Elections 2014 – Who do you choose?

bkacousticbassHave you ever been invited to dinner, given two choices of meals to choose from, and both of them are poisonous, rotten and inedible?

Have you ever been given good news and bad news, only to see that neither is good. It’s just that one is bad and can kill you immediately,and the other news takes awhile to kill  you.

It’s kind of like the choices for congressmen and congresswomen, senators, governors, judges, vice presidents and presidents. Choose your poison, as they say. The choice isn’t between life and death, so much as it is how do you want to die; quickly or slowly?

Well there’s a third choice. It is the choice of life. I choose King Yahweh, in His Son Yahshua. He came to give life. He overcame death, hell and the grave. He does not lie, abuse, or manipulate, and rule over me like a despot king. He is good, all the time!

Who do you choose?

Reminder of The Promise of The Deliverer

BK at SeasideConsidering the promises of The Almighty Yahweh, this Sabbath. Every day presents different obstacles, hindrance, and opposition, yet they are from the same source. Obstacles, hindrances, and opposition can come from the enemy of our souls, Satan. They can be the natural order of life under the curse upon mankind from the garden. But they can also be self initiated and propagated.

But Messiah came to do away with the curse, and to destroy the works of Satan. That brings it all down to a personal level. Do I believe this? Am I willing to seek Him, on a daily basis, to remove obstacles, hindrances, and opposition – especially when that is all representative of my flesh at work?

We are all alike, in that we face problems in our lives every day. We worry and fret over our provision. We have problems in relationships, with family, friends, and co-workers. We deal with our own attitudes, and weaknesses. And sometimes, even oftentimes, our emotions get the better of us, because we don’t know what His promises are. Or we know and don’t believe. And for us who believe, we also have to recognize that we each struggle with belief. We have an element of unbelief in all of us. Belief is faith – believing what
Elohim has said – believing in the Son of Elohim who came to bring faith, and work grace in and through us, by His death, resurrection, ascension to the Father, and the sending of the Set Apart Spirit to live in us.

What is set up in believers is the battle Shaul (Paul) describes in Romans Seven. He found that there was a battle raging in him. It was the Spirit versus his flesh. He had to decide who to yield to – and to know and believe who would deliver Him. He came to same conclusion that we need to come to – it is Yahshua, the Messiah, who died for us. Who rose again, who ascended to Father to intercede on our behalf, and who sent His Spirit to live in and empower us to live and walk through this life. But in the heat of battle it seems we easily lose track of this Truth.

Back in 2001 Yahweh laid Mattithyahu (Matthew) Chapter Six on my heart and mind. I spent a few months looking at that portion of text. And He keeps taking me back to it, time and time again.

Here are some key verses, in Matthew Chapter Six, that will give you the gist of what I’m seeing.

Mat 6:6  “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openl

Mat 6:9  “This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart,
Mat 6:10  let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11  ‘Give us today our daily bread.
Mat 6:12  ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13  ‘And do not lead us into trial,1 but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amĕn.’

Mat 6:19  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
Mat 6:20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Mat 6:21  “For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.

Mat 6:24  “No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.1 Footnote: 1Personification of wealth.
Mat 6:25  “Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you shall eat or drink, or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than the food and the body more than the clothing?
Mat 6:26  “Look at the birds of the heaven, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father does feed them. Are you not worth more than they?
Mat 6:27  “And which of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his life’s span?
Mat 6:28  “So why do you worry about clothing? Note well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin,
Mat 6:29  and I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his esteem was not dressed like one of these.
Mat 6:30  “But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more you, O you of little belief?
Mat 6:31  “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Mat 6:32  “For all these the gentiles seek for. And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these.
Mat 6:33  “But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34  “Do not, then, worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall have its own worries. Each day has enough evil of itself.

You can read the words of the Master here. I have no need for much commentary on what He said. All I can say is this; Father help my unbelief! In these days that are filled with worry, and where evil is ever present, help me to remember Your Words, and to believe Your Torah, and cry out to you for my deliverance. It is my heart and my mind that are the battleground. But He said that He writes His Law on the heart of those who believe and enter into this New Covenant in His Blood. He says that, in this New Covenant that He puts His Law in out minds. That would mean we have the mind of Messiah, just as Shaul wrote. The problem is that we still have to deal with the mind of the flesh. The battle is on! But He purchased us, redeemed us. The battle belongs to Yahweh, in His Son Yahshua! I, we need to turn to Yahshua, who alone can deliver us. This is the conclusion Shaul came to in Romans Chapter Seven:

Rom 7:19  For the good that I wish to do, I do not do; but the evil I do not wish to do, this I practise.
Rom 7:20  And if I do that which I do not wish, it is no longer I who work it, but the sin dwelling in me.
Rom 7:21  I find therefore this law, that when I wish to do the good, that the evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the Torah of Elohim1 according to the inward man, Footnote: 1Ps. 119:16.
Rom 7:23  but I see another law in my members, battling against the Torah of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24  Wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?
Rom 7:25  Thanks to Elohim, through יהושע Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself truly serve the Torah of Elohim, but with the flesh the law of sin.

