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- Day #9
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- Day #15
- Day #16
- Day #17
- Day #18
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- Day #21
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- Day #25
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Yesterday I filled y’all in on how I was raised “religiously” and how I ended up getting saved by the King of Kings. Today I’d like to recount the events leading up to our decision to become a part of a little Messianic congregation called T’shuvat Yisrael.
When we came to Tacoma we went through a “spiritual growth spurt” in which God gave us revelations upon revelations regarding His word and the truth about the truth from His perspective rather than from man’s perspective. Interestingly enough it resulted in discontent with the traditional churches we were so used to going to. Every church we visited was wrought with believers who blasphemed His word, hypocrites, back biters and back stabbers, etc. Even the leadership in every church was filled with horrible evils. There was always something off about every church we went to whether it was a lack of teaching or a lack of love, there was always something that wasn’t quite right.
We began to think that there was never going to be a well balanced church we could find the way God intended them to be because man inevitably would ruin it. We were so dissatisfied and jaded with each church we went to that we were on the verge of abandoning the assembling completely.
However, a year from Mother’s day (yesterday), I called a very close friend of mine, whom I lovingly refer to as Aunty. When we got to talking I shared with her my frustrations with the church and she happened to mention that she was now a part of a Messianic congregation and was learning more than she ever could’ve gotten from a traditional church. Her words got me so deeply that I knew my next step was to find this kind of congregation.
Let me stop here and give everyone a little bit of education regarding Messianism. First of all, a Messianic Jew is simply one who practices all of the customs, courtesies, and holidays of the Jews, but they also believe in the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Many Jews do not believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah. Now I must be clear here: on matters of salvation there is NO difference between Messianic Jews and Christians. We wholeheartedly believe that Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) is God and the savior who died for our sins.
Let me also clarify what Judaism is: it is a way of life. You can refer to it as a religion if you like, but generally speaking those who have a religion believe that you do 1, 2, & 3 and then you reach enlightenment or you get to go to heaven. It is possible to have a religion and a set of moral values but never really act upon them and live your life according to those morals. With Judaism you act upon those beliefs, living your life accordingly and even more than that you recognize that the reason you live your life the way you do is so that you can have the closest relationship possible with the God who created you. We do these things out of love for our creator rather than out of obligation.
Don’t get Judaism confused with the bloodline of the Hebrews as most will do. Many Hebrews do not practice Judaism. Likewise, many Jews (and there are many sects of Judaism) are not necessarily of Hebrew blood. Hubby and I are like the latter: we are practicing Messianic Jews but we are not of Hebrew blood. Most people think that being Jewish is a bloodline, but it is not, it is a way of life.
Back to my story: as soon as I got off the phone with my Aunty I hopped right onto Google and did a search for Messianic congregations in Tacoma. The first one that popped up was Teshuva’t Yisrael. I was so impressed with the information they had on their website I couldn’t wait to visit them, but one thing held me back: were they accepting of people of non Jewish blood (obviously back then I was quite uneducated on this subject, lol)? So I called the Rabi and asked him this very question and he quickly said that we were more than welcome to come worship with them no matter what blood type we were.
The very first service we went to was well beyond what we ever expected. We learned more than we thought was possible in one day and the presence of God was clearly with the Rabi. We were so ecstatic and ready to walk away from our current church and embrace the Messianic Jewish way.
Stay tuned tomorrow to find out why we chose to get baptized by our Rabbi.