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Powerful Passover by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Passover begins tonight night at Sundown. This is a remembrance of a time when Jews were enslaved in Egypt but to start the process of deliverance, God delivered ten plagues so the Egyptian Pharaoh would be convinced to free the Jewish people. The last plague was the death of the first born child. God’s chosen ones were instructed to take the blood of an unblemished lamb and paint it over their doorframe so the angel of death would pass over their house—and he did. After this act of mercy, God issued a commandment to the Jews to never forget how He acted on their behalf.

“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ Then the people bowed down and worshiped” (Exodus 12:24–27).

Since being called back to my Jewish roots in 2014, many things have changed in my life but a couple of the most radical changes occurred during last year’s Passover remembrance.

All this began in December 2014 at a shop named “Shorashim” (Meaning in English is “Roots”) in Israel six years ago when God whispered in my ear that even though my Jewish father died before I was born, my Jewish roots never died. I was perplexed. What did that mean? Was I supposed to attend a Messianic synagogue? Take Hebrew?

While it took a couple of years, I now attend a monthly Shabbat service at our church and I am finishing up Hebrew at The King’s University. Yes, I can now read Hebrew passages in the Bible. It is thrilling! But last Passover, I fasted not only from pork, which I now do during every Jewish festival, but also from bread. It was during that time that I:

  1. Anointed all our doors with oil so the plague of COVID-19 would “pass over” our household. God has been faithful to protect us.
  2. Made a decision to go back to school. I felt God called me back to work on a Doctor of Ministry degree with a Messianic Studies concentration. Believe me, I would have never returned to the grind of schoolwork if this had not been a prompting from above. It has been difficult, but I am about to finish year one, successfully, because “the one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
  3. Wrote a book. After a dear Jewish friend had a health scare, during last year’s Passover fast, I wrote a book dedicated to her but also for others to lay out why I believe Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah. It was an easy-to-read apologetics book called The Root that Never Died. While the Pandemic stifled that book, it is the one the upcoming National Religious Broadcasters Convention has approved for promotion at an autograph session. That root of that book is still alive.

It was a powerful Passover during a very difficult season. But this Passover, we are in a different place, aren’t we? We are starting to come out of the Pandemic, and here in Texas it’s feeling a little more normal. Regardless, tonight I will begin another fast for seven days. Here’s what I know applies to all of us. When we fast out of obedience, or to seek answers, God is faithful. Sometimes He will shift our direction in a very exciting way when we take the time to put aside our own agenda and listen. If I had not fasted last Passover, it would have been “business as usual” and I would have missed an exciting turn of events in my life. This Passover, or maybe it’s Easter week for you, consider going even deeper with God through a fast and be prepared for him to reveal his magnificent plan for your life.

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God Loves to Rejoice Over His Children by Rosemary Legrand

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

WOW!!! God delights in you and me. He even sings over us. Isn’t that wonderful?   

I pray that you will journey with me to be encouraged to grow into who God says that we are. There are often times in life when we can become overwhelmed, discouraged, or may feel as though we are not good enough for the task at hand. When we have these thoughts, they can lead us down a road that is not God’s will for our life. However, I believe through elevating words and more importantly, the Word of God, we can all find encouragement in the midst of pain, fear, and sorrow. ​Let’s share these priceless moments with one another.

I am excited to journey with you! My heart is that you will be changed, that you will be encouraged wholeheartedly, and that your inner beauty will be unveiled entirely. I want you to believe your worth is far greater than rubies and that you will fall in love with God completely. I hope you will adore the woman who He’s called you to be and cherish others as you love yourself fully.

But God not only sings over us, he also speaks to us.

A few years ago, I was attending a week-long believers conference. Every night when I got home, I would watch Reflections on Daystar television with scriptures and beautiful sceneries before going to bed. One night, I arrived home refreshed, but tired, and was amazed when I turned on the television and all I saw was “Psalm 138:8” on the screen. I was too tired to pick up my Bible to look up that scripture. I waited, but nothing changed. I went to bed saying to myself, I will check this out in the morning. First thing in the morning I picked up my Bible to search for that reference and it read,  The Lord will perfect that which concerns You”… (Psalms 138:8). I was going through a crisis, and needed to hear those words, so I cried. God spoke to me and He can speak to you with words that can change your life, as he did me.

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Your past does not dictate your future. Jesus died for your future. You may not know Him very well, child of God, but He knows everything about you. He is familiar with all your ways. He knew you even before you were conceived. He has instructed you in the way you should go and has guided you with His eye. Even though your afflictions and troubles have been many, He has never left you nor forsaken you. Your trials and troubles have been designed to draw you away from the world, and to lead you to a closer walk with Him. They have been designed to make you stronger, more stable, and to equip you to serve Him better.  

He wants you to have a strong faith which is tested and proven and brings glory to His name.

Even now He works all things according to His own will to ensure that all things work together for good to you. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” You can also claim, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Do not allow your past to dictate your future and trust that God has your future in His hands. He is ready to rejoice over you, His child, as you fulfill His calling on your life.

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Don’t miss our next POP Chat, July 29th on ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.. Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching about “How to Find Your Peace” and Renee Rollins will lead our worship for this beautiful one-hour of fellowship. Here’s the link to sign up: https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z

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