The Day of Atonement is Here! pt.2

These are lyrics from Salvation Plan, from Hazakim’s “Theophanies”. The first half is by Hazakim. This is the second half, written by Stephen the Levite. Here is the link to listen to the song. Here’s a performance video. The teaching at the beginning and end of the song is Dr. Michael Brown.

The Day of Atonement is here! We’re at the top of Golgotha watchin’ the slaughter
as God the Father is offered a spotless Lamb on a cross bruh
The Eternal Word tabernaclin’ wit’ us
stricken, smitten and afflicted for all the sin we commited

Before the beginning, the Lord decreed the ordinance
that these horrible sins would be borne by Him who’s born innocent
so a picture is painted for us in scripture
through rituals we get visual hints of what He was sent for

Consider Him in His intercession for sinners
it’s more than similar, it is an intentional fulfillment of
the High Priest the Mediator between the
Deity and the dirty who need and plead to be cleaned up

so baptism is happenin’ at the Laver
a symbolism of cleansin’ and being buried and raised up
This is identification with the Savior
and after justification we enter the Holy Place bruh

Now behold the glow of the golden Menorah
it’s the Messiah, the Light of the world in all He is Lord of
Peep the table and see the body that’s broken
the blood of the New Covenant it’s the wine and the shewbread

The prayers of the saints are offered up with the incense
since the veil has been ripped, through His body we have an “En:trance”
call it the mercy seat we call it the Throne of Grace
the presence of the King of Kings in the Most Holy Place

The Gospel the Power of God

Here is “Grace”, by J’Son featuring J.R. In this redemption story, young J’Son is convicted of sin, and God draws him to Himself by His grace. J’Son picks up a Bible and begins to read God’s Word and is saved by faith. God then leads him into fellowship with other believers.

I like this video because it highlights the mighty power and work of God in saving His people by His grace through reading or hearing of the Gospel. The key event in this story is “J’Son picks up a Bible”. This, as well as the faith he then demonstrates, is an act of God by His Grace, through the Holy Spirit.

God’s plan is that you are the messenger to bring the Gospel of grace to His lost sheep, through spoken and written word. So keep praying and working because this is how He powerfully saves His people: through THE GOSPEL.

For I am not ashamed of THE GOSPEL, for it is the POWER OF GOD for salvation to everyone who believes… Rom.1:16

The Sacrifice Lamb

Why are Christians celebrating “Easter” this weekend when Jesus actually died and was resurrected at Passover time, which this year is a month away on April 20? It’s because the Jewish calendar (and thus Passover) is on the lunar cycle, and the Roman calendar (and thus Easter) is on the solar cycle. “Easter” is really a Roman/pagan celebration.

Easter is the name of Ishtar/Astarte/Eostre, the “goddess” of the ancient world, who also goes by a handful of other names. At some point in the past, someone changed the Christian calendar to coincide with Roman paganism (now who could that be?) and the focus is back on some pagan fertility goddess rather than on Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

But no matter. We know Jesus laid down His life at Passover, as the sacrifice Lamb, and He took it up again when He rose from the dead. He has now written His Word on our hearts, and we celebrate his death and resurrection every week, and every day.

Here is a beautiful song (an oldie) which lifts up Jesus and His sacrifice for us. I just love the words in this song. I first heard this on Sounds of Shalom on

The Sacrifice Lamb, by Joel Chernoff

Have you ever heard, Messiah has come?
It says in His Word, to cleanse everyone
Atonement He made, iniquity bore
That we can find life, in Him evermore

The sacrifice Lamb, has been slain
His blood on the altar, a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain, to bring hope eternal
Salvation has come, to the world
Messiah, the one, for the world, Yeshua is He

The prophets of Old, Speak much of Messiah
His death is foretold, the purpose is clear
Isaiah did say, ‘twas for an atonement
To give us a way, that leads not to death (chorus)

So brothers of mine, look not to yourselves
For we are but one, we all need His help
We’ve broken the Law, but He paid our debt
That we can find life, by Yeshua’s death

The sacrifice Lamb, has been slain
His blood on the altar, a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain, to bring hope eternal
So final atonement has come and brought us new hope by God’s Son, if you believe…in your heart…Yeshua you’ll know

Mourning Turns to Songs of Praise

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation….Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1Peter 4:12-13, 19.

You are in pain but you are not done yet, running the race that is set before you. Maybe you have not yet come close to the suffering that you will endure. What are your choices? You could run from the pain and lose hope. Or you could accept the suffering as God’s will, putting your hope in His Name, trusting that He is using this for your benefit to make you broken, to make you purified, to deepen your love for Him, to teach you to love your enemies, to make you fit for His service, to prepare you for final glory. You could choose to worship.