A couple of days ago I was reminded that my Father, Yahweh, owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I opened the Scriptures to Psalm Fifty to see what this meant in context. It is often used in the prosperity gospel proclaimers pitch to get people to give them more money, or as a mantra to those who want to be rich, or who are in financial need. The “name it claim it” group has perverted the Truth for their own gain. But the Truth is that He does own everything. All the earth belongs to Him.

The context of Psalm Fifty is that Yisrael was trusting in her own self righteousness. They believed they were accepted by their animal sacrifices to Yahweh, when all the animal sacrifices were was an act of faith – obedience out of believing what He said to do. The blood of bulls and goats was not what He wanted. He didn’t need their sacrifices of animal blood. What He wanted was that they, and we, give ourselves as living sacrifices – sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise – that we cease trusting in our own resources, our own works, and allow Him to do what He wants to do.

Psa 50:10  “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.
Psa 50:11  “I know all the birds of the mountains, And all moving in My field are Mine.
Psa 50:12  “If I were hungry, I would not speak to you; For the world is Mine, and all that fills it.
Psa 50:13  “Do I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
Psa 50:14  “Offer thanksgiving to Elohim, And pay your vows to the Most High.
Psa 50:15  “And call upon Me in the day of distress – Let Me rescue you, and you esteem Me.”

Today, on His Sabbath Day, I’m reminded that I am not to speak my own words, seek my own pleasure, or go my own way. This is what He desires for every minute, or every day of my life. May I remember and give thanks and praise for what He has wrought in me, and what He has provided for me. For in Messiah Yahshua is everything I need to live, both physically, and to walk pleasingly before Him.

Psa 19:14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be pleasing before You, O יהוה, my rock and my redeemer.

Blessings and peace, in Yahshua!

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Lay the axe to the root of the lie!

It seems that we have become a people who have built our lives on lies. To further our delusion, and insure that it is passed along to our children, we lie to them. History is revised, and emotion, fear, and guilt shape the narrative that is accepted and passed on from generation to generation. It is evident in every aspect of our society, and reaches fever pitch during certain times of the year.

I recently heard a story of family whose son finally realized his mom and dad had been lying to him about the tooth fairy. When he learned that they had lied to him he was pretty upset. Once trust is destroyed everything becomes suspect.

We lie to our kids about the tooth fairy, and Santa Claus, and tell them that a celebration of wickedness and death is fun! And the list goes on and on! Why?

What drives us to perpetuate the myths and outright lies, from generation to generation? Maybe it’s because we are afraid to stand out. The fear of not blending in with the crowd is powerful. Or maybe is goes deeper than that.

Could it be this; that once we acknowledge that we are living a lie in one area of our lives that it exposes a deeper rooted problem? Could it be that we the fear of learning that our entire foundation for living is based on a primary lie? What would than mean? What would we do? That would require change. How does that affect my prestige in the community? Or how does it impact my life’s work? What if it means that much of what I’ve fought to perpetuate, and venerate is wrong? That is a serious fear!

Each of us come to the realization, at some point in our lives, that the tooth fairy and Santa Claus are myths. We just accept that our parents lied to us, and that is part of being a kid. We had fun with it for awhile, and we compartmentalize a lot of feelings associated with it. Generation to generation the lies are foisted upon children. And lying becomes an acceptable practice, based in situational ethics. But isn’t lying always wrong?

Does anything good ever come from a lie? One may think it does, in the short run. But, in the long run, nothing good comes from a lie! Once we accept that lying is OK, in some circumstances, we then are left to ourselves, and pop culture, to determine those times. Once we accept lying as a practice, then we lose sight of the truth. Once we lose sight of the absolute truth we are left to relative truth. So we come to terms with being lied to on some issues, but we don’t address the root problem of those lies. Those lies are the branches of a tree, that has a root that runs deep. We begrudgingly trim off some leaves and branches of the lie, but we struggle with laying the axe to the root of the problem.

The tooth fairy, and Santa Claus, along with the Easter Bunny, are just leaves and branches on a bad tree, from a bad root, and it bears bad fruit. They represent pagan practices. Now, if you’re bent on being a pagan, fine and dandy. Have at it! I don’t recommend it. Paganism is a lie in and of itself. I believe The Scriptures. And for those of us who say we believe The Scriptures, we should not be OK with any hint of pagan practice!

Specifically speaking of the egg laying bunny and the fat red demon, they find their root in the lie that December 25th, known as Christmas Day, is the birth of The Messiah, and that Easter Sunday is the resurrection day of The Messiah. That is the lie. Do you want to know the Truth? If you don’t, stop reading at this point, turn and walk away, and let the root continue to go down deeper in your life, and in the lives of your children and grandchildren.

