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Who is like You, O LORD…

themasterteacher“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.”

–Psalm 145.5-6

We live in a time when man is generally stuck on himself and has the means in unprecedented ways to further that narcissism… More than ever and in increasing lust man exerts and pursues power and control over everything in this world (and the next) except his own appetites and inordinate inclinations… And such is regarded by the world as virtue…

I have been thinking more and more about the attributes of the God who has created me and redeemed me and given me LIFE–His LIFE. It is hard to forget what life was like in the years while I walked at odds and opposition to the God who is all glorious… How did I come to see Him? By His grace and kindness… He took me to the end of my self-worship and showed me the yawning abyss, the cosmic futility of my self-religion… And He made me see my darkness and feel my futility… To the point sometimes when I entertained the logical reaction to it–how to cease to exist… And by His grace, I have lived to tell about it…

Now, beloved, in every season and circumstance, I can rejoice in His grace and kindness and wisdom and power and omniscience and omnipresence and providence and sovereignty… He, in all His majesty, woke me and drew me to hunger and seek and search for One like Him…  The One like whom there is no other…

Today, I have added another unit of study to the page on which I have posted Discipling the Messianic Believer: An Invitation for LIFE

Unit 2 is entitled:  “The God of Your LIFE.”  There are three study sessions in this unit, each one examining the being and character of the Godhead…

If you are feeling like there is no reason for your existence, consider the possibility that there is a God who is loving you enough to make you feel your futility… Consider the possibility that your god is too small… There is no such thing as atheism… If you have been feeling futile and worthless, your feelings are signaling your little grey cells to wake up and realize who/what is your god… What do you worship?

So, beloved, I invite you to view the material in Unit 2 and dig deeply into the very Word of this God…

…And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

–Jeremiah 29.13

FOOTNOTE: If you have just visited this page and find the terms in each study somewhat alien to you, please go to Page 1 on the DISCIPLING THE MESSIANIC BELIEVER page. There you will find a link to A Guide to Messianic Jewish/Hebraic/Yiddish Terms, found in the link to Appendix A.

Another Page in My LIFE…

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image: Broderbund PrintShop 10, by permission

This picture speaks to me… Nothing is better to me than the sheer delight of quietly sitting at the feet of the Lord Jesus and learning what it means to be His disciple–to follow hard after Him–seeing life through His eyes, glimpsing what He wants to do with me, knowing I am His forever…

I belong to a knitting and crocheting ministry in my church, and we meet one Friday each month to pray and fellowship while we knit and crochet for others. Our recent topic for conversation included the tedium and exhausting work of unloading years of accumulated possessions in our advanced years… I am no stranger to this constant management of things, things and more things… Our conversation provoked me to think about the things that really matter to me, things I have accumulated and are in danger of being cast away like so much detritus after I die… things of which I have not been a wise steward…

Years ago, I knew I could not keep silent about what I had been discovering in the Scriptures on the subject of what it means to become one who is awakened to know the God revealed in nature, and magnified in the Scriptures. Discipling the Messianic Believer is a journal of sorts… I published a written edition of it in 1994 and issued a new edition in 2003 in print form. It has been distributed to interested ministry leaders in various countries, translated into other languages… But I don’t want the few printed copies I have sitting in my file cabinet to sit there till after I die, only to be thrown into the recycle bin as one more of those inconvenient collections of an old lady… So, I’m following the suggestion of my former mentor under whose direction I compiled the material in this manual: I am making it available on the internet…

Don’t be intimidated by the title; if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus, you will enjoy the studies in this volume. I wrote it with an Hebraic perspective in order to help non-Jewish believers in Jesus understand some of the roots of the Gospel in the Older Covenant Scriptures. This will assist them in their dialogs with Jewish friends. I also wrote it with this Hebraic perspective in order to encourage new Jewish believers that they are not less Jewish; in fact, they are  “completed Jews.” I have provided a glossary with the meanings of all the Hebraic/Yiddish terms I have used in the study guides. It addresses what I know is essential to living and walking with Messiah in this wilderness… the process… and it is more than a primer…while it is friendly to those who are beginning, it is provocative to those who are continuing…

By God’s grace I have enjoyed the nourishment and encouragement from these things for 20 years and counting… accumulating more LIFE through what I find on the pages of Scripture in these studies…  I continue to be challenged and provoked as I re-visit these studies, proving that they are never old and always relevant to every season of my life…

In its original form, I published a full unit on the Biblical Feasts which made this volume a whopping 600+ pages. As time passed, God led me to re-publish this work without that unit. The result is 18 lessons for LIFE. I thought it was significant that the Hebrew number 18 – “chai” represents life… Just a thought…

Anyway, I have added a new page to my WordPress site, devoted solely to Discipling the Messianic Believer: An Invitation for LIFE. When you visit this page, you will find links to each portion of the study manual. You may print them out and use them for your personal study.  I am not greedy for myself… I might be greedy for readers who can be nourished and transformed by what God did to me when I started studying and writing this volume…  I am definitely greedy that God would receive more glory and honor out of what He is generously pouring into my life through Messiah Jesus…

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