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Use the Keys

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Use the Keys! 
More on Prayer from Matthew 16:13-19
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This sequel follows two other writings – Spiritual Warfare – Arise! and Prayer – the Work of the Kingdom.

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Hesed

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Hesed
The Indescribable Love of God

In the autumn of 2004, I heard about the Hebrew word hesed (or chesed) for the first time. My new husband and I had left our jobs to go to a 22-month Bible school in a new city. I remember walking out into the dark night after a class in a trance of joy. The deep, vast meaning of hesed captivated me.

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Prayer - The Work of the Kingdom

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Prayer
The Work of the Kingdom
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The King of the universe created us for relationship with Himself! He is the Lover of our souls! Hearing His voice is our greatest joy! He invites us into prayer that brings light into His kingdom!

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Great love

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Great love
Lavished upon us!

Behold, how great a love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called the children of God! (1 John 3:1)

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Beloved

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Beloved
I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. (Song of Songs 6:3)

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can a flood drown it. (Song of Songs 8:7)

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The Charges of Paul to Timothy for All Soldiers

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The Charges of Paul to Timothy 
for All Soldiers
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Dear beloved of God, you may replace Timothy's name with your own as you continue reading these charges.

Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) These are just a few of Paul’s encouragements to his beloved son in the faith as Paul faced serious persecution.

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Spiritual Warfare - Arise!

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Spiritual Warfare – Arise! 
Lessons in the Book of Daniel for Today
Written December 2018, Revised January 12, 2021
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We are all soldiers. We are not all on the physical front lines, but we are all on the front lines in prayer.

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A Chronology of Jesus' Birth

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A Chronology of Jesus’ Birth 
A Family Reading and A Fun Quiz
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The following passages are taken from the three Gospels accounts in the Bible that contain portions of the story of Jesus’ birth. As best as I could, I wove them together in the order that the events took place, gave subtitles, and color-coded the portions. I hope you enjoy reading the complete story with your family and friends.
Matthew 1-2 – Verses are in red.
Luke 1-2 – Verses are in black.
John 1 – Verses are in green.

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A Baptism to Undergo

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A Baptism to Undergo
Passing through the waters
A Short Scripture Study and Personal Story
Luke 12:49-50
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Last July 7, 2020, I awoke with Luke 12:50a on my mind – “I have a baptism to undergo…” This morning, November 16, 2020, I awoke with the verse on my mind again. I had not been reading in the Gospel of Luke on either day, so I believe the Lord brought this verse to my mind to consider.

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Kedoshim Favor

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Kedoshim, Talmidim Favor
Ephesians 1
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Ephesians 1 is a favorite chapter in the Bible for many people. My Who I Am Journal Art Card Collection was inspired by it. The Apostle Paul begins this letter by addressing the faithful saints in the city of Ephesus. The Hebrew word for saints is kedoshim and means holy ones or set apart ones. Anyone can be a part of this family! (See John 1:12)

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Mary Stayed

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Mary Stayed
The Adoration and Tenacity of Mary of Magdala
A Passover Story
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God appointed seven annual Feasts for His people to observe to remember His faithfulness.These Feasts are prophetic foreshadows of Jesus’ life, sacrifice, death, burial, resurrection, and return.2 The people knew when to observe them by counting from the new and full moons.

The following events in the life of Mary of Magdala took place on the first full moon of spring on the first Feast of the year – Passover and Unleavened Bread.
(I am writing about these events during the 7th full moon on the last Feast of the year –The Feast of Tabernacles. The fullness of God’s plan in Jesus is reflected in these two full moons that encase His Appointed Days like bookends!) 

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Sukkot

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The Feast of Tabernacles
He is with you! 

The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot falls on the full moon of the 7th Hebrew month Tishrei in the fall. This year, this Feast begins at sundown on October 2 and lasts through October 10. It is a week of celebration and thanksgiving!

During this week of The Feast of Tabernacles,

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Yom Kippur, the Veil has been Torn!

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Yom Kippur
The Veil has been torn!

