Board of Directors News
A better tomorrow can start today. In all my days I have never known a time when there was so much division. Gone are the days when we would be united by our commonalities rather than divided by our differences. Gone is the showing of politeness and respect along with the recognition of one’s dignity no matter of someone’s race, age, social class, beliefs, or political affiliation. Our division has put us in a position of defense, this guarded stance that looks at everyone and everything as a possible threat to our happiness.
It is any wonder why everyone is so easily offended when every difference of opinion is seen as an attack against our wellbeing. There are a lot of reasons we can point at to explain why we are divided but at the end of the day it all comes down to just one. We have allowed our will to overrule God’s Word. We can’t ignore the source of Love, Joy, Truth, and Peace and still expect to experience those things in our lives or society. To ignore God is to forfeit this good.
In the bible, there is this moment when God speaks to His people who He knows are prone to allow their will to overrule His word. God offers them guidance if ever they found themselves as a nation divided and in need of forgiveness and restoration. What God says then and there is one of the most powerful promises in all the Bible made to a nation. He says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 2
Understand God does not change. Which means, His promises do not change. The healing He offered then; is the same healing he offers us today. The question is, will we pursue it? Do you want our healing for our land or nation? Do you want unity instead of this division that seems to widen daily? If you do, know that it starts with you. It starts by recognizing and taking responsibility for your faults, your failures, and your sin and in the spirit of humility and repentance asking God for forgiveness. The bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
For those who put their faith in Jesus, the forgiveness we need will be granted. The unity we seek will be found, and the healing we long for will be experienced through the love of God and love for one another. If healing is what you want for you and this nation, God has made a way. Own Your Part. A better tomorrow begins with change today.
Community Lay Director
"Sing Praise” … Ps 47:6
Lyrics from the song “Surrounded" (Fight my battles by Elyssa Smith): "I will believe You have overcome and I will sing praise for what You’ve done. This is how I fight my battles.” The seed of the gospel is planted in our hearts through scripture, readings, song - all Jesus.
During this time of isolation, we all tend to move toward reviewing what’s in our homes, closets, and hearts. One project for us was going through years of palanca - thriving on and encouraged by golden nuggets from friends and strangers. One that jumped out to us was two poems Stephanie Scholtz (CLD First Lady) sent to Jim. She sent a copy of two poems she had written in college and it spoke to us greatly, so much so that I shared with others and her. Some have that talent of speaking what our hearts feel. In that moment of reading a scripture or poem, or while singing a song we exclaim “That’s it, that’s what I feel”. God bless those who seek and those who speak, helping us express our souls. This encourages us and others!
October Ultreya online music is being lead by our beloved Milton Zapata. Please keep us all in prayer as we continue to plan and focus on Christ’s guidance. We seek only to glorify Him and for the Holy Spirit to use these recordings to move in our community and our personal lives, and prepare us for worship during the Fourth Day Talk and Communion of the Ultreyas. May His hand be on it and run all through every word to bless. God is moving. He is still on the throne!
The Board has voted to push the men’s weekend of E-193 to the next scheduled weekend. This will push all scheduled weekends date which is currently scheduled at Camp Happy Land on October 1-4. These dates are subject to change depending on the recommendations from governing bodies. The Board will continue to follow or exceed the recommended guidelines by the CDC and local heath organizations.
The term firstborn is used extensively throughout the Bible, and God makes it clear that He holds a unique interest and affection for those who are His firstborn. God gave the firstborn Israelite males special status concerning inheritance rights, and in Deuteronomy 21:15–17, a father was obliged to acknowledge his firstborn son as his principal heir and grant him a double portion of his estate as an inheritance.
In Judaism, the understanding of the term “firstborn” (bekhor) is a mystery. The Hebrew word for “first fruits” (bikkurim) derives from the same root as “firstborn” (bekhor), as do the terms “birthright” (bekhorah) and “blessing” (berakhah). Therefore, there is a correlation between all that comes first in the creation, including their birthright and associated blessings.
Christ was a mystery to Israel and the world, and so was the church, for it is written, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32). A token of this future promise was bestowed upon Levi's sons, specifically the sons of Aaron, as an eternal priesthood. The Aaronic priesthood and the Levites who served in the Temple were a type, a shadow of both Christ and His church's priesthood.
In Jewish tradition, the characterization of “the first fruit of vigor” (bekhor reshit on) is like the relationship between a father and his firstborn heir in the royal succession. Similarly, the specification of “firstborn” (bekhor) is also akin to the first issuance from the womb, signifying religious or priestly significance and stressing the mother's biological link. The correlation is intriguing, revealing two varying characteristics of Yeshua’s ministry—the royal and priestly successions.
