I decided to start writing down my journey from where I am right now in my life, to mine and Matthew’s end goal. The finish line if you will, where we find you. It is when God brings you to us. This process is not an overnight occurrence. This journal will be day by day, month by month journey. If God only has us on this journey to open our eyes to what His word says, to dig deeper into His word, to show others, God, through our life, then these letters will only be a journal for me. From where I started to where I am in the future. I pray maybe, I can also help shine a light for someone else and be of encouragement.
Invariably, the subject of headship and patriarchy elicits an emotional response, particularly from women, that borders on volcanic. The feelings that explode to the surface quickly override the facts of what Scripture teaches.
As a general rule, I have long taught my family that facts always trump emotions. Or, another way I have often said it, feelings will always fail you. The reason is because feelings are subject to change. Facts are not.
Pretty much any subject can be taken and evaluated both emotionally and factually. As an example, murder can be justified by feelings. Maybe the perpetrator was just totally fed up with someone and hated their guts to the point that they commit murder. They may justify it with their feelings, but in a court of law, the facts will show that they broke the law. Facts will trump feelings! Continue reading “Facts v Feelings”
I do not normally reblog entire articles, but usually provide a link. I am making an exception for this article because it encapsulates so well the reason why we must recapture the proper roles of men and women in marriage as God designed. The Torah pursuant community is so serious about learning and walking in God’s ways, but retain a huge blind spot regarding what the Bible actually says about marriage, men and women.
We will be held accountable for truth in this area because it is foundational to the Restoration of Kol Israel. Calendars, liturgy and minute details about the Torah throughout Scripture are meaningless if we get the roles of men and women and family structure wrong. Simply, Torah cannot be walked rightly if headship and patriarchy are not right at the very foundation.
“BGR, (my wife and I refer to you as Bigger Guy, phonetically pronounced), Just a word of encouragement, we decided over a year ago to switch the dynamic of our marriage to a more Biblical approach. Your blog has inspired a lot of the changes that we have implemented. We were “happily married partners” for many years. Since the change, our marriage has grown and flourished like never before.
Paradigm shifts are rarely easy. And, for those on the cutting edge, they can be particularly difficult.
Many readers are in some stage of ‘coming to’ or beginning Torah observance, and the whole process is challenging. But, why? In theory, this should be easy, right? Read the Scriptures. See truth. Walk in it.
As humans, we tend to act like pack animals. We have way too much of a herd mentality. Deep inside, whether a lie of the adversary or voice from our flesh, we do not want to be different or perceived as ‘outside’ the fold. We even know that Yeshua clearly taught that following Him was the antithesis to crowd following.
Yet, we follow. Comfortably. And, justify it.
In truth, this should be simple, but we make it hard. Too, hard. We should simply say, ‘Abba, You call, I haul! Just show me truth in Your Word and I’ll walk in it.’
That’s it! No dickering or negotiating. No checking with men and their doctrines. No worrying about what the neighbors or family members will say.
Just see it, believe it and walk it out.
I pray each of you cease to negotiate the price. Stop trying to find the easy path. Give up on pleasing the folks around you. Just focus on the Word and what it actually says.
“How can we be the salt of the earth, if we keep sugar coating the message?”
(From Kelly’s Facebook page…)
No doubt, we need to be compassionate in our delivery, but we should not avoid the hard truths or deeper topics simply because they are unpopular or politically incorrect. Every prophet and apostle, as well as the Messiah, spoke truth to their own detriment. We should be so bold.
2 Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. 3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law (Torah) will go forth from Zion And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Do we really accept Torah?
This awakening to Torah that is happening across the planet is amazing, messy, crazy and fascinating. Clearly, Abba is up to something, because there is no other explanation that fits this phenomenon.
Still, do we really accept Torah?
No doubt, this is a process. We are learning and the understandings are varied. There is no monolithic opinion or system, though many try to control or direct it… I myself am guilty as I share what the Father and His Word teach me. But, do we really accept Torah?
Numbers 9:15-23 explains in detail the travel habits of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. The abbreviated version is that they followed the Pillar of Cloud. When the Cloud moved, they moved. When the Cloud stood still, they camped.
Some camp locations were mere days long. Others, like Kadesh Barnea, were lengthy, up to 19 years.
Imagine having lived in a location for a year or two and the cloud suddenly moved. You would have had to make the decision to move or to stay. While most moved, I am sure that there were those who, at every move, decided to stay put. Kadesh must have been the hardest! Houses had been built, stables had been fortified and even orchards planted and harvested from. Then, boom!, time to move.
Dr. Rivkah Adler, Ph.D., is about to publish a book that I am very excited about!!
For roughly half of the book, each chapter is a testimony from a broad swath of non-Jews telling their story about how they (we) came to Torah. The balance of the book is Jews who are aware of and facilitating this Torah awakening in a variety of ways. This important work embraces the breadth of this movement towards Torah by Christians who now self-identify as Noahide, or Hebrew roots believers as well as converts to Judaism. Sample chapters are available at the Ten From The Nations website. I strongly recommend checking out the website and subscribing for updates as we eagerly await this exciting volume!!