderthal DNA.
  • A human skull fragment was found in Israel.

Given this information, it is obtuse to draw the conclusion that this represents a large wave of African migrants inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region. One skull fragment does not tell us that there was a large migration. One skull fragment does not tell us that it was a migration at all. Modern science must establish hypotheses based upon observable facts, but it almost always extrapolates too much.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it extrapolated based upon the Bible. We are told the general story of everything that happened from creation through the rise of the Greeks within the Old Testament. Every scientific and archaeological discovery in the region supports this general story, but a culture that utilizes far more distant time frames to explain the discoveries has generated the faulty conclusions that scientists present to us today.

The evidence tells two different stories depending on the observer’s worldview. It’s unfortunate that most have pushed aside the obvious and verifiable conclusions in order to perpetuate the paradigm of secularism.

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Seriously, ‘eat mor chikin’ at Chick-fil-A

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A month doesn’t pass without some organization protesting Chick-fil-A to exclude them from participating in some program or even open restaurants in certain locations. This month’s version of Chick-fil-A hate was the last straw for Senator Ted Cruz (and me) as San Antonio’s city council has voted to prevent the fast food chain from operating at the airport.

Let’s call this what it is. Any individual, organization, or company that supports a Biblical worldview or donates to Judeo-Christian causes are considered to be anti-LGBTQ. The only ones who are not labeled as such are those who go out of their way to embrace the LGBTQ community and who promote such things as gay marriage. Faith-based institutions that prioritize modern day’s version of “tolerance” over the Bible’s teachings are often considered to be A-OK to the leaders of the LGBTQ community (as compared to the actual members of the community, most of whom are not involved in pushing the leadership’s agenda beyond believing marriage is not only between a man and a woman).

Chick-fil-A has done nothing to attack the LGBTQ community. They’ve always been stalwart defenders of equal rights and do not deserve the type of treatment they get from people like the six who voted against them in San Antonio’s city council. Yes, they donate to Christian causes. Yes, they let their employees off on Sunday except in those rare circumstances when they’re presence on Sunday is a blessing. Yes, ownership expresses a Biblical worldview. But such things shouldn’t earn them a place on the blacklist.

Nevertheless, they are, and it’s time for patriotic Americans to commit to a sustained campaign in support of this company which has become a symbol as a primary victim of the left’s contempt and discrimination.

Starting tomorrow (can’t start today since it’s Sunday), it’s time to eat out at Chick-fil-A whenever it makes sense. But don’t just do it once. Make it a regular thing. Thinking of other fast food joints for lunch? Whenever possible, don’t. We need to let them and everyone else know that if the left is going to continue to denigrate and block Chick-fil-A, that we’re going to counter their maneuvers by supporting them with our business.

It can’t stop there. We also need to let those who act against Chick-fil-A know, such as those discriminating against religious freedom at the San Antonio city council, that it’s unacceptable. Notice that I’m referring specifically to those who act against Chick-fil-A and not average citizens who protest Chick-fil-A. Protests are protected by the 1st Amendment, so anything beyond respectful discourse should be avoided with the people who have a conscientious difference of opinion. But those who act against Chick-fil-A, especially if they’re part of the government, must be dealt with at the ballot box. A strongly worded letter wouldn’t hurt, either.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t need our help. They’re doing just fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t expand our support for them anyway. The best way to show or deny support is with our business. Give it to them. Withhold it from those who oppose American freedom.

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Did Jesus die exactly 1000 years after King David died?

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History doesn’t tell us exactly when Yeshua was born. Luke tells us that He was about 30 years old when He began His ministry and we know it lasted approximately three and a half years.

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, – Luke 3:23 (KJV)

We know that King David died in 970 AD. The math might start sounding pretty cool at this point, but I’ll elaborate.

Scholars put Yeshua’s birth to likely fall in the 6-4 BC range. Experts place the range of His death (and resurrection) between 30-33 AD as a result of the data that they’ve worked out.

If He did die in 30 AD, that would mean that he died exactly 1000 years after his human ancestor King David.

Some will point out that the calendars were changed, going from 364 to 360 up to 365 at different points within this time range across the various regions, but using the accepted calendars, we can claim that it’s possible for it to be a 1000 year gap. Knowing the amazing order and precision with which our Father has established His creation, it wouldn’t shock me to find out some day that it was precisely 1000 years all the way down to the second.

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