Oct 31st —– Part Three

Last of this Series …

The late 1800′s brought a boom in immigration from Europe, many being from Ireland. These Irish immigrants (predominatly Catholic) brought their long held tradition of Halloween with them. They found pumpkins more plentiful than turnips, and turned them into Jack-o-lanterns.

Those who celebrated Halloween pushed for it to be a recognized holiday, and when it finally showed up on the calendars it took off in popularity. In 1921 the first all-city Halloween celebration took place in Anoka, MN with New York and Los Angeles shortly following suite. By the mid-part of the twentieth century advertising marketers had caught on to the craze, and Halloween became a major money maker. The demand for costumes, candy, decorations, greeting cards and pumpkins gave it a niche in the business world to be taken advantage of.

To this day Halloween is celebrated voluntarily. The U.S. government does not recognize it. There is no national observance. It is not a paid holiday. It is kept alive through retail marketing, local school districts, city governments, and houses of worship. People just do it.

Since the 1960′s there has been a tremendous revival in the occult, satanism, witchcraft, New-Age groups and neo-paganism, all of which hold Halloween night in high regards. Satanic ritual abuse, animal sacrifices, arsons, poisoned candy, cruel tricks, graffiti, etc. all get attention around Halloween due to their increase. So then, how should the Christian respond? Traditionally there are three options:

(1.) TOLERANCE – Do nothing differently than an unbeliever would. dsecorating the house with images of the occult, witches, skeletons, etc. and dressing your children in costumes does not negatively affect your faith. You pass out candy to visitors, wish others a happy holiday, and enjoy the spookiness of the occasion. Even if you don’t care to celebrate it, you enjoy seeing children having fun. The images or history of the day mean nothing to you and you don’t believe there’s anything wrong with observing it.

(2.) ABSTINENCE
– Total rejection of anything associated with Halloween. Do nothing differently than on any other night. You find Halloween to be satanic or at least offensive. You believe it is spiritually wrong to celebrate it, and want others to know about its dark history. You see it as a poor Christian witness to be associated with such darkness.

(3.) COMPLIANCE
– You are uncomfortable with Halloween’s dark history, but question how something as simple and innocent as giving out or taking candy could be wrong. You recognize the difficulties of raising your children against the holiday while having to face public school carnivals or at the very least, any retail store. You accept Halloween as just a day, and make what you want of it. You avoid scary costumes, treat it as a fall festival, offer thanks to God for the year’s crops, and maybe even use it as an opportunity to share your faith.

Which one are you?

Aren’t you getting tired of having to defend your faith – especially from CHRISTIANS??? Can’t we just all realize that Hallowe’en and all the other man-made traditional holidays are not pleasing to the Lord and once and for all be done with them? After being Messianic for over 20 years, I think it’s time!!!

Did I ever tell you about the best Hallowe’en I ever had?
I was in Israel in October and November and there was never a clue that such a day existed! I wasn’t bombarded with pumpkins with faces or any other sign that America is so plagued with. What a beautiful day it was!

Have a great week-end.
See you next time!
Shabbat Shalom, Sharaka
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October 31st – more ….

Hallowe’en: The Dark Night of the Soul
The celebration of Hallowe’en holds a far greater mystery, a much darker side, than what would normally appear on the surface. Who better to explain its ancient customs and practices other than with the literary assistance of one formerly “enticed by the craft?”
· The name, by choice, will remain anonymous……

The history of the ancient Druids is shaded in mystery and originates thousands of years ago from the practices of the Babylonians. Although later history traces much of the customs through the early Brits and Gauls, the ancient religious’ practices remain somewhat of a mystery. The predominant forms of worship were derived from the elements of the seasons through the Solstice and Equinox, and the two predominant elements of nature, “fire” and “air.”

Interestingly, when the first pilgrims arrived on the shores of America, pagan festivals were forbidden.—It wasn’t customary to honor the Festival of the Dead nor the Feast of Saturnalia. The pilgrims followed a strict, unyielding adherence to their ancestral forms of worship, but they gave no opening to the ancient paganistic celebrations that were later introduced into Church society. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages, when the ancient Druidic and Celtic customs saw a revival in America through the celebration of Halloween. The Celtic immigrants from the British isles brought their folk customs and pagan superstitions with them, including Samhain the Festival of Death. This occurred simultaneously with a resurgence of witchcraft and Satanism in America.

