This site started as just my (Lisa’s) thoughts on scripture and how they affect my walk with Yehovah. I never really got it off the ground, until my sister (Gina) joined me here to share her walk and learnings, too.
We had a crisis of faith in early 2018. We plan to write about Our Journey through that crisis soon. One of the results is that we are on slightly different paths, I follow a Messianic/Jewish Roots path, while she follows the Christianity path we both started on.
A Little About Lisa
I grew up in a Christian household. Going to church two to three times a week was normal. As a young adult I spent much of my walk in what was then referred to as a non-denominational/full gospel (now Word-Faith or is it NAR) church. I had become disillusioned with some aspects of that movement and was not attending regularly when I met my husband, Peter.
He was raised Catholic and for most of our marriage we did not attend any church regularly. He has been drawn back to his roots, but I was drawing away from mine. Many a night I went to bed praying and asking the Heavenly Father what this thing we called Christianity was supposed to look like. I knew that Catholicism and Protestantism with all of its iterations and offshoots could not all be right. This is what led me to the path I am now on.
I read many versions of the Scriptures. When I started reading the Bible as a child, the KJV was what I read. As far as physical bibles go, I have a KJV, NKJV, NIV, the Living Bible, and JPS TANAKH (Jewish Publication Society). TANAKH is an acronym for Torah (first five books or Pentateuch), Nevi’im (Prophets), Kethuvim (Witings – Psalms, Proverbs, etc.). I mostly read the Bible on my cell phone using the YouVersion app – which has many versions – my go to versions are New English Translation (NET) and New Messianic Version (NMV), but there are several others I consult when reading.
The KJV became so familiar that I like to read other versions so I don’t gloss over verses that are particularly familiar. When reading in another version, I sometimes see things I never saw before.
I believe that the entire Bible is pertinent today – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament or TANAKH is what Yeshua (Jesus) and his disciples used. They did not have the New Testament writings, they were living them.
In addition to my unwavering belief that Yeshua/Jesus is the Son of God who came in the flesh, died, was buried and rose again for the redemption of mankind, I have embraced thoughts and practices obvious in the Old Testament that seem to be absent from the New Testament scriptures – but really aren’t.
My current walk includes observing the Shabbat (Sabbath) on Saturday, observing Yehovah’s holy feast days (Passover, Unleavened Bread/First Fruits, Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets/Rosh HaShannah), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement ), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles/Feast of Ingathering) as well as the Ten Commandments and loving your neighbor.
As I read and learn, more truth is added and misconceptions are discarded. This is a walk, a journey. It is not my intention to make anyone feel less because they do not believe as I do. I just intend to share my faith walk and hope that others can learn from my observations, mistakes, and course corrections.
I don’t consider myself a bible teacher. I named the site On Scripture, because, it was intended as a place for me to share with others my thoughts on scripture.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
A Little About Gina
I have always been a questioner, rarely prone to just take someone’s word for something. Like Ronald Reagan, I believe in “trust, but verify!” I suppose some might call me a skeptic. I consider myself to be more of a Berean. The people of Berea are mentioned briefly in the book of Acts where in chapter 17, we learn that the brethren of Berea “…received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed…” (Acts 17:11-12).
For many years, I have made it my practice to search the Scriptures to see if the things I read or hear regarding spiritual matters or teachings are biblical. I believe that the inspired Word of Yehovah (particularly, as given in the original languages) is our only source of Truth, that Christ was/is the embodiment of Truth, and the Holy Spirit was sent to guide us into all Truth.
During my growing up years, I heard, absorbed, and assimilated much of what was taught in the various churches/denominations that my family attended, but I heard it through a child’s ears, so much of what I “knew” was subject to my youthful understanding. For many years, I was a coat-tail Christian, holding on to the hem of my parents’ beliefs and standing with God, as if their spiritual walk was mine by virtue of inheritance. How wrong I was!
This became apparent to me when I became a mother myself and strongly desired to give my children a strong Christian upbringing. I realized that I had to take responsibility for my own walk with God. No one could believe for me and I could not believe for my son and daughter.
So, while I was saved at a young age, I really began to consistently walk with Christ in my 30’s. I began to study the Word, but it was not until my early 40’s that I began the practice of reading through the Bible every year. What a difference this made in my life and in my spiritual understanding and growth! The more I studied the more I wanted to know.
I know that the foundation of my faith — my belief that Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) is the Son of God, that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, that He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, Yehovah, that He sent the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, to be our Comforter, to empower us and to lead us into all truth, and He will come again in glory to rule and reign on earth for a thousand years — is solid and secure. I want to be careful that what is built upon that foundation is just as solid.
There are many minefields that we must walk through in our earthly journey. Having our spiritual senses honed through the Word of God will give us eyes to see and ears to hear the telltale signs of danger all around us. As the serpent was subtle in the garden, he is still subtle today and has infiltrated every conceivable walk of life (yes, that includes the Church), so we must be diligent to know the Truth, because it is the Truth we know that will set us free! Jesus/Yeshua — the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Shabbat Shalom, Lisa!
– a Jewish sister in Messiah
The short name “Yeshua” means “YaH” is a salvation.
Only the longer name “Yehoshua” means “Yehovah is salvation.
See related verses: Exodus 15:2