A MIGHTY REMNANT

David Wilkerson (1931-2011) June 26, 2019

 

There is wonderful news for every Christian who is discouraged by the apathy and godlessness in this nation. Regardless of how wicked and corrupt this society becomes and how many Christians compromise and fall into sin, God still has a mighty remnant of holy, separated followers.

Christians may be deceived into thinking that Satan is winning the battle for the saints, and that the predicted “falling away” has touched all of God’s people. The Bible does predict that in the last days many will be turned aside; men will love pleasure more than God; the love of many shall grow cold; evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse; and Satan will declare war on the saints of the Most High.

It is also true that Satan is now going about as a roaring lion, with great wrath, seeking victims to devour. The enemies of God are going all-out in an attempt to deceive and seduce every true follower of Christ. But the truth is that not all of God’s people are falling away! Not at all — and the Holy Spirit has a glorious and encouraging word for his Church. God is right now raising up a multitude of sanctified saints who are standing against the idolatry of this age. They are so filled with love for Christ that they are ready and willing to be persecuted for their faith and devotion.

The call of Jesus is to be thoughtful and clear-headed. Paul told Titus, “Exhort the young men to be sober-minded” (Titus 2:6). And Peter admonished the Christians, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit” (1 Peter 1:13, NASB). As materialism eats away at our spiritual life and compromise erodes our standards, Christians are called to get deadly serious about the things of Jesus. Peter further said, “Be serious and watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7).

Jesus does not want you to go around with a long face or a lack of humor. But he wants you to live like people who are soon to leave this earth — to be with him! (Click to Source)

 

 

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Seattle homeless crisis: Historic cemetery overrun with drugs and prostitution amid worsening problem

By Liam Quinn | Fox News

Seattle’s homeless crisis has reached such catastrophic levels that a north-side cemetery has become home to drug abuse, drug dealing and prostitution.

Bikur Cholim Cemetery board member and city council candidate Ari Hoffman detailed the desperate effort to fight the epidemic and placed blame for how bad it has gotten squarely on the local government.

“The city council, city elected officials failed our city. They created a haven where it is OK for people to die on the streets through drug use, and to live on the streets people who have a mental illness,” Hoffman told “Fox & Friends.” “They are not offering treatment solutions, and they are failing us.

Hoffman added: “Through 2013, the homeless population was relatively stable. And then what happened after that is it grew… because the policies they had enabled drug use behavior. It’s just absolutely tragic that we have people who are living inside of a cemetery, that are dealing drugs outside of a cemetery, and are running prostitution in a cemetery, but you see it on the streets all over Seattle.”

Hoffman, who is running for city council, then took aim at “non-performing non-profits” for not doing enough to combat the crisis and revealed what he believes is the first step to turn back the tide.

“You have to wonder where the money goes, the first thing we need to do is audit where all that money is going. There’s plenty of money, the city’s coffers are full, the money is just not being spent appropriately,” he told “Fox & Friends.” “According to Seattle’s own numbers, 78 percent of people want to be off heroin. They don’t want to have addiction problems, they want treatment. Unfortunately there just aren’t enough services – there aren’t enough mental health options for them… we need to make sure those services are available for people on the streets.”

Groundskeepers frequently find trash and other debris at the cemetery. 

Groundskeepers frequently find trash and other debris at the cemetery.  (Ari Hoffman)

Cemetery groundskeepers have had to deal with cleaning up everything from used needles to human feces, according to a representative.

Cemetery groundskeepers have had to deal with cleaning up everything from used needles to human feces, according to a representative. (Ari Hoffman)

Hoffman went on to paint a dire picture of the scene at the historic Bikur Cholim Cemetery.

“They find needles, they find drugs, they find human feces all over the place and they have to clean it all up,” he said. “Our grounds-crew has been pricked by needles before, they’ve been assaulted by people they found living there, they’ve found people on the ground overdosed thinking they were dead.”

Federal data released in 2018 found Washington state’s homeless population had risen more than any other state in the country.

Seattle, King County, had a homeless population of 12,112 — the third highest in the country behind Los Angeles and New York City. (Click to Source)

 

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WARNING TO ALL: If we do not protect innocent children from abortion and LGBT mutilations, God will unleash fire and fury upon America

(Natural News) Defenseless, self-aware human babies and children are being systematically mutilated and murdered by the gleeful, demonic abortion advocates across America. In their acts of pure malice, there is no remorse, no compassion and no recognition of the life of the child. These abortionists and post-birth infanticide proponents are nothing less than serial murderers and baby butchers, and it is our duty as conscious, capable human beings to stop them from mutilating and murdering innocent human children, whether inside the womb or out.

