THE TORAH AND THE PROPHETS
STUDY, 7 PM
It is Important to study the
Torah and HafTorah because of the following passage from the Brit Hadasha:
And Lazarus said to
Abraham, “I have five brethren; (send Lazarus back from the dead)
that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of
torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let
them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto
them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear
not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one
rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:28-31)
In the Jewish community we
have a holiday or a Holy Day each month of the year with the exception of
November, during which we normally celebrate the American
holiday, Thanksgiving. This year WE WILL NOT be meeting on
the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, but will celebrate with our
families at home. We will resume the regular Erev Shabbat service on
December 1st. This marks the first time in 9 years that we have not met
on Erev Shabbat.
CHANUKAH PARTY DECEMBER 15th,
Men: Bring a gift for a man.
Ladies: Bring a gift for a
Children: Bring a gift for a
News from Shalom Ministries (John Denson)
in the name of our Messiah, Yeshua! Thank you so much for your prayers and
your support during my illness. We are happy to report that I had a
limited stay in the hospital and well on my way to a full and total
recovery. Donna and I deeply appreciate your concerns.
Messianic weekly bible studies are going extremely well. The attendance is
growing and people are being challenged to look at the Bible from a Jewish
perspective. We have completed two new dvd’s which we are really excited
about. One of the dvd’s was made with Rabbi Loren Jacobs (our board
chairman). The other is an interview with me. They are now being edited
and should be available to our supporters by the first week in December.
We have a new ministry team whom the L-rd has sent to help us in various
aspects of the ministry. We now have ministry, prayer, financial, and
media coordinators; also evangelism team leader. These are volunteers who
not only give of their precious time, but financial support as well.
Messianic Family Seminar was a major success. It was well attended. bible
principles were shared from a Jewish perspective. And all who participated
were enthused and excited. We are looking forward to a series of these
workshops in the coming years. It is one of the components that makes
Shalom Ministy unique. A special thanks to Calvary Baptist Church of Hazel
Park for hosting this successful event.
and I have talked and visited with over 75 unsaved Jewish people. It is
wonderful how G-d gives us favor and tremendous opportunities to share our
faith. Please continue to pray for their hearts to be softened and
receptive to the Gospel. We spent the Jewish holidays, celebrating with
Congregation Shema Yisrael.
are planning a major Shalom
Ministry Fundraising Reception on friday
December 1 at 7:pm . We are honored to have as our keynote speaker,
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus. David is an
extraordinary, gifted brother and we are confident that he will challenge
the audience that evening. We trust that all of our local supporters will
be in attendance that night and bring people that will be open to giving
to this ministry. For additional information, see enclosed brochure.
Ministry is also in the planning stages of putting together the first
African-American led Jewish evangelistic campaign in Michigan. The
campaign will take place in the summer of 2007. Please pray and continue
to pray for this awesome effort.
ask that you continue to pray for our family, especially or youngest son,
Michael. He is in the mountains of Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, taking
pictures with an excavation tour group. The mountains are the homes of the
Native-Americans in that area. Pray for Donna’s mothers’ health. We
ask that you pray for the Shalom Ministry Art Program. This is a new
concept, which will be led by my wife Donna. We are praying that the L-rd will give wisdom and resources.
importantly, pray for this ministry, that G-d will touch the hearts of
many black pastors that we have and will come in contact with in the
future. Pray that G-d will give them a passionate heart for Jewish
evangelism. These several months we have collected names of unsaved Jewish
people. People that family and friends have requested their need for the
Messiah. We are inserting a list of names and asking that you give fervent
prayer, that they may know Yeshua, as their Messiah.
we are going up against strongholds that have been rooted for centuries. Again thank you for your on going support and prayers.
make all checks to Shalom Ministry and send to Po Box 19695 Detroit
News and Prayer Request from Moscow Russia: Russian Outreach
vision is to see Russian Jews gathered into vibrant Messianic
congregations being a light to the nations.
survived 3 Russian lessons in one week. I was exhausted by the end
of the last lesson yesterday but glad for the opportunity to continue to
study the language. On Wed. my teacher and I had our lesson at the
Puskin museum where we saw a Rembrandt exhibition. I especially
enjoyed that cultural experience.
night, Friday, for dinner I had a family of American colleagues who are
good friends. I hadn’t seen them since before I left for the
States in June so it was great to be able to spend some time with them.