Still reading? OK. The Messiah wasn’t born on December 25th! His birth was during the fall feasts of His Father Yahweh, as given in The Scriptures. So, if your rationale is that you are observing this day in celebration of His birth, you missed it. He invited everyone to His birthday observance, and you came on the wrong day! That’s not good. But it gets worse! The day man has decided to celebrate The Messiah’s birth is really the birthday of the a pagan deity – the sun god!  You, as a professing believer of The Scriptures, have rejected the Truth of Scripture so that you can observe your lying tradition – a tradition that not only replaces the feasts that He said to observe, but replaces His feast with a pagan feast!

And what about that Easter Bunny?

Well that egg laying bunny lie is rooted a pagan festival of fertility. That root is full of sexual perversion and murder! The colored eggs we laugh and joke about, and hide for our children to find them, find their origin in pagan priests who sacrifice infants and colored the eggs in the baby’s blood! Easter is Ashtarte, or Eostre. Do a search online. You’ll find a lot of info about it. Once again, we find ourselves, as a society, setting aside the real Truth for the sake of our lying tradition.

Pagans, every year, fight to take back their days from the Christians who have commandeered them. All the while Christians fight to put Christ back into Christmas. The pagans are right! The Christians are wrong!

Christ, or The Messiah, was never in Christmas! And, guess what! He doesn’t want to be associated with it. In fact, The Scriptures teach that we are not to worship The Creator with the abominable practices of the pagans around us. The goal is that those who are believers in The Creator will obey the Instructions of The Creator, and by doing so will be a light to the pagans, with the hope that they too reject their pagan myths and accept the Truth of the One and Only Creator – The only True Mighty One!

Think about it! Consider the child who learns that mom and dad have been lying to them. How can that child believe anything mom and dad say to them after that realization? Especially if mom and dad aren’t willing to give up the entire lie!

The best it gets for us, as human beings, is a life of repentance. Repentance is change that comes from seeing the Truth and the lie, and choosing Truth. When our children see that pattern it is something they can respect, and they feel that they can listen to a parent who is willing to admit when they’re wrong, and commit to what is right. And so it is with all the world.

John 3:16 says that “God (Yahweh) so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” The Father’s Name is Yahweh. His Son, who was given His Name, is Yahshua, which means “Yah is Salvation.” God is a title, as is Lord. His Name is Yahweh. Jesus is not the name of Messiah. His Name is Yahshua. Yahshua was born according the appointed time of Yahweh. He died according the appointed time of Yahweh. Yahweh’s appointed times are not pagan festivals. They are given in The Scriptures. You will find the annual, chronological outline of them in Leviticus Chapter 23. But they are spoken of throughout The Scriptures.

We need to “lay the axe to the root” of the lie in our lives, if we profess to be people of the Truth.  Yes, The True Messiah, whose real Name is Yahshua, was born and died, and rose again. But not according to man’s traditionally perpetuated lies. He came to destroy the works of the devil, whose sole purpose is the lead mankind away from the Truth. He began in the garden by questioning what Yahweh said, and he still does today. When he asks you the question, “Did Yahweh really say” this or that? Will you take the time to learn the Truth so that you don’t believe lies, or will you be content to let the root drive down deeper in your soul, cutting off the source of Truth that speaks in a still small voice?

Consider Luke Chapter Three.

Luk 3:1  And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Yehuḏah, and Herodes district ruler of Galil, and his brother Philip district ruler of Yetur and the country of Trachonitis, and Lusanias district ruler of Aḇilene,
Luk 3:2  Ḥanan and Qayapha being high priests, the word of Elohim came to Yoḥanan the son of Zeḵaryah in the wilderness.
Luk 3:3  And he went into all the neighbourhood of the Yardĕn, proclaiming an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
Luk 3:4  as it has been written in the book of the words of Yeshayahu the prophet,1 saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of יהוה, make His paths straight. Footnote: 1Isa. 40:3-5.
Luk 3:5  ‘Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough become smooth ways,
Luk 3:6  and all flesh shall see the deliverance of Elohim.’ ”
Luk 3:7  He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be immersed by him, “Brood of adders, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Luk 3:8  “Therefore bear fruit worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Aḇraham as our father.’ For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Aḇraham from these stones.
Luk 3:9  “And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

This portion of Scripture is about the one we call John, in English. His Hebrew given name was Yohanen. He was sent in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way of the coming Messiah, Yahshua, as foretold by the prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah). Verse 9 should cause us to look at our lives and see what we’re rooted in – of which tree are we? Are we of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, from the garden, of our father Adam? Or are we eating of the Tree of Life, of our Father Yahweh, in His Son Yahshua, the second Adam? Are we born again, with a new heart of repentance evidenced by change? Are we willing to lay the axe to the root of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and eat only from the Tree of Life?

Our response to this question will determine what we say and do. It is true repentance. And we know this, because Yahshua said it, that “without repentance” the sinner will perish. Repentance is change from following after our own ways, and toward following the ways of Yahweh, according to His Instructions, in His Son – Yahshua, by His work of grace. Interested?

Peace!

 

Ebola, ISIS, Obama, Racism, Riots, Terroism – Where do we turn for Truth?

