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The Ministry of Yeshua/Jesus & Our Response

Aleph & Tav

 

As we begin our new Torah cycle, our new year of Bible study, we look forward to exploring the depths and the heights of the life of the Messiah.   This year we will focus on the Gospels presented in harmony.  Thus, it is fitting that we begin this week with John 1:1, “In the beginning…,” echoing the words of Genesis, calling us to remember the foundation, and setting the scene for the revelation of the Messiah.  As we look at the first 18 verses of the Apostle John’s Gospel, we will uncover who Yeshua is, what He came to do, and how we should respond. Read More »


Yom Kippur I

Devotional

Yom Kippur is one of YHVH’s appointed times which observes atonement for His children. I was taken by Leviticus 16:13 which says “and (the High Priest) put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.” Read More »


The Way, Truth and the Life

Susie Med


When Yeshua taught, I have to be honest; I haven’t really understood all He said.  I thought it was because I wasn’t smart, but I’ve since learned it’s because I didn’t know the scriptures.   I hadn’t really studied them.  Case in point, do you know what Yeshua meant when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life?”  I didn’t, not really.  I could conclude He is the only way to the Father, what He spoke is truth, and that everlasting life comes through a relationship with Him.  All this I learned from studying the apostles’ writings, but not solely from Yeshua himself.  But the Israelites knew exactly what He was saying.  There are 3 gates or doorways in the tabernacle.  The first was on the east side of the compound, the only way in, and took people and priests alike into the courtyard where the brazen altar was located.  This entrance was called “deherej –  Way.”  The second doorway was the entrance to the Holy Place, which could only be entered by the priests, and was called “emet – Truth.”  Finally, there was a veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place and could only be entered once a year by the high priest and it was called “chayah – Life.”  Boy, doesn’t that shed some light on Yeshua’s words!

There were specific requirements and steps to follow when entering any one of these doors.  So what does that mean to me?  It certainly has to do with how I approach the Father.  Hebrews 4:14-16 says -

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest… Jesus the Son of God.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4 is worth studying in light of this new information.

©Susy Medeski

 


“I was just being true to myself.”

 I was watching one of those reality competitions on television in which potential bakers were competing to become the best baking chef. In the episode, there was a young chef who failed an important test of her skill. The panel of judges severely critiqued her dessert. During this humiliating moment the chef defended herself with the phrase, “I was just being true to myself.”  As I sat there reminiscing on her poor performance and sloppy presentation, I asked myself what her statement had to do with her obvious lack of excellence. It was then I realized what she was saying.  It seemed she was expressing the idea that even though she failed to execute the task well, she should be given a free pass because she believed she did the right thing; you know, being true to herself.

This seems to be the catch phrase of many in our culture today. There are those who do whatever they want each day, without regard for quality or how their actions affect others, justifying their actions by saying, “I’m just being true to myself.” This sounds like a wonderful philosophical attitude until the words are examined closely.  For whatever noble reason this phase was originally coined, it has lodged on the lips of those who choose to ignore the facts of truth in lieu of their own perception of truth. Our culture is wrapped up in wanting to be right at the expense of truth.  I know it may sound like an oxymoron, but follow me for a moment.

Our post modern society has given the individual license to feel emotional affirmed in their paradigm truth without knowing actual truth. You may ask how this has happened. When people are taught that there is no absolute truth, but an individual makes his or her own truth, this false reasoning produces the idea that one only needs to live within their own truth. “I believe it, therefore it must be true”. The problem comes when individuals’ truths collide.  Who is right and who is wrong?  With the concept that there is no absolute truth, no one is wrong; however, how do these same people explain the negative consequences that arise when their individual truths don’t agree.  How can a culture thrive with so much conflict and consequences?  How does the young chef come to terms with the severe critique of the judges?  This culture has descended into an abyss of falsehood and lies which ignores the truth of a matter because the question arises “who is to determine what is truth?” This philosophical idea is so pervasive in our society that it affects every part of our culture.

The disturbing reality that exists today is that most people can be faced with fact and absolute truth and yet deny it because their “truth” is different and their need to be true to themselves dictates their actions.  Without absolute truth there is no integrity or honesty in a culture.  When integrity and honesty is irrelevant, people no longer have to take responsibility for their actions because they have created a personal truth that lacks accountability.  As a result, there is no reason to show kindness and compassion to others because it doesn’t fit within an individual’s paradigm truth. 

What we all need is a hard look at the consequences of a culture without absolute truth.  A culture that doesn’t have enough room in prison for all violators of the law, over fifty percent broken marriages, high statistics of substance abuse and physical abuse.  There cannot be integrity, honesty, or compassion without a return to absolute truth. The truth we need is the truth that sets us all free. It is time to reexamine ourselves, and humbly search for the ultimate source of truth that all men can live by.

©Rod Bryant