a letter about freedom from pain

Holy Spirit Empowerment: abide in Christ

This is a letter to those who are facing the tormentor called ‘pain’.

Dear ones:

Pain is a personal experience. Although we have learned through specialized studies how and why it functions, we cannot really control pain. Because my late mother suffered bad pains in her hip joint in her old age, the doctors prescribed pain killers and other medicine to control the side effects of the pain killers, resulting that she had to take a lot of medication daily. At that time I was not aware of using prayers to control pain and suffering. So I switched from being a banker (for two decades) and did  a post graduate (Master of Science) degree on community health administration and wellness promotion, including detailed study and research on the scientific causes of diseases (physiological and mental), and treatments, and how to give health care and preventive health care, including healthy aging. The first thesis I chose to undertake was on a study on “managing pain”. I chose subjects that explain diseases and symptoms, and various forms of treatment and their efficacy. I was also able to study various research papers on the power of prayers and church attendance on the management and recovery from medical conditions. My focus was to prevent diseases and suffering by whatever means!

While in the process of studying, and after the study and completion of my academic venture, I concluded that there was really no 100% effective human way to control and eliminate pain. It was indeed very sad that during my mother’s last few years of life on earth I could not help her and the pain killers and other medication were harmful and caused her unnecessary side effects and sufferings.

At a time when I witnessed the increase of young children in churches suffering from autism and conditions along the continuum thereof, I was introduced to Christian healing testimonies by people divinely healed of various diseases and conditions. I went to those places and personally investigated, read up and studied, to verify whether the claims were true, and I even practiced the divine treatment on myself. The testimonies of others and the Bible based teachings convince me. I have witnessed and been personally healed, without any form of Western or Eastern medicines and medical or alternative (diets, gadgets, herbs, portions etc.) treatments for about eleven years. My personal divine healing covers both physiological illnesses that required chronic medication for decades, and physical injuries due to at least seven serious falls, even an emergency incident of a dog bite that resulted in blood gushing from deep incisions.

I have discovered that God’s way of healing is the way for me to sustain health and healing. It means living by faith on God’s words (including reading, listening, proclaiming, prayers, praise and worship as led by the Holy Spirit, based on God’s words). In another word, it is living and walking by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit plays a crucial role in my healing journey.

The first breakthrough came when I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. There was no physical dramatic manifestation, except for the supernatural manifestation of Romans 5:5 wherein the Holy Spirit poured God’s love on me and soaked me during an ordinary Charismatic Sunday meeting. But after that supernatural encounter, my spiritual eyes are open and I developed a deep passion for reading God’s words. When I later encountered further the reality of God (through the power of the Holy Spirit) in signs and visions and dreams, I gained more revelation and understanding of what the words of God really mean. There has been indeed a transformation for me to perceive the unseen realm. I am led to live a spiritual life in the kingdom of God just as Jesus has promised. Physically this means I can use the authority of the name of Jesus effectively over my pains and other physiological conditions. Mentally it means I can similarly speak God’s words to pull down the lies and deceptions such as unbelief, discouragement, depressive  and oppressive thoughts in my mind (as soon as they occur).

Spiritually it further means I can relate closely to God in my personal daily living, worship and praise and prayers, often in the Spirit (including singing in the Spirit). My whole life has been transformed, body, soul (mind and emotion) and aligning with my born again spirit, which is joined to the Lord, one Spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17). The more I learn to live this God’s way (wherein God’s words are life and spirit), the more I walk in divine health and fitness.

Today I am living a life of total wellness: healthy and fit life. I have weaned myself off a lot of modern amenities (including bag full of medicines which I relied on for decades) and I can travel to places where I would have avoided previously due to the lack of many physical ‘comfort’. I continue to give thanks every meal for the renewal of my youth, as in Psalm 103:5. I received a fresh revelation on this “renewal of youth” two days ago (on Oct 28, 2020) during my daily partaking of the bread and drink from the fruit of the vine, signifying the body of Jesus and the blood of Jesus (the Holy Communion). I shall write on this revelation in details, including a medical scientific fact on this supernatural alignment, in a later blog. (You may subscribe to this free health blog so that you will read of the next blog from the WordsPress Reader notification section or through email).

My healed and renewed life is like living my real life again. This time it is the real more abundant life that Jesus has given.

I pray you, too, my sisters (and brothers), will experience the same freedom as I do.

(Revised on October 30, 2020. This blog was first written and posted on October 17, 2014)

https://citizenheaven.wordpress.com/ (my healing blog)

Kainotes, Oct 30, 2020

women’s internet club: introducing the #femalemillennial influencers

Female influencers impacting internet marketing.

millennials and nerds

female influencers

It starts with a phone call at midnight. The phone rings three times and then stops. And it rings again, for three ringing sounds and then stops. Then it rings again…I (the young nerd) have to get out of bed, tripping over phone charger wire, ear phone wire, laptop a/c charger wire, LED floor lamp and table lamp wire, extension cord etc. Chat board cronies audio commenting on the desk PC, “LOL, where have all the wires gone?” What? I have left the cam on?! Meanwhile the phone rings again, three times. Then, dead. And the cuckoo clock chimes twelve chimes. Finding the phone finally, it rings and I answer.

“Hi, we are given this number by a very reliable authority. Is this the Women Internet Club?” A very young female voice on the other end. It turns out that there are six millennial women having newly moved…

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America’s answer: forgiveness

For all my sisters in Christ in America. This post carries all my best wishes for your total wellness in spirit, soul and body! You hold 50.5% of the American population. You are significant!

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Forgiveness is a mighty supernatural force. When I am led to listen to 2 Corinthians I realized that this is an answer to my prayer for America. I have been praying for America more seriously since the eve of the British Brexit referendum result. My spirit was alerted that there would be a significant change in Britain and in America (the two developed nations plus Swiss German where my Christian’s root derived). The things in heaven (spiritual realm) had changed. What I did immediately was to align my financial investment with the spiritual prompting which I confirmed with the Bible (God’s words), and the results came out exactly as my spirit received. Lately I have been praying and asking the Holy Spirit what next, looking at the “superficial surface” currents of America from a distance.

Today I believe the specific resolution word is “forgiveness”.

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women’s internet club: 6th meeting (FAQ): how to generate income from blogging?

internet marketing by blogging

Good morning, do you know that only 31% of bloggers make any money whatsoever from blogging? 2/3 of people’s main reason for blogging is income? 45% of bloggers who earn over $50k sell their own products? Having all gone through half a year of semi-hibernating, largely living on the internet, today’s question is very relevant. Can blogging make money? Many of you have asked this question.

I see you have brought some young new friends along too. All are welcome, ladies. (For those who do not know me, I am IJ, the father of AJ, the young guy who normally writes this millennial blog.) I must first give credit to the online sources for the information below, pertaining to figures. And I would encourage you to do your own research. I do not know how the statistics were derived. Please don’t ask me. Although I will be talking a bit more on WordPress, I would mention that there are other options and you have to decide for yourselves.

I have been blogging since Yahoo! 360° which was a social networking and personal communication portal available in 2005-2008 and after that many bloggers migrated to WordPress or Blogger.com. I switched to both platforms. I tend to use the WordPress more often and find it suit my purpose. However, I use other options too, for different purposes. As a young blogger in the early days I had little choice. One important thing is to find the one you feel comfortable with, reliable and easy to use.

WordPress* is now one of the most popular content management system** (CMS) solutions in use, and has more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019. It is designed for publishing but used for sites ranging from small blogs to large corporations, “this free and open source software allows anyone to establish an online presence – and make money. ” (Bluehost blog)

**”Content management systems allow the non-techies of the world to create full-scale, working, professional-looking websites without having to touch a bit of code. When using a CMS, you don’t have to understand how websites work.”

In summary, “WordPress is a factory that makes webpages” —it stores content and enables a user to create and publish webpages, requiring nothing beyond a domain and a hosting service. Today it has evolved into a multi-faceted web-pages “platforms provider” on the internet.”

Coming back to the subject of blogging. What is blogging? How does it generate monetary income? A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is a regularly updated website or web page, by an individual or small group, often written in an informal style. Blogs have become an integral part of online culture. Blogs provide an increasingly effective vehicle to communicate information in many varieties with specific objectives. For example, you may want to socialize, build network, establish yourself as a spokesman for a cause, and influence readers/viewers to respond. Blogging can be for personal journaling or for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you intangible or tangible rewards (including monetary returns). A blog connects you to the relevant audience, allows you to showcase your goods/services, establish your authority, build a brand, or generates leads that actually result in purchase of your products and services. To achieve these goals, you need to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, to increase your visibility.

Your blog can be used as a platform for advertisement of other’s products too. Also launched in 2003 was the AdSense advertising platform, which was the first ad network to match ads to the content on a blog. AdSense also made it possible for bloggers without huge platforms to start making money. Before you can start monetizing your blog, you need to build both your Google SERPs ranking and your niche influence. And that takes plenty of time and quality content.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience. It means you need to regularly update your website contents to increase your traffic. It is like a display showcase. Use the usual retail marketing strategy if your targets are retail customers. Your contents, including writing, information, pictures, audio and video etc. Think of yourself as a customer. What attracts you and makes you likely to visit, browse through, linger, revisit, and even buy. Just as you would do in choosing a name for your retail shop, your domain name will play a vital role in the future development of your blog. Take your time to think of a good domain name before you register your blog.

Here are some of the more usual ways to make money through your blog:

  • Selling ad space on your blog directly or via Google AdSense. Host Ads on Your Blog. Work with Brands on Sponsored Posts.
  • Affiliate program: Become an affiliate partner privately or through ad networks.
  • Create and sell your own exclusive digital products such as eBooks, online tutorials, and other professional services. Use lead capturing tool in exchange for visitors’ email addresses.
  • Selling memberships for access to exclusive content or consultancy.
  • Using your blog as a content marketing tool for your business.

You may of course, want to blog as a hobby and cultivate a passion for writing online. Believe me, ladies, journaling itself is self-rewarding. You can build a circle of friends from a distance, perhaps never meeting in persons, just by sharing of blogs, reading on stuff of mutual interests. You may just want to read others’ writing. WordPress has a section called, Discover, currently with 51,670,578 followers, “a daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.” Register with WordPress for a free account, using your email address and you can make use of its free facilities. It’s like joining a club, a virtual club, with free membership. And you get to select what and who and where and when you want to visit.

Multi-media is increasingly popular in the blogosphere. Many bloggers use vlogs and podcasts. However, the growth of blogging is significant. The content marketing industry is projected to enjoy a growth rate of 16% annually. There are 1700 million people in the world and over 500 million blogs on the internet, i.e one blog for every three people. Does this mean you will have some readers and viewers? The answer is not necessary. The volume and averages do not mean there is an even distribution for every blog! Responses to marketing efforts or ads are subjective and there are many variables in individual likes and dislikes, needs and wants, social economic and other influences.

Having said all that you need to know for now as a blogging beginner, I would add that you  need to also post on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Pinterest to maximize the exposure of your brand, using all the popular social networks. Of course, in social media you need to use a different content and media strategy, using micro-blog, photo-blog, short videos etc. instead. Social media expands the reach of your content —there are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide.

Is there a future for contents blogging in view of the increasing growth in other communication modes like those used on social media platforms? Do people still like to read anything longer than a minute? At one time there were thoughts that printed books, newspapers, magazines, periodicals would be phased out. But today there are still around. No, ebooks and digital materials have not replaced them. The world population is very diversified. Population of different ages, education, social economic background, professions, personalities and tastes, and unlimited other factors, have different preferences in getting information whether for leisure or to make a decision.

Who are the bloggers? Where are they? I managed to find two sources published in 2010 and 2018 respectively and here is a little table showing the differences:

BLOGGER DISTRIBUTION

BY Age group 20102018BY COUNTRY 2010By Language 2018BY GENDER 2010
21-35  53.3%30-39  40%US 29.2%English 66%  Women 50.9%
20 and below 20.2%40-49  20%UK 6.75% Men 49.1%
36-50 19.4%50-59  20%JAPAN 4.9%  
51 and above 7.1%60+     20%BRAZIL 4.2%  

blogging demographics 2010, 2018

In closing, I would use the wise king, Solomon’s word of wisdom: “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

blogging is like sowing seeds. Keep sowing and you will get your returns in time.

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*Top three CMS by market shares: WordPress (27+ Million Live Websites); Wix (3.8+ Million Live Websites); Squarespace (2.2+ Million Live Websites). WordPress users publish 70 million new posts each month. Users leave 77 million comments per month. WordPress.com Blogs Have Over 400 Million Monthly Viewers. “WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 by two co-founders and they probably didn’t know that they are about to start a journey that would eventually benefit millions of users around the globe, create thousands of jobs, and a whole industry of developers, designers, writers, bloggers, and web publishers would make their living off it.” (Quoted)

Useful to know latest 2020 statistics:

  • Estimated number blogs: more than 600 million blogs
  • Estimated number of websites: 1.7 billion.
  • Estimated active bloggers in the United States: 31.7 million in 2020.
  • 86 percent of content marketers use blog posts as part of their marketing strategy.
  • The average blog post has 1236 words. (Optimal length 2250-2500 words)
  • The perfect blog headline should be 11-14 words long.
  • It takes bloggers an average of 3 hours and 57 minutes to produce a blog post.
  • The ideal reading time for a blog post is 7 minutes.
  • The average person spends 37 seconds reading a blog post.
  • The most popular time for reading blogs is between 7am and 10am.
  • Bloggers say the most important factor for success is the quality of content.
  • 97 percent of bloggers use social media to promote their blog posts.
  • Businesses that publish 16 or more posts per month receive 3.5 times more traffic than those who publish fewer than four posts.
  • 60 percent of consumers say blog posts are valuable in the early stages of the buying process.
  • More than half of content marketers say blog content is their top inbound marketing priority.

Kainotes, Oct 1, 2020

Fearless women following …

Why does the Holy Spirit use Luke to write the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles? I believe it’s because of who he is. Based on the Scriptures, we can see that he is a good, capable and compassionate medical doctor, writer-historian, a highly educated and multi-racial-cultured, and multi-social-economic-class experienced, trained, qualified, and godly man with a heart after God’s heart. He can accept readily the truth that God does not favor any specific person, regardless of their race, gender, age, social-economic class, education, culture, status, ability, and possessions. That is why I can list a whole lot of prominent women in Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. The list consists of the name(s) and the key verses, just an opening to Biblical doors of knowledge and counsel for pondering further. I encourage readers to read the two books and Paul’s letters (and my blogs about Paul and women) to know more about them.

Luke recorded the importance of women in the ministry of Jesus (while on earth). He also faithfully recorded how Jesus views women, His kindness and compassion for the outcasts and second class citizens of the world, including women.

Luke’s record about women in the Gospel of Luke:

  1. Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:5-7,25,41-44,57-60) Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
  2. Mary, mother of Jesus. 1:26-38,46-55,42,2:34-35,50-51,8:19. When Jesus was growing up, his parents could not understand what he said, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and she continued to love him and try to protect him from harm. (2:51;8:19) Luke also recorded Mary (with her other sons) as one of the 120 disciples who obeyed what Jesus said, waited in the upper room and was baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 1:14,2:4)
  3. Women healed by Jesus: Simon Peter’s mother-in-law and she immediately got up and served Jesus (4:38-39); Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter, her spirit returned and she arose immediately after Jesus spoke (8:41-42, 49-56); a woman with a 12-year infirmity (verses 43-48). She touched Jesus’ garment and her bleeding stopped and she was healed immediately because of her faith in Jesus. A woman who had been bent over 18 years (13:10-17). She was bent completely forward and utterly unable to straighten herself up or look upward. But she still went to the synagogue to listen to Jesus’ teaching. He saw her and healed her instantly.
  4. Women commended by Jesus: a woman known in the town as a sinner (committing an offense against religious or moral law) anointed Jesus and was forgiven (7:37-50). Mary listened to Jesus’ teaching while Martha was distracted with hosting on an occasion (10:38-42). A poor widow gave two small coins to the temple (21:1-4). Jesus also spoke of two women in parables: a woman who recognized the value of even one lost (coin) and fine-combed her place until she found it, and a widow not giving up to obtain justice despite repeated prejudices against her even by powerful authority. (15:8-10;18:1-5) All these women brought out the true nature of God —grace and mercy.
  5. Luke also recorded women who loved God and became of use by God: Anna, a prophetess, blessed the child Jesus (2:36-38). Women, part of Jesus’ traveling party, helped pay His way (8:1-3). An anonymous woman blessed Mary (11:27-28).
  6. Luke recored women as the first to witness for Jesus at birth (Anna), and also the first to witness for Him after His resurrection from the dead! Women were among those who observed the crucifixion, mourned and lamented (23:27) They have followed Him from Galilee to Jerusalem (Distance between Jerusalem and Capernaum is 126.65 km/78.69 miles) (23:49). They observed the tomb and how His body was laid, and returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils to anoint Jesus’ body (23:55-56). Women were the first to find Jesus’ tomb empty (24:1-3). Angels told the women that Jesus had risen (24:4-8). Women were the first to tell the other disciples (24:9-11).

I will continue in my next blog to list the women whom Luke recorded as prominent in the Acts of the Apostles.

kainotes, Sep 26 2020

Dr. Luke -writer, evangelist, doctor

For the sisters who are also scholars for God

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Luke the beloved physician (Col.4:14a) in the movie Paul the Apostle

Revelation: As I study the background of the journaling historian, medical doctor, and evangelist Luke, I realize that I cannot look at him as a mere friend of Paul and focus on that line alone. It dawns on me that he is a pattern of a faithful and credible ghostwriter for God. His focus is not on Paul, a very outstanding apostle, or about the works that many have achieved. His focus is clearly to write down the part of history that concerns the most important era of mankind, when the Son of Man came and did what God said He will do, and what He enabled His followers do immediately after that in the founding of the Christian church and the spread of its message to the Roman Empire.

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women’s internet club: 5th meeting (FAQ): how to choose social media?

social media comparison

Ladies, the senior nerd IJ has to go off for an emergency, and I (the blog owner) am conducting this session. We shall go through one important question most of you have asked.

Question: There are so many Social Media: Instagram, YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, TIKTOK, Pinterest, SNAPCHAT etc. Which one shall I choose? To answer you all, I have put them into one comparison table. As you can see at a glance, there are about two or three that women normally tend to choose. It depends very much on what products or services you are offering and to which age group or gender. You experience and talents of course matter a lot.

INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TIKTOK, PINTEREST, SNAPCHAT

 InstagramYouTubeFacebookPinterest
Monthly users1 billion2 billion2.5 billion320 million
ageUnder 4015-34Above 30; more active beyond 40+80% of their users are female, Millennials
genderBothBothBothadult women
contentsBeautiful photography stunning visuals unique designs selfie-style videoVideo only; as a means of either education or entertainment a gateway to educator in your industry. Upload webinars or videos speaking on important topics that further the education of your audience.  The more interesting, engaging or even polarizing, the more likely viral; short videos, eye-catching images and attention-grabbing headlinesproduct discovery journey. Vertically-formatted images do best. Polished imagery with clear copy. Numbers, lists, quotes, keywords and search terms in your imagery. Pinterest is a superficial platform, so every image you post has to be high-quality and striking to stand out in your feed. Make sure they link back to a related blog or page on your website.  
businesslifestyle, ecommerce, or photography sharing industry-related news, engaging short videos, graphics visually appealing engaging visual (or video) content; create online community around a topic or business.lifestyle, fashion, decorating, or DIY
 Social mediaTwitterTikTokSnapchat
Monthly users300 million800 million300 million
age35-6516-24 young audienceunder 25 years of age; 18-24
genderMaleBothmore females
contentswell-timed breaking news, digest bite-sized, directly with your users in real-time. Videos and imagesfun video- doesn’t often have a direct connection to your products or services.Video-driven storytelling
businesseducational videos, to gripping visuals and discussion threads that offer advice & opinions.  be prepared to take the approach of entertaining first.  bite-sized, engaging video content; entertain

For a start, I would suggest that you try the ones you are already watching or reading. Register your own account and try them out. Find your interest, your niche, position yourself there. Many ladies focus on lifestyle, fashion, decorating and stuff that interest women. I know some of you are very experienced, talented, and skilled retired educationists, professionals, charity and voluntary workers, women with a cause to fight for, women of quality and worth etc. Do something out of your best. Start from the free platforms. Apply what you have already learned. You will be surprised how challenging and rewarding it will turn out. The process of doing it, for example, doing your color branding, your theme, your niche, is a reward in itself!

Women’s internet Club: 4th meeting (conducted by serious senior nerd)

We welcome today the famous nerd father of the young nerd. We call him IJ (for Indiana Jones). Most of the Dronesville ladies already know him. As you know, Mr. IJ made a sizable fortune by supplying the latest internet virtual football gaming App. to a very rich and powerful young king. (Read the series in https://wheniamsixtyeight.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/dronesville-football-club-16-gold-rush-time-bonanza3/)

(Enter IJ on the screen) We welcome Mr. IJ to chair this internet club meeting. Oh, yes, Mr. IJ is wearing a mask as usual, virus or no virus. I have got to go now. Please address your further questions to Mr. IJ.

Good morning, ladies. Who am I? I am IJ and I am a nerd. First I congratulate those of you who have expressed interest on online businesses for fun and for profit! Yes, don’t stop learning new enterprising ways, that is the spirit of Dronesville! As requested by you, Today we dig into the treasure chest of internet marketing. (The ladies clap) I beg your pardon, miss? You want to know the tech business future? Well, Yes, right now many counters are developing tech and AI. Let’s get back to learning the main thing today, the internet and marketing.

What is internet marketing? There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019. Just imagine the size of the marketplace!

Internet marketing is a type of marketing efforts using the internet to drive direct sales. Internet marketing is also known as online marketing, digital marketing, e-marketing, or web marketing. It uses social media marketing, content marketing, pay-per-click, and search engine optimization.

Small and big businesses are using internet marketing (including those still using traditional ways of advertising). One advantage is that it is the most inexpensive way for businesses to reach millions of targeted global audience unrestricted by time and space.

Today’s customers tend to rely heavily on internet as well as their handheld devices like mobile phones. They can conveniently compare products online and buy online. Businesses too, find it cheaper, and more flexible to change and update display of a greater varieties of goods in the virtual showroom.

There are several main types of internet marketing:

  1. Social media marketing: use of platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others. There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019. 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices in January 2019, with growth of 297 million new users representing a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent. Imagine a large number of your potential customers watching a tiny screen to make serious decision like comparing and buying stuff? The make-up of your contents (contents marketing) must take this as number one consideration.
    1. Organic social media marketing: it focuses on building a community and deepening relationships with consumers in an effort to induce interest and customer loyalty. First, position your brand as an authority in your target niche: engage readers/viewers and contribute valuable insights to conversations.
    2. Another way to foster loyalty is to consistently prove how much you value your customers and community. The key is to harness the power of customer relations. Prompt replying to customer queries shows authenticity, credibility, and capability and will encourage potential customers to further contact/explore, with an intent of buying your products or services.
  2. Content marketing: Content Marketing is the process of consistently creating, distributing, and promoting relevant online materials in a way that’s strategically designed to attract, engage, and convert your target market into customers. This is what you need to do in social media marketing. The more quality the content, the higher the chance it will go “viral” and reach more audience. Brands typically work with social media strategists to help them reach the target audience.

There are countless forms of content that businesses use to do this, such as: Blog posts; Videos (that are often shared to social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube); Industry reports and studies; Infographics summarizing reports and studies; eBooks; Podcasts; Case studies; Emails; Webinars: a seminar conducted over the internet, like what we are doing now. In summary, in contents you must have your strategies on various factors: Determining the topics, the cadence, the messages, the level of personalization, the formats and types, the contextually relevant concepts, incentives as needed.

  • Email marketing: is the process of using email to send direct marketing messages to people in an effort to gain new customers and retain existing ones.

The pre-requisites of email marketing:

  1. You need the regularly updated target email addresses of both prospective and existing customers for your products/services
  2. You need to proactively reach out and send out the email to them (unlike the use of a social media platform where you merely display your products virtually and let the customers come to you)
  3. a brand must carefully craft and time their promotional and advertising efforts because if not done right, the brand will not be able to get the point across and receive the intended results.
  4. often start with something called a “lead magnet” –a “bait.” The bait is usually a discount coupon or a particularly desirable piece of content, such as an eBook.

The pros and cons of email marketing:

Proscons
has a median return on investment of 122 percent – over four times higher than other types of internet marketing like social media and paid search. Don’t underestimate its raw power!most intrusive type of marketing
nearly always works in partnership with like social media marketing and content marketing.more often than not gets in the nerves of its recipients
You can nurture your email subscribers with useful content, giveaways, discounts, early access to new products, and more.might not seem like the most glamorous form of internet marketing
you create separate groups of subscribers (called “segments”) based on their personal preferences and what stage each subscriber is at in the buyer’s journey.Then, you can create automated email campaigns for each segment: welcome, feedback, re-engage, follow-up, ask review etc.With a high risk of being unsubscribed and ignored by the recipients
email marketing pros and cons
  • Influencer marketing is the process of working with influencers to promote a product or service to their online following. Everyone can engage in influencer marketing.

In fact, Influence.co found that on average, micro-influencers with 2,000 to 100,000 followers charge between $137 and $258 per Instagram post. Alternatively, many businesses will opt to pay the influencer a cut of the sales they produce – this is called Affiliate marketing, that is, a business will set up a program that pays commissions to external websites or individuals for the traffic or sales they generate.

  • Paid advertising: is a form of internet marketing where advertisers pay to show their adverts on search engines and other online platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram. It is often referred to as “pay-per-click” or “PPC” – this means that advertisers will pay a fee each time a user clicks on one of their ads. The two biggest digital advertising platforms are Google and Facebook. Between them, they receive the majority of U.S. digital ad expenditure, with 38 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Paid advertising on search engines like Google is often referred to as “search engine marketing,” or “SEM.” One key benefit to SEM is that searchers usually have a high level of buyer intent. It makes sense, if someone searches “instant pot,” it’s highly likely they are interested in buying one!
    • Facebook allows you to display your ads to a refined target audience: demographics, interests, behaviors, locations, and more. Plus, there are numerous ways to apply different filters.
    • Retargeting: Have you ever been followed around the web by adverts of stuff you recently looked at, like fashioned eye-glasses, and then everywhere you go online you see adverts promoting those eye-glasses. Spooky? Real invisible detective work.
  • Search engine optimization – also known as SEO – is the process of optimizing websites and digital content to improve search engine rankings, which in turn, maximizes the number of visitors to a particular webpage.

How does SEO work? Search engines use something called “crawler bots” to crawl the internet and build an index of the content available online. Then, whenever someone searches a keyword, the search engine will try to provide the most useful and relevant results.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the best ways to generate traffic for your website. For example, you want your website to appear at the top of Google’s search results whenever someone searches for “pre-loved luxury bags in London.” Well, the process you would use to make that happen is SEO. Improving your website’s search engine visibility is a gradual process over a period of time. However, once you’ve developed a strong off page SEO foundation, your website’s rankings will improve.

On-page SEO is when you optimize your website or content to rank higher in search engines for targeted keywords or phrases. Off-page SEO is when you optimize your website or content to appear higher in the search results through methods outside of your website or content, such as, external signals like your social media presence and brand mentions, generation of backlinks —other websites linking to your website or content because of the high quality of your content.

Remember that when we mention SEO we actually refer to Google. Because Google is indeed the number one search engine in the world – occupying a hefty 79.77% of market share. (To continue)

(I will next discuss: SEO, blogging, digital marketing tips from experts)

Kainotes, Sep 8, 2020

the prophet’s love life—Jeremiah , Ezekiel (Part two)

prophet Ezekiel and wife

Like Jeremiah, another prophet for God, Ezekiel, went through a personal trauma in his love (family) life. On the exact day the King of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem, a personal tragedy struck Ezekiel. He had his love -his wife taken away from him. God told him not to mourn. (Ezekiel 24:16) We were not told the reason of her death. She could have been in chronic ill health or something. But the strange thing is that Ezekiel is told not to respond like one does in the normal Jewish culture. He was not forbidden to sorrow, and was only prohibited from a loud manifestation of it, which was in contrast to the usual loud wailing on such occasions. He was allowed to sigh in private. What kind of relationship Ezekiel had with his wife? How did this affect him? We don’t know how old he was and how long they have been married when she passed away.

But we know that he really loves her. In 24:16 The wife was described as “the desire of his eyes.” God told him he was to be a sign to the Jewish exiles (captives like him) in Babylon. In 24:24-25, through Ezekiel, the Lord prophesied that Jerusalem, “their stronghold, their joy and their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that on which they set their mind…will be taken from them. This could imply that in the same way Ezekiel has treasured and loved his wife deeply. She was his joy and glory and the desire of his eyes. Instead of saying her name she is called “the desire of his eyes” which points to a dear and loving relationship. Throughout the book Ezekiel is presented to us as a man of deep feeling and emotion who often mourned and wept over the fate of Jerusalem and Judah. He certainly was deeply affected by this sudden loss of a dear companion and spouse.

He really loves her. Yet, in days when public testimony demands that he rises superior to private sorrows, he obeys and rises as he is called and empowered to do so!

We learn from this episode two important things that override our natural emotion. The depth of relationship between the prophet Ezekiel and the Lord, and the work of the Holy Spirit. I summarize below the ministry of Ezekiel so that we can have a clearer understanding of this event.

Ezekiel from Judah was a young priest when he was taken captive to Babylon together with the king and other nobles and leaders. Ezekiel is rather unique among the prophets. God communicated with him in Babylon. He encountered the Holy Spirit and saw visions relevant to God’s plans for reconstructing the present world and restoring His people. Ezekiel received most of his prophesies as visions. He is famous for the vision of the valley of scattered dry bones which resurrected!

37:1-14 the Spirit of God takes Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones and shows him that God can still revive His people even when they are dead for a long time, beyond any hope. The Spirit is also guiding, directing and empowering Ezekiel for his prophetic ministry. As Ezekiel prophesied, the scattered bones came together, sinews and flesh came upon them, the breath came into them, and they lived, an exceeding great army!

The book read like nothing you have ever imagined before. Read as much as you can! Read the first three chapters on what he saw and the Lord’s calling for him to be a watchman for God. He was asked to enact the prophecies with physical actions as visual signs to the people. (Chapters 4-6). 8:3 He was taken by the Lord (the Holy Spirit) to see the defiled Temple where 10:18 God’s glory left. 40:2 The Lord also took him and showed him the future Temple where God’s glory would return.

Returning to the subject of his sudden loss of his beloved wife and him not allowed to mourn the loss the way his people always do, the only explanation given in the Bible is this verse spoken by God, 24:27 “…thus you shall be a sign to them, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Could he have refused to be a prophet? Did he have a choice? The Bible does not record those who were called but rejected the call. In the case of Ezekiel, he made it to the history of God with His people, because he responded to the call.

Unlike Jeremiah, Ezekiel lived in Babylon and was already happily married and had his own house. He had a stable and secure life there. Many Jews did well in business and prospered while in exile. As God had assured, the captivity was for seventy years after which they would return to Israel. Ezekiel could have chosen like others, not to be a prophet/watchman. Then he would not have seen all those visions. These are some of the visions he would have missed,

1:1 the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 1:3 the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest…and the hand (Spirit) of the Lord was upon him there. 4 Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire… 26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, …28 …This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking…

Prophet Ezekiel and wife

There are few Ezekiels in this world. If you are one, when the call comes, how would you choose? Jesus expects His disciples to leave all behind and follow Him without looking backward, and He uses the example of a plower. Simple logic, when you are plowing the field, you only see what is ahead and move forward. For Ezekiel too, his wife has died and he believes she will resurrect one day. So he trusts God and moves forward. No, Ezekiel is no ordinary priest. He has a depth of knowledge of God. He sees what others cannot see. This is a man who loves His God, His country, His people, and of course his wife.

a woman’s secret to success

Who is Ruth? Read her secret to success.

These women had accurately aligned with the great destiny set for them

Two poor widows, (at the time when the judges ruled), Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi returned across the River Jordan from Moab to Bethlehem.

The Book of Judges recorded that Eglon, king of Moab, invaded Canaan as far as Jericho and subjugated the Israelites for eighteen years before being assassinated by Ehud the Benjamite (1302-1204BC). The time of the judges displayed repeated cycles of peace and oppressions, brought about great apostasy in Israel. The nation underwent political and religious turmoil. The tribes fought among themselves. The people rebelled against God through idolatry and unbelief, and brought judgement upon themselves through foreign oppressions. God then raised up a deliverer/judge, and the people repented and turned back to God and had peace for their nation.

During a famine, Israelite Naomi left Bethlehem with her husband and two sons and migrated to their enemy’s country, Moab (c.1294BC) and stayed there for ten years. Her husband died and her two sons were killed (possibly at war between Moab and Israel). Naomi was widowed with her two Moabite daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem after the famine was over. She dissuaded them from following her. Orpah finally agreed. But Ruth persisted in her decision to follow Naomi.

Here is a quote of the related Bible verses:
Ruth 1:15 And she (Naomi) said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said:
“Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
18 When she (Naomi) saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.

Ruth's journey
Ruth’s journey to Bethlehem (source: thebiblejourney.org)

The journey is illustrated in the attached map.

Although the war had ceased, there was still great risk for two vulnerable women to walk through difficult and dangerous terrain, during a time threatened by lawlessness, bandits and wild animals. They had to walk on uneven ground and climb slope as steep as 2000 foot. Crossing the Jordan River at the time of the first grain-Barley harvest when the river was full from snow melting at early spring was another tough challenge.

Ruth was obviously an attractive and pleasing young woman because Naomi twice expressed her confidence that Ruth could still marry to a good man and had children. There was no rational reason for Ruth to insist on following her mother-in-law to the enemy’s country and live among aliens with no other social support. Why did Ruth make this seemingly foolish (in the eyes of her countrymen) choice? We can find some answers in the Book of Ruth from her interactions with her mother-in-law and her future husband, Boaz.

Ruth’s character: a caring, loyal, trusting and obedient daughter-in-law, a hard working woman, a humble and unassuming person.
Relationship between the two women: More like mother and daughter.
Conversion and discipleship: Despite the general apostasy of her nation, Naomi had taught Ruth her religious belief and very likely had set a good example in her own faith in God.
Ruth’s faith: Most significantly, we note that Ruth really believed in the God of Israel. Her faith in God made her align with the great destiny God had prepared for her.

“And your God, my God.” Ruth declared. This is the ultimate reason why she was later exalted by God from a poor foreign widow to the highly honored and respected position as the legal wife of one of the richest men in Bethlehem and together they became the ancestors of David, from whose lineage Joseph and Mary derived. “The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth spoke confidently on a prophesy that made history later as she fulfilled her destiny in the lineage of Jesus!

If Ruth had followed her own race, culture and parental religion, she would have missed out her illustrious destiny. If Naomi had not kept her own religion and belief in God regardless of her circumstances, she would not have been able to influence and converted Ruth to the right belief and right way.

Naomi had a strong character. She was able to ask the right questions, analyze, size up the situation and reached the right conclusion. She took charge and made the right decisions. She instructed Ruth with authority and confidence. But if Naomi had not obeyed her husband’s decision and moved to Moab with him, stayed there for ten years until her two sons died, she would not have brought back Ruth and Ruth would not have appeared in the lineage of David, Joseph and Mary too. Naomi too would not have been instrumental in fulfilling a great destiny.

Thus, both women’s belief, faith in God and their willingness to humble and submit themselves to God, had contributed to Ruth choosing rightly and thus fulfilled God’s marvelous plan for their lives!

Kainotes, September 1, 2020 (Revised)

How to make wealth in this time (2020): An introduction (Yes, women too!)

I have posted the original article in my Watchman blog. I know many women do not go there. So I am re-posting it in this blog so my sisters won’t miss out.

Woken by the Spirit at 1am. I realize that I need to write a new series about God’s economics and finance and how to leverage our talents and time in these strange days. The last time I wrote on this subject was in 2016 before and after the Brexit, and the American presidential election. I have received accurate download from the Lord twice, prior Brexit, and then prior Trump’s success in terms of economics and finance. I would like to continue what I had left off.

There are two prerequisites: You must have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. You must have the words of God because it is the spiritual building materials that the Holy Spirit uses. It is the main channels/media of communication between God and you. The Holy Spirit is the power that moves the building blocks.

In this introduction, I would use the Bible principles to set the foundation, on which I have built and prospered for nearly four decades after my first encounter with the Holy Spirit.

The principle: This is of utmost importance because in the spiritual realm only God’s words count. The physical manifestation of wealth comes from spiritual wisdom downloaded when you practice the principle.

The book of Ephesians is a heavenly book. It is a supernatural conquest handbook. (In the Old Testament you can find a semblance of it in the book of Joshua). We shall read and be guided by 5:1-20.