In the name of “women’s reproductive health,” the mass murder abortion industry absurdly claims that human babies are not human at all… at least until someone decides to keep the child. Even then, that same child can be terminated by the parent after birth, achieving what is essentially “fourth term abortion” that flat-out consists of murdering a living, breathing human being. This is all justified by Leftists who tell themselves that pro-life Christians are mean, while life-destroying abortionists are compassionate.

We already know that Leftists will not stop their LGBT mutilations and systematic murder of children. In fact, they take great pride in their acts of extreme violence against the unborn and recently born. This annihilation of the life of an innocent young human somehow gives meaning to the empty, pointless lives of “progressives” who apparently exist for no reason other than to carry out acts of murder, violence, destruction, censorship and sabotage against others. Their entire existence is rooted in the destruction of life, liberty and happiness, which is why they hate the very nation founded on those Christian principles.

Every abortionist is a serial murderer, and every serial murderer will be judged by God, if not judged by society first. The warning here is that if We the People do not protect the innocent against abortion violence and LGBT mutilations, God will judge our nation as a whole, and few will be insulated from at least some of the effects of God’s fury being unleashed upon the wicked that now infest our society like demonic, anti-human ghouls.

The mass murder and mutilation of conscious human babies, all in the name of “progressivism”

There is little doubt that God is about to unleash judgement yet again upon America and Western civilization for pushing the mass murder and the LGBT mutilation of innocent children. With “Drag Queen Story Hour” spreading across America, and the nation’s public education system now nearly indistinguishable from pedophilia indoctrination, never before have America’s children been subjected to the wickedness of so many demonic, perverted, child-abusing Leftists who revel in child molesting sex cults like NXIVM which has ties to Hillary Clinton, child trafficking and Satanism.

With our public schools being turned into pedophilia grooming centers, and with universities now functioning as LGBT indoctrination / brainwashing factories for young adults, Leftists have turned America into a demon-infested Hellscape that defies morality, human biology and human decency. No child is safe in a nation run by tech monopolists, media propagandists and left-wing lawmakers who demand the “right” to murder children after they are born (or to physically castrate them via LGBT DIY “gender reassignment” home surgery carried out by their murderous, mentally ill parents).

What the progressive Left is doing to children across America today isn’t merely sick. It’s Satanic. It is an affront to life and God.

And it will not go unanswered.

How will God unleash his fury upon us? The Bible already tells us how

I have not yet read the entire Bible, but I’m making my way through its various books and chapters, and what strikes me as astonishing is how God unleashes his vengeance on evil populations, evil cities, evil nations or evil groups of people. He does not wave a magic wand and simply cause those evil people to vanish or explode in a ball of fire. Rather, God unleashes the power of natural phenomena to annihilate the intended target.

Yes, God kills the wicked. Repeatedly. Although this is rarely talked about at popular churches, such accounts are found throughout the Bible. But God does not kill out of wickedness or vengeance. Rather, he eliminates those who are enemies of God and the goodness that He represents.

Throughout the Bible, there are accounts of God using meteors from space (Sodom and Gomorrah), insect swarms, winds, oceans, rain, fire, earthquakes, pestilence, tornadoes and floods to reshape Earth and eliminate those who stand in opposition to the sanctity of life itself. It’s no exaggeration to say that God works through Mother Nature to annihilate those who are enemies of Life and God.

He also tends to spare the innocent, and his word promises that those who embrace God will stand unharmed even as thousands around them are destroyed. (See Psalm 91, below.)

From WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com:

The Bible is full of judgments from God where natural catastrophes are involved.  In Isaiah 29:6 He thunders, “the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.”  In Genesis 6:11-12, “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.  God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.”

Revelation 16:18 “Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since the human race has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.”

Isaiah 29:6 “the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire”

Genesis 6:17 “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.”

Ezekiel 20:48 “’Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to set fire to you, and it will consume all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and every face from south to north will be scorched by it.”

