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Rosh Hashanah

roshHappy New Year-La Shana Tova Tikatevu- Hebrew for May Your Name Be Inscribed in the book of Life!

Wednesday September 24th falls Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year  This month I wanted to share more of the Jewish roots than I usually do.  Also, I wanted to sincerely THANK YOU for your generous support and heartfelt prayers for my ministry.   Today there are thousands of wonderful ministries, but I praise the Lord that you desire for God’s Chosen people to hear about God’s Chosen Son-Jesus.

This time of year Jewish people are truly contemplating spiritual matters.  They are for the first time since last year holiday’s contemplating God, heaven, hell,sin, atonement, and redemption.  The phrase I shared in the salutation La Shana Tova Tikatevu-May Your Name Be Inscribed in the Book of Life is constantly uttered for about a month during the High Holidays.  I find this constant saying of this verse troubling.  The only way they are going to have their name written in the book of life is by believing in the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.​

​The rabbis teach that on the night of Rosh Hashanah God opens up three books-One for the righteous, one for the wicked, and one for the in between.  We have ten days to get right with God so our name is written in the book of life.  These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and The Day of atonement  is called the Yamim Noraim the ten days of awe.  Literally, my people ask everyone they know for forgiveness for any possible sins that they might have committed against that person.

On Rosh Hashanah, we symbolically cast off our sins by throwing bread in a body of water called Tashlich.  Micah 7:19  states you will again have compassion on us; you will hurl iniquities into the depths of the sea.  Apparently, there have been some new developments of Tashlich (casting sins to the sea) of individualizing the bread to the type of sin committed.  For Example, for arson-use toast, for sins of indecision-use waffles, for twisted sins-use pretzels, for car theft-use caraway bread, and for bad jokes-use corn bread.  I know these jokes are bad, but I can only tell them once a year.

Every year in every synagogue Genesis 22 the binding of Isaac is read.  It is supernatural how the life of Issac in Genesis 22 has so many parallels to the life of Jesus.  First, Isaac and Jesus both had miraculous births.  Isaac’s mother Sarai was 90 years old when he was born.  Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit.

Both Isaac and Jesus were innocent of sin.  Nothing in the Bible indicates Isaac was guilty of any transgressions.  We know that Jesus is our Great High Priest tempted in all ways, but without sin.  Both Isaac and Jesus were humble.  Jewish tradition holds Abraham at 137 years old and Isaac at 37 in Genesis 22.  So in verse 9 how does an old and feeble man Abraham bind Isaac on the altar and the wood.  The only possible explanation is that Isaac was obedient to his Father to the point of death.  Similarly, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. (Phil. 2:8-9)

Finally both Isaac and Jesus were resurrected.  I know you are thinking that is not what the texts says.  But the Rabbis state in the Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer which is an exegetical commentary on the Bible, and this book has widespread support and acceptance by the Rabbinical scholarship.   This says that Isaac had a heart attack and died when he saw Abraham raise the knife, but was resurrected when the angels yelled for Abraham to stop.  The Rabbis are wrong that this happened but it shows that they were grappling how God was asking Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son whom he loves.  It is fascinating that the Father sent his son and one and only son to be the lamb offering. One last point, Isaac asks Abraham  saying “the fire and the wood are here but where is the Lamb for the offering”?  Abraham answered “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son.  1,300 years later, God did provide the lamb for the offering, his son Jesus.

Finally, be sober and alert this September 24-25th because theologians believe Jesus might come back on the Feast of Trumpets. Because it is written for the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

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In Yeshua (Jesus),

Greg Savitt

Missionary to the Jewish People

10203 NW 82nd St

Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33321

gsavitt@chosenpeople.com

Murder City, USA

article-2191990-0060CA6B00000258-52_306x423For the last couple of weeks I have been recording episodes of one of my favorite older TV shows, Murder She Wrote.  Watching today, it suddenly dawned on me that a lot of people die in that fictional little town!

How many you ask?  I had to Google it … and boy was I surprised!

Amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury, encountered a total of 274 killings in the small town in Maine, despite it having a population of just 3,500.

And, this does not count those who died in other places she visited and/or worked!

To get an idea of how the murder rate in Cabot Cove, Maine compares to other places, try this website and be prepared to be dumbfounded!

What a place to visit … and it seemed like such a nice place on TV!

On To The Show!

brandon-finneganIt’s has been two+ months since I saw Brandon Finnegan playing his last game in a TCU uniform.  That was June 19 at the College World Series, just weeks after the Kansas City Royals selected him with the 17th pick in the major league draft.

And now, the first-place Royals, in the middle of their first playoff race in nearly 30 years, called up Finnegan, 21, on Monday.  He’s the first Royals draft pick to join the major league roster the same year he was drafted since 1993, the year Finnegan was born.

Good to see another CWS player make the bigs!  Go Frogs!

THE LAST 10 WORDS OF DYING CHURCHES by Brian Dodd

This is a great article — it may not feel comfortable reading it — but there is too much truth to avoid it!  Read on …

10622949_774501549239664_8958848538726265800_n“If you don’t like change, you‘re going to like irrelevance even less.”

Those are the words of General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army who is currently in the news because of the VA scandal.

I originally wrote this post in April 2012. However, in the last week it has gone viral primarily through Facebook. Therefore, since the message has incredible relevance to ministry today, I am re-releasing this post with some updated information. Get ready to be challenged.

