Merry Christmas!! Oh wait…..

Jesus/Yeshua wasn’t born in December, most folks know that. What they may not know is that He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles , also called Sukkot.

This year, 2013, Sukkot began at sundown on September 19th.

I believe this feast (and all the others in the Word) are important for Christians to learn about. So the Lord led me to share with you some study material links, so you can get out your bibles and dig into the Word, follow the Holy Spirit and learn more about your Messiah during this festival time.

Chag Sameach!

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Christmas/christmas.html

http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2012/09/28/birth-of-christ-feast-of-tabernacles/

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/SukkotIntro.pdf

Happy Birthday, Lord!

-Kath

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Hope Notes – August 14, 2013

A friend of mine shared this article on Facebook today.
It was too good to not share.
Please understand, I am not pointing fingers at anyone else but myself. While I endeavor to not talk like this, things come out of my mouth that shouldn’t. Maybe yours isn’t the “F” word, but maybe it’s other ways of speaking the Lord has been talking to you about, like sarcasm or spiteful words etc. I think every believer can be helped by this article in some way. Look at the scriptures, you can’t change things by your own power, let the Word do it’s work.

Anyone have any ice? My toes are swollen from being jumped on :) Thank you Lord for correction!

http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/18379-why-i-don-t-use-the-f-word

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The Boston Bombing – Blog post by Billye Brim

Thought this was an important blog post to share from Billye Brim.

http://www.billyebrim.org/blog/april_16_2013_boston_bombing

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Resurrection Day… The day does matter…………..

This time of year we hear a lot about “easter”, but the word is not easter in our scriptures, if you look up the word, it is the word “pesach” or Passover. Also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Easter is the name of a pagan holiday that the church used to mark resurrection day to “pull in pagans” many centuries ago, that, eggs, spring and bunnies….Whether this is good or bad isn’t the point of this blog post. But it is a historical fact and so it’s important to understanding the whole picture. The church, I believe, did this with good intentions but it has lead us away from scriptures and that to me is the problem now. So let’s see what God said about this day.

We will start by just reviewing some basics to set a foundation.

Jesus (Yeshua) died as our passover lamb.

He rose 3 days later.

Do not let anyone talk you into the nonsense about 2 and a half days, partial days and all the other stuff out there to try to “explain” away mixing a pagan holiday with the greatest day of the year, which sadly the church did for centuries. The Word says 3 days, the picture given of Jonah is 3 days, and Yeshua rose again after 3 days. The Word says it, that’s the end of it! :)

Now, the hebrew month called Nisan, is the month we are going to pay attention to here. (God set a new calendar in Exodus 12 changing the 7th month to the 1st month. You’ll see this as you study it out. Prior to Exodus 12 Nisan is called the 7th month, after Exodus 12 it is called the 1st month.)

Passover (Pesach) begins at Sundown on Nisan 14 . So Jesus (Yeshua) rose again on Nisan 17 (after 3 full days.

So Resurrection day is Nisan 17

And you will hear folks say it doesn’t matter what day, as long as you remember/celebrate etc. I am not trying to tell you to not enjoy your weekly services with your church and family at all, but I feel it is very important to walk in the truth and to know that the date mattered enough to God that He “marked” it with pictures and shadows of what was coming all through the bible so that we could be assured by the date (foretold signs) that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah.

I am here to tell you God shows us it does matter. He left a bread crumb about Nisan 17 all through scripture pointing us to the resurrection. Each “crumb” is a picture of the greatest event in human history.

  1. Nissan 17, Noah’s Ark safely rested on Mt. Ararat (Gen 8:4) Note that the seventh month was later designated as the first month at the time of the Exodus (Ex. 12:2).
  2. Nissan 17, Hebrews entered Egypt (Exo 12:40-41) 430 years before deliverance.
  3. Nissan 17, Moses led the Israelites through the Parting of the Red Sea (Exo 3:18, 5:3)
  4. Nissan 17, Israel entered and ate the first fruit of the Promised Land (Joshua 5:10-12)
  5. Nissan 17, The cleansing of the Temple by Hezekiah (eight hundred years after entering the promised land. (2 Chronicles 29:1-28)
  6. Nissan 17, Queen Esther saved the Jews from Elimination (Esther 3:12, 5:1)
  7. Nissan 17, The Resurrection of Messiah

I am only briefly giving you this info because it is vitally important that you get into the Word and study it out yourselves and see the amazing miracle of  “Bread crumbs” pointing to Messiah’s resurrection, starting in Genesis :)

The date/day DOES matter! :)

HE IS RISEN!

