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Lord, this year let me be a bridge over which Jews can walk into the Kingdom of God, and where Christians can walk back into the Chosen People for one united fellowship under the King of Kings.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
This is the year when everyone will take sides – are you going to save the
American Republic or are you inviting a socialist state to rule. The deciders
are corporate giants like NBC, media giants in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles, sports leaders such as ESPN, small corporations like Chick-fil-a, and governments large and small. And every other adult individual and family will be required to take a stand as well. And when they do, their true center will be exposed.
Christianity Today, a long running Christian magazine, was always
thought to be boldly Christian. When it took a stand, the world discovered that it was supporting open borders financed by anti-Christianity George Soros’ money. Franklin Graham, Billy’s son, condemned the magazine’s position and exposed that his father voted for Trump. If the magazine had not taken a stand, neither would anyone know all these other facts about funding and support.
The impeachment process, besides costing over half billion over a three year period in Congressional salaries alone, exposed the bias of virtually all the people working in Congress.
Taking sides is Yahweh’s will
It’s common to hear people praise and encourage agreement, but we find none of this in scripture.
Yahweh said, “Can any two walk together lest they be agreed?”
Answer – No. We have no agreement with evil, or malice, or even wrong motives. Men of good will have a hope of peace but there is no peace for the wicked. What agreement He asks is there between Christ and Belial (a term for evil). There are may occasions in life when we must take a stand.
2019 is a year when men of evil intent are being exposed in large numbers.
We expect judgment if open crime, but Yahweh is looking at the hearts of man as well. Political leaders especially because they are in the public eye cannot hide their crimes. Jeffrey Epstein, a serial sex trafficker, could not hide behind his $400 million dollars in the bank. Being rich or powerful can keep you hidden just so long and then – poof. It is all out in the open and the
general public must take sides.
2020 is a time of judgment
Yahweh judges those who go against Him. He has a great deal of tolerance. He might wait 70 years, but eventually He says, “Time’s up.” Exposure of
evil doers serves as a warning to common folk that there is a time of judgment. Many individuals some very famous, others we never heard of are publicly supporting one side or the other.
Pew Research shows these wide gaps in public opinion.
He says, these words:
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord
come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and
will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have
praise of Yahweh.
Hong Kong, Syria, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and in many other
places that do not make the headlines, there is war or riots or controversy,
not just in the USA. Britain after 2 years of waffling finally made a solid
decision one way. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving across the
globe, changing the course of history with their feet. Europe
especially has suffered from migrants moving across many borders.
Evil conversations are also coming forth; Luke 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Yahweh is bringing all wickedness to the fore. But He is not unfair – He
also said He would not doing anything without first telling His prophets. So
now you know.
#prophecy #futurist #worldwidejudgment #comingjudgement
It’s taken me four decades to understand this passage in Corinthians in reference to a communion service of believers. But it was walked out in my life in a dramatic manner.
1 Cor 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
Sleep means to die in verse 30. To understand what this means, let’s examine what it does not say. It does not say to fail to discern a Christian, or a friend, or a believer, or a baptized person or the devil himself. It says failure to discern, not the Lord Himself, but His Body.
Who is the Body of Christ?
That’s us. But more importantly the “us” is not just Harold, Jenny and Roy, but to recognize the part of Christ’s body where Harold, Jenny and Roy function.
People totally outside the church of Jesus certainly know them in their stores, social groups and offices. But this situation is unique; that is when we as believers take on the garment of being “Christ to the world.”
About 40 years ago my husband walked in the house at supper and said, “The Lord told me that you are a liver in the body of Christ.” I smiled because Jesus had already shown me that. And in case you’re interested the liver is hidden and it does something no one like to see – filter out all the junk that goes through the body. In fact, this little blog has spent many years filtering out false teaching and corrupted understanding in Christian circles.
The liver is corrective. Livers do not add Christians to the Body of Christ; they don’t sing, they don’t run the front office; they just react to what is passing through. As you can tell, I am not necessarily a popular figure. “Oh dear – here comes the liver. What kind of crap have I swallowed now!” they worry.
But enough of my complaints. Let’s look at this in a practical manner. To bring up sickness and possible death for some believer-behavior, esp. in the New Testament is quite rare. We must pay attention.
Bones & Skin
Consider what bodies have: Bones hold a shape. Bones in scripture are symbols of priests, not Catholic ones, just people who lead and make the body upright. Then there is skin which symbolizes faith. Faith completely surrounds a body because you need to believe for your backside, past, the present, and the front, the future, what is below the feet and above the head. You are encased in faith.
The lungs take in the word of God. My pal Jack reminded me that God only breathes out, never in. That is our breath too. Breath symbolizes Holy Spirit bringing in required oxygen which allows the body to exercise all its internal and external functions. That air is the immediate word of God, the ruach (Hebrew).