There are few things as sad as watching a once great church grow old, become irrelevant, and slowly die. What is worse is that they either don’t know they’re dying or they simply don’t care as long as those remaining are happy. Sadly, I have witnessed this more times than I wish to count. In addition, I have attended this type of church before.

Here is what I have noticed about many of these churches – at a pivotal point, a decision was made to continue doing ministry the way they always have rather than alter their approach to reach a changing community or the next generation.

After months of committee meetings and off-line conversations, the church finally utters the The 10 Last Words Of Dying Churches –

“We’ve never done it that way before. We’re not changing.”

Those 10 powerful words subsequently have a ripple effect that lasts generations. As a result, the following are additional comments those attending these churches are bound to say and/or hear shortly thereafter:

“Isn’t it great that our music is never too loud?”

“Isn’t it nice seeing people in coats and ties and not disrespecting God by wearing jeans and shorts?”

“We’re more spiritual and doctrinally pure than that fast-growing, watered-down gospel, baptizing-hundreds–maybe-thousands-every-year church down the street.”

“Can you believe that church is stealing all our young people?”

“I hear we’re having to cut the budget because giving is not what it used to be.”

“Isn’t it great having all this room on the pew to spread out.”

“I love singing all four verses.”

“Don’t worry about our attendance. Let me tell you how large our membership is.”

“Are you coming to Monday night visitation? How about the Wednesday night prayer service?”

“Remember the good ‘ole days.”

“Visitors, please stand.”

“I hear it’s just a show over there.”

“We just formed a Committee on Committees.”

“We don’t talk about money. We preach the Bible.”

“You don’t want that fast growth. Slooooow growth is what you need.”

“Isn’t it great getting out of the parking lot quickly?”

“The poor will always be with us.”

“I’m really tired about having to hear about lost people all the time.”

“Pastor, I think we need to start praying for revival.”

Do these phrases hit close to home for you? Are there any more comments you want to add that you’ve heard?

TO READ MORE: http://www.briandoddonleadership.com

Reaping a Harvest … But When?

waiting-for-a-harvest“I have shared Jesus with so-and-so for as long as I can remember, but it doesn’t seem to be doing any good.”

Have you ever felt that way?  If the truth were told, I have felt that way many times … in the past!  But things began to change when I realized that “soul-winning” or seeing the harvest was a bit more than I had understood.

It started when a man, off the streets, came to see me one day.  When he sat down, I asked what I could do for him.  His reply was simple and straight-forward.  “I have just accepted Jesus into my life and I want to be baptized.”

For a moment I thought, “Hold it!  That’s not how it works.  I had no part in this.  He has never been in my membership class or even heard me preach!”

Before I could say anything, he asked if he could tell me his story.  After years living a pretty rough life, in and out of home, in and out of jail, in and out of marriage, in and out of rehab, and after many people speaking into his life, he finally came to his senses, confessed his sin, and headed to the nearest church.

It was then that I realized how many people had played a part in where he sat that morning.  Some had been hard on him, some had made him think, some had just loved him no matter what, some had sowed … and now here I sat … humbled that I would be part of the harvest.

While I grew up in a small town, I had some farming and gardening roots, thanks to my grandparents who raised me.  Along the way I learned about getting ready for the harvest.  It went something like this:

First, the field had been made ready.  On occasion, this meant removing rocks and stumps, trees, and really big weeds.

Second, once the “junk” had been removed, you had to plow–and plow deep–to stir up the good soil and make it ready for the next steps.

Third, when the soil had been prepared, there came a time of seed scattering.

Fourth, after this you watched that field and watered that field/garden, and made sure the weeds were taken care of on a regular basis.

Fifth, there often came a time of pruning or cutting back, or thinning out, or dead-heading to encourage growth.

Sixth, of course you added fertilizer when needed, to encourage growth.

And seventh, you waited for the harvest.

Now friends, think about this in the context of soul-winning for a moment.

How many people do you know that need some stumps or rocks removed from their life before any seed can be planted?

How many people literally need to be plowed through a few times?

Do you recognize a field that is ready for planting?

Once the seed is planted, have you followed up by watering?

Has there ever been a time when you had to encourage or rebuke or challenge a fellow Christ-follower?

Have you been a constant and consistent fertilizer?

Each of us plays a role in making disciples, growing the new believers.  But let us remember that it is the work of the Holy Spirit that cals, gathers and enlightens as Martin Luther said.  We are but laborers in the vineyard.

Who knows what role we play in this process.  Some of us may spend our entire lives helping get rocks and stumps out of people’s lives.  And some of us will unexpectedly experience harvest.  But no matter our role, it is an important one.

As for me, I rejoiced that day to be part of what the Spirit had done in that man’s life.  And I also rejoiced in the role that many, many people had played in his life leading up to that point.

This is also why I continue to pray for wisdom, asking the Spirit to show show me my roll, as I scatter the seed!

Galatians 6:9, And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (ESV)

It’s No Wonder

When I was young and woke at night with a cough or fever, my grandmother would always show up with something for me to take.  Her comment was always, “It’s good for what ails you.”

Like a good soldier, I sat up and drank.  In a matter of minutes I fell asleep, usually for a long time.  When I woke, I generally felt better, though with a slight headache and a dopier than usual feeling!

Recently I uncovered the reason!  Here it is!

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