Studying the genealogy of Christ, we find in Matthew and Mark two different accounts of His lineage. Matthew emphasizes Christ’s title and heritage through His adopted father, Joseph, as the anointed Messiah of Israel, calling Yeshua the “son of Abraham” and “the son David.” The narrative reveals that Yeshua was an Israelite and the son (descendant) of both Abraham and King David, affirming His royal succession as the King of Israel. “Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:27). Notice how we, the sons of Adam, are now adopted into God’s kingdom, as it is written, “You received the Spir-it of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15).
Luke, on the other hand, emphasizes Christ’s lineage through His natural mother, Mary. This narrative does not refer to Yeshua as the “son of David,” but instead as the “son of Joseph.” While it follows the Davidic line through Nathan, it ultimately links Yeshua’s lineage to Heli, who is descendant of Levi and the father of the Aaronic priesthood given to Israel. The narrative reveals that Yeshua was a Levite, affirming His priestly succession as the rightful high priest of Israel. However, this priesthood shows an order that was not created but has eternally existed with God—the order Mel-chizedek, the King of Righteousness. Notice how we, the sons of Adam, have now become a King-dom of Priests, as it is written, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…” (1 Peter 2:9).
When Yeshua returns to the earth as the King of Kings, He will execute His Father’s stern justice upon the nations. Until that time, Yeshua’s priestly attributes are revealed during the dispensation of God’s grace; the dispensation is Christ’s priestly succession, which is His kindness bestowed upon the nations, forgiving and atoning for the sins of the world.
Therefore, God’s mercy is manifest through His kindness that was justified by the stern judgment that He propitiated through the blood of Christ. “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We, the church, are the recipients of that mercy and are therefore called to demonstrate God’s mercy to a fallen and sinful world.
God’s firstborn is Christ, for it is written, “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). And on a personal level, we understand that all who are in Christ are also God’s firstborn. These are the church, for it is written, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
In conclusion. Jesus Christ, Yeshua, is God’s firstborn, and He is God’s unique and only begotten Son. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). “When He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’” (Hebrews 1:6). And because we are the bride of Christ and we are in Christ, we are also unique and treasured in God’s eyes.
Therefore, come, let us adore Christ Yeshua, the firstborn over all creation, and honor His bride, the church, the firstborn from all creation, as Jew and Gentile together and one new man.
I would like to take the time to thank the Board members from the Class of 2020 for their service and dedication to making Chrysalis what it is today. They have all graciously decided to take on another two years as the new Class of 2022. I will be continuing as the CLD. Two members of the Class of 2020 had to step down due to other commitments outside of Chrysalis. I would like to personally thank Katie Rowe and Aiden Wills for their hard work and contribution to making Chrysalis what it is today. At the same time, I would like to welcome our new members, Rich Goad and Madison McDonald. I know they will bring a lot of great ideas to the table and look forward to working with them. The board met last month and with a sad heart, we have collectively decided to postpone the January weekend. We felt with the uncertainty of this virus and virtual school system in place, it would hinder the teaming experience and the bug applications. Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off.
Chrysalis decided that we needed to stay connected to the bugs from past weekends. We have come up with Virtual game night. Our first game night was Aug 26th. It was a small crowded, but that did not stop them. Kayleigh, Becca, Casey, and Bryson wanted to figure a way to stay connected and have fun at the same time. So, they brought out Jackbox. It was a blast playing. It made me feel 20 years younger. This will be a monthly get together. It will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month. We will be posting alerts on social media. I hope everyone comes and joins us in a little down time of fellowship and games. So, don’t forget to bring your humor and your drawing skills. Here are a few pictures from our game night. I hope to see more faces next time.
Fly With Christ,
Three Cheers for Palanca !
We are so excited to carry on our love of Emmaus by helping with Palanca . We are ready to collect, organize and distribute Palanca.
Do you want to make palanca bags ? We have a pattern .
Join us on this Rainbow journey... As we share God’s love .Ruth Washburg
Revised Procedures for Ultreya Prayer Concerns
The Board of Directors recently addressed the topic of prayer concern procedures during Ultreyas. The Board was advised that prayer concerns at Ultreya, written out for the presiding Spiritual Director to read, in many cases contained sensitive and private information. As a result, the Board decided to revise the procedures and implemented their decision at the December Ultreya. The revised procedures ask that prayer concerns be written on a piece of paper (provided) and dropped into a box. At the appropriate time during the Ultreya, the box containing the prayer concerns will be brought to the presiding Spiritual Director who will lead the community in prayer.
If individuals feel that more information should be shared regarding a specific prayer concern, please submit that concern to the community through the Holynet after checking with the parties involved to obtain their consent. Prayer concerns for publication on the HolyNet should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors has set the Weekend Fees for 2020 as follows:
From the returning second-year class of Directors, one lay member is elected by the Board to serve as the Community Lay Director for a one year term.. This person then selects an Assistant Lay Director from the second-year class.
The second-year Spiritual Director serves as the Community Spiritual Director, with the first-year SD serving as the Assistant to the Spiritual Director