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Braiding the hair
A lady recently submitted a question about the admonition of Paul concerning plaiting of a women’s hair: “I have a question about braids. Looking at 1 Timothy 2:9, I wonder why we don’t teach against braiding? I’ve always heard this verse is talking about women that braided gold into their hair, but it looks like “broided” just means “braided.” Here was my response: “Broided” does indeed mean “braided.” That is the way the 17th century translators spelled it. The Greek term in I Timothy 2:9 is a form of plegma (Strong’s 4117), which simply means “plaiting” the hair. Looking at the thrust of the verse, it would likely entail plaiting something into the hair, such as gold or silver strands, or pearls, or some other ornament to attract attention. It is doubtful the apostle had in mind the crossing of one hair over another in a modest arrangement, which is basically what simple braiding does. It is unlikely that Christian women consistently wore their long hair hanging down their backs to its full length. It would be a handicap at best and a grave danger at worst since it could fall into cleaning elements, or catch on fire during cooking, get caught in machinery or equipment, etc. It is inconceivable that God or the apostles intended to put that imposition upon women. Peter expresses the same thing in I Peter 3:3: “let it not be with that outward adorning of plaiting the hair….” However, Peter uses the Greek term emplokes, which more specifically suggests the “elaborate braiding of the hair” (Strong’s 1708). It comes from emplecko (to entwine; i.e., to involve with, to entangle itself with (Strong’s 1707), and it also refers one back to #1705, which means to “fill in” [or up]; satisfy.” So it is clear that Peter had in mind plaiting something into the hair. Although different Greek terms were employed by these writers, it is obvious that they had the same practice in view. The Timothy verse is translated “broided” or “braided” in the KJV and NASB. The NIV/HCSB/ISV say “elaborate hair styles.” The Aramaic Bible renders it “braiding with gold or with pearls.” Clearly, the Bible writers had in mind to avoid the pagan practice of interweaving the hair with that which was designed to make the wearer attractive, or arranging the hair in any elaborate style that would draw undue attention to it. It is interesting that the Aramaic Bible translates the apostle Peter’s words as “outward ornaments of your hair braids.” You can see some examples of this at www.pinterest.com/petragug/unique-wedding-beauty-ideas/ or at http://www.nobhillgazette.com/wp/2012/12/hair-piece-12-12/. From Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament: “The Roman women of the day were addicted to ridiculous extravagance in the adornment of the hair. Juvenal (“Satire,” vi.) satirizes these customs. He says: ‘The attendants will vote on the dressing of the hair as if a question of reputation or of life were at stake, so great is the trouble she takes in quest of beauty; with so many tiers does she lead, with so many continuous stories does she build up on high her head. She is tall as Andromache in front, behind she is shorter. You would think her another person.’ The hair was dyed, and secured with costly pins and with nets of gold thread. False hair and blond wigs were worn.” Barnes’ Notes On the Bible adds this: “We are not to suppose that a mere braiding or plaiting of the hair is improper, for there may be no more simple or convenient way of disposing of it. But the allusion here is to the excessive care which then prevailed, and especially to their setting the heart on such ornaments rather than on the adorning which is internal. It may not be easy to fix the exact limit of propriety about the method of arranging the hair…but those whose hearts are right, generally have little difficulty on the subject.”
2,700-year-old Israel ruins linked to Assyrian attack, destruction
Using both the biblical and cuneiform records, some scholars are linking the discovery of a fallen brick wall to the Assyrian invasion of Israel in c. 740 B.C. The Ashdod-Yam archaeological dig has yielded the bricks that some say are those referred to in Isaiah 9:10. NOTE: We should always be ready to attach significance to archaeological discoveries that seem to corroborate the biblical account, but retain a bit of skepticism when someone is using them for personal aggrandizement.
Catholics moderate their stand
Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to “dominate its teachings,” but it must be a “more welcoming Church where priests are understanding pastors and not cold, dogmatic bureaucrats.” In a dramatically blunt interview with Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit monthly, Francis said the Church had locked itself up in “small things, in small-minded rules.” It must find a new balance between upholding rules and demonstrating mercy, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards.” The Church, he said, should see itself as “a field hospital after a battle” and try to heal the larger wounds of society and not be “obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.” John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, a liberal advocacy group in the United States, “translated” the popes words as: “This pope is rescuing the church from those who think that condemning gay people and opposing contraception define what it means to be a real Catholic. “Francis is putting a message of mercy, justice and humility back at the center of the church’s mission. It’s a remarkable and refreshing change.” Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/EU-Vatican-Pope/2013/09/19/id/526650?ns_mail_uid=44399907&ns_mail_job=1538268_09192013&promo_code=14F06-1#ixzz2fOPo2xxM Do you see the “code words” in the pope’s statements: “bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception [should not be allowed] to dominate” the church’s teaching. It is the “cold, dogmatic bureaucrats” who stand in the way of progress toward an anything goes position. In other words, Bible morality doesn’t have to be taught anymore at all. The church must acquiesce to the pressures of the culture. Understanding pastors and welcoming churches will wink at homosexuality and same sex marriage. That is how it will be lived out in the trenches of the faith. Francis said that when homosexuals told him they were always condemned by the Church and felt “socially wounded,” he told them “the Church does not want to do this.” Now the pope didn’t specifically say that same sex marriage was OK. He didn’t absolve homosexual behavior. He merely “signaled” that it wouldn’t be a major issue going forward. Priests and pastors shouldn’t be making those involved in that lifestyle to feel badly. They could take their places right along with everyone else. Paul, Peter, John, et al.—you were wrong on this issue. If you were resurrected today we would have to send you to Washington for sensitivity training. Hang that ol’ outdated, biased Bible, anyway! It just gets in the way of progress!
