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Go Forth

Shabbat Shalom everyone. This weeks portion is Lech Lecha, “Go Forth”, in which Avram and Sarai embark on the Great Adventure. And make huge mistakes. And have great victories. Whoever says the Torah is dull is just not paying attention.

One of the major happenings is the birth of Ismael. It is said this is Abrams fifth test. (wow, now I gotta go back and find the other four). You remember the story. Sarai is barren and she offers up Hagar to bear the heir. The plan backfires and now we have Islam.

Anyway, the test was that Sarai comes to Avram and says Hagar is treating her inappropriately because she has the heir in her belly. Now Avram could have said, hey it was your idea deal with it. Instead, he supports his wife. He passed the test.

Yesterday, I went to Amarillo because my cell phone needed replacement. I wanted to go by myself and look at trucks and maybe take in a movie. My wife listened to the Holy Spirit and came with me. Praise Yahweh. If it hadn’t been for her I might have got us into a heap of trouble by buying a truck we didn’t need at this time.

Husbands love your wives.

October 31, 2009 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

best blonde joke in a while

A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”

Her boyfriend asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”

The blonde says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”

Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,

“First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”

He takes her hand and says, “Second, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh. .. . … . ..

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“Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.”

October 26, 2009 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

I about cried when I read this……

An act of kindness for those who have chosen to lay it on the line for us.

Continue Reading October 26, 2009 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Last day of Sukkot 5769

Just about to head out to the Holy ground for the last day of Sukkot.  For those who thought that Sukkot was over 2 days ago let me remind you of Gen 1:14

Genesis 1:14 (NJB)
14 God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years.

The new moon was sighted 15 days before Sukkot started…  see my post Yom Kippur …. the controversy.

Brenda and I have come to realize that Christmas is a forgery of this festival.

We have had a fantastic joyous time and met many new friends and got re-acquainted with old ones these past 8 days.

TWOT: Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament

Most commonly, it is used in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles. Once a year the Israelite left his home to tabernacle in a “booth,” made from tree branches (Leviticus 23:34ff.). The feast marked not only the joy and thankfulness of a grateful people for God’s provision at the end of the agricultural season (Leviticus 23:39-41), but was to be a perpetual reminder (Deut. 16:13ff.) to the people of God’s care for his own whom he had rescued from Egypt during those long years in the wilderness (Leviticus 23:42-43). The feast was closed by a day of rest, featured by a holy convocation, marking not only the climax of the religious year but symbolizing the rest of the believer in his God (Leviticus 23:39). Prophetically, the feast finds final fulfillment in that grand day when God will raise up the fallen booth of David (Amos 9:11) and give shelter to his repentant, redeemed, and regathered people (Isaiah 4:6).

What a joyous day THAT will be!

Brenda and I didn’t build a Succa this year but we did participate as much as we could in the teachings and festivities.

October 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Fast and Furious

Yom Kippur was really really good.  We went to Dr. Danashfar’s house about noon. Read the book of Jonah. And discussed it. Then we took turns reading from a Siddur or Kamash or some book which gave prayers and confessions.  This was the “Day of Atonement”.  The book we read from was prayers of Praise to Yahweh and prayers for forgiveness of sins, those known and unknown, intentional and unintentional, etc.  We had been fasting since sundown the night before. And I mean FASTING, no food, no water, no nothing.  I did take my thyroid medicine because I did not want to mess it up but it’s so small I could swallow it dry.  This was the first time I had fasted without water.  We had done a 3 day fast before but water was allowed. You can really tell how much water is needed when you do without it.  It’s really good to put down the flesh with fasting but I’m so glad this is the only feast that requires fasting. After sundown, we ended the fast with a delicious meal that was truly international. Dr. Danashfar is Iranian and many of the dishes were also Spanish.  The Bockchoy was superb (a soup with green spinach, I think).  Talapia on taco shells. Frijoles. So much more good eats.

Then, tonight we had Hebrew class. It’s coming along. So many rules, so little brain (grin).

So, Saturday is Shabbat and Sunday at sundown starts Sukkot (feast of Tabernacles). Which goes till Monday week. (8 days). Living Water Ministries ( has a camp near Lake Meredith.   That’s where we’ll be.

See why I said Fast and Furious?

Shavu Atov

October 2, 2009 at 4:50 am 1 comment

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