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May 8th, 2021

Are You Honouring Your Mother? God’s Perspective

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mother child at peaceBy Whose Authority?

The Everliving One is the Sovereign who gave a command about honouring your mother. He is the Lord God who sets the standard of right and wrong, and established the family relationship. When the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob cried out to God, the I AM, he delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Then he rehearsed with them those standards of conduct that he promised would bring liberty to those who followed them faithfully. Honouring your mother was one of those fundamental principles in God’s law of liberty.

Jesus Christ, the I AM, confirmed the importance of keeping the commandments and following in his footsteps. For it is in the keeping of his commands, and walking with him, that our love is perfected. Honouring your mother meant that you would respect, obey, and care for her welfare. Jesus set the example. While on the cross and in great pain, he was able to care for and meet the needs of his mother who had depended on his support. In this society the families of condemned criminals lost everything, so Jesus gave John the responsibility of providing for his mother, as if she were his own.

The Church Family

This was in keeping with the churches’ understanding that they were family. Paul made it clear that it was the responsibility of brethren to care for widows – the mothers in the congregation who had no support. And in similar fashion these women would ‘mother’ the brethren. This is why in writing to the church in Rome, Paul made a special mention of Rufus’ mother, who had also been a ‘mother’ to Paul, ministering to his needs. Paul acknowledged the vital role that Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice, had played in teaching Timothy God’s way of life. These faithful women had been able to transmit their sincere trust in God and the authority of scripture to Timothy.

God Chose Deborah

God does not limit the role of women to their vital work within the family. Though that is their realm of greatest potential in nurturing a new generation. Sometimes women are called by God to assume other roles in society. Deborah was called to be both a prophetess, as well as a judge or civil ruler, for her people in a time of great oppression. Jabin of Hazor and his armies under the lead of Sisera had dominated the northern tribes of Israel for 20 years. With an army of 900 chariots they had ruled over the Israelites. Yet there came a time when God heard the prayers of his people and began to intervene. He told Deborah his plan to overthrow the invaders, and she called Barak to rally the people to fight. And at Barak’s insistence Deborah accompanied the warriors into the arena of battle. She understood her role, and fulfilled it faithfully as a servant of the God who had called her to this responsibility of leadership.

Avoid the Two Ditches

There are many religious people today who fall into the ditch of feminist thinking and ignore Paul’s instruction that women were not to assume the role of elders leading the church. Similarly, in ancient Israel, it was only men who were given the role of priests, and levites. Though there were prophetesses in ancient Israel, the nation was told not to adopt the religious practice of their polytheistic neighbours. So there were never any priestesses in Israel.
However, there are those in the opposite philosophical ditch who think of all women as inferior and subservient to all men. This is another falsehood . According to scripture, Paul valued the work of women in the congregations, as fellow-servants both teaching and encouraging other brethren. Though they were not in the official capacity of apostle, or elder, they had important responsibilities in the church community. The Lord God established the way in which he wanted worship services to be administered. He still has the authority to expect us to follow the example he set, that was preserved in scripture for our benefit. And it is foolish for women to covet the positions God set aside for men, when a woman’s work in a congregation is greatly valued by God.

The Virtuous Woman

Of course the most concise synopsis of God’s instructions about mothers is found in the Proverbs. This picture of the virtuous woman, the eshet hayil, is something that all women, mothers or not, can consider for inspiration.
God has called women to fulfill a vital role in family and community. And the mothers who fulfill their function are worthy of honour. The Lord created the role of wife, mother, and community helper to encourage every daughter to take up this challenge. The Proverb extols the virtues of the godly woman: faith, goodness, industriousness, productivity, resourcefulness, foresight, compassion, strength, dignity, and wisdom. She is an able teacher, and an excellent provider in the family and the community. But most importantly she ‘fears the Lord’ looking to him for the wisdom she needs to fulfill her many roles.

From the very beginning the Lord God created men and women to compliment one another and support one another. Life together was a cooperative venture of differing roles executed with mutual honour and respect. Eventually the Creator’s plan was for man and woman to become heirs together of eternal life. This was the Lord God’s vision, and his laws protecting the family were created to benefit men and women. So when God tells his people that honouring your mother is something that he wants every child to remember, we need to listen and obey.