  1. Things not to do 1-14: Don’t copy what the world does. What the world is doing is simplistic. AI (artificial intelligence) and algorithm can do the job. How do you know/discern what are worthless and even evil so that you can avoid them? To sum up, the verses clearly contrast what God’s way is like and we are required to emulate Him. God is light and those who walk closely with God would receive revelation to expose darkness. One detecting pointer is see their motives/intentions. Two main things to avoid: greed and immorality. Don’t go there. Don’t even talk their talk. Words have power!
  2. Things to do 15-20: This is the important positive action part on the what and how. I will discuss in details, verse by verse: The Holy Spirit (through the pen of Paul) always shows two scenarios/options, a wrong way and a right way. The good news is He will also advise you to choose the right way for your own good! The Bible calls one the godless fool’s way. And the right way is the godly wise way.
    1. Live the right lifestyle of a wise person: Verse 15 says we have to be careful how we live. Carefully observe and copy the godly and wise, who are already successful. List out the characteristics of a godly and wise man in the Bible, ask the Lord to bring you to such a person(s).
    2. Make the best use of your asset —time: verse 16 says make the most of every opportunity. This verse warns that evil days do come to the rest of the world. And you are in the midst of it. The key is to identify the good opportunity because it comes too.
    3. Thinking is just as important as acting: verse 17 says you can find out and understand through thinking (meditating on the words of God) the best strategies for acting on the opportunity. As you think, talk to the Lord and ask Him. Listen to Him. He will always answer when you ask. God answers through an inner voice (not necessary audible), His words, and/or other confirmations (e.g. a godly trustworthy person’s advice). Read His words and pray over them usually help me to hear Him accurately.
    4. Follow/act on what you have downloaded from God through the above action of meditating on His words. The most important thing is know it is His will for you. What He really wants you to do. Should you buy or sell that particular stock? Should you invest in that business? When you are sure you have the correct will of God, go ahead and finish the deal. One key is to check your motive. If your motive is not aligned with the words of God, leave the deal alone. Don’t go there!
    5. Use His supernatural communication channel/media: The Holy Spirit is the God’s direct way of communicating to us. Verse 18. We need the Holy Spirit working in us, to download the knowledge and wisdom that only God knows, about what is ahead and what to buy or sell at what time and what price. The Holy Spirit helps us to check our motive and alerts us when we are motivated by greed and pride and other “evil motives”. The Holy Spirit gives us sensitivity and practically draws us into the spiritual realm and see the unseen future.
    6. The tools that you can use to increase your sensitivity to what God is revealing to you about what you intend to do (e.g. your intention to buy or sell a stock, invest in an asset etc): verse 19 says you are to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts! Yes, I haven’t quoted wrongly. The Bible really says so. It is actually one of the most effective weapons for conquest! The Bible recorded at least two historical incidents whereby this worked mightily and His people successfully conquered the enemies and made great exploits just by singing and making music to the Lord! (Read Joshua’s victory in the book of Joshua 6 and 2 Chronicles 20 on king Jehoshaphat’s victory). Yes, business transactions are another form of conquest. There are spiritual movements involved.
    7. Always have the right attitude: verse 20 says, give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Giving thanks means acknowledging that what we have achieved (including worldly wealth) is all because of God’s grace, free gift to us from God. Mean it!

There are two words which we must understand in this conquest:

The word “thanks” in Ephesians 5:20 is defined as follows in HELPS Word-studies as : 2168 euxaristéō (from 2095 /eú, “good” and 5485/xaris, “grace”) – properly, acknowledging that “God’s grace works well,” i.e. for our eternal gain and His glory; to give thanks – literally, “thankful for God’s good grace.”

The word “economy/economy (as used in 1 Timothy 1:4) is defined in Strong’s Concordance as 3622 oikonomía (from 3621 /oikonoméō, “a steward, managing a household“) – properly, a stewardship, management (administration), i.e. where a person looks after another’s affairs (resources).

Keys to acquiring and sustaining economic/financial success in God’s way:

  1. Acknowledge that it is God’s grace that gives us wealth.
  2. Be a good and faithful steward over the wealth you have received.

By Kainotes, August 29, 2020

A woman who has a divine appointment with Jesus!

Does God call specific women for ministry? Are you called by God? How do you know you are called? These are some important questions Christian women ask. We can learn from famous woman Bible characters and contemporary woman “ministers” (servers). In this post I will explore one famous example.

The Samaritan woman is a good example. Don’t be surprised. She was called by Jesus personally at a divine appointment and she responded and became the first woman evangelist during the ministry of Jesus on earth. Read the Scripture for yourselves. There are several significant factors regarding her call: (John 4:4-43)

  • God always provides an appointed time to let you know: Jesus came to her specifically. He came to the well and sat there. He has made a divine appointment with her in the Spirit. He could have gone into town with His disciples to eat instead of sitting alone at the well!
  • You will hear/discern and respond: Although she did not know this, she responded in her spirit, and came to the appointed place, the well, exactly that noon and met Jesus. She came for water for her physical need and He has been waiting there to provide for her spiritual and soul need.
  • God will start the initiative of the call. You will take the opportunity to explore the specific: When Jesus started the conversation by asking politely and humbly for a drink of water, she took the opportunity to ask Him questions and find answers about serious matters that  would have obstructed any interactions between them (a Jewish man who obviously looked cultured and educated, and a Samaritan woman who only came out at odd time alone to collect water) such as socio-racial and gender barriers, religion and belief differences, and why did He treat her differently, unlike other men? She wanted to know why this man is so different from the rest?
  • God will give you proofs: Jesus told her accurately what he knew of her past and her present. Confirmations from facts and His words. (e.g. Words of knowledge and Words of wisdom)
  • God makes sure that you will respond and act upon it. The woman became convinced and became an instant evangelist/witness for Jesus to her fellowmen. She went back into the city and told the men to go and see for themselves. And they went out of the city and came to Him.
  • God ensures that there will be results: Many of the Samaritans believed in Jesus because of the woman who testified. They urged Jesus to stay with them and He stayed there two days. Many more believed that He is indeed the Christ, the Savior, because of His own word.
  • The woman is healed of her inner hurt: She saw in Jesus the character of an ideal man, as He showed His kindness, patience, acceptance and willingness to talk with her and answer her questions, and thereby restoring her esteem and worth.
  • The woman’s life is obviously transformed. She is no longer known as the Samaritan woman who has married five times and is now living with a man who is not her husband. She is now known as the woman who has personally encountered Jesus and become His first woman witness! Being called by God, responding to His call, and acting on it, transforms lives —the precious lives of others, and your own too.
  • God gives grace to complete the call: the woman is given grace by Jesus. Grace empowers her to complete her call.

Kainotes August 27, 2020

important women leaders in Paul’s ministries

It is biblical for a woman to be a church leader. Moreover, if we deny gifted women the opportunity to exercise their ministries, we reject some of the very people Jesus has anointed, appointed and given to His church. Galatians 3:28 (NKJV): There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

There are many misunderstandings that women are not important in the early church movement, and that Paul is prejudiced against women in leadership position. Such misconceptions have obstructed gifted and talented Christian women from taking certain roles in which they have been called and equipped by the Lord to do. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul lists five kinds of ministers which Jesus Christ has given to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose is to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12 (1 Cor. 12:28-31).

Here is a list of first century Christian women mentioned in the New Testament serving as ministers and ministry leaders:

Philip’s daughters (Acts 21:9), Priscilla (Acts 18:26; Rom. 16:3-5, etc.), Phoebe (Rom. 16:1-2), Junia (Rom. 16:7), possibly Chloe (1 Cor. 1:11), Euodia and Syntyche (Phil. 4:2-3), Nympha (Col. 4:15), Apphia (Phlm. 2), “the chosen lady” (2 John 1), “the chosen sister” (2 John 13), and probably Lydia (Acts 16:40), etc.

In the New Testament, several people, apart from the Twelve, are mentioned as being apostles. Paul is an apostle outside the original twelve. One of the New Testament church’s apostles is a woman—Junia.

Junia and Andronicus (who may have been husband and wife) were members of the church in Rome; they may even have been the founders of the church there. Romans 16:7. Paul also states that Andronicus and Junia were “outstanding among the apostles”. They had suffered persecution because of their faith and at some point had been fellow prisoners with Paul.

In Acts 21:9 we are told that Philip had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. They were highly respected female prophets and leaders in the early church, as was the prophetess Ammia of the church in Philadelphia. The fourth-century church historian Eusebius mentions Philip’s daughters and regarded their ministry as the benchmark for prophetic ministry in the early church, comparable with other notable male prophets: Agabus (Acts 11:27-28; 21:10), Judas and Silas (Acts 15:22, 27, 32), and Quadratus of Athens.

Euodia and Syntyche are women evangelists and possibly church leaders (bishops and deacons) recorded by Paul who addressed and commended them as his co-workers in the ministry of the gospel, using the same term describing Timothy. (Philippians 4:2-3, 2:22, 1:1).

Phoebe is another woman minister whom Paul esteemed and commended. In Romans 16:1-2 Paul described Phoebe as both a diakonos and a prostatis. Phoebe was a minister or deacon, and a leader or patron, in the church at Cenchreae. She is a woman of means and has provided facilities and resources to many in the ministry and to Paul personally. (Romans 16:2)

In classical Greek the word prostates (feminine, prostatis) was used to mean either a chief or leader, or a guardian or protector, often in a religious context; it was later used also to translate the Roman concept of a patron. A diakonos is a Christian teacher and pastor (technically, a deacon or deaconess).

Romans 16:1 TPT “Now, let me introduce to you our dear and beloved sister in the faith, Phoebe, a shining minister of the church in Cenchrea.”

Priscilla and Aquila were active in ministry and hosted a church in their home at Ephesus (1 Co. 16:19) and later at Rome (Rom 16:3-5) where they ministered as pastor-teachers. Priscilla (the wife) is the leading Bible teacher. Priscilla’s name appears first in four of the six mentions of this couple in the New Testament. She may have a higher social status than her husband. She and her husband even ministered to the famous preacher Apollo and corrected him and taught him the truth regarding the Gospel messages he preached.

Some of the earlier churches women, who lived in relatively spacious homes, hosted a congregation that met in their home. With higher social status and ampler financial means, the hosts led the congregations and exercised the pastor-teacher gift.

We can read many such examples in the New Testament:

Mark’s mother provided a house with a large upper room (accommodating 120 persons) in Jerusalem for the Christians to assemble (Acts 12:12); believers met in the home of the rich well-connected business woman Lydia at Philippi (Acts 16:14-15, 40). Paul greets “Nympha and the church in her house” in his letter to the Colossians (Col. 4:15). It appears that Chloe is also the host of a home-church (1 Co. 1:11), as may have been some of the other women Paul greets in the last chapter of his letter to the Romans.

In his letter to the Romans (Christians and house churches), Paul describes and commends four very special woman voluntary workers in the ministry,

Mary, “who has worked so hard for your benefit.” (Romans 16:6 NLT)

Tryphaena, Tryphosa and “beloved Persis”. Romans 16:12 DLNT “Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, the ones laboring in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who labored-at many things in the Lord.”

We can note how Paul can see the true worth of these women ministers. Voluntary workers are special and crucial to the churches and ministries because these are those who love the Lord and eager for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, sensitive to the needs of the church with the willingness, energy and financial means to meet the needs of the ministry and the people. They have sacrificed their own comfort and safety for the love of God. They are usually the unsung heroines.

the prophet’s love life—Jeremiah , Ezekiel (Part one)

What kind of love that seems tragic to the human heart, and yet is not really so. Yes, it happens and is duly recorded in the lives of two good prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Let us investigate the prophet Jeremiah in this blog (Part One).

Jeremiah was set aside before birth (1:5) to take a message to the nations, urging a change of heart and a turn to the one true God. His message still applies. In the 13th year of King Josiah of Judah (ca. 627 B.C.), God called Jeremiah when he was still a youth. God appointed Jeremiah to proclaim the destruction and building of nations that would eventually lead to the Kingdom of God. (1:9-10)

His prophetic ministry lasted more than 40 years, during which he wrote both Jeremiah and Lamentations. He witnessed the fulfillment of God’s warnings of disaster, and shared in the sorrow and troubles that would follow the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians (37:4-5; 38:2, 28; 39:1).

Jeremiah led a sad and lonely life. It was believed that he was engaged when young (12:7b). But God told him not to marry (16:1). Reading his two great books, we can see that Jeremiah is a man of vision, goodness, courage, passion and hope for his nation, fellow citizens, and the fulfillment of the best plan God has prepared for them. He can hear God and talks to God since young. He comes from a prestigious priestly family and has a great future if he follows the rest of the family. But he chooses a narrow path after he hears God and preaches a true message from God. He became the most unpopular prophet and priest of the nation. Imagine a bright young man with good family background, great future in social economic status, professional achievement, and human relationship, in the eyes of the world, chooses to forego all just because he hears and obeys God! Not only he has no friend, lost his family’s love and support, he gave up his fiancée, likely a girl he has known since very young and in love with deeply.

I can only read and narrate what happened. I would not explain why Jeremiah has chosen the narrow path and lived his adult life in sorrow and persecutions by others (for forty years). But I want to encourage those who are hurting because of believing and following Christ to read Jeremiah and ask the Lord Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need to know.

Did Jeremiah fail big time in his profession/ministry because of his political incorrectness unpopularity (in religion and politics) and having only one fruit —one faithful disciple-follower? the answer is NO. His sole faithful attendant scribe follower and recorder is Baruch. Read Jeremiah 36:4,10,32; 32:13-16; 43:3,6 and you will see the importance of having just one good and capable and faithful assistant is worth another ten thousands worthless superficial fair weather followers! Baruch’s faithful and fearless recordings and preservations of Jeremiah’s anointed messages became part of the Bible (and important history)!

What Jeremiah seems to have lost in terms of personal life (a potential marriage to a loved one), has been fully compensated by the faithful companionship of an equally qualified professional assistant to complete the prophetic calling and assignments of God.

For prophetic accuracy, Jeremiah is one of those who tops the list. Jeremiah’s prophecies on seventy years of captivity: Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10; confirmed in Daniel 9:2.

Great promises from God through Jeremiah and are relevant to believers at all time: 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Returning to the subject of Jeremiah’s failed love life, and what could have happened if he had married his fiancee, here is a quote, “From the moment that he became decisively convinced of his mission, Jeremiah’s career is marked by struggles and vicissitudes of the most painful and perilous kind; his perseverance in his allotted path was met by an ever-increasing hardness on the part of the people; opposition and ridicule became persecution, and the messenger of Divine truth persisted in proclaiming his message at the risk of his own life.” During his ministry in Jerusalem he was threatened with death. His politically powerful opponents cast Jeremiah into a cistern, where he sank down into the mud. The intent was to kill Jeremiah by starvation. A Cushite rescued Jeremiah by pulling him out of it, but Jeremiah remained imprisoned until Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian army in 587 BC. History reported that he went with the exiles to Egypt after that and died a sad martyred death. It would have been a very hard life for his wife.

(to be continued in my next blog —Part Two on prophet Ezekiel’s love life.)

Blogger: kzlam36@mediamedia.org, August 21, 2020.

entry ticket to this somewhat unusual Kainos world of mine!

vintage “Here is my heart”

Here is the ticket: For those new to my blogs (under the pen name “Crosslife Spaces”), read at least an article in each blog to enter this somewhat unusual/Kainos (Strong’s Greek 2537: Fresh, new, unused, novel) world of mine! Yes, I hunt and keep secret treasures. Often I give some away. For regular readers of the over three thousands English blogs I published in WordPress for over eleven years, I believe by now some would have received for themselves some treasures from here. It humbles me to know that somehow somewhere from the far beyond you have found this blog and found something of value to you. I would now urge you to linger longer and take more. Yes, here is my heart.

Here are the links to my English blog sites at WordPress:

https://ghostwriterforgod.wordpress.com/ Ghost writer (copy writer) for God, Holy Spirit Scribe —Kainotes Ministry: new wine in new skin

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/ AAAA Watchman, Spirit and Life ~Christian Visions, Revelation from the Words of God, Prophecies, Prayers, supernatural living 1535 articles

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/ Sound Mind Journey, fictional writing, thoughts, poetry, travel journal, photography 644 articles

https://citizenheaven.wordpress.com/ God’s way of healing, divine healing resources, life testimonies of miraculous healing of terminal diseases, teachings on how to get healed 383 articles

https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/a fifty percent perspective ~best blogs for women women empowerment, women leaders, women’s struggles, women of faith, women writers, women politicians, Bible women 352 articles

https://wheniamsixtyeight.wordpress.com/ a young millennial-nerd short story, fun-adventure-fiction of young and old living in a futuristic tech world 99 articles

Matthew 13:52

He said to them, Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar].

Women’s internet Club: 3rd meeting, no dogs please, ladies! (hilarious man in suit is back)

dogs in zoom conference

Today the young nerd is back and is chairing this somewhat noisy (barking) session.

Ahem, good morning ladies, if you can hear me. I really appreciate the multiplication of participants today by each of you bringing along someone (namely other creatures) equally vocal. I have to mute all forty of you. You may type your questions in the chat only. Why? Because I haven’t yet mastered the canine language. No, paw marks on screen not allowed. Yes, if you sit through the whole session I will give you a free-for-all barking bonus at the end.

Today’s topics are not structured like the previous one conducted by my boss (the blog owner). But I will give you relevant practical internet media steps just as well. Have you tried out the green screen? Yes, any green piece of cloth will do. Just hang it behind your back, using a curtain rail or laundry rope or whatever. What? You become a head floating? Were you wearing a green dress? Never wear green dress or any clothes with a green screen behind you. NO, I don’t mean not wearing any clothes! Just no green clothes when you are using a green screen for virtual background effect in your zoom meeting.

Yes, the visual emphasis is on your head (facial and hair) and you should make yourself presentable (yet comfortable) unless you are having a private pajama party. There are many free video guides (e.g. in YouTube) on zoom hair-do, make-ups and clothes, and how you should position your computer. Here is a list of the important points to note and do regarding video zoom meeting set up:

  1. Put your computer (webcam) at your head level. Make sure that the camera lens sits at or above eye level, no higher than your hairline. Stack up some books underneath if necessary. It will make your face look natural. Position your webcam far enough away to capture your shoulders and your entire face with some room to spare. Look straight into the pinhole of the webcam, often identified by a tiny green light when you switch on the video in zoom. In the case of my MacBook it is located at the center top.
  2. When you are looking straight at the camera pinhole you will appear like making eye contact with the other attendees. Put on your best smile. Look natural. You may blink.
  3. Beware of your facial expressions. Some camera angles can exaggerate your facial features and distort your appearance. Do not twist your facial muscle or distort your features. Look into your mirror first and practice how you want others to see you.
  4. Ideally, you want to light yourself from the front with soft, indirect light, and minimize other lighting in the room, particularly from windows or light sources behind you. Place a light with a lampshade in front of you and behind your webcam. Watch our previous YouTube guide on green screen for virtual background about lighting as well.
  5. Keep your background clean and simple, in good taste, and avoid clutters or distractions.
  6. For better quality sound, you can use a USB microphone.
  7. Do your own test zoom and practice webcam set up. For example, you can practice with your close friends. Do a small group meeting just for fun and give each other honest feedback on the visual and audio effect.