Human beings require air; spiritual man requires God’s present word to survive. We need a mouth, which symbolizes a prophet, eyes which symbolize seers (people who see) and ears symbolizing a group who hear the Lord. Hands and feet bring the gospel; they serve as mercy ministers and take the Body where Holy Spirit wants it to go.
Gall Bladder & Thyroid
The gall bladder removes bitterness, the kidney filters out water impurities, and the thyroid regulates the body. Have you ever been in a church or Bible study/prayer group where one person takes over? That is an unregulated group. That is a body that has failed to recognize the other parts of Christ’s body. And that is what can lead to sickness and even death. The thyroid is a regulator.
Six years ago a church leader banished me from the meetings as a false teacher. I’d never been confronted this way; most people just condemned me behind my back. (Or, avoided me if they have an issue.) A year later she ended up in the hospital three times with strokes. NO – I had not prayed against her. Jesus told his disciples not to do that – to leave judgment to Him.
I was just as surprised as you are. She had failed to recognize a part of His Body. Then later on a man who assumed some spiritual leadership in this same group, heaped contempt on me; I was astonished. Same deal – he did not recognize my place in the Body. After nine months he was gone! The group rebuked him.
Then some other spiritual leaders rebuked me for being “unforgiving.” They too had failed to see what was going on. As a 40 year veteran of the mission field, I’d never had any trouble seeing who was whom in a group. It’s part of the job.
God is just as interested in Fiji Islanders as he is Texans, and He is quite able to call and fit them into a Christian body in their home town. But friends in the American church had no experience with diverse people, ministries or God’s calls on individuals. I feel as though I have made a giant leap forward in understanding what God wants for the future of His People.
Clearly Church, we need to start making this part of the New Testament real. Jesus is not coming back for an unruly mob, a quarreling faction or a self-righteous bunch of over-educated, self-absorbed believers. He is coming for a team that knows, like a body, how to work together. That is our future.
#mandarin #chinese #allemand #espagnol #cantonese #francais
#Biblesymbols #dreaminterpretation #dreamsymbolism
Back in 2008 when I was a missionary in China that nation suffered an earthquake which took over 1/4 million lives. When I returned to the States I learned that a well-known California family had lost their adopted Chinese child through a freak accident around that same time. The Lord showed me (more accurately the Holy Spirit showed me) – that this child was now reunited with her original Chinese family – a great home-going for them all.
How exciting. But of course the grieving Californians could not know what I’d been told. I have no contact with these people so I completely forgot my revelation.
Then I moved to Texas where I joined a modern charismatic church. The pastor one morning told the congregation that this Chinese child’s father was his personal friend. Later I told him what the Lord had revealed to me. Would he would please tell the grieving father, even though now it is 2 years later? Then I completely forgot about it.
Many months later I asked if he had talked to the father? Had he told him about what God had told me? NO, he had not. The Holy Spirit is called The Comforter, but his friend offered him no comfort.
Frankly it shocked me that this pastor would not care enough for his friend to ease his pain with this revelation. In fact, I was so put off by it I left the church entirely. Then I moved to another town and the entire thing was lost to my mind once more.
Eventually the impact of this earthquake came up again so I asked God – Why didn’t he tell his friend, the father? The Lord made it clear to “Her father already knows!” So God gave the revelation of what had happened to his child, perhaps directly, perhaps through another person. God is more than willing to tell us why He is doing things, or what has happened to our family beyond the grave. And it relieved my mind too, knowing that a family of Chinese were happily in heaven after I’d spent so much of my time trying to reach my Chinese students for the gospel.
This is what God wants for his church. He wants us to minister revelation and truth to each other. When that happens, the Real Church happens. Look at Acts 2. They are all in an upper room, in one accord. Out of this upper room came a massive 5,000 souls revival including a large number of foreigners (that is they were all speaking diverse languages) were taken into the church in one day. A crusade followed when many were sent out, miracles were common. Out of that original unity came the greatest single move of God up until that time.
And that is what God wants now.
No – He is not giving revelation to just anyone. Non-believers, mockers and the hostile are not included in the revelation of truth. But if God’s people will come together they’ll find themselves being effective beyond their wildest dreams. And prophecy is not just about the future – but also present reality and confirmation that when we are obedient we can receive assurance that we are on the right track.
Right now, angels are gathering people together – people who believe the word of God, in addition to people known as “tares” – those who pretend to be believers but who don’t believe. This is before the final harvest.
Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
If someone in your church does not agree, let them go.
If you no longer agree with what is being done in your church, you go. God has new barns and will deal with the nay-sayers.
We lost that unity and still don’t have it back, but the call of God and the potential is still there. When we are all on one page God will show up and do mighty things. It requires us all to be in total agreement with the word and the will of God.
