Monthly Newsletter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Dear Mishpacha (Family),
It is time for another newsletter and a chance to look ahead at all the exciting things that are coming in the month of March. One thing for sure is that the season of spring begins on March 20th and this is a time to bloom. Remember, “You bloom where you are planted!” So many people in the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith love to wander and not get totally plugged into a congregation. In Hosea 9:17 it says, “My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto Him: And they shall be wanderers among the nations.” Right now the Lord is gathering and this is a time to truly come together as the Commonwealth of Israel (The Body of Christ). I personally have seen and experienced for over twenty years many people in the Messianic movement who refuse to be part of a body of believers and it is to their own detriment. These people literally place themselves outside the camp and think that they are in a good place. At Beit Tehila, we are all working on building a strong community and raising up the next generation. I am witnessing this taking place right before my very eyes. We have so much work to do and now is not the time to be indifferent or complacent. We are currently in the Book of Exodus in regards to the weekly Torah portions and moving towards the building of the Tabernacle.
On March 11th, we will be celebrating “Purim” and having a meal afterwards so get your oneg tickets. The story of “Purim” can be found in the Book of Esther and this all took place during the time of the Persian Empire. It is a story of Good-vs-Evil and Esther (Hadassah) was used to save her people from annihilation. The very gallows that Haman built to hang Mordecai, the Jew on, he himself was hanged on. The story of “Purim” is relevant for today and the modern state of Iran (Persia) wants Israel to ‘be no more’. The current Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, held a conference supporting Palestinian uprisings which was attended by delegates from eighty countries. He called Israel a “cancerous tumor” and is urging the Palestinians to wage a “thunderous” intifada until what he called “the complete liberation of Palestine”. I find it interesting that the head of Iran’s government held this conference a month before the Jews would be celebrating Purim. It seems history is repeating itself and it is important to learn from the past. Make sure that you stay connected with your Heavenly Father and your community as we do our spiritual exercises (praying, worshipping, and reading our Bible).
“Two traveling Jewish men stop and meet her on the side of the road. Then recognize her as being from the Tribe of Ephraim…”
Two weeks ago I had an encounter which still stuns me. Two visitors from Israel stopped and asked me for directions. I could have given them the directions and sent them on their way. No. Instead I had to open my mouth and wish them, “Shabbat shalom.”
Thus began an encounter which Pastor Nick asked me to share in the Shabbat service the next morning, knowing full well that I HATE to speak in public, something that is ALWAYS out of my comfort zone. I turn red from nerves. I forget what I’m saying. I talk faster and faster. I did all of those things while I was not only speaking to our congregation, but also being taped by Pastor Russell to post on Facebook! At the end of my conversation with the two Israeli young men, I found myself alone — my friend had left at some point — standing on Florida Ave, tears running down my face, and asking, “Lord, what just happened here!?”
Two weeks later I am still asking, “What’s happening?” Because, despite all my issues with nerves when talking to an audience, that YouTube video Pastor Russell posted on the Beit Tehila Facebook page has [at my last check] been shared several hundred times and been viewed over 12,100 times!! I know, just from friends of my own, that it has been viewed in Rwanda, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, UK, Thailand, Canada, Puerto Rico,Afghanistan. But WHY?! It looks like a video a speech professor might use to show how NOT to speak in public. “BUT God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; ….” [I Corinthians 1:27] “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness….” [II Corinthians 12:9] I am overwhelmed by that grace — first, because He used me at all in such a momentous encounter between Judah and Ephraim, and, secondly, because He used the video to give hope [their word] to so many people waiting for the return of Yeshua but knowing that the two sticks must be joined into one. [Ezekiel 37:15-20] I stand amazed in the presence of Yeshua HaMashiach of Nazareth.
(written by – Elaine Vanderhoof Lenz Kilmer)
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