Children of Abraham

Children of Abraham

“I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” — Genesis 22:17,18

The Father of Faith

Who is this man upon whom the three monotheistic religions of the world are based? Who is this man called “friend of God” (James 2:23), the one whom we call “Abraham Avinu” (“Our Father Abraham”)? Who is this mere mortal by which the King of the Universe defines Himself?

The One, True, Living God — the God of the Bible — is known as the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He initially reveals Himself to this man Abraham as אל שדי (“El Shaddai“) — “God Almighty” or the “All Sufficient God.” However, His first self-designation, to anyone other than Abraham is that of “God of Abraham” (Genesis 26:24) He identifies Himself in relationship to this one man whom He called out from among his brethren to become the singular person through whom all humanity will be blessed. The Holy One is also known as the “Shield of Abraham,” from His promise to Abraham which states, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield” (Genesis 15:1). In any case, God has inseparably wrapped Himself up in this man named Abraham.

Abraham is probably best known as the “Father of Faith,” a title which has been bestowed upon him because of how he exemplifies one who is trustworthy in all things. Both Paul and the author of Hebrews refer to him in similar terms. In one instance, Paul refers to him as “Abraham, the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). In both his epistle to the Romans and to the Galatians, Paul makes the argument that besides the physical descendants of Abraham, all those who trust in Yeshua (Jesus) are considered spiritual children of Abraham because they model Abraham by responding to their calling through faith. Thus Abraham is “the father of all who believe” (Romans 4:11). Continue reading “Children of Abraham”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Passover Activity Sheets

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Here are a few activity / coloring sheets for your children this Passover. Although I have these activity sheets available to download as an 11×17 placemat size in a previous post, it was recently brought to my attention that many people may just want to be able to print these out onto standard paper size of 8.5×11. So, I’m posting them here as individual 8.5×11 pages in a single PDF (Adobe Reader) file. I hope they come in handy…

Passover Resources 2012

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Cup of Redemption Haggadah

I really didn’t think I was going to offer a printed version of my Haggadah, The Cup of Redemption, this year. However, over the last few weeks I’ve had several people tell me that they really enjoyed it and wanted to continue using it for their primary haggadah, but needed more copies. So… I thought I would go ahead & make it available, as well remind you of the other resources I have available for Passover.

First, The Cup of Redemption, is my own haggadah that I’ve compiled (and edited, and revised, and fixed, and edited and revised, fixed, etc.) for the last several years. One reason that I didn’t consider making it available this year was that I didn’t feel it had anything original to offer. From my perspective it is simply a condensed version of the traditional haggadah with some Messianic insertions. However, I’m finding that people have enjoyed it because it is pretty spelled out in pretty clear terms, and contains all of the basic elements of a traditional seder, along with the added allusions to the Passion of Yeshua. I hope you enjoy it as well as our family and others have. One day I hope to have it fully illustrated, but until then…

Here are some of its features:

  • Full color cover and back
  • Spiral coil (not comb) binding, so that it lays flat on the table when open
  • 52 Pages of text on 70# paper
  • English, Hebrew & Transliteration for key blessings
  • Easy-to-read typesetting & layout
  • Messianic Introduction / Invitation
  • Bedikat Chametz ceremony (burning of the leaven)
  • Messianic insights & commentary to the Passover
  • Step-by-step instructions for the Passover Seder
  • Song suggestions
  • Visual Seder Plate explanation
  • Notes section in the back

 

Praise for the Cup of Redemption Haggadah

…such an excellent Haggadah. It’s accessible to the first-timer, while including all the elements that people who have come to know and love the Seder expect. Easily digestible, and at the same time quite filling! Thank you for producing a resource that’s proving to be my go-to guide year after year. -RB

 

I’ve tried many Haggadot over the years, but I find myself coming back to Darren’s Cup of Redemption time and again.  Anyone who’s felt the frustration of holding a booklet open with one hand while scooping maror onto matzah with the other, will agree that the spiral binding alone sets this Haggadah apart from most.  Not only is the Cup of Redemption helpful to those well-versed in traditional texts, it is equally accessible to those who have never taken part in such a celebration.  A perfect Haggadah for anyone, regardless of how experienced (or inexperienced) they are with Passover festivities. -DS

How To Get It

Did I mention that you can download it for FREE? Just click on the link below for an electronic version, or order your copies with the Buy Now button below. (Note: If you have never enjoyed a Passover seder, you will need one haggadah per person attending.)

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Digging with Darren Passover Resources

I Am Thankful

Yes, it is Thanksgiving Day, 2011, and I am writing about all of the many things about which I have to be thankful. However, I am writing this is not because it is Thanksgiving Day, but because as I have been studying mussar. Hashem has been dealing with me in the area of gratitude, and today I want to make sure I put into writing a list of things for which I am thankful as a record of Hashem’s blessing and faithfulness in my life.

First, and foremost, I am thankful that Hashem loves me infinitely and that he sent Yeshua in order to bring His message of love into my life. Thank you, Abba.

Second, I am thankful for my beloved wife, soul-mate, best friend and lover. I couldn’t have created a better ezer k’negdo than the one Hashem has provided for me. I am still madly in love with this woman after 17 years of marriage and almost 21 years of friendship. She is my blessing, my anchor, my confidant, my solstice. Thank you, Hashem, for giving her to me.

Next, I am thankful for my four wonderful children, Kaleb, Kai, Boaz and Einya. I am truly blessed with and by these packages of joy in my life. They each come with their unique personality, sense of humor, gifts and mission in life. They are full of zeal for life, and create a special sense of Hashem’s presence in this world. Their joy and innocence bring a bit of tikkun to this life. I pray that I do not taint them with my cynicism and that I am worthy to set them on the path to fulfill their calling in this life. I am also gratefully thankful that Hashem has allowed us to conceive again. We are looking forward to meeting another Huckey child toward the end of March or beginning of April.

I am thankful for the friends with which Hashem has surrounded me. I am very blessed to have a group of close friends who love Him sincerely, and are a constant source of encouragement and inspiration in my life. I can’t express how blessed I have been over these last few years because of them. They have loved and supported me and my family in some of our deepest times of need.

I am thankful for being able to work from home and be with my family nearly 24/7 all year round. Sometimes that can be a frustration point for a family, but not ours. It has only drawn us closer together. I see the fruits of this when I go to a meeting for an hour or two and return home to see my children running from the house to greet me with warm smiles and hugs. I don’t think very many fathers who are away from their homes for 8 to 10 hours a day get this kind of treatment.

I am thankful that I live in a time and an environment in which I have opportunities to serve Hashem in a capacity of which I can take advantage. Although I may not be taking full advantage of these opportunities, the recognition of this is the first step in pushing me towards them. Thank you, Hashem, for your sovereignty.

The last may sound arrogant, but I it’s actually an act of humility, which I have been learning about. I am thankful for the abilities Hashem has placed within me. I often get frustrated that I don’t have one particular thing that I have “mastered” (yes – that’s me – Jack of All Trades, Master of None). However, I am discovering that because of my wide range of abilities, I am able to accomplish many things by making use of these gifts which compliment one another in order to bring about the end result. Thank you, Hashem, for making me uniquely me.

Seder Semanim by Boaz & Einya

Boaz & Einya singing

Long after Passover my youngest two children will still be singing the Seder Semanim, the song that lists the 15 different steps of the Passover seder (Kaddesh, Urchatz, etc.). For some reason they just love to sing that song! So… To capture their zeal and sweet voices, I recorded them singing their current favorite tune. Here is Boaz (age 5) and Einya (age 3) singing for you. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.

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