Can any two walk together lest they be agreed? Amos 3:3
If you are tempted to, don’t ask God to rifle through piles of tares to drag them out and into the Kingdom. Not all people are going to be saved. Only those who do God’s business God’s way! We are to pray that those who have not made up their minds will be sought by God, but as for the rest – Let them go. His business and yours is the Kingdom.
That event in my life demonstrated to me one of the major duties the Holy Spirit has in this world – that of bringing believers together and empowering them to minister to each other.
#unbelievers #prophecy #Chinaearthquake
There are heresies and then there are “damnable heresies.” Heresy means “to choose what you believe.” Yahweh has chosen what we are to believe and to make it simple He also supervised the writing of a book, The Holy Bible, available in almost every spoken language. When in doubt, check the book.
Most heresies will not send you to hell. And more importantly even some things people think are required are also not a problem, like food laws, required festivals, and recognition of certain days, including Sabbath-keeping. All these are external.
A. Damnable Heresies
- Any belief that places the death of something other than Yahshua as a sacrifice for sin
2. Ultimate reconciliation – eventually even the devil and his angels are saved.
3. Annihilation Theories – when you die you cease to exist in any form.
4. Reincarnation – you are born again as another person or being.
5. Belief in any theory that makes Yahshua not really Yahweh at any point in his life or death
6. Belief in any theory that does not recognize the blood of Yahshua as the agent to cover sin
7. Belief in any theory that does not require repentance and confession of faith.
8. Committing the unpardonable sin – rejecting the person of Christ
9. Belief in any theory that puts Yahshua as an equal to other gods, including Allah, Buddha, etc.
- Any religious system which denies in practice the existence of sin, since the personal recognition of personal sin is a requirement for salvation.
- One religious group says you must be married to be saved and if you divorce you end up in hell. Besides being ridiculous and not scriptural, it is also laughable as anyone who has ever been married knows.
- Rapture theories are divisive and since no one can prove his position at the present time adherence to any one interpretation is not a litmus test for salvation.
B. Non Damnable heresies, nonsense theories
- Any theory which claims you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to be saved, or water baptism or any process that requires additional performance.
- Yahshua paid the price for all sins of all men if they accept his sacrifice for their own sins – murder abortion, witchcraft, adultery, theft and sex sins and, most importantly if they also repent. Mere confession is not adequate. I have heard many a person weep over their sins but, it was for public show and the heart was not right. “With the heart man believes unto righteousness, and confession is made unto salvation.”
- Belief in only part of the Bible – Many people believe the Bible in part. While this does not keep you out of heaven it proportionally reduces your blessings in this life and in the next.
- Hyper-grace theories say that once you are saved any additional sin is automatically forgiven. This is wishful thinking and makes the grace of Yahweh something of a joke.
- Amulets, relics and other religious items have no effect on one’s salvation but relying on them can keep you from learning the truth and may become an idol.
- Reading alternate religious books, such as the Da Vinci Code, may not damn you but they are confusing and enforce the “traditions of men” which Yahshua condemned.
Given men’s ability to concoct lies, there may be other heresies I’ve missed, but this is a start.
#annihilation #jesussinned #Jesusmarried #devilsaved
My non-scientific estimate of the percentage of people who have no idea what a missionary does? Maybe 95%, +or- 3%. Missionaries are change agents, and we know that human beings are resistant to change. If we tell them that up front, we’d never get a single convert, so we begin with the culture.
Liturgical Religion is not a mission goal
Most religions are liturgical; even those churches which are informal have a standard practice in public meetings. The gathering together of like-minded people forms the whole basis of society – all societies – around location (geographical), religions- most of the original societies relied on a powerful god-person, or a soldier-leader who ruled by force, or most frequently by families, almost always language families.
This is not high-sociology, just an observation. It is the link that Islam has with itself all over the world, a world mission to rule through Sharia law and a ruling class tolerating no other.
Christianity, based on Judaism follows much the same path, except that the Yahweh is not Allah but a person who identified Himself as “I Am.” Originally Yahweh set standards for his people – a set of rules and a common master, Yahweh Himself. But the manner in which this religion is lived is based largely on local culture. The Eskimos (Inuits) gather around a fire, Catholics gather in formal grand churches, some African groups gather at the river with no formal structures in sight. Today there are large churches which meet only on the internet.
Culture is the Contest for Understanding
Within the context of culture missionaries examine the situation and pray for guidance on how Yahweh may be understood and known. In China, for example, all the assumptions about western religion are false such as the notion that Christianity is for white people – an Anglo-God so to speak, based largely on English-speaking standards since most of the missionaries to China came from that part of the world.
The Yahweh of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is originally identified with the Semitic Peoples of the Middle East. Yahshua, because he died for the whole world, does not and has not limited himself to one cultural standard. You find Menorah and 7 branch candlesticks (they are not identical) in Messianic churches, but only occasionally in other buildings. Some churches have dancing, and music – others not. Some have communion every Sunday, many only as the minister feels moved to do so, others once a month. That is because Yahshua wants us recognize His world-wide persona.
