Messianic Legalism, Christian Liberalism or something else?

legalism vs grace Christianity

NB: This is quite a long post so, please excuse me as I process some thoughts.  This post also links to earlier ones on Grave verses the Law here and here.  There are also some interesting links at the end of the post.  Shalom x

I’m spending Shabbat (Sabbath) at home today, as I have done off and on since January 2014. I was on a journey and knew I was being called to sit at the feet of Yeshua.  My beliefs were slowly diverging from that of the congregation I was in, as they were moving ever deeper into a place of legalism I was seeking and needing to experience a different truth and intimacy with YHWH. The thing that I really miss about that congregation was the love and sense of community there, there is a definite hunger for the people to have a deep knowing of who YHWH is however the enemy is at work there also.  Just before I left YHWH used Eke and I to preach on several occasions, messages of the love, grace and restorative power of YHWH over the man-made doctrines and legalistic rituals found in many Messianic and mainstream churches. However, when it was time to leave I left but with that congregation still holding a piece of my heart.

I recently heard that a ‘law’ had been passed in the church, I have no idea whether it’s true or not. The law is that they should not say God, Adonai (I think) or amen. I was asked if I wanted to go back there to visit, my answer of late has been no – I don’t want church politics, or ambitious striving to be seen/heard, my Sabbaths are waaaaaayyyy too precious to me – to blink and ask myself where the day has gone to. So today, I’m at home again and I’ve been reading God’s Word and reflecting about the struggle of grace vs the law within the Messianic church and the wider Body of Messiah. Continue reading Messianic Legalism, Christian Liberalism or something else?

Stream of Consciousness (Writing 101)

Monday morning 11am, kids screaming – not mine – I live opposite a nursery.  There is one child who I have come to know, her high pitched screaming is enough to send you running for cover.  And there’s the little boy who always seems to be crying, great heathing, shrieking sobs, when one starts soon there’s just the cocophony of little voices sounding not so little anymore.

And if I’d forgotten the assortment of nursery rhymes I once new, that is not the case anymore, and even some that I have never heard before.  These are the sounds that I am greeted with Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.

I really do hate to sound moany, but it’s a lesson I guess.  I appreciate those nursery woekers in a new way, teachers often say that working in a nursery must be so easy.  Possibly if you have a real vocation in this area, but it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.  Kids need a lot of love, attention and patience – who can blame them they’re missing their mummies and daddies.

Yesterday, I was thinking about life anthems.  When you get to the end of your life what would be your life anthem?  For me there are two extremes, both songs I have sung at different occassions but one of them I’m resolving to sing more over the other.

The first anthem, which you all probably know goes like this, “nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen, nobody knows but my Saviour.”  I usually reserve this song for those days where I feel particularly miserable and sorry for myself.

The other anthem, is the one that I choose to make my life anthem, or I might find a better one, but I’ll keep this one until then.

“Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see.  All I have needed thy hands have provided, great is thy faithfulness Lord onto me.”

As you can see, two very different life anthems.  Which one best portrays your outlook on life right now?

It’s OK, if you’re honest enough to say that your life anthem isn’t as upbeat as you would like it to be, because there’s always room for change and growth.

(more crying and nursery rhymes…)

Whew, this writing your stream of conscious is harder than I thought.

This activity has taught me a lot actually, it’s taught me how random my thoughts can be and it’s also taught me why I like to reflect on what I’m thinking before putting down onto paper/screen.

Well, if you’ve managed to get anything useful or coherent at all, from out of this blog post – thank God.

I await the next challange in Writing 101.

A Magpie on Steroids

magpieThis is sometimes how I feel when I take a step back and look at myself.  I don’t get excited very easily but when I do it’s like overdrive.

I tend not to get excited about stuff, but I really do get excited about ideas and skills.  I love learning and so sometimes the internet is like a gourmet buffet of all things cerebral and practical.

Ooh… cook this recipe.

Aaah… master that grain of nugget.

Glitter, glitter, glitter.  Shine, shine, shine.

Can you relate? Continue reading A Magpie on Steroids