Feast of Dedication Facebook live videos
We're almost done with 2020. It's been a tough year! Happy Hanukkah!
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I've been getting a lot of questions lately about the Feasts of the Lord, Torah, and Biblical living. I felt impressed to do a live video each day of Hanukkah to answer some of those questions:
Feast of Dedication Facebook live videos
Click the link above to follow along or watch the first few here:
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By the way, did you make it to the party? My friends and I had an evening of fun and growth as we shared ways to prepare for a stress free holiday. We discussed being intentional this holiday season with practical ideas for gifts and activities with the family.
If you missed it, go ahead and pop into the Facebook event to catch the freebies. There's a coloring book, holiday planner, no-debt gift ideas, an advent nature study and an adorable monkey that helps teach the children about our Savior!
And guess what? We recorded it! Here's the video:
This party was hosted by the members of the Queens' Mastermind, a group of female entrepreneurs who meet weekly for business growth, training and accountability. The group will be open to new members in the near future, if you'd like an invite when we open registration please visit here for more details.
With so many things to consider and do, it's too easy to get all wrapped up in things and forget to take time to rest and be grateful.
This time of year is particularly hard for our family. We're a bit wary in November. November was the month Paul's mom went to the cancer treatment center. November was the month his dad had to go to the nursing home. It was early on Thanksgiving morning when our youngest, at 6 years old, had a heart attack and had to be flown to the city. It was November when my mother was diagnosed with cancer and died two weeks later...
Yes, November has been difficult. It's also been a beautiful time with wonderful memories. We do have so much to be grateful for. We have precious memories of loved ones we've lost. Our youngest is still with us, by the grace of YHVH. This year we have new members of our family. Our two sons-in-law joined us for Thanksgiving last year as fiances, and now they are part of our family. We also have three bonus grandchildren and our first biological grand-baby on the way.
There is much to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for this year? Do you have a prayer request? Leave me a note in the comments. I'd love to pray for you and rejoice over your blessings as well.
Here’s the story.
I originally created this video for my family and a few friends because I wanted to demonstrate that so much of the true meaning of Easter is lost… but remarkably hidden in plain sight. I received a lot of response. In fact, so many people asked if they could “forward” it or use it in Church or Sunday school that I asked my computer guys to put it online and make it public.
Listen. I really think you’ll find “The Lost Secrets Of Easter” thought-provoking and challenging. Frankly, I’m not sure anything like this has ever been done before. (Sure could be wrong about that, though.)
Okay, we’ve got less than two weeks before Easter and my heart’s desire is for everyone to know these secrets. So it’s yours to watch right now.
But we should hurry. Just like the disciples who left for Jerusalem from Emmaus. It’s that urgent and that important.
We’ve also created a small contest with a pretty cool prize if you help us share the new video.
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P.S. Just make sure you don’t miss this before Easter. Lots of teaching moments, evangelism opportunities and apologetics applications. Really, stuff here for all ages.
I honestly figured it would free them of feeling like they were obligated to purchase gifts for our growing family, which knew to be a burden to some of them. I wonder now why they missed a tree in our home when they seldom visited to see it. For some though, it was the only time they took to invite us or try to meet as a family. Since our dreaded announcement, we've never been invited to any holidays and seldom anything else... Our family literally diminished and I found myself very hurt for a few years; defensive of our decision and very lonely. I've accepted it now. We've relaxed and are confident in our beliefs and understanding. We have realized that it doesn't compromise our beliefs to participate in a few local festivities this time of year. We drive around and enjoy the lights, appreciating the growing number of meaningful decorations and ignoring the secular silliness or pagan propaganda. We still even exchange cards with a few family & friends and some of our family who wasn't involved for years now enjoy at least part of Hanukkah with us. We especially enjoy sharing what we learn when people are receptive or curious.
Here are some of the fun things we do for Hanukkah (and why our children aren't 'missing out'):
Y'shua made a bold proclamation in John 10:22-30 "And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.I and my Father are one."
