Feast Five – Feast of Trumpets

Have you ever been on a roller coaster ride and experienced the anticipation that the ride is about to begin? As you travel up the hill hearing the clanking of the chains, you arrive at the top, butterflies in your stomach, and there is this split second of silence.  You hold your breath as you go over the hill, then the train drops and everyone starts to scream with either great joy or much fright!  In the same way, Feast of Trumpets is an appointment that God has set for future events; and we should anticipate it with great excitement, wonder, reverence and awe.  For those who have been observing Teshuvah (repentance), this is why the shofar (trumpet) is not to be blown on the day before Feast of Trumpets…it is the silence before the big event!  It is a reminder to wait and anticipate if this will be the year the heavenly shofar will be blown.


Feast of Trumpets has many names.  Most Jewish people of today call it Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah.  It is the festival in the Bible known as the Blowing of Trumpets.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.  You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

Leviticus 23:23-25 (NKJV)

And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.

Numbers 29:1

The trumpet used is not like what we know today as a trumpet, rather it is a ram’s horn called a shofar.  The shofar is used to announce the beginning of festivals, to assemble people, muster troops, warn of danger, and for coronations.  So there are many meanings for this very mysterious day known as the Feast of Trumpets.  Listed are some of the many names and themes for this day:

  1. Teshuvah (repentance)
  2. Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year, Birthday of the World)
  3. Yom Teruah (the Day of the Awakening Blast (Feast of Trumpets)
  4. Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)
  5. HaMelech (the Coronation of the Messiah)
  6. Yom HaZikkaron (the Day of Remembrance or memorial)
  7. The time of Jacob’s (Ya’akov) trouble (the birthpangs of the Messiah, Chevlai shel Mashiach)
  8. The opening of the gates
  9. Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the wedding ceremony)
  10. The resurrection of the dead (rapture, natza1)
  11. The last trump (shofar)
  12. Yom Hakeseh (the hidden day)

The reason this day has so much significance is because it is the next feast yet to be fulfilled, and many believe it will be the day of the rapture, more accurately described in the Bible as “the gathering” or “catching away”.  It marks the Jewish New Year and begins the Days of Awe also referred to as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Daniel’s 70th week, the Day of the Lord, or the Tribulation.


Because Feast of Trumpets begins based on the sighting of the new moon, it spans two days (48 hours). Therefore it is called the unknown day because no one knows the day or the hour it will start.  Two witnesses are assigned to look for the new moon outside the walls of Jerusalem and report to the head of the Sanhedrin when it has occurred.  It is at this time that the new year is declared and the trumpets begin sounding.

Four different types of blasts are sounded on Feast of Trumpets (awakening, warning, repentance, the last trumpet) with a total of 100 or more blasts.  It comes on the first day of the month of Tishri.  Tishri usually falls sometime during September or October.  To those of us who believe in Jesus as our Messiah, Feast of Trumpets has great prophetic significance.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NKJV)

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NKJV)

This will be the time when the Lord will come for His own.  Jesus will descend through the heavens and catch away those who are true followers to be with Himself.  While we don’t know the day or the hour, we do know the season.  Even though it has yet to be fulfilled, we are still in the period between Pentecost and Feast of Trumpets in God’s prophetic calendar.  So I encourage everyone to look up during the Feast of Trumpets and be on the watch.  This could be the year our Lord comes for His bride!

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NOTE:  We could give much more detail and explanation, but because today begins the Feast of Trumpets we encourage you to continue in an attitude of Teshuvah.  In the coming days leading up to the Day of Atonement (October 3), continue to read Psalm 27 and sound the trumpet every day as a reminder of God’s desire for you to make your ways like His ways.

Peace and Happy New Year!

John & Jenn


The Spring Feasts

Even though we are coming up to the fall feasts of the Lord, we thought we should give a brief (very brief) overview of the spring feasts. When we see how incredibly accurate Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts during His first coming, it gives us more hope and assurance that He will faithfully fulfill the fall feasts in the same manner. We desire to celebrate and remember the feasts of the Lord since they unfold the plan of redemption for all mankind (whether Jew or Gentile).

