Letter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Here we are going into February. Last month we brought in the Gregorian year of 2018 with Zack Waller and family from Ha Yovel. What an awesome time we had with this family. As I am writing this newsletter, Scotty Anderson, his son Brian, and Brandon Correa are on their way to Israel for pruning grape vines with Ha Yovel. The congregation of Beit Tehila is truly connecting to the land of Israel, and this is exciting. Pastor Tikvah will be here for our Shabbat service on February 3rd, sharing about “Legacy” and promoting our 2018 trip to Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 2018. I also want to take this time to thank all of you that gave towards the Pastors’ Appreciation for Danielle and I because it truly helped. When we go to the grocery store, we do not buy a gallon of milk, but a cow. I would also like to thank the Batchelder family for giving me a book titled “Ten from the Nations, Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews,” edited by Rivkah Lambert Adler, Ph.D. Rivkah Lambert is an orthodox Jew who became fascinated by non-Jews keeping the Torah. She did not personally write the book but collected testimonies from the nations (non-Jews) and Jews regarding the Torah I recommend this book because the phenomenon of the nations coming into the knowledge of the Torah is global, and the stories are exciting. I strongly believe that this is evidence of the validity of the Two Houses (Ephraim and Judah) and the opportunity for us to come together. I believe that Christians and Jews can have a relationship and it is the Torah that brings us together. It is not about converting one another but respecting each other’s faith as we see the restoration of the whole house of Israel (Jews and non-Jews). If we as a community do not have Orthodox Jews in our life, how is there ever going to be a reunion of the whole house? I have known by the Torah, and the Holy Spirit that Judah approaching Joseph is prophetic because it is happening now in our community. This fact brings great joy to my heart, and I feel revived at just the thought. The Father has put a love in my heart for the Jewish people, and I want to bless them. Don’t forget that Joseph represents a storehouse and Judah is coming. As anti-Semitism arises, we need to arise as well on behalf of our brother, Judah and be there for them. I also believe that this is an incredible opportunity for Beit Tehila. So who is with me? This is a community opportunity for us as a congregation. So let’s do this. “Come on, Somebody!”
Inside Story at Beit Tehila
The older I get, the more I see how important it is for us to leave a legacy on this earth. Why it wasn’t as important when I was younger, only God knows. There is an age-old cliché’ “with age comes wisdom”. This originated from the Scriptures! Job 12:12 Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. The older I get (walking with God) through many of life’s experiences, the wiser I become. From a top 10 ten list of things that are most important in people’s lives, God was first, love second and family third. This proves to me how powerful the plan and purpose of God is in my life. And what would that be? To raise up Godly seed (offspring) in an ungodly world! There is no greater job with a challenge that gives such eternal rewards! This plan has been given to human kind from the very beginning in Genesis. Adam and Eve were instructed by their creator to build the family unit and he supplied everything they needed to do so. God’s plan has not changed! But the enemy is hard at work to distort and destroy it and he has been doing a pretty good job! But Yahweh’s plan is also at work, but we must work it! To raise up Godly children in this world, it takes work on our part! We must see this world as a garden and it is a calling that has been given for all men and women, whether you birthed them or not. It’s not really that hard, it just takes faith and determination to work in God’s garden! Remember it’s not about being perfect, but being consistent! He has given us everything we need to do the job and to do it successfully! Yes, we need to work and provide for our families and give them tools on earth to survive. But the Scriptures never instruct us to seek after worldly things. In fact, it teaches us the opposite. Matthew 6, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness… and all we have need of will be added to our lives. We spend more time and money on giving them a worldly education and filling them with the knowledge of men, than we do with the knowledge of the infallible Word of God! For example; Deut. 8:18…remember the Lord, your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth… these Scriptures prove that our priority is to give our children a consistent dose of faith in the one true God, prayer time, bible reading and weekly worship time. This is … training them up so when they are old they will not depart Proverbs 22:6! No greater job a man or woman could have on this earth with the greatest rewards, than to pass down a spiritual legacy to the next generation! We can do this, together!
Leaving a Legacy, Pastor Tikvah
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