BE BOLD

Final

If you will notice in my last post I stated I didn’t know when I would be back, if ever. One of the things that were drawing away so much of my focus is no longer there. My son has gone home to be with the Lord.

There is so much I could share with you regarding all God spoke to us and showed us through that. I may do just that in coming weeks and months, we’ll see.

The bottom line is; life is short.

My son was 26 years old. I just spoke at a funeral this past week of a lady who lived 94 years. Either way, these years are not a drop in the bucket compared to eternity.

There is so much on my mind I fear it may sound like gibberish. With that in mind, I will keep it short.

Recently God has been speaking to me quite a bit. I have been praying quite a bit more…so go figure.

So many times God will speak to someone and they are afraid to share it for various reasons.

  • Was it really from God or did I just ‘think’ it?
  • Will anyone really care what I have to share?
  • If I tell people God spoke to me they will think I’m nuts.

Need I remind you… 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

You can think I am crazy all you want, in the meantime, I will continue to pray, hear God, and walk in the joy of it.

A prophetic word from God is not for our entertainment or to puff up the one that received it.

A prophetic word from the Lord is for three things;

  1. To edify (to build up and instruct),
  2. To exhort (encourage),
  3. To comfort (strengthen, cheer, enliven) 1 Cor. 14:3.

The Spirit said to me,

“A word is not a word unless it is spoken”.

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A word is not a word if you keep it to yourself.
A word thought is just a thought.
But a word spoken is a powerful weapon against your enemy (the devil). A word spoken is a powerful tool to strengthen and build up the church.

There is enough outside the church in this sin-fallen world to tear us down.

Let us be sensitive (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) to the Holy Spirit of The Living God and build one another up.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

 

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Word Up

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Well Hello There! It’s been a while.

September 22nd, 2015 to be exact. Where have you been, Bro. Kyle?

Right here where you left me.

There was a time when I posted an article every Monday. Truth be told, I am not certain when I will post another one after this…if ever. In fact, I am allowing the ekministries.org domain to expire in March.

A lot has happened since about August of last year. Changes and adjustments. I simply do not have the time I used to have and blog posts get pushed to the back burner, as it were.

However, I do want to share something with you. Last Sunday I challenged the congregation to…

“Get in The Word until The Word gets in you”.

“Get in The Word until you get a word”.

Of course there was quite a bit more to the sermon but those statements stuck with me.

This has been on my mind since. In fact, Wednesday night I gave us all some homework to do.

“Get in The Word until you get a word”.

Then come back next Wednesday night and, if you feel led to, share what the Lord showed you.

It could be a nugget of truth you have never seen in the Bible before. A revelation of some deeper understanding of a passage you have read 100 times before, yet The Lord showed you something new from it.

It could be a verse or passage that encouraged you right where you are now.

Whatever it is, share it. Believe it or not, what you have to share is encouraging to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

I know some people who think to themselves they have nothing worthy of sharing. They believe their revelations from the Lord are not that deep or inspiring.

Not true.

Whatever you have received of The Lord, whether you think it is big or small, will encourage and build the faith of someone who is listening.

This is one of the reasons we assemble ourselves together to worship. We need one another to learn from, draw strength and encouragement from, and to pray for.

May I issue the same challenge to you?

Get in The Word until The Word gets in you; until you get a word!

Then share it!

 

 

The Vanishing Preacher

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Some of you have noticed I haven’t posted a blog post in three weeks or more. Normally I post every Monday or Tuesday. Well folks, I simply have not had time to write. There have been some shifts in principles in our business and, as a result, I have been covered up.

Today however I am taking just a moment (before sundown) and posting a small note to my friends and followers.

At sundown today (September 22nd, 2015) the holiest day on the Jewish calendar begins and runs through sundown tomorrow, Wednesday the 23rd .

Yom Kippur (pronounced: yohm kee-poor). Translated it means, “Day of Atonement”.

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This is that one day most ‘church folks’ have heard of wherein the High Priest alone would go into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel.

It is a day of fasting and repentance. It is a day of introspection, of reflection, of confession, and of getting right, and accepting the forgiveness and restoration of God.

It also sets the tone for the year. Do you want to start the year off in humility and repentance before God? Do you want to start the year off in a state of forgiveness and restoration? Yeah, I thought so.

(Start of the year? But this is September. Yes, on our calendar. Rosh Hashanah, the Head of the Year, was September 13th-15th. The beginning of the Jewish New Year)

If you would like to read more about this observance, please see this link…http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Yom_Kippur/yom_kippur.html

At this point, I’m not sure when I’ll write again. Thanks for waiting to see.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Seek The Lord

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I don’t like to bother you and post two in one day, however with the advent of Teshuvah tonight lets start out the season of repentance with some Scripture.

Read this tonight and pray with your family or friends.

Isaiah 55:1-7, Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Thoughts on SHTF

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What will you do when Stuff Hits The Fan and military vehicles block your street and you can’t get out?

Oh, you live in the country, you say? Well then your road is blocked, at least at main junctions, and there is no way to go anywhere. Congratulations. You are no longer free.

The headlines on T.V. say, “For your own safety, stay in your homes. Martial Law has been declared by the President (Because of terror threat, natural disaster, it’s a couple of months before the next election and he doesn’t want to leave office yet, or some other unforeseen crazy thing). Please do not panic. This is for your safety and it is only temporary.”

Temporary…Riiiiiiiight.

