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My Education In Classic Rock

I started listening to music when I was around 8 years old. It began when my parents rolled the family record player into my bedroom because it didn’t fit in the living room anymore. After wearing our their Beatles, Bee Gees and John Denver albums I moved on to explore other bands and genres. I didn’t like the music that was popular when I was growing up in the 80’s. I gravitated more toward 60’s and 70’s Rock, a.k.a. “Classic Rock.”

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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Don’t Judge Me!

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”
– Matthew 7:1 (NAS)

It is inevitable when you browse the various ‘social media outlets’ that you will come across many, many memes.  A meme is “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” Folks will usually share memes because they identify with the slogan or phrase that it contains. Here’s an example:

Don't Judge Me Meme

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

Time for a movie review:

I rarely get out to the movies these days because there’s not a lot out there worth watching. Most movies are inappropriate in one-way or another and then the so-called “Christian” movies aren’t even Biblically sound, so I figured I’d go see something that was just straight up fiction. I wanted to see something that could not be construed as reality and something that (I thought) didn’t focus too much on people. So I went to see Godzilla with a friend. I have an affinity for this giant, lizard-creature because, like most boys growing up in Fort Worth, Texas in the 70’s & 80’s, I’d watch “Monster Theatre” on Channel 11 over my summer vacations; which was followed up by “Kung Fu Theatre”—but that’s another story.

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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It may have been messy, but it sure was sweet!

We arrived at the park an hour before start time in order to get set up and ready for the day; the time for our Shavuot Celebration had arrived. The sky was overcast but we hoped for the best and prayed that our day would not be spoiled by the rain—if it rained. Deep down we knew at some point, it would rain; but we still set up the canopies, arranged the tables, opened up the folding chairs, strategically placed the coolers and all of those other things that we normally do when we have a park celebration.

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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Jerusalem of Gold – Live Acoustic

In commemoration of Jerusalem Day (יום ירושלים, Yom Yerushalayim), my girls played this song for us on Shabbat. It’s quite possibly the best version of Jerusalem of Gold to date. Enjoy…

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem”. – HebCal.com

The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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Hey, It’s Ascension Day!

I wonder if any of my Catholic family and friends will be attending Mass today, it’s Ascension Day—a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. This Catholic holiday commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 40 days after His resurrection. The timing of this tradition is based on the following passage in Acts 1…

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.

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How Will You Be Remembered?

During our devotions this morning my children and I reflected upon the funeral that we attended on Wednesday. It was for a close family friend who past away last week, her name was Lois Countryman. I asked the kids what they thought about the whole situation since this was the first funeral where most of them understood what was actually happening. The younger ones expressed how it made them feel sad that they would not get to see Ms Lois anymore. We all agreed that the highlight of the service was the speech delivered by Lois’ granddaughter, Cyrena. It was a very moving and heartfelt tribute to her grandmother and a testimony of how Lois helped to positively shape and influence the life of her granddaughter.

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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.