Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Offering of sweet smelling incense in the morning and at twilight

             











Ketoret is the transliteration of the Hebrew word קטרת which is translated into English as Ketoret (or Qetoret) meaning incense and generally is used when referring to the holy incense described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. It is also referred to as the HaKetoret (holy incense). It was offered on the alter of incense in the time of the Tabernacle and the first and second Temple period. The ketoret was an important component of the Temple in Jerusalem.

In Judaism, the sanctuary lamp is known by its Hebrew name, ner tamid, which is usually translated as "eternal flame" or "eternal light." Hanging or standing in front of the ark in every Jewish synagogue, it is meant to represent the menorah of the Temple in Jerusalem as well as the continuously burning fire on the altar of burnt offerings in front of the Temple.  It also symbolizes God's eternal presence, and is therefore never extinguished. 

God commanded Moses in Exodus 30:7-8 "Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps.  He must burn incense again at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the LORD for the generations to come."

The incense denotes our lives to be offered as a sweet smelling offering to God, early in the morning, following in the footsteps of Jesus who awoke early in the morning while it was still dark and went to a solitary place to pray to the Father.  And then again at twilight.  Twilight is a time when the sun has gone down and darkness is about to come over the land.   So that even in darkness God will be our light.  HIS Word which is a lamp to our feet to guide us while the rest of the World, without this guiding light remains in darkness.  We can then let our lights shine so that they who are in darkness, seeing the light will also come into the light of JESUS CHRIST.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Unfit & Unworthy





Dearly beloved in Christ!





It is a great blessing to me to write to you once more. It was a great privilege to go to Andhra Pradesh last year and meet with the leadership under Rev. M. Timothy Rao, Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Andhra Pradesh. It was also an added on blessing to be able to join the Shekinah Bible College Students and members of the church for ten days of fasting and prayer from April 1 - 10, 2009.




I did not expect to be given the honour of preaching at the fasting and prayer for ten days, but the Lord (to whom be all glory and honour) was with me and gave me the words, through His Holy Spirit, to speak to the people.




I had never preached or taught in a church/Bible College fourteen times in ten consecutive days at any time in the past. But this was indeed the power of His word which was so strongly at work in me, that I could speak to the people, as we see in Acts 4:13 "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus." And 1 Cor.1:27 "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty."




I do believe with all my heart, that every believer in every church can and would be used mightily of God, if they would 'ONLY BELIEVE'. For with God there is no favoritism, what He has done for me, He will do for you! I pray that every one who reads this short letter of mine, will take time out to know that God is the same (for Peter and John), for Smith Wigglesworth, D.L. Moody, me and for you. To God be the glory, honour and praise!
Peter and John were fishermen.
Smith Wigglesworth was a plumber.
Dwight L. Moody was a shoe sales man. and 
I, Less than the least of all the saints, and a servant to the servants of God; were used and am being used of God.
Just give your heart to God, and He will do the rest.




If you still have questions, just go to Journey Answers and you will find the answers to the questions in your life.
We love you with the love of Jesus,

One who is unfit and less than the least of all the saints,

Noel Pentony


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shipwrecked

Mumbai: Oil spill after 2 ships collide
7 Aug 2010
Two merchant vessels collided this morning off the Mumbai coast resulting in an oil spill from one of the ships, Coast Guard officials said. 33 crew members were rescued following the incident, they said.

According to officials, MSC Chitra and Khalijia-III smashed with each other while sailing in the sea, five nautical miles from the Mumbai shores at 9:50 am.   The outbound merchant vessel from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), collided with MV Khalijia-III, at 0950 hours yesterday when the latter was sailing towards Mumbai Port Trust (MPT), off Mumbai harbour, for berthing. 





I was reminded of the many lives which have been shipwrecked when we do not give heed to the "Supreme Navigator" who is always with us.  HE walks with us and talks with us. It is written in Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." And also in Romans 8:14 "because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God."


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, "if you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to you today, do not harden your harts" but submit to HIM and be at peace.  Receive instruction from HIS mouth and lay up HIS words in your heart.  Return to the Almighty and you will be built up, and you will remove all iniquity far from your dwelling place.

Blessings on you,

Noel
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU .......

"Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!" The shrill cry of a little child was heard  from the road in front of our home.  The child had accompanied her mother to pick-up her elder sister from the day school two doors away from our home.   In the hustle and bustle of picking up the elder child this little one was left behind.


As I heard this child cry out  I was reminded of the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father from His Word in  Isaiah 49:15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget,  I will not forget you!"


Always be encouraged, God has never forgotten you.  Do not be dismayed, for the dark clouds on the horizon are the dust clouds of HIS feet coming to your rescue, be prepared to receive an answer to your prayers "THE RAIN IS COMING"


Blessings on you!


Noel Pentony 

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