In today’s high tech age, when we’re inundated with “news” reports from so many different perspectives and in support of so many agendas, how do we know what is true and what is a lie? In the realm of politics, which is really about money, we see what looks to be two sides in the battle, and the people tend to divide themselves along those ideological lines. The Republicans tout their messiah, Ronald Reagan, and believe that a return to that style of politics, with a “re-incarnated” Reagan, is a fix for all the ills of the land. The Democrats seem to, likewise, romanticize Clinton and Kennedy. And then the “independents” and Libertarians have their own bent towards their ideal. In many cases they are embraced by those who have a spirit of rebellion and lawlessness.

How much of all of this is simply a game being played on us, so that we choose a side and end up pitted against one another?

Sadly we have dumbed down the school system, and dumbed down the electorate, by ceasing to be students of history, and people that are dedicated to seek out the real truth. We are blinded by our ideology and personal preferences, and those in the different political parties know that, and use that, I believe, to keep us divided. There is no standard of truth so each man does what is right in his own eyes, just as we read in the Bible, in the Book of Judges.

We keep thinking we are going to achieve a unity that brings peace into the world. But it isn’t working. The world is in turmoil, with wars, terrorists, deadly disease, hatred, rage, riots, and weather related events that belie our blind belief that our world is getting better.

The fact is that the Bible is true in that it says that every man is a liar, and that there are none righteous, “NO NOT ONE!” Yet we seem to think that there are righteous people – at least those on our side. The other guy is always the wicked one.

Some believe that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were the cowboys in the white hats, right? And that would make Carter, Clinton, and Barack Obama the Dick Dastardly’s tying the damsel to the railroad track and foreclosing on the family farm. That is; if your bent is toward right wing conservatism, as defined by those who branded that advertising campaign. But if you identify with the progressive, liberal, brand machine, then you feel quite the opposite. Your cowboys in white hats are Carter, Clinton, Obama, and even Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ole “FDR” is the patron saint of liberalism. If we only had another like him, then it would be alright. Do you really believe that? Or if we had another Reagan, then, Yeah! Then all would be right with the world. Do you believe that? Or do we throw off all restraint, make everything legal, and “live like you want to live,” siding with Ralph Nader, and those in the Libertarian party, then we are locked in, hitting on all 8 cylinders, and Utopia has finally arrived!

All of this is a lie designed to keep us fragmented – always holding out a carrot to keep us following dutifully, never delivering on the promises, as we follow them right into the compound and the door is shut behind us. We are slaves to an elite that only cares for power and money. Scripture is correct, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

In my life I’ve worked in advertising, and I understand branding, and ad campaigns, and I know what hits the emotional hot button in people to make them want to buy in. So do those in power in every political persuasion in the world. From the music we hear coming out of our radio speakers, the scenes in the latest sitcoms, TV talk shows, documentaries, supposed newscasts, speeches and and actions of our elected officials, and even from pulpits in churches around the nation, we are being played. The Branding Machines are in full steam ahead mode, and we don’t take our head out of our iPhones, or away from the computer screen long enough to see it for what it is!

The fact is that they are using the exact same tools that get you to buy toothpaste, detergent, and the latest Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, or Lexus. The campaign first creates a desire in you and me to think we have to have what is being offered. And then you create the scenario that makes you believe you can have it! Once blinded by that desire we follow that dangling carrot right into the trap. And so it is with politics. In fact, they work together, and not for our good, but for their good – their riches!

Hollywood is no different! Leonardo DiCaprio, and others like him, are weighing in on issues of the day, and they do it from their ivory palaces with no perspective rooted in reality, in most cases. They live like royalty. In fact the history of Hollywood is that they are the royalty of the USA. Now it seems that many look at the perennial powers in DC as the United States “royals!” Actress Gwyneth Paltrow seems to look at Barack Obama as some kind of King, or a divine being, when she recently said  “It would be wonderful if we are able to give this man all the power he needs to accomplish the things he needs to.” And then went on to say to Obama, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly,” Now Gwyneth may be an extreme example of the out of touch pretenders in Hollywood, but there are many that don’t quite come across like silly school girls, yet they still are out front, speaking to us, and telling us how we should live – as if pretending to be someone their not, in a movie, gives them authority. One has to begin to question if they have sold their souls to become a pretender in real life, and not just on the screen! And just so we keep it “fair and balanced,” let’s don’t forget Charlton Heston and his drumbeat for the right wing conservative brand. Did ole Charlie begin to believe he was Moses? And, just a reminder, those right winger conservatives elected a pretender – Ronald Reagan!

So what do we believe? Is Ebola going to destroy mankind? Will ISIS, or ISIL, or al Queda, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews, Bill Maher, or Glenn Beck be the destruction of life as we know it? Well your answer will depend on where you find your source of “the truth.”

The fact is that each of the aforementioned have a part to play. Ebola, Marburg, and other diseases, plagues, and the genetic (GMO) modification of our food supply and more are destroying us. Yet we are not told the Truth. Is ISIL evil? Why, yes, it is! Is the government in the United States wicked? Without a doubt! The wickedness of ISIL has been supplemented, and supported by the regime in the USA for many years, by leadership of both parties! When you choose to side with one side of evil, over the other side, you strengthen that evil. Later on, you have to deal with that evil, by supporting and arming another “lesser” evil! Get the picture?

