Author of the Month of April



I’m so honored to feature my husband, Jeff manning, as this month’s author of the month. He, of course, is my favorite author showcased so far!  This story is one that will cause you to grab the kleenex but in a good way.


At the request of my beloved wife and best friend, I would like to share a walk down memory lane with you. It’s one of those memories that’s like a tapestry, our heavenly Father weaving a beautiful quilt and me honored to be a part of it.  As I start this second sentence there is already tears in my eyes just thinking about the goodness of our Abba Father and how intricate His details are.  I hope this message blesses you.

About a week ago my Father, Danny Manning, called me and asked how long it had been since an article had been published in the Metro section of the newspaper featuring me and a little boy named Colby. Colby was a cancer patient at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  As we talked, it was hard for us to believe that it had been over fifteen years since the publication.  My wife, weeks prior, had gone through some of my old pictures and plaques to place in our office and she actually had pulled the framed article out to hang above my desk.

As dad and I continued to talk, he let me know that the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation had called and wanted him to come and take a tour. He wanted to know if I would accompany him. The hospital wanted to show my dad all the updates they had made since he had been faithfully giving monthly for all these years.  What a blessing to have parents that are such givers!

About a week prior to this phone conversation with my father, some friends of my wife and I, Shawn & Anna Dolphin, were over to the house for a Shabbat when this article on the office wall initiated the testimony I’m about to share with you.  Again, tears were shed.

It all started months after I decided to rededicate my life in the mid-1990’s.  Following a service at church, a lady came up to me and told me that she had a word for me from the Father.  She went on to tell me that God had a plan for me to head up a ministry. She said I would be ministering to many men and for me to get spiritually prepared.  I thanked her and then thought “This lady is crazy!  I am trying to get my own life straight, and now I am going to be involved in ministry?  Yea, right lady!”

Well, our Father does work in mysterious ways and I came to realize that the lady in question wasn’t crazy.  Within a year, me and two other Brothers in Christ, Donnie Chambers, and Todd Brimm, started the Shield of Faith Christian Police Officers Association.  This is an entire testimony in itself and would take another article or two to write about. However, one facet of the ministry started about a year later when we received a call from a Crimes Against Children Detective about a young child at Kosair Children’s Hospital that would forever change our lives.

To our astonishment, a seven-year-old boy who along with his mother, had been traveling with the circus had grabbed a live wire that burned off three of his little fingers.  The shocking part was that his mother abandoned him at the hospital with only the clothes on his back and left with the circus never to return.  We were asked to step in.  What could we do?  A group of us nervously went and befriended this child, going to see him daily and bringing him clothes and toys.  We could tell he hadn’t had the best of upbringings due to his choice of language at times.  We did about all we could do, and tried to shower him with our Father’s love and prayers of protection.

I will never forget the day when I received the call from the hospital asking me to come down and be with this child as they took his bandages off completely. He was going to see his hand for the first time after the surgeries.  They were worried about this being traumatic and wanted his new friends to be there with him for support.  I grabbed a co-worker, Tony Denham, who was also a member of the Shield of Faith and we headed down to the hospital.  I will never forget holding this child down as he screamed while they took off the bandages.  Boy, was this kid resilient!  In a couple minutes, he was fine and ready to play.   Tony and I drove back to headquarters in silence with the previous events being replayed in our heads.  Simultaneously, we both started talking about how in the world a mother could leave their child to go through something like that all by themselves. I am thankful that this story ended well. The little boy who was abandoned ended up being adopted by a good family and moving on to a new life. Praise the Lord Adonai!

Soon after this, Dr. Steve Wright, the Medical Director of Kosair Children’s Hospital, approached us about the possibility of visiting some of the children on a regular basis.  I remember our first meeting, where we were instructed about the do’s and don’ts of what to say and not to say.  How fragile some of the situations were. We began to realize that the main place we were going was to the children’s unit in the cancer ward.  Talk about having second thoughts! Fear began to rear its ugly head.  I was nervous but felt like this was of God and so did my brothers and sisters of the Shield of Faith.

I remember being nervous as anything, as we went into the first room of the cancer unit.  There was this chubby little boy introduced to us as Colby. He had no hair from the chemo treatments but a smile that lit up the room. This little fellow sat up in his bed and spoke with a country twang I will never forget.  I remember thinking about all the do’s and don’ts and thought, “What would be a safe question for Colby?”  So I asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  He thought for a split second and said, “I want to be a Preacher.” At that very moment, I knew that the Father himself had sent us to do this work. I just didn’t know that Colby indeed would preach a message to me and others that no spiritual leader ever has.

Over the next couple years, Colby and I developed a God-ordained relationship that I will forever cherish.  We began to visit the Hospital once a week on Wednesdays and very seldom did we miss.  The children always looked forward to the Police showing up in their uniforms and coming to see them.  All the kids had a soft spot in our hearts, but Colby was super special.  No matter how much he was hurting, he always made it a point to make our day more special than we ever made his.

