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The photo in my header is one of the Grand Haven Pier Lighthouse and catwalk.  The catwalk is unique to most piers.  It was used in rougher weather to access the lighthouse at the end of the pier – I do not believe it is in use any longer and public access is denied because of the dilapidated condition.  However; one can freely walk on the main part of the pier underneath when weather permits.  You can pick out the people in the photo if you look closely.

I have spent many hours on this pier – it is a delight to walk.  Although not visible, on the front side of the pier at the end is a large additional section which accomodates quite a few people.  During the summer, it was a particular joy to sit on the cement butress [to keep boats from ramming into the lighthouse]  there and wait for the sun to go down.  The rewards were some very spectacular sunsets.

During the fall and winter, when windy storms moved in, the water would splash over the top of the end lighthouse.  At times, I have witnessed the water frozen in mid-splash, creating an icy masterpiece for a brief time.  If you are interested you can google images of Grand Haven Lighthouse, it’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in Michigan – I believe there are well over a 100 lighthouses around the shoreline of the “Great Lake State”.

What I learned most about this pier is the strength of the water.  Lake Michigan is the second largest of the great lakes and can stir up terrific powerful storms.  I remember one early fall weekend there were a number of gigantic cement tumblers connected to the catwalk beams with massive chains – bigger around than my arm for use in repairing the cement walkway – about 30 feet wide.  During the night one of those strange fall storms came barreling down from the north, changing direction from a westerly one earlier in the evening.  The storm churned up extremely high winds and tremendous waves that washed over the pier during the night.  It moved the trailer we were camping in by over by a foot – what a thrill ride, eh?

By morning, when the storm passed along, we walked the pier.  To our amazement the giant iron cement mixers were gone.  The chains had been snapped by the pressure of the waves and threw the mixers in the water like little rocks.  We could not believe our eyes.

When I saw this photo that a friend sent to me, I was reminded of that night due to the dark water with the heaving and splashing waves.  It’s a little hard to tell from the picture, but that section between the beach and the edge of the pier is full of humungous bolders to help hold the cement pier in place.  As the water comes rushing in, it churns and twists like a giant blender causing the water to rise and fall in many directions at once.  It is a treacherous place to swim and many have lost their lives jumping off the pier into the water trying to time the waves against the side of the pier.

The dark churning tumulteous water is similiar to my journey into Hebrew Roots.   As I struggled during that time for solid footing, all I did was bang into the rocks, which threatened to end my life, albeit spiritually.  I could not reach the safe haven of the pier.

The photo shows the sun shining its beams onto the water and the pier, and I am touched that God chose to shine His redeeming light on me during a time when I almost drowned in deception.  He rescued me from the agitated water and set me on His Rock, Jesus Christ the Cornerstone.  He is Awesome!

There is another reason why I picked this particular photo, and it has to do with you, the reader!  🙂  The lighthouse is often depicted in Christian art to represent us reflecting the light of Christ to a world that is lost.  I pray that in some way the truth and factual evidence that I present here on these pages may be a lighthouse pointing you to the Bible, God’s truth.   I hope that these pages clear your mind and help break off any chains of false teachings and false movements that threaten to keep you from running the race towards the Author and Finisher of our faith.  It is my hope and prayer that He shines through every page that I present on this blog for the praise of His glory.

In Jesus Christ, The Light of the World . . .

 For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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Peace On Earth

As we approach the holiday season, I once again reminisce on the last few years.  Because of my exposure to Hebrew Roots, Christmas has lost its appeal.  I am sure, if you are not a Hebrew Roots adherent or familiar with it, you would question how one could not rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ.

My story is tragic, in that just about everything I loved about Christianity was put under a microscope of extreme judgment, scraping away everything that I believed as a mark of following Christ.  What I learned and studied in Hebrew Roots took me by surprise and it dashed my belief system, as well as my practices to pieces.  Discarding the Hebrew Roots affilitation only removed the false teachings not my perspective on holidays.  In a way, it’s a good thing.  Although, it has been tough to get balanced as I watch the frantic pace and stress that people go through to keep all the traditions of the holidays.

It is a well known fact that Jesus was not born at Christmas, but traditionally December 25 is kept for celebrating His birth.  I don’t have a quarrel with that.  I highly doubt God is going to condemn people in praising Him for the gift of His Son at Christmas time.  I realize that it is a time of tradition, so families put up a tree, decorate, get presents, cook yummy food and have fun.  The other side of me is puzzled as to what that has to do with Christ.  Perhaps I am too much the legalistic at heart 🙂  But simply put, I do not enjoy Christmas any more.  It seems so trivial and unnecessary.  And that puts me right into the old “scrooge” category.