Think of celebrating these feasts every year like you would your birthday. You certainly are not being reborn every birthday going back to 0-years-old; rather you are remembering what has already been fulfilled in your past years and looking forward to what is still to come. Even if you don’t celebrate, that doesn’t stop the clock and delay the fulfillment of things to come!

Leviticus 23 explains all 7 feasts of the Lord.


Feast One – Sabbath

We’ve already covered the significance of the Sabbath and the command to keep it holy (Read more here).


Feast Two – Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread

The First (Foreshadow) Passover and Unleavened Bread:

The Israelites best knew Passover as the night they took lambs blood and applied it to their doorposts as prescribed by God in order for death to Passover them and their household. Their freedom to leave Egypt and worship the one true God was granted that night, which is why they were instructed to eat their Passover meal in haste ready to go. Though they typically enjoyed leavened bread, this night they had no time to let the dough rise. For 7 days following Passover they were to leave out the leaven so that their bread would bake quicker by the heat of the sun as they travelled. Instructions for preparing the Passover meal were specific (See Exodus 12). One requirement was to take an unblemished lamb (do not break it’s bones), kill it at twilight, apply it’s blood to the doorposts, roast it in a fire with the unleavened bread and serve it with bitter herbs.

The Fulfillment:

In short, Jesus is the perfect unblemished Passover lamb (without sin). His blood was shed on two wooden posts (the cross) to atone for sin so that eternal death now passes over those whose hearts are covered by His blood. In His thirst He was offered a drink from bitter herbs. He died exactly at twilight and when the soldiers saw He was already dead, they did not break His bones like they did the other criminals in order to speed up their death. He was taken off the cross in haste because a high Sabbath (a.k.a. Passover) was coming with the setting of the sun and no work, even a burial was not permitted on such a holy day. He descended into hell to preach the good news, like unleavened bread in the fire of hell.

The Continuation Today:

We are to continue celebrating Passover with unleavened bread and wine as symbolic elements to remember Christ’s sacrificial fulfillment for us as we proclaim His death until His return.

…took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Jesus Himself even said He will share the Passover with us again when He returns!

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:15-16

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Mark 14:24-25

Paul also urged the Corinthians to keep the Passover and feast of unleavened bread knowing the deeper meaning and richness in Christ’s fulfillment. He challenged them to get rid of the leaven (sin) in their lives, which is only possible for those in Christ.

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8

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Feast Three – Feast Firstfruits

The First (Foreshadow) Feast of Firstfruits

The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”

Exodus 13:1-2

After their deliverance from Egypt, the Israelites were to consecrate {make or declare (something) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose} every firstborn. This was to be a reminder that God is the one who saved all the firstborn sons from death and delivered the Israelites from their slavery.

The Fulfillment:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

1 Corinthians 15:20

God offered His one and only son as the perfect sacrificial lamb to die on the cross once and for all. Though He died, He conquered death and rose 3 days later as God’s firstborn son and now anyone who is in Christ is freed from the slavery of sin and is promised resurrection.

 The Continuation Today:

To this day, Christians celebrate and remember the risen Christ as our firstfruit by tithing a tenth of their income and giving of their spiritual talents. When we give and tithe, we declare the hope of our own resurrection.


Feast Four – Feast of Weeks

The First (Foreshadow) Feast of Weeks:

Seven weeks after Passover, the Israelites found themselves in the Desert of Sinai and Moses went up to meet God on the mountain. Exactly 50 days from their deliverance from Egypt, Moses descended with the 10 commandments (God’s law) to provide, protect and set them apart as a holy people.

The Fulfillment:

In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles who began to speak in other tongues (languages). It was the beginning of the end of days. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to teach and remind us of everything Jesus had said.

The Continuation Today:

The Holy Spirit has put the law on our hearts and written them in our minds. No longer is the law written in stone, but on every heart.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

“This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

Hebrews 10:15-16

In sum, Jesus came and perfectly fulfilled the spring feasts at His first coming. The fall feasts are just a day away. Could this be the year they are fulfilled?