2 Corinthians 5:16 (CJB) So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer.
Learning out about Yahweh starts with a small group
Knowing Yahshua Christ only through one’s individual congregation is referred to in scripture as knowing Yahshua “after the flesh” a term from the King James version. But later on, it is a sign of spiritual maturity to leave behind the notion of denominational practices that are limited to local churches. When this does not happen churches become repositories for the children of the original members who may or may not be believers, having never been presented the same powerful gospel their fathers and mothers heard. These churches waste away. Today 30% of Christians do not go to church, disinterested and unchallenged, depending unfortunately on TV which may not move them forward.
Missionaries must first understand the people they are reaching
The missionary is first a Watchman on the Wall – see Ezekiel. This person or persons spy out the land for a shred of concern for eternal things. Occasionally there is a zealot (like Paul) who is already motivated and one needs to get him moving in a better direction. There may be desperately dissatisfied and unhappy people who do not appreciate what is happening around them. They can make good converts too.
The least available are those who are self-satisfied or content with the status quo. Ronald Reagan defined the status quo as “the mess we are in,” sand many people are too inert to change.
Reality is the ultimate goal of religious training
The church is ultimately about reality – or looking at life through Yahweh’s eyes, using the Bible and the testimony of believers. It will always meet head-on culture and use it for its advantage to introduce Yahshua as a person. You know girls who grow up thinking marriage will solve all their problems. Men may think, if i can only find a girl. Yahweh has a mate for you, and He’ll do a better job of finding one for you.
Yahshua is not a movement, an idea, a system or a benevolent dictator; he is a person separate from the cultural assumptions which cloud people’s minds. Since repentance is about “changing one’s mind” the missionary must start there. Of course there is opposition.
For those who believe that unbelief is a valid position I can only say you cannot prove a negative. It is futile. If you must hold on to your position you must do it by faith – that is you must say “I have faith that Yahweh does not exist.” This is the same group that says a falling tree does not make noise in the forest simply because no one hears it. That defines the humanist’s position on reality. No human need be present in order to verify or negate what is happening.
The universe has both absolutes and truths
However, what is real is real regardless of who knows, sees, hears, or understands. In fact, the whole notion of immutable standards needs resuscitation so people can deal with the real world; all else is illusion. Reality cannot be defined by what you think; that is the best definition of neurosis: ” my notion of what reality is, makes it real.” These people are not dangerous (usually) just dysfunctional.***
We do not need to push the demonic on people for them to get a whiff of evil; we must show them that evil does not go away simply because we wish it would. Yahweh allows evil to remain as part of our training. An athlete repeats over and over certain moves until, when he is under extreme pressure from a contender, he makes exactly the right moves to win.
After the missionary has done his job, he moves on and leaves the congregation to a pastor or a group of leaders. There are new fields to plow.
*** I had a friend years ago who was neurotic. She had three marriages but she honestly believed that all previous marriages did not exist and that her third husband was the true father of the two sets of children from her previous two marriages. You can call this nuts if you wish, but it is a good example of neurotic behavior.
#psychosis #neuroses #deception #delusion
Abrogation means that additional rulings to the law negate or replace previous versions of the law. For example, the speed limit on Route 101 was at one time 65 MPH, but since it is now more heavily traveled, the speed limit is now 45. But who knew?
The problem in religious law is that when the law is changed you may have not heard of the changes. Islam can add a new regulation and you not know it, or perhaps even the old law may now be in force.
In practice Muslims were once peaceable, but with subsequent rulings on Jihad and the command to kill all unconverted people that they call Infidels, foreigners are in danger of death. That includes all of us in America and any non-Muslim nation, such as China.
At one time there were no child marriages for Islamic men, but now it is more common. https://www.theepochtimes.com/top-12-countries-where-girls-are-most-likely-to-be-child-brides_1481095.html
Consequently if you read the Koran you don’t get the full picture; it is full of “old rules.”. There are many other writings which post-date that book. Furthermore, anything Mohammed did is also something believers can imitate. This should help explain why the religion has become increasingly violent.
Christianity and Judaism have established law. What the Law of God says remains in effect. “I am the Lord, I change not” it says in Malachi 3:6. And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:3
A newspaper story informs us that even Christian ministers report that Islam has the same God as Christians and Jews. Absolutely not so. And if you do not believe it because the Bible says so, at least believe it because the people who murder, rape and kill in Allah’s name never use the name of the Jewish-Christian God. They are two different spirits, two different theologies and two different patterns of life and death. The differences will prove to be important as the Presidential election of 2020 gears up.
If you want a free booklet about Islam call 1-800-700-7000, the 700 Club of the Christian Broadcasting Network. It can be read in about 20 minutes and describes the origins of Islam and why it is so sex and violence oriented.
