Friday, April 29, 2016

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS

                                           LIVING IN THE SHADOWS




Psa 57:1  Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul
trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge
, until these calamities be overpast.
Psa 57:2  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all
 things for me.
Psa 57:3  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach
 of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy
 and his truth.
Psa 57:4  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are
set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
 and their tongue a sharp sword.
Psa 57:5  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be
 above all the earth.
Psa 57:6  They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down:
 they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen
 themselves. Selah.
Psa 57:7  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and
give praise.
Psa 57:8  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will
awake early.
Psa 57:9  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto
thee among the nations.
Psa 57:10  For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto
 the clouds.
Psa 57:11  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be
above all the earth. 


As a person who just found out who she was,I readily identify with the Psalmist’s
thought of “finding rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” In summer, with the
unrelenting sun scorching the landscape and no trees in sight, what a blessing
 when a small cloud drifts between you and the sun, shielding you from its hot
 glare. Though it may be for only a moment, that “shadow” gives greatly
 appreciated respite from the sun. That is the thought expressed in this verse.
 The difference is that instead of a brief respite, “living in God’s shadow”
gives permanent rest to His children. Ely was like a desert as was Las Vegas,
so dry so hot

Instead of “living in God’s shadow,” far too many people live “in the shadows.”
 According to psychologist Carl Jung, those shadows are the unknown dark sides
 of one’s personality - “a perceived personal inferiority.” They are “instinctive,
 irrational, and prone to psychological projection.” Jung argues that if these
 projections remain hidden, the shadows “have a free hand which can insulate
and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between
 the self and the real world.” “Living in the shadows” is a way of saying that a
 person feels nearly invisible. That invisibility protects them from recognition,
 helps them cover their deeds, and is a method of survival by avoiding attention.

In contrast, living in “God’s shadow” brings His children a multitude of blessings
 and is a life “lived in the open.”

• Psalm 17:8 says that under the shadow of His wings, God gives us the same
protection as He does “the apple of His eye” (the “apple” being the pupil of the eye).

• Psalm 23:4 reminds us that “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
 of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
 comfort me.” Though this verse is often quoted at funerals, we need to remember
 that in every moment of our lives we walk in that shadow, and God always is with us.

• God demonstrates His kindness to us when we put our trust in the shadow
of His wings (Psalm 36:7

• Living in the shadow of God’s wings gives us a reason for rejoicing (Psalm 63:7)

Dr. Austin O’Malley (1858-1932), physician and author, wrote this about
 shadows: “When walking through the ‘valley of shadows,’ remember,
 a shadow is cast by a Light." That “Light” is Jesus (John 8:12). Whether
 living “in the shadows” or “in the shadow,” we need to remember the Light
 which causes both is the Lord. For those “in the shadows,” it is the light
 from which they try to escape, and that makes them fearful and scared.
As John 3:20 says: “All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it
 for fear their sins will be exposed.” However, no one cannot escape the
 Light, for He is omnipresent (see Psalm 139:7-12). But for those who
live in Satan’s clutch, Jesus “…gives light to those who sit in darkness and
in the shadow of death, and guides us to the path of peace” (Luke 1:79).

As 1 Chronicles 29:15 reminds us, “We are here for only a moment,
 visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us.
 Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without
 a trace.” For that reason, before it is too late, we need to make the
 decision to move “out of the shadows” and “into God’s shadow"
until the danger passes by.

Remember that we are to be the light of this world, therefore let your
light so shine no matter the darkness that is around. For the Light of
God will dispell the darkness of this world. To Jesus be the Praise. For
He is our Light.

Agape
Zelma


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What is Happening in our Nation?

Semper Fi-red?
April 27, 2016
Can a scrap of paper end your military career? It can if it has a Bible

