May 1, 2018

May 1

Happy Lei Day!  I am glad we celebrate this way in the islands and not the pagan holiday celebrated everywhere else on May 1st!  The following is from HawaiiHistory.org.  My disclaimer is that I do not know if what they have on this site is accurate or revisionist Hawaiian History.  This article about Lei Day coincides with other trusted sites on the internet so it is hopefully accurate.

Lei Day - May first - was the brainchild of Don Blanding. In 1927 he came up with the idea of a uniquely Hawaiian holiday that everyone could celebrate. His editors at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin presented it to the public and the idea was enthusiastically embraced.

Lei Day became an official holiday in 1929. During those first years the event included the selection of a Lei Day queen and court. Lei Day celebrations continue today, marking the first day of May with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family.

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 CSB

Deuteronomy 18

The Levites definitely had the greatest inheritance, the Lord God!  Provision was made to them through the offerings to the Lord. Again, it is the Lord who chooses the ministers for a specific location.  There is no place in our walk with the Lord for any occultist or cultist practice.  Every prophecy is tested by if it comes to pass or not.  Be careful not to say, “Thus says the Lord” unless it is truly the Lord!

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April 30, 2018

April 30

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ.  Ephesians 4:15 CSB

Deuteronomy 17

God is to get my first and my best.  Two or three witnesses are always needed for any accusation. That’s why in a court case if there is only one witness it doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) hold any weight. On top of this, it must be people who have integrity because I sure don’t want accusations made against me by those who lie!  Of course this happened to our Lord so why would we expect things to be any different for us?

Our law is the same for a president of the USA.  That person is not to be a foreigner.  It didn’t take long for the kings to falter on these laws for kings!

Ecclesiastes 9

I think Solomon was obsessed with death!  Calm words can surely diffuse a situation and the wisdom that comes from God can surely win battles.  How true it is the “one sinner can destroy much good”.

2 Thessalonians 1

Perseverance & faith are necessary in persecutions and afflictions in order to endure.  Of course my God is the One who gives me relief!  Works without faith are not the works the Lord ever wants from me.  When I do things by faith, my Lord is glorified. 

Meditation: Use calm words when a situation is unruly.  I don’t want to waste my time on dead works. 

Application: Train me Lord in diffusing difficult situations.

April 29, 2018

April 29

But I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on the dust.  Job 19:25 CSB

Deuteronomy 16

The Lord has passed me over so that I have gone from death to life!  The Passover symbolizes what the Lord did at the Cross on behalf of mankind.  He was our Passover Lamb who gave His life for ours!  The Lord chooses where we celebrate Yeshua.  I can celebrate You Lord every day, for I once was dead and You gave me new life!

Again, the festival of Booths (Shelters), Shavu’ot (Sukkot) is a joyous occasion.  At this Feast, we bring a gift to the Lord according to the blessing the Lord God has given us.

Judges are supposed to judge justly.  Oh, Lord, place Judges in our courts that will do so!  Our God HATES all of the heiaus on the land of our State that is supposed to be perpetuated in righteousness!  And if this offends, you need to get Born-Again for it is the Word of God and His commands, not mine.

Ecclesiastes 8

I like what the king said here in verse 1b: A person’s wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed. 

The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.

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April 28, 2018

April 28

We had an awesome time of praise, worship, dance and prayer last night at Kanikapila!  PJ also reported an awesome men's meeting this morning filled with worship, prayer and the Word.

(Kanikapila is a style of Hawaiian music produced in an impromptu jam session, most commonly taking place at a beach, or family gathering. The term comes from kani which means sound and pila which means any string instrument in the Hawaiian language.) From Wikipedia

Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.  Philippians 2:5-8 CSB

Deuteronomy 15

When everyone responds to the Lord’s commands there are no poor people!  Obeying also means no debt and the ability to be the lender and not the borrower.  I am just glad we don’t have slaves but that I am a doulos (slave) for eternity who never wants release from my God!  The first always belongs to the Lord.

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April 27, 2018

April 27

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.  Luke 19:10 CSB

Deuteronomy 13-14

13 I guess I read this chapter yesterday…PJ fixed this for next year’s calendar.

14 The food laws may seem ritualistic but a lot of the reason was for health purposes.  For example, pork not cooked properly or kept at the proper temperature can cause sickness and the sea creatures such as shrimp and lobster cause allergic reactions in many people.  Yes, God called the Jews to be separate from all other people groups to know that they were His but His laws were never made without a specific purpose for the good of people. 

The tithe goes to the place the Lord says to fellowship and not to the TV evangelist, or any other ministry.  Offerings above what is to be given to the ministry that a person attends, can go to the other ministries.  You can’t fellowship with those on TV or podcasts!  The ministers, resident alien, fatherless and widows were not to be forsaken and neglected within the attended fellowship. 

Ecclesiastes 6

In this life, we will have tribulation, but we can be of good cheer for our Lord Yeshua has overcome the world and given us His peace (John 16:33)!

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