And to what end is this being done, by men who are intelligent enough to see what they’re doing? And where is the political party in American that REALLY stands against these lies and spin machines?

Choosing the lesser of two evils, or several evils, is just the way we roll as human beings, left to ourselves. When we ignore the standard of Truth that shows that we, ourselves, are wicked, and that all men are wicked, we then have to choose which side of wickedness closer matches where we are, and what we think we need, at the moment. That is always subject to change. Those in the sovereign roles in this nation, and in the world, know this about us, and they play us for all it’s worth!

It’s time we stop proclaiming any man, or any particular political party as our savior. It’s high time this nation repents and returns to the Mighty One, the Creator, Yahweh, according to what He said about Himself, in The Set Apart Scriptures. As a nation, it won’t happen. But each of us, as individuals can choose. That makes a difference in our lives, but it can also make a difference in a nation as well.

I believe this nation, and, in fact, the world, is  under judgement for rejecting the Truth, both the Written Word of Yahweh, and the Living Word, who came down from heaven. Remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? Do you remember how Yahweh said He would not destroy the city if only 10 were found there, who were righteous? Could it be that if there is a revival in this nation, back to the Truth of Scripture, and to the true Savior, whose name is Yahshua Messiah, that Yah’s hand of judgement might be stayed?

The revival I speak of is not that return to what we had in the Regan years, or back in the 50’s with Beaver and the Cleavers! It’s not back to the founding fathers and their vision of America. It is not back to Martin Luther, or Roman Catholicism. It is not a return to Judaism, or messianic Judaism. What I’m speaking of is a revival that goes back to the beginning, back to Genesis, and we begin to hear what He said, and still says, and that leads us to our Savior, Yahshua Messiah, who died for us, and gives His life to those who believe in Him. It means a revival that leads us to obey the Torah – the loving Instruction given to the creation, by our Creator, and that we obey by His work of grace in and through us. THEN and ONLY THEN, will mercy flow from the throne, and judgement be stayed.

One day it will all end. The Set Apart Scriptures teach us that. The things I’ve written about, and that we see every day, are all foretold in Scripture. There is nothing new under the sun. In the end each of us will stand before Him and give an answer for what we have done during our brief life here on earth. After that interview we will hear one of two responses from the One who created us. To some He will say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of your master.” And to the rest He will say, “Depart from Me, you who work lawlessness, for I never knew you.” He describes that place as a place of “gnashing of teeth,” and a place or eternal torment. But NO ONE has to go there! It is reserved for Satan and his messengers (angels), and for those who reject the Truth, and the Living Truth, who came to redeem all who will believe in Him. The evidence of our belief (faith) will be change. We will begin to cast off the traditions of man, the lying ideologues who seek to keep us bound, and we will walk in true freedom in the Son of Elohim. And one day we will be with Him in His Father’s House, where true peace, joy, and love resides. Elohim in Love. In His presence is fullness of joy! In the midst of the storms of life, in this fallen world, we can begin to experience that NOW. And ultimately, at the end of all things of this flesh existence, we will experience if fully, with new bodies, and in the presence of the One who died in our place, yet He lives. And because He lives, we live also – if we believe in Him, according to His Word, and who He really is!

Peace,

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How do you listen to music?

2012-11-16 22.03.26 HDRWhy do you listen to music? Have you ever thought about it?

Some people listen to music as if it is just background music, like the music bed for a radio or TV commercial, or elevator music. It is just there to quell the silence. Some people just like the rhythm of the song, and that’s all they care about. But, for me, the song is about the lyrics, then the melody, then the rhythm, and finally the production of the song.

All songs communicate a message. Writing and producing songs is an art. The artist has a message in mind when they write the song – they have something to say and a way they want to say it. But what the artist has no control over is how their message will be perceived. What does the consumer of the music we produce hear, when they cue up one our creations? Well, it depends on the filter they listen through.

As many of you know, I’m a believer in the Elohim (God) of the Holy Scriptures (Bible). My filter is what is written from Genesis to Revelation, and by the work of the Set Apart Spirit in my life. One of the things I’ve learned, or rather, am now beginning to understand more fully, is that my Father speaks in many ways, through many people – often in places and through people I would previously have thought He would never speak.

The Scripture speaks of the “still small Voice” of Yahweh. It’s the story of Elijah, in 1st Kings, Chapter 18-19. Elijah had just called fire down to consume the sacrifice, the water that he soaked the sacrifice with, and the rocks of the altar, in the competition between Yahweh and Baal. It’s a great historical record of the power of the Almighty Creator. Elijah even pokes fun at the prophets of Baal, suggesting that their god is indisposed, and that is why he isn’t answering them. After Yahweh shows that He is the only true Mighty One, Elijah then kills the false prophets of Baal. After this he prays for rain, in the midst of a drought, and it rains, AND then he outran Ahab’s chariot back to Jezreel! All of those huge demonstrations of the power of His Mighty One should be enough for him to believe Him for everything, right? Well……. Then Jezebel vows to kill him, and Elijah goes on the run from her, and ends up in a cave, hiding from a woman!