He basically lived at the Hospital due to his condition.  During Christmas in 1999, Colby was allowed to go home to Casey County, KY to be with family.  They contacted me and asked if I could usher him back to the hospital after his visit due to the family having some problems. This was a two-hour drive, and Donnie Chambers and a couple others accompanied me. We couldn’t pass up the chance to surprise Colby with some presents. I bring this point up due to the attached article that was in the newspaper.  In the photo of this article, there is a picture of me and Colby where I am cracking up. He had just reminded me about how bad a driver I was because of him getting car sick on the drive back to the hospital. Ha! Yes, he was a character.

In reference to the attached article, we were approached by the Hospital and the Courier-Journal requesting to join us during one of our visits.  Out of all the rooms, and all the children, they chose Colby to share in the article.  Yes, He was that special.

From that article alone we started getting a plethora of donations. Not just money, but toys, including police wagons to carry everything around on.  Another article was done in the Southeast Outlook about Colby getting baptized in the burn unit of the hospital. Yes, he was spreading the gospel, and becoming more of a preacher than I ever dreamed of being.  He continued to touch everybody he came in contact with, and especially me.

One day I got the call nobody ever wants to hear.  Colby didn’t have long and he wanted to see me.  During the visit, I couldn’t get over how brave he was. He asked me if he could be buried with my police handcuffs.  What an honor.  I remember handcuffing him and me together and letting his family take a picture of us.  Two days later I was called to his bedside where he took his last breath minutes before I arrived.

I’m proud to say that the Chief at the time, Gene Sherrard, of the Louisville Police Department, allowed us to take a brand new police car to escort Colby home to Casey County, KY. Along with that, he allowed the Shield of Faith Officers to be his Pallbearers and to play taps with the bugle.  I had the honor and privilege of speaking at Colby’s funeral and placing my cuffs into his casket. This kind soul wanted to preach the gospel and he did it better than any man I’ve seen yet.

One thing I will never forget was when we arrived at the cemetery and we got out of our cars and was close to starting the service.  A Donkey came over to the fence and made the loudest noises and carried on for a couple minutes.  I remember the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. I remember thinking at that very moment, that braying was for Colby.  After the service, two other officers that were with us said the exact same thing; the same thought had come to them.  The donkey was brought up several times on our ride home and it also reminded me of the humble donkey Jesus-Yeshua rode in on and also the fact that our Father used a donkey to speak.

For five years I had the honor of meeting and making many friends at Kosair.  Again, several of these children went on to be with the Lord Adonai and others received miracles.  The toys continued to pour in due to Colby and I am proud to say that off and on for the past sixteen years officers of the Shield of Faith have continued to make these visits, as well as my faithful dad.

Yes, I believe Colby was a Preacher and ministered to many unknowingly.  I also know that only God could have taken the broken man I was, who was just trying to get my life back on track, and place my feet on a path that would connect me with a little ole country boy that would forever change my life.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ones that truly are the angels at these children’s hospitals.  The doctors and especially the nurses who are there every day, caring for and comforting not only the children but the families also.  I pray many blessings and much comfort over these angels as they deal day in and day out with some of their new friends suffering and some passing away.


Jeff Manning

:The picture above shows Colby and I handcuffed. It was taken two days before he passed away.

Passover/ Pesach


                                                      The Feast Days are found in the section of your bible that’s labeled the Old Testament, but they are also mentioned throughout the New Testament. If you are a Christian, more than likely, you have noticed them but haven’t been taught much about them. If you are Messianic or a Feast keeper already, I hope to inspire you with more knowledge on these shadows of things to come.

Once we search out these dates, times, observances, and moons, they will begin to connect and make your biblical studies easier to understand and hopefully more exciting.  After careful study of the next few chapters in this book, Paul’s words will begin to make more sense, as will many other verses in the section labeled New Testament. Revelations, a book many find difficult to follow will begin to come alive with hidden meaning.

Everything our Creator commanded was for a reason and a season. Every date and instruction given to us were for a greater good. The Old Testament is not a book for Jews and the New Testament a book written for Christians. As a matter of fact, When Matthew, Mark, Paul, Luke, Peter, and others were writing the New Testament all they had was the Old Testament otherwise known as the Tanakh.


Before we get started I need you to erase any preconceived notion from your mind concerning terms like “Old Testament,” “Torah or Law,” “Feasts, Sabbaths, blood sacrifices, and Paul’s words (that have been used ignorantly) from your thinking. To ensure you that I speak truths concerning Paul’s words let’s read the next verse carefully. “…just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:15-16 NASB.

Yes, I’m holding out new spectacles and hoping that you will try them on and allow yourself to go on a journey with me through some portions of your bible that you may never have deemed important or that was implied by your spiritual leader as “done away with.”

The word “feast” in Hebrew is “Moed” and that word means a fixed time, an appointed season, a set time, exact time, and an assembly. You see, the first Feast came about at the exact set time. The first four have already come forth just as Our Father promised, and now we wait for the latter Feast’s to be fulfilled. Another word for Feast is Festival or “Chag” in the Hebrew. This is a celebration, a joyous occasion.

