89:16) Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you.
They walk in the light of your presence, Yahuah.
89:17) In your name they rejoice all day.
In your righteousness, they are exalted.
89:18) For you are the glory of their strength.
In your favour, our horn will be exalted.
89:19) For our shield belongs to Yahuah;
Our King to the Holy One of Yisra’el.
89:20) Then you spoke in vision to your holy ones,
And said, “I have bestowed strength on the warrior.
I have exalted a young man from the people.
89:21) I have found David, my servant.
I have anointed him with my holy oil,
89:22) With whom my hand shall be established.
My arm will also strengthen him.
89:23) No enemy will tax him.
No wicked man will oppress him.
89:24) I will beat down his adversaries before him,
And strike those who hate him.
89:25) But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness will be with him.
In my name, his horn will be exalted.
89:26) I will set his hand also on the sea,
And his right hand on the rivers.
89:27) He will call to me, ‘You are my Father, My `El,
and the rock of my salvation (yeshu`ah).
89:28) I will also appoint him my firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
89:29) I will keep my lovingkindness for him forevermore.
My covenant will stand firm with him.
89:30) I will also make his seed endure forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.
89:31) If his children forsake my law,
And do not walk in my ordinances;
89:32) If they break my statutes,
And don’t keep my commandments;
89:33) Then I will punish their sin with the rod,
And their iniquity with stripes.
89:34) But I will not completely take my lovingkindness from him,
Nor allow my faithfulness to fail.
89:35) I will not break my covenant,
Nor alter what my lips have uttered.
The Only Inexhaustible Commodity
In 1977, I was on an oil tanker taking crude oil from Mexico to Houston TX and St. James LA in the U.S.A., back and forth for months. I was in St. James the day Elvis passed away and the terminal all but shut down for the day. Even at this early date, the American authorities realised that fossil fuels, particularly oil and gas, are limited. They were buying oil from other producers and pumping it back into the old, dry wells that had previously been full of oil and were pumped dry. This is one commodity that will be finally exhausted. It may take ten years or ten thousand years depending upon the development of new technology (renewable energy sources, nuclear fusion or new oil producing areas).
Water is another commodity that is in increasingly short supply. Although the polar icecaps are receding due to global warming and more water is being released, the consumption is growing at an exponential rate. It is quite possible that wars in the near future will be over water rights as there were over oil rights. No matter how Mankind uses or abuses the natural resources that Father has provided for our wellbeing, there will be some time in the future when they will be exhausted.
However, there is one (and one only) commodity that has an infinite supply; it will never be exhausted nor will it run out. On the contrary, it is ever on the increase. This commodity is Love.
I have four adult children and six grandchildren and I love then all. Now if one of my children has another baby, the amount of love that I have will not go down but will actually increase. If I had two units of love for my wife and for each child and grandchild, I would have twenty two units of love. With the birth of a new grandchild, I would not have to share the twenty two units between twelve people but would now have twenty four units of love. My time is finite and would have less to spend on each individual, but the love would increase.
Therefore, the more opportunities to love someone, the more love will increase.
At the very heart of AT THE CROSS Mission statement is the four love commandments.
1)Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? ai???Hear, Yisraai??i??el: ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i?? is our `Elohiym; ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i?? is one: and you shall love ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i?? our `Elohiym with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your resources. These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart;ai??? (Deut. 6:4-6). In Matt. 22:38, the Master calls this the first and greatest commandment. Believers need to love `Elohiym, not because of what He has done, but because of who He is.
2)Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? ai???A second likewise is this, ai???You shall love your neighbour as yourself.ai??i??ai??? (Matt. 22:39). The Master defines who a neighbour is in a person who is in need. This may be a daily occurrence.
3)Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? ai???But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.ai??? (Matt. 5:44, 45). The Master calls Believers to love even more people, even though those that need to be loved may not have our best interests at heart.
4)Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? ai???Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of hwhy; and everyone who loves is born of ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i??, and knows ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i??.ai??? (1 John 4:7). The fourth group of people to be loved are other Believers. So, if love was a finite commodity, it would be spread so thinly between `Elohiym, neighbours, enemies and other Believers that it would not be of any use.
ai???But ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i?? commends His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.ai??? (Rom. 5:8). The four groups above show how much love is needed and put out by Man. However, all this love is a direct result of the love `Elohiym has for His Creation. His love is for all those in need. As sinners, all are destined to an eternity of punishment and torment. `Elohiym created the place known as hell for HaSatan and its fellow demons, not for Mankind. Fatherai??i??s righteousness requires sin to be punished but His love allowed for a way back to all those acknowledge their sin and turn back to Him and seek His Salvation through the faith in the atoning work of Yahshua.
ai???For ?i??Oi???i??O??i??O??i?? so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.ai??? (John 3:16). How much does Father love us? He gave His only begotten Son as the one and only way back to Him and an eternity in peace.
If you have honestly said such a prayer as these, and have truely renounced the sin in your life and accepted Fatherai??i??s salvation through Messiah Yahshua, then please drop us an e-mail at ATC to let us know. This not only builds up our faith, it offers an opportunity to prayerfully support you.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
Our Saviour welcomes all His Family to join in this memorial. If you have accepted Messiah Yahshua as your Master and Saviour please take the next few moments to seek Father and to ensure that all is right between Him and you and between you and your Brothers and Sisters. If not, please put this right before continuing.
If you have not yet accepted Him into your life, then we encourage you to seek Him while it is still possible, as time is running out. When He returns or if you pass away then it will be too late. Please do not partake of the bread and wine as in doing so, it gives thanks for the broken body (bread) and shed blood (wine) for and a witness of salvation.
On the night of the Masterai??i??s betrayal, He took the bread, blessed it and broke it saying ai???This is my Body broken for you; take and eat it as a memorial to Me.ai??i??
Bless the bread saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
Break and eat the bread (sharing it if within a group setting):
After the meal He took the Cup of Blessing, blessed it saying ai???This is my Blood poured out for you for the remission of sins; take and drink it as a memorial to me.ai??i??
Bless the wine saying: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Drink the wine (sharing it if within a group setting):
Thanksgiving prayer: Blessed are you, O Yahuah our `Elohiym, King of the universe, who gives us, in Yahshua, all that we will ever need. In your lovingkindness and mercy, you rebuild broken lives. You bless us, in Yahshua, with a perfect blessing.
ai???As the cold of snow in the time of harvest,
So is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.ai??? (Prov. 25:13)
Rosh Chodesh 12th. moon 16/02/2018.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.