Elijah had just seen the amazing firepower, pun intended, of Yahweh, the True Mighty One, and slew 150 men, in the strength of Yahweh, yet now he is afraid of a woman. What was he hearing that caused him to fear and run for his life? Did he think that Yahweh became silent? Did he think that Yahweh had stopped speaking to him? What, or who was he hearing?

He heard the voice of the messenger from Jezebel that told him that Jezebel was going to have him killed. What filter did he listen to that message through? He’s a mighty man of Elohim (God), right? What was he thinking? There is one thing for sure, that we have right in that he is a man. And, from what we read, he is a man of Elohim. Yet he is a man, just like you and me. And at this moment in time he was thinking like a man. And in his fears and doubt he only heard the voice of Jezebel loudly, saying “I’m going to kill you.” So he runs. But when he’s hiding in the cave he learns that you can run, but you can’t hide. Yah will find you. In fact He is always there, and He is always speaking, even through the messenger of Jezebel!

When Elijah was hiding in the cave, Yahweh comes to him and asks him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Yahweh did not tell him to run and hide from Jezebel. He heard the voice of Jezebel, ONLY, in the voice of her messenger. He heard that message through the filter of the might and power of Jezebel, not hearing the Voice of Yahweh in it.

After Elijah tells Yahweh that he ran and hid because all was lost. He thought that it was all over. All Yisrael (Israel) had forsaken Yah, and he, Elijah, alone was the only one left, and Jezebel was going to kill him. That’s what he heard, loudly, and that is what he acted on in running and hiding. Then Yahweh tells him to go stand on the mountain, before Him. Then came a lot of big, loud, events – wind so strong that it broke the rocks on the mountain, and fire, and then an earthquake. Yahweh was not in any of those big events. And then came the “still small Voice of Yahweh,” and He asks again, “Why are you here, Elijah?”

You see, Yahweh was not in the voice of the messenger of Jezebel. He was not the author of that message. However He speaks to His own, when they hear the message. In this case it is this, “If Yahweh be for us, who can be against us?” And, “Nothing can separate us from the Love of Elohim.” So when Elijah heard the messenger of Jezebel, had he stopped and focused on the mighty promises of Elohim, and what He had just wrought through him, he would have heard the Voice of Yahweh, saying, “Stand Elijah, you are not alone. I’m still working and I still have things for you to do.” Which is the message that comes to him in the “still small Voice.”

So when I hear any song, or any message, or have a conversation with anyone, or see any event take place, what filter to I hear or see through? I don’t always accomplish it, but when I listen for His Voice I hear hope, strength, provision, Truth, and Life, even when the message’s intent is despair, weakness, lack, a lie, and death.

One such song comes to my mind - Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry.” It says, in part:

“I’m in a hurry to get things done, oh I rush and rush till life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

I can hear those lyrics and get pretty bummed out and lose hope, thinking that I’m on a ride that I can’t get off. Or I can hear the Voice of my Creator, through the Set Apart Spirit of His Son, who died for me, and the the mighty promises He made through His Word, and I can get direction from Him, have hope, gain strength, and begin to go through this life as He leads, knowing that this life is not all there is – there is eternal life ahead! And it is already here, present in me, if I am truly born again, by His Spirit.

May we all hear His “still small Voice,” in everything and everyone – not being a part of the false message, but hearing the Truth through the false message. In Yahshua we are overcomers. We are told that we overcome by the blood of Yahshua (Jesus) and by the word of our testimony. By His shed blood, if we receive Him, we can hear His Voice, and our testimony is that we obey, and it is seen. This is how we overcome the lying voices of the Jezebels who say we are done for. Read the back of the Book. She’s a liar!

Peace!

 

 

 

Set the date! Howe, Indiana Indian Summer Days Show – 9/19/14

Rehearsal with the Messiah Fellowship Worship Band was awesome yesterday. I’m so blessed to be a part of this team. The diversity and stretching of our gifts is great to see. Looking to add a mid-set to the show that is a rework of some hymns, bringing Jason from behind the drums, and Josh back to the drums.

Messiah Fellowship Worship Band leads worship at Messiah Fellowship, in Brighton, IN each Sabbath during Sabbath gathering, at 5PM.

Put this date in your calendar and come join us; September 19th at 6:30PM, just off the square in Howe, at the old firehouse. It’s part of the Howe Indian Summer Days festival.

Working on the set for my solo session with Julia Meek at Meet the Music on September 25th. I know two of the 4 songs, need to settle on the other 2.

Now to find time to get together with Dillon Sawyer, Laura Kidd, and Luke Kidd to continue the Hillbilly Radio journey.

By the way, check out Josh Brown’s new ministry endeavor in Goshen, IN. Grace is Change, meets every 4th evening (Wednesday) at the Electric Brew, downtown Goshen.

