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Tabernacles – Remembering The Wilderness

As we rehearse the story of the Israelites in the wilderness during Sukkot, let us remember their absolute dependency on the Lord for everything they needed to survive (Deuteronomy 8:2-3). We celebrate Tabernacles with thanksgiving, remembering that everything we have is by the grace of God.

I spoke about this during a campout weekend at Hale O Nā Kāula, and you can listen to this short message below.

 

 

The God Who Manifests As Father

This Father’s Day message opens up to us a new level of a very real relationship with God as our Father. In I Chronicles 29, David praises God’s many wonderful attributes. But first and foremost, David says, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever.” He recognized that above all things, God is our Father.

We must recognize that everything God is doing comes through this relationship to us as Father. This pattern can be seen in the Scriptures. When God judged the gods of Egypt, He was bringing His sons into a relationship with Him. When God brought forth salvation, He did it in a Father-Son relationship. And from that time until now, God as our Father is bringing forth His Kingdom through a relationship to His sons.

Today, we worship God for all that He is. He is powerful, He is wonderful—beyond description and comprehension. He is over all things and created all things, but He chooses to relate to us as our Father. Let it be that real and personal. Father, help us see that in everything You are doing, You are bringing each of us into a personal relationship with You as our Father.

This message titled “The God Who Manifests As Father” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Yom Kippur At The Western Wall

I just got back from Israel and I wanted to share with you this video I received of thousands of Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, gathered to celebrate Yom Kippur. This video shows faithful Jewish people from many synagogues, all singing their prayer to God. I am moved by their oneness in observance of this holiest day of the year. Let us cry out to God with them, to see the Father’s continued atonement for His people in every corner of the world.

Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot

This evening I brought a message titled “Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot” at a celebration of Shabbat Shuvah at Rayen Resort in North Hills, California.

This special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only comes once a year and the focus of this night is repentance. Hosea 14:2-9, Joel 2:15-27, and Micah 7:18-20 are beautiful passages which Jews read on this night every year. They speak of returning to the Lord and saying, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.” In these verses, God responds to Israel and speaks of His jealousy and love for them, and talks about how they will be satisfied and will never be put to shame. Micah writes that He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

This is the night in which we see all our sins being tread under God’s foot and cast into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. Whatever you are dealing with, make this a night like never before and walk away from your iniquity. Forget it, knowing He has dealt with it.