We have finished answering most of your questions on zoom meeting. Let’s move on to pondering on the word “internet”. Here is a paragraph I quote from online source, for your homework assignment. Just read and think about it. How you or your loved ones/close friends have changed by the internet? List all the pros and cons of your experience in the use of internet.

“Whether the impacts are good or bad, the Internet has changed the way society interacts and connects. One example of change is the increased focus on personal growth and a decline in a community that is determined by work, family and space. People are now constructing social relationships based on individual interests, projects and values. Communities are being formed by like-minded individuals not only offline and in person, but through the Internet and the multitude of online environments which it creates and offers. Social networking sites — like Facebook and LinkedIn — have become the preferred platforms for both businesses and individuals looking to perform all kinds of tasks and communicate with others.”

Bonus time: (sounds of 20 humans talking all at the same time holding up their pets all barking and some meowing as enthusiastically as their moms). See you next time. Meeting ended for all. (To be continued)

blogger: kzlam36@mediamedia.org, August 18, 2020

The power of words even when wrongly used

Samson and Delilah

Do you want to know how a woman can cast down strong men without physical weapons? I have been writing about good and godly women in this blog. I have always skipped reading certain parts of the Proverbs which I consider relevant only to the young and foolish men. But yesterday morning I was prompted to read some Bible verses that depict the kind of woman (a type for temptation when used in the Proverbs mentioned below) who can cause the downfall of even mighty men. The verses can be found in Proverbs 5, 6, and 7.

Proverbs 7:26 (NKJV) For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. (AMPC For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.)

There are three main types of temptations a man faces: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.) Adam and Eve were tempted and failed in these three areas. Bible school students are often warned against the three Gs —gold, girl, and glory which are the three major stumbling blocks for Christian leaders too.

Let us read some of the verses in Proverbs that describe how these three classic temptations work. Bear in mind that even though the Proverbs use the term “woman” to describe the perpetrator of the temptations the deeds are not confined to woman gender. Also ponder on whether we sometimes become the one who causes others to stumble too. Remember the Holy Spirit’s reminder through Paul that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood —contending only with physical opponents— but against the spiritual forces of wickedness. (Ephesians 6:12) So, please do not fill in the name(s) of a woman/man when you read on. Here are some of the traits of the woman in the Proverbs:

How does the Proverbs describe the tempter? Evil, immoral, loose, promiscuous, brash, rebellious, never content (to stay at home), often in the streets, market, soliciting and lurking at every corner. (5:3, 6:24, 7:5, 11-12)

What are her attractions? Flattering, smooth tongue, enticing with words, beauty, coy glances, initiating the moves to approach you, brazen look, sly at heart, impudent, seductively dressed. (5:3, 6:24-25, 7:10-11)

Her way of making the physical experience adventurous and pleasant is by presenting adultery as an attractive, elegantly enjoyable and quality lifestyle, such as spreading her bed with beautiful blankets, colored sheets of Egyptian linen, perfumed her bed, drinks* etc. (7:16-18)

Her ultimate subtle unseen weapon to lure you into the snare: Use of words. Proverbs 7:21 (NLT) “So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery.” She will even make you think you are the only one who is special (her knight in shinning armor —an idealized or chivalrous man who comes to the rescue of a woman in a difficult situation) to her, “You are the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are!” (7:15) She will make it sound as if you are God-sent (7:14). All these appeal to a man’s ego.

The endings for the person who succumb to such temptations are not pretty: Poverty (5:10, 6:26), bitter poison and danger (5:4), death and grave (5:5, 23, 7:22-23), burned/punished (6:27-29), humiliated/hurt/sick/pain/wounded/disgraced/shamed (5:4, 9, 11, 6:33).

What kind of person will encounter such temptations? No, no just the foolish young man. Proverbs 7:26 declares that the tempter has been the ruin of many; cast down many wounded, and all her slain are a mighty host! Multitudes of great and mighty men (not weak, not foolish) fall victims too. Samson’s fall in the hands of Delilah is one classic example of such an strong, anointed man. Samson slain a thousand men with a jaw bone of an ass. When he finally succumbed to Delilah’s words, (Judges 16:20 “For Samson did not know that the Lord had departed from him” ) he was captivated and eventually died with the enemies to revenge the loss of his two eyes. (Judges 16:21, 28, 30)

Is there an example of an overcomer in the Bible? O, yes, there is. Joseph is an example of a man who overcame the three temptations: gold, girl and glory. He ran away when the beautiful mistress (Potiphar’s wife) cornered him. He lost his high and powerful official status, all the material privileges, and of course that woman hated him. Joseph was in prison for ten years, meaning that he was 20 years of age when he was denounced, having served Potiphar for three years altogether. What saved Joseph from the tempter? Genesis 39:9 “How then can I do this great evil and sin against God?” He has a relationship with God and he values that above all else. His ending is good of course, his own family, fame, fortune, power, and a good registry in God’s book.

What have I learned from the above?

  1. Temptations are at every corner, lurking like the writer of Proverbs has warned.
  2. No one is qualified to say they are spiritually strong and mighty enough to avoid temptations.
  3. Temptations often come in unseen form, like words which sound good and innocent.
  4. Power of words: can be positive or negative. The source makes the difference. God’s words are the right source of power.
  5. An effective way to overcome temptations from the nice sound of flattering words and coy glances when cornered, is to run away and not listen to them. Instead, fill our ears with the sound of godly words from the Lord, the Bible. See the right fruit produced. Chapters 1-9 of Proverbs start with sound godly advice and wisdom (instructions) for everyone to prepare and equip for right living, and prevent falling into temptations.
  6. The most effective way to overcome temptations is preventive: have a close relationship with God like Joseph. Soak in God’s words. Follow the Holy Spirit (in the case of born again believers).
A single glass of pink wine in a large stemware on a white background

*Beware of alcoholic drinks: Proverbs 23:31-34 Don’t gaze on (look on) the wine when it is red…when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly, how smoothly it goes down…at the last it bites like a serpent and stinks like a viper.

a woman whom Jesus loved: a capable, responsible and bold woman of faith

Martha, Mary and Jesus

Is Martha less spiritual than Mary? Today we read what Jesus really says about her. Martha is a capable, proactive, and mature woman of faith. Jesus loved the two women, namely Martha, her sister (Mary) and their brother Lazarus dearly. (John 11:5) The three are presumably young, not yet married, affluent, hospitable. They generously open their large house in Bethany to accommodate Jesus and His ministry team. Martha is mentioned first in the verse 11:5. She is probably the oldest and the head of the household.

Some Christians may mistakenly think that Mary is more “spiritual”, more interested in the words, and wants to know Jesus more intimately, while on the other hand, Martha is more “carnal”, more diligent in serving Jesus (and His company) in physical services (food and drink, hospitality) and tends to be action-activity-work-performance oriented.

Context for the above teaching: Luke 10:38-42

Luke 10:42 is often cited to substantiate the above view. It says, (AMPC) “There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.”

First question: Has Jesus really said that Martha’s diligence and faithful stewardship in the helps/hospitality ministry is less important than the other ministries? My reading of the Bible says “No.”

Remember this is a one-off incident recorded. What is Jesus really saying on this occasion to Martha in reply to her concern about not having enough physical help to provide what Jesus and His company’s need? Jesus is actually assuring her that for Mary it is crucial to listen and understand Jesus’ teachings in this session. Jesus is well confident that Martha can manage the rest of the household details efficiently. Jesus also knows that Mary needs to listen and prepare herself so that she will anoint Jesus in a future historically and prophetically crucial incident —anointing Jesus for burial. The original word “need” (“5532 Chreia” in Strong’s Concordance) in Luke 10:42 means “need”, “business”. It is Mary’s business at that point in time to listen to that specific teaching from Jesus. Mary indeed heard the crucial message, bought and later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet. (John 12:3,7)

Second question: Is Martha less spiritual than Mary? My reading from the Bible says “No.”

Bible context: John 11:1-45 records the incident of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary died, and was raised from the dead by Jesus after four days. Both sisters sent a message to Jesus when Lazarus was very ill. But Jesus stayed where he was for another two days and only went after Lazarus died. Here is a summary of what Jesus did and said, His reasons, and how others responded.

  1. His immediate practical goal (in deliberately delaying): resurrect Lazarus from the dead.
  2. His ultimate goal:
    1. Goal (1): that the people see and believe that He is truly who He says He is, the Messiah and the Son of God, with the power and authority of God to give life. (John 11:4,14,15)
    1. Goal (2): That His own disciples see and believe that all He has said about Himself will come true too, that is, He will be taken, killed and raised on the third day. There are 12 passages in the Gospels recording Jesus predicting His death and resurrection. He wants them not to panic and fear, but to stay in love, peace and unity throughout the crucial three days after Jesus’ death and burial. (Mathew 17:22-23, Luke 18:31-33)
  3. His main target audience: especially the eleven apostles, and other disciples including Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.
  4. In summary, Jesus wants to show that death has no power on Him, because He is the God who gives life. (John 11:25) He also specifically wants to see how Martha and family would each react based on His past teachings. This is evident in His interaction with them.
  5. Results vary and reveal each person’s maturity as a disciple of Jesus:
    1. The apostles as a group: They miss the whole point. (John 11:12,13,16) It explains the later event when they decide to go fishing after Jesus’ death. (John 21:2,3)
    2. Mary: She failed this test despite Jesus’ teachings she has previous soaked in. When Jesus came she continued to stay in her house and mourned. She came out later only when Martha went and told her that Jesus is calling her. She was still upset with Jesus not coming earlier to heal Lazarus when he was still alive. (John 11:32) Jesus was disappointed with her (weeping just like the people around her as though there was no more hope!) John 11:33 (NLT) states, “When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.”
    3. Lazarus: He was dead and inside the grave. But he heard Jesus, rose and came out of the grave. He became a live witness. (John 11:43-44, 12:9-10,17-19)
    4. Martha: Unlike what some may think, Martha is well versed with what Jesus has taught and believes in His words, although she has her concern about the stench from the dead and rotting body (John 11:39). Jesus patiently talks to her and explains to her His supernatural power over the physical natural constraint. (John 11:20-40).

Martha does not give up hope that Jesus can perform a miracle on Lazarus. She declared to Him two important statements of faith, “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22) “Yes, Lord,” she told Him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” (John 11:27) Martha said the same words that the apostle Peter said in Mark 8:29. She is on equal spiritual footing with the prominent apostle in her understanding of who Jesus is!

Martha is a capable, responsible and bold woman of faith. While managing the big house full of well-wishers and mourners, when she got word that Jesus was coming, she went the distance to meet Him. But Mary stayed in the house with the mourners. (John 11:20) Martha had the boldness and confidence to ask Jesus and voice her concern, yet with hope. Because of that, she is the one to whom Jesus declares two crucial truths. And it is not a coincidence. Jesus knows she will respond right. She did.

  • “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
  • “You would see God’s glory if you believe.” (John 11:40)

Martha believed Jesus. She witnessed the resurrection of her brother. She saw the glory of God. Like her sister Mary, her name is recorded in the Bible. So is her brother Lazarus. What a family of powerful living faith that witnesses to many!

by Kainotes Ministry* July 24, 2020

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

Women’s internet Club: 2nd meeting, seriously (funny young nerd missing)

Today the young nerd is absent and I intend to answer one question: What is the internet? Unlike what some of you may think, internet is not entirely virtual. I will also cover all the terminologies in one paragraph, and relevant internet subjects, somewhat serious, but very relevant to women who should know as you occupy 50% of the world’s population, and internet is the main thing now!

In a time of social distancing, a videoconferencing platform is where we work, learn and party. Overnight, Zoom has become a primary social platform for millions of people: moving your life online, building and maintaining community despite physical isolation. The role of mass media via the internet has become increasingly important and relevant to more people.

This zooming session is a form of mass media communication through the internet. What is mass media? Mass media refers to any type of communication, be it written, spoken, or broadcast, that reaches a large audience. This includes radio, television, film, the Internet, magazines, newspapers, or any other forum in which messages are disseminated on a large scale.

The Internet, sometimes called simply “the Net,” is a worldwide system of computer networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers). For example, I am using my computer to communicate with you through your computer/phone and this is made possible because we have a number of “middle men” (the internet) carrying our messages between our computers/phones.

Here is a brief summary of the terminologies of the internet (Clicking on the respective terminology’s hyperlink will bring you to an information page in the Wikipedia): 1960s: the idea of internet started; 1971 electronic mail, or e-mail, was invented. By the mid-1970s many groups of computers were connected in networks. In 1989 hypertext was invented as a link between different parts of an electronic document or between different documents. It became the basis of the World Wide Web, or “the Web,” which was created in the early 1990s. Information on the Web is arranged in sites or pages. People view Web sites using computer programs called Internet browsers/search engines. Browsers read HTML(codes) and allow people to view Web sites on the computer. Each Web site has its own Internet address, called a uniform resource locator, or URL (Web address). Many URLs begin with “www,” which stands for “World Wide Web.” Today the most used browser is Google (91.75% of search engine market share). No longer limited to personal computers, the Internet can be accessed via tablet computers and most cell phones and televisions.

How does the internet really work? Watch this very informative and interesting 20 minutes video.

GLAD YOU ASKED  S1
How Does the Internet Work? – Glad You Asked S1
Jan 8, 2020

So you see, the internet is not entirely virtual. It has physical wires and cables. Submarine cable networks are critical pieces to the global flow of network data. It is estimated that these cables carry 99 percent of all international communications traffic such as voice, data and video.  While submarine cables were traditionally owned by telecom carriers, it’s been the content providers themselves, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon that have started investing in the build-out of new undersea cables in recent years. 

In summary, through the internet, we can now access the data files (words, pictures, audio, and visual in various communication modes) from each others’ storages without going to the source physically. We don’t even have to get hold of a physical item to check out the content. The data files are on open display (majority of which are free) for those allowed to access to access them through the internet.

One of you asks whether you can use the internet to send your hand written manuscripts/drawings and how you may do it. Simple. The answer is yes. You can scan/photograph your handwritten notes or hand drawn designs/pictures and send through your mobile phone, tablet or computer by the internet.

On the lighter side, for those ladies who like to try something new, here is a video on how to use a virtual background with a green screen. Have fun experimenting with all sorts of background from your own photo album.

Here is the list of topics I shall put in this blog in the next few internet club sessions. (Hopefully the funny young nerd will be back to run the show)

(To be continued)

(by kzlam36@mediamedia.org, July 14, 2020)

Women’s internet Club: first meeting, a somewhat hilarious zooming affair

“Woman Missing For 10 Years Found Living In Internet Cafe.” This is an extreme exception. In an increasingly internet connected world, women are still being left behind. In the least developed countries, women are 33% less (in South Asia, 70% less) likely than men to use the internet. In my previous blog I said that I would use the Dronesville’s nerd blog for this internet club series. After a heated discussion with the young nerd and his grand-aunt and other seniors (women only), we all agreed to put it in this women’s blog. After all, the club members are all women except for an anonymous virtual gate-crasher/hacker whom we are still unable to evict. I have also stepped down and let the young man (the Dronesville’s nerd-bounty-hunter) take over the internet club coach position since he is currently under stay-at-home order indefinitely. Henceforth, the first person narrator is not me. Have fun and learn something, ladies.

Ahem, I am unpaid by the way. Of course I am like overkill, too qualified for this job anyway. But my indie dad, the senior nerd, says I will gain something out of this temporary assignment and he has so far been accurate in his predictions. So here I am, a reluctant yet hopeful coach for the women’s internet club. We are using video conferencing. To save operating cost, I am recording the session and post the audio to text transcript. Don’t write to me or comment here. The blog owner says she will not respond.

First of all, ladies, click on the zoom invitation link I forwarded to you through your email and mobile text. You can either use your mobile or your PC. Just click. Click on where? The link! What is the link? The link is the line of funny long set of characters and numbers and symbols such as this fictitious one: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9914277488?pwd=eHP1dE7DUSsrc02YMDU9WXZoUmR0QT08. When you put your cursor on it and left click your mouse it will bring you to the zoom meeting place. No, it is not a teleport and it will not whisk you away physically to anywhere. You have clicked and nothing happened? Where did you click? You can’t see your cursor? If you are using a touch screen use your finger. Which finger? Any finger will do. Which part of the finger? Any part will do. Just touch or click on the link!!! The zoom asks for a password? Ok, copy it from my email or text and paste it. Copy the password, click or touch the link, paste the password when prompted. How to copy? Right click or left click? Right click. Yes, for both copy and paste, use right click.

Don’t forget you can be seen and heard by the whole group and also the whole world. I have put this on FaceBook live. I have mentioned that in my email and text. Ok, I see that you are all formally dressed in immaculate smart casual and all with a perfectly immaculately tidy background. Great. Just be natural and not frozen with a waxed smile. Oh, yes you can change to a virtual background in the preference setting. Now we see some semi-transparent alien creatures or parts thereof? Stop the virtual backgrounds. Someone trying out headphones? Audio not working? Unmute your phone at the left bottom corner of your screen. What is that jarring music at the back? You grand-sons playing loud music?

Ladies, I am going to mute your audio. There are too many people talking at the same time and I cannot hear you. If you have a question, please raise your hand. Not raising your physical hand. Everyone holding up their cats and dogs? No. Not that. Use the raise hand function on your screen in the participants’ chat column. Since everyone has raised hands, it’s better you type your questions in the chat box. You can’t find it? It is located at the lowest section of the chat column. You can send private messages to any participant of course by changing from “everyone” to “the individual’s name”. Too bad, I can’t answer all twenty questions. So I will pick at random three.