The first Feast we find in the Bible is Passover or Pesach. Chances are this one you are more familiar with than the others. Stay with me as we examine scriptures to see a clear picture of Yeshua-Jesus.

“Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.” Exodus 12:1-3, 5, 6 NASB.


A lamb was selected and brought into the house, and for four days the family would look it over to make sure it was perfect.  The lamb would be named and cared for. A lamb for a house. Peter explains how Jesus-Yeshua was our perfect lamb. “knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with the precious blood of the Messiah, like that of a lamb without blemish or defect. ” 1 Peter 1:18-19 ASV.

Now the dates and the timing of the sacrifice of the Passover lambs and Jesus all coincide. Let’s look at scripture closely. “The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 KJB.

Yeshua is introduced to the people as the Passover Lamb of G-d. The people knew exactly what John the Baptist meant when he said “The Lamb of G-d,” because they had been sacrificing lambs for over 1,500 years on the Feast of Pesach-Passover. They knew about inspecting lambs for spots or blemishes.


The Pharisees and Sadducees tried to find fault with Jesus-Yeshua and looked for any blemish or way to trick him. They tried to catch him breaking the Torah (Law) and they looked for ways to twist his words. One example of the inspection to ensure he was spotless is noted in Luke chapter twenty. Let’s look at that. “So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.” Luke 20:20 NASB.

He was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted and he had to pass every temptation. He had to be spotless. He used the “Word of the Torah” to fight the adversary in the wilderness. Each verse He quoted was from the Torah. After Yeshua raises Lazarus from the dead many of the people believed on him and we see that they do select him as their Lamb on the 10th of Nissan just like the Israelites selected a lamb over 1,500 years before in Egypt.  The chapter starts out letting the reader know it was six days before Passover, (Pesach) and then continues to the next day. Let’s look at that.

“On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus (Yeshua) was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord, even the King of Israel.” Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:12-15 NASB. The expression Hosanna means “Save us please.” Yeshua was taking the same route on that donkey that the spotless lambs would make. What do I mean by that? Historians, such as Josephus, claim that this was Lamb selection day and that the lambs, spotless and ready for sacrifice, would travel the same path Jesus-Yeshua traveled on his colt, past the northeastern gate by the pool of Bethsaida also known as the sheep gate.

Matthew 21:9 says, “And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” ERV.  He was coming to them as Joseph, not David, but of course, they assumed he was coming as reigning Messiah ben David. Confused? Let me explain. In Jewish tradition, two Messiah’s will come and both will help bring in the Messianic era. Messiah ben David of the tribe of Judah will be the final redeemer who will rule the Messianic age. Messiah ben Joseph of the tribe of Ephraim will come first as a precursor to prepare the world for the final redeemer. Yeshua came first as a type of Joseph; a humble servant, saving his people. Now, let’s do more comparisons on the lambs of Egypt and Yeshua.


The lambs sacrificed in Egypt were spotless, no bones were broken, and the blood was placed on the doorpost and this saved them from the death angel. As we read earlier in Exodus, they were to keep their lambs until the fourteenth day of the same month, then they were to kill it at twilight.


There is so much information concerning Yeshua in this one Feast that I cannot contain myself. Did you know the children of Israel kept the Passover in Egypt and then they kept it the 1st year after they were freed, but never celebrated it again until 39/40 years later when they reached the promise land? “Adonai spoke to Moshe in the Sinai Desert in the first month of the second year after they had left the land of Egypt; he said, “Let the people of Isra’el observe Pesach at its designated time.” Numbers 9:1-2 CJB. However, when we get to verse six we learn this,” But there were certain people who had become unclean because of someone’s corpse, so that they could not observe Pesach on that day.” Numbers 9:6 CJB. So how strict and legalistic is our Father? He tells those who had touched a dead body, that they can celebrate it in the 2nd month. Sadly, He gives them the commandment to celebrate it forever, but they only do it when He commanded and told them to. They did not do it on their own.  Let’s look at the 40th year for proof. “The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” Exodus 16:35 NASB. Now we notice something interesting happens under Joshua’s reign. “On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.  The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain.  The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.” Joshua 5:10-12 NIV.


Among other astounding facts is that when the Jews were sacrificing their Lambs, Yeshua-Jesus was on the cross at the exact moment. Even more startling is this verse from Revelations, “Everyone living on earth will worship it (The Beast) except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded.” 13:8 CJB. How could Jesus-Yeshua be slaughtered before the world was even created? He tried to warn his disciples, but even that was over 4,000 years after creation.

Mysteries and wisdom are coming forth at this time, but many are sleeping without oil because they have forsaken His Word. Jesus-Yeshua knew that he was the Lamb.

“(Jesus) He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.” Matthew 26:1-2 NASB. In our next portion, we will look deeper into this Feast and I think you will be surprised at the intricate detail of our Father and His Holy days.






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