Who do you consider to be your role model?

Just Mom

Embraced by greatness, Anna Elizabeth Ingram was more impressive than the brightest star, far greater than any hero or world wonder!  She was filled with grace and overflowing with love from God above and she shared it with everyone.

Indeed, throughout history there have been many great women and just to name a
few:  Abigail, Deborah, Esther, Queen of Sheba, Ruth, Sarah, Mary and, Anna Elizabeth too, “The oath and grace of God.”

So many knew her as Ms. Kitty, but to me she was “Just Mom”.
The one from whom I have learned everything for living this life and withering
many storms.  She was my hero and role model too.

We all have experienced some type of loss in our lifetime.
With some losses we can overcome and eventually get over them, we learn
how to pick up the pieces, and move on.  But, with the loss of greatness, it changes each one of us.  Our lives and our hearts suddenly have a big empty breach in them.  Today, we suffer such a loss, but the emptiness is not forever and her memory is not lost.

One day, we will all meet again on the mighty Mount Sinai with our Lord.  We will see each other once more face to face and bask in the warmth of God’s eternal sun and love.  No more distracted by evil, being tired or our bodies riddled with disease. No more depression or worry from this life.
Our Lord and Savior of the mountaintop will move all his children into his
kingdom to share a perfect season and we will have no more reason for sorrow. Until
then, Anna Elizabeth rest in peace and avail until our Lord’s tomorrow.

No matter where we are in this life, or the losses we have endured, we must continue in faith and believe the things which we have learned and been assured of, knowing from
whom we have learned them.  (2 Timothy 3:14)

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Jesus or Yeshua?

Jesus
or Yeshua?

I have provided for you two sources of
information: Both are based on scripture and history. As always you have the
right to choose.

 

No Scripture
Identifies Yeshua as Messiah

Messianic Jews tend to refer to Messiah as Yeshua. Why do we do this? To
put it simply, in calling Him Yeshua we are restoring to Him His Jewish
identity
. Yeshua was and is the name He was called when He walked on this
Earth.

To
the millions of people that have been saved, healed and delivered from sin,
sickness and demons because of the precious name of Jesus these
aforementioned types of attacks on the Savior’s name are most disturbing. I for
one am no longer passive about this as I once was. At least many, if not all,
Yeshua people are spreading amazing lies, fabrications and misinformation about
the name that makes demons shudder and brings salvation and therefore they need
to be corrected and opposed.

For The Record

  • Jesus
    is not derived from the pagan source of Isus.
  • Jesus
    is not a false name.
  • Jesus
    is not of pagan origins.
  • Jesus
    is not a false name for Messiah.
  • Jesus
    is not a twice-removed translation of the name.
  • Jesus
    is not merely a name used by boastful Christians who killed Jews.
  • Jesus
    is not being used for the sake of (antitorah, antijewish) tradition.
  • There
    is no emphasis in the Bible to restore to the Savior His Jewish
    identity.
  • Jesus is the only name in which salvation is found (Acts 4:12).

If God wanted the Jewish
writers of the New Testament to use Yeshua they would have but they didn’t. To
say Yeshua means “salvation” is not a clear connection to the Savior
from Nazareth. It doesn’t identify the one who shed his blood on the cross of Calvary, rose from the dead and is coming back again,
as the NT identifies Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus has the name that is above every name (Phil.
2:9). It, therefore, should be used unashamedly in our English speaking society
in spite of all the lies and fabrications being spread around by Messianic
Jews.

This is a question that is often asked. Why should an English speaking
person call on the Hebrew names of Yahweh and Yahushua?

The answer is actually quite simple. Personal names do not translate
across languages. For instance, Ariel Sharon is still Ariel Sharon in any
country or language. Personal names do not translate, they transliterate.
In other words, they retain the pronunciation as much as possible. Even so,
“The LORD” is not a translation of the name “Yahweh”. It is
a direct replacement. Put simply, the translators admit they substituted
Yahweh’s name for a title
. All for the sake of an unscriptural tradition.
Yahweh’s name is in scripture nearly 7000 times. And nearly 7000 times they
replaced it (not translated it) with “the LORD”, or “GOD”.
I wouldn’t want someone to change my name unless it was Yahweh. And it is clear
that according to the third
commandment
that Yahweh doesn’t want anyone to change or falsify His name
either.

Think about this for a moment. What makes man think he has the authority to
change the name of the one who created him, and who created all things? We
don’t have that right! For instance, in the scriptures we see that one who
changes the name of another is always in authority over them. Yahushua renamed
Simon. Yahweh renamed Abram to Abraham. Adam named the animals. We have no
authority to rename our Heavenly Father or His Messiah Yahushua. We need to be
sure we leave things as He inspired it.