This passage from Job (Job 37:9-13) also seems to describe God’s weather control capabilities, where He is harnessing and controlling the power of nature to protect his followers and destroy his enemies. Read this carefully and understand that the Bible is describing a divine being taking control over natural phenomena:

2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. 4 After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. 5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ 7 So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. 8 The animals take cover; they remain in their dens. 9 The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds. 10 The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. 11 He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them. 12 At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them. 13 He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love. 14 “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. 15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? 16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? 17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, 18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? 19 “Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness. 20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up? 21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. 22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. 23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. 24 Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”

When God unleashes His judgement upon the wicked, those who believe in God shall be spared, according to the Psalm of Protection (emphasis added):

Psalm 91

1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Do not be surprised if “natural” disasters remove the wicked from this Earth

If a magnitude 9 earthquake destroys every building on the West Coast of California while, miraculously, those of faith are spared and saved, do not be surprised. This might be God working through Mother Nature to eliminate the wicked who have betrayed God and life.

If an infectious disease is unleashed in America and takes hold in the filthy cities run by Democrats, leading to mass infections and millions of deaths, don’t be shocked, either.

If you did not realize that God kills the wicked, you are woefully uninformed about the history of our planet, the plan of God and the cosmic battle now taking place between good and evil. Fallen angels are quite real, and Satan has achieved surprising control over nearly every institution in modern society, including the news media, public education, the tech giants, politics, pop culture, banking and finance. The Antichrist is about to be revealed as a globalist political figure promising world peace, and the Mark of the Beast may very well be Mark Zuckerberg’s new global cryptocurrency scheme that would enslave humankind just as described in the Book of Revelation. Signs of the End Times are all around us, for those willing to look. (Look up!)

God is watching, waiting to judge this nation for the choices we make. Just yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Christian cross may remain standing on public lands. This seemingly small decision may have just saved America from annihilation at a cosmic scale, because it reaffirms that America is a Christian nation which still embraces the cross. Satan lost that court case, but the evil one is gaining ground in many other ways, having now infiltrated Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google, YouTube and nearly every Hollywood studio, broadcasting putrid filth and demonic propaganda into the minds of our children. Even Disney has joined with evil and is now pushing abortions and LGBT activism onto children as young as seven.

No one can know the day upon which God will unleash judgement upon America, but when that day comes, you do not want to be standing anywhere near “the wicked” — child murderers, molesters and traffickers. Namely, the upper echelon of the Democrat party, along with all the corrupt judges, journalists and political jokers who protect the wicked from facing real justice.

But real justice is coming, and it is supernatural in its origin. Whether the justice of human society succeeds or fails, God’s justice is inescapable by all. The wicked falsely believe they have all the power now, as they rule over human society. Yet their power is but a shadow of the real, divine power which will judge them all.

If We the People wish to stop the coming judgement that shall be handed down upon this nation, we must stop the wicked from exploiting, abusing, mutilating and murdering innocent children. Because they are all God’s children — both from a spiritual and ancient civilizations point of view — and God will not stand by forever and watch his children have their limbs and reproductive organs ripped from their bodies in the name of “progressivism.”

To stop God’s wrath, in other words, stop the Democrats. Overturn Roe vs. Wade. End the LGBT mutilations, chemical castrations and child abuse. Dismantle the Hollywood child programming factories. Restore basic principles of morality and ethics to our schools, our town halls and our families. Only then may we earn favor with God and pray for forgiveness for the tens of millions of children already murdered in the name of “women’s rights.”

Every action in this universe has a consequence, and every conscious being is a divine being. The systematic destruction of life has already set into motion cosmic, supernatural events of such magnitude that their materialization can only be called “Biblical.”

Pray for forgiveness for what we have allowed to be done in our nation, to our children, in the name of “progress.” Pray that God decides we are a nation worth saving rather than one that must be destroyed. (Click to Source)

 

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JESUS’ DESIGN FOR OUR LIVES

Gary Wilkerson – June 24, 2019

 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matthew 5:13).

If our only mission in life is to have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus, we will miss God’s larger objective. Jesus left us in a twisted, fallen world with another purpose in mind — to be lights in a darkened place and time. We may not desire to live in a sin-filled culture like America that rages more and more against God, but Jesus has a design for our lives. The reason we are here right now — the reason we exist — is for his glory! We are here to be his testimony, to make a difference, to be his living epistles to a world thirsting desperately for love.