Random questions and feedback from the participants: What is the purpose of this meeting? It seems we have never got to any point. This is a boring club meeting. Everything virtual. Not even a drink. I don’t think I have learned anything about internet. My face and neck have frozen stiff with the polite smile and the raised head. May I leave now without being seen by the whole world? Why can’t the camera show more of my very nice dress? What a waste of time to prepare myself, with matching hand bag and heels and all that jazz. What have I learned about internet? Well, I have learned a bit by watching how other women do their hair and facial. It’s of utmost importance for the zoom video conferencing. I think I will do much better the next round. Internet? Oh, I think it’s great because I just have to make sure I look good from the neck upward. Pity I can’t hold my dog at the same time. I have specially dressed her up too! Video conferencing? Oh, it’s like attending a live movie with me on the other side of the screen, but the acting is restricted to the head part, mainly facial expressions and sound effect on my voice. I would suggest you give us a script so we practice beforehand! You want my feedback? Well, it’s like window shopping except that the live models are somewhat restricted in boxes. And the worst thing is that I am one of them! LOL! My feedback is that someone told me the camera is able to capture the whole room and I am petrified. Not true? Anyway to be on the safe side I will go put a black cover over everything and make this room unidentifiable ever!

Ok, time’s up. Ladies, I am ending this meeting now. Good bye and see you in the next session. I will email you again to remind you and send you the link as well. Thanks for attending. No I am not supposed to take tips. I will surely appreciate if you insist of course. My account? Here, it is. My name and my phone number. Just transfer by ____________. Thank you. I am funny? Hilarious? Thank you, madam. I am not entertaining enough but you like me because I have a funny smile? Thank you, miss.

Meeting ended by the host.

blogger: kzlam36@mediamedia.org, July 8, 2020

Dronesville’s (women’s)Internet Club, Dunkirk, new adventure (introduction)

I have started the following blog to teach internet, social networking and social media marketing, google, Facebook, blogging, email, and other related digital communication. I will be using a story telling mode to convey the lessons. I pray you will view the blog and get something out of it. I will try using more visual drawings to help you understand. All the lessons will be in the following blogs. I will place the link here each time I do a new lesson. Add this to your Favorite or Bookmark.

https://wheniamsixtyeight.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/dronesvilles-internet-club-dunkirk-new-adventure-introduction/

blogger: kzlam36@mediamedia.org, June 27, 2020

I write this for you: about internet and social media (Women’s internet club)

internet marketing

Dear one:

I am praying for a miracle about you. I know you may not be reading this because you may have forgotten how to visit here. Because you may have forgotten how to access my blogs or anything called blogs. Yet I hope you will visit me (my blogs) one day. Perchance. You see, I believe in miracle.

One day you asked me what internet is and what blogs are and how different they are from Google, Facebook, YouTube or emails. I remember one day you asked me to give you a list of some of my blogs on the Bible women. You said you want to know more about them, and how God views women.

Because you do not allow anyone who is not your long term friends (like having over thirty years of true friendship) to keep your phone number, use WhatsApp to reach you, or write email to you and you have deactivated your Facebook and Messenger account, and you haven’t learned to use all other social network accounts, and are in fact still struggling with internet and all related digital media, and you may have even misplaced the handwritten list I have written, and you are unlikely to remember how to use the internet to browse and google my WordPress name or URL* address for the blogs, I need a miracle. And I still believe in a miracle.

One day you were very depressed and told me one of your good friends had cancer. He went through very modern medical treatment and was recuperating. His mouth was in great pain. They put tubes to help him breathe and be fed. You wanted to know how you may pray for him. You wanted to record a prayer and asked me to agree with your prayer without speaking. You believe in the power of prayers and the Amen (agreement) of a fellow believer. So I did. Your friend wanted a prayer that would be miraculous and got him out of the pain and out of the hospital within the shortest time. It happened. He was free of the tubes and out of the hospital on the third day! So you see, miracle does happen.

No matter how challenging it is for you to learn to apply what you have learned about media from me during that short season, I still believe you will persist and practice them. For a person who values privacy and personal space above all else, book marking the blog site is the best option. You can choose to visit the blog and check if there are new ones, at your private and confidential convenience. WordPress blog is a safe place to visit. They do not spam you with stuff.

I would suggest you re-activate your Facebook account. You do not have to worry about people spying on you. I have already taught you how to keep private and safe from unwanted visitors. I have also taught you how to block practically everything from Facebook, Gmail, and WhatsApp. There is really nothing to fear. I have taught you to open other email accounts for your own trusted group of elite friends and associates. And you have written all the instructions long hand step by step in your note book. You have applied them on me immediately and I am blocked out. So you are doing very well.

Why do I advise you to re-activate your Facebook account? This is a useful tool to keep track on others if you want to. You can visit and see the public announcements of forthcoming events like zoom meetings, live streams and recordings of past events. Facebook may prompt you to add friend certain people but you don’t have to respond or pay attention. The list is auto-generated and has nothing to do with those people on the list. They do not know the suggestions by Facebook. I have taught you to remove them from the list. I have taught you to unfriend or unfollow people whom you have inadvertently added friends. You can start your own private (closed) group and use the Facebook tools for your purpose. There are many new things to learn and you can do it. I have witnessed your determination and ability to learn.

I have decided to publish a notification on my Facebook upon every new blog I write for this WordPress woman blog. You may find something you are looking for in each woman character I am writing about. Do make an effort to find me, and read. I pray media technology will not deter you, my sister, and many others like you. There is nothing complicated about media technology. It is just a way we communicate with each other.

Thank you for reading this letter. Thank you for taking the bother to find this blog.

With best thought (Philippians 4:8) for you always,

Kai, June 25th, 2020

“a fifty percent perspective—a voice for women”

https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/

p/s: Because time was too short during the brief season we encountered and shared with each other in persons, I did not fulfill my promise to teach you about the internet using a PowerPoint as you prefer visual and drawings. But I did prepare it. I shall go through it slide by slide at interval in my following tech-nerd blog and will link to this woman blog upon each posting.

“a millennial nerd’s confession”

https://wheniamsixtyeight.wordpress.com/

*what is a URL? (Uniform Resource Locator)

URL (or URL-address) is a special form of individual address of a certain resource on the Internet. It can refer to the website, some particular document, or an image. The Internet user just needs to insert this code into the location bar to find the needed website, document, folder, or image. In plain language, it means the following: due to the URL address, the user gets information about where the needed information is located.

Wounded Love —a ruler and a visionary

the love life of Leah

She is a ruler and a visionary. She gives birth to kings and priests. Yet she is another greatly maligned and misunderstood woman of God. I am going to challenge all the wrong thoughts and slanders about Leah —the gentle hearted, caring, beautiful and godly mother of many nations. She is both spiritually and physically beautiful in God’s eyes. Here is a long list of facts that dispel the previous wrong teachings about Leah. There are many Bible verses about Leah’s life, far more important than those about Rachel. Let Leah come alive in my writing and your reading. (Genesis 29:16-35; 30:1-21; 46:15; 49:30-31) (Also read the genealogy background: 11:26-29; 24:15,29; 25:20; 29:16)

  1. She has great spiritual and physical beauty inside and outside: Leah, comes from a lineage of famous world beauties. Kings and princes fell in love with them. How is Leah related to Sarah? She is the great grand-daughter of Milcah, Sarah’s niece. Sarah is stunningly beautiful even in old age (12:14-15; 20:2). Leah’s aunt Rebekah (Laban’s sister) is another great beauty (24:16). Leah’s only daughter Dinah is also very beautiful. A powerful prince fell madly in love with her and died for her. (Genesis 34:3) Leah’s twin sister, Rachel, is another stunning beauty (29:17). Leah has to be beautiful!    
  2. She has the birth right: Leah is the first born (29:26). She is qualified to inherit the double blessings God has designated and recorded in heaven for her. She knows and takes hold of her entitlement with courage and positive actions. She heard of the twin sons of her beautiful aunt Rebekah who married Isaac. She was supposed to marry the elder twin Esau but she found out that he is godless, idolatry, carnal and cruel (a merciless hunter) to animals. (Hebrews 12:16) He is not interested in the matter of God or worship Him. He even sold his divinely appointed first born birthright to his younger twin Jacob, a godly man. By doing such a sacrilege Esau has lost his right to marry Leah.
  3. The beautiful eyes are the window to her soul: Leah and Laban know that God has a great destiny for Jacob and Leah is the first born with the equal right and entitlement to that destiny. She has beautiful attractive eyes, a gentle and beautiful heart for God and worship Him only. She is a worthy daughter of God who can raise up the whole nation of Israel. Kings and priests will come from her lineage. “The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. If your heart is unclouded, the light floods in!” (TPT Matthew 6:22)
  4. What went wrong? Why did Jacob want to marry Rachel? Because he saw her first and he was attracted to her physically (29:10-11, 17-18, 20). Jacob was already an old man of 78-year-old when he first saw this beautiful young woman. Obviously he was physically youthful and fit as he later worked for seven years in order to marry her. His parents gave him a clear instruction —go to his uncle’s house and ask his uncle for a wife from his daughters. The custom is to to marry off the firstborn (older) daughter and Leah is the rightful bride. Jacob did not obey his parents’ instruction. He went to the well instead to meet this shepherdess. In a former time, Abraham’s servant prayed and was led by the Lord to the well for the divine appointment with Rebekah, who was sent there by God. Jacob was not led by the Lord on this occasion. Disobedience causes him to miss God’s way. Rachel is beautiful in her face and her body (29:17). Any single man would fall for her at first sight (unfortunately for Jacob, without knowing her inside). Rachel is a carnal, idolatry woman. She stole her father’s household gods when Jacob took his family (Leah and Rachel and their children), servants and possessions, left Laban (his father-in-law) and returned to Isaac (his own father). (31:30)
  5. Leah knows God: The Bible describes the two sisters differently. Leah is described to have tender eyes. She is a gentle-hearted, loving, caring woman of God. She considers others. She is willing to bear the disappointment, hurt and pain in her heart without talking to others about them. She talks to God. She believes that God will make compensate and comfort her. She asks God for help. she gives names to her own six sons, a daughter and her maid’s two sons. Jacob has no say or does not bother with his children. The names of her sons are: Reuben: Behold A Son, Son Of Vision (God has given her a son for Jacob); Simeon: He Who Hears (God hears her); Levi: Joined, Joiner (God has joined Jacob to her); Judah: Praised, Let Him Be Praised (She praises God for all that He has done for her and for Jacob, her beloved husband); Gad: to cut, invade and expose (a troop of warriors for God’s army and kingdom); Asher: happy, to go right on (God has given her joy, comfort and rest); Issachar: Man Of Hire, He Is Wages, There Is Recompense (God has given her concrete benefits like wages for her hard efforts and generosity to others); Zebulun: Instance Of Exaltation and honor, Glorious Dwelling Place (God has given her honor, exaltation, a good dwelling place for her husband and her). (29:16-17, 23, 31-35; 30:9-13, 14-21; 35:23)
  6. She is a ruler and a visionary. She is fit to give birth to kings and priests: What does Leah’s name mean? Many say it means “weary” for weak and weary eyes. Few know that in fact the name Leah originates from the Assyrian language and means ruler, with the qualities of a ruler and visionary. She names her only daughter Dinah which means judge. (30:21) Leah is not weak at all. She is a stable and strong woman of God because she knows God and believes in His words and promises for her, her husband and their children. When Rachel is shepherding the sheep with her father and brothers in the field, Leah is the one who takes charge of the whole household. There is no mention of her mother who could have died young. After marrying, seeing how weak Jacob is, how else do you think their children can be raised to become the twelve tribes of Israel nation? Rachel is idolatry and dies young (at the birth of her second son Benjamin) while on the way back to the promised land. Jacob is not interested in anyone but himself and secondly, Rachel and her two sons). The true leader is therefore Leah, the matriarch in spirit and in practical living, the one whose name means ruler and visionary. No, God has not used a spiritually weak and short-vision woman to birth forth a nation. Leah is the comforter and steadfast helper to Jacob.
  7. Leah’s exceptional eye: Do you ever think Leah has no other more qualified and worthy suitors? Laban is a rich and influential man in their hometown. Leah comes from a famous lineage of beautiful women. She is the first born. She is godly, wise, kind, gentle and generous. She is young and capable and rules her area of household responsibilities well, and she is also a visionary who dares to dream and talks about her great destiny (she has heard from God in her close walk with God.) She comes from the same family of Abraham. Many fellow countrymen would have heard of the godly visionary Abraham’s story and the blessings he has received. The discerning young men in town would have noticed her exceptional worth and potential for greatness. Surely Leah has many suitors. But she has set her heart and eye on God’s heart and God’s eye. Her eye is exceptional. God has singled her eye out. Because she can see what others cannot.

The story of Leah is one of heartbreak. Her love is sacrificial, visionary, and based on God’s promises. It is never ever any cheap blind love. Jacob is deliberately hurting and insulting to Leah in his public declaration of ardent love for Rachel, the shapelier (perhaps more voluptuous) wife, Rachel. Jacob uses her and her children as human shield to protect Rachel and her children, and him from Esau’s likely attack. Genesis 32:8, 33:2 And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. Jacob thinks that if Esau attacks those (the maids, his unfavored wife Leah and her children) in front, he and his favorite wife and children can escape. How did Leah respond? She does not respond to such petty carnal unbelief. Just as Jesus has so much love to give and longs for us to return that love but people just outright reject him for some physical attractiveness of this world —the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life that alienate people from God. Jesus faithfully went to the cross, unloved by many. He defeated the power of sin and death. He gave birth to many spiritual children, many nations! Leah is a type for Christ. She faithfully loves and not hates. She continues to bear many children and gives birth to the Israel nation, which in turn births forth many nations through her one crucial human descendent, Jesus (from the Judah tribe).

How does Leah really love Jacob? Bear in mind the huge age gap when they first met: Jacob was born in 2006BC and he fled to Laban in 1928BC at the age of 78 years. He married Leah in 1921BC at an age of 85. He wasn’t a dashing young man when he came to their house and proposed to marry one of Laban’s daughters. And yet Leah loves Jacob to the point of taking the bother to give birth to six sons and one daughter for him! What kind of love is that? In Genesis 29:30 and 29:32, Leah wants to be loved, Strong’s 157. Aheb (Achev), the love that Jacob loved Rachel, but not Leah.

“Aahav/chav is a love that has been wounded but continues to love. It can still be unconditional love, it can be a nurturing love, a caring love and have all the same elements of racham except like our first love there is a tinge of sadness, bitterness to ‘ahav/chav, an unpleasant memory.” —a Hebrews teacher. It can even mean: like, friend. But Jacob does not even like Leah as a friend. The Bible describes her as being “unloved” (Strong’s 8130: detested, hated intensely, turned against) by her husband. Leah could have married someone much younger, her own age group, but she has chosen to marry an old man like Jacob, just because she knows her destiny of greatness in Israel’s history.

Her sister Rachel has a sad end. She died in giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, after a brief marriage of 18 years to Jacob. Jacob inadvertently cursed her on their way fleeing from Laban, not knowing that she was the culprit who stole the idols from Laban. Genesis 31:32, 35:19. Leah was left to comfort Jacob when Rachel died and help raise her sister’s children.

Leah has a good ending: Jacob has to live the rest of his long life with Leah, possibly another 28 years before he moved his family to Egypt —Leah’s descendants contributed 33 out of sixty-six persons who came from Jacob’s body. Although the Bible does not record the death of Leah, Leah was given the honor to be buried in the family grave, together with Jacob, Isaac and Rebekah, and Abraham and Sarah, while Rachel was buried somewhere by the way to Ephrath (Bethlehem). Genesis 35:19, 49:30-31. Even Jacob recognizes God’s plan and destiny for Leah. In Genesis 49:8-10 Jacob blesses Judah (Leah’s fourth son) to carry on the Messiah lineage as God has designated.

Leah’s story is one of heartbreak. But she trusts and holds fast to God’s everlasting love instead of man’s transient fickle love. In a way she presented a type of God’s love through Jesus, her human descendent. She was sustained by God’s love and her love for God through all those long years of loneliness in a loveless marriage. Isn’t that what true love is?

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

by Kainotes Ministry*

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

A brilliant wife and mother—Rebekah

Rebekah, one of the four Matriarchs, is characterized by the Rabbis as a prophet and a righteous woman. Yet she is one of the housewives whom Bible readers would have overlooked if not for their famous sons. In the Old Testament time women are assessed by whether they have sons or not. In her case she has twins. But it does not bring her double-happiness. Instead she has had a hard time with the sons and the foreign wives of the older one. This woman may not be viewed positively by some. Why? Because she favors one son over the other and helps her favorite son to carry out a scheme to cheat her husband by taking advantage of his blindness in old age. At the end she is separated from her favorite son and dies without seeing him again. Some may therefore consider her a fool.

But I am going to challenge all the wrong thoughts about her today. Read with me from a new perspective. I pray you receive your fresh revelation as you read this article.

I will look at two persons, mainly this brilliant wife and mother, Rebekah, and her apparently docile husband, Isaac. Many Bible teachers teach about Isaac and brush Rebekah aside. But the Bible clearly places Rebekah at a more strategic historical position than Isaac in terms of shaping the Jewish nation history. Without her there would have been no Jewish nation, nor there be a Christian descendant by faith heritage from Abraham.