Superstition helped to clothe the practice with astounding supernatural manifestations such as in the belief that on All Hallows’ Eve, witches flew threw the sky on brooms with black cats poised delicately on the broom-tip as lookouts to guide them through the night.

Eventually, the church, weakened by complacency, no longer fought against the practice of witchcraft but more or less tolerated its existence. And as remains to this day, the time near the Autumnal Equinox was by far the most important night of the year.

Thousands of years have come and gone, yet Hallowe’en still remains today as the official celebration of Summers’ end and beginning of the Fall festivals. Halloween marks the seasonal worship of the Autumnal Equinox, the setting of the Pleiades, and an alternative for the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) during the month of Tishri.

Ancient civilizations’ associated the seven stars of Pleiades (constellation of Taurus) with immortality of the soul and the star Alcyone representative of the sun-god, the center of the universe by which all things in the heaven revolved. The Pleiades held the future (through divination), death, endings (with the setting of the Pleiades celebrated in the fall; November/December), new birth and beginnings (the rising of the Pleiades celebrated in the spring;
March/June). A good example of the rising and setting of the Pleiades can be found directly in Scripture in Amos (5:8): “Seek him [seek the Creator - not the creation] that maketh the seven stars [the Pleiades] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death [setting] into the morning [rising], and maketh the day dark with night….”
The future fortune of the village, through good or bad omens, came through the rising and setting of the stars of the Pleiades and the gods of the night. During the dark night of the soul, a great festival occurred near the Autumnal Equinox, an eerie counterpart to the modern-day Harvest Festival, where huge “bone fires” surrounded the villages illuminating the night sky with a bright, reddish orange glow—the familiar colors of the harvest. Bone fires originated far earlier than the celebration of Samhain, but were carried over into the Hallowe’en night of festivities later by the Druids and Celts. The element of “fire” acted as the altar of sacrifice and the blood of the sacrificial victims (both human and animal) fueled the inferno (similar to the High Priest sprinkling blood on the Ark of the Covenant during the Day of Atonement). The bone fires’ two-fold purpose was to both appease and drive away the bad spirits that wandered the earth during the dark night of the soul.

The sacrificial victims were led through the streets of the village by the priests who ceremonially offered them to the Lord of Death, Satan. From the death agonies of the “living” victim placed on the altar of sacrifice, the priests divined the future of the village from the way the soul departed the body. This custom originated in Babylon where the Babylonian priests’ prayed to the symbolic deities (Nimrod) to inquire (divine) the will of the gods:

O Great ones, gods of the night…O Pleiades.…” The victims were furiously consumed by the roaring flames, and in the morning, all that was left were the bones and ashes. Today without realizing it, people everywhere practice a similar ritual (hopefully, nix the sacrifice) during the Harvest Festival, not as “bone fires,” but as “bon fires.”

Another custom was the marking of the body with strange, ritualistic markings especially carved near the stomach area (if female). It was the ancient Druidic “TAU” symbol of fertility, death, reincarnation, and written with the letter “T” or the “tau cross,” an ancient symbol for Tammuz, the dying and rising divinity associated with fertility cults. This same shape can be found in the Hermetic use of the “ouroboros” representative of the “tree of life.” The primeval representation of the renewal of life processes within its own substance; i.e., the rebirth from its own ashes — both living forever — thus representing eternity. It also depends on the direction of the “T-cross” (i.e., towards the head or towards the feet).

In fertility cults, this symbol would appear over the womb area or near the heart. Today, some might wear it in the form of a cross on a chain which hangs near the heart.—Usually, the shape would be over the womb area (crux ansata – a symbol of life), and not as a perfect circle. Sometimes a point, or a comma, is used to form the shape of the “T” representative of the tongue of fire, placed for the symbol representing a spirit-being or messenger, to signify his (the spirit’s) more than human character. In alchemy the practical solution for the use of the ouroboros was a representation of the “dissolution of the body by fermentation; ie, death” (Berthelott).

