As we are entering the last month of the year, I find myself facing more and more challenges. Some challenges are of a personal nature, while others of a familial one. Additionally, there are other areas within my life that also are pressing on me. Although my identity remains primarily with Yeshua, it is still a challenging and pressing time for me. I continue to both study the Bible as well as cultural books about the Bible. Furthermore, I continue to read biographies of members of the persecuted Body of Yeshua. It is somewhat frustrating that I cannot study as well as I used to or share my findings as well.
Although I do other things around the house, they do not hold lasting satisfaction as the things I mentioned before. It is my hope that things will improve before the end of the year.
R. A. Gomez
In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 19, the first blast of a horn was heard from God at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16-19). God spoke to the People of Israel and established what is now known as the Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 19:3-6, 7-13). It was through the blast of the horn that God called the attention of the People of Israel.
It has been close to 45 days since my last "notice" post. Things have changed much since that moment in time; my family dynamics. I have not been able to attend to my posts as I would have liked to do so. I will address them, but at a slower rate.
R. A. Gomez
Notice, I will be uploading archived records from 2010 and older. These posts have now been retrieved from a back-up drive and are being modified to be posted on this site. It is my hope to finish this work by the end of this coming weekend. I will temporarily post the "archives" module to monitor the progress. However, once the work is complete, I will remove it. However, the posts will be accessible through the "categories" module.
R. A. Gomez
Quick update/notice. It has been about a week since Jesus helped me acquire a new and faster laptop. I am grateful for what He has provided and looking forward to use it to both minister and share my thoughts with others through this website and other venues. It is my hope to be able to post more frequently.
R. A. Gomez
The means by which people travel from one place to another has not changed by much within the past century. However, a person's need to be ready for survival scenarios has changed. There are now more severe weather occurrences, accidents, as well as civil unrest within diverse communities. In this selection, I will present a basic Urban Survival Kit (USK) so that you may be prepared with a compact resource that may be carried into most places.
COVID-19 (CV) continues to take its toll across the world. Many lives have been affected by the CV and the end of its run has not been determined with certainty. In addition, it has been discovered that there are now three known strains of the virus that are found throughout the world; the reason or limits of its mutations are unknown. Yet the question that has arisen above all is "Why has God allowed this to happen?" Based on the evidence that is presented in God's Word and how the virus is affecting the world, I have deduced five reasons.
COVID-19 is on the loose throughout the world. It is making many people ill and leading some to their death; without discrimination for social status, ethnicity, sex, nor religion. In the U.S., the "professionals" predict that the days around Resurrection Sunday (Feast of First Fruits) would mark the peak of the curve for the number of infected and deceased people with regards to COVID-19; as well as a decrease thereafter. Yet, amidst the turmoil that COVID-19 has brought to the face of this nation, it cannot take down both the love and faith of many believers that abide in Jesus the Messiah.
Today, the Corona Virus (Covid-19) is a virus that is affecting many people in diverse areas of their life. It is a virus that originated in China and has found its way to many countries that lay beyond its borders; including the United States. Furthermore, it is affecting the way in which people within society interact with each other; both in small and large groups. Today, I will present some researched suggestions for personal safety gear that may be used to help protect both you and the people around you.
Reflection on the Practice of Lent
For several weeks I have been examining the religious custom of Lent with a comparison to God's Word. What begun as a brief discussion and discourse with a friend about Ash Wednesday, quickly grew into making several parts to the observance of Lent. It is a journey that has both challenged and taken me through many hours per workday of the project. The journey has taken me through peer-reviewed reference works as well as both articles and comments by people with a theological background. Yet, above it all, it has been the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the scriptures, that has taken me from one end of the Bible to the other. The journey has assured me that there is no need for the religious custom of Lent. God has already instituted the spring feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, the Early First Fruits; they all are in line with Jesus fulfilling the role of the Lamb of God for the redemption of sins for all mankind. People need to be celebrating these, with the observance of Jesus in them.
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