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Grafted In Fellowship is a gathering of like-minded people who understand the importance of following ALL of our Father's Word.  We understand our Father is the "same yesterday, today and forever" and furthermore, the Word of God is a complete writing without contradiction within what is commonly called the Old and New Testaments. 

YES!  We Shabbat!  Or more properly stated, "We observe Shabbat!"  What does this mean?  Shabbat is Hebrew for Sabbath.  We believe the day our Father has "set apart" is the Sabbath!  The Day of Shabbat has not been moved to Sunday!  Shabbat is the Seventh Day...the day we call Saturday.  
 
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Shavuot (Pentecost):
May 27, 2018 - Location & Time TBA



HOW WE ARE STRUCTURED


As part of the process to become mature in this walk, the GIFKG leadership has placed themselves under the mentorship of Lee Miller, at the House of David Fellowship (Richmond) (HODF).


This mentorship covers all aspects of growth: Torah obedience, fellowship, the Feast days, as well as proper organizational accountability.

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How this affects our meeting times:

GIFKG meets on the 2nd & 4th (& 5th) Shabbat days of each month.  The meetings will be at RICK'S HOUSE!
Contact Us for address/directions.

Meeting Place: Rick's house

Meeting Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm 
Meeting Day: Apr 28, 2018 

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HODF meets on the 1st & 3rd Shabbat days of each month at various locations in the Richmond area.  

Meeting Place: Powhatan Library

Meeting Time: 2:00 - 9:00 pm 
Meeting Day: Apr 21, 2018


 
Bearing False Witness

Let’s go back to when Yeshua was taken from the garden to the Sanhedrin.  

Matthew 26:59

Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against [Yeshua] to put Him to death,


What was the false testimony the Sanhedrin was seeking?  Again, we have to put this in the context of the first century audience.

The false testimony they were looking for was, “Yeshua said the Torah was done away with.”

Need proof?  

Go to Acts 6:13

They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man [Stephen] does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law...


The same council brought false witnesses against Stephen.  The false witnesses accused Stephen of speaking against the Torah — meaning the Torah was done away with.

<<Many have also pointed out the false witnesses against Sha'ul (Paul).  This can be used as a third witness for this writing.  Read Acts 21.  But the key verses are:
Acts 21:21

but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. [emphasis mine]


Acts 21:28

crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” [emphasis mine]


Acts 22, continues and Sha'ul addresses the crowd.  He explains that he IS a Jew (not, "was" a Jew).  Acts 23, is about Sha'ul before the Sanhedrin when he used the very Torah against Ananias -- who was not following Torah properly.>>


So, for both Yeshua and Stephen <<and Sha'ul>>, the FALSE accusation was that they said the Torah was done away with — we no longer had to obey the Torah.  

Where does that place the Church when it also agrees with the false witnesses?

Some will say he did speak against the Torah.  Actually, all the instances of Yeshua’s challenges dealt with the “Oral Torah” (traditions).  Look at the challenges again:  Yeshua said, "You have heard it SAID (Oral Torah)…, but I tell you, it is WRITTEN (Torah)…”.  Yeshua was NOT nullifying the WRITTEN Torah, he was nullifying the ORAL traditions.  Once you understand this, the rest of Yeshua’s ministry falls into place.  

Matthew 15:3

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?


Are you one of the FALSE witnesses against Yeshua? Maybe it is time to reconsider your understanding?

ADDITIONAL POINTS TO PONDER


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Updated: 11/11/2017
Note: Due to meeting only on the 2nd & 4th (&5th) Shabbat days each month, I changed the Reading Schedule so none of the Torah Portions are missed.  The schedule has not been finalized, but gets us through September 2018.



Current Reading

The God of Jesus in Light

of Christian Dogma:

The Recovery of 
New Testament Theology
by Kegan A. Chandler 



INTERESTING QUESTION:

I recently watched the documentary, The Way.  It poses an interesting question: If Jesus was perfect, and He followed the Law -- the Feasts, dietary restrictions, Sabbath -- and we claim to want to live like Him, why don't we do what He did?

The Way

The Truth & The Life
Click the picture above 
 to see the video trailer.