Questions about booking, or anything else? bfkidd@hillbillyradio.com

Peace, out!

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Meet the Music, with Julia Meek

cropped-cropped-bktracking.jpgI will be recording a session with Julia Meek, at WBOI 89.1, for her show, Meet the Music, on September 25th. This is a solo session where I will do about 4 songs, and a brief interview with Julia. The plan is that, at a later date, a bigger session featuring the entire band.

Check out Julia’s Facebook page and like Meet the Music. And continue to check back to learn the air date of the show.

Julia is a huge supporter of music in the area. That is what Meet the Music is all about. I am grateful to her for this, and for this opportunity. And I give Yahweh all the esteem for opening doors to proclaim His Name and His goodness in song.

Peace,

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Messiah Fellowship Worship Band in Howe, IN – Sept 19th

I will be in concert with The Messiah Fellowship Worship Band on September 19th. in Howe, Indiana, as part of their Howe Indian Summer Days festival. The show is free. Come on out and join us. I’ve been blessed to be playing in this band, in several variations, since 1994.

The Messiah Fellowship Worship Band is also working on a recording project. We will be doing this as more of a “live” recording. I’m excited to be a part of it. It won’t be perfect, but none of us are perfect. Let it be honoring to Yahweh, and may it be used to build up the body of Messiah.

Howe, Indiana is on State Road 9, north of Lagrange, Indiana, and just south of Sturgis, Michigan, and the Indiana/Michigan state line. The show begins at 6:30. Hope to see you all there and get a chance to say hello.

Hillbilly Radio Band members Laura Kidd, Luke  Kidd, and Dillon Sawyer are also a part of the Messiah Fellowship Worship Band, along with Rick Sailor, Josh Brown, and Jason Booher. We all be nice folk. Come out and get to know us.

Stay tuned…. more to come from the Hillbilly Radio project.

Peace,

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Voices

Truth matters. Truth is not relative. Truth is not of private interpretation. Truth is Truth. As a man who wants to know and live by Truth, I seek Truth. As a songwriter, I am compelled by Truth. Truth is found in the beginning, in the very foundation of life and creation. I confess that my flesh resist the Truth, but the Spirit within me is Truth, and I have to choose who to listen to. There is a Voice of Truth, and there are voices that speak lies. Man speaks lies, if he is not committed to the Truth of the Mighty One, the Creator of the Universe.

The Mighty One created everything that He created symbiotic. The water, the atmosphere, the sun, the moon, the stars, plant life, animal life, and, finally, the pinnacle of His creation, mankind (Adam) are all dependent upon one another, and all dependent upon the source of life, The Mighty One, the Creator Himself.

Adam was created from the dust of the earth. And we are told that Adam will return to the earth when his days of living on this earth are finished. From creation, when time and space were set into motion, to the culmination of time, Adam’s descendants will live and die and return to the dust they came from. But Adam was not created to die. Adam brought death upon himself by ignoring the instructions – the commandments of his Creator, Yahweh Elohim.

The Mighty One is Yahweh, the Great I Am, the Self Existent One. He is the Ancient of Days, and His Son is Yahshua, the Messiah – They are Elohim – “Mighty Ones.” Elohim is Spirit. The Spirit of Elohim, The Son of Elohim, and The Father of Elohim are One.

Adam, being the pinnacle Yahweh’s creation, was the one who was given a freewill to choose his path. But Yahweh, being loving toward His creation, gave instructions to man, that he could see clearly what His desire for His creation is, and that living according to His instructions results in a blessed life. But Adam, being the pinnacle of Yahweh’s creation, created in the image of Elohim, was not, and is not Elohim. He is the vilest of all Yahweh’s creation, in and of himself.

In choosing to ignore the instruction of Yahweh, Adam brought death to himself, and to all born of him. Therefore we all go the way of Adam, in that our mortal, flesh and blood bodies will die and return to the dust from which we came. But there is a 2nd Adam.

The 2nd Adam is Yahshua, the Son of the Living Elohim. The difference is that He is Elohim Himself, and He did not ignore the instructions – the commandments of the Creator. He came in the flesh and His flesh returned to the dust when He died, just as the first Adam’s flesh returned upon his physical death. But because He perfectly obeyed the instructions of the Creator, as given in the Scriptures, He did not stay in the grave. He was raised into a new life. The 2nd Adam lives eternally, as He has always been, The Ancient of Days.

We have a choice to make. We can continue our lives following after our forefather, the 1st Adam, breathe our last, return to the dust from which we came, and be forever separated from our Creator – cast into everlasting torment with Satan and His messengers, OR we can die to our life in the 1st Adam, allow the 2nd Adam Yahshua, to live in and through us, and when our physical body returns to the dust, we live on. AND one day we will get a new immortal, incorruptible body. We have a choice to make, just as the 1st Adam did.

The Creator gave instructions to the pinnacle of His creation – mankind. And mankind, submitted to the Creator and His instructions, will live in harmony in the symbiotic relationship with all of Yahweh’s creation. We will love our fellow man and tell him about the Creator and His Instruction, and the true, abundant, everlasting life is found in His instructions, in His Son, the Living Instructions.