John & Jenn

Teshuvah Prayer Guide (Sept.18-23)


As we are nearing the Feast of Trumpets (Sept. 24-25), we continue our prayer guide.  Teshuvah will last through the Day of Atonement (October 3).  Next week, we will explain in more detail about the fall feasts.  Nearing Feast of Trumpets, you may have noticed the moon is appearing smaller and later each day into the evening; and it will go in “hiding” until the new moon appears sometime on Feast of Trumpets.  Until then, keep reading Psalm 27 every day, sounding the shofar (trumpet), and following the prayer guide for repentance (Teshuvah).  The only thing you need to do differently will be on September 23.  On that day, do not sound the shofar in anticipation of Feast of Trumpets.  We do this to remind us that something is about to happen! It’s like the calm before the storm.

Read Revelation 3:14-22

September 18     Lack of passion or zeal

September 19     Self-glorification

September 20     Lack of intimate fellowship with the Lord

September 21     Resisting God’s discipline

September 22     Making God in our image

September 23     Re-read the entire Teshuvah prayer guide prompts (Sept. 1-22) and reflect on what God has impressed on you during this time of repentance.  Remember do not sound the trumpet on this day!

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~John & Jenn

The Case to Keep the Sabbath

This past Sunday we were just talking about Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy before his passing away on Monday. We were still discussing the case to keep the Sabbath (See past post: Feast One – Sabbath) and of course, it led us to think of him. His bold, nationally-known practice to keep the Sabbath should and has been an inspiration for Christianity, especially within the workplace. Thankfully, we are still allowed to practice this religious freedom of Sabbath-keeping.


Why is it that some Christians do not believe they have to keep the Sabbath?


Myth #1: Jesus broke the Sabbath, so we no longer have to observe the Sabbath.

Scripture Says: “Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.” John 9:16

It was actually the Pharisees that claimed Jesus broke the Sabbath. To make such a claim is to mar Jesus as a sinner, which He certainly was not! He is perfectly blameless. In fact, He kept His Heavenly Father’s command fulfilling it through active demonstrations of what the Sabbath should look like. He only broke what the Pharisees declared restricted Sabbath practices.




Myth #2: The Sabbath is an old testament law that Gentiles are not expected to observe.

Scripture Says: “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.” Acts 15:19-20

Some reference this verse to excuse Gentiles from having to observe the Sabbath because they claim if it were really that important, it would have been included in this text. That is poor rational. Many of God’s commands were excluded from this letter to the Gentiles. How about do not murder, do not steal, do not lie? Those are also missing commands that surely are not irrelevant or permissible for a Gentile Christian. This passage was dealing with Jewish leaders who were afraid the pagan Gentiles would bring their pagan practices into their church and degrade the overall morality of God’s people. Therefore, they wanted the Gentiles to prove they were true Christian converts by being circumcised before having fellowship with the Jews. Because the new Gentile believers were unaware of God’s ways, Jewish law and customs would be burdensome and furthermore, were unnecessary for salvation. A compromise was needed so they could all feel comfortable being in fellowship with each other. The case was made that the Gentiles were being saved and circumcised by the Holy Spirit and in time may be convicted to a higher moral law not for salvation, but because of salvation. Therefore, the Gentiles were given commands only in regards to food and sex so that they would be welcomed into fellowship with the Jews and the ministry of Jesus Christ would continue without lawful restraint. The Gentiles, though pagan, most likely already knew it was wrong to murder, steal and lie. They may have been willingly abiding to those laws already which is why you don’t see the need to discuss such things in this text. Similarly, the Sabbath is not necessarily missing here to be presumably irrelevant in matter. In fact, the Gentiles coming to faith may have been wanting to observe the Sabbath by going to hear teaching in the synagogues leading to this need to set some ground rules for appropriate behavior in mixed ethnic, religious company in the synagogues.

Scripture Says: And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

Again, Jesus was arguing with the Pharisees and declared that the Sabbath was made for man (mankind). Despite what we think should or shouldn’t happen on a Sabbath, the Sabbath is still to be observed because it was created specifically for us to observe. Note this was from the new testament.


Myth #3: You can choose to observe the Sabbath or choose to observe every day like a Sabbath.

