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Traveling

Greetings:

 

            Cesare Pavese once said, “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to loose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

            The children of God have begun their annual journeys in mind and body to the Feast of Tabernacles. It’s a time we look forward to for joy, fun and relaxation. Its also a time we become strangers in a foreign lands, we’re happily leaving all the comforts of home behind for eight days. The next week, we’ll rehearse the incredible events scripture has prophesied for well over 3500 hundred years. An event in the future of humankind that will ensue the Kingdom of Christ on this earth, bringing peace and joy for eternity.

            Traveling is necessary to reach our goals, but it can be fraught with all sorts of dangers and challenges. Our lives are journeys within themselves and we experience life at the Fathers will. Let it be the will of the Father in heaven all Gods children are safe on the roads to the Feast of Tabernacles this next couple of weeks, and on the road of life.

 

Have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles; we’ll see everyone in a couple of weeks.

 

We’ll be broadcasting services everyday beginning at 10:30AM the 09/19/13/through 09/26/13. http://www.hgwaco.com

 

 

 

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Hatebook

Greetings:

 

            The world of technology has seen many innovations in the last twenty years. Man has advanced far past the days of typewriters, dial telephones, and tube televisions. We now live in a world where everything is instant satisfaction; where information is at your backend call, via ipod, notebook or some other newfangled gadget. Moore’s Law states, Technology doubles every eighteen months, but I believe it has accelerated to even a faster pace today.

            Other innovations occupying time and space of God’s people today is social media. Like anything else it is a useful tool used properly, it can even be enjoyable, and like many other things in life that carries a message, it can become a vehicle of destruction. Folks seem to think, what they post on this venue goes only to those whom they wish it to go, NOT TRUE! What you post goes out to the world at large, and is read by any and all.           

            When you post on Facebook a lie, derogatory term, or discuss an issue about someone without their knowledge, you’ve erred. When you become unreasonable, it then becomes fodder for the whole world to ponder about s relevance. I believe many folks use this technology to fill a need of self-importance they can’t find elsewhere. They use hateful rhetoric against others to build themselves into the go to person on social media. Perhaps Facebook should be called Hatebook. Then, you might get a better sense of what you’re logging into with a expectation of abuse and vulgar displays.

            So all you Facebook Kings and Queens out there, keeping posting, Christ is reading too. You want the world to see how intelligent you are. Christ is measuring as well, and he is evaluating for a different reason. He doesn’t care how well you write a sentence, or your sentence structure. Christ cares how you deal with your brothers and sisters in the faith. So all the social media conversations you want to have, talking about how terrible someone is in church, neighborhood, or school, might seem exciting and fun now. But when Christ returns, there will be a new social media to contend with, it’s called talking face to face. Christ will be the arbiter of conversation, both small and great and conducted in total truthfulness.

            Have a happy Yom Kippur, and God Bless.

There will be only one service broadcasted today at 2PM, http://www.hgwaco.com

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The Eye

Greetings:

            The greatest storms in our world take place in the middle of the oceans, where the winds can exceed 155mph in a category 5 hurricane. The wind gust can exceed up to 25 percent higher than the sustained winds in most storms. Hurricanes like Andrew are rated at a category 5, it did incredible damage and folks in Florida are still to this day, are suffering the consequences.

            In a Category 4 hurricane, like August’s Hurricane Katrina, wind speeds range from 131 to 155 mph. Large trees are blown down, beaches suffer major erosion, and roofs, windows and doors are often blown off structures. Escape routes can be cut by floodwater’s three to five hours before the hurricane center arrives.

            The toll of like can be exceedingly great in the storms because many people won’t evacuate their property, deciding to ride out the storms. There are some folks who even have Hurricane parties; I guess it’s easier to be scared together than alone.

            In the middle of even the mightiest of these monster storms, is what is known as the eye. It is a place where total calm exist. It’s said to be peaceful and clear Sky’s, but all around is the visible wall of the storm as a constant reminder of the great danger your in. Our lives as Christians are similar to the eyes of the great storms.

            We live in the center of terrifying events, all around us is this physical world is chaos and destruction. There is war, pestilence, and horror on the nightly news. In our personal lives danger is ever looming reminder of our frail existence. But we as christians live in the eye of the storm daily; Christ is our answer getting there and staying there.

With faith in Christ we can weather most anything, even the greatest storm of all time, called satan. There is an old poem, the author is unknown, but it goes like this:

            In the center of the Whirlpool, while the waters rush around,

            There’s a space of prefect stillness, though with turmoil bound;

            All is calm, and all is quiet, scarcely e’en a sense of sound.

            So with us-despite the conflit-when in Christ His peace is found.

 

Have a great Sabbath, and join us for services at 10:30 AM or 1PM at www.hgwaco.com

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Feast Of Christ

Greetings:

 

Today’s reminder doesn’t contain a story; it’s only a reminder of events. This evening is the bible study at 7PM, and we welcome one and all to join us via web: www.hgwaco.com, and ask questions via e-mail: houseofgod@clear.net.

Tomorrow is the Feast of Trumpets, (Rash Hashanah) for my Jewish friends. It depicts the coming of Christ to claim his bride, (The Church). We will be celebrating in the form of rehearsal for that glorious union. We invite each and everyone to join us, in person at the Holiday Inn Express in Salado or by web-cam at the site listed above.

Some say this is just an old Jewish holiday, but I’ll let Christ’s words describe this time.

Lev 23:1-43 (NKJV)

 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
3 ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
4 ‘These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover.
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.
8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’ “
9 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
11 He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord.
13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin.
14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.
16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.
17 You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord.
18 And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be as a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord.
19 Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering.
20 The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.
21 And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
22 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’ ”
23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’ ”
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.
28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.
29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.
30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.
35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.
36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
37 These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day–
38 besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord.
39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.
40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,
43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ “

Lev 23:1-43 (NKJV)

Now see, aren’t you happy you woke up today, God Bless you all, and may your day go well.