The year was 1944. Americans were exhausted. The losses and the victories of wars on two sides of the planet were stretching us thin. That winter was the coldest in European history, and the hardest for the Allies. We lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
I had never seen any road so grand. The White Horse Pike was three lanes wide made of broken, whitish concrete with grass growing liberally in all cracks and between lanes. Vehicles were with our troops in Europe or the Far East and common folk either walked, took a bus or rode a train everywhere. We were lucky. Grandpa had some extra gas coupons and during the war we rarely ever drove a car. Americans just could not afford cars while a war was raging and we saw only a few cars on this road.
Grandpa, being a farm boy at heart, was there to pronounce doom on a turkey for dinner. Turkeys were a North Eastern staple based on pilgrim tradition. No steroid-stuffed mass-produced fowl like today. And Grandma made creamed white onions, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, dressing with celery and giblets, creamed fresh corn, stewed cranberries from nearby New Jersey bogs, plus pumpkin and mincemeat pies.
The rest of the year we had Spam and grated carrot salad, and once a week maybe a baked chicken. I got the leg. This meal was a real change of diet.
In our small town there were no working age men and very few young women. My parents were off doing war work, my mother taking the train home for an occasional weekend. Those were dark times.
But we were thankful. We could see the end of the war. Yahweh had spared us bombs on our homeland. We were a praying people and we knew Yahweh had made this possible. The first sign of sin, says Romans, is lack of gratitude. We are missing a lot of that today.
Romans 1:21 although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Now 75 years later we are digging out of another war – a war against the Constitution, against people of faith, against prosperity, against morality, against anything Yahweh ever said. This time we cannot be sure we will win. Most everyone has enough to eat, people have cars, TVs and rights, and sometimes free healthcare. But they lost the greatest things because their nest was so full of toys. They lost the ability to be thankful.
Thanksgiving weekend is not “turkey day,” or football game day, or get out at 3 a.m. to shop at the big box store day; it’s the day we notice that Yahweh made all this possible to hard workers, sincere pray-ers and moral believers. And to those who thank him.
Only two nations celebrate a day of giving Yahweh Thanks – Canada and the US. And if you’ll notice the statistics, these are two of the most prosperous nations on earth. I doubt if this is a coincidence.
No it can’t be. Yahweh hears real prayers from His people and when He does He responds with blessings.
This year, notice that each generation has its wars, its tests, its victories and failures. They come in different packages but they are all for our instruction. Let us be thankful.
The most often heard piece of theology is “Jesus Loves You.” Usually that little tune is known by the smallest of children. But I fear in actual practice most people have a wrong view of Yahweh’s love.
Human beings want their own will
The practical atheist among us is mad at Yahweh for not fulfilling his wishes. “Why did Yahweh let that drunk driver kill my Dad when I was 10? Why did I marry that horrible person? I need a job. Where is Yahweh. And that rapist!! Why was he allowed in my building. The Bible says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Where was He then? Are Yahweh’s words meaningless?
Yahweh’s purpose for us is to learn His will
These questions reflect the notion that Yahweh is there to follow our lead, like a Japanese house boy, never complaining, never expecting and always at our service.
We have it backwards. No, he does not go around killing people. He has turned the world over to humans to run, and if it is badly run, for example if the government allows drunk drivers to get off with a slap on the wrist, then accidents involving these felons will continue. In some countries drunk drivers barely see the light of day after one incident.
Man has made his own flawed systems
The fact that the people in charge of our government are lenient is not Yahweh’s fault. And if the building security was asleep, Yahweh is not in charge there either. In the USA we can’t blame our leaders – we voted for them!
God rules His Kingdom
But He is in charge of His Kingdom. And you, as individuals come first. God has something we do not have – a complete knowledge of His Plan for your life, the real call on your life, not the one you think is best, the right husband or wife, the best choices at the right time. The trick is to be in His Will. That is something each one of us, not He, needs to do.
As a young person my life’s goal was to be both a writer and a lawyer. I was frustrated in my goals. On the way to take my LSAT (Law School Admission Test) the money for the test fell out of my pocket. My years as a journalist were a disappointment too; baby sitters earned more per hour than I did!
Eventually it all comes together
But lo and behold, I studied His law and now I write. Yahweh’s law is in the 32,000+ verses in His 66 Bible books, and yes “When you fast and pray” is still a law as much as “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Five books sit in boxes needing to be written, or perhaps even just finished. And I am running out of time! But my goals and Yahweh’s were not far off, just needing correction which He did.
Finally, there is something you need to know. Not everyone knows who Yahshua is, or that He loves us. About 30 years ago during a prayer meeting at my church a long time parishioner stood up and asked for prayer for the kindergarten where she worked.
We don’t know where other people are
A particularly annoying five year old girl was so disobedient, unruly and troublesome that she, the teacher, was at a loss knowing how to handle her. One day she exploded and said, “I am having trouble loving you but I do know Jesus loves you.” To which the little tot replied, “Who the hell is Jesus?”