Scripture Says: “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.” Romans 14:5-6a

If you read this passage and assume the “days” mentioned are referring to the Sabbath, then this verse can easily appear as if Christians are allowed to observe or not observe the Sabbath as long as they are convinced in their own mind. However, these days are referring to days of fasting. If you read the entire passage, it is talking about those who abstain from eating meat (convinced they are not allowed) and those who eat freely (convinced they are allowed). This was a debate between Christian Jews and Gentiles each with their own customs. They each had certain days they fasted for the Lord and what they felt they were or were not permitted to eat. Fasting is not associated with the Sabbath, so this passage is in no way implying that we rightly choose whether to observe or not observe the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made and declared by God, not one person or another in his own mind. However, a day of fasting is typically supposed to be a private matter between you and God (Matthew 6:16-18), which is why this scripture says to do as you are convinced, but privately without arguing as everyone was simply wanting to honor the Lord in their days of fasting.


Myth #4: You are not to judge people concerning the Sabbath.

Scripture Says: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17

Many have interpreted this verse to mean that you should not judge a Christian for whatever they choose to eat, drink and celebrate because as long as it’s centered around Christ it’s all okay. This very verse that is used to persuade some into thinking that there is no judgment for those who choose to observe the Sabbath or not, is the very verse that declares the important fulfillment of such things as the Sabbath. Keep in mind that this verse was written after Christ suffered the cross. The law no longer required sacrifices, but they were still encouraged to celebrate the Feasts of the Lord (some of which began at the new moon while others were considered High Sabbaths) without fear of judgment now because there was no more condemnation for those in Christ. The Christian Jews especially understood that these Feasts of the Lord were shadows of Christ’s first and second coming! Things to come…there are still things to come and as we celebrate the Feasts of the Lord (including the Sabbath) we are looking forward to His return!


Fact: The Sabbath is a God-given gift to believers who desire to seek obedience with a promise of physical and spiritual rest. When we observe a Sabbath rest, we are proclaiming our freedom in Christ and awaiting His eternal promise of rest! May we live our lives in bold declaration to others that God gives rest to His people…even if we don’t own a Chick-fil-A. 🙂

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:9-11


*Disclaimer* God defined the Sabbath as the 7th day. Many Jews count day one of creation to be Sunday, which makes Saturday the Sabbath and remains consistent with God’s appointed times throughout the Bible. Many Christians began to celebrate the Sabbath on Sundays in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection occurring on a Sunday. Because we (John and Jenn) are in ministry, which in it’s nature requires us to work Sundays and some Saturdays, we take our Sabbath rest on Fridays. We are not so legalistic to think God is displeased that we observe a Sabbath rest on a Friday, but we recognize that the original Sabbath is Saturday. However, calendars have not remained consistent throughout history and your guess is as good as ours in determining which day is the “true” Sabbath. We simply hold to the Biblical principle “work 6 days and rest on the 7th” in whichever way that lands for us and for you. In keeping with repentance, we ask the Lord to forgive us if we have not kept His Sabbath holy.

John & Jenn

Teshuvah Prayer Guide (Sept. 9-17)

We hope everyone is growing in their relationship with the Lord during this time of Teshuvah (repentance).  Our prayer guide continues with the next nine days covering three churches in Revelation (Thyatira, Sardis, & Philadelphia).  Continue to read Psalm 27 daily and sounding the shofar (trumpet) along with our prayer guide.  Blessings to those who are participating.  We would enjoy hearing about your experience, but we also know this is a very personal time between you and the Lord.  Feel free to share in general.
Pray together
Read Revelation 2:18-29
September 9       Sexual immorality
September 10     False doctrine
September 11      Rejecting God’s ways
Read Revelation 3:1-6
September 12      Being unaware of God’s warnings
September 13      Casual or carnal Christianity
September 14      Quenching the Holy Spirit by elevating
                               man’s standards above God’s standards
Read Revelation 3:7-13
September 15      Failure to acknowledge the Messiah is coming
September 16      Failure to endure patiently
September 17      Lack of reverence for God’s holiness