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April 25th, 2021

Judeo Christian – What do You Mean?

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Christians are sometimes confused by the term Judeo Christian. Judeo Christian does not mean Jewish Christian or Messianic Jew, so what does it mean?

Let me explain what Judeo Christian means, for those who are without background in the topic; the words Judeo Christian are most often used to describe the biblically based religious, moral, and ethical heritage of certain western societies. But there is a more complete definition of Judeo Christianity:

A belief system and lifestyle founded upon the principle of Sola Scriptura (by bible alone). The Holy Bible, in its entirety, (Hebrew and Greek scriptures) is a complete and divinely inspired compilation of books written for revelation, instruction, and reproof.
2 Timothy 3

God’s Plan for his Children

God has a plan that has been consistent through history as shown by the unified purpose of God’s teachings and by the personal examples of the faithful: from Abel to Christ and his apostles.

The Bible is a comprehensive life-map designed by God the Father and spoken by the Word to provide the path to a good physical life and the only path to eternal life through Christ, the Rock of our Salvation, YHVH, the Lord of Hosts and King of Kings. It contains historical eye witness accounts, memoire, poetry, teaching, and prophecy in one integrated package written over the centuries. It’s themes and purpose are consistent  and for those who read it’s message, believe it, and then act on it the promise is one of an abundant life walking in harmony with the Creator.

A Brief History of the Scripturalists

Judeo Christianity emerged into the English-speaking world during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain in the late 1500s, as part of the non-conformist Reformation movement.

This specific reformation was based in an understanding that both the Old and New Covenant Scriptures held authority, rather than Catholic (or Protestant) church traditions (Matthew 4:4; John 17:17; Matthew 15:3-9). These people were called scripturalists, and their foundational principle was Sola Scriptura, by scripture alone. So they were Sabbath keeping Christians who rejected the Roman church calendar and its days of worship in favour of the biblically based Hebrew calendar and the Holy Days enumerated in scripture.
They rejected many of the teachings of Augustine, Arius, and other early church fathers, whose teachings were contrary to the clear record of scripture.

First Century Roots

However, this present 21st Century revival of Judeo Christian belief traces its beginning to the original ‘Church’ that Christ founded, the Jerusalem church, and the apostles who continued to teach the gospel after Christ’s death and resurrection. The apostle John and his disciples, Polycarp and Polycrates, continued the biblical tradition. Later, others like Pelagius and the early Celtic Christians, including Patrick and Columba, continued to reject the authority of the Romani and their traditions in favour of the principle of ‘Sola Scriptura.’

“Judeo Christian” belief has a long history, and continues to provide the ‘minority’ report when it comes to rejecting human religious traditions (Jewish or Christian) in favour of living by every word of God, as Jesus admonished his followers.

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April 24th, 2021

Content or Contentious? Lessons from the Wilderness

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Content or contentious Israel in the WildernessLearning for Israel’s Wilderness Experience

Israel’s experience in the wilderness, is one that makes us ask the question, ‘Are we content or contentious?’
God had delivered the people from slavery in Egypt.  He had delivered them from Pharaoh’s army and protected them as they crossed the Red Sea. But were the people content? Within a week of having left Egypt behind them, they were already murmuring, upset or  fearful about their situation and the lack of water. Had God just brought them out to slay them in the desert they wondered? Some folks thought so! How quickly they had forgotten God’s miracles. But in spite of their whining and complaining God would fulfill his promises.