Initially, the ancient priests carried a hollowed turnip with a lighted candle made with the fat of an animal or human. The symbol of the hollowed turnip carried the “Jock (or Jack) of the Lantern” whose likeness (image) was carved into the outer core of the turnip. The Jock (or Jack) was the guiding spirit of the lantern who dwelled in the light of the burning fat. Wearing a symbolic mask and dressed in a black, hooded robe and skins of sacrificed animals (sometimes a human body-part was also used as a token), the priests carried the Jock spirit on a dangling rope before them to guide the soul of its carrier through the darkness of night (replicated from a similar procession occurring during the Jewish festival of lights). This procession was of special significance when lighted on the eve of October 31st, to celebrate the ending of the seasons through the setting of the Pleiades. The Jock O’Lantern provided the light, the spirit-guide for the souls of the walking undead. Later, in America, pumpkins replaced turnips because they were harvested during the Fall, readily available, and easier to carve than turnips.

During the dark night of the soul, the hooded priests walked through the streets passing from house to house with a special demand of food, drink, or an added bonus, the virgin sons and daughters of the villagers to offer as sacrifice to the spirits of the night.

Sometimes the villagers would also dress in costume to hide (mask) their identity from the evil spirits especially in efforts to protect their children. In this way, the evil spirits were fooled into thinking the villagers to be evil spirits also and not harm them. The villagers created special amulets for good luck. The sweet taste of the “apple” became the favorite because it pleased the evil spirits and brought good luck to the villagers (bobbing of apples evolved from this belief). The ancient Druids’ believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1st. If the village willingly complied with their demands, the priests passed by, but if the village failed to produce something of value, the priests placed the “Jack O’Lantern” outside the door post of the house to be released as a curse upon the dwellers. If this be the case, the village is cursed and the spirits left to wander the streets to ravage homes and bring destruction upon its residence. This custom has been passed down to us in the form of “Trick or Treat.”

In today’s paper, there is quite an article about how the Europeans are “preaching against” “the American evil Hallowe’en”! They are encouraging their citizens to abstain from “this wicked American so-called holiday”. Shouldn’t the Believers be the ones to educate the world on evil – not another secular country? Let’s do our part!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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October 31st

The Devil’s Holiday

Every year it happens! I try to find a good program on TV and all I find is “ghost stories”, murder and terror on the tube! This seems to go on for at least the last half of October. Why? It all has to do with “Hallowe’en” or All Hallows Eve which comes on the last day of this month.

For years I have hated this day. We used to go to friends homes to visit or go with them to a restaurant just to get away from the “trick or treaters” The last few years I have taken a different turn. We now buy little candy bars and attach a note to each one. It says:

We don’t like Hallowe’en!
This day is a religious holiday – but it’s not about our God ~
it’s about the devil and we don’t celebrate it.
We DO like kids
Here is some candy for you.
God bless you ~ He loves you!

Have you ever looked into the real meaning of Oct 31st? Here’s part of an old document I got from The Lampholder Newsletter in 1999.

Halloween: Trick or Treat?

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not G-d, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known G-d, or rather are known of G-d, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years” (Galatians 4:8-10).

Well, it’s that time of year again! People rush to find that special orange pumpkin, search for the scariest costume, clothe the outside of the house in an eerie arrangement of glowing monsters, sticky spider webs, and a vast array of haunting, seasonal decor. All of this effort for the innocent fun of Halloween—perhaps? We certainly don’t want to take away anyone’s fun, but hundreds of years have totally changed the real truth behind the masked disguise of Halloween.

Many people are not even aware of Halloween’s historical origins, nor do they care. Whether or not you choose to participate in the celebration, you still might consider reading some historical highlights on how it all began—the story behind the celebration —-And yes, Halloween is a seasonal celebration connected to the movements of the heavens!—

Long ago, the festivals of the L-rd were changed into Church “holy days” (holidays). The changes began with Constantine (around the year A.D. 325), when Christianity and Paganism united. It was Constantine’s efforts to appease the masses. A unification, of sorts, that united all people of various backgrounds and beliefs into one system that appeared to make everyone happy. The Christians were no longer persecuted but accepted, the Jews tolerated but ignored, and the Pagans? Well, they had their god(s), too, and so, in the name of peace, followed the blending of all types of beliefs, religions, philosophies, and cultures into one harmonious union that was intended for the good of all.

