Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Live on in my love"

This is an oldie but goodie song but the problem is a lot of my favorite songs still have not made it to MP3's. I'm still trying to find the song "Deuteronomy". It has eluded me for a long time. At least I have the record for this song. Now I just need to figure out how to convert it to my computer. Auggh.


Live On In My Love from Tom Franzak on Myspace.



"Live on in my love"
By Tom Franzak

As the father has loved me
So I have loved you
Live on in my love
All this I tell you
That my joy may be yours
And your joy may be complete
Love one another as I loved you
There is no grater love than this
Than to lay down your life for your friends
Live on in my love
Live on in my love
There is no greater love than this
Then to lay down your life for your friends
Live on in my love
It was not you who chose me
It was I who chose you
Live on in my love
Know that I chose you to go fourth and bear fruit
Bear the fruit that must endure
All that you ask of the Father
In my name He will give to you
The command that I give
is that you love one another
Live on in my love
Live on in my love
There is no greater love than this
Then to lay down your life for your friends
Live on in my love
Live on in my love
There is no greater love than this
Then to lay down your life for your friends
Live on in my love


Sunday, August 14, 2011

The pain of unbelief


There are so many different denominations of Christianity that claim to know Abba. The bible says unless you are born again you cannot see the kingdom. How many are truly saved and walk in His presence? These denominations separate His children from each other and put them in bondage. Their rules and regulations are just like the many laws added to the Torah by the Pharisees. They are so bound by their made up laws of God, they can’t see the forest thru the trees. They are so set in their ways. Trying to show them just won’t work, their heart is hardened in that area. We need to back off and let the Holy Spirit do His work. We are to help people but don’t expect them to believe until He shows them the truth. I found this out several months ago. I had told someone I saw their brother in heaven. I had waited since 2004. I did wait for Abba. I thought it was the right time to tell them. Let’s just say they didn’t take it very well. What was supposed to bring peace and restoration, actually brought anger and they no longer want to speak to me anymore. They were very close to their brother. The pain was unforgiving when he died. When I talked to his deceased brother from heaven, he told me that his brother was his best friend. Before he died, his brother tried to talked to him about Jesus, but he wouldn’t accept him. When he died, he thought his brother went to hell and he would never see him again. When I was with his deceased brother again, I asked how? He said “Yeshua asked me if I love Him. It was really hard because of the way my father was.” What was supposed to be a blessing, knowing that his brother is in heaven, has now became a stumbling block, an offense. I should have made sure it was ok to tell him. Hopefully he will soon believe me and want to talk to me again.
We need to be very careful what we say. We can make their unbelief worse. If they don't understand at that moment they won't believe. Their unbelief will cause them to stumble. In John ch 3V 11-12, Yeshua says to Nicodemus "Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" To believe they must have that action of faith. Knowing it deep down inside, deep in the nefesh, truth from the Spirit just like the parable of the seeds, it must bear fruit.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Greatest Commandment

Va'etchanan - ואתחנן: "And I besought"
Torah : Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah : Isaiah 40:1-26
Gospel : Luke 22:13-38
08/07/2011
FFOZ The Weekly eDrash

We might obey God because we fear His wrath and punishment. We might choose to obey Him because we fear the consequences which He will visit upon us if we do not. We might obey Him because we fear damnation. Fear makes for a very pragmatic kind of relationship with God. It is the same reason we drive the speed limit — we fear the consequences of being caught breaking it. Yet it is also a very self-interested relationship. The emphasis is on protecting myself.

Love, on the other hand, is selfless. It is a higher path of service. The Apostle John explains that our faith in Messiah removes the fear motivation and purifies our service of God to one of pure love. (1 John 4:17-18)

Yeshua teaches that to love the LORD is the foremost commandment. (Mark 12:29-30) Our love for God should be the core impetus behind everything we do. It should be an unquenchable passion, such as a young man or woman feels for his or her betrothed.

Love is not too much of Him to ask of us. After all, "He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) His love was made manifest in that "He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:9-10)

Yet how do we express our love for God? The Apostle John goes on to teach us that the true expression of love for God is to keep His commandments and to love others (which is the second greatest commandment). He says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3) And he also says, "If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen." (1 John 4:20)

The ancient Rabbis (of the Sifrei) discerned two primary ways of demonstrating our love for God. The first is to study Torah, the revelation of God. If we truly love Him, we will do all we can to know Him and serve Him. The second is to bring others to love Him. If we truly love Him, we will desire to see others reconciled to Him as well. Therefore, we best show our love for God by studying His Torah, keeping His commandments, and bringing others into relationship with Him through His son.


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