It was at this early juncture in their journey that God made a conditional promise. If they would listen to him, and keep his word, then they would not have to endure all the diseases of Egypt. Are we content or contentious, in knowing that God is our healer? More

April 17th, 2021

Dealing with Oppressive Government

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Dealing with Oppressive Government

Sheep Among Wolves

Christ warned his followers that they would need to deal with oppressive governments and their agents. He said that in serving Jesus, his disciples would have to stand before leaders and rulers as a witness representing the Lord they served. This was not going to be an easy task. In fact Christ likened it to being sheep sent out among the wolves. So his advice to his servants was that they were to be as wise as serpents, but as harmless as doves. In our time, many are having to stand up for Christian values. And we need the wisdom to deal with oppressive governments and their representatives, motivated by wisdom and the desire to represent God faithfully. How are we managing? More

April 3rd, 2021

Do Not Fear – A Story of Escaping Sin

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Leaving Egypt

When God told the Israelites, “Do not fear!” they had good reasons for being afraid. A week earlier all the tribes of Israel had triumphantly left Egyptian slavery behind and had walked out of Egypt. But now they stood between the mountains and the sea with the might of the Egyptian army bearing down upon their position. The enemy was bent on doing the devil’s work by overtaking the Israelites. They would seize the booty, and destroy the people before they could reach their promised land. Egypt was the superpower of the day, and with their mechanized army of chariots they were equipped to easily mow down the columns of fleeing refuges. In their fear the people cried out to God. It was evident that their hard won freedom could be easily lost. More

March 18th, 2021

Ten Commandments — Revisited 2020

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Commandments revisited

Old Commandment for a New Situation

As new circumstances arise in society, our ability as Christians to rightly divide the word of truth and apply the biblical commandment with integrity and discernment is tested. Each generation needs to revisit God’s instructions to understand how they apply in new or evolving social and political situations. God’s principles are eternal, and they define for all time how we are to love God and love our neighbour. There is nothing new under the sun, and all the ways of men can be evaluated by the eternal standards found in scripture. We will reap what we sow, collectively and individually. So this series is to give you insight into the commandments of the Lord our God, and how they will help us avoid evil consequences, and gain God’s blessings.

first commandment Who is your authority
Who is Your Authority?
Consider the first commandment! It is all about who you trust to tell you the truth about right and wrong, good and evil. It involves placing confidence in someone who has greater insight and intellect than yourself. It is a matter of who you will allow to have the primary place of authority in your life. So, who are your authorities?



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Eliminate Idols
Idolatry in Paul’s day still included the small religious objects of worship. But Paul warned of a more insidious form of idolatry. Paul cautioned that men would be ‘lovers of self’ and ‘lovers of money.’ A counterfeit would develop, that would have a ‘religious facade’ while elevating human endeavour as worthy of worship. The result would be a sensual, hedonistic, cruel and godless society.



Third Commandment

Those Who Bear God’s Name
It is no easy matter to bear God’s name! Moses and Jesus agree that there are proper and improper uses of God’s name. And, they go far beyond casual swearing in daily conversation. There is much more to the third commandment about not taking God’s name in vain, than using God’s name in silly banter or irreverent dialogue.




Sabbath for Christians

Sabbath Connection
God set the Sabbath apart, it was holy time, and it was a sign between him and his people through all generations. It was a weekly opportunity for God to commune with his people and teach them to follow his path. So what was the consequence of forgetting the Sabbath, of choosing another path?



Fifth Commandment Celina C Photography

Civilization’s Lynchpin
The fifth commandment unites the two key concepts of love for God and love for neighbour that provide the executive summary of God’s will for humanity. The fifth commandment is one of family loyalty, that is owed to God as our spiritual Father and Creator, and our parents as those who were our first caregivers. And it is the family that has provided the foundation for all civilized society.




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Murder and the Greater Good
When is it murder? Is it OK to kill a few for the greater good of the many? This is a good question for the  approaching Passover season. The New Covenant Passover (Lord’s Supper) with the bread and wine symbols, as observed by Jesus’ disciples, anticipated the Messiah’s death — his murder. Do you know what the scriptures reveal about this important topic, addressed simply in the commandment, “You shall not murder.”




March 13th, 2021

Murder and the Greater Good — the Sixth Commandment

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Sixth Commandment greater good or murderMurder, Passover, and the Messiah

When is it murder? Is it OK to kill a few for the greater good of the many? This is a good question for the beginning of a new sacred year, and the approaching Passover season. The New Covenant Passover (Lord’s Supper) with the bread and wine symbols, as observed by Jesus’ disciples, anticipated the Messiah’s death — his murder.
Do you know what the scriptures reveal about this important topic, addressed simply in the commandment, “You shall not murder.”