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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 🎼🎧🙏

🎶There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today

I don’t know what it is

Something’s wrong with our eyes. We’re seein’ things in a different way

And God knows it ain’t his

It shore ain’t no surprise Livin’ on the edge🎶

“Livin’ on the Edge” is great song by the rock band Aerosmith. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. It was released in 1993 as the first single from the band’s commercially successful album “Get a Grip” This song talks about how the world is a crazy place, but people remain stuck in their routines and refuse to change. I feel “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith is a song about risk taking. It’s a song that encourages us all to step out from where you are and to take a risk. The song has undertones of deep disatisfaction within it. Today I am reading Hebrews 11:8-10.

(By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God)

This morning, I am exploring the theme of “Risktaking” and one of the the greatest risk takers was Abraham. As Believers we like nothing better than playing it safe. We are those who when we are confronted by the risks of life first gather as many facts as possible, view the options, and make choices so that we are in control and reasonably certain of the outcome. Abraham did not gather the facts, view the options, was not in control and could not forsee the outcome. He took a risk. YeHoVaH/God’s perspective is that there are times for the followers of Yeshua/Jesus to take risks! There are times that we are encouraged to say yes despite what we can see in front of us. When YeHoVaH/God is the one asking us to step out of our comfort zone we can consider ourselves safe in His hands and safe under His direction just like Abraham in the passage. From YeHoVaH/God’s viewpoint, there is no uncertainty, because He has control over all things and He will never fail to accomplish His good purposes (Eph. 1:11). Facebook friends, I am dealing with this situation as you read this, spiritual growth is stunted when we refuse to obey YeHoVaH/God. Sometimes that involves leaving what is safe or familiar and like Abraham taking a journey into the unknown. But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave, he has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free. Amen?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.28.18 ☻

🎶This is a call to all my
past resignations
this is a call to all
this is a call to all my
past resignatoins it’s been too long🎶

I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. One of my favorite songs of his is “This Is a Call”. This was one of the first songs Dave Grohl wrote after his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain was found dead. I imagine the months following Cobain’s suicide were very difficult for Grohl, not just because he had lost a dear friend, but because he also stated he lost his musical direction and inspiration. I read once, thanks to a great deal of encouragement from his friends, he found his musical voice and set to work on his solo project that would become Foo Fighters. Grohl, who was the drummer in Nirvana, wrote this song on his own, played every instrument on it, and did the vocals. Released as the first Foo Fighters single, the song was an emphatic statement by Grohl and proof that he could carry a musical project on his own. Grohl says that while the verses mean nothing, the chorus means everything, as he is saying goodbye to his past with the line, “This is a call to all my past resignations.” Said Grohl, “It’s just sort of like a little wave goodbye to all the people I ever played music with, people I’ve been friends with, all my relationships, my family”. While reading this afternoon in Luke 5: 1-11, I found Yeshua/Jesus points to the call of following Him and waving goodbye to all of our past resignations as well. This is an unexpected day of change. When Yeshua/Jesus and His crowd turn up on the beach there may have been nothing to warn Simon that a paradigm shift was about to take place. Perhaps he saw the crowd as little more than a distraction….a festival of inconvenience dancing toward him while all he could think of was his aching back and bringing to completion the morning task. After a fruitless all nighter, Simon could be forgiven begrudging the need to wash these useless nets. He is tired and ready to sleep. He will need renewed strength to throw them all again tomorrow. So it must have seemed strange when Yeshua/Jesus climbed aboard. The request to anchor “a little way from the shore” may have seemed even stranger. But something in Simon is humble, inquisitive, and open enough to obey. A few moments later and he has prime seating before the most desired of teachers. Yeshua/Jesus is in his boat! While the crowd is held back by the water, Simon is so close he could reach out and touch the master. It is quite a turn of events, from a luckless night to a box seat. It is enough to make a tired man laugh. We are told nothing of the content of Yeshua/Jesus’ talk. But it would seem that Simon, perhaps feeling he had little choice, listened through to the end. But it was another thing altogether when Yeshua/Jesus asked to be taken fishing. By now the nets are clean and dry. They are ready for later when the fish will hopefully be out again. But that is not now. Yeshua/Jesus may know how to turn a phrase, but He does not know the timing of fish. Simon half protests but then gives up. Perhaps he is simply too tired to pursue the argument. Something tells Simon that this is worth the risk. The boat is mobilised and the nets lowered, filled, and all too soon there are two boats at risk of sinking under the catch of the day. It looks like a feast tonight! Every now and again a moment of clarity comes. For Simon it is now. But it is not immediately apparent that his will mean the leaving of a livelihood. Indeed Simon’s initial response is to send Yeshua/Jesus away. Simon is now only conscious of the gap between himself and Yeshua/Jesus. It looks like an insurmountable chasm. Simon has touched the holiness of YeHoVaH/God and it has made him aware of his unworthiness, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” I suspect Facebook friends, that Yeshua/Jesus understands. Fear can make a person reject another. And so, without denying Simon’s insight, He responds with an invitation to come even closer, “from now on you will be catching people.” He is speaking Simon’s language! And so Simon and his companions leave everything. Well, not quite. In a consumer society it is all to easy to hear this story as a turning away, highlighting empty boats and fish left for others to sell. Make no mistake, there is a radical abandonment here. But to leave it there would not do justice to the care taken by our storyteller. They did not simply leave everything. They “left everything and followed him.” It is a completely different concept. Simon, James and John found a better alternative. They have not turned from as much as they have turned to. It is not loss but gain. Yes, there is a rationality here. These friends have found a better path, and taken it. This indeed is a “Call to leave all my past resignations”. Come and Follow Him. Amen?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale

