Rosh Hashanah: A New Year on God’s Divine Calendar

We have entered a special and sacred time of the year. Rosh Hashana (which, in Hebrew, means “head of the year) begins a New Year on the Jewish Calendar and is observed from the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends on the evening of Friday, September 22. 

Most importantly, this is the most sacred time of the year on God’s Divine Calendar because Rosh Hashana begins a 10-day period called the High Holy Days. It is also called the “Days of Awe” and “Days of Repentance.” The 10 days end on Yom Kippur, which is Hebrew for “Day of Atonement.” 

Yom Kippur (which also means, “covering for sin”) is traditionally observed with a period of intense prayer and asking God and others for forgiveness. This year, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends in the evening of Saturday, September 30.

God ordained Yom Kippur as a sacred day for a nation, as well as individuals, to deal with their sin (Leviticus 16:29-30). In the Old Testament, Israel’s High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem, to present a sacrifice and ask God to forgive the sins of the people. The annual ritual served as a reminder that perfect atonement had not yet been made.  

Believers in Christ are not under the Old Testament Law because Jesus Christ became the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins. Although Jesus Christ has fulfilled God’s Law, Christians can still use this 10-day period to reflect on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross and draw closer to Him.  Continue reading

Make 2016 Your “Comeback” Year!

If you ar31Tc8CDh2NL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_e in need of (and are expecting) a turnaround, a fresh start and a new direction in 2016, then The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far is for you.

Author Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, has written a book to show his readers how they can go through – and get to the other side of – the obstacles they are currently facing. Pastor Giglio says that God is “in the business of giving fresh starts to people,” and proves this statement by highlighting his personal experiences as well as those of others.  For instance, Pastor Giglio tells of his battle with anxiety-driven depression that gripped his life and how he slowly emerged from his tunnel of darkness only by the hand and grace of God. Continue reading

Move Forward in 2016!

door-1013705_1920If God closes a door in 2016 that is familiar  to you, don’t stand in front of it and knock. Sometimes God closes doors because He knows it is time for us to move forward. However, He knows we won’t budge unless circumstances force us to move. If you believe that God is rearranging your circumstances, then make it easy on yourself and ask Him to help you move forward with His plans for you in  2016.

Welcome to Jubilee!

Hebrew Months, Adar

For those who follow the Jewish biblical calendar, we have now entered a Jubilee Year. The year began on September 23, which is Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23). According to the Bible, Jubilee occurs every 50 years and is announced by the blowing of trumpets or shouts of joy:

In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. – Leviticus 25: 8-10 Continue reading

Getting On God’s Path In 2015

4-color-infinity-sign-2Have you ever felt as if you’ve been going around in circles? You go to church, you pray, you fast, you do all the things that you think will make your life better and more pleasing to God, yet you don’t see any changes taking place in your life. In fact, problems in your life appear to be mounting instead of going away. So, how do you stop yourself from going around in circles and start making progress?

It takes a total surrender of your life to God and a willingness to ask Him to show you His plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says God knows the plans that He has for us. When we make up our own plans, we go around and around, as in a figure 8 pattern, expending our energy and efforts to accomplish our goals. Then, we become frustrated and disillusioned when they don’t work out.

God Adjusted sizehas a straight path for us to follow that will lead to His plans being carried out in our lives. So, how do we get off of our figure 8 path and onto God’s straight path? Here are three steps you can take:

1. Pray and ask Holy Spirit for direction. Declare daily Psalm 37:23 that says: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way.” God, through His Holy Spirit, will answer your prayer by showing you what He wants you to do in different areas of your life. When He gives you directions, you must follow God’s directions if you want to see His will manifest in your life.

2. Read and meditate on God’s Word. The Holy Bible teaches us the ways of God and what He requires of His people. The Word also reveals to us God’s goodness, greatness and His love for us. As we meditate on God’s Word, we develop a love for Him that makes us willing to trust His directions for our lives.

3. Be willing to make a change. So many times, we get excited when we receive a revelation from God that gives us directions for our lives. However, the more we think about what God is asking us to do, the more we may not want to do it. Why? Because God may be directing us to do something new, and anything that is unfamiliar may trigger our reluctance to follow God’s directions. If we want to obtain what God has for us, obedience to His directions is of the essence.

God has a new path for us to walk in 2015. So, rather than going around in circles, like an ice skater in a figure 8 pattern, ask God to help you stay focused on Him and maintain a willingness to carry out His will for your life.

Hold On To Jesus in 2015

FBHappy New Year!

We have officially transitioned from 2014 to 2015 and we look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for His people.

Transitioning from one year to the next or from one stage of life to the next is not always an easy thing to do.  For some people, the first day of a new year holds excitement and hope for good things to come over the next 12 months. Despite their circumstances, these people believe that the fulfillment of promises made in the past and hopes that have been deferred, will finally manifest in the new year. However, those whose dreams have faded and whose faith has waned, fear that more trouble is waiting for them in the new year.

Whatever your circumstances or your fears for 2015, remember that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is with you. Jesus Christ paid the price with His own life so that you can live a life that is pleasing to Him.

It’s easy to allow evil forces to override our faith by making the facts of our problems and concerns appear so strong that even Jesus Christ cannot handle them or believe that He could handle them if He cared enough for you. If this is the mindset you have today, then fill yourself with faith by reading God’s Word, the Bible. Allow God’s Word to overcome your fear, which has been defined as an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real.”

Jesus said in John 10:10 (NLT), The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

No matter what you are going through, trust Jesus to walk with you through it and to bring you out of it!  Cry out to Him, commit your life to Him and see Him for Who He Is: The Son of the Living God. Stop focusing on yourself and focus on Jesus. Declare that 2015 will be your best year ever because of Jesus’ love for you!

We pray that the Lord God Almighty bless you and protect you in 2015; may He smile on you, grant you His favor and grace and give you His peace (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).