Here is a list of Rebekah’s significant roles and the strength of her character which God has put to important use:

  1. God arranges a servant of Abraham who talks to God and asks God about how to make sure he gets the right woman to be Isaac’s wife. Genesis 24:12-14
  2. God arranges for Rebekah to arrive at the right time, the right place, and meet the right person —the servant, just as he has asked God for her to show up and do exactly what he expects her to do, a show of kindness and hospitality to a stranger and a traveler. She goes the extra mile too, by showing diligence and kindness to his animals. Genesis 24:15-20
  3. God designs Rebekah to fit in the great destiny. She is of the same genetic stock of Abraham —being his niece, very beautiful to behold, virtuous (keeping herself pure, still a virgin), hard-working (coming out to fetch water personally and not relying on maids), observant and full of initiatives (by noticing the traveler’s camels need water too and offering to get water for them), knowing her own worth (in not giving herself to any suitor), knowing and expecting her great destiny to come to pass (by waiting for the right spouse no matter how impossible it may seem, because surely by then the whole town’s most eligible bachelors would have tried wooing her).
  4. She is a well-brought up woman of a well-to-do family, with her own nurse, Deborah and maids. (24:59; 35:8) The Bible finds it important enough to record the name of her nurse. Yet, she learns to do chores like fetching water from the well, cooking excellent cuisine which her husband Isaac loves. Indeed, those skills come to be used at the right moment and divine appointment. (27:9, 17, 25)
  5. Rebekah is strong and perseverant in character. She was barren for twenty years before she has the twin boys, Esau and Jacob. Rebekah is totally unlike her mother-in-law, Sarah, who could not wait for God’s promise to come true and tried to jump start her destiny by giving her Egyptian maid Hagar to Abraham as a concubine and thus produced a tragedy, Ishmael. (16:2, 15, 21:9) On the other hand, Rebekah waited for her own descendants and kept her lineage pure just as God has wanted.
  6. Rebekah is intelligent, brave and determined. Why does she choose to go with Abraham’s servant immediately and travel to a distant country to marry a man whom she has never met merely at the words of the servant? She knows God. She has bothered to find out about her distant relatives even before the arrival of that fateful day when she met the reality of her going there to join them and their God and leave her mother, brother and gods (idols) behind.  She finds out facts, knows and trusts what God has revealed and confirmed to her, and she makes the right decision with confidence and assurance of her hope. She is not a rash woman who simply takes chance (as many Bible teachers have wrongly taught us). Genesis 24:55-61 24:58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”
  7. Rebekah has a close relationship with God. She is resolute to walk by faith and fulfill her great destiny. She asks God about her future and He answers. When her twins are conceived, struggling inside her, she asks the Lord and the Lord tells her why, and that the younger twin, Jacob, will excel and rule over the older twin, Esau. (25:23) She believes and stays faithful to God’s words and prophecy.
  8. Rebekah is married to an unequal, Isaac, a weaker man, given to carnal desire in his old age. Not only he does not believe in God’s prophecy about his twins, he has chosen to favor the older one, who is a carnal man too. Isaac and his wife Rebekah go separate way in the matters of God. Rebekah is the spiritual one who fears God and wants to make sure God’s will be done by hook or by crook. Isaac is the carnal one who cares only for his own physical gratification and forgets about God and His expressed will. 25:27-28 “So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”
  9. Isaac is weak and fails to be the head of the family. He also fails in teaching and disciplining his two sons in the matters of God. Esau is a godless man who does not fear God and has no interest in God’s purpose in his life. He despises God’s providence of the double blessing for the first born. (25:32, 34) The Holy Spirit describes Esau in Hebrews 12:16, “That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” Isaac obviously is not so senile that he does not know his son’s weaknesses and that he does not believe and worship the same God Abraham and Isaac believe and worship. Isaac blatantly married two idol worshipping foreign (Hittite and Ishmaelite) women who caused family strife —they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah. (26:34-35; 27:46; 28:8-9).
  10. Isaac is born very rich, as the sole heir of Abraham. But he is a man of his own worth in the world: very successful farmer, sower, live stock owner, shrewd businessman, and negotiator of deals. The Lord blesses him specially because he is the promised heir of Abraham. 26:12-14 He not only prospered, he continued prospering, until he became very prosperous.  He could have done better in distributing his wealth and possessions between the two grown sons according to the culture and practice in which he was brought up but he failed to do so despite seeing his sons becoming increasingly hostile to each other. A more decisive and caring father would have done it before the situation got out of hand. When the family tragedy struck he was both old and blind.
  11. Rebekah decides to take matter into her own hand because she sees an indecisive and incompetent husband who does not carry out his role as the head of the family. She has done her best to repeatedly remind him. She has undertaken to personally educate and coach Jacob since young all about God and his great destiny because Isaac is too busy in the field. She remembers God’s prophecy about her and her prophecy by her brother as well. (25:23; 24:60) She reminds herself not to forget them even though the situation may look helpless with her older rebellious son and her apathetic husband.
  12. We all know the story of Rebekah initiating a scheme for Jacob to take the blessing of the first born from his father and flee to safety after that. Do you think that Rebekah never thinks of the consequence of her separating from her beloved son, Jacob, the promised heir God has selected? They never see each other again. Knowing her murderous older son Esau, she has prepared for the cost she must pay. True enough, she has willingly paid the price.
  13. Rebekah has to live with her husband Isaac and the murderous and rebellious godless Esau for the remaining twenty years of her life. Yet she was prepared to do that for the sake of bringing Jacob to his greatness as the promised one for God.
  14. Rebekah is a woman who knows and lives the power of hope. She endures the loneliness of a visionary. She can envision her son Jacob returning in glory. She can envision how he is being trained from a distance by God to equip him for the greatness God has planned for him. She hears of him getting married and raising all those sons for God. She envisions them becoming many nations. She sees him and his family in her dreams. She knows her hopes are not in vain. Because she has trusted God all her life against all odds. She loves to the point of sacrificing her personal gratification. Isaac is blessed to have such a selfless wife. Otherwise he could not have fulfilled his role as one of the patriarchs for the twelve tribes of the nation Israel.   

No, she is no ordinary wife and mother. She really knows God and wants God’s best for her son. And it makes all the difference.

—June 21, 2020, Kai

by Kainotes Ministry*

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

Make Bible characters come alive

How to make the Bible characters come alive when we read the Bible for ourselves and for others? This is one of my quests as a Bible scholar and teacher. I have read the Bible since 1983 when I encountered God through the Holy Spirit powerfully and was immediately filled with the passion to read His words. For nearly three decades I read His words consistently and systematically daily often in big chunks. In addition, I learned from many teachers and books. Most importantly, I learned how to hear God, listen to the Holy Spirit and receive revelation.

In the last nine months, and especially during the COVID 19 LOCKED DOWN, while having the luxury of living in a modern high-tech environment, I have had the opportunity to teach a fellow-locked-down person, a novice Bible reader how to read the Bible. How do I read the Bible characters and make them come so alive? That was her main question after I walked through a number of the characters with her. She is not a newly converted believer. But she had never been taught the way I taught her. After learning the new way of reading the Bible she is filled with fresh enthusiasm to read the Bible on her own and has been progressively practicing what she has learned. In March she requested me to compile a handbook of Bible highlights with emphasis on Bible characters for her. I went through all 66 books of the Bible and completed the task by the 12th of May just in time for her to return to her overseas home. She can use the material I have installed in her own laptop and go through the Bible herself. Knowing the way, she can dig into the Bible as the Holy Spirit leads her to go deeper.

This episode makes me realize the importance of showing an effective and yet simple and easily accessible way that helps and facilitates novice Bible readers read the Bible and thus encourages them to read increasingly more on their own and receive fresh revelations for themselves. They will themselves own the first hand revelations. This is my vision and main goal in studying and teaching the Bible. Everyone must DIY and can use a hard print Bible as your lifestyle. Power outage and stoppage of the internet cannot stop you from hearing God through His words.

This is essential for all today’s global Christians because not all can access and/or zoom and other digital ways to learn, read and understand the Bible, yet hoping to know what God is saying to them individually.

Here is a brief summary of what I do when I read the Bible.

  • I read the whole book and other related books of the Bible which pertain to the characters and/or events. For example, when I study the two characters Euodia and Syntyche in Philippians 4:2-3, I read the whole book of Philippians and the relevant chapters in the book of Acts.
  • I pray and ask the Lord Holy Spirit to lead me to read the right passages and meditate on them.
  • I read related articles and studies about these two Bible characters, the historical context, the culture and society and other important background.
  • I study and meditate on the missionary journeys of Paul, the early churches (mainly house churches) he planted, and his women disciples and coworkers, the kind of person and leader Paul is and how he handles issues raised by his followers and co-workers and churches.
  • I familiarize myself with Paul’s way of writing, what he really means, why does he say certain things the way he says them, what is he trying to say to them, what results he is expecting, why is he confident of saying them and expecting those results? I ask myself lots of questions about the way Paul writes those letters which have become the Scriptures, a significant part of the New Testament Bible. Knowing Paul is absolutely essential for me to understand his letters. For example, a letter from your close one is always easier for you to understand than a letter from a stranger. Pick his brain. Pick his heart. You will find treasures you have never noticed before!
  • It takes me quite some time to meditate. After the first round of reading I leave it and think about it a lot of time while doing other things. I will turn the verses over and over in my mind and talk to the Lord about it until my mind is crystal clear and certain what the Lord wants me to talk about. The apostle Peter actually tells us how it works, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19.    
  • Often it is at the clearest point like a morning star rises in my heart then I can put into writing the essence of what I receive and it just flows effortlessly as I read through the verses again while I write.
  • When it does not become a fluent flow I will just record the pieces as notes for future reference.
  • In the case of two characters Euodia and Syntyche in Philippians 4:2-3 I was alerted by the Lord to not restrict the reading to the mere context of 4:2-3 or even the immediate verses before and after. My spirit clearly says, read the whole letter of Philippians. Read 1:1 and see the difference between this letter and all other letters of Paul. This letter addresses not just the whole church (all the saints in Christ Jesus in Philippi), it specifically calls to attention episkopoi (supervisors/overseers/bishops) and diakonoi (ministers/deacons) in Paul’s opening greeting.
  • When I read the whole letter I realize that truly the whole letter addresses the issue of reconciliation and restore unity in Christ Jesus, what is unity, why unity, the consequences of disunity, how to re-establish unity, the key problems, action points, the two role models, and the assurance that they can do it.
  • I read with Paul in mind. I walk through the letter with him. I see him in his Rome house arrest. He cannot go to Philippi physically but he knows his people very well. He knows what is going on and he knows they will follow what he says in his letter. He has to write a positively encouraging letter to counter the negatives: lack spiritual knowledge of the true condition of Paul, anxiety, discouragement, loss of discernment, disagreement over trivial matters, disunity, loss of peace and joy in the two co-worker leaders and affected those who followed them.
  • I learn from Paul’s way of writing: he starts off in the first chapter with something positive and commendable about them. He uses words like: joy, confident, good work, love abounding, filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ. He finishes off the letter in the last chapter with more positive praises of them: he rejoiced that their care for him flourished again, they have done well to share in his distress, their being the only church giving to his ministry, fruit abounds to their account, like sweet-smelling aroma, acceptable sacrifice to God, well- pleasing to God, and his assurance of their reward—God’s supplies of all their needs according to the riches of His glory.
  • I read Paul’s letters with this in mind: Paul does not impose standard on others that he himself does not practice. he also does not impose on others requirements that they cannot follow. All he asks them to do is to practice what he has been doing and has already discipled them to do. in addition to his teaching and training, they have the same Holy Spirit in them to give them the desire and power to do exactly what Paul does. He himself does exactly what Jesus does and more just as what Jesus tells His disciples and followers to do.

I pray that this sharing on my part will help you to read the Bible in a way that makes the Bible come alive to you too.

June 17, 2020

June 18, 2020

Please share this article with those whom you know are serious about reading and knowing God through the Bible. Those who want to hear God for themselves when reading the Bible. Those who are not satisfied with a mere literal caricature of the Bible characters. Yes, all those who believe in chewing into the real meat of the Bible instead of drinking mere milk. I will be writing more on the way I read the Bible and conduct free zoom classes as well for the more digital and internet savvy group as well. Please watch out for my announcement in this AAAA Watchman blog.

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/when-zoom-or-digital-media-are-down-still-reading-the-bible-in-a-way-that-makes-the-characters-come-alive-and-hear-god-for-yourselves/

by Kainotes Ministry*

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

Paul’s leadership: resolving conflict between two women church leaders

I always write with you in my mind and in my heart because you want to know about the women in the Bible.

Yes, I have not forgotten, however briefly, the time we have spent together, pouring out our hearts on the words of God, searching and studying the Bible, the enthusiasm and passion for the words of God, and the rich revelations we received in our quests.  

As promised, I have started a new season to study and write more about specific women in the Bible. This is an urgent need. Many churches consist of mainly women (if not all). The Bible records the active and positive participation and contribution of women in both the Old Testament time and in the New Testament churches. New Testament church leaders like Lydia, Phoebe, Junia and Priscilla have received increasingly more attention. There are also other lesser-known women who are equally important leaders and serve in the capacity of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.

I recently wrote about one whom Jesus singles out to praise in my blog titled “Do you see this woman?” (1) https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/do-you-see-this-woman-1/

Do you remember that one morning you told me you had a strange dream in which you were told to read Philippians 4:8? I told you it is Paul’s letter to two very important women. They were not just any women in the congregation. They were both loving, giving, mature church leaders and Paul’s valued co-laborers for the Gospel.

I didn’t manage to tell you much about them at that time. So today I would highlight these two women, Euodia ( Greek Εὐοδία, meaning possibly “sweet fragrance” or “prosperous journey”) and Syntyche (Συντύχη, “fortunate,” literally “with fate”). One is called “prosperous journey” and another is called “Serendipity”. Such auspicious names!

Having such nice names and being capable and hardworking leaders in the important Philippians church do not exempt them from being reminded to reconcile their disagreements. Paul’s letter actually pleads with them to agree in the Lord. (4:2). The two appeared in strife. Let us find out what happened by reading the whole letter. Paul’s appeal to them was written in Philippians 4:2-3 (HCSB) Reading the mere context in 4:1-9 will not help us to fully understand the two women. These are two real persons in life and not two-dimensional caricatures. Paul’s whole letter is meant for them and I would read the whole letter as the background and dig out more details about the two.

  1. The two women are important leaders in the church: First, we can note Paul’s appreciative and respectful attitude towards Christian women co-workers. He works with them and values their contribution, recognizes their diligent efforts in telling others the Good News, and affirms that their names are written in the Book of Life (Philippians 4:2-3). He addresses the letter specifically to God’s holy people, church bishops, and overseers/deacons. (1:1) (Note: The Letter to the Philippians is different from Paul’s other letters because he specifically includes the episkopoi (supervisors/overseers/bishops) and diakonoi (ministers/deacons) in his opening greeting.)
  2. Women founded this church: When Paul responded to the visionary call to Macedonia, instead of meeting a man as he thought, because there were not even ten Jewish men (the required quorum) to start a synagogue, he met a rich business woman, Lydia, who was leading a women prayer group and she was converted by Paul and immediately started the first house church in Europe, in her house in Philippi!
  3. The status of women in Philippi is high: Philippi was the chief Greek city of Macedonia (Acts 16:12) under the Roman Empire and it has been well documented that Macedonian women enjoyed greater freedoms, rights and powers than many other women of that time.
  4. Paul describes these two women Euodia and Syntyche in the same terms he describes prominent church leaders like Timothy and Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:22,25), as those who have contended for the Gospel at his side, with a worthy ministry comparable to that of the men. Paul uses words that carry a metaphorical reference to gladiators fighting side by side in the arena. Far from demeaning women, Paul is actually declaring them capable and valuable for his ministry. Paul does not have gender prejudices or stereotyping women’s role in his ministry.
  5. Paul is in prison and his chief concern is maintaining unity among his co-workers. This is exactly the same concern of Jesus before He left Earth. In John 17:11-12 Jesus asks the Father to protect Jesus’ disciples by the power of His name so that they will be united just as the Father and Jesus, so that no one was lost. There is a supernatural power for Jesus’ disciples in being one just as the Father and Jesus are one. Disunity among leaders can cause their sheep to go astray.  Paul explains to them what it means to have unity: “Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (2:1-2)

In practice, how to achieve this unity? Paul gives them two main action points:

  1. Do not be self-centered: 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 2:4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
  2. Do renew their mind by thinking good thoughts about the other. 4:8

Paul gives them two real life models to follow:

1. Chapter two: focus on Christ’s example of an attitude that can lead to reconciliation. 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

2. Chapter three: Follow Paul’s example. he focuses on Jesus and the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (3:14)

Can the two women do it? Yes, definitely. Because Paul says confidently in 3:15 “Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.” He knows these two mature sisters in Christ love God and have the fervency and diligence to serve God and obey God’s words. Paul has discipled them well and trusts them to do as he urges, to reconcile.

Lastly, Paul sums it up by saying, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (4:9)

You see, the consequence of their disagreement and strife in the church has caused the loss of God’s peace in them and affected the others in the otherwise exemplary church.

At the end of the letter, Paul brings up a praiseworthy uniqueness about this church led by women leaders. They are a loving and giving church to Paul’s ministry! They themselves in turn are experiencing the richness of God’s supplies for their generous sowing into Paul’s ministry.  (4:19)

Postscript: These women are well-connected high society people. Even the royalty —the Roman Emperor, Caesar’s household send them greetings through Paul. Their networking is important to Paul’s ministry. (4:22)

by Kainotes

Do you see this woman? (1)

Jesus does not perceive women in terms of their sex, age, or marital status; He considers them in terms of their relation (or lack of one) to God. Surprised? Indeed, when reading the Gospels we do not see Jesus showing any favoritism towards the masculine or feminine genders in terms of His teachings and interactions with His disciples and followers, who consist of both genders. He wants His believers to focus on God and on their relationship with God. This blog is the first of a new series I shall be posting here about how Jesus sees women (individually) as revealed to us in the four Gospels.

“Do you see this woman?” He asks Simon (a Pharisee) in Luke 7:44, Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.” What does Jesus see in a woman or a man? It is very clear that Jesus sees these:

  1. Because He (God) sees everyone, He expects us to see too.
  2. The way God sees (as demonstrated by Jesus) is different from the way that a man sees.
  3. God sees both the external behavior and the internal motive.
  4. Jesus takes note of the external behavior (which is important revelation of what is inside): Simon invites Jesus for a meal in his house. A woman (considered a sinner by the religious Simon) gate-crashes and anoints Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil.
  5. Jesus sees the details of the two individuals’ hospitality behaviors: what each person does or does not do reveal what are inside them.
    1. Simon does not really respect and honor Jesus. In fact, he is insulting and rude to Jesus. He does not give Jesus water to wash His feet as is the custom of those days. Neither does he greet Jesus as his guest a normal greeting (kiss) as required by the custom. He does not anoint Jesus’ head with oil. Anointing the body or head with oil was a common practice with the Jews, as with other Oriental nations. (Deuteronomy 28:40; Ruth 3:3; Micah 6:15) Anointing the head with oil or ointment seems also to have been a mark of respect sometimes paid by a host to his guests, as Jesus points out on this occasion.
    2. The woman does just the opposite of what Simon does/does not do. She shows great honor and respect for Jesus. She washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and wipes them with the hair of her head. She kisses Jesus’ feet. She anoints Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil. (Luke 7:44-46)
  6. Jesus wants to see the love of God inside us when we come to Him. And He also declares that love has positive consequences. He describes the woman as follows: (Luke 7:47-48,50)
    1. She loves much.
    2. Her sins (regardless of numbers) are forgiven.
    3. God gives her lots of grace.
    4. She is both forgiven and saved. Her faith in God (Jesus) has saved her.
  7. What has the woman done right?
    1. She is not afraid of what man thinks of her.
    2. She is more concerned with what God thinks of her.
    3. She comes just as herself, totally undisguised.
    4. She knows and believes what Jesus has taught and the love of God that Jesus has shown openly to many.
    5. She is prepared to pay all costs for Jesus.
  8. Jesus gives to each individual exactly what the person wants. Simon the Pharisee wants only a superficial recognition from men that even Jesus comes to his house and have a meal. The woman just wants to show her love and honor for God (Jesus) regardless of costs (the cost of a priceless jar of fragrant oil, and the open insult and rejection by the men there). Jesus lets her do that. Jesus also gives her a bonus: forgiving her many sins. And she is now a daughter of God.