Much of American culture has seeped into the church — including the exalted pursuit of happiness. We worship and behave as if God exists for us rather than the other way around. Our obedience to his Word is not to gain his favor and blessing but to grow in a relationship of love with him. We must not put the pursuit of material and fleshly satisfaction before a holy, loving God.

Paul said the Christians in Crete were “insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers … They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach” (Titus 1:10-11). In Crete, the church had become just as flesh-driven as the larger culture, and Paul had to confront the false doctrines that catered to people’s flesh.

Too often today the church seems more like the world than different from it. Determine in your heart to seek God’s face and have your life transformed by the gospel. You are here for a godly purpose: to hear from the Father and to reach out to others with Holy Spirit conviction and power. You are the salt of the earth! (Click to Source)

 

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Matthew 6:24 – June 24, 2019

Matthew 6:1-34

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Matthew 6:1-34King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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Nostalgia for the Familiar – June 22, 2019

Regular Shabbat Readings

  • Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך | When you set up)
  • Torah: Numbers 8:1-12:15
  • Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:14-21

Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.

Portion Summary

The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means “When you ascend.” It comes from the first verse of the portion, which could literally be translated as “When you ascend the lamps” (Numbers 8:2), a reference to the fact that the priest had to step up to clean and light the lamps of the menorah. This portion is jam-packed, telling the story of the consecration of the Levites, the first Passover in the wilderness, the silver trumpets, the cloud of glory, the departure from Sinai, the grumbling in the wilderness, the first Sanhedrin and the punishment of Miriam.

Portion Outline

  • TORAH
    • Numbers 8:1 | The Seven Lamps
    • Numbers 8:5 | Consecration and Service of the Levites
    • Numbers 9:1 | The Passover at Sinai
    • Numbers 9:15 | The Cloud and the Fire
    • Numbers 10:1 | The Silver Trumpets
    • Numbers 10:11 | Departure from Sinai
    • Numbers 11:1 | Complaining in the Desert
    • Numbers 11:16 | The Seventy Elders
    • Numbers 11:31 | The Quails
    • Numbers 12:1 | Aaron and Miriam Jealous of Moses
  • PROPHETS
    • Zec 2:6 Interlude: | An Appeal to the Exiles
    • Zec 3:1 Fourth Vision: | Joshua and Satan
    • Zec 4:1 Fifth Vision: | The Lampstand and Olive Trees

Portion Summary

The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means “When you ascend.” It comes from the first verse of the portion, which could literally be translated as “When you ascend the lamps” (Numbers 8:2), a reference to the fact that the priest had to step up to clean and light the lamps of the menorah. This portion is jam-packed, telling the story of the consecration of the Levites, the first Passover in the wilderness, the silver trumpets, the cloud of glory, the departure from Sinai, the grumbling in the wilderness, the first Sanhedrin and the punishment of Miriam.


In Numbers 11:4-9, nostalgia for the food of Egypt sweeps over the camp of Israel. “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” (Numbers 11:5-6)The same often happens to us after we take on a life of discipleship. For a while, it is fresh, new and exciting. It is invigorating, and each day is filled with new discovery. But after a period of time, the novelty wears off. We begin to miss the old vices and entertainments. We begin to feel nostalgic for ways of life that we have turned our backs on. When this happens (and it is normal that it does) we must press on all the harder in pursuit of our righteous Savior. It is normal for the heart to yearn for straying, but it is not normal to stray after the heart. We know better. If we will only press on, we will discover further joys, greater depths and new thrills in the pursuit of God.

Believers who begin to keep the commandments of God come from a variety of denominational and religious backgrounds. Typically, when they do, they commit to a life of Torah which they pursue with a proselyte’s zeal.

Everything changes. Your calendar, your holidays, your day of worship, your friends, your rhythm of life, the places you go, your style of worship, the entertainment you watch—everything is different—even the food you eat. It is normal to, at a certain point, long for some of the old things you have left behind. Believers in the Torah movement often feel bewildered by the strangeness of the new world they have entered. They reflect back on the simpler days when a Sunday morning worship service was nearly the full extent of their expression of faith. They long for the simplicity they once knew. “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic…” (Numbers 11:5) But the manna on which we now feed is the one who has descended from heaven. He is the bread of life, and He beckons us to eat of Him alone, and to follow Him alone. This is the way to life. (Click to Source)