Festivals and Holy Days
One of the ways to achieve harmony among religions was to “correct” the festivals of the Lord by reinterpreting them into “acceptable” days for worship. One way of doing this was to revise the Jewish Calendar system by converting the Hebrew festivals. Now, this wasn’t easy because the Hebrew calendar aligned most precisely with the movement of the heavens. This was G-d’s calendar given to mankind, and this calendar aligned exactly with the Precession of the Equinox (PE). The best way to describe the PE is to look at the “hands” on a clock. The hands on a clock move from East to West, right to left, and this is the same way the PE move in the heavens. Interestingly, it is also the way to read Hebrew, from right to left.—

The reason? Because G-d ordained the heavens and time according to His time-line.

This new calendar consisted of a blending of the old with the new, and had four cardinal days (time-periods) set aside for “holy days.” They were fall (Autumnal Equinox), winter (Winter Solstice), spring (Vernal Equinox), and summer (Summer Solstice), and determined the four major festivals celebrated throughout the year.

The Autumn Equinox - day and night are equal in length. It is a time for celebrating the harvest, endings, the dying of nature, and the dark night of the soul. The Autumnal Equinox also marked the beginning of the pagan year. This was the celebration that came to be known as Halloween.

The Winter Solstice - shorter days and longer nights
It is the time period representing the Feast of Saturnalia (by the Romans) honoring the god/planet Saturn. The Feast of Saturnalia occurred from December 17 to the 24th. This was a time of debauchery, orgy, and drunkenness. On December 25th, the Romans celebrated the birthday of the “sun god.” They believed that the sun died during the winter months and after the Winter Solstice, when the sun reclaimed the lengthening of the day, it was “born” anew.

The Vernal Equinox - day and night are equal in length
It was a time to celebrate the joys of spring, new life, and the resurrection of nature over death. The Vernal Equinox is an ancient festival celebrating the death and rebirth of the gods Tammuz and Damuzi. This was time to celebrate the rites of fertility done through orgies and lasciviousness, and worship to the gods/goddesses of fertility in human/animal sacrifices. (Ishtar) The use of colored eggs, “May Poles,” rabbits, etc., were prominently used in festival worship.

The Summer Solstice – longer days and shorter nights
The Britains called this a “Midsummer Night.” It was a time of great abundance revealed in celebrations of drunken abandonment.

A Celebration of Death
From the earliest of times, as far back as B.C.E. 400, the ancient Celtic civilization gathered to celebrate the festival of the god of death, “Samhain,” during the dark night of the soul, October 31st, where the souls of the wandering dead were thought to manifest themselves to the living. This was a celebration of the Autumnal Equinox as a time of harvest, the culmination of Summer, and the dying of nature. It was a festival to bring FEAR over the minds of the unenlightened.

At the stroke of midnight, the Celts offered human sacrifices to the god of death. It was during this night, the soul passed from death to a new birth just as the clock sounded the midnight call ushering in a new day. — A time of death to the old year and birth to the new, and so began the ancient Celtic New Year.

In AD 834, Pope Boniface IV moved the celebration of “All Saints Day” from May to the 1st of November. The day before became All Hallows’ Evening, or Halloween. You may also remember that October 31st is Reformation Day in celebration of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the church (this action, among others, essentially began the Reformation). All Saints Day was an attempt to rid the people of the festival of Samhain along with its sorcery and occult divination. All Saints Day was a time to honor those martyred by Rome, but not recognized (by the Reformers) as a scriptural holy day.

Pope Boniface IV failed in his attempts to replace the festival of death with All Saints Day, because today Halloween is more popular than ever before. In fact, many people begin Halloween as “the holiday” season leading up to Christmas. This is evidenced on many neatly landscaped lawns in the form of a Santa Claus dressed as a witch or as black cats dressed in reindeer formation pulling a sleigh.
The name “Halloween” came to us by way of the British Isles. All Saints Day was known as “All Halloweds” honoring Christian martyrs. The festival of Samhain always occurred the night before All Saints Day or, as it came to be known, All Hallows Eve (or All Hallow’s E’en). All Hallows Eve passed down to us today as the name of Halloween.