“This morning I’m tired WordPress friends. I had breakfast, read my morning scriptures and put on some good ol’ Allman Brothers and one of my all time favorite guitar solos.

🎶Round and round you go again
And it just ain’t easy, Lord

You want so bad to leave that whirlwind storm
But you can’t find no place to grab on, no, no
Round and round you go again
And it just ain’t easy, oh, Lord, it just ain’t easy🎶

Are you tired and overwhelmed? Do you lack the energy to do what YeHoVaH/God is calling you to do? Let me tell you a secret. Just call 1-800-44…(no this isn’t an infomercial). In the physical realm, if you don’t eat, you won’t have energy, bread when eaten, is converted into energy so you can do what you need to do. It’s the same thing in the spiritual realm. Yeshua/Jesus is the Bread of Life. So, how do you do what YeHoVaH/God called you to do? You partake of the Bread of God and you will have the energy to do the works of God. It’s that easy!If you’re weary, chances are you’re not spending time filling up with the Bread of His presence, or the Bread of His power. Receive the Bread of His love, and you’ll do the work of His love. Receive the Bread of His goodness, and you’ll live a life of goodness. All the energy you need to do all that He ever called you to do is given to you. You just need to partake because the energy is in the Bread. Amen?

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My name is Kate White!  I am a full-time recording artist and speaker with a passion for healing, restoration and spiritual growth/ finding balance and rest in the midst of our chaotic lives. In the last 2 years I have had a growing number of requests to offer this content online so people can go through it at their own pace from the comfort of their homes, or state facilities such as prisons and addiction recovery homes can utilize the coursework in their settings. 

I am a trauma survivor, so these materials are tools I have developed and walked through myself and continue to use!   They have a proven track record and I am so grateful for the journey that’s brought me to this point and long to share them in an easily accessible format.  Will you partner with me to cover the costs of completing this curriculum?  Specifically, I am trying to raise $6,000 to cover these expenses:

1.  Videography for 15 teaching videos.
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We have already started filming and you will see the 4 introductory videos over the next couple weeks!  The first is attached to my project description above!  We hope to secure this funding in the next few weeks so that we can move forward as planned.  (Side note, my lovely videographer is pregnant, so there is a bit of urgency to get this done before her little bundle arrives!).

Thank you soooo much for your prayerful and financial consideration.  Your support will help us give practical tools for the healing journey and spiritual transformation to so many more than I could personally reach on my own.   I cannot thank you enough!

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Daily Devotional With Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.12.18 ♥

This morning I was reading, (John 11:25-26) 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

***Before we get deeper into this. I am not responsible for the song in this post being stuck in your head***

Yeshua/Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live.
And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die: Believest thou this?