Also consider this: If you don’t speak Hebrew then you can’t say Abraham,
Isaac, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Zechariah, Michael or a long list of other
Hebrew names! Why was Yahweh’s name the only one changed? And why was
Yahushua’s Name the only name in our modern bibles that is different from the
Old Testament to the New Testament? In the Old Testament, it’s
“Joshua” but in the New
Testament it’s “Jesus”
. The answer is simple. Satan will do
anything to turn men from the truth. Yahweh’s Name IS truth. Yahushua’s Name IS truth.
Substitutions are lies. You see, Father Yahweh is seeking those who
worship Him in spirit and in truth.
And when we call Him by a false name, then we are worshipping Him in lies and
not truth. If we know
that “the Lord” and “Jesus” are false, why continue in
error?? Aren’t we supposed to love the truth?

Jehovah

This is the origin of the name
“Jehovah.” It is actually a hybrid name, combining the vowels
of Adonai with the consonants of YHWH into JeHoVaH or YeHoWaH (the
“a” of Adonai is changed for reasons of Hebrew pronunciation).
The people who produced this name were medieval Christian Hebrew Scholars;
the Jews never acknowledged such a name
.

The defense of this Christian hybrid is the
same as the defense of the Jewish avoidance of pronouncing the name—tradition!

You decide?

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he
preached the things concerning the kingdom of Elohim and the name of Yahushua
Messiah, both men and women were baptized.

I am saving baptism for another day…

The following is a
summary of the excuses that they have used for their refusing to insert the
true name Yahweh.

  • It’s used in most English versions
  • We’re following an ancient tradition
  • The word “Jehovah” does not
    accurately present any form of the Name ever used in Hebrew (What about
    “Yahweh”??)
  • Use of any proper name…is entirely inappropriate
  • It lacks devotional qualities

Amongst all these
reasons, is there not something missing here?

YES, it is something
that they have gone over painstakingly word for word! Something called THE WORD
OF YAHWEH. Not once did they quote a scripture to back up their excuses.

So now that we have
heard the excuses, now let’s see what Yahweh’s word has to say about His name:

1Kings 18:24 (KJV) And call ye on the name of
your elohim, and I will call on the name of Yahweh: and the Elohim that
answereth by fire, let him be Elohim. And all the people answered and said, It
is well spoken.

 

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Article of Interest -maybe?

This question was asked

Are Women supposed to be pastors? Are they supposed to
teach in front of a congregation?

I will attempt to answer this question with scripture and
history. You have the right as always to formulate your own understanding.

Do you know these women:
Mary Magdalene, Prisca, Joanna, Junia, Susanna, Julia, Euodia, Lydia,
Nympha, Phoebe?

Paul rebuked some of the
women for their low-cut immoral clothing decorated with pearls. Ephesus was the
center of the worship of Artemis (see Acts 19:28), and her priestesses dressed
just as Paul described. Paul stressed good deeds “appropriate for women who
PROFESS to worship God”. Paul personally had doubts about the motives of these
women! Next Paul advises that he lets wives/women learn quietly and
submissively. The Greek word for women and wives is the same word so it is hard
to tell for sure whether Paul meant a group of unconverted wives Timothy had
told him about, or all the women. The wives/women in question obviously hadn’t
been learning quietly, and from studying the entire two chapters we can tell
that some were teaching false doctrines either publicly or privately.

In the critical verse 12, Paul
writes, “I do not permit a woman (or wife) to teach or…(and what it is that
he doesn’t want them teaching?) The phrase “to usurp authority over the” is all
translated from only ONE Greek word: “authentein.”

This word is only in this one
verse in the entire New Testament! Translators are still arguing about what
“authentein” meant at the time of Paul, as word meanings change over time.   So the latest scholarly translation of
“authentein” is that it was a coarse sexual word that had nothing to do with
authority at the time of Paul!  He does
not use the word again in any of his other letters!

Another proof that Paul was
not discussing authority in 1 Tim. 2:12 is that Paul mentions authority in the
same chapter we are discussing—1Tim. 2:2, “kings and all those in authority”
and he uses an entirely different Greek word—not the mystery word “authentein”!

So the main scripture quoted
to tell women they can’t teach (give Bible studies and sermons during services)
is based on a scripture that contains a word that no one knows FOR SURE what it
means! In many other scriptures Paul praises women in active ministry! Does it
make sense to hinge an entire doctrine affecting 60% of the church on an
uncertain verse that contradicts Paul’s other writings and the words of Jesus?

