INAYP 60–My Discussion with Author and Messianic Teacher Carmen Welker Part 2

 

Carmen Welker discusses her ministry–what The Refiner’s Fire is all about and how it is impacting the Christian and Jewish communities.

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INAYP 59–Discussion with Carmen Welker, Part 1

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INAYP 59-Understanding the Bible (Is the Church Suffering from Biblical Illiteracy?)

What is the bible? Some would contend the bible to be the “unadulterated Word of God.” Others would similarly contend that the bible is NOT the word of God per se, but rather it contains the Word of God. Others would say that it is an instruction manual for mankind, containing instructions on how mankind is suppose to live in the sight of both God and one’s neighbor. Or how about this: the bible is a “love letter” from God to man that reveals God’s love for mankind through the work of Jesus Christ. Some would conservatively say that the bible is a compilation of thoughts, some good and some bad, and that it is a piece of work that is useful in dealing with the various and many issues facing mankind throughout the ages. Still others will contend that the bible is a book of fables and wise sayings geared to appeal to the vanities and insecurities of the human race.

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Regardless how one sees the bible, the Bible holds a prominent place in the lives of millions of people in the world. Of those millions, countless hundreds of thousands revere the bible as more than just a book of wise sayings with questionable historical documentation. These individuals see the bible as some form of medium that connects them to the Creator.

In this episode of a multi-episode series on Understanding the Bible, I explore the problems that are inherent to reading, studying and understanding the bible. Furthermore, I explore the remedies associated with these inherent problems. This is not for the spiritually faint of hearts deary—for I am going to challenge the status quo that is traditional and fundamental Christianity and even the Hebraic and Messianic communities as it relates to the viability of the Bible in the 21st century as well as how we view and approach the reading and study of the bible as so-called believers in Jesus Christ.

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INAYP 58–Overcoming Satan the Devil

This message is a portion of a recorded community webinar that I do at the beginning of the Sabbath each week. The title of the message is “Overcoming Satan, the Devil”. The text is taken from Genesis 1-3, Matthew 7:21, 26 and James 1:13-22. In this message I encourage Christians to not be hearers of the word only and deceive themselves, but doers also, by committing to heart and mind, the words of Yahovah and Yahoshua and to practice what it commands us to do.

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Remember that sin is disobedience to Yahovah’s command (1 John 3:4)

  1. We overcome Satan by staying focused on doing the will of Yahovah, like Yahoshua did, and maintain an accurate knowledge and memory of His commands, so we can accurately repeat and apply His commands when we are tempted by Satan, as Yahoshua did.
  2. In the first two temptations, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s words of instruction, “It is written……” However, in the third temptation, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s command and exercising his authority over Satan.
  3. Each of us is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is fully grown, gives birth to death (James 1:14-15)

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On the sixth day when Adam was created, he was given authority over the earth and was commanded to subdue it and rule over it (Gen 1:26-28). His desire for the forbidden fruit led to his transgression of God’s law and earning the penalty of the second death for his sin. By his disobedience, he transferred his God given dominion and ownership of the earth into the hands of Satan, who now holds that dominion over the children of disobedience, until the day when Yahoshua will legally strip it from him. As a result, the apostle Paul refers to Satan as the god of this age when he said, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The sin of disobeying God’s command, which Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden, earned them the wrath of Yahovah against them.  Yes, Eve was deceived and ended believing the serpent’s lie. The serpent knew what Yahovah had commanded Adam about eating from the trees (Gen 2:16-17). Eve fumbled on her answer to the serpent’s temptation and exposed her weakness as, lack of knowledge to the serpent. As a result, the serpent was able to drag her through unchartered waters during their conversation, while Adam stood idly by watching the whole process of his wife, Eve being deceived by the serpent.

The second Adam, Yahoshua never challenged Satan’s jurisdiction or authority, when Satan tempted him, he simply refused Satan’s offer by quoting the words that come from the mouth of Yahovah, then he commanded Satan to go away. Yahoshua knew that his purpose for being here at his first visit was to follow Yahovah’s plan to redeem the earth and creation. At his second coming, he will administer the binding and banishment of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15).

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Preparing for Passover–Mentally, Physically and Spiritually

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 Preparing for Passover Mentally, Physically and Spiritually

Preparation is a key factor in getting the fullest possible spiritual, cognitive and physical benefit from the Feasts. Failure to adequately prepare in every aspect of our being could lead to a less-than optimal experience. That old adage: you only get what you put into a thing certainly applies to the Feasts. You only get what you put into the Feasts and that includes preparation–preparation in advance of the actual Feast day and celebration.
It’s like the parable and analogy of sowing seeds and reaping a harvest. The more we sow into our preparation of and then participation in the Feasts–be it hosting a gathering such as a Passover Seder or attending a gathering such as a service–the more we stand to reap a great spiritual harvest. That great harvest will not only be realized and enjoyed by us as individuals, but also those with whom we share the Feasts; these too will be blessed abundantly. The harvest? Spiritual growth and physical blessings.
Preparations for the Feasts don’t have to be all that elaborate. Simply reading relevant portions of Scripture that pertain to the Feasts is a good start. One thing I’ve learned is that if you’ve read the same passages several times in the past, a new reading may reveal nuggets and spiritual riches that eluded you in past readings of that same passage of Scripture. As we grow from participating in the Feasts year after year, the Ruach Kodesh will provide new insight and revelation–but only when we are ready to receive the new stuff.
Allow me to expound upon the areas that I believe are important in preparing ourselves for the Feasts–especially the Spring Feasts of Yehovah or Passover. I’ve broken these areas into 3-main elements: the mental or cognitive; the physical; and the spiritual.
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Many with righteous zeal will say–the Feasts of Yehovah must become a part of every true believer’ s life. I say no, but stand on a firm conviction that the Feasts of Yehovah must become the true believer’ s life. Only then will compromise be a non-existent option. Only then will we be truly prepared for Passover.

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