The following is an excellent description of the power of paradigms -- how we approach reading/studying the Bible.

The excerpt  is from, The Jewish Gospel of John by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg:
Interpreting the Bible is a difficult task. We bring our past, our preconceived notions, our already formed theology, our cultural blind spots, our social standing, our gender, our political views, and many other influences to our interpretation of the Bible. In short, all that we are in some way determines how we interpret everything. This does not imply that the meaning of the text is dependent on its reader. The meaning remains constant. But the reading of the text does differ and is dependent on many factors surrounding the interpretive process. In other words, how a reader or listener understands the text can differ greatly from person to person.


One of the biggest handicaps in the enterprise of Bible interpretation has been an inability to recognize and admit that a particular interpretation may have a weak spot. The weak spot is usually determined by personal preferences and heartfelt desires to prove a particular theory, regardless of the cost. I consider that, having an awareness of our own blind spots and being honestly willing to admit problems with our interpretations when they exist, is more important than the intellectual brilliance with which we argue our position. 


Page 78, Chapter 4


TODAY'S WORD BY DR. SKIP MOEN 
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INTRODUCTION:  Who is Skip Moen?

A few weeks ago I was the guest on a local television show.  The interviewer asked me about my background, my development and approach to Scripture and where I am headed.  You might enjoy the result if you want to know a bit more about me.  Here’s the link.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJhXUhaMsY

OR you can just CLICK HERE.



 Moen, D. Phil.

Want to know why I keep pursuing the questions of faith? Want some insight into what I am thinking about history, culture, language and exegesis? Want to know what role I think I need to play in all this? Then take a look at this video interview. I hope you will understand me a little better.

Skip


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After reading the TW, be sure to continue reading the comments section online!

04/18/2018
This One Is Not For You (1)
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. Romans 7:5-6 NASB


Sinful passions – Some of Man’s greatest advancements seem to be the result of intense suffering. This might be best exemplified in the arts. Genius is often synonymous with agony and the great masterpieces were sometimes the result of personal despair, acute psychological struggle and emotional trauma. Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Cezanne, Mozart come to mind. But we find similar patterns in Copernicus, Einstein and Carroll (yes, that man who wrote about Alice). Can we see the same thing in the prophets? In Paul?


We have a tendency to lean toward Pollyanna preaching. We want to feel good and hear positive messages. We don’t like looking at the dark side. And there’s plenty of material for uplifting sermons in the Bible. But there’s also something else. There’s the acknowledgement, no, more than that; there’s the struggle of emotional strain, of agony, sorrow and grief. Forgiveness and mercy don’t mean much without trial and tribulation. Yeshua died on the cross. The message of the resurrection is impotent without that fact.


If you’re relationship with God is going great, if you’re feeling blessed and prosperous, then this investigation in Romans isn’t really for you. You can return to singing praise songs and smiling at the world. You’re experiencing  makarios.[1] But if you feel like cutting off your ear, or running away to an island, or hiding under the covers, then maybe it’s worth looking at the agony of Paul’s description. And maybe facing this darkness will help you find the light.


Paul notes that a certain kind of passion produces death. Well, there are lots of passions and not all of them are bad, so we might as well start with an analysis of the words behind “sinful passions.” What are pathemata hamartion? The first thing we discover is that Paul is not talking about fervor or enthusiasm. That’s how we think of passion—something that ignites us with energy and emotion. But that’s not what the Greek term means. The Greek idea is about suffering, but in a Greek context. It’s not the way we think of suffering, i.e., pain and sorrow. Those are just symptoms. For the Greeks, pathemata focuses on what happens to us rather than what we initiate. Pathemata “means ‘misfortune,’ ‘state of suffering,’ ‘sorrow,’ and occasionally ‘emotion.’”[2] Paul suggests that these experiences are somehow tied to sarx, the “flesh.” We’ll have to look into that. But what we know so far is that these experiences are not necessarily occasions that we bring upon ourselves by deliberate choices. They are more like finding yourself in the midst of an unhappy situation that you might have chosen to avoid but weren’t able to. You might have made choices that started this process, but now the process has momentum and seems to be carrying you along even if you protest. Now you are being swept away even though you never intended that to happen.


What we’ve learned so far is...


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