First, for a bit of History. The wise men probably visited Y'shua (Jesus) around the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). They followed the the Light of a special star and presented Him with gifts. When HE was older, during HIS ministry on earth, HE visited the Temple during this feast. (John 10) The pagan "Christmas" practices didn't begin enter the Church until 311 AD. Most of western civilization has grown up with it though and they are hard traditions to give up. Something I try to keep in mind is if the wise men gave gifts to the King of Kings, it's not wrong for us to give gifts to each other. Matthew 25 tells, "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." This is a wonderful time to teach children giving AND thankfulness.
Christmas Around the World is a 6-Week Geography Based Unit Study. In this engaging study, you will travel the world to 30 different countries learning the history of their Christmas traditions, foods, music, and getting to know their amazing people! Here is a list of some of the resources you can expect:
Countries include: Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tailand and the U.S.A.
Favorite link from last week:
Whether you celebrate the feasts of not, I encourage you to do a study of the Tabernacle, especially the prophetic significance. The hit-&-run, read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year 'thing' can't give you the fullness and depth of a true STUDY. So many resources are available now on the internet. (Do be careful though, some of them are hookie... off-the-wall, rubbish, hog-wash...)
Here are some points I find particularly fascinating about the Tabernacle:
The Feast of Tabernacles is symbolic:
For my complete (& growing) playlist on the Tabernacle, click HERE.
In a Jubilee year there is to be NO plowing, planting, or reaping of the fields at all. Something I've never seen in my lifetime. The farmers here mistakenly think rotation farming, leaving a different field fallow each year, is somehow following the commandment of the jubilee. It is a lack of our faith NOT following this. Not that it's an easy exercise in faith! This is very hard, to plan to rely on the LORD for a whole, not one, but two years. You see, if you don't plant, there is no harvest the year after the jubilee either. You would have to plow & plant before you could get a harvest the year after the jubilee. BUT the LORD promises that HE will bless the 6th year abundantly IF we will obey HIM.
Leviticus 25:18-21 "Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years."
Did you get that? On the 6th year, it will produce THREE year's worth of produce! That is an amazing promise. ...unfortunately, we can't seem to bring our feeble minds to believe it can we? I hear so many Americans talk about standing on the promises of God, yet there are many promises they ignore or excuse themselves from. Why do we do that? (I'm not exempt here folks. Guilty as charged!)
Israel was judged for not following the jubilee years. They lost their land and have gone through hardships beyond imagining. The punishments for disobedience were laid out in Leviticus 26:14-39. Then in verse 44 HE says, "And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God."
We must remember that YHWH does NOT forget HIS people. If you have a personal relationship with HIM, you are one of HIS people too. This video is a nice explanation of the temple and the Messiah's fulfillment. Y'shua (Jesus) is the answer to the problems of this earth. I hope you will take some special time this year to renew your relationship with HIM and pray for HIS people all over the world.
I'm not going to get overly "Biblical" with you about what Feast of Trumpets is and why we celebrate it. I went into all that last year. If you'd like to read it, find it HERE. This year I felt led (It's been brewing for some time...) to start a linkup with some other Hebrew Roots bloggers. I'm super excited to share this with you because I know in addition to my lovely co-hostesses, there will be linking up some wonderful sites & articles full of exceptional information, recipes & craft ideas.
If you don't think you are the least bit interested in the Feasts of the Lord, I encourage you to check these out anyway because most of this information can help you in preparation for Thanksgiving and other holidays you do celebrate with your family. If you homeschool, I'm sure there will be some great historical unit study ideas as well!
The Feast of Trumpets starts the evening of September 13th this year. We'll be dipping apple slices in honey & drinking sparkling apple cider while the children have fun trying to get their horns to blow... Now, I'm off to clean my frig to make room for the fresh apples we will be using to make Apple Crisp, Baked Apples, Granny's Apple Grunt, & maybe even an Apple Strudel... (Strudel is one of our Home Extension club County Fair projects this year... It's going to take some courage on my part for this one!) You all have a wonderful Rosh Hashanah!
We also always have apples and honey and usually sparkling apple cider. It's something the children look forward to. I'll be posting more for the new Feast of the Lord Linky Party next week, but this week I want to share some resources with you. These are FREE reading and would make great Bible school lessons as well as a homeschool unit study:
My favorite from last week (oh these look yummy!):