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Messianic Whatchamacallit!


ImageI’ve got a new blog! It’s called “ You may be able to find it by googling it but don’t look at it on your mobile device yet because it looks discombobulated. I will be doing links but right now there are none. I am wanting a messianic fellowship in our area that is cell group based. That means we are working very hard to put those things in place and overcome issues (there can be so many in a home setting that can detract from serving Yahweh. It’s all those darn “other” messianic whatchamacallits...) Why is this part red??

I am encouraged that there are also many other small fellowships that are trying to be “concentrated-orange juice” small groups without compromising their doctrine, and who also, are multiplying by discipling others.

So my blog really is about the subject of the .com name, but it has our small group name as the title page…Upper Room Messianic Fellowship. There are so many groups and congregations that have begun one way and end up another. I’m hoping that the vision (which He tells us to write down and I have) does  not get adjusted unless I did not understand the vision. I believe the Ruach CHodesh inside me will lead me. You always  have to believe that.

I found, however, a wonderful summary on IHOP’s web site (International House of Prayer) about the history of the messianic movement. I’m linking here.

The two top things that propelled this movement to what it is today is found on page 14 of the document (if you want to skip all of it for time’s sake), are history and evangelism. Awesome! Ie., the Six Day War and the Jesus Movement.

However, I found a disgruntled believer (not that that’s bad) here that said that the whole concept (Daniel Juster) was wrong or disallusioning. I’m posting that here.

Summary: The whole idea of messianic Judaism was to win the Jews to Messiah. Now the author of this is Avram Yehoshua. I didn’t realize this until I observed the author’s name…I’ve met him and his wife. They are really pretty solid folks but I am telling you, he is an evangelist! If anyone is around him in a restarant or book store or coffee shop, they will get a gospel message from him. That’s why I find this so hilarious! His point: Don’t just do this to win the Jews. Do the things you do for Him because He said to do them. Check them both out! Some of these articles are dated but still timely.

A real marriage will change you because you are joined to another person.  The wife, she must learn to obey her husband. The  husband, He must clearly convey his desires and expectations to His wife. (But)We know that man gets in the way.

Aye, there’s the rub. What is He telling you today about gatherings and structure and doctrine for the return of Messiah? I think He wants a Hebraic bride. What does that mean? All the Jewish trappings put on a gentile bride? Or does He want her to just listen to Him and stay true to the covenant?

Great articles here both of them. Enjoy!



Jubilee, Yom Kippur and Isaiah 61


I really have no idea what I stared to say here. Maybe I started writing this with heavy eyelids and keyboard under my fingertips. Maybe I woke up with keyboard tongues hxhdhssjj and stumbled up to bed and was blissfully unaware that I didn’t communicate a single thing about the subject here.

So sorry if you googled this and nothing is here!

It doesn’t matter. It could be like Mozarts unfinished symphony. So until it’s finished, I’ll just say ” thanks for stopping by!”


This week’s Torah Portion, Behar (‘on the Mount’), is primarily about the seventh year Sabbaths and the year of Jubilee.  Leviticus 25 gives us many details of this joyous event of freedom that was commanded to occur every

From Wiki:Shofar...  Old Jerusalem Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue - A flask of oil and a shofar for the anointing of the eagerly-awaited Mashiach.[1] From Wiki:Shofar… Old Jerusalem Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue – A flask of oil and a shofar for the anointing of the eagerly-awaited Mashiach.[1] 50 years in Israel’s calendar.  On this date that began a Sabbatical year, slaves received freedom, debts were cancelled and land was returned to families who might have lost it during difficult circumstances.  What joy!

In our Torah study today at Davar Chaim, I pondered aloud the juxtaposition of this first day of Jubilees occurring on Yom Kippur, traditionally a day of mourning, of ashes, and of weakness induced by fasting.  Here is the verse,

‘You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven…

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Messianic Whatchamacallit!

Messianic Whatchamacallit!

Home fellowships have their challenges but also great rewards, too. I came into what was called “shepherding groups” in the early 70’s when God was doing amazing things in the body of Messiah. I didn’t have any kind of philosophy or “theology” about home groups then so i just experienced it.  I liked that it wasn’t “churchy” and also that young people were sitting on the floor (i was one of them).

I liked (and still do) the wisdom of older believers right there…ie., easy access. It’s a lot different asking questions in a living room than tapping somone on the shoulder after church who is on their way out to have lunch with their favorite church friends. There’s a type of question that requires thoughtful, unhurried answer. That’s what home groups provide.

Many churches today have “cell groups”. I don’t feel safe in them because they are not the primary vehicle of the church for ministry, prayer, prophecy, teaching, or evangelism.  It’s low budget, non flashy, low key, spontaneous, more corrective, greater opportunity to explore topics and have questions, (more  hands on), and excellent for teaching children.

Children. Ah yes. Children. That is the rub! Children running around in a large church building versus trashing your living room. Yes. That is something we need to come to grips with in cell groups. I like to bring children into the worship first (after we’ve had a fellowship meal), ask them to play “instruments”, sing or dance. Then I like to do a teaching just for them, either twice a month or every week, whatever parents prefer. I use the Torah teachings right now because they are so easy for me to find something to teach them. I lead them to Jesus through the Torah. Or, to the Father through Jesus. It usually works out that way.

Then while parents are grappling with deep Torah subjects, we prefer older children stay and do activities nearby, and younger ones can go lay down if it’s late and a night time Shabbat fellowship.

If it’s a Saturday fellowship, we do a craft with them on a table nearby and then usually I take them outside to help them release some of their energy.

The problem we adults have is that we love to get into deep and somewhat “too technical for children” subjects while they are there.

I haven’t resolved this issue. On one hand, we want the children to see how excited the adults are to study the word and to be hands on with it, but on the other hand, they are misbehaving or just being extremely squirmy.

I’ve watched teacher videos and most of the time, when they want to get children’s attention, they break up the subject into small bites but allow children to see other children completing a project. Say, for example, “Look, Johnny has completed his picture”. So you actually have to have goals for each child and the group as a whole in order for them to stay engaged.

Sometimes, i don’t care if they stay engaged. Some parents are perfectly fine allowing their kids to play outside unsupervised during the Bible study and prayer time. I’m a little uneasy about that. I am always thinking, “I don’t want anything horrible to happen to someone’s children during a fellowship in my home…”

So I haven’t dealt with that. And we haven’t even talked about children who have serious problems.Just normally super active and sometimes, easily bored children.

Any of you with home ministries and suggestions about children’s ministry in the home…comments are welcome!

Shalom to the children too!