Monday, December 4, 2017

Oh Come Oh Come Immanuel (Advent Hymn)

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is December 4, 2017 in my corner of blog land and evening is beginning. It is also the period of time in some circles known as Advent. It is also one week before the Jewish people, worldwide, and some Messianic believers, worldwide, observe the eight-day festival of dedication known as Hanukkah.

There is an interesting short article, pasted below, from the December 2017 "Levitt Letter" produced by the Zola Levitt Ministry about the link between Hanukkah and Christmas. I think it deserves thoughtful consideration; hence, this is our post for this month!
Christmas Connection to Hanukkah
BY DAVID BRICKNER, Executive Director, Jews for Jesus
Jewish historian Flavius Josephus
referred to Hanukkah as the Festival of
Light, but light was historically connected
to the Feast of Tabernacles. Four giant
candelabras were lit in the Temple’s Court
of the Women. The blaze could be seen all
around Jerusalem. How appropriate that
Jesus chose this area of the Temple to de-
clare: “I am the light of the world. He that
follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but
have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Jesus, like the servant candle on the
, lights our way and sends His
Spirit to ignite us so that we can shine
His light in a dark world. We do not have
enough “oil” to live a life dedicated to God,
but Jesus miraculously provides for us.
The Hanukkah miracle of preserving the
Jewish people made Christ’s birth (and
Christmas) possible, and Hanukkah’s mir
acle of the lasting light foreshadows Jesus,
whose advent Isaiah predicted would be “a
light to the gentiles” (Isaiah 49:6).
The common theme: God with us
(“Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)
links Hanukkah and Christmas. A traditional
Hanukkah hymn declares to God:
“Rock of Ages, let our song
praise thy saving power;
thou admidst the raging foes
wast our sheltering tower;
furious they assailed us
but thine arm availed us;
and thy word broke their sword
when our own strength failed us.”


the Hope of Hanukkah
and the Christ of Christmas.

May G-d bless and keep you today and always!

Mellow Rock

David Russell

Author: Waiting For Messiah

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thermometers and Book Reads

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is November 28 in my corner of blog land, still 2017. In about one month, cold and related seasonal conditions will be rampant in my area as is the case with the onset of the winter season. The Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, recently had an article about the different types of thermometers, mostly digital.

Briefly, there are pacifier thermometers that are best used with very young children who might use pacifiers. One thing to note is that to get an accurate temperature, the pacifier thermometer has to be in the child's mouth for at least three minutes.

There is also a digital thermometer for the armpit, mouth, and rectum. It is strongly suggested to have two thermometers if one is going to be used for recording rectal temperature, and the other for oral or mouth temperature. Evidently, temperature recordings from the armpit are the least accurate.

Current Book Reading

I am currently reading "The Centurion's Wife" which is published by Bethany House and by two authors. It is set just right after the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. Roman rule is concerned and wanting to verify that the prophet Jesus whose Hebrew name is Yeshua by the way, is dead, and that revolution is not going to occur. Chapters are a comfortable length and the read is enjoyable.

I would like to ask you to comment if you are reading this blog. A simple yes I am, or I do but not often, will suffice.

Meantime, Kevod Yeheveh, may the presence of God be real in your life and world today and always.

Mellow Rock
Waiting for Messiah, my 11 story anthology is available from in EBook and other major vendors online.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

If I Had Known (acoustic Song, Greg Brown)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is November 9 in my corner of blog land!
It was twenty-one years ago this evening that I became engaged to my wife Sherry, and we are still married happily today! Although this year we both have a common cold! Like then, minor snowfall is predicted in the weather.

The health letter, Housecall, Mayo Clinic, makes the following observations about the common cold:
The cold lasts about one week to ten days; it is a harmless viral infection affecting the upper respiratory tract, i.e. nose and throat.

Children under age six are at greatest risk for a cold, and adults may have up to three colds per year.

A cold virus enters the body through the mouth, eyes or nose. Furthermore, air droplets can carry the virus when someone coughs, talks, or sneezes that already has a cold. I did not note remedies.

Talk Big
Invite someone to confabulate with you. You're asking them for a chat or informal conversation.

Fossick: This is an Australian word according to It means to hunt, seek or ferret out.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be with you.

David Russell
Mellow Rock

Waiting For Messiah