They also brought me some things from the U.S. that I have been
waiting for for quite some time. So that was a blessing too.
week in my Bible study we had a very lively discussion about whether or
not Jesus is the son of G-d. One of the women who attends our
group meets regularly with Jehovah Witnesses and they have influenced
her view on Jesus’ identity. I was very grateful for the
believers who were there who were able, along with me, to be able to
point her to some of the Scriptures that talk about Jesus as G-d. I
think that next week we will do a study specifically on that topic.
I see that Elena is really seeking for truth but has been tossed
around by many false doctrines. Praise G-d that she is willing to
come to our Bible study weekly. Please pray that she will read the
Bible and another Christian book that I gave her and come to the
conclusion that Jesus is indeed Messiah and L-rd.
Saturday, at the congregation that I attend a Jewish believer came an
excellent message on ‘the church’. She grew up in a Hassidic
Jewish family and not only knows a lot about Judaism but is very
talented in sharing stories. I was just fascinated by the way that
she shared her message. I was also excited about the fact that I
could understand most of what she said in Russian.
week I met with a colleague from another Jewish ministry to plan a
Thanksgiving celebration for the members of my English club and the
young Jews that he work with. The joint Feast of Tabernacles
celebration that we did last month was a great success so we are hoping
that this will be also. Please pray first of all that we will be
able to find a place to host it and then that all the details that go
into planning something like this will fall into place.
November 6th is a public holiday and also a day off of
language study for me. I have lots of administrative things to do
and am hoping to get some of them done on Monday. Please pray that
I will make good use of the time and that G-d will give me direction as
to which things are most important for me to get down at this time.
Wed, November 8th I will be meeting with the other IMB team
leaders who serve here in Moscow. I always find these
meetings to be encouraging, especially as we take time to pray for each
other and our ministries. Please pray that G-d will guide us as we
share and make decisions about our joint cooperation. The last few
meetings we have not had much time to spend in dedicated prayer. So
please pray that we will have time to do that this time.
not sure if this fits as a praise or a prayer request. I’ll let
you decide. This week we had our first snow of the season. When
I woke up on Monday morning everything was covered with white. It
was beautiful but was all melted within a day or so. The weather has
hovered around freezing all week but is supposed to get much colder this
week-end. So it looks like winter is on the way.
pray that G-d richly blesses you and fills your heart with the warmth of
His love this week.
Omega Letter Intelligence Digest: by
Vol: 62 Issue: 11 -
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Man After G-d's Own Heart"
Paul's sermon at Antioch, in which he briefly recounts the history of
Israel, he refers to the statement made by G-d concerning David:
have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own Heart, who will do
all My will." - (Acts 13:22 [cf. 1 Samuel 13:13-14]) It is especially
interesting, given the fact that David is among the patriarchs with the
most checkered past. The portrait of King David painted by Scripture is
hardly the picture of what one might consider 'a man after G-d's own
various times during his lifetime, he was deceitful and corrupt, a widely
despised tyrant who lacked for justice, and a murderer.
the slaughter of seven sons of Saul to the murder of one of his most loyal
lieutenants, whose wife he seduced, David was no paragon of virtue.
was there about David that caused G-d to extend such a sweeping compliment
as to pronounce him a man after His own Heart? David understood his
relationship with G-d like few others in Biblical history. After
committing adultery with Bathsheba and then having her husband, Uriah
killed, the prophet Nathan stood before King David and accused him before G-d.
the L-rd sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him,
There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had
nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up:
and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his
own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him
as a daughter.
there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own
flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come
unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that
was come to him.
David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan,
As the L-rd liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and
because he had no pity.
Nathan said to David, Thou art the man." (2nd Samuel 12:1-7) Note
that Samuel carefully records that "the L-rd sent Nathan unto
David" to convict him of his sin. In his prayer of contrition in
Psalm 51, David reveals much of what it was that caused G-d to pronounce
him a 'man after His own heart.'
mercy upon me, O G-d, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the
multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions." (Psalms
understood that his relationship with G-d was 'according to His
lovingkindness' and not according to David's definition of what G-d should
do. He also understood that his sin, as horrendous as it was, could be
blotted out, not by some act of David's, but solely due to the 'multitude
of G-d's tender mercies'.
appeals; "Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from
my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before
me." (v.2.3) David knew that G-d knew what his sins were, but the
important point was that DAVID knew what his sins were, and the importance
of honest confession before G-d.
understood also that his sin was against G-d, that it was deliberate, and
that the reason his sin haunted him was because of its offense before G-d.
