Taking out the Leaven…

On pondering the Days of Unleavened, it occurred to me that we do not focus enough on removing the leaven of Hollywood* from our lives. Yeshua spoke of leaven as the little sins that affect the whole lump. If we are to be a kadosh/set apart lump for Him, and our pursuit is holiness, then we should really consider the leaven of Hollywood.

During these days of house cleaning, let us focus on removing the leaven of video games, secular music, movies and TV shows. Even the seemingly innocuous ones. Hollywood ‘programming’ is just that. Programming. Hollywood seeks to influence culture and steer us toward ever lower moral standards.

Besides just getting us ‘out of Babylon.’ we need to focus on the harder task of getting Babylon out of us.

Rav Shaul writes, “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened of sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor. 5:6-8)

Shalom, Pete

*Hollywood used here as a euphemism for all of Babylon’s culture which Hollywood has a substantial hand in shaping.

How many times?? Not 2 or 3, but…

I thought just two, then I saw three…  Now, just now, I saw the fourth!!  What am I talking about?  Check this out:   (All quotes from Revelation)

‘…who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.’

‘…who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.’

‘…they sang the song of Moses, … and the song of the Lamb…’

‘…had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God…’

It just keeps popping up.  Walking Torah and having faith in Yeshua!  See those references for yourself: 12:17; 14:12; 15:3; 20:4!!

Seems pretty important to keep studying this Torah stuff and learning to walk it out!


Tzitzits. A sign…

1342207464If you have done any research trying to understand the Hebrew roots of your faith, you have no doubt run into information on tzitzits.

Most everyone focuses on the commandment in Numbers 15:37-40 as a way of reminding themselves and others of the commandments, or mitzvot of our God.

Certainly, this is central, but lately Abba has placed His grace on me in another way as He reveals a secondary aspect of blessing from simple obedience.  What blessings?  Let me share!! Continue reading “Tzitzits. A sign…”

Reading my email…. Part 3.

Third part in a series…  I recommend the previous parts as background. Part 1Part 2.

[The short, as a pastor, I have had an email exchange sharing my changing theological position as Yahweh opens my eyes to the fullness of His Word.  I hope these emails help others in formulating reasoned loving and grace filled responses to those questioning what and why you are learning/growing in your understanding of the Hebrew roots of your faith in a Jewish Messiah.]

This is an email to the ordaining body for my area in my denomination.  In the email, I actually enclose an email that was to another pastor in this area.  Names are redacted to protect the innocent…


Continue reading “Reading my email…. Part 3.”

Defining ‘Heaven’…

I was ‘raised in the church,’ and had pastored a small congregation for a number of years before I began to have a clear picture of what Scripture has to say about ‘Heaven.’  Even then, I was not entirely correct as recent study is showing me.

This is not an exhaustive or definitive study.  I just want to share some Scripture and a few thoughts.

Until a couple years ago, like most people, I had a very fuzzy, even mystical view of some ethereal blissful place that was beyond description.  Most of that nonsense was cleared up after reading Continue reading “Defining ‘Heaven’…”