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The world we live in revolves around, around and around again. We breathe and dance in the light and we exhale and sleep in the dark. But our globe finds itself both under the sun and under the moon at the same time. The winds bring paradoxically cooling breezes and winter tempests. The flowers blossom and bloom, but leaves also fall and frost. Our watches go tick-tock as the hands circle sixty steps. The hour can be noon for some, but night for others. Indeed. The world we exist in consists of different seasons and various times. And it’s all occurring and ordered by an ordinary word called—change. I’ll stop my intro there, a wee attempt to make an allusion to what will be told. Soon and very soon you will be reading (hopefully) about divine seasons and times. By that I don’t mean mere physical seasons, like, autumn and…Continue Reading
Casa Libertad Awaken Spain Barcelona YWAM
One thing I have learned over the past few years is that God is creative. When he walked the earth, almost every miracle recorded was done differently. In contrast, my tendency is to want some format to see results—A+B=C always and forever, but maybe God likes to use the pythagorean theorem then throw in a random variable at the last minute in which case we come to a conclusion that requires calculus (ah! a reason I switched my Major in College). he looked at me and said, “The Lord is going to give you a house.”  The following is a story I could not make up if I wanted to: It was the start of an ordinary day in an Awaken Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii and I was told to give our speaker for the week a bottle of water before he began. He happened to be a prophetic…Continue Reading
sails
When did we separate those treasured words from each other? I wonder, when grace and holiness took of on facing journeys? Sundry opinions of both are drifting around in the Christian ocean. The standpoints give us resemblance of pirate boats blitzing in the Caribbean. These two blessed words are usually divorced, disconnected and indeed different in the minds and hearts of us, Messianic Sailors. Alas, how we fervently hate that! Therefore enroll in this simple attempt of redemption, as we reunite these two estranged yet mighty brothers. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” Titus 2:11-13 The cooperation between grace and holiness is clearly shown above. As I introduce…Continue Reading
foolish-kids
When we were little babies, we all started with just sounds, “Da, ga, go, ge” and slowly we put the code together to form words like “da-da” or “ma-ma”. Our parents would freak out and encourage us to keep making sounds and forming words and every sound that came out of our mouth, they would jump with excitement. The sounds were initially very foolish, albeit cute as ever, and its natural for a baby to go through this process of learning to speak. A little less natural and pretty foolish is to see a grown man trying to learn the sounds of another language. This however is the same process anybody has to go through to effectively learn a new language. We have to hit the reset button and start with the sounds of the A, B, C’s and sometimes those don’t even exist in some languages! The quickest way…Continue Reading
Salsa and Guacamole Recipe by Bethany Reid
November is Adoption Awareness month, here’s a recipe with a story from my heart to yours. 7 years ago I married Jeff Reid, and instantly became Mom to his (then) 6 yr old son Elijah. And so began my journey into a new kind of step-motherhood—the journey of understanding how GOD adopts us. Early on in our marriage, after a particularly difficult bedtime routine, I turned to Romans for my daily Bible reading. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23 My heart was wrecked by the kindness of the Lord. By extending unconditional love to this little boy I barely knew, I was living out a human reflection of what God does to us. Together we are understanding what the Spirit of Adoption is.…Continue Reading
North Korea Bus
“Wow, 4th time in.”  I thought to myself.  “It almost seems…easy.” I’m beginning to think part of the enemy’s strategy in trying to keep this nation under spiritual oppression is convincing the church that it’s impossible to go into North Korea, and that even if they did, there’s not much they could do. My experiences lately have taught me otherwise, while there is truth in that the nation is still under communist rule, and discretion needs to be exercised when going in, there’s much accuracy in the fact that a nation is being shifted as believers pray on the land and show love to those whom they come in contact with. How do I know the spiritual climate is different? Two years ago, when I went in for the first time, I felt the heaviness of communism all around me. It was hard to maintain hope as we were paraded around from…
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kale-fritatta
In more than 8 years of life and ministry together, Jeff and I have seen few things as impacting for building friendship and discipleship as the sharing of food. Who doesn’t love that? We’ve come to realized people aren’t just coming to us for food, it’s the way they are encountering Jesus around our dinner table that brings them back. Friends all over the world are experiencing this too—Holy Spirit parties and intercession breaking out over scrambled eggs and waffles! Butternut and Kale Baked Frittata Recipe  Be sure and check out Bethany’s Blog called CommunityEats for more recipes   Olive Oil I large bunch Kale, stalk removed and diced 1 small Butternut squash, grated 1 large Red Onion, diced 2 cups sliced Brown Mushrooms 1 cup crumble Feta Cheese ( optional) 20 Eggs 1 cup Coconut Milk 2 tsp Chili flakes 2 Tbsp fresh Thyme ( removed from stalks) Sea…Continue Reading