Here are two other links that give more info for you to study. The odds of these events all happening on the same day are astronomical. Don’t you love when the bible proves that it’s God-breathed?!!!

http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2010/03/01/nisan-17-odds-one-in-783864876960000000/

http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/quick/genesis8.htm

http://savvyinternetladies.com/blog/importance-of-nisan-17/

Be blessed!!

-Kath

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The “Monday Blues”

Hello! This post is the first from the newest Christian Hope writer, Morgan! She’s a teenager with a heart for God, a passion for music, and a desire to help you! Without further blather from me, here’s her first post! – Tammy

Do you have a case of the “Monday Blues”? Do you feel as though you “can’t help” but feel every Monday is a bad day? Well, I can help! Or rather, God can! First off, let me bring it into this light for you: God made everything good, correct? Did He not also make the days? Is Monday a day? Therefore, Monday is good BECAUSE He created it. As is Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.

Now, let me tell you something else. Yeah, Monday’s the day we all go back to school or work, or whatever it is that you do. But also, it’s the start of a brand new week, a fresh start. If you aren’t already, start by reading the Bible and praying. I can’t really tell you how much to pray or read, only the Holy Spirit can do that. Do what you are led to do, and I guarantee that the more you do this, the more enjoyable your days will get until it’s not just enjoyable, but something you look forward to, something you just can’t wait to get to! Get excited for Monday! You have no idea what God has planned for you that day, so don’t let the grumps stop that blessing that could easily happen!

Remember, no one—including God—is forcing you to enjoy today and tomorrow. Only you can decide what you do. Anything God has for you, He isn’t forcing you to take it. It’s up to you to decide if you are going to take it or leave it. Any stubbornness toward this is a little thing called pride. Actually, it’s not little at all. It’s huge. God says in 1 Peter 5:5 that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” What that means is just that. If you are prideful, He will resist you. But if you are humble, He will give you grace. He will also give you favor along with His grace. Proof of this is located in the New International Version: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Now, I could keep talking about this for a very long time, but I won’t. Just make it a routine to read and pray according to what He says to do, and please do it with a willing and glad heart. Have a good Monday, everyone. :)

- Morgan

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Baer Necessities 01 December, 2012

Baer Necessities 01 December, 2012

So I started off on my first run this morning, arguing with God. Let me clarify—I argued, He kept silent and waited for me to shut up long enough that He could point out to me my stupidity. Again.

“But this is not the actual season Your Son was born. Why do You allow it to be misrepresented?”

“Does it truly matter? Or is it better that they acknowledge His Birth and give Glory to Him?”

“Yeah, but…” I stopped. I know, and He knows, that any time I start a rebuttal with those two words, I’m off track and dead wrong. “All right. Nu?

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

“Did I put a season on that?”

“Well, no…”

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

“Did I place a season on that?”

“No…but what about Luke, chapter 1, verses 26 and 27?”

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

“That specifies a season that she became with child. That would give us a time frame for His birth.” I hunkered down inside the cab of my truck, waiting for the lightning bolt. It didn’t strike. Instead, another verse entered my mind.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Yeshua (Jesus) was referring directly to the children, but someone who is new in Christ can also be known as a baby.

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

What I believe to be the true season to celebrate His birth has naught to do with how another celebrates it. Neither way is right. Neither way is wrong. Neither way, when you get right down to it, has any bearing on either of us attaining salvation.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Nothing is written in that verse about believing in His proper date of birth—only that in believing in Him will we get everlasting life.