Pagan Practices Forbidden in the Old Testament

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [human sacrifice to god(s);
[Satan], or that useth divination [fortune-telling; calling upon the spirit world to know the future; one who interprets omens], or an observer of times [astrologer], or an enchanter [power gained from evil spirits to control the mind or will of another; one who casts spells, evil omens, or curses], or a witch [witchcraft], Or a charmer [one who uses sorcery or magic; one who manipulates the elements and unseen forces; a medium or spiritist], or a consulter with familiar spirits [one who seeks advice, wisdom, or council from evil spirits], or a wizard [male witch; warlock], or a necromancer [one who seeks council from the dead]. …For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord…” (Deut. 18:10-11).

JACK-O-LANTERNS
Jack-O-Lanterns, what is their significance? The World Book Encyclopedia, 1977 edition, volume 9, page 24-26 says, “The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face of `Jack-O-Lantern’ is an ancient symbol of a damned soul.” According to an article I read by Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. according to folklore “Jack-O-Lanterns were named for a man called Jack, who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until judgment day.” With this in mind, people began to hollow out pumpkins and turnips, placing candles inside to scare evil spirits from their houses. What a tragedy. John 3:16 makes it clear that no one has to be outside of heaven…”For God so loved the world (mankind), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.” It is also clear that if any individual refuses to trust Christ as Savior he is condemned already (John 3:18 & 36). There is no wandering. It is either Heaven or Hell depending on whether you have trusted Christ as your Savior (John 14:6; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9). There was another purpose for Jack-O-Lanterns according to author Owen Rachleff. “The candlelit pumpkin or skull… served as a beacon for the sabbat and as a signal to mark those farms and homes that were sympathetic to the Satanists and thus deserving of mercy when the terror of the night (Halloween)
began.” (The Occult Conceit; page 190).

Be careful how you observe Oct 31st and don’t give satan any place in your schedule! What will you do on this day?

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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Think You Got it Hard?

Wash Day

Today is a Monday and in “the old days”, Monday was wash day. Do you remember that? Or hearing about that? With today’s modern washing machines, and easy appliances, we can wash any or every day with the push of a button! This was not always the case. Here is an except from an old letter to a new bride from her grandmother in Appalachia in the early 1900‘s:

How to do your weekly wash:
1. Bild fire in backyard to heet kettle of rain water.
2. Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3. Shave one hold of lye soap in bilin water.
4. Sort things to make 3 piles – 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.
5. Stir flour in cold water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
6. Rub dirty spots on wash board, scrub hard, then bile.
Rub colored, don’t bile, just rinch in starch (flour mixture)
7. Take white things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch and starch.
8. Hang old rags on fince.
9. Spread tee towels on grass
10. Pore rinch water in flower bed.
11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
12. Turn tubs upside down.
13. Go put on fresh dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tea, sit and rest and rock a spell. Count your blessings!

Look how the first 12 have changed!!!! I guess we can still do Number 13! It sure pays to keep a good attitude. Let’s count our blessings instead of complaining about how hard life is for us. It’s all in the attitude, after all.

Remember, the pessimist has no starter, an optimist has no brakes.

Optimism is having three teenaged sons and only one car!

You have to face the music before you can lead the band.

Dr. Charles Swindoll once said, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. We cannot change the inevitable, all we can change is our attitude.” A good attitude, is the best thing you can show the world.

So next time you start to feeling like you have it so bad – think of what your grandparents went through and be thankful that we no longer have to live that way. We have so much!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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Shalom –

The word “shalom” is probably the most easily recognized word in the Hebrew language. One thinks of it as a greeting – “hello” and/or “good-bye”. It is so much more than that.

When one meets a friend, he says, “Shalom aleichem” (ah – LE – khem), meaning peace to you.
The response is – “Aleichem shalom” (and to you – peace)

Most people don’t understand what this word really means. It is not simply a greeting (hello/good-bye) it means, according to page 371 of David Stern’s “Jewish New Testament”:


“peace, tranquillity,
safety, well-being,
welfare, health,
contentment, success,
comfort, wholeness,
and integrity.”