His Instructions are Torah, as given in Scripture.

We all must choose. Thanks be to Yahweh He has given us choice. Our forefather chose poorly. Yahweh could have written all of Adam’s descendants off and not worth the effort. But He didn’t! Because He loves His creation.

“For Yahweh so loves the world (His creation) that He sent His only Son (the 2nd Adam) that those who believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

If you say you know Him, but don’t know, or don’t care to know His instructions, then how can you know Him? If He, Yahshua, lives in you, then you will be in the process of being more like Him – walking as He walked, in guarding and walking in the instructions of His Father, Yahweh.

It’s not because we’re Americans, or Baptists, or Pentecostals, or say we love “Jesus” that gives us eternal life. It is if we are born again, given a heart of flesh that has His Torah written on it, placed in our minds, and His Spirit causing us, as we submit, to walk in the Truth of His Instructions – His Torah. Ezekiel 36, Jeremiah 31, 2nd Corinthians 2, Hebrews 8.

If we are born again, with the Set Apart Spirit of Elohim living in us, then we will know Him by His real Name. It is Yahweh, and His Son’s Name, Yahshua. We will know Him! AND He will know us.

John said, in 1st John, by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments. Yahshua said, in Matthew Chapter 5, to those who were religious, who said they called upon His Name and did all kinds of amazing things, to “depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness, for I never knew you!”

Do you know Him? Does He know you? It will be known by the voice we choose to heed. Either that of Satan, who speaks through the 1st Adam, or the Voice of Elohim who speaks through the 2nd Adam, Yahshua Messiah.

Peace,

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It is a beautiful day in our little town. I am thankful to Yahweh that I have freedom in this nation, though it seems to be dwindling fast. I’m reminded that men do not give freedom. Only Yahweh, the Mighty, Mighty One of Scripture, and that is in His Son, Yahshua the Messiah who died and rose again. Today I give honor and esteem where it is due, to Him.

We have fought many wars, with politicians and rulers saying it was to secure our freedom. Some appear that they were, maybe, the right thing to do, and some of them questionable at the very least. Just because we’re living in America doesn’t mean that everything our country does is right. After all, we are all just men.

Some men want to do right and are deceived into coming alongside that which is wrong. Some are deceived and become deceivers in their own right, unknowingly. And some deceive knowingly. Either way people suffer at the hands of those who rule unrighteously apart from the Truth contained in the Set Apart Scriptures. I pray we become a nation of people who want Truth and are willing to live in Truth, regardless of our traditions and in spite of the rewriting of history on both the right and left of the political spectrum, and religious dogma in this nation and in the world. Scripture is Truth. Man’s personal interpretation, mandated and fought over, is dogma.

The rulers of our nation kill the innocent before they are born. They flaunt the Law of Yahweh, as do the religious right, and every other form of godliness that denies the power found in the Truth of the Word, and in His Son. It matters not what it is called. It is sad that many die for lawlessness and lies. Would it be that the professing church/body of Messiah would be willing to begin the journey out of the Babylon of lawlessness they call Christianity and begin to walk and live as the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh lived. He did not set aside the Law/Torah of His Father. How can we expect blessing when His Word says that those who rebel against His Law/Torah will be under the curse? Blessing comes through obedience and obedience only comes through His Son who’s death set us free, and by dwelling in us gives us the power/grace to obey. It is not by my power, nor by my might, nor by might and power of this nation, but by the Set Apart Spirit who writes the Law/Torah on the hearts of the people of Yahweh, who are found in His Son Yahshua.

My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones in these conflicts, whether they were right or wrong. My family has suffered loss. I lost a first cousin in Viet Nam. But my devotion is not to this nation, but to the One who gives and takes away, the One who is the Creator of all life, and the One who can give real freedom in His Son, to live abundant life, and eternal life. I pray that we all remember that.

Some think they can turn this nation around by rising up against the government. Some think it will happen at the ballot box. I don’t believe either of those will work. Revolt simply gives power to the one who has the most bullets and are willing to kill more to gain the upper hand. And in the end, what do we have but another set of men who rule unrighteously. Take note of the elections, at least in the past 50 years. Has right ever been in power in this nation? Or has it been wickedness that is simply separated by an R or a D designation after their name. Violence nor elections will save this nation. Only repentance from dead works, and lies, and lawlessness marked by changed lives. and then He may stay His hand, and bless, if we seek His face.

In Him it is not Independence day, it is dependence day, and it is EVERY DAY! We are dependent upon Him and His Instruction, and His Son, and His work of grace. It is a lie of the devil, Satan, who tells us we are independent. However, in Yahshua we have true freedom. And that freedom, paid for by His blood, sets us free that we may choose to walk in His Truth, and worship Him according to how He has told us to worship Him – in Spirit and in Truth.

May we be found pleasing to Him today, by grace through faith (belief) in what He has said. And if we do this I believe we can say,
“May Yahweh bless the USA.”