Every testimony of redemption is improbable to some extent. Think about it: a person is heading down a certain path with no desire or ability to change – and sometimes even without knowledge that there is an alternative to the life they are leading – and then the Creator intervenes!
That is the reason Messiah Yeshua had to come to earth to take care of the deadly effects caused by our willful rebellion against the God Who made us. And then there’s MelanEE Lisa Davidson, whose testimony of redemption reaches to the high end of the improbability scale. Not only did she have no desire to depart from her “radical feminist lesbian dyke” lifestyle, she had told God in no uncertain terms that she wanted nothing to do with Him. Yet He stepped in anyway – and continued to step in even when MelanEE pushed Him away.
We hear more of this in our interview segment, the second of three parts of our visit with MelanEE. It’s a story not only of redemption, but of cleaning out the nasty things that had blocked the flow of living water in her redeemed life! Which, by the way, is something Will Spires and Solomon Lopez sing about in their musical offerings, and that Barry Phillips and David Jones discuss in a midrash they call, “Digging Wells.”
Check out MelanEE’s memoir, Loved. I. Am! One Woman’s Journey of Shattering Shame Through Experiencing PAPA’S Great Love!, available at Amazon. Also check out her website at www.hisgreatlove1.org/.
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Our Creator is building His Kingdom in more ways than we may realize. Bryan Barnes helps us understand some of those ways in this concluding part of our interview with him. His family’s initiative with Growing in Torah is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak! Bryan shares with us a bit more about that, and about Messiah West Coast, the youth camp that has been part of their community outreach almost from the beginning. As Bryan explains, their desire is not just to make a difference in their home state of California, but wherever the Lord directs them!
In a very real sense, it is love that has motivated the Barnes family to do what they do. That love starts with our Redeemer, Who first loved us. This is what we hear in this show from the music of Bill Green and Will Spires, and in the midrash from our Elders called, “Love One Another.”
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Is there a spiritual dimension to commerce? Since the Bible has much to say about money and fair business dealings, we can say yes to that question. But how might the people of God use the tools of commerce to build relationships and communities?
This is what we asked Marcus Bowman as we concluded our visit with him. As BYNA’s Finance Director, Marcus has given much thought to these questions, and he has some inspiring ideas. He also has some wise observation on how to preserve and maintain loving relationships with family and friends who may not share our same Hebraic understanding of scripture.
Will Spires and Mason Clover return to provide musical illustrations to the midrash by Barry Phillips and David Jones as they conclude their discussion of “Honey on the Ground.”
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Reunion Roadmap 8/29/2020 – B’ney Yosef North America
Which is easier: the journey to a new home half a continent away, or the journey into a new dimension of one’s walk of faith? Marcus Bowman can address that from personal experience! He and his wife, Michelle, grew up in a close community in Indiana, but early in their marriage moved to Washington State to plunge into new opportunities. At the same time, they journeyed from their denominational heritage of the Old German Baptist Brethren into the Torah Awakening. Those simultaneous journeys brought them to the Administrative Council of B’ney Yosef North America, where Marcus now serves as BYNA’s Finance Director. In this three-part interview, he shares their story, as well as his vision for helping connect the people of Ephraim through commerce.
Along with Marcus, we have music from Solomon Lopez and Will Spires, and Barry Phillips and David Jones are back with a midrash they call, “Return and Quiet.”
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Reunion Roadmap 8/15/2020 – B’ney Yosef North America
BYNA’s Strategic Prayer Directors Ron and Candi Runyon continue their visit with us, sharing their experiences of leading our prayer team over the past two years. That includes facilitating a weekly prayer call which does not always involve continuous prayer, but plenty of conversation! How does that contribute to the intercessory work of BYNA’s prayer warriors? Ron and Candi have learned a lot about that! Their answers may surprise you.
The most effective prayer is that which addresses heart issues rather than surface symptoms. Our Elders talk about that in their their midrash, “Love and Warfare.” The musical illustrations of their observations come from songs by the Will Spires.
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