Worship through song is a precious gift of God that He lovingly gives to us while we are down here. Yes much of our song is praise and thanksgiving to Him; ‘proclaiming His worth’; but music is also for our own encouragement, that we not lose hope in our trials. How thankful I am for songs of worship and encouragement that we can sing through our journey of sufferings, to remind ourselves and each other of the hope we have in Him.

In the name of the Father
in the name of the Son
in the name of the Spirit
Lord we come.
We’re gathered together
to lift up your Name
to call on our Savior
to fall on your grace.
Hear the joyful sound
of our offering
As your saints bow down
as Your people sing
We will rise with You
lifted on Your wings
and the world will see that
our God saves,
our God saves,
there is hope in Your name.
Mourning turns to songs of praise

our God saves
our God saves.

Listen : Our God Saves, by Paul Baloche

Why They Are Here

Have you been on any mission trips? Traveled? I’ve been to only a few countries. But I have pretty much lost count of how many nations are represented by the recently immigrated people I have met here on the Peninsula. There are tens of thousands of people from dozens of nations, in the Bay Area. They are here, and they have not yet heard the gospel. The door is open right now for us to reach out to Muslims and many others from all these nations with the gospel. That is why they are here.

Give us your heart for the nations,
let us be light to the world,
use us to declare Your salvation,
to the people of the earth.
May we be moved by compassion,
let us know Your love for the lost,
Lord use us to lead them to the cross.
Father, here we are,
standing in Your presence,
send us forth,
to lead them to the cross.
Heart for the Nations, by Martin J.Nystrom and Gary Sadler

Our heart, our desire,
is to see the nations worship.
Our cry, our prayer,
is to sing Your praise to the ends of the earth;
That with one mighty voice
Every tribe and tongue rejoices.
Our heart, our desire,
is to see the nations worship You.

Our Heart, Our Desire, by John Chisum and George Searcy

Related article: Be a Missionary on Your Lunch Break

Rejoice and be Glad

How thankful I am to have been able to spend more time with my beloved friend during her furlough from Albania. She discipled me when I was 19 and 20, and I can’t even describe how much she means to me, and how the Lord used her in my life. The Lord now has different plans for our lives, on two different continents. Over huge lattes we talked motherhood, ministry, walking with the Lord, trials, blessings, personal stuff. How thankful I am that the Lord has given us all to each other for love, encouragement and companionship as we serve and walk with our dear Savior.

Through the challenges, trials, or heartaches (and tears), we can always rejoice and be glad. We have absolutely everything in Christ. Here is a song I recently learned and sang. I love it, and I hope it blesses you.

There is a River

by: Jessie Rogers

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God (repeat)

(chorus) so I will rejoice
I will rejoice
and be glad

There is a fountain full of grace and it flows from Emmanuel’s veins
It came and it healed me
It came and refreshed me
It came and washed my sins away!

Time is Short

There is more than one way that time is short.

The time is short before the Lord Jesus comes back for us like He promised, and resurrects the saints who have gone on before us, and changes us who are still here, and gathers us all in the air, to be with Him in the resurrection on the last day.

Time is short for the people who are alive on planet earth: there is only so much time each person has to live, before the Lord requires thier soul, and they must stand before Him in judgment.

Time is short for us who serve our beloved Lord and Savior here in the flesh before we die, working in the harvest field while it is still day; for night is coming when no man can work. We only have so long to be workers for Him here, compassionately bringing the gospel to the lost, before our work on earth is done, and our short lives end, and He calls us home to be with Him for eternity.

Jesus is coming back. The people we see around us only have so much time and then it’s over–they are gone. The Lord has given us only so much time to live and serve Him here in our flesh. Time is short. Let us realize this and make wise use of our time, as time is a gift He has given us to use to serve Him, for His glory.

Here is an interesting and thought provoking music video (let it load first, put on your earphones and turn it up!)that makes you think about the brevity of life, the shortness of time, compassion for the lost, caring about people, knowing you carry the words of life(the gospel), and the fact that there is only so much time, before a life ends, and then, judgment and eternity.
Do we ‘see’ how short the time is?

Remember how short my time is…Ps.89:47.

Educate Me

Thank God that we do not need to have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology from Fuller Seminary, in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people, and serve Him according to His will.

