INVITATIONS FROM HIM PAGE
by Lynda McCoy
We at Hope of Israel congregation experienced another milestone in mid-December 2008 as we recalled our beginning.
As a growing group of 'Talmidim' (students), we can recount many memorable moments since 'Rabstor' & Delilah Brown came to Terre Haute on November 22, 2005. From that time, we've shared many joys & some sorrows. God has knit us together. Rabstor Brown often says that the Holy Spirit (our Teacher and Guide) will never be Quenched at Hope of Israel.
Although we've weathered some serious storms ( in the 38 months since our first meeting on Dec. 15, 2005 in Rabstor's home), our congregation continues to expand and thrive as we meet to welcome the Shabbath and Worship Adonai with Joy every Saturday at 10:30 AM at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on Davis Ave. in Terre Haute. Come join us and learn about the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith.
By the time you read this, we will also have celebrated the 25th Wedding Anniversary of our Beloved Rabbi and his Wife (on February 7, 2009)
ARE WE COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS?
Nov. 24, 2008
by Lynda McCoy
A new week has begun as we race to the conclusion of another year. Time seems to accelerate with each passing day as He brings us one day closer to the end.
As we approach Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), Im reminded of the many blessings Ive experienced, and reasons to give continual thanks to Adonai, the self - existent God of the universe.
The world is full of problems, but Thanksgiving is a day on which we can choose to pause and reflect (consider in the mind) on our many blessings while we still have them. There is a tendency in most of us to take our blessings from God for granted, as though they will always be there. EACH DAY IS A GIFT FROM HIM.
God is pleased when we acknowledge all the good He provides for us daily. He hates to hear us complain, gripe, murmur, judge, criticize and back-bite while ignoring His many blessings. This is a truth Ive forgotten at times. But about a week ago, I noticed that my precious little cat (named Friendly) was not eating as well as he always had. Within five days, he died.
I love my pets, but at times have murmured and not appreciated how much they mean to me. They are innocent creatures of love. Genesis 9:14-16 CJB describes Gods regard for them. They are an important part of His creation, so much so that He included them in His eternal Word. It is written: I will remember My covenant which is between Myself .. and every living creature of any kind on the earth.
My cats and dogs are my family. Friendly was especially loving and sweet. He always rubbed his head against my leg as I prepared his food. He never complained, and was always ready and eager to be petted and cuddled. I wasnt with him when he left this earth. Had intended to go check on him and rock him, but fell asleep. I should have been there to comfort him as he comforted me so often -- this small bundle of velvety fur with his beautifully marked face and outlined green eyes. I will miss him so much - my gentle little boy, Friend, of almost 17 years. He was a soul mate with whom I could share anything, and he never told a secret. Our pets exhibit many godly traits.
We are finite beings. Every day is precious, and will not always be there. As Dodie Osteen said: Learn not to say idle words. Thank God for your health (and every blessing) and be grateful for every day of life He gives you.
This life is not a dress rehearsal. Were playing for keeps. Every day should be a day of thanksgiving to God.
Long ago the Lord impressed upon me to appreciate all the good in my life, because what we dont appreciate, we can easily lose.
Rabstor Robert and Delilah Brown are blessings from God, sent to Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley on November 22, 2005. We must appreciate them properly and cover them in daily prayer. What would we do without them!
On February 7, 2009 (Shabbat) they will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. What are we (their blessed church body) going to do about it?
This article is compliments of a Jewish friend of Cathy Joliff.
Can You Hear It?
by Vickie Brooks
Can you hear it?
The earth shattering silence.
The waves lapping at the shore in total silence.
The sonic boom of silence in the azure sky.
Can you hear it?
The symphonic crescendo vibrating upon ears
born to deafness.
Can you hear the silent blasts of the
Can you hear it?
The voice of "I AM"
That speaks silently to your heart,
While resounding throughout Eternity in
TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.
God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind. Sometimes when you
don't have time to listen, He
has to throw a brick at you.
It's your choice: Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick.
Taking the High Ground
In the beginning
Although it seems like only yesterday, it has been two years since Rabstor Robert Brown and his wife Delilah arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana.
From October 10th thru November of 2005, an add appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune Star stating; if you want to celebrate the feasts of Israel or to learn about the Jewish Roots of Christianity, a Bible study is coming. Call this number . At that time, a friend called to tell me about the above add she had just read. She gave me the phone number in Louisiana, I called it, Rabstor Robert Brown answered, and the rest is HIS-story. Rabstor said, he and his wife would soon be moving to Terre Haute where they would be having their first meeting on December 5, 2005. Several interested participants filled the living room of their rented house on 32nd street in Terre Haute that Saturday. Some never returned but new ones kept coming, until we outgrew that space. Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church graciously invited Hope of Israel Messianic Congregation to begin meeting in their Chapel beginning Feb. 11, 2006.
As of today December 5, 2007 we have been celebrating Shabbat, as well as the feasts of Israel and Jewish Holy Days in Terre Haute for two years.
The congregation and its activities have expanded as we continue to share numerous occasions together.
Rabstor Robert Brown teaches a Jewish Roots Bible Study every Thursday at 6:30 PM at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church.
We are Mishposhah (Family) and cherish our spiritual Father and Mother, Rabstor and Delilah. Having become brothers and sisters in Adonai (The Lord), weve had precious family times, weathered some storms and experienced miracles. Weve also learned to appreciate each other, believing God has put us together for such a time as this.
But It is better felt than telt.
Come join us for a Hanukkah party on Saturday December 8th from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the basement of Mt. Pleasant.