New Year’s Resolutions?
By: Ethel Chadwick
'Tis the time of year when we look back and think that we could do better next time. I thought of
a few good New Year’s Resolutions – maybe you have some good ones too.
1. Spend more time reading the Bible. Obviously. How do we expect to really know what
God expects of us unless we get to know His Word? It’s all there – how we should treat
others, how to be kind, etc.
2. This kind of goes with #1 – try to be God-focused instead of Self-focused. Sounds easier
than it is. When we focus on ourselves we are often prideful or just worried, anxious and
depressed. Things change when we focus on God. Yep, the atmosphere changes. Try
3. Look for ways to encourage others – be a blessing. So this means you have to stop being
critical. Don’t discourage others, but ENCOURAGE.
4. Think before you speak! Will your words hurt and destroy? Or will they give life?
Kind of goes with #3.
5. Stop speeding. OK this is really for me. I admit I struggle with this one. But you
know we are supposed to obey the laws of the land (read Romans Chapter 13) unless they
conflict with God’s laws. Enough said.
6. Eat sensibly. You can do it! I think moderation is the key. As long as you eat plenty
of fruits and veggies, occasional carbs are ok. I think it’s too drastic to just eliminate
them totally. Drink lots of water too!
7. Hug someone often!!! It feels so good to give and receive hugs!!!!
8. Be thankful! Count your blessings!!!!
OK that’s all for now. This list could go on for a long time. I pray that you are happy and
healthy and that God blesses you tremendously! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A note from Jeff at Gates of Zion
A Fun Message from our friend at Gates of Zion Ministries-ENJOY!
Blessings and Shalom,
EQUIPPING FOR CHRISTMAS DAY CHINESE RESTAURANT INVASION
OK, so its December 25 and you are in your favorite Chinese restaurant. Your egg drop soup is still hot. You turn toward an adjacent table where a Jewish couple is dining. If you are Jewish you can say,
"Can I ask you a question?" When they agree, say, "Isn't it interesting that the world is cerebrating the birth of the most famous Jew who ever lived except us?"
If you are Gentile substitute, "except His own people" for "except us."
If the Jewish person upon hearing your question shows any interest, here is a powerful way to continue:
If you are Jewish:
"I and a growing number of Jews have researched about what really happened in first century Israel concerning the Rabbi from Nazareth. We have discovered an entirely different narrative than the one we were taught to believe growing up. Would you be interested to hear it?"
If you were born Gentile you say the above a bit differently,
"I am not Jewish but I am done my homework and through my research I discovered all the first disciples of the Rabbi from Nazareth were Jewish and that the truth about what really happened in first century Israel is a well hidden secret from most Jewish people. I have heard reports many Jewish people today are taking a second look at the Rabbi from Nazareth and have come to some startling conclusions"
If the Jewish person you are speaking to replies he is interested in hearing more, begin to blow the whistle on what really happened back then in first century Israel.
Here are a few points you can make:
First for the salvation of Israel and then the nations!
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. (Luke 2:32)
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Moms, Christmas and We Jewish Folk
Shalom Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Chanukah and ARE having a joyous Holiday season! At this time of year, it's my wife that always reminds me that I should be thankful for Christmas as we should (at least), choose a time to celebrate the birth of our Messiah! I know, I know-We Jews did not invent Christmas (many if not most of us didn't even observe it growing up), and it is not a commanded celebration. But Shela asked me to consider that the BIBLE tells us that even Yeshua (Jesus), celebrated Chanukah and it is not a commanded celebration. Shela (my wife), is a smart girl isn't she! How many of our own homes would be as strong if not for our wives-the mother of our children?! So in saying all this I want you all to enjoy an opinion piece that I read just today. I hope it blesses you all as much as it did me! So read and ENJOY with many Blessings and Shalom!
The Quiet Hero
(from Fox News.com)
The Good Place
By: Ethel Chadwick
I am watching an episode of "The Good Place," a comedy about a woman who dies and wakes up in a type of paradise that they call " The Good Place."
The leader, or head angel, calls an assembly and explains to the group that each person is there because of all their good deeds while they were alive. They received points for each positive or unselfish act they did while on earth.
So what is wrong with this picture? Are good deeds enough? Isaiah 64:6 says:
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
As believers in Yeshua we know that good deeds aren't enough. We must repent, turn from our sins and totally submit to Yeshua. Getting into heaven isn't based on our goodness, but on His goodness. See you in the Good Place!
It's A Fine Line
By Ethel Chadwick
What I’m about to say applies to men and women alike. There’s a fine line between being friendly and flirting. Be very certain that you don’t unknowingly give the wrong impression when warmly welcoming a newcomer to your congregation.
I’m a hugger. I love people and love to make them feel welcomed. But as a married woman I am very much aware that my friendliness can easily be misinterpreted. I just want everyone to stop for a moment and think about how you approach someone of the opposite sex.
Unfortunately things have exploded lately --- everyone is accused of sexually harassing someone. Just be careful. It’s ok to hug someone – just don’t linger! Please continue to be friendly --- but at all times be aware that how you dress, how you lightly touch someone on the arm or back, how you spend a little too much time chatting with someone – these can all be misinterpreted, especially since so many people are lonely and desperate for attention.
I don’t want to end this on a negative note --- so by all means, continue to be friendly and encourage people in the Lord. Remember to honor the Lord at all times by what you say and do. He will direct your path!
Hold On, Don’t Give Up
By: Ethel Chadwick
I say these words to myself as much as to you guys. I am frustrated because while I am usually healthy, lately I am getting hit on all sides as they say. OK, only my hairdresser knows for sure, but as I write this I am battling an allergic reaction/chemical burn from hair dye. Yes, I am one of those vain women who enjoys looking young. Pray for me.
I admit I sometimes enjoy whining to my friends so they will comfort me. It’s ok to do that a little, but if I start dwelling on my itching scalp more than God’s promises, well then, we have a problem.
So I ask you – when you’re in the thick of battle, when you are attacked in your health, in your finances, in your relationships – are you going to keep whining to your friends or are you going to declare victory and hold on to God’s promises?
Let’s investigate some of those promises:
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still
He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
…but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up
with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not
...do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.