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(originally posted March
Something is happening. In
every denomination within the Christian Church there is a drawing; a
tug back to the origins of our faith. We who are being drawn are
seeking something, but we are not always sure what that something is.
We are part of a phenomenon, trying, (to the best of our abilities),
to follow that tug, that we believe is God Himself drawing us back to
From my perspective, it is
not necessarily essential to know why the phenomenon is happening,
only to see that it is. It is somewhat like the movie “Close
Encounters of the Third Kind”. Many people feel like the character
played by Richard Dreyfus. They are pulled toward Jerusalem. They are
compelled to reevaluate, and begin to observe in a more complete way,
the Sabbath and the Biblical Holy Days. Prayer and gratitude and an
eagerness to learn are becoming more prominent in their lives. They
find a kinship with complete strangers who are also being pulled the
same direction, to the same end.
There is no organization
that will control or contain it. It is not our doing, ... it is God’s.
That, however, does not mean that there will not be organizational
attempts to take control and even take credit for the movement now
a-foot. This, in itself, is the biggest obstacle that we are facing;
to allow ADONAI to do His work, and for those of us who are leaders to
be gentle guides. To not evaluate our own significance as of any
importance. To not read ourselves into prophecy. To not focus upon our
own accomplishments, as if they were the important factor.
When you get right down to
it. None of us have the market on being able even fully comprehend
what He is doing. Every time I believe I understand the breadth of
what He is doing, I soon realize; I was only seeing the edges of a
What then are we to do?
Should we sit back and ignore it, avoiding taking any active roll? No,
but neither should we force it into our individual areas of comfort
and familiarity. We should be aware of and watchful for, those people
eager for followings ... for the person who believe that God has given
His truth to them alone.
As phenomenees and
observers of this phenomenon unfolding, let us not be focused in
narrow areas and subjects that will divide us. Rather let us focus on
what unites us; the topics, issues, and values that we can clearly see
we are all moving toward. Asking each other for patience and
understanding. Being able to teach and be taught. Not forcing or
convincing, but gently guiding, directing, and educating in the
service of one another.
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