In repentance,

John & Jenn

Feast One – Sabbath


Many Christians live with a personal conviction and desire to attend church every week. It’s what many of us do in attempt to keep the Sabbath, which is the first of the appointed feasts God declared (Leviticus 23) as well as one of the ten commandments. We’ve already posted about the establishment of the Sabbath from the beginning of creation.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:11 (NIV)

However, if we’re all being honest with each other and ourselves, how many times have we let a Sabbath go without remembering or keeping it holy? Here’s where many Christians get defensive and start by deferring to the fact that it was an old testament law that was fulfilled by Christ, therefore, I am not bound to keep to the law. Some have even said that Jesus actually broke the Sabbath, therefore, the Sabbath law no longer applies. Well, the first group is only slightly right and the second is just plain wrong!

Jesus was born into a Jewish family and observed the Sabbath faithfully. God was the author of the Sabbath, therefore, His son Jesus would not have gone against a commandment. In fact, He embraced the observed holy day knowing much more deeply it’s significance past, present and future. What Jesus did do on a Sabbath was shatter man’s additional laws, thoughts, and practices that were amended by their own will. God tried to make it simple…work six days rest on the seventh and lo and behold, men created several rules and restrictions because God was apparently too vague. So, yes in that sense Jesus broke man’s concept of the Sabbath, but He was showing that He was keeping with His Father’s command.

The Sabbath was given after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. As slaves they did not have such a thing as a day off. The Sabbath was a gift given to them as a reminder that they are now a free people…free to worship the one true God.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.

Exodus 8:1 (NIV)

So, now the question begs to be asked, are we suppose to keep the Sabbath? Simply, yes! If we want to become like Christ, we would do well to follow His example and that means keeping the Sabbath holy. If you try to dodge the command by claiming we no longer live by the law, we actually have something better than the law…we have the Holy Spirit.

For by one sacrifice he [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Hebrews 10:14-18 (NIV)


“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV)

In light of these scriptures, it would be accurate to say that Christ fulfilled the law, we are no longer judged by the law and no longer have to make sacrifices, but because we have been given the Holy Spirit we are to live with a holy passion to regard the law until heaven and earth pass away and the law would no longer need to reminder us that we are sinners.

When we try to do away with the law rather than see it as foreshadowing of things past and things to come, we loose sight of the richness of God’s plan and purpose for mankind. His redemption for mankind did not end on the cross…it made a way. God’s redemptive work is still ongoing and will only come to close when this heaven and earth pass away. Until then, we are to declare His glory and delight in His ways. Every time we observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy and set apart, we declare ourselves a holy and free people.



Discussion Questions for Thought or Comments*:

  1. Does it matter which day of the week you keep the Sabbath?
  2. What do you do on your Sabbath?
  3. What consequences, if any, have you noticed if you miss a Sabbath?
  4. How does a stay-at-home mom keep her Sabbath holy? (No it’s not the beginning of a joke!…Jenn has been thinking a lot about this question and what it looks like in her life?)

*Please be respectful of participant comments and experiences. We (John & Jenn) reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments. Thank you to those who participate!


John & Jenn

Teshuvah Prayer Guide (Sept. 1-8)

Invite to Prayer
For those who are praying daily and seeking to be in an attitude of repentance (Teshuvah), we are going to provide you with topics to think on and areas of your life you may want to seek repentance.  Continue to read Psalm 27 daily and sound the trumpet as a call and reminder to repentance.  From now until the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) beginning at sundown on September 24, we will focus on the seven churches in Revelation as a guide for repentance.  Here are the topics for September 1-8. Read the scripture reference and pray for repentance from following:

Read Revelation 2:1-7

September 1     Failure to love one another

September 2     Serving the Lord without love

Read Revelation 2:8-11

September 3     Spiritual poverty

September 4     Fear of suffering for Christ

September 5     Lack of faithfulness to Him (the Lord) who is faithful

Read Revelation 2:12-17

September 6     Pagan practices within the Church

September 7     Looking to our government to provide and protect

September 8     Rejecting God’s ways


In prayer,

John & Jenn