🎶You were the girl that changed my world
You were the girl for me
You lit the fuse, I stand accused
You were the first for me
But you turned me out baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
But you turned me on baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
You were my thrills, you were my pills
You dropped a bomb on me
You turn me out, you turn me on
You turned me loose then you turned me wrong
You dropped a bomb on me
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
But you turned me out baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
Just like Adam and Eve
Said you’d set me free
You took me to the sky, I’d never been so high
You were my pills, you were my thrills
You were my hope baby, you were my smoke
You dropped a bomb on me, hey baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
But you turned me out, baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
But you turned me on, baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
You dropped a bomb on me, baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
We were in motion, felt like lotion
You were the girl for me
You were the first explosion turned out to be corrosion
You were the first for me
But you turned me out, baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me (whoa, oh, oh, baby)
You dropped a bomb on me
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
I won’t forget what you done to me, baby (you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
You dropped a bomb on me
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me
I, I-I, I-I-I won’t forget it
I, I-I, I-I-I won’t forget it🎶

There are many ways of “Dropping a Bomb” or ruining an occasion. We’re normally taught that it is wrong to ruin special occasions, but is that Biblical? (Ok Jeff, we know now you finally flipped
out) There was this one occasion that everybody had prepared for, dressed up, brought food, and made a big deal of it. But then Yeshua/Jesus came and (Dropped a Bomb) ruined it. The occasion was a funeral, and He is in the business of ruining funerals. If you are a follower of Him, then it’s your job to also ruin funerals.(😳 You done wigged Jeff) How? There are funerals going on all around you, living funerals that people put on their whole lives, funerals of self pity, anger, bitterness, funerals of sorrow and loss. Thus, it is your job to ruin those funerals. How? Yeshua/Jesus did it through compassion, through prayer, through a miracle, through the touching of their lives with YeHoVaH/God’s love, through healing and through resurrection. Chances are there is a funeral being held not too far from you right now. You now know your mission. By the power of Yeshua/Jesus- ruin that funeral today. Facebook friends, today, ruin some funerals, subvert the enemy’s plans to destroy someone by “Dropping the Bomb” and sharing the love of Yeshua/Jesus with them. Amen.

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale

🎶Ooh, you make me live
Whatever this world can give to me
It’s you, you’re all I see
Ooh, you make me live now honey
Ooh, you make me live

You’re the best friend
That I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
You’re my best friend🎶

I would assume you could say that I was an “odd child”. I collected Record Albums from a very early age. I started doing “chores” around the house for an allowance at the age of 5. My goal was to become a member of Columbia House Record Club. I achieved my goal by age 6 and I was in heaven. I collected all the big names from the 70’s. Definitely Queen and Kiss were my favorites. I recall getting Queen’s Jazz album in December of ‘78. It came with this cool poster that my Dad quickly confiscated. It was a poster of about 100 women naked on bicycles😳. Earlier I received Queen’s “A night at the Opera in early ‘76. It was my favorite for quite some time. My favorite track was “Your My Best Friend”. Queen bass player John Deacon wrote this song. All four members of the group wrote at least one of their hits. John Deacon wrote this song about his wife. They lyrics of this song reverberate with love and passion. They project a happy life in the friendship with another. This is a fortunate thing indeed to find a soul mate in another person. It’s the stuff of dreams. Some are blessed with this kind of friendship on a daily basis, for others it’s something that they hope for very much. On the 31st October 2014 one of the headlines in the Guardian newspaper read “Panic, merchants worry that on line social networks will replace offline friendships, turning users into basement dwelling zombies, unable to converse face to face” This was according to the article, thought to be a real danger. It was a article that was playing down the ability to have true friendships. In my opinion the world would be sadder place without long lasting care, the kind of care that comes from true friendships. Yeshua/Jesus was a person who held out for true friendships. In His life we see this in a number of ways. He had His disciples. 12 in total in whom he invested a lot of time and care. Then there was Peter and John who he seemed to have an even more special relationship. They accompanied Him in moments when the others did not. Then there is Lazarus, Martha and Mary. The Bethany household was a place that was visited by Yeshua/Jesus on many occasions and when Lazarus took sick. John 11:3 records the moment when He hears of Lazarus being sick “Lord, the one you love is sick” of course Yeshua/Jesus is also a friend to sinners. Outcasts, vagabonds, ragamuffins, widows, orphans, the rich, the powerful, the infamous all alike found a true heart in Him. There is a great moment when He shares His values about friendship.
John 15: 12-17 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another”. Yeshua/Jesus talks about “Greater love” the kind of love that exists between friends. Don’t you think it is an amazing thought that you can be friends with Yeshua/Jesus? It’s a commitment that He will never break. It’s a friendship that He is devoted to no matter what. This is an important thing to hang onto. He willingly has become a friend to us. Someone to depend upon, someone to share life with, someone to hear our sorrows and to pour oil on them. Someone who will be truthful with us even when it hurts. Someone who will always see the best in us and who will be consistent till the end. Yeshua/Jesus gives us the model for friendship, His own model for friendship He calls us to follow this model and no other. Thank YeHoVaH/God today that you have been included among the friends of Yeshua/Jesus. He chose you to be so. In the words of the Queen song even if it sounds corny “You make me live, your my best friend” it is actually true. Praise YeHoVaH/God. Amen?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.3.18 ♥

