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Little Priesthood

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I promised to follow up with posts about priesthood so here is a start. I can’t even begin to detail the notes I have on my “notes” AP on my I phone! Instead, I decided to focus on teaching children, which always challenges me to keep it simple! So I’m going to share tidbits from my “Children’s Prayer Workshop”…to be offered at a Birmingham Messianic synagogue during the feast of tabernacles…hereafter to be known as “Tabs”.

I have done puppet ministry in the past but it gets very difficult to lug puppets, keep them from moisture and set up a stage…as this year, i have no helpers.

So OF COURSE..only two weeks away from Sukkot I decide to record videos of the teachings which requires me to learn how to use IMovie and upload all these skits up to YouTube.I’m always stretched in some way during Sukkot because I often volunteer to work with kids. so this time is no exception.

Because of my tendency to bulldoze ahead and neglect the opportunity to allow interaction and participation, i often try to think of a theme that will involve them. So i decided to have a Sukkah House Press Briefing every morning, so that we would be reporters waiting for what Yeshua would say to us at the beginning of the day and we would know what was on His mind! They are all to be investigative reporters and follow up with each session with assignments to interview people at Sukkot with questions relating to the next session. I’ll provide “press badges” and notebooks and pens for their assignments. Each morning when they come in, i’ll give them a chance to come to the microphone to “brief” everyone about their findings. (kids love to get on the microphone).

My plan to teach them about prayer is because i think that this one connector is the connector that will draw children closer to experiencing God for themselves. My plan was to have Bible characters (real people!) talk about their story and exemplify some aspect of prayer. Since my degree was communication, I was taught about the 5 w’s and the 1 “h”; what. when, where, who, why, and how. Each Biblical person will give an answer to one of those questions.

Trying to decide which person to use has been a challenge plus i have an introductory skit that fits into Sukkot, so that is 7 videos. In the introductory skit, I made a connection between what Yeshua said about His house being a “house of prayer for all nations” to the feast of Sukkot that is connected to the nations. https://youtu.be/uaH0Cxq0Obc

The others are, in order: What (is prayer) -Abraham-It is talking AND listening to God. Where do we pray-Jonah-From the belly of a whale! (because no matter what we have done, if we cry out to God, He hears us!) When-Daniel-Pray even if it’s dangerous to pray! Pray at all times! Why-David-to find God’s heart and how music helped him pray. Who-Esther-because she was orphaned and not in control of her circumstances, but God was in control. How-Yeshua-Ask, Seek, Knock..Don’t give up!

I feel like all of these characters show some aspect of the priesthood as well. If i only focus on the priesthood itself, I may lose their interest.

I wish you all a blessed TABS and both the early rain and the latter! IN Yeshua’s name! Amen.

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Yeshua our Intercessor…for real!

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Shalom and welcome to an occasionally profound person who is only profound when Yeshua steps in to save the day!  Years ago, I was observing a very upsetting temper tantrum in my younger sister and felt somewhat responsible. I had just had a rather profound teshuvah and was stepping ever so go-lightly with my response to things. When G-d calls you on the carpet and the carpet is wet with your tears, you suddenly have this stark revelation that you’ve been on the wrong path with all the wrong motives. It made me…shall I say…overly sensitve with my little sister.

But what happened to me with her in the hallway of our quarters in Germany was very amazing and quite awe inspiring. I was watching her have this meltdown and not really knowing what to do…when the Lord just stepped inside me. He didn’t ask permission. He just stepped inside me and looked out through my eyes. I was quite shocked by this but felt this extreme peace.

My little sister about 4. Or 5 at the time, suddenly looked at my eyes and her crying abrubtly stopped … in mid wail…and she had a strange expression on her face. I know as I was standing there, I felt the compassion of the Lord inside me and she SAW it.

Just a little introduction to what G-d can do with each one of us in the role of intercessor.

God is so awesome and He has done this many times over in various ways. Which leads me to what I will be posting here and that is the subject of the priesthood.

Shalom!

Osh kosh Rosh Hashana!

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Rosh Hashana has come and is almost over and we are hearing wake up calls from the Middle East every time we turn on the news. People are angry and accusations are being hurled at politicians and those who wield influence are manipulating the people both here and over there with words that complement whatever ideology they espouse.

People wake up and see buildings and cars burning, American flags degraded, and chants of “Death to America” and little children holding up signs, “Behead anyone who degrades Islam or Islam’s Prophet”.

It makes even the most sane person a little crazy. What kind of world do we live in, anyway? It’s certainly different from the 40’s and the 50’s. I kind of think of that as a golden time in American’s history. We know we can’t go back to that time, because things have changed and people have changed. The environment in our own living rooms has changed. Now we’ve lost control and it’s catching up with us. We have accelerated in to the future, but we are not ready for it.

Max Lucado is ready. Pastor and author of several books, His saw his own church beginning to implode and realized that this could only be a distraction to their pursuit of God, both collectively and individually.

So he has a plan for forty days of prayer. The prayer is easy to remember. It’s USA: Unite us, Strengthen us, and Anoint and Appoint the President of the United States.

I’m not known as the most tactful person in the world, but I can see that as my strength too. I’m more willing to take someone by the arm and “hash” it out with them. This is something that horrifies some members of my family. I’ve found it can be very productive though with valuable fine tuning from daughter’s who have a give for tact. (It’s okay, non-tactful person. You can avail yourself of their gift, too! You’re not a terrible person!)

But Max Lucado has done something I probably could never do. He’s found a common ground for believers everywhere. He’s erected  a standard to rally around. He’s found a universal doctrine and a place believer’s can launch an offensive, without being “offensive”. : ) (Either way, we can’t help that. Everyone’s offended by something these days).

So, Max Lucado is a kind of shofar. He’s saying, “Don’t take your eyes off Jesus! He’s our only hope! And He can do this! All we need to do is trust!.”

Thanks Max Lucado!