Does it run in the family?
Here’s an interesting report concerning Obama’s Muslim leanings, his brother’s terrorist charges in Egypt, and activities of other members of his family. Do we really know whom we have placed in the White House to run our country? http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/09/egypt-eyes-obamas-brother-for-terror-list/
Another drug-related mass murder
A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls. When officers came to his hotel room early on Aug. 7, Mr. Alexis told them that a person he had argued with at an airport in Virginia “has sent three people to follow him” and that they were harassing him with a microwave machine, according to a Newport, R.I., police report. Mr. Alexis said he had heard “voices speaking to him through the wall, flooring and ceiling,” the report said. Mr. Alexis told the police he was a Navy contractor, and then twice that month he sought treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department for psychiatric issues, according to a senior law enforcement official. On Aug. 23, Mr. Alexis went to Veterans Affairs hospitals in Providence, where he had been working as a contractor, complaining of insomnia but did not say that he was hearing voices, according to a senior federal official. Mr. Alexis said he could not sleep for more than a few hours. Doctors there prescribed him an antidepressant pill, Trazodone, commonly prescribed for insomnia, the official said. Five days later, Mr. Alexis went to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, where he had traveled to work on a job at the navy yard. Mr. Alexis, who had not been given many Trazodone pills in Providence, said to the medical personnel in Washington that he was still having trouble sleeping and the doctors prescribed him more Trazodone, said the official. But it did not raise a red flag that might have prevented him from entering the military base two weeks later in Washington where, the authorities say, he killed 12 people on September 16. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/washington-navy-yard-shootings.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& C’mon, Apostolics! How many more murders will be committed while we twiddle our thumbs and make excuses for Big Pharma? Will one of your loved ones be next? Let’s warn our people about the scourge of violence-causing drugs!
Source for drug facts and side effects
I recommend the website below for those who are seeking information about prescription drugs and their effect on our friends and family members. I recognize who founded the organization, but I have found them quite reliable when it comes to psychiatric abuses and the results of current drug use in our culture. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. Use your own judgment, but I think you may find the information on this site quite helpful. http://www.cchrint.org/ For free e-books on the topic of “Christian” psychology, go to www.pamweb.org. Good material!
Honor the Emperor
In I Peter 2:17, Paul implored the early Christians to “honor the emperor” (AMP, few other versions). The word the apostle used could accurately be translated “sovereign,” the person with whom the buck stops. Most commentators agree that whether “king” or “emperor” was in the mind of God, the Roman emperor was the authority who was likely in view when Peter wrote those words. The Emperor Nero was the sovereign at the time. He was corrupt, evil, immoral, and unethical among other adjectives that could be used. But he was still the ultimate secular leader of Israel at the time. Peter said he was due honor (basilea), regardless of his morals, ethics, or politics. That doesn’t mean I have to support my unbelieving leader’s positions, merely honor him who serves at the pleasure of God. The laws that do not violate the Scriptures or my spiritual convictions, I am obligated to obey. Many early Christians were martyred because they could not acknowledge that Caesar was a god. I sometimes publish statements and caricatures in this blog that express my disagreement with the policies of our president and the current administration. It is my right to do so, but let it be said, I do honor the office and position of the president of the U.S. I pray for him. However, I believe he is committed to leading us into an era of socialism and perhaps even communism, which will be hindrance for the church and create difficulties for our children. There is no hate being expressed, regardless of how changing cultural definitions might construe it.
Setting the stage for Antichrist
The Belgian former socialist leader and Secretary General of NATO, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was one of the three major proponents of a United Europe, said this: “We do not want another committee; we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people and to lift us out of the morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, be he God or the Devil, and we will receive him!” (Italics mine) Be careful what you ask for, Paul-Henri. Arnold Toynbee, the famous contemporary historian, expressed a similar need when he said, “By forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the world more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed in giving the world unity and peace.” Sources: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/the_united_nations.html http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/3958/hal3.htm
More signs of the times
In a laundromat: Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out. In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken. In an office (every office needs an proofreader): After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board. [it?] Ad for a secondhand shop: We exchange anything—bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain? Notice in health food shop window: Closed due to illness Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons. On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door—the bell doesn’t work.) Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say? Check out these newspaper headlines: Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers Miners Refuse to Work after Death Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant War Dims Hope for Peace If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group Weren’t they fat enough?! Kids Make Nutritious Snacks Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half We all need a good laugh—at least once a day! I’m just glad I never mike misteaks in this bloog.