🎶I was sick and tired, fed up with this
And decided to take a drive downtown
It was so very quiet and peaceful
There was nobody, not a soul around
I laid myself out, I was so tired
And I started to dream
In the morning the parking tickets were just
Like a flag stuck on my window screen
I says, “hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
On my cloud, baby🎶

While spinning some Rolling Stones tonight, I realized even Yeshua/Jesus knew that He needed to stop and rest. My all time favorite Stones song is “Get Off of My Cloud”. It was written as a follow up single to the successful “Satisfaction”. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. As many of you know, I’m a drummer and the song is noted for its drum intro by one of my influences Charlie Watts. And also known for the twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards. The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time, they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them. In the gospels we find Yeshua/Jesus from time to time taking himself off from the crowds to be on his own. He did not say “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud”. I believe for His own sanity, for His own survival he needed time alone.

“And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there” ( Mark 1:35)

Yeshua/Jesus simply needed space. We all need a bit of space. The main character in the Stone’s song wants serenity and to hit pause on the chaotic outside world. Disconcertingly, people continue to present new tasks and hassles to interfere with his life. After two such episodes, the main character travels farther into a desolate part of town, hoping to find peace, yet he wakes up to find that someone gave him a parking ticket. He accepts that there is no longer such a thing as privacy. Yeshua/Jesus wants the same in the gospel passages, space will replenish Him and equip Him for further ministry. Unlike the song Yeshua/Jesus admits that everyone needs privacy and that you need to take the opportunity to make sure you get it. Although good relationships with friends and family are critical, the ability to get alone time is fundamental. Choosing to have alone time frees us from other people’s opinions and our need to entertain. Aloneness allows us to meditate and separate from our needs and issues that relate to others. This could be what Yeshua/Jesus is doing in the Gospel passages when He goes to be alone. It’s this principle that He offer to us too. Facebook friends, people have their own clouds, which is conducive to a mindset of tranquility. On each person’s cloud, the individual can perch up and appreciate the surrounding divine aspects of life. If only we could schedule time like our Messiah to break away from our phones and TVs and take nights off to stay at home by ourselves and read. Like Yeshua/Jesus in those passages we need to take time by ourselves to find our inner peace, because sometimes we shouldn’t have people on our cloud and we shouldn’t be on theirs. Sometimes for our own sanity we just need to get away. Amen?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

🎶The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away🎶

The song “BEAUTIFUL DAY” is from the U2 Album ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND (October 2000) it reached to No 1 in the UK singles chart and as far as 21 in the US singles chart. This song came out in the back drop to the Jubilee 2000 campaign that Bono was involved with. It was during the making of the “All you can’t leave behind” album that Bono, who was in the US and on a crusade, experiencing a surge of optimism sat down with arch conservative Congressman Jesse Helms in Washington. “Somehow the result of the important meeting was to hit an emotional nerve with the Congressman. The US got on board to the tune $435 million dollars in cancelled debts. Maybe the world wasn’t such a bad place after all. There was hope “It’s a beautiful day!” Edge reached for the Explorer, the Gibson guitar he’d used during U2’s formative years, and the sound was complete. It was a shimmering triumph in more ways than one.” The song is a cry from the heart to open up your eyes to those who need you, and stop denying that earth has become a broken mess by human greed and get busy doing something about the brokenness. Evidence of a broken world lies all around us. We are aware of it when we turn on the TV or read the news papers. We are assaulted by it from all directions. Reminded about the broken fragments of human life from dawn till dusk. If we are unlucky it even haunts our dreams. Contemporary life is filled with brokenness. In many neighbourhoods people don’t have to to go to far to touch the broken fragments of peoples lives. The song “Beautiful Day” reminds us of hope in the middle of the shards of broken lives. The song can be heard as a haunting prophetic voice that reminds us all of the person and the purpose of Yeshua/Jesus. “to seek and save the lost” The song provokes those who hear it towards hope. We are reminded of the hopeful message of Yeshua/Jesus to those who live life in the dirt or on the margins and at the same time the song rings out the challenging and disturbing message of our Messiah to those in power. Facebook friends,
hope, “Don’t let it get away” Just think what it would look like to live in a world of hope rather than a world of despair. “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE” Get busy today and do something about the brokenness. Amen?

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