The major premise of these
sermons was that all women are to be subject or controlled by all men. It’s a
faulty premise. Wives yielding graciously, lovingly to the gentle, caring
leadership of Christian husbands is set in a family context. Nowhere are all
women subject to all men!

Deborah never made it into
the “women’s role” sermon because she summoned Barak and he came—she didn’t go
to him. Deborah, a wife and mother, led and judged the entire nation of Israel!
That was all God’s will! God’s doing! Deborah praised the “princes” who went to
war under her leadership by the command of God, Judges 5:2 and 9. Apostle and
prophet top the list of spiritual gifts in 1Cor. 12:28. A minister, listed
simply as a teacher in the list, is listed beneath the spiritual gift of
prophet. Of course all spiritual gifts are important in the church, but some
have greater responsibility before God. Prophets such as Deborah received
direct words of God—and being married didn’t stop God from selecting Deborah or
Huldah (2 Chron. 34:22) as prophets. God doesn’t change. If we can have women
prophets we can have women teacher/ministers as they “rank” below prophets. Yet
rank is not a concept that God promotes, for all leadership must be loving
servant leadership, Matt. 20:26.

All of these women and many
more, didn’t make it into those sermons about women’s role. Neither did Euodia
and Syntyche, who Paul said, “contended at my side in the cause of the gospel”,
Phil. 4:2-5, NIV. The Greek phrase mentioning these two women is originally a
reference to wrestling side by side in the cause of the gospel! Paul praised
these women for publicly verbally wrestling for God’s Truth! Two women were
publicly teaching God’s truth right beside Paul and Paul praised them for it!

Mary Magdalene

In the Gospel of John, the risen Jesus
gives her (Mary Magdalene) special teaching and commissions her as an apostle
to the apostles to bring them the good news. She obeys and is thus the first to
announce the resurrection and to play the role of an apostle, although the term
is not specifically used of her. Later tradition, however, will herald her as
“the apostle to the apostles.” The strength of this literary
tradition makes it possible to suggest that historically Mary was a prophetic
visionary and leader within one sector of the early Christian movement after
the death of Jesus.

Her role as “apostle to the apostles” is frequently explored,
especially in considering her faith in contrast to that of the male disciples
who refuse to believe her testimony. She is most often portrayed in texts that
claim to record dialogues of Jesus with his disciples, both before and after
the resurrection. In the Dialogue of the Savior, for example, Mary is
named along with Judas (Thomas) and Matthew in the course of an extended
dialogue with Jesus. During the discussion, Mary addresses several questions to
the Savior as a representative of the disciples as a group. She thus appears as
a prominent member of the disciple group and is the only woman named. Moreover,
in response to a particularly insightful question, the Lord says of her,
“´You make clear the abundance of the revealer!'” (140.17-19). At
another point, after Mary has spoken, the narrator states, “She uttered
this as a woman who had understood completely”(139.11-13). These
affirmations make it clear that Mary is to be counted among the disciples who
fully comprehended the Lord’s teaching (142.11-13).

Mary also plays a clear role among those whom Jesus teaches. She is one of the
seven women and twelve men gathered to hear the Savior after the resurrection,
but before his ascension. Of these only five are named and speak, including
Mary. At the end of his discourse, he tells them, “I have given you
authority over all things as children of light,” and they go forth in joy
to preach the gospel. Here again Mary is included among those special disciples
to whom Jesus entrusted his most elevated teaching, and she takes a role in the
preaching of the gospel.

In the Gospel of Philip, Mary
Magdalene is mentioned as one of three Marys “who always walked with the
Lord” and as his companion (59.6-11). The work also says that Lord loved
her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often (63.34-36). The
importance of this portrayal is that yet again the work affirms the special
relationship of Mary Magdalene to Jesus based on her spiritual perfection.

The Gospel of Mary presents an unflinchingly
favorable portrait of Mary Magdalene as a woman leader among the disciples. The
Lord himself says she is blessed for not wavering when he appears to her in a
vision. When all the other disciples are weeping and frightened, she alone
remains steadfast in her faith because she has grasped and appropriated the
salvation offered in Jesus’ teachings. Mary models the ideal disciple: she
steps into the role of the Savior at his departure, comforts, and instructs the
other disciples. Peter asks her to tell any words of the Savior which she might
know but that the other disciples have not heard. His request acknowledges that
Mary was preeminent among women in Jesus’ esteem, and the question itself
suggests that Jesus gave her private instruction. Mary agrees and gives an
account of “secret” teaching she received from the Lord in a vision.
The vision is given in the form of a dialogue between the Lord and Mary; it is
an extensive account that takes up seven out of the eighteen pages of the work.
At the conclusion of the work, Levi confirms that indeed the Saviour loved her
more than the rest of the disciples (18.14-15). While her teachings do not go
unchallenged, in the end the Gospel of Mary affirms both the truth of
her teachings and her authority to teach the male disciples. She is portrayed as
a prophetic visionary and as a leader among the disciples.
Women’s prominence did not, however, go
unchallenged. Every variety of ancient Christianity that advocated the
legitimacy of women’s leadership was eventually declared heretical, and
evidence of women’s early leadership roles was erased or suppressed.