Kai, May 21, 2020

by Kainotes Ministry*

Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:

*KAINOTES=Newness
kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases
(a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life;
(b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

Jesus and women: How Jesus gives grace to a love-thirsty woman (modified with added revelation Mar 22, 2020)

Jesus with Samaritan woman at the well

Today I received wonderful fresh revelation in how deliberate and persistent Jesus is when bringing a maritally broken (having had five previous husbands) Samaritan woman to salvation and in-filling of the Holy Spirit! Many want to know how to receive the Holy Spirit. A thirsty woman has received by faith on her first encounter with Jesus. How did she receive it? Or rather, how did Jesus make sure she receive it? Jesus gives her grace. She receives by faith.

The Scripture: (comments from this blogger are in bracket)

John 4:7, 9-14 (NLT)

7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”

(Jesus took the initiative to approach the woman voicing out her need for her, “Please give me a drink.” He wanted her to ask Him!)

 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

(The woman was like any natural human, absorbed by what she saw in the physical realm. Her first response was dictated by her life experience, traditional cultural and religious practice. She immediately drew a boundary between she and Jesus. If Jesus was just a tired passer-by waiting at the well for his food and drink, he would have been turned off by her legalistic questioning.)

10Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

(But Jesus was not distracted from what He has intended to give her. Jesus always acted deliberately. He went to rest at the well deliberately. He wanted to give her a gift, the Holy Spirit in-filling; He also wanted her to ask for this gift!)

 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

(The woman’s response to Him in her physical realm was no surprise. In hind-sight we can all see how she continued plodding away apparently at the wrong track. But don’t we all?)

 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

(Jesus, undeterred by this Samaritan-Gentile woman’s mindset, continued to  address her spiritual thirst, and explain patiently what the Holy Spirit is like and how He will meet her unquenchable thirst in her when she is filled! This is further described in the next section of the Gospel of John when Jesus addressed the multitude of Jewish temple worshippers in Jerusalem)

John 7:37-39 (NIV) 37[ On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.]

John 4:15-26 (continue the discourse between the Samaritan woman and Jesus)

 15“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

(The Samaritan woman’s attention was finally turned to what Jesus could give her and she asked Him for that supernatural Gift!)

 16“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.  17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband—18for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

(Jesus wanted truthfulness from the spiritually thirsty woman. She was looking for love in the wrong places to quench her thirst which can only be met by God in her! Instead of assuming that the Samaritan woman kept changing husbands, it is just as reasonable to think of her as having experienced the deaths of several husbands, or as a woman with unfaithful husbands , or even as a woman whose husbands divorced her for her inability to have children. And now she does not even have the security of a proper marriage. In all scenarios she was indeed not fulfilled. Jesus wanted to address her hurt and possibly disappointment with God.)

 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim,where our ancestors worshiped?”

(It is interesting that the woman’s response and attention turned to that of God, religion and worship. Despite her marital problems and then ‘lawless’ living, she knew about the key Jewish and Samaritan religious physical difference. Now she wants to know more and how to worship God correctly. Is she sincere in wanting to know God to the point of talking to a stranger, a man, and a Jew? I believe she is. She is thirsting for God just as Jesus has discerned. )

 21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the One you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

(Jesus came to the point of true worship: 1. Know the God-Person Whom you worship, not the place or physical church or congregation group; 2. Know God in the Spirit, and therefore could worship-join to Him, in spirit and in Truth-His word.)

(1 Cor.6:17 (AMP) 17But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.”)

John 4: 25The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

 26 Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!”

(The Samaritan woman was thus saved! Her spiritual eyes were opened when she turned to the matter of God and true worship, and she recognized and accepted Jesus as the Messiah, her Savior!)

(Samaritans were hostile to the Jews. Yet Jesus took a deliberate journey to meet with this woman in order to save and deliver her from her past hurt and present uncertainty about her future. The saving of one woman is worth it! After her salvation, her countrymen were saved at her testimony.They came out and encountered Jesus themselves, and accepted Him as their Savior.)

How to receive the Holy Spirit? Jesus promised this, “your heavenly Father give to them that ask Him.” (Luke 11:13b) Just ask. It is a gift. The Samaritan woman asked Jesus and received. Her life was transformed and she became the first gentile evangelist, witnessing for Jesus!

(Modified from an originally published post in my AAA Jack watchman blog on 6/8/2011)

delivering a prominent speech: choose light

Matthew 6:22-23 choose to see light

Dear sister, congratulation for being selected to deliver possibly the speech of a lifetime in an honorable prominent position. I opened my Bible and here is the message for you.

1 John 2:8-11 (NKJV)

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Matthew 6:22-23 (NKJV

Jesus describes the Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is [a]good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is [b]bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:22 Clear, or healthy
  2. Matthew 6:23 Evil, or unhealthy

Dear sister, I pray you open the eyes of your heart to receive God’s light. (Ephesians 1:18)

to wall or not to wall: a budding woman entrepreneur’s solution

God sets all the borders of the earth

A Gen.Z offers a solution to the wall issue. Why are you ancients (all above 15 years old) so boring? Why can’t you simply get stuff done and not repeatedly squabble? She then went on to give a minimalistic IMHO (hers) solution in Gen.Z language in text. (Transliterated by this blogger)

The main issue: To wall or not to wall. In another wordy sentence: To secure or not to secure the sovereignty of a nation through building a border wall so as to be more effective in processing and registering potential foreign workers or other economic migrants or whosoever etc.

Assumption 1: Those outside believe it most desirable to get inside by walking across the border without waiting for documents.

Assumption 2: Those outside try to get inside by whatever shortest means they can because they believe it as their best current option.

Assumption 3: Those outside once inside will try all means not to leave regardless of their employability or continuing independent legitimate sustainability.

Assumption 4: Those inside have a legitimate right to maintain the size and components of their population to ensure a continuance of an established lifestyle they have enjoyed in their legitimate sovereign homeland.

Assumption 5: Those originally inside cannot believe that in its right mind any nation would allow whosoever to simply walk in without documents and a due process of screening and registering.

Factors to consider:

Pros: Abundant supply of voiceless and faceless unregistered foreign workers at a much lower unofficial wage could mean higher profit margin, more profit and higher ROI for those who employ them.

Cons: Uncontrollable influx of unregistered workers could cost the registered tax payers more in terms of additional social and other related economic, social, medical and law and order burden and thereby, happiness and wellbeing.

Moral and ethical issue: Unregistered workers could face economic, social and other exploitations, degradations and loss of dignity as a free human being without the legal right to redress as a citizen has. Beware of bringing back slavery and oppression.

Solution: Build an effective system to ensure that both sides are duly protected and respected against whatever issues as mentioned above and whatever adversities and hardships not mentioned.

Application: For example, deal with and make accountable and responsible the leaders of the outsiders’ original countries and set up registries there to process the applications.

Set up moral, ethical, productive and profitable employment opportunities there. Upgrade the livelihood of the local there. This option is predicated on altruistic (if there is such a thing) magnanimity or other realistically commercially viable and profitable considerations on the part of the investors.

IMHO thinking outside the box: The enterprising can offer to buy off the whole poor nation like buying a company if it is insolvent/bankrupt and no longer able to run its business proficiently and profitably and take care of its own people/employees.

IMHO thinking outside the box: Since so many people are desperately trying to get inside America, why not consider selling duplicates of America in as many places as possible in the vicinity where people are desperate to leave their homeland to get into America!

Unsigned: IMHO from a Gen.Z

This fifty percent blogger’s IMHO food for thought: people have souls and are not properties and are not for sale unless they are really desperate. It looks as if some people are indeed desperate at this time. This is not just Americans vs the poor nations issue. This is a borderless global economic issue. The rich and the poor are both borderless. I like the business enterprising idea of selling duplicates of America though. Aren’t we all already doing it? Are we not doing it virtually? Time to think of physical Apps.

Psalm 74:17 (NKJV) You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

A woman’s 2019 new year resolution (a conjecture)

Psalm 139:14

Another calendar year has gone by. For a woman, what may this mean? More external lines. More internal issues. More unfulfilled dreams shelved. Less certainty. Less physical resources. Less dreams.

The above is merely conjecture based on incomplete information of each individual of this planet’s female population:

3,801,846,256*Current female population as at 9-1-2019
49.6% of the world’s population
  • *3,800,750,379 females as of 31 December 2018

When I made that conjecture I was purely assuming that generally women would be concerned with physical aging and related physical resources and relationship issues. In brief, the physical, social and economic constraints on a woman as she increasingly ages. Do they matter? Yes. They do. Not many people in this world would look at a woman and not notice her looks and all physical appearances that speak of her possible status and condition in life. If she appears older, weaker and less economically endowed a question might be, “Will she become an encumbrance in a relationship or in a community?”

If the above conjecture is true, it means an increased burden (compared to man) on a woman. She has to keep young and stay fit, stay in health, looking pleasant to the eyes, positively exulting energy and vitality, presenting at all times a sound mind oozing with wisdom and knowledge, dressing smartly and sharply while talking sense evidenced by monetary outcome from her performance to give a convincing impression and proof that she is an asset and not a liability to any man or partner or employer or fellow stakeholders in whatever community or organization or society in which she happens to participate. In addition to all that she has to be multitasking at home too.

A very tall call for 3,801,846,256 sisters, nearly 50% of the world’s population. Food for thought: if all women spend our time and money on keeping up to these requirements, we would not have much time and money left to take care of the other half of the population who just have to fend for themselves. Men should be thankful that most women are kind and merciful and give grace (undeserved favor) over matters concerning the other 50%.

In a world without God* the staggering conjecture is quite plausible. (*I refer to the God we believe to describe Himself as Love and Grace according to the Bible.) I would therefore hold fast to my stance with the God whom I believe in, a good God who loves His creations, both men and women. He created and even wove us wonderfully before we were born in our mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You [a]covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for [b]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My [c]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:13 wove
  2. Psalm 139:14 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. You are fearfully wonderful
  3. Psalm 139:15 Lit. bones were

forgiving is not hard

Ephesians 4:30-32

The Old Way Has to Go

I have been thinking of how best to progress from here onward, after all the recent events, some of which have not yet passed on…Time lingers when we least want it to. Whilst doing my correspondence Bible courses I am now in the Book of Ephesians and unlike what I thought earlier, I am not really that “well-versed” in my understanding of this Book. I like the whole Ephesians. My NKJV is marked with colors where I have walked with my fingers. Yesterday I found my Message Bible and read the Ephesians. I also found another version of the Chinese Bible which I had not read for ages. Then I looked up the online Bible Commentary by Andrew Wommack. The whole experience is wonderful! I am humbled. Here I am today, sharing a passage from Ephesians 4 with you, my sisters.  

17-19 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.

20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

26-27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.

28 Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work.

29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

story of a young widow: from rags to riches

This young woman encountered the worst tragedies anyone could think of: a sudden death of her husband -the sole bread earner of the family, and he left behind two young sons and a huge debt.  In those days a married woman was considered a mere property of the husband. Her social status came from being a man’s wife. The loss of her husband without any tangible inherited asset meant a total loss of status in the community and an overwhelming financial crisis. We had no knowledge whether she was trained for any commercial skills. If she had any, she would have proceeded to get an employment or make some income. But this woman had no economic solution on her own. Whatever she had in her house were used up to pay the creditor. The lender had the right to repossess everything and even take her children as payment. The creditor was coming to take her two young sons into slavery.

The case of this unnamed woman as recorded in the Bible:
What can we learn from her? How did she cope? What did she do right?

1. She heard God. Instead of waiting for the worst fate to arrive -her two sons taken into slavery by the creditor, she went to ask for help from the right person -her husband’s spiritual teacher and principal of the school of the prophets, Elisha, an accomplished true prophet of God. She told him honestly all she had left was a jar of oil and her two children.

2. She obeyed God. She did exactly what Elisha told her to do, to the minute details: borrow as many as possible empty vessels from all her neighbors, shut the door, together with her sons poured her only jar of oil into those vessels, did not stop until all the vessels were filled thereupon the oil would stop.

3. She believed God’s words through the mouth of the prophet. She and her sons thus witnessed God’s awesome supernatural power of multiplication of physical elements. (This was also miraculously done by Jesus later as recorded in the New Testament’s Gospel of Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-38)

4. The positive result: She became a woman of wealth*, debt free, and a successful oil business entrepreneur with ongoing profit to support herself and her two sons for the rest of their lives. She could also support their continuing education and training for their called prophetic profession just as their late father had pursued.

5. Whilst the multiplication of the oil was entirely miraculous, the level of the woman’s wealth depended on her faith and action in obedience to the words of promises of God she heard and received as true. At best she could have borrowed a few small jars if she had half believed. But she believed totally. She borrowed lots of big jars. That was why the Prophet Elisha told her she would remain wealthy for the rest of the lives of her and her sons. This revelation opens my eyes -Don’t limit God!

Bible verses: (2 kings 4:1-7)
A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”
So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”
So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”
And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

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*Olive oil was considered to be one of the great sources of wealth in the days of King Solomon (cf. I Kings 5:11; II Chronicles 2:10). In biblical days an abundance of oil was a sign of prosperity and favor and a lack of oil was one of the many curses for disobedience (Deut. 28:40). The oil of olives was widely known and used during most of Bible History. It had a wide variety of applications, and was a valuable commodity. It was used for anointing the living and the dead, for sacred offerings, for lighting lamps (in the Tabernacle, Temple or in ordinary people’s homes), cooking and medicinally. It was also used in personal grooming, and as an ingredient in some soaps (as it still is).

Rambling thoughts: Gender Polarization and solution (updated June 8, 2020)

woman’s In Christ position

Gender polarization is an ancient monster that has reared its ugly head menacingly and is increasingly prowling around looking for victims to devour in this time. But I cannot remember my siblings and I being deliberately brought up in the polarization way. We were just flowing with life and circumstances.

In my family the women could appear stronger than the men. For example, when a gigantic venomous monitor lizard (or viper) entered our house the men (my dad and eldest brother) ran away and my mom was the one who took up a weapon (a long sharp metal something) pierced the head of the monster and pinned it to the ground. She shouted for the man folk to return and deal with the threshing dying beast. They had no clue what to do. So she instructed them to fetch a tough huge sack so she could cast it into it, tie the sack up and ask them to cart it to the back yard and burn it to ashes. We children were stunned and awed by the cool, composed, tough and bloodless execution all done without display of any emotion on her part.

If my eldest sister was home she probably would have run away too. As for me? I neither fled nor fought. I was just a curious eight years old bystander. Courage is not gender specific. When we kids grow up and have our own family we have displayed immense courage too when needed to protect our loved ones. I cannot think of any specific trait labelled gender-specific in my family.

No, my mom was not a superwoman of gigantic size and power. She was a beautiful, elegant, intelligent and knowledgeable average size business woman from a lineage of scholarly and godly genteel background. She was considered the best dressed woman for all time in the oil and gas frontier town where she lived most of her adult life. She rose to the monster-killing occasion when needed. Her goal? Protect her little chicks (including a toddler and an infant) like a mother hen does. After the incident she sat down and continued her afternoon tea as if nothing had happened. Then she instructed us to return to our homework. She was capable of and focused on multitasking as the circumstances required. That was my typical mom.

So where do all these ugly scenes of gender polarization out there come from? Knowing where they come from helps us to resolve them or kill them, just as my mom did with the “monster”.

What about running to the street and crying wolves? You may be too late. The monster (mobster) is really big and evil out there and its sole purpose is to use you and other human to steal, kill and destroy everything human value and love.

What is the solution? This is a question for every Christian to turn inward and ask oneself. One thing I know, aligning with the polarization monster will not bring salvation or deliverance. Whatever you do, if the outcome is creating more self-focus, more me vs others, more hurt and more destruction, more exclusiveness and demonization of others, then your alignment is with the death monster and not with the super-abundant life that God has promised and given you and your loved ones in Christ Jesus.

My solution? Come to the point where our sole identity is “in Christ”. surprised? Women are also in Christ! Start afresh from this equality foundation. Unshakable. Seeing yourself the way that God has made you in Christ will change how you think about yourself and that matters most. God is a lot more concerned with where you are going than where you came from. God is in the spiritual realm. He has the best thoughts for you. Why don’t you go to Him for your inner healing instead of calling out the dead and let other more destructive men use you for their ends?

Last word: don’t go after the wrong men and expect them to recognize your real worth. Go after the One you know will never reject you (because you are a woman). His name is Jesus.

Matthew 26:13 I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.” Said Jesus of a woman who shows her priceless love for Jesus because she alone (among all the important men who are there) recognizes He really is Who He says He is, the Son of God, the Savior. And she knows He will make history. And she too (unknowingly) in her faith in action by anointing Jesus before He went to the cross.

Famous fearless women 2

queen Esther and Purim
Queen Esther and Purim

The historical record of Queen Esther, another fearless godly woman clearly shows the hands of God in her life. The whole amazing life and death episode for a whole people group as recorded (in excerpts) in the following passages took place over a brief period of ten years. The planned timings were strategic and flawless. It was supernatural and divine. What was Esther’s role then? She was fearless and faithful to execute God’s plan. Neither the powerful king of Persia nor his second in command, Haman (an enemy of the Jews) knew of the true identity of Esther, a Jewish girl. God’s hand selected and planted her in the midst of the brewing storm and she proved her worth.

Summary on significant timings of events concerning the powerful king of Persia:

  1. On the third year of the king’s reign he gave a party during which his first wife (Queen Vashti) publicly dishonored him and thus lost her royal position.
  2. On the seventh year of the king’s reign, Esther (a Jewish girl) was made queen to replace Queen Vashti and her uncle Mordecai became a palace official. Mordecai was strategically positioned to discover a plot to assassinate the king and saved him in time.
  3. Sometime later the king promoted Haman to be the most powerful official in the empire. During the twelfth year of the king’s reign, Haman plotted the massacre of all the Jews in the empire and manipulated the king to issue the decree of death to the Jews.
  4. Mordecai told Esther and Esther instituted a fast for three days before she entered the presence of the king with boldness and wisdom.
  5. Because of the strategic positions of both Queen Esther and Mordecai in the king’s court, the Jews in the Persian Empire were saved. Their arch-enemy Haman was impaled on his own gallows (originally constructed to hang Mordecai).
  6. Within two months (70 days) from the time of Haman’s murderous scheme to the ascension of Queen Esther and Mordecai, the fate of the Jews was divinely intervened and transformed, in which they gained the king’s royal decree to defend their lives.
  7. Within a year on the appointed date to execute both decrees (one of which marked for death by the decree of the same king), the Jews indeed overcame their enemies with the decree for life. Life triumphed over death!