 verse on it. Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling found that out when her
 supervisor ordered her to take down a piece of paper with Isaiah 54:17
 written on it. When she refused, the Marines court-martialed her for it.
In the tribunal, Monifa was found guilty and demoted two ranks. Now,
 a year later, she's unemployed -- and fighting for her military life.
 This morning, after appealing her punishment, the U.S. Court of 
Appeals for the Armed Forces finally heard her case. Paul Clement,
 one of the most respected constitutional attorneys in the country,
 argued for Monifa on behalf of our friends at First Liberty Institute.
FRC veterans Travis Weber and Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.)
 were in the courtroom for the trial, which, Travis pointed out, should
 be a straight-forward case. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act
(RFRA) protects "any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled
by, or central to, a system of religious belief." Obviously, posting Bible
 verses is an exercise of religion. And just because Monifa is a member
 of the military doesn't mean she has to surrender those First Amendment
 rights. Under questioning from the judges, even the government admitted
 that RFRA applies to the military. While the government tried to shift
 attention away from RFRA (since, as Travis pointed out, a straightforward
 RFRA analysis is harmful to its case), it's clear the military knew religious
 exercise was at play here and substantially burdened this exercise by
 court-martialing the service member engaged in it.
In his closing argument, Clement explained that there isn't a "magic words"
 test in applying RFRA. In addition, the trial court clearly recognized the
religious nature of the postings, he said. As far as he is concerned, the
 lower court falsely applied a far too restrictive understanding of RFRA
 and must be reversed. "A win for the appellant, in this case, is a win for
both religious exercise and the readiness of our military as a whole,"
 Travis wrote, "for our armed forces can only be strengthened as their
 individual members draw upon faith to face hardship and danger in
 battle. What should happen here? As Clement noted, there should
be an obvious application of the text of RFRA. When this analysis
s conducted, the lance corporal wins. Let us hope the court sees
 this as clearly." The First Amendment -- and the Pentagon's own
 policy -- protects troops' rights to express their faith. Service
 members give up a lot of individual rights to be in the military -
- but religious freedom isn't one of them.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

PASSOVER IS APRIL 22, A FRIDAY. According to the Jewish Holiday


The Passover Recipe You DON'T Want to Miss!


Nisan 2, 5776/April 10, 2016 Gregorian Calander


In honor of the New month of Nisan, the Temple Institute presents
world renowned Chef Yochanan Lambiase, who will guide you through
three scrumptious Passover recipes and then unveil The Passover
recipe that you DON'T want to miss!

Wherever you are celebrating Passover this year, (April 23rd),
you will want to see this video!

Passover: Freedom for all Mankind!

The intended climax of the Seder is the moment when all participants
eat a small amount of the Passover offering (an amount called a
k'zayit) wrapped with charoseth and bitter herbs (lettuce) in a
mazta. This is known as the 'Hillel sandwich' after the beloved
sage Hillel, who lived more than 2,000 years ago, who
established this practice. This is the fulfillment of the Torah
commandment to prepare and eat the Korban Pesach (Passover offering)
'together with matza and bitter herb' (Ex. 12:8). The Hillel
sandwich eaten during the time of the Holy Temple no doubt
bore a great resemblance to Chef Yochanan's kosher-for-Passover 'lamb burrito!'


Passover commemorates Israel's miraculous exodus from Egypt.
This extraordinary event marks the birth of Israel as a nation. Forever turning its back on Egyptian idolatry and slavery to foreign domination and culture, the people of Israel headed towards Mount Sinai
and its eternal covenant with G-d towards its destiny of
becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Ex. 19:6).

Passover is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals.
In the time of the Holy Temple, the entire nation ascends
to Jerusalem for Passover, to the hallowed court of the Temple. Today many Jews hold a traditional Passover seder on the first night of the festival. The beautiful celebration, a time of family,

tradition, and renewal, recalls the legacy of freedom that
the people of Israel have bequeathed to all humanity. But


the focal point of the entire festival - the true meaning
and message of Passover - is missing: the eternal covenant
of the korban pesach, the Passover offering. The Passover

offering is not only the main aspect of the holiday; it is
an experience and a Divine commandment that is intrinsically
bound up with the national identity of Israel; with who we
are as a people. Its importance is preeminent precisely
because it represents the Divinely-mandated, perpetual
task of Israel: to slaughter all forms of idolatry before
the eyes of the world. The freedom from Egyptian bondage
goes hand in hand with the responsibility to uproot and
destroy the idolatry which holds humanity back from
realizing its potential.

According to Torah law, there is nothing preventing the
Jewish people from renewing the Passover offering today,
even in a state of impurity and even before the Holy
Temple is rebuilt. Contemporary kohanim are eligible
to attend to the service, and a minimal size altar
can be quickly constructed on the Temple Mount in its
proper spot. Indeed, the Passover offering can be the
first step in the reestablishment of the service of
the Holy Temple in its entirety. The halachic (Torah law
) requirements and criteria that need to be fulfilled
are all within reach. It is only the political level
that prevents this from becoming reality. Today,
there is a great awakening within the nation of Israel

towards the renewal of the Passover offering. A public
'practice drill' held annually before the festival,
whose goal is to educate and prepare the Jewish people
for the renewal of the offering, attracts many thousands

of participants, demonstrating the great reawakening of
the people of Israel towards the significance of the
Passover offering.

May we merit to bring the Passover offering THIS year
in Jerusalem!



Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
Rabbi Chaim Richman
The Temple Institute