Whenever you find someone who is difficult, and they may be 15, 25 or 45, remember that they may not know who Jesus is either.
Whatever else He may be, He is not our servant. He is our savior. When you are in the center of His Will then even the bad things that happen have a purpose and direction for your life. But you have to be in His will to understand that.
Knowing Him comes first, before the benefits.
Germany is under siege from its Muslim immigrants who have refused to integrate into Germany society. Now Germans are moving to Hungary to avoid the onslaught. Here is the reason why this has happened. Click here https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/germans-move-christian-hungary-flee-migrant-crisis-1562217
This is an opinion piece that appeared on the blog of Paul Marek, on February 21 2006, under the title of “Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant.” The article was picked up by the Israel National News and appeared the publication in March 2007.
Dr. Emanuel Tanay, the son of Jewish dentists, was born in Russian occupied Vilna in 1928, which is now part of Lithuania, according to the personal account of his life in a Polish ghetto during the Holocaust
Marek’s article was apparently altered and posted on several reader and comment boards on the World Wide Web. Some altered versions include Marek as the author and cite Tanay as the original forwarder of the story.A German’s View on Islam. This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read.
The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well known and well respected psychiatrist.A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
Nazism originally thought merely foolish
- ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything.
- Nazis caused destruction of basic economy
- I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories. We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant.
- Islam is fanaticism
- It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march.. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
- Silent Minorities allowed the slaughter
- Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
- Peace loving people must still oppose dictators
- The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
- There is no volunteer war
- History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
- Leadership vacuums must end
- As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life. Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and think about it, and send it on before it’s too late.
Unwittingly Russia primarily, with Great Britain and the USA as back up defeated Hitler, Jew-hater extraordinaire. The result was that they saved the Jews, but by wiping clean the Jews from Europe, the door opened to the Muslim takeover of Europe which now is their destruction, Hitler’s millions squared.
Thirty years ago there was an awful fuss about women serving in the Church in some official capacity as though they should be limited to the Cs – cooking, choir and children. Oh, and I forgot – cleanup.
The advantage of having years of looking back is that one can see patterns and I see no difference between then and now. Many men do little to move the Kingdom forward and the presence of some women ministers is of meager value as well. Then there are women doing mighty works for Yahweh and some men too. In other words, the leadership of the church of Yahweh wherever it exists takes on the coloring of its membership. If the congregation is OK with theological basics, fine. If they want something more, they will get that.
The chief argument against women is Paul’s famous requirement that women not speak.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
But he adds something that makes this statement sheer sarcasm. He says, “as says the law.”
There is no mention in the Law of God forbidding women in ministry
Check it out folks; the law of Yahweh says nothing of the kind. The command comes from Jewish legal writings known as Mishnah and Gemara which have no bearing on Christian belief or practice, any more than their food laws do. The Law of Yahweh is simply the 1st five books of Moses – Period. The rest is prophets, history, Psalms and worship material and common sense writings. All are Yahweh’s word; none is to be thrown out. But neither is anything to be thrown in.
Lesbian women are not to preach and teach, but neither are gay men! The Bible is clear on that. Sin must be dealt with before anyone takes leadership over Yahweh’s people.
Paul more than any other writer says nothing under the Jewish legal system has any effect on people under grace – that is we, Christians. He is throwing old Jewish law back at the readers to tell them what path they are on. Paul wrote an entire book, Galatians, scolding them for living under Jewish rules.
So here is what we find. There are many believers who are very comfortable living under the old law. Whole denominations live under the law, as Christians, with little freedom to move forward for the Kingdom. Please remember. That is their choice and Free Will is always the program of Yahweh. He will not countermand your desire to live wherever you faith system is comfortable.
My friend Wanda, a missionary to Belize, did all the preaching, teaching and counseling and her husband did all the cooking, an arrangement which brought hundreds into the Kingdom and the natives were happy. You know that kind of arrangement would not fly in many parts of the USA.
There are penalties for living in less than Yahweh wants but that is between you and Him. Yahweh is used to this law-business.
Numbers 14:4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
When the going gets tough trying to obey Yahweh, there is always a group headed back into trouble, sin and death. When we stay fixed in our theology or position, how can we move on? And many individuals, denominations and congregations do not.
Denominational life has its focus on buildings, money, jockeying for position, and satisfaction in what they have. Opening up the ministry to women forces them to change, to widen their tents, and look at the world the way Yahweh does. Yahweh still speaks to His people within the confines they have set up for Him. He uses everyone and everything if He can. And if He can’t, then He finds other people to do the work.
The decision is not what others want, but what Yahweh wants for you. Choosing Yahweh’s will for your life leads to an overwhelming confidence. Confidence comes from two root words – con meaning with and fideo, a Latin word meaning faith. If you are with Yahweh in His will your confidence will empower you and frighten others. But not to worry, let Yahweh handle that.