In this year of 2020, Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement begins at sundown on September 27th and lasts through the 28th

The Feast of Trumpets, celebrated last weekend, is followed by The Days of Awe – ten days of repentance and preparation. These days end with a day of fasting called Yom Kippur, the most sacred Jewish holiday of the year. On this day, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies in the temple to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people. A large veil of blue, purple, and crimson linen blocked access to this holy place where God dwelled. (2 Chronicles 3:14).

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Yom Kippur and Hesed

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Yom Kippur
The Culmination of Adonai's Hesed

Jesus (Yeshua) fulfilled The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur that comes about in the fall after the Feast of Trumpets that was just celebrated this past weekend (see last week’s post here). This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on September 27 and ends at nightfall on September 28.

Yom Kippur recognizes Father’s greatest act of hesed toward us. The Lord made His hesed (indescribable love) so tangible to me last August 8 in 2019. I am still not able to put the impact of the experience into words, but it affected everything including my prayers.

In honor of this special lavish learning from my Father, I created this long banner with green satin letters on white linen to be the centerpiece of our home – Hesed Adonai Khadash kol Boker or The lovingkindness of the Lord is new every morning!

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The Highway

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The Highway and Messiah’s Return! 
In Celebration of the Feast of Trumpets
A Scripture Study in Isaiah 35
Written for September 18, 2020
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The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset on September 18th in this year 2020. This celebration foreshadows the return of our Beloved Messiah Jesus! Christians and Christian leaders all over our nation and the globe have joined hands to declare September 18th through the 29th as a time to turn to the Lord in personal and national repentance (See 2 Chronicles 7:14). We have been asked to pray for revival in our land at this critical time. Saturday, September 26th will be a National Day of Prayer on the National Mall in Washington D.C., as well as in State Capitols, in our churches, and in our homes.

This time between September 18th and 29th is also known as The Days of Awe on the Hebrew calendar. These days are marked by repentance and preparation and end with a day of fasting called Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.

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Trumpets

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The Feast of Trumpets
On the Feast of Trumpets and Every Day, We Celebrate His Return!

The Feast of Trumpets will be celebrated this year on September 19th and will begin at sunset the evening before. It falls on the new moon of the 7th Hebrew month Tishrei.

God appointed seven yearly feasts for the Israelites to observe (found in Leviticus 23) to foretell and foreshadow Jesus’ life, sacrifice, death, burial, resurrection and return!

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Living in God's Undeserved Love

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Living in God’s Undeserved Love (Hesed) 
A Devotional Scripture Study
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Last October 15th 2019, I woke up to this message. In 2020, it became a Scripture Study on the Shale Fragments website called The Tabernacle Hesed Moon, Living in God’s Undeserved Love. Now, almost a year later, I have been asked to share this message at a conference, so I am sharing this more ordered version with you.

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Abiding Tools

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Abiding Tools
A Scripture Study in John 15:1-17
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First written, September 2004
Final revison, August 2020

This study is 16 years old. It began as a 15-minute message I gave in my teaching class in Bible school in the fall of 2004. The message impacted me so much that I revisited it often. At one point, I developed it into material for a weekend retreat. This week, it became a Scripture Study to share with you!

Introduction
Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission. At his death in 1905, there were 125,000 Chinese Christians in the mission – a fruitful life! But Hudson writes about a time in the early years of his ministry when his life was marked by exhaustion and deadness in his spirit. He belonged to God, but he was not experiencing joy and rest. He said, “I prayed, agonized, fasted, strove, read the Word diligently, sought more time for meditation, but all without avail. I strove for faith, but it would not come.”

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Chosen for the Surge

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Chosen for the Surge
John 15:16
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As Jesus and His disciples walked from their last Passover feast together through the gates of Jerusalem and on toward the garden of Gethsemane in the night, Jesus spoke the words from John 15. He said, You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. (John 15:16)

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His Fullness

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His Fullness
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The Hebrew words for the Holy Spirit are Ruach HaKodesh. I quickly drew this image I saw in the early morning hours of February 2019 for a conference where I was to speak. It is a hovering covering of angels and the Ruach over, in and surrounding us!

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