Y’shua says in Matt 10:12, “When you enter someone’s household, say ‘shalom aleichem’ if the home deserves it, let your shalom rest on it, if not, let your shalom return to you.”

If Y’shua said to do this – it must be important and we would do well to practice it.

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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The Ushpizin, the Guests


The Patriarchs or Shepherds of Israel

It is said a father has no greater joy than to see his sons walk in his ways. The seven great men of Israel all wandered from place to place at one time or another in their lives. They knew the hardships of the nomadic life. It is said they come, in spirit, as special guests to every sukkah to rejoice in the fact that we are still following in ‘their ways’.
(old Jewish tradition…) One after the other taking the lead each night and the others following. It is traditional to welcome the “guest of the evening” by recalling his life and how we may learn from it.
You may want to give them a chair of honor in your sukkah.
They are:

Avraham, who was told to “Go to the place I will show you.”
He represents love and kindness.
Itzchak, (Isaac)”There was a famine in the land and Itzchak went…”
He represents restraint and personal strength.
Ya’acov, (Jacob) “Arise and go…” (when he fled from Esav)
He represents beauty and truth.
Moshe, “(Moses) …and He caused His people to journey like sheep.”
He represents eternality and dominance through Torah.
Aharon, (Aaron) “…and He caused His people to journey like sheep.”
He represents empathy and receptivity to divine splendor.
Yosef, (Joseph) was sold for a slave and went to Egypt..
He represents holiness and the spiritual foundation.
David Hamelech, King David) “…when he was in the wilderness.”
… the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
It is a good thing to speak of the good qualities of our fathers. Perhaps this would be a good time to recall the good deeds of your own ancestors and how you can strive to be like them. If nothing else, let us follow in the footsteps of our Messiah and strive, above all, to be like Him. It is good to call in the poor to share in your joy and your bounty at this season. Sukkot was the origin of the first Thanksgiving Day. We are to be thankful and share what we have. In this way, we are following our heroes of old and better yet, we are pleasing our G-d as we recall the good things of the past and look forward to what G-d has promised us in the future.
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For those of you following the Hillel or traditional Jewish calender –
Chag Sameach! Enjoy your holiday!!! It’s the Season of our joy! “Eat the fat and the sweet and send portions to your friends and family!”

See you nect time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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I Just Don’t Get it!

“I just don’t get it!”, my friend whined to me the other day, “they haven’t been attending our Congregation a year yet, and she’s making announcements and he’s teaching a Yeshiva Class!” “I just don’t understand that!. We’ve been there five years and we haven’t been asked to do anything!”

Sound familiar? Have you had these kind of thoughts? Are you finding yourself in this same position?

You need to ask yourself these kind of questions…..

1) Am I on time or a little bit early for meetings?
or do I drag in 10, 15 or even 30 minutes late, interrupting the teacher/pastor/leader and others around me?

2) Do I offer my help in setting up?
or do I just take for granted that “somebody else will do it.”

3) Do I attend ALL services unless I am sick? (then you SHOULD stay home!)
or do I skip around looking for “a better place” or come in coughing and sneezing over everyone.

4) Do I offer good commentary when it is appropriate?
or do I monopolize the sharing time or never utter a word. – until I get home, then complain about the remarks of others.

5) Do I stay after meetings to help clean up and to fellowship with others?
or do I bolt out the door without a thought.

6) Do I reach out to visitors and new members and make them feel at home?
or do I wait for someone to come to me and then be mad when they don’t.

7) Am I friendly to children and compliment them when I see good in them?
or do I ignore anyone under the age of 20 and complain if a child accidentally bumps into me.

These things are very important and bring good will or brand you as insincere or a ‘grump’.

Even more important is the Scripture where Y’shua is telling Kefa (Peter) something to do and he, evidentially feeling he was being treated unfairly, says of Yochanan (John) “But what about him????” Y’shua said (to paraphrase) “That’s none of your business, you do what I ask YOU to do.”

Let’s not worry about the other guy —– let’s focus on what we know WE are do for the Lord. When you do that, you never know what you’ll be asked to do!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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