“Father, forgive me. I was wrong to presume to correct others at this time of year. Let them celebrate as they see fit. It’s not about me. It’s not about them. It’s about believing in Him to gain our salvation in You. I repent.”

Then, another verse came to mind.

Proverbs 21:1 ¶ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

“Wait—what has this to do with—oh, no! You’re going there about my country’s leader again, aren’t you? You know how I feel about him!”

1 Timothy 2:1-3 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…

“No! I don’t like him! I find his actions detestable! He’s evil! He’s a godless heathen! Smite him! Smite him now! Cast him into the Lake of Fire!”

“When I first called to you, you were a godless heathen. Did I smite you, and cast you into the Lake of Fire?”

“Yeah, but—oh, bother…”

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Hope Notes – Nov 14, 2012 – Mandate

We just came out of our national election. This election had no mandate for our president because it was such a slim margin of victory. The country is divided, almost in half. And whenever I realize that I think, “A house divided against itself can not stand.”

Right after the results of the election this amazing spirit of fear, anger and just ugly strife hit everyone around me, on both sides, against each other.  Believers and non-believers alike. It was horrendous and extremely dark.

I knew, in my “knower”, that this was not of God. God doesn’t manifest as fear, He manifests in Faith.

So I had to get my head out of the “upset place” with the election results, and I set my mind to listen a while as I sometimes do. I listened to some great teachers, speaking on believing for our country and got back into the place I should have been with this whole thing. None of this is taking God by surprise.

So I listened for God’s voice for a few days as the news blasted screams of fear, corruption and fraud into the air. I saw on the news many, many states wanting to secede from the union. (I believe this would have happened no matter who won the election, because we are so divided). I believed this was going to be ignored or refused and would really upset some people, setting off violence.

I kept listening and laying this before the Father. And I heard for days, Civil War. Civil war with no explanation. So I , as we often do, tried to find what it meant with the things going on. But nothing “fit”.

I had no fear, God is more than able to protect His own. But I still wondered what it meant.

Then last night I was reading a book on Isaiah 9:10, and in an unrelated area it quoted some of Abraham Lincolns second inaugural address. And I saw this:

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

The first civil war in this country was believed to be a judgement against this nation for the sin of slavery.

That made me catch my breath, because the sin in this nation now, some 151 years later, is exponentially worse. So I thought to myself, “Ok civil war may be coming to this country…what would you have me do, Father? Should we prepare? What?”

And a scripture came to be, that I (and probably you) are very familiar with:

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

And I heard:

If my people…Which are called by my name.….That’s us…the body of Christ….

Shall humble themselves, and pray... That part made me stop. I thought, “That isn’t a problem, we pray, we don’t need to humble ourselves , we do that”…..

And I suddenly got picked up by my shirttails so to speak and the next scripture came to mind:

1 Timothy 2:1-4: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

I thought about this, it was very, very hard for me to pray for those in leadership over our nation. My flesh got into bunches fast whenever I thought about it. “Dirty, rotten politicians.. I don’t want them to do good, I want them GONE….” And as my flesh got into a bunch, you know what I heard? I bet you can guess!

If my people, who are called by my name will HUMBLE THEMSELVES and pray…

Oh man, I do not like that one bit, but I must obey, if I can’t yet pray with my mouth in the right way I will pray in the spirit for all men, for kings and all who are in authority until my flesh gets it’s act together.

Once I do that, I know I can seek His face, and turn (repent) of this nation’s wicked ways, just as Daniel did for his nation.

Because the next part of the scripture is what we are believing for….

“that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”

So that is what I pondered most of the night, digging deeper and deeper into it, letting it setup in my heart.

Today, was a bright new day, and I did my bible reading and today’s reading was in Ezekiel, and it was calling judgement against Israel and listing her sins, the very same sins we have in abundance in this nation. As each one was listed, one right after the other, I was getting sicker and sicker to my stomach. I won’t list them here, they are just too horrible.

Then, the last part of the chapter grabbed me….

Ezekiel 22:30: And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

And up out of my heart I yelled, “OH YES YOU DID! I’M RIGHT HERE!! Many of us are right here!!”

