Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Can't Put It Down

First I want to say I believe this book is important. I believe there is a way to acknowledge the  Hebrew roots of Christianity without getting off on a weird religious road. The anti-Semitism that is still very much active in our world is rearing it's ugly head. Consider how the Jews are being treated in the Ukraine right now for example! This should shake us right out of apathy!
 
The author of The Holy Land Key, Ray Bentley takes us through various stunning pictures the Creator has painted for the human race in his book. From the night skies to seasons and feasts we are helped to understand that God has told us the stories over and over again- His stories are history, the present and the future. 

I was excited to read what Ray had to say about topics that I am interested in and want to learn more about because he is so balanced. His book is easy to read, and well-written. I found it fascinating.
 
As a pastor taught under and ordained by Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith I knew he had a great foundation. Calvary teaches through theBible  verse by verse and so has a strong emphasis on Bible literacy. I love to learn about the Jewish roots of Christianity but I am annoyed by the replacement theology crowd and the messianic movement in general.

I loved learning more about the Feasts of The Lord and their prophetic significance. Did you realize the feasts are the Lord's feasts? That they are meant for all of us and prophetic pictures? Foreshadowing, in the spring feasts, the coming of Jesus, and in the fall feasts, the second coming?

Ray talks about the Blood Moons (highly relevant since we just experienced one)
Establishing patterns all throughout the history of Israel, the world and the Word.

This book helped me have a richer understanding of the words in my Bible. I have thought about for years, but now more fully, the verse tells us that the natural is first and then the spiritual. (1 Cor. 15:46) God is always pointing the way! 

The Mazzaroth, the riddle of the Sphinx, the Hebrew mindset, loving the Jews and their brothers and sisters: Ishmael's children, as well to studying the Bible and looking for the patterns God placed there for us- so many things discussed in the jewel of a book! 
 
This is another one of those books I find valuable enough to read over again and assign to my highschoolers to read in our homeschool. I have spent many happy hours with it.
 
*I received this book free in exchange for an unbiased online review.
 
Here's a video:
 
 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Horseback Riding

 The sun is aging, flowers blooming and babies are being born. I love spring because I love to be outside in nature with the animals but I hate to be cold.

I've been spending some time with my mare again, and milking twice a day. I feel incredibly blessed. I hope you are too.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Take This Cup

 
Has there ever been a Theone book that wasn't first rate? No. My favorite authors have written book number 2 in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, "Take This Cup"; taking us along on the journey of Jesus during His life and ministry. Book number one is "When Jesus Wept" and I adored it.
 
 Like Jesus, the Theone's are great story tellers who believe in the power of a well told story to deliver truth. That's why they are so diligent to do their research and know their facts, which woven together with imagination to fill in the fact gaps, make for outstanding, gripping, and instructive fiction.
The time leading up to Passover and the Last Supper is told from the viewpoint of a child, and  how very appropriate since we can't enter into the Kingdom unless we become like a child.
Nehemiah is the shepherd boy who is born to be the King's Cupbearer and his story is rich with tradition and the Jewish culture, but also high adventure, danger, and intrigue, capturing the events of Jesus' life on earth.
As they do in every book, the authors skillfully remind us that in the Scriptures, everything means something. There are truths buried in stories and traditions and the Word to give us wisdom, understanding, and to illuminate other truths for us. I'm always excited to see what's going to be uncovered for me when I read a Theone book!
I highly suggest this book as a great read but more than that, as a guide into the truths waiting for us in the pages of the Bible. Bodie and Brock have written award winning books that are used in colleges and stocked in the World's great libraries. Of course I'd love them all in my personal library. I have my children read these as part of their education in their homeschooling years. Matching emotion and vivid details with rich history makes for an unforgettable lesson.
 
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review.
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Book Description

Though there have been many stories about the Cup of Christ, the Holy Grail, after the Last Supper, this is the first imaginative account of the Cup’s previous history and significance. Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish woman, a weaver from Jerusalem, is born and raised among the Jews who didn’t return to Jerusalem from the Exile. Educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus’ birth thirty years earlier, Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah?
When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission—to carry a mysterious object back to the holy city of Jerusalem . . . an object whose reappearance heralds the Messiah’s arrival.
Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem just as the final events of Jesus’ earthly ministry are coming to a climax: the Feast of Dedication, the Triumphal Entry, the last cleansing of the Temple, and culminating at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Only Nehemiah understands the true sacrifice that is to come as he makes the cup worthy of his Savior.
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kissin'

               Ocho wants a lil' kiss.
              Daddy is so obliging.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Herd of Puppies

Are they just adorable or what? This whole herd greets me at the gate and door whenever I make a move. Mobbed by puppies isn't a bad way to go.