Beth is right about one thing in particular. Yahweh calls individuals to the work He has for them as individuals. It is not the job of other human beings to decide or control that. All of us answer to Yahweh for the level and sincerity of our obedience. And that includes me as well.
#BethMoore #JohnMacArthur #womenteach
This makes sense to me.
If Jesus went to all that trouble to die on the cross for the human race and the earth as well, why would He leave it in enemy hands? and take the believers to heaven when it is easier to take the wicked and leave His earth to His people?
Thank you Dr. Craig @Reasonable Faith.com.
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This happened when I was living in China. I was in the mood to cook something at home. I’d tried some local mutton and no amount of cooking could turn what I had purchased into anything easier to eat than my American shoes. Into the trash it went.
Then I headed to a little meat shop around the corner, quite unaware that it was Muslim owned. Little did I know that Muslims are not allowed to sell meat to “infidels” which, according to their religious system, I definitely am. After I saw him in his get up, I was glad to know why I was rejected and I left relieved.
It is against the New Testament rules to eat meat dedicated to a foreign god, in this case Allah. The vast majority of Christians pay no attention to what they buy for meals, believing that the Department of Agriculture has things nailed down in terms of inspection.
However, we have never had to worry about our food being offered as a sacrifice to Allah until now. Alas, the Butterball people have been allowing an Islamic priest to say prayers over our favorite turkeys when they are slaughtered, a clear violation of this passage.
This passage from Corinthians is long but if we as Christians join in with idol worship, we can ruin our public testimony, even though we have no belief that our behavior is wrong. Let Paul explain it. The Message version is very clear.
1 Corinthians 8:3-13
8 1-3 The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.
4-6 Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there’s nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don’t add up to anything but a tall story. They say—again, quite rightly—that there is only one God the Father, that everything comes from him, and that he wants us to live for him. Also, they say that there is only one Master—Jesus the Messiah—and that everything is for his sake, including us. Yes. It’s true.
7 In strict logic, then, nothing happened to the meat when it was offered up to an idol. It’s just like any other meat. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive.
We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating “idol meat,” and are sure that there’s something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn’t going to change overnight.
8-9 But fortunately God doesn’t grade us on our diet. We’re neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can’t stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track.
10 For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn’t there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong.
Studying other religions
In addition, there is the issue to studying other religions. We are told not to do it. The same principles apply here too. Someone who is not able to be discretionary about what he puts in his mind may become confused. People with little spiritual foundation can easily get off track with occult information that they are not ready to absorb. You are free to read those books but why would you if there is nothing there but religious junk food?
11-13 Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn’t worth it at the cost of even one of these “weak ones.” So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.”
What you are free to do and what you should be doing publicly are two different things. And you can apply this to some concerts and musical events, plays and other creative venues that glorify evil in some measure.
Now back to turkeys. To me personally this is no big deal because I don’t like turkey and I never buy it for myself. But my children do.
But Paul does show how our public behavior can be a stumbling block. Muslims need to know that Christianity does not accept any Muslim doctrine, and since many of them will be moving to the USA our public stance is going to be much more important.
If you think this is nutty, you can read more online about it at How do you like your Butterball turkey?
#Allah #Muslimfoodlaws #Butterball
The Message is a Bible translation known for its street language. It is not a paraphrase partly because Eugene Peterson is such an accomplished scholar.
Here is where Yahshua called out Peter for questioning Jesus about His relationship to another person.
John 21:20-21 Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved [called John] following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”
22-23 Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.” That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?”
This scripture is a clear call for us to spend less time on what Yahweh is doing with and to other leaders. My blog has been going on now for nine years and one of the major concerns of my readers has been “false prophets and false teachers in the church.” You’ll notice that I never identified anyone by name. That is not what Yahweh wants.
God wants us to know His word so well that we can spot fraud ourselves.
He does not want us to make lists of false teachers and their teaching. The FBI trains agents in how to spot counterfeit bills, not by showing them the phonies, but by only handling the right stuff. When they pick up a bad bill instantly their fingers recognize the fraud by the texture and feel of the paper itself.
Studying false religions is a waste of time
The Word makes a point of saying do not study the religion of unbelievers. Furthermore one is not even to speak the name of false gods, and considering the prevalence of the word Allah on TV shows this today would be nearly impossible!
Exodus 23:13 “And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.
Old Testament rules of morality apply to all
We are to honor the laws of the Old Testament while always remembering that keeping them is not a work to guarantee our salvation. We are only saved by faith in the Messiah. But the good advice of the Old Testament still applies to our daily affairs. Salvation is a process of always being open to the correction and leading of Yahweh.