I believe this elections “mandate is clear” whether we like it or not. I believe He spoke this all over the body in these recent days.

Pray for our leaders, repent for this nation, and stand in the gap!

Do not fall into strife (where there is strife there is every evil work, don’t let the devil rob your house!)

Do not fall into fear!

There was much, much more, but I was only led to share this much so as to let the Holy Spirit lead you in your time with Him.

Be blessed!

Kath

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Rejoice!! – Billye Brim

I received this today and couldn’t share it FAST enough! Here is the text, from this link:

http://www.billyebrim.org/blog/november_8_2012_blog_israel

Billye Brim Blog from Israel November 8, 2012

Lost your joy?

 The Lord has impressed me with something very important. Especially for right now.

It started a couple of weeks ago, with my reading another book by someone who had a near death experience and visited Heaven.

Dr. Mary Neal (I think that’s her name; I don’t have the book here) is an orthopedic surgeon, as is her husband.  She is a spinal surgeon.

She drowned as her kayak was caught under a rock in rapid water in Chile. She’d been afraid of death by drowning, but said she experienced no pain, or panic.  She seemed to be held in the Lord’s arms as one would cradle a baby. She did visit the entrance to Heaven, and shared her experiences well.

However, what I want to share here is something that happened when she returned.

She was in ICU, her body, and especially her legs crushed. She asked for a Bible. She wanted to read her favorite Psalms, but she could not read.  Everything was blurry. The television. The nurse’s face. As she tried to turn the pages of the Bible, one verse became clearly focused.  All the rest of the Bible was unreadable.

The verse was: REJOICE EVERMORE!!!

And so she did it. After some time, another verse appeared readable.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
And so she did.  She did these two verses, with the Lord teaching her how to do it even in a bad situation.

Then another verse cleared, the next one:

IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD!!

For some time that was it. Those verses were all she could read, but they were what she needed to bring her out.

And they did!

Now, just today I was reading Habakkuk 3.
Verse 16 speaks of “the day of trouble” (Hebrew tsara, tribulation).
Hebrew commentators say this is the time just preceding the Messiah’s coming.

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fall, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and no herd in the stalls;

18 Yet I will REJOICE in the LORD, I will JOY in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD, God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet,
and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.

I see it so plainly. What will bring one out of distress is REJOICING!

 I’m also reminded of my son, Chip’s out of body experience where the Lord took him up over the football field where he’s once played. There he saw crowds of people bunched up unable to cross the goal line. He was told that the play that would get them across to answered prayer was: REJOICE!

You might want to order that message from him, or us. It is titled, ReceivER. The emphasis on ER is for Extra Responsibility.

The only thing the Lord ever said to me using the word “election” was in June 2008:

“ONE THING WILL SAVE AMERICA, AND IT IS NOT THE ELECTION.
IT IS AN AWAKENING TO GOD….”

He has never changed our prayer focus. And neither will we. Great things are happening. People are awakening.

REJOICE! REJOICE! AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE!

Love in Him,

Billye Brim

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“Evil Speaking” and the Upcoming Elections

As this election season gets more and more heated, the posts and articles filled with hate and misinformation are on the increase. But, the Lord has dealt with me again on this matter and reminded me that I’m not to judge or speak evil about anyone – including members of the government – and that I need to be praying for our leaders.

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”  Eph. 4:31

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For

‘He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’” 1 Peter 3:8-12

There is certainly a way to deal with and discuss issues at hand, but being rude, calling people names, and even saying that it would be better if so-and-so were dead, is not it. We can stand against ideas and actions in a noble way – we can, and should, do things differently than the world.

Return with me to praying for those in authority in our country as Paul directed in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Bickering isn’t going to solve anything; neither will complaining. But, entrusting ourselves and our nation to the Lord by doing what He says (because we’re showing Him that we trust Him by obeying Him) CAN solve EVERYTHING. Let’s quit wasting time! :)

PS – you can click here for an excellent example of how to pray for your government!

- Tammy

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