Just to thow in some confusion – I really like Christmas music 🙂  At least the stuff that is based on Scripture and lifts Christ up as Redeemer and Savior.  Sometimes I wish some of this music was played on the radio year around and I think this is what bugs me so much about Christmas.  Jesus IS 24/7, so why the special festivities now?  I am thankful for His sacrifice around the clock.  I don’t need a holiday to remind me of how wonderful He is and the debt that I owe Him.  In a way, I think Christmas detracts from Him because everyone is so busy thinking about all they have to do, and gifts that they have to buy, it becomes inwardly focused.  I wonder how this glorifies Him. 

I titled this post as “Peace on Earth” because it’s one more thing that bothers me about Christmas.  It seems that there is a large share of opinion that takes it to mean world peace aka less war, less strife, where people unite and hold hands across the water in some ethereal realm of emotion and touchy feely.  In reality, the angels did not sing of peace on earth in this way.  The peace they sang about was the reconciliation that we have with God through Jesus Christ, our Propitiation for sin, who is our Prince of Peace.  With all the ruckus and spinning out of control during this season, I wonder how much the peace of Christ is displaced with worry and frustrations.  That makes this season all the more unpleasant – at least for me.  Sometimes I wish it would all just go away.

The run away train will not be stopped by my complaining though 🙂  So many depend on the money spent which keeps them employed and functioning in a time that will probably become quite financially recessive.  And, not to forget, people are much more altruistic this time of year and most ministries and missions rely on Christmas to see them through the year because of generous giving.  It seems that Christmas pulls on the heartstrings – this is not a bad thing.  We all know, money is tight, so who am I to complain?

The good thing is that I got over the bitterness of the season.  After doing some real research into Christmas, I found that it’s traditions are based in stuff that is really quite awful, but Christians do not worship pagantry.  Those who truly love the Lord, are worshiping Him, not paganism.  It’s this canard that Hebrew Roots plays on – accusing Christians of keeping pagan practices and thereby, calling down the judgment of God. The Internet is full of Roots websites claiming that Christmas celebraters will be off to the lake of fire for their ungodly Christmas traditions.  I often wonder these days that if they really knew that most of what they practiced as “true” Hebraic traditions were as ungodly and pagan, if they would repent of their bad behavior 🙂  How easy it is to cast judgment when there is a huge beam in your own eye.

Enough of my rambling.  I leave you with some Scripture:

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
9:3 You have multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before you according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
9:5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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It would be kind of silly to greet someone with “what’s renewed?”, but that is exactly what many in the Hebrew Roots movement do with their re-interpretation of Jeremiah 31:31, 32 by changing the words “new” covenant to “renewed” covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was an husband to them, said the LORD:

It’s become a lame effort to rewrite the Bible with more roots laden agenda so that one can continue to live “under the law”.   From a credentialed Hebrew scholarly position,  one cannot translate the above word “new” as “renewed”, but that doesn’t seem to stop the self-appointed Hebrew “scholars” in the movement.

In reality, the only translations that force “renewed” in this passage are the Hebrew Roots versions.  They are pathetic and tragic attempts to rewrite the Word of God.  A real “no-no” as far as God is concerned.  How Torah observant  🙂

Forgive my sarcasm.  At some point, it just becomes too much.  I often wonder how so many have missed the “main event”.  By that I mean, the words of Jesus on the cross:  “It is FINISHED”.  Then the veil of the Temple was rent in half from top to bottom.  It was 12″ thick.  How could God have made it any clearer?  A NEW COVENANT in the blood of Jesus Christ, not the blood of animals for the atonement for sin.  Is that too difficult to grasp?

See the article I have posted on why the “renewed covenant” gets a F in scholarship and New Testament theology  🙂

https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/new-or-renewed-covenant/

 

For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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Do we know the pronunciation of God’s “true” Name?  According to the Scriptures, nope 🙂

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My New Name.