Then there is a knock at your door. Military or Para-Military personnel inform you that all firearms are to be accounted for and temporarily confiscated (This exercise has already been practiced in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina…even in high and dry neighborhoods where there was really no need. See LINK. Go ahead, watch it. It’s only 2 minutes).

I subscribe to several channels on YouTube of folks who are either preppers, off-grid and self-sufficient, or survivalists.

Why do I subscribe to such channels, you ask?

Because my wife and I have felt in our spirits for quite some time now that something along these lines is coming. It may not go down as I described it above but rest assured, something is going to happen that will radically change our way of life. I watch these channels to get some ideas on food storage and so on (Here is a nice lady to start with, as an example…LINK).

When will this happen?

I don’t know. But it may be sooner than any of us would like to think.

What should we do?

The second thing you should is prepare physically. Learn to be a little more self-sufficient. Fill your pantry with some extra food and water. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this.

The FIRST thing you should do is get right with God!

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You have all (I’m sure) read my posts on 2015 being a Sabbath Year. The final day of this Sabbath Year is September 13th (Elul 29th on the Hebrew Calendar) and it is on this day that big things have happened in years past. But not always on just this day. Sometimes it is before or after.

This is a special Sabbath Year that happens only every 49 years. After this Sabbath Year a Jubilee Year begins and continues through September of 2016 (You can go back a few posts and read about this in a little more detail).

Tonight…

At sundown (August 17th, 2015) Teshuvah begins. You can read my previous post on that.

I implore you to take advantage of this season of reflection and repentance.

Elul is the 6th month of the Biblical calendar (late summer/early fall), the month set apart for repentance, or Teshuvah, in spiritual preparation for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). If you were to count from Tishri as the first month of the calendar (as the Rabbinic tradition does), Elul would be the last month of the year — a time to make “New Year’s Resolutions” and to turn away from sin before the start of the New Year. The month of Elul is therefore a time each year to prepare for the Days of Awe, by getting our spiritual house in order.

Every year the “Season of Teshuvah” runs forty days from the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this time we make every effort to repent, or turn toward God. In Jewish tradition, these 40 days are called “Days of Favor,” since it was during this time that the LORD forgave the Jewish nation after the sin of the Golden Calf. Some have likened these 40 days to the number of days it takes for the human baby to be formed within the womb.

According to Jewish tradition, then, the month of Elul represents the time that Moses spent on Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the idolatrous incident of the Golden Calf. Moses ascended on the first of Elul and then descended 40 days later on the 10th of Tishri, the end of Yom Kippur, when the repentance of the people was complete. The month of Elul therefore represents the time of national sin and forgiveness obtained by means of repentance (Teshuvah) before the LORD.

Teshuvah is a sort of death and rebirth: a death of the past life and the birth of a new life and a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). It is an awakening from the sleep induced by sin, and manifests itself as the power of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of the believer who trusts in God’s salvation through Jesus.

Therefore the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual life that enables us to be “conformed” with Jesus’ purpose in this world (Rom. 8:28-30). God’s Favor is most fully revealed in the character of His Son (Heb. 1:3).

Whatever our future holds, God holds our future. Whatever happens in this life and in this world is only temporary. After this life begins eternity.

THAT is the most important thing we can prepare for!

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Teshuvah (40 Days of Repentance)

 

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THE SEASON TO PREPARE SPIRITUALLY, FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.

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On August 17th at sunset – September 24th at sunset, devout Jews all over the world will enter a new year. This date comes from counting the time of the creation of Adam, to this year’s Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah, meaning the head of the year.

Many Jewish traditions are linked to this special day of the year. The feast itself was established by God during Israel’s wilderness journey. It was a special convocation in which 100 blasts of the trumpets was heard.

Originally, this was simply the fifth feast in the order of seven feasts and the Hebrew New Year would have been centered in the month of Nissan, in the spring, the same month as Passover.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the be ginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” – Exodus 12:1-2

As time progressed the secular Jewish New Year became the seventh month and the first day at the blowing of the trumpets. Between this day and the Day of Atonement were ten days, known as the Days of Awe, in which the supernatural word of God and the angels were open to the repentance and intercession of God’s chosen.

Trumpets was special, as it was believed by Jewish tradition to be the day when Adam was created and the Day of Atonement was believed to be the day when Adam sinned and God atoned with covering Adam and Eve with the skins of two animals.

Each year, the Gentile nations put on a celebration to prepare for the New Year, on December 31st and welcome the arrival of the new beginning at 1 second after midnight beginning January 1st. God’s calendar however is still based upon the cycles of the moon and the Feasts.

This yearly cycle begins on the first day of Elul and concludes on the Day of Atonement – making a total of forty days of Teshuvah.

During these forty days a person should perform self-examination and remove from their life any spiritual hindrance, repent of any sins, and ask your fellow man for forgiveness if you have offended them or sinned against them. The reason for this spiritual reflection is that your heart will be pure before God and that He will make a good decision for you, for the coming year.

I have written on this subject in the past and indicated that while we should never delay our giving and repentance for a certain time of the year. Repent the moment we have sinned, forgive the moment we are confronted, and give continually as an act of love toward God.

However, just like the F easts of Israel were set seasons each year with certain sacrifices and rituals to be performed in Jerusalem by the priest, this season was also important as the Days of Awe must be set to lead to the Seasons of Joy, which arrive at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles!

Set aside this season to pray, reflect, make amends toward others and plant a special seasons of God offering.

We are coming up on significant times with the conclusion of the Sabbath Year in September and a Jubilee Year following.

Hmmmm, what does God have for you…just around the corner?