Do You Reflect The Image of The Creator? 

     

     One thing that is becoming clearer, is that within the Body of Messiah there is a lack of love. Yeshua said that the two most important commandants are to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself. Who is our neighbor? Even one such as a ______. 
     Being Messianic has its challenges, and ever since Mindy became a Believer, she has had to endure persecutions from other Jews in mainstream Judaism because she believes in Yeshua. Yet, to see Believers persecuting Believers - are we not supposed to be above that? We thought this ministry to be one that could be a tie that binds; and it has been to some degree. It is discouraging though, to see brothers in the Lord behaving wrongly.   
     Throughout this season of horrific disasters, there have been many stories of "Good Samaritans" who have put their lives on the line to save another. We are grateful for these loving people, but wonder how we would feel if someone that we did not like wanted to save us? Would we tell them to go away until someone we thought was worthy would come? It does seem crazy, but not unrealistic, unfortunately, within the family of Believers. We are currently grieving because of these divisions, which have made this ministry to suffer. We are feeling frustrated and perplexed, but not we are not in despair. 
     Paul not only exhorts us to love, but also says in essence that without love even the most extraordinary ministry is destitute. A part of what we do at Messianic Dance Camps International is to contact leaders and schedule dance camps, so that we can minister with worship through dance. It is so powerful to see the Lord touch people in a deep way, and affect those needing the Waters of His Spirit to flow over them. Not only have we seen people feel better physically, being supernaturally healed; but we have also seen them find relief from PTSD and depression. They all experienced the Love of God. We have been to congregations who had not danced as a part of their worship; however, since our visit have incorporated the dance. We are well aware of those who have not yet experienced this form of elation, not having the understanding of its power. It is wonderful to explain how Yeshua really enjoys dancing with us, and in doing so He inhabits the praises of His People Israel! 
   Yesterday, while we were making calls, we came across a Messianic leader who was not very nice. His demeanor indicated that he felt dance was valueless and that our ministry was of no profit to the Jewish people. Mindy is Jewish; and, in fact, the type of dance that we minister through is Israeli dance set to contemporary Messianic music. He was indignant toward the reply and the call ended. It brought to mind a recent discussion we had on Shabbat about being created in the Image of God. What does it mean to be created in the image and likeness of God? Does God therefore have two legs, two eyes, and ears? Perhaps. The Scripture that comes to mind is 1 John 4:8 which tells us that "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." Now we are not saying that the man yesterday does not love. Nor are we saying that he does not love God, but the more you know Yeshua intimately (by dancing with Him for example), the more you are able to love God and your neighbor as well. Because love is who He is, and that is His likeness, we think that you can be formed into the image and likeness of our Messiah Yeshua by loving God and loving your neighbor. Or, you can be formed into the image and likeness of haSatan, and continue hating God and your neighbor. The latter we will try avoiding at all times and by all means.  

Love and Blessings to You, 
Ralph and Mindy Seta 
775-283-8080 
Messianic Dance Camps International

3 comments

  • Corey Sylvester, congregational leader of Aviv Judea Messianic Congregation

    Corey Sylvester, congregational leader of Aviv Judea Messianic Congregation Fullerton, California

    We are ready to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Aviv Judea. For most of that time we did not dance. About ten years ago, we met Ralph and Mindy and I was taken by the joy that Dance put into people's hearts. You could see it exuding from their faces. We have not stopped dancing. It was like opening a window and letting fresh air come in. Dancing or Singing before the Lord are both beautiful ways to accomplish this. We have had Ralph and Mindy give a dance camp at our place. many times. I have enjoyed it so much they have dubbed me the new 'Dancing Rabbi'. I am all for davidic dancing as long as it lifts Yeshua up. If the dancing magnifies the dancer, something is wrong. May Yeshua keep blessing these wonderful people and their ministry.

    We are ready to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Aviv Judea. For most of that time we did not dance. About ten years ago, we met Ralph and Mindy and I was taken by the joy that Dance put into people's hearts. You could see it exuding from their faces. We have not stopped dancing. It was like opening a window and letting fresh air come in. Dancing or Singing before the Lord are both beautiful ways to accomplish this. We have had Ralph and Mindy give a dance camp at our place. many times. I have enjoyed it so much they have dubbed me the new 'Dancing Rabbi'.

    I am all for davidic dancing as long as it lifts Yeshua up. If the dancing magnifies the dancer, something is wrong.

    May Yeshua keep blessing these wonderful people and their ministry.

  • Messianic Dance Camps International

    Messianic Dance Camps International

    Bless You, Rabbi! And Mazel Tov on 40 Years!! We Love You!

    Bless You, Rabbi! And Mazel Tov on 40 Years!! We Love You!

  • David Fulton

    David Fulton Portland,OR/Vancouver,WA

    Ralph and Mindy, Thanks for visiting us at Rehoboth-Messianic in VCR last weekend. Wish I could make it out to Bend. You have a very peaceful and loving way you both teach and share the love of Yeshua with beginners and veteran dancers alike. May God richly bless you and keep the "devotion in motion" going throughout the land wherever you dance. Love your teaching materials too. My favorite songs we did were "Or Chadash" and "Avinu Malkenu." Love in Yeshua, David

    Ralph and Mindy,
    Thanks for visiting us at Rehoboth-Messianic in VCR last weekend. Wish I could make it out to Bend. You have a very peaceful and loving way you both teach and share the love of Yeshua with beginners and veteran dancers alike. May God richly bless you and keep the "devotion in motion" going throughout the land wherever you dance. Love your teaching materials too. My favorite songs we did were "Or Chadash" and "Avinu Malkenu."
    Love in Yeshua,
    David

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