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Lift up your heads…

September 27, 2015

In Exodus 6:6-8 Moses is instructed to share the good news with the children of Israel. The time had come…their redemption was finally at hand! Sadly however, this good news was unable to be received. “So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage”. Exodus 6:9
It would seem the children of Israel were unable to believe the words of Moses after so many years of suffering and heartbreak. After all, they had buried whole generations of those who had spoken of this great redemption…this “exodus” from Egypt… yet the children of Israel remained as slaves under the burdens of Pharaoh. After so many years of affliction, Egypt had taken its toll on the faith of Israel.
As I write this…there are many of us as God’s children today, who are struggling to hear and receive God’s promises. Because of our own “anguish of spirit” we are unable to really believe that “Salvation” has come and is coming…that our redemption from this totally messed up “Egypt” is certain and true. Sure, we have read what is written concerning our final deliverance from “Egypt” when God pours out His judgments on this earth. We have heard the prophecies…we know the teachings of Messiah and can quote Peter and Paul as they encourage us to stand strong to the end looking forward to God’s great restoration. Yet often, the words can seem very distant and elusive to us as we toil and struggle with the realities of “life outside the garden” as a good friend of mine might say.
Once again…Egypt is taking its toll. The Pharaoh of this world is pulling out all the stops to break our spirit and to crush the great hope we have been given by faith in God thru Messiah. Distractions…deception… persecution…wars and natural disasters are becoming and will become the normative for all who live in these last days. It will become increasingly difficult for those who are grounded in the Word of God to stand firm in their faith…to hold onto the promises of God…to actually believe while witnessing the world fall apart around them and their families. But for those who have only heaped up for themselves teachers who tickle their ears…for those who do not learn from the examples God gave us in His Word (1Cor 10:11) it will prove almost impossible.
Our Master tells us in Matthew 24:12 that “because lawlessness or “Torah-less ness” will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved”. As we walk out these final days in Egypt, may we remember what our forefathers learned concerning the Lord. May we dig into His Word and learn that our God is a faithful God…He always keeps His promises and He always remembers His covenants with His people. We who have trusted in Him will see the dawning of the day when Messiah reigns on earth and all tears are wiped away. We will enter into the Promised Land and live forever with Him. No matter what happens in the days ahead…no matter how bad things appear…keep looking up. Yeshua…whose very name means salvation… is coming.
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption  draws near”. Luke 21:28

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Preparing for the Harvest

July 26, 2015

Seeds of Restoration

Farming-for eternity…

Even as a young boy I knew what I wanted to do with my life.  I wanted to farm.  I wanted to spend my days working along side my father preparing the soil and planting the seeds. It was if I was somehow called into a life of sowing and reaping.  After graduating from high school my father made it clear to me that I should continue to study, in order to show myself approved,  a true workman able to farm.  So, I attended Purdue University where I majored in Agricultural economics. Then in 1985 I returned home to begin my life as a farmer working in the fields.

Among the many things I learned those years ago from my father was the importance of counting the cost before you begin your life as a farmer.  Many people say that they would like to follow in the footsteps of a farmer.  But very few are willing to give all that they have in order to overcome the obstacles. The costs of being a real farmer can be high at times.  It’s not always an easy life.  There are many heartaches and trials…tribulations  that need to be faced head on.   One must purpose in his heart that after having put his hands to the plow… he will never turn back.  He must have faith that the harvest to come will be bountiful and that the costs incurred in preparation for it will pale in comparison.  Such is the life of a true farmer.

Something else my father has taught me is that the mere study of a book is not enough to make you a farmer.  Head knowledge is only valuable when applied.  By faithfully applying the core principles I had come to know as true… I would be transformed from a casual observer into a real farmer, having become fully engaged in the work of preparing for harvest.

As a farmer I have come to understand how short a season we have in which to plant seeds.  If you were to accompany me during planting season you might think me a bit overly zealous at times in my efforts to get good seed into good soil.  Perhaps so.  But time is so very short.  When the opportunity arises, when the soil conditions are right a farmer must plant seeds like there is no tomorrow.  After all, there is no promise of tomorrow in farming.  Here in Indiana at least, conditions can change in the twinkling of an eye.

Finally, as a farmer you must be constantly on guard and prepared to do battle with a wide array of opposing forces and influences, always seeking to rob you of the joy of harvest.  Weeds can creep in ever so silently and begin to choke off the life of the fruit.  You need to know about these enemies ahead of time and be prepared.  If you allow even a few weeds in, they will soon multiply and ruin the whole field.  Be on guard.

I am thankful for a loving father who sacrificed much that I might have the opportunity to walk beside him.  His patience and long-suffering toward me has been too often taken for granted and most definitely not deserved.  I have made many mistakes over the years. Much seed has been wasted.  Yet I have purposed in my heart to continue to follow in his footsteps…as best I can…thankful to be planting seeds, thankful to be called his son.  Always looking forward to a time of great harvest.

Tim C. Terry

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Genesis 3:1 …No More Excuses

February 24, 2014

Seeds of Restoration

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”  Genesis 3:1

 

Our enemy loves it when we question the Living God at His Word.  In the Bible, we are given good instructions from The Holy One in everything from the holidays we should observe to the foods we should eat.  He has defined sexual immorality and shown us how to treat one another as we walk out our lives in plain view of the God of creation.  He gives instructions concerning the widow and the orphan along with how we are to worship Him. Everything it takes for us to live a holy and blessed life before Him has been shown to us in His Torah. Yet, it seems that our enemy continues…

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