This erasure has taken many forms.
Collections of prophetic oracles were destroyed. Texts were changed. For
example, at least one woman’s place in history was obscured by turning her into
a man! In Romans 16:7, the apostle Paul sends greetings to a woman named
Junia. He says of her and her male partner Andronicus that they are “my
kin and my fellow prisoners, prominent among the apostles and they were in
Christ before me.” Concluding that women could not be apostles, textual
editors and translators transformed Junia into Junias, a man.
Mary Magdalene could be associated with every
unnamed sinful woman in the gospels, including the adulteress in John
8:1-11 and the Syro-phoenician woman with her five and more
“husbands” in John 4:7-30. Mary the apostle, prophet, and
teacher had become Mary the repentant whore. This fiction was invented at least
in part to undermine her influence and with it the appeal to her apostolic
authority to support women in roles of leadership.

It needs to be emphasized that the formal elimination of women from official
roles of institutional leadership did not eliminate women’s actual presence and
importance to the Christian tradition, although it certainly seriously damaged
their capacity to contribute fully. What is remarkable is how much evidence has
survived systematic attempts to erase women from history, and with them the
warrants and models for women’s leadership.
Jesus said WHOSOEVER practices and TEACHES these commandments
will be called GREAT in the Kingdom of heaven! Matt. 5:19. Jesus never placed
limits on His women! Jesus does not forbid women from teaching and achieving
greatness along with the men who teach His commandments. In the past we have
not understood the context of Paul’s writings or exactly the culture he was
dealing with. Almost two centuries later, Paul’s letter to Timothy is indeed
difficult to understand. But however we interpret Paul, we must remember that
our understanding of Paul’s writings cannot contradict the words of our Savior,
Jesus! The words of Jesus are clear and apply to “whosoever”. Both men and
women must be allowed to obey Jesus and be allowed to teach His ways and
commandments without limitations.

 

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Hawaii Anyone?

How to go to Hawaii expenses paid!

This is the dream of a lifetime. What is the dream? Going to
Hawaii. I already know what you are saying in your mind. “We, or I can’t afford
a trip to Hawaii”! Right? Well, I am the one to tell you this: “You are Wrong”!
I am not going to use the famous phrase, “You can do anything you want, if you
put your mind to it”.  No, I am not going
to say that, but what I am going to say is this: “Yes You Can”! You can have
your dream of a lifetime and expenses paid!

Alright, I know…let’s not be redundant, and get to the
point.  I love to travel, but like many
others I believed my dream would never come true.  I was at my regular job, we won’t mention the
company; they may not appreciate the “free” publicity. At any rate, I was at
work, and I was reading the newspaper (on break of course) when I saw an
ad.  This is not the unusual part, all
newspapers have ads. But this ad said:
“Do You Want to go to Hawaii”? My first thought was, why of course. Then
reality, I thought “what’s the catch”? I heard this statement somewhere: Take
Action! And I did.

I called the number that the ad provided, talked to a very
nice encouraging person on the other end of the phone.  We set an appointment for an interview.  I made the appointment for the next day (on
my lunch break).  While at the
appointment, I was asked several questions:
What type of skills I had, was I able to travel, could I get a passport
(already had one), and when could I leave ( I am always packed).

By now you want to know what happened and how did I go on
vacation to Hawaii expenses paid, Yes? Here is your answer: Get a job! Not just
any job, get a job with a Cruise Line! And I did.  But, let me tell you this. I have never had
as much fun or served others as hard as I did while working on a Cruise
Line.  I endured extensive training, traveled
the seven (7) seas, met wonderful people from around the world, ate and drank
as much as I could, slept in a tiny space with two other roommates, got up
early and served the people seven (7) days a week.  I received a paycheck each month and had a
free family traveling plan! Who could ask for more?

Be advised, this method is not for everyone. But, if you are
adventurous and want to learn a new way of life, then this expense paid
vacation to Hawaii on a great cruise liner is the way to make waves!

 

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