Shalom Segula (Treasured Possssion)
We’re about to start another feast cycle with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread just around the corner. We have been making preparations both spiritually and naturally for these special appointed times.
Currently, we, as a community, are studying the Scriptures and examining our lives through the lens of the Seven Spirits of YHVH from Isaiah 11:1-3. It says,
“1. Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2. The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHVH.
3. And He will delight in the fear of YHVH [reverencing YHVH], and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; It has brought such a depth to what it means to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh.
Dr. Hollisa Alewine of The Creation Gospel uses a thematic connection of the days of creation to the seven branched menorah that the Father gave to Moses to light up the tabernacle. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16), therefore we should have the seven Spirits functioning in our lives in order for us to be a light to the nations…a living menorah if you will.
With that in mind, this is a serious time of examining ourselves before we partake of the cups. It’s not always comfortable when light is shed on the areas that need to be changed; but it is necessary and worth it to be able to come before the throne of our heavenly Father and His Son as a clean vessel, shining bright, with a clear conscience, because we have repented and returned to the ways of YHVH. What joy we will experience when we come to true FREEDOM from the weights and sins that so easily beset us!!
We are excited to be on this journey with all of you. To know that we are reading the Torah portions together, in addition to our other readings of Scripture, in a real sense of the word, connects us to each other and YHVH and Yeshua. May we encourage and comfort one another so much more as we see the day approaching. Stay the course!!
The April Torah Calendar is attached. May we each encounter our Messiah in a real and meaningful way this Pesach/Passover.
Adar B~Nissan 5779
Praise His Name!!
We love you with our whole hearts!!
Shalom & Blessings,
Pastor Mark & Tammy McLendon