Recently I saw my Congressman in his office. I went there with one purpose. A week later I see that it was Yahweh’s mission not mine and something quite different from my goals was on His Agenda. More and more I see myself being moved around the board to get stuff done while I am blissfully ignorant. (Maybe He thinks I’d mess it up if I knew more. I’ve been known to do that.)
Who can you expose
It is acceptable to identify someone who has wronged you personally; that is part of your testimony, and if he or she has not made things right or asked for forgiveness you are free to criticize openly.
Here is the Biblical example for that principle from Paul the Apostle:
2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.
However, the fact that you can do so that does mean you should do it. Yahweh is the one who is supposed to be governing your life, not the rules however clear they may be. Jesus saved His most acidic criticism for those people in the faith, the synagogue, and the church.
For those outside the faith He had nothing but love and acceptance. Perhaps He found that those with a little learning became dangerous things?
In doing some 10 hours of research recently I was annoyed and surprised to see how many educated people spend untold internet pages on lambasting someone else. Besides being unscriptural, it is also damnable to them.
The Old Testament warns not to criticize a servant to his master
Proverbs 30:10 Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
Yahweh is watching people who take shots at others. And in more cases than I care to mention, the critics did not know their arguments against another were simply not true.
One man on TV recently made an error, but he seemed to be such a nice person I wrote him a letter and quoted the Bible passage he had messed up. I didn’t call him a false prophet which others might. Examine yourself thoroughly before you venture into the sea of negativism; you do not know where God has led someone else and why.
God hates legalistic critics
These are the ones who shine a light on the faults of other ministers. This is wrong as it puts men in charge of other people, and even an historical nincompoop knows that men cannot manage other humans very well. Yahweh’s purpose for the planet is His running things, that is why it is called the Kingdom of God.
#fasleprophets #falseteachers #error #falseministers
Simmie and her husband are immigrants from Indonesia. She escaped from China and is an implacable foe of Communism. Together they run a successful beauty shop known for high quality work. They both wear the brown prayer beads that identify Buddhists; both are very happy and fulfilled in their lives. They remember President Ronald Reagan’s defeat of the Soviets and are conservative voters.
I like my appointments early so when Simmie shows up I am already there. She takes about 5 minutes before work to stand in front of the little plastic Buddha in a corner of the shop. She gives a daily offering, which is often fruit, and says some prayers standing there silently. (Buddhists in China eat the fruit for lunch.) Orientals are a quiet sort anyway. Then she begins her work day.
I marvel at this sight. Here is a plastic Buddha manufactured by presses in the Pacific Rim (even by those new copy machines filled with liquid plastic) and painted with fake gold. Sometimes these Buddhas are ceramic and covered in real gold. But no matter. I wonder, “Whatever good will that do? This is just plastic; he can’t talk back.“
Most people, even some Buddhists, don’t know that Buddha did not claim to be God, only that he had the wisdom of God. And in fact, many people are wise.
This is a god who cannot answer.
My God can talk back. I want my God to tell me, “That is a stupid idea,” or – “You are on the right track.” I left Texas because God said, ”Start packing.” I could not be happier with the results of the move. Buddha can’t tell me that.
In China I asked one teacher, a Buddhist, “What is God’s name?” She answered, “Shang Di.” That is the Chinese word for the creator God. Then I asked, “Do you know His first name?” She did not.
I said, “His first name is Jesus.” Last October someone told me she accepted Jesus as Messiah, finally after 10 years. These things take time.
What do we do with the Simmies in our midst? We need to tell them that our god can talk back. Not through a priest, or even a prophet, but directly. I love hearing testimonies of people who have Jesus show up – sur-prise, sur-prise. He will do it. When Christians pray.
As the political situation becomes more difficult, not just in the USA but also and most urgently worldwide, more and more people ask when will God come to judge the earth. Almost all information on this is divisive and unclear. Isaiah speaks of the Day of Wrath.
Isa 13:13-15 – The day of wrath is the day of the lord. (KJV) 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. 14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. 15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
Here is where everyone returns to his own land. Whether this applies to us believers is a matter of discussion and on whether you believe the rapture occurs before the day of the Lord, or after this passage or whether you believe it is later on. Definitely one thing is sure – we will all decide on which side of Right or Wrong we stand.
There are 3 interpretations of the “day of the Lord.”
1 – Believers are raptured and watch the events as a cloud of witnesses.
2 – Believers stay here through the judgment and are protected, hidden in some safe place.
3 – Believers stay through the judgment and act as helpers to those whom God wants to save because God has said, “occupy ‘til I come” so we do not leave our post.
The answer to this question depends on timing. Since God lives in eternity, when He speaks of time its relevance to us is like walking through a mist. When He says “soon” we cannot know if this is 10 years or 100.
The word “flee” home tells us that people are not returning home voluntarily. Something has driven them to leave in a big hurry.
These questions have no universal agreement as of yet. I feel sure they will be straightened out in due time. For now, I’d suggest that no one can be absolutely sure.
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