Don’t get me wrong. I love education and I have a lot to learn. In the bible we see examples of the apostles and disciples of Jesus knowing and understanding something of the cultural and religious background and customs of the people to whom they were led by God to bring the gospel.

To the Jews I became a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as though under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. 1 Cor. 9:20-23.

Missionaries study the cultural context of the people they go to live among. Likewise, we should do our best to know about the many worldviews and cultural backgrounds of the people that surround us in order to be as effective as we can be in our witness. It goes without saying that this contextual knowledge does not change the message of the gospel that we are to communicate.

So, when I saw the glossy church posters, advertising a seminar to help me understand a particular (so called) sub-cultural group, I decided to go. “‘Hurt’: Understanding the hearts and minds of youth today”, by Chap Clark, based on the book by the same name. There were two reasons I wanted to go and glean the wisdom of the professor: one, I would eventually have three teens living in my house, and two, if I get the chance to witness to teens, it would be a good idea to be up to date on the current teen sub culture so that I would be relating in a wise, sensitive and understanding way.

So I paid my five bucks and went in to the church auditorium, the place of worship. That was not too bad; other churches were charged ten bucks a person to get in to this seminar. Dr. Clark spoke to a packed house- hundreds of people- from several churches and people from the surrounding community. He spoke for three hours on pop youth culture. Everything I learned in college Psychology and Sociology was reiterated: the Secular Humanist theories of Freud, Maslow and Skinner. The only new material was the newer social construct of the “social clusters” that replace the “cliques” of my generation. New information! Now I was getting my money’s worth.

The thing that bothered me was, although I thought the purpose of the seminar was to teach Christian parents, he actually spoke to two audiences at the same time: “people of faith, and people not of faith”, as he called it. I felt like I was listening to Oprah. There were a few scattered verses thrown in here and there; maybe three verses in the three hour talk. He spoke “to the middle”, never instructing Christian parents in the Word, and never saying anything that even came close to sharing the gospel with the “seekers” that came into the church because they were drawn by the “community interest” event. Then, he said this:

“I advise you parents not to encourage your teens to share their faith in God with their friends in their social clusters, because if they do, and the friends do not like it, it could jeopardize your kids’ standing in the social cluster, and that is the worst possible thing that could happen. ”

Friends, this is the exact opposite of what the Lord has told us to do. We parents should teach our youth to boldly stand for Christ, to love Him more than the world, to identify with Him publicly, to speak of Him without shame or fear, to be ambassadors of Christ to their generation. We should teach them that they may stand alone or face ridicule and rejection, that these things are the normal Christian life, and that God will care for their needs. Clark was teaching that the social cluster is imperative to the survival of teens; that it is more important than family or anything else. It seems the point of this event had nothing to do with God or the gospel or biblical parenting(the teaching was mostly secular, focusing on self esteem); it was apparantly just about getting people to come in the doors so they could know that the church relates to the world. Jesus related to people where they were at, but He revealed Himself to them, He preached the gospel to them and He instructed believers in God’s Word. The apostles did the same.

I’ve had a little bit of missions and cross cultural training. So I know it can be done without practically denying Christ. Thinking of evangelism and parenting, I thought this seminar would be kind of like cross cultural training, but it was not. It was athiestic Secular Humanism, and it denied Christ and His commandments to us. We must choose if we are going to learn about the world, so we can go and reach the world for Christ, or if we are going to join the world.

Let us compare Clark’s advice with the Word of God.

Concerning parental duty:
We will not conceal them (God’s Words) from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. Ps. 78:4.

Concerning sharing our faith in God:
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 1Chron.16:23-24.

Concerning rejection by the world:
Blessed are you when men hate you and ostracize you and cast insults at you and spurn (reject) your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. Luke 6:22-23.

Concerning loving Christ vs. loving the world:
For am I now seeking the favor of men or of God? Or am I still striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Gal.1:10.

For they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. John 12:43.

So, concerning that Ph.D. in Humanism that you don’t have, don’t worry about it. Save yourself the five bucks and stay in the Word. God has given us all we need to know in His Word, and the Word is Christ. This is the one thing we need to know.

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
1 Cor.2:2.

By: Jars of Clay

Arms nailed down,
are you telling me something?
Eyes turned out,
are you looking for someone?

This is the one thing,
The one thing that I know.

Blood-stained brow,
are you dying for nothing?
Flesh and blood,
is it so elemental?

This is the one thing,
The one thing that I know.

Blood-stained brow,
He wasn’t broken for nothing.
Arms nailed down,
He didn’t die for nothing.

This is the one thing,
The one thing that I know.