David understood that, since it was a sin against G-d, only an act of G-d could blot it out. Nothing David could do to make restitution would ever
Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou
mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest."
(v.4) David understood that there was no 'wiggle room' before the L-rd and
that G-d's justice is as absolute as His mercy.
David was also a realist; "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in
sin did my mother conceive me."
understood the dual nature of fallen humanity, that which caused the
Apostle Paul to cry out, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver
me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24) Paul explained,
"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under
sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but
what I hate, that do I." (Romans 7:14-15) Having expressed his
frustration with his own struggle with his dual nature, Paul summarized
that which David understood, saying, "So then with the mind I myself
serve the law of G-d; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Romans
7:25) David prayed, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."
truth is that nothing we can do by our own effort will ever make
restitution for our past sins. Each of us shares the same conflict between
the carnal nature and the spirit.
equation of the sin nature to 'the body of this death' refers to a
particularly brutal form of execution sometimes practice under the Romans.
The condemned would be chained to a corpse, and food and water withheld
until the condemned either died or resorted to cannibalism.
is how Paul viewed the cohabitation of the spirit with the sin nature of
trusted G-d to lead him, even when he was out of fellowship, having faith
that 'in the hidden part' -- in his spirit, G-d would 'make him to know
understanding of the grace of G-d as expressed in his prayer in large
part, fits with G-d's description of him as being a man after His own
was this understanding of unmerited grace that formed the centerpiece of
the ministry of Jesus. One of the L-rd's earthly titles is the "Son
expresses his understanding of how the process of forgiveness operates in G-d's economy.
me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than
snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast
broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine
iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O G-d; and renew a right spirit
within me." (v. 7-10) Note the role David plays in his redemption.
Admit, confess, repent and trust. To 'repent' means to change one's mind
about sin. David saw himself as King of Israel, and therefore, whatever he
did was above reproach.
sat on his throne, and passed judgment on the wicked rich man of whom
Nathan spoke. Until he realized Nathan was speaking about HIM, at which
point he changed his mind about his sin and laid himself bare before the L-rd.
the rest of the redemptive process David placed in the Hands of G-d.
'Purge me, wash me, forgive me, bless me and renew me.'
his sense of conviction came through a direct message from G-d through
Nathan, just as we are directly convicted by G-d through His indwelling
only role in his redemption was to trust in G-d to make the changes that
David knew he could not effect himself.
accepted the earthly consequences of his sin, such as the death of his
son, but with the clear understanding that the spiritual consequences of
his sin were forgiven.
the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell
whether G-d will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I
SHALL GO TO HIM, but he shall not return to me." (2nd Samuel
made David a man after G-d's own heart was his understanding of the
consequences of being out of fellowship with G-d, and how to get back into
right fellowship with G-d.
unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free
spirit." It is the joy of knowing one is saved and in fellowship with
the L-rd that shines through and attracts the lost.
been spiritually restored, notes David; "THEN will I teach
transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee."(v.
I read in the forums of members lamenting their ineffectiveness for Christ
and wondering what it is they are doing wrong. Spend a few minutes
meditating on these two verses with me.
restores our joy, G-d then subsequently upholds us with His Spirit. THEN
we find ourselves effective witnesses, teaching people His ways, and
leading the lost to Christ.
is deceptively simple. Trust G-d. Be joyful. Allow Him to lead you and not
the other way around.
makes it clear that the redemptive process is in G-d's Hands,
understanding grace so well that he could see past the Temple rituals of
the Mosaic Law and peer into G-d's Heart, saying, "For thou desirest
not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt
offering. The sacrifices of G-d are a broken spirit: a broken and a
contrite heart, O G-d, thou wilt not despise." (v. 51-16-17) One of
the most debilitating emotions to one's Christian witness is the weight of
the guilt we heap on ourselves for being what we KNOW we are in our own
understood, in his spirit, that G-d's forgiveness is total and absolute,
and leaves no spiritual residue of guilt. At the Cross, the Son of David
cried out in a loud voice, 'Tetelestai!' which means, 'paid in full'.
promised, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My
yoke is easy, and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
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