If one has any credible, validated Hebrew study under their belts, the answer is still “No”.   It is amazing that people actually think they know His Name.  The question that begs to be asked is:  Would a pure, infinite, righteous and holy God allow a people of unclean lips to speak His Name?  Not a chance 🙂

Hebrew Roots adherents and Sacred Namers love to use their particular revealed choice like a “gnostic hammer”, as if all their individual choices by special revelation or study done by way of a Strong’s Concordance will reveal it.  In the end, I don’t think God really cares what Name or Title one uses [God is a title, not a Name].  All through the Bible one can easily see that He prefers to be addressed as “Father”.  Jesus, our Perfect, Exemplary example taught us to say, “Our Father in Heaven”.  It’s good enough for this writer – how about you?  🙂

The “Yahshua” canard stems from Jesus coming in the Name of His Father, so His Name should have part of the YHWH in it.  This is faulty reasoning, as coming in the Name of God or in Jesus refers to their character, reputation, and authority, not how it’s spelled or pronounced.

Please check out the two articles that I posted on the Name Yahweh and on Yahshua for more information on all the fallacies and teachings out there.  These articles are pretty comprehensive and easy to read, and written by a Jewish believer.   It should take care of the errors begin promulgated everywhere – including Christianity, sad to say.  They have also incepted  “Yahweh” as the Name of God. [sigh ……]

https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/who-is-yahweh/

https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/who-is-yahshua/

 

For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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One of the strangest teachings that I encountered in Hebrew Roots is that Jesus was a Pharisee, and learned from the school of Pharisees, which they claim was Hillel.  I also learned that Jesus taught from “oral Torah” and that none of His teachings were original, but came from the Jewish sages.

Now that my mind has been cleared, it seems a rather innocuous teaching – it’s like the Pharisees had ideas and concepts that Jesus needed???  Considering that Nicodemus, an esteemed Pharisee had trouble understanding Jesus, you have to admit, it’s pretty ludicrous 🙂 

Check out the latest article that I’ve added: 

https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/jesus-a-pharisee/

The obvious question is:  If Jesus Christ is God, then He needs man to teach Him???  🙂

For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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In my travels through Hebrew Roots, I soon became convinced that I was an Ephramite, also known as the House of Israel/Joseph.  It is a proliferous teaching within HR that seems to be gaining popularity like so many of the other false teachings in this venue.

I often wonder why there is so much emphasis on what one is labeled as, when the NT goes to so much trouble to say that in Christ there is “no Jew or Gentile/Greek …”

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call on him.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

My conclusion – in spite of what the Scriptures say, is it better to be of certain “stock” in order to feel that one has worth in the sight of God?  After all “salvation is of the Jews”, so therefore, to be Jewish is to be a child of God, right?  Isn’t it amazing how one can twist the Scriptures to uphold a theological bent?  As the old saying goes:  back to the drawing board (smile).

Here is an article discussing the Two House fallacies that I have included under “Pages” at the right:

https://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/two-house-truth/

Hopefully, it will clear up a few issues 🙂

For the Love of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

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Final Answer

Recently, I have been noticing a very strange wave hitting various venues of Christianity – perhaps one could say a tidal wave, for it completely destroys the foundation of one’s belief.

 

This recent wave is promoting the Bible as a “compass” or a “guide”, but not the eternal, inspired Word of God.  Over the centuries there have always been those who undermine the Scriptures, but now we are facing a much more prevelant threat.

 

When I hear and read people saying that they “just go to Jesus” for understanding, stating that the Bible is not really inspired and therefore has errors, meaning one can really only get comprehension through a voice or some other revelation of what God’s Word “really says” – I am quite puzzled as to how that is authoritive?  If you have no authority, you have no foundation, for the Word of God is how we know of God, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Without the Bible, we have nothing, nada, zip, zilch …….. in other words:  ZERO

 

It all reminds me of how subtle the enemy is.  His agenda is to distort the truth and I wonder, for all the people who constantly pick away at God’s Word and “tidal wave” it word by word, just what they really have for an authority?

 

If we rely on “the spirit” for revealed truth, believing in individual revelations, which are all different and unique from each other [how confusing!!!!!!] – then where is one’s final or ultimate authority?  Is God confused?  🙂 

 

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

 

If all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, then why is it not enough?  The Holy Spirit leads and guides us into all truth – IN THE WORD – not through an ethereal experiencial revelation or a voice that contradicts His precious authoritive eternal Word.

 

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:  25 But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.

 

Matthew 4:4 But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

 

The arguments are numerous and complicated to prove the Scriptures to be tainted, corrupted, mistranslated, and wrongly compiled into 66 books.  My simple answer to all of it is this:

 

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  7 You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation for ever.


That is GOD’S FINAL ANSWER ………….

 

 For The Love Of Truth,

sheep wrecked

sheepwreckedshearedandbobbed@yahoo.com

 

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