What are “coneys”?
This type of animal is also called a “hyrax” or, as the KJV translates it, “coney.” Some have called them “rock rabbits” or “rock badgers.” In the Law of Moses, the rock badger is identified as an unclean animal which the Israelites were not allowed to eat (Lev. 11:5; Deut. 14:7). These animals are also mentioned in Psalm 104:18. While extolling the Lord for the amazing world that He created, the psalmist states, “The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers” (ESV). Source: Bibleplaces.com
Lowest potential income career
One more time—guess which is the least lucrative career path one can choose out of the twenty listed in a recent survey? You guessed it…counseling psychology. Once it was a popular path and colleges packed courses into their curriculum for altruistic students, mostly women. But over the ensuing last two decades, the public has gradually learned that a degree in psychology won’t help much in the marketplace. They have also learned that much of what the professors thought they knew, they really didn’t know. Psychology is a changing scene and truth is difficult to find within its parameters. What “therapy” seems to be right today may be considered wrong tomorrow. There are few or perhaps no absolutes in that field. Most who enter the field do so in the attempt to find solutions for their own problems. Rather than admit disillusionment they stumble through the early stages of a career trying to find themselves. I personally commend those pastors and Christian laymen who have embraced a biblical model for Christian counseling and rejected the secular approach, which is fraught with spiritual dangers. Think about the story at the link below before getting involved in a psychology major in college. Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/10/the-most-and-least-lucrative-college-majors-in-a-single-graph/
Whence poverty? Is Matthew 25 the remedy?
The number one reason for poverty in America is the propagation of moral relativism, the concept that there are no absolute truths, and one’s moral standards are just as legitimate as the next person’s. Those who subscribe to that theory hold the view that the end justifies the means and “if it feels good, do it.” This is being handed down from the ivory towers of liberal academia. It gets interpreted on the real life level as sexual freedom, resulting in children being born out of wedlock to women with multiple partners. A lack of parenting feeds the drug problem, produces a growing criminal element, places a heavier burden on the government, exacerbates poverty and promotes irresponsible behavior. Socialism and redistribution of wealth will not end poverty but will end in poverty. Such a philosophy will only add to the growing roles of those on government assistance programs. If we know it won’t work in our society, why do Christians think they can take over the task and through it accomplish the purposes of God’s kingdom? The social gospel is nothing more than religious socialism. Our purpose is not the redemption of a culture, or to enable sinners in their lifestyle, but the declaration of the gospel. Individuals extending a helping hand to a needy friend or neighbor is one thing—harnessing the resources of the body of Christ for social programs is another. The church does not have a mandate to give our resources to those with no commitment to the gospel. Purely evangelistic endeavors where the gospel can have effect are excepted and understood, but to pour Christian resources into programs to help victims of AIDS in Africa, or hungry beggars on the streets of Calcutta, or orphans in Kazakhstan is beyond the scope of responsibility of the church. But what about Matthew 25:34-40? Jesus is not discussing a mandate for Christians helping needy persons in the world. The illustration is in the context of the judgment of “the nations”—not individuals—relative to their treatment of the Jews, His “brethren.” Israel, and God’s instructions for Jews to be compassionate to other Jews, is not to be compared equally to the mission of the church. They were a nation, a theocracy. Their care for each other would be an example to other nations and peoples. The largely Gentile church is another entity altogether.
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A time to laugh
Dear Modern Culture,
You exert such powerful influence. BUT I received power after the Holy Ghost came upon me. You tell me to cover up my flaws with paint to make me what I ain’t. BUT Jesus My Creator said I was fearfully and wonderfully made. You say “if it zips, it fits,” and “its tight, but oh it’s right.” Oh and you also say, “If you got it, flaunt it.” BUT Jesus said, “Oh NO you don’t—cuz I bought it! Your body is MINE, paid with the price of My blood that you might have LIFE!!” You also tell me I need to be sexy. Show a little thigh to catch that eye…BUT my Daddy said, “Strength and honor are my clothing, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised!” My PRICE is far above rubies and you trying to get a FREE glance! My Body belongs to Christ. It is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and not for YOUR eyes!! Honey, you must not know WHO I am…I am the Daughter of the GREAT I AM!!!
I say to you, Modern Culture, you will change. Fashion and style will change. You will do all your tricks to force this world into changing with you. BUT I won’t be shaken. See, I’ve been warned about you. Jesus said, “Be not conformed to this world.” And the truth is, God’s WORD never changes! So at 6 years old, I bought the truth and I’m not SELLING! I won’t be shaken!!!!
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This bears repeating: A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves. – Edward R. Murrow