Reading of the Bible verses from Esther (excerpts):

1:1 These events happened in the days of King Xerxes, who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. 2 At that time Xerxes ruled his empire from his royal throne at the fortress of Susa. 3 In the third year of his reign, he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. He invited all the military officers of Persia and Media as well as the princes and nobles of the provinces. 4 The celebration lasted 180 days—a tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and the pomp and splendor of his majesty. 9 Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Xerxes. 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.

2:16 Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter of the seventh year of his reign. 17 And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti. 18 To celebrate the occasion, he gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor for all his nobles and officials, declaring a public holiday for the provinces and giving generous gifts to everyone. 19… and Mordecai had become a palace official. 21 One day as Mordecai was on duty at the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthana and Teresh—who were guards at the door of the king’s private quarters—became angry at King Xerxes and plotted to assassinate him. 22 But Mordecai heard about the plot and gave the information to Queen Esther. She then told the king about it and gave Mordecai credit for the report.

3:1 Some time later King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite over all the other nobles, making him the most powerful official in the empire. 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. 6 He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.
3:7 So in the month of April, during the twelfth year of King Xerxes’ reign, lots were cast in Haman’s presence (the lots were called Purim) to determine the best day and month to take action. And the day selected was March 7, nearly a year later.

4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

5:1 On the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing there in the inner court, he welcomed her and held out the gold scepter to her. So Esther approached and touched the end of the scepter.

8:9 So on June 2 the king’s secretaries were summoned, and a decree was written exactly as Mordecai dictated. It was sent to the Jews and to the highest officers, the governors, and the nobles of all the 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. The decree was written in the scripts and languages of all the peoples of the empire, including that of the Jews.

9:1 So on March 7 the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies. The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the king’s provinces to attack anyone who tried to harm them. But no one could make a stand against them, for everyone was afraid of them. And all the nobles of the provinces, the highest officers, the governors, and the royal officials helped the Jews for fear of Mordecai. For Mordecai had been promoted in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces as he became more and more powerful.

Famous Fearless Women 1

Luke 1-45Why are some women fearless? Who are those women? Why should women be fearless? Mary, the Mother of Jesus on earth is one of them. It is not easy to write afresh about Mary. What revelation is there other than the obvious which every church has taught? The Scripture will show us.

Here is a brief list of spiritual characteristics about Mary, based on the Gospel of Luke (Chapter one).

  1. She sees, hears and converses with angels without fear. The angel Gabriel was sent to her and spoke to her. She saw him and was “troubled” at his saying but she did not faint and pass out at the phenomena. (1:19)
  2. She is a thoughtful and careful young woman. she considered what manner of the angel’s greeting was. (1:19)
  3. She remains calm and rational. After hearing him out she asked question about the practicality of the announcement. She was engaged but had not yet married or had intimate relationship with a man so how could she give birth to a child? She questioned the angel/God’s messenger boldly. (1:34)
  4. She is spiritual. She knew the angel came from God and the message for her was from God. (1:38, 47)
  5. She believes those prophetic words about the forthcoming supernatural event. (1:38)
  6. She accepts her role in this supernatural event. (1:38)
  7. She believes in the power of God. (1:38)
  8. She expresses her willingness to undertake her role in God’s divine plan. (1:38)
  9. She considers it an honor. (1:48)
  10. She takes immediate action to go to her most trusted social support as led by the Holy Spirit. (1:39-44, 56)
  11. She is well-versed in the words of God. She believes in the supernatural power of God’s words. (1:46-55)
  12. She knows and trusts God. (1:45-55)

Can Mary be described as a fearless woman? Yes. She has displayed great boldness and courage in accepting her role in this divine appointment and assignment. What is her secret for success? She is fearless. What makes her fearless?

The answer is in John’s description of God (1 John 4) we know that God is love. God’s love is perfect. Perfect love casts out fear. Mary abides in love –God. God’s love is the divine power that carries her all the way to fulfillment of her role in history. The crucial word “relationship” with God stands out in Mary’s life! She has a close relationship with God and knows God’s true nature.

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

How can we apply what we learn today? By the Holy Spirit. “By this we know that we abide in God, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

23 July 2018

awakening women in economics

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“Women have awoken.” Some reporters/editors/media opinion might describe women this way when they pen some news about women taking part in some public group actions occasionally. Let us not congratulate ourselves too soon as we read their remark. The remark implies only one thing: women/some women had been sleeping beauties all this while. This is of course nonsense.

For the information of the uninitiated, most women have always been wide awake. We know what goes on. But we just do not talk about it with you. We also know better than to join ourselves with actions which we know are subject to manipulations by ulterior motive/secret agenda with which we do not agree. Why should we lend you our strength? We each have one vote with equal power as yours. We speak with votes. We are the silent but effective majority.

What are our agenda? We are committed to taking care of and training our children on the right track for their future. We know what it means if we support a social/cultural/political misconception that it is good to steal from another’s purse. No, we are not proud of any form of stealing (in whatever nice name/philosophy like “equal-distribution” you may dress it). Why? Because it can only mean one thing: that our children are inferior and must have some forms of handicaps to help them to survive. No. We are not proud of that connotation. We are not proud of being classified by any classification that would render us to be subject to handout/quota/special treatment. We refuse to wear that hat.

Traditionally, once upon a time, in fairy tales, women were admired for being sleeping beauties. But, man, get real. We are wide awake and we have purposed in our hearts to impart to our children the awake values and strategies: just, honest, ethical, motivated, diligent, intelligent, and wise, committed to a profession, a trade, a craft, a labor, a work effort and a production in prospering the economy, social development and nation building. Yes, you will be surprised, we women know economics better than you do.

Judges 5:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 “Awake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, sing a song!
Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away,
O son of Abinoam!

Family Series – Audio Teaching – Andrew Wommack Ministries

very relevant today!

fifty percent perspective -Women's Best

GENESIS 2:18 GENESIS 2:18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Download the families series here
http://www.awmi.net/download-file.php?teaching/awm_f22_purpose.mp3

(EXCERPTS QUOTED): THE PURPOSE OF MARRIAGE
Satan has launched an all-out assault on families. However, God created the family, and He has the perfect answer for every problem confronting families today. For many years, Andrew and Jamie have conducted marriage seminars around the country with marvelous results. This series has the teachings from these seminars. You will discover some amazing principles from God’s word that are so simple and yet so profound that you will wonder how you missed them…

There are very few things in our world today that were ever a part of God’s perfect plan for mankind. The elaborate government systems, with all their checks and balances and laws, would not be necessary if it…

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A call to women to walk in Truth and Integrity

Babylon harlot
Babylon

Women may not know their action can influence the rest of the world. Some women may be thinking of supporting and voting to the number one power position of an apparently very popular woman in their nation. Little do they know by their action if succeeded would propel that woman to possibly number one power position of the human world. I would urge you to look at the reality behind the popular facade. The word that looms in my soul and spirit is: BEWARE.

Women and potential women voters make up at least half of the world where women are given the legal franchise to vote at par with men. This is a formidable force. Man, you better take note! Women’s votes can propel a liberal nation into the state of the Biblical Babylon just as prophesied over two thousands of years ago. I am reminded that there are godly and ungodly women. Godly women of faith whom I have written in this blog and evil women who bow to a different god.

How should women differentiate between the two? Look at the real motive behind your vote. Are you aligning with God’s plan or are you driven by your own agenda? Who is your God? Jesus says, “Look at the fruit.” “Look at the popularity.” (Matthew 7:13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.) I pray we all hear the true God!

I pray we all become more responsible and careful with our words. Globally… A person’s word may not influence others but it does speak to oneself and could inadvertently lead one to believing in deceptions that harm oneself and even stumble others.

The Bible verses that I received today are from Jesus in Mark 13:33-37, “Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come…[Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep.
And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)!

Revelation 17:5
And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Jesus has specified that the fruit that the Bible refers to:

Condition One: Before anyone can claim he or she can hear God and follows God’s will and bears good fruit on earth, he or she must acknowledge that Jesus is the only way and truth to God.
John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Condition two: Fruit decides whether one enters God’s kingdom or not.
Matthew 7:19-21
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Condition three: Fruit relates to Truth, all Goodness and Righteousness.
Ephesians 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Condition four: Jesus specifies that the fruit God is looking for relates to the supernatural transformation of one’s life through hearing, understanding and believing the Word of God. The Word of God refers to only the Christian Bible.
Matthew 13:18-23 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom…23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

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Note: I would urge you to read what I have previously posted on sociopath.
https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/she-will-lie-about-almost-everything/
https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/can-a-narcissist-or-sociopath-be-a-christian/

The woman movement and God, a testimony: does God care about you?

Isaiah 49:15This is relevant today. Some women are still angry with God and with their issues that seem not resolved because of many man-made blockages. Please read on…

1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

fifty percent perspective -Women's Best

romans-122Some women are very angry. They decide to take matters into their own hands and walk down the street to make their voices heard. I know how it hurts or infuriates oneself when one feels that others are not listening, or worse, perhaps mocking or scoffing in their hearts. It hurts to be considered and treated as a second best or third best or not even a human who matters (in some societies). Gender, age, color, race, looks, nationality. All these matter to the physical world. Discrimination means her physical rights and entitlement are taken away from her because of her age, gender, looks, race, color or nationality (even if she has the right color, race, or looks). Indeed, in the fallen world, all men are not born equal. This is not a new issue. Some women may not know this, gender men are not born equal too. Have things improved since…

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woman issue (part three): what can one woman do?

a-godly-business-woman-lydiaI realize the subject is too big to handle in a tiny personal blog. When I read up more about women in nations where they are still being overtly ill-treated I admit I cannot use this blog to address big issues. I ponder over the matter and ask why I write this blog about women. Shall I quote more statistics of the inequality based on online sources? Shall I do a research over a period of two years just to be more in depth? Who are my readers and what do I hope to say to them and why? I then realize I cannot do a study and write a thesis. My targets are not thesis readers. This is only a personal blog and I can only focus on what I know and believe as important to write about. Here are some of my own Q and A:

Q: why do you write this blog?
A: I am led in my spirit to write on this topic right now. I can feel an urgency because some women somewhere are going to make major decisions this year and they are looking for options to consider.

Q: do you honestly think you can influence lots of women this way?
A: honestly I do not presume anything about influencing people.

Q: then why do you write?
A: I ask the same question. The prompt I receive is I can write to individuals and not groups or masses. If only one woman ventures to this blog and reads the articles about women issues, I would consider it very worthwhile. Because she may have found the exact answer she is looking for.

Q: but you only presented your perspective and not inclusive of others.
A: yes. I know. I ask myself the same question too. I can choose to quote many different reports and write a thesis of course. But as I said earlier this is a personal blog and not a scientific journal. My approach is therefore very different.

Q: where do you find your materials to write?
A: I believe in knowing something intuitively (in Christian terms, hearing the Holy Spirit). I would know when I should write and on what topic. I receive a prompting inside.

Q: since the women issue scope is so huge how do you know what to focus on?
A: I have so far written two posts. The first one focused on assuring a woman of her spiritual worth in the eyes of God, and the second one touched on how a woman could shift her paradigm -a management tool I have used successfully. I have not thought out the third one yet. But I am still thinking along expanding the twin lines of building spiritual strength and how to become more effective in employment-related matters.

Q: do you realize you have limited your target to women who can read English and have access to this blog?
A: yes, I know. As I said earlier, this is just a personal blog and I am a blogger here. However, I still believe that there are some women who are making big decisions this year and want to know more options. So I pray this blog will present you with the options that you have never thought of but have been praying for.

Bible passages to ponder on:
Joshua 17:3 (NKJV)
But Zelophehad…the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters. And these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the rulers, saying, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” Therefore, according to the commandment of the Lord, he gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers.

Acts 2:17
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 16:13-15 (NKJV)
13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/a-godly-wise-rich-businesswoman-lydia/

What is a woman’s true worth?economic issue and key to success

What is a woman’s true worth? In my previous post I presented her spiritual worth. This morning I started writing this post to address women economic issues. But I was halted by a name while browsing through “The Economist“, “History proves that the capitalist system works. The countries endowed with free minds and private property rights have been the fastest-growing and the most prosperous.” “Free enterprise helped far more than feminism—household appliances ended drudgery. Above all: marriage was the best deal ever devised for women.” (Phyllis Schlafly)

Phyllis is a different breed of woman issue champion and speaks differently from others on the subject. She has a no-nonsense style and gets to the gist of the issue. Instead of making women to bear more economic responsibilities and financial burdens, she speaks plainly (my interpretation) to the men. “Man, we American women hold you responsible to upkeep us and the children. Man, be responsible! No, man, don’t ever think of passing the buck to us women!” Here are some of her classic sensible words of wisdom taken from various internet sources: My personal comments are in brackets.

The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap. (Go for it, guys! it’s you job to aim higher -higher pay jobs!)

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Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America.

Women have babies and men provide the support. If you don’t like the way we’re made you’ve got to take it up with God. (Clear cut responsibility. Fair play, guys. Stop your nonsensical excuses. Just pay up.)

American women are so fortunate. When I got married, all I wanted in the world was a dryer so I didn’t have to hang up my diapers. And now women have paper diapers and all sorts of conveniences in the home. And it is the man and the technology that has made the home such a pleasant place for women to be. (“American women are so fortunate. ‘Sigh…” from women from other parts of the world…)

Since the women are the ones who bear the babies and there’s nothing we can do about that, our laws and customs then make it the financial obligation of the husband to provide the support. It is his obligation and his sole obligation. And this is exactly and precisely what we will lose if the Equal Rights Amendment is passed. (It’s a man’s obligatory responsibility issue, man! Woman, never give up your upper hand! It is his problem and not yours!)

Feminists have convinced themselves that any difference between men and women is oppression and that women in the United States are an oppressed minority. This is such a lie. American women are the most fortunate class of people who ever lived on the face of the earth. We can do anything we want to do. (Sigh…many third world women would wish they were Americans!)

Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be. (Honestly, I believe a man certainly knows the difference between a man and a woman.)

The feminist movement taught women to see themselves as victims of an oppressive patriarchy. … Self-imposed victimhood is not a recipe for happiness. (I agree to not proclaiming negative words on ourselves!)

In colleges, there are no gender separations in courses of study, and students can freely choose their majors. There are no male and female math classes. But women generally choose college courses that pay less in the labor market. Those are the choices that women themselves make. Those choices contribute to the pay gap… (I agree with this as you can read my sharing on key to success below!)

I don’t believe that everybody should be paid the same. I believe in equal pay for equal work. (Well said, ma’am!)

My college degree is from a great university in 1944. I got my master’s at Harvard graduate school, completely co-ed, in 1945. My mother got her college degree in 1920. What’s the problem? Those opportunities were always there for women. (Thumbs up to these pioneers!)

What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother. (I cannot comment because I am neither. But I do enjoy the regular lengthy visits from younger relatives ranging from infants to young adults. I consider them as God’s grace.)

If the woman picks the wrong man, that’s not society’s problem. That’s her problem. (This again relates to the success key of “careful choosing” and preparation as I share below about economic success.)

There are many choices out there for young women. And you have to ask yourself whether you want to model your life on the women who let life pass them by and who spend their lives thinking they were victims and that men are the enemy. Or do you want to have a happy life with a successful marriage and 14 lovely grandchildren. The choices are out there. (AGREED! Again a matter of making good and right choices of models.)

The United States is a giant island of freedom, achievement, wealth and prosperity in a world hostile to our values. (Claps!)

In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession. (SIGH from men and women from other nations, “Don’t we already know? Why else do you think we want to become your citizens/residents?)

The European nations’ loss of sovereignty to the EU should be a warning to Americans. It is a mystery why any Americans would support the concept of the EU. (Ma’am, certainly a mystery to many of us from the rest of the world too.)

Location is the key to most businesses, and the entrepreneurs typically build their reputation at a particular spot. (I included this quote because it is relevant to women as a start-up entrepreneur. It is the simplest and least costly way to test out your business plan and products. The best network is relationship based from locals already know you well, trust you and even support your business efforts. This is a wise beginner’s move before you try virtual network selling on internet.)

This blogger’s notes:
Last night I did a search and came upon the unique case of Rwanda women. Rwanda has the highest number (63.8%) of women parliamentarians. One reason was that after the genocide the president decided to make up for the shortage of men by giving women legal entrances to the previously closed doors of offices. Yet, the significant representation of women did not change the society and family. Here is an excerpt of an article:

“she returned to Rwanda to interview female politicians about their lives — not just their public positions but their private lives, with their husbands and children. She found with rare exception that no matter how powerful these women were in public, that power didn’t extend into their own homes.
“One told me how her husband expected her to make sure that his shoes were polished, the water was put in the bathroom for him, his clothes were ironed,” Justine says. And this husband wanted not only his shoes laid out in the morning, but his socks placed on top of the shoes. And he wanted it done by his wife, the parliamentarian.”  The women’s explanation was that they were Rwandans.
(https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/07/29/487360094/invisibilia-no-one-thought-this-all-womans-debate-team-could-crush-it)

The article about an African nation is not new as a few years back I have seen the same public-private discrepancy  in an Asian country which went through a genocide. Many women became sole bread earners and raised up their children. The matriarch had decision making authority and financial responsibility in the family. But in the community they remained silent, demure, graceful and uninvolved in the men’s social-political world.

Africa and Asia may be different from America. Phyllis McAlpin Schlafly née Stewart (August 15, 1924 – September 5, 2016) was an American constitutional lawyer and conservative political activist. She was known for staunchly conservative social and political views. She was well educated, informed and highly qualified and yet she remained contentedly married and enjoyed her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has made a pertinent point: When it is a win-win situation between genders, why not continue the win-win?

In developing world, when a family man is unwilling or is unable to pay his dues and be faithful husband and responsible father, the woman steps into the role of the bread winner in lieu of the husband. This is a global generic issue throughout the history of mankind. In these cases the women show their willingness and capability to do so.

Some richer nations use public funds to subsidize the qualified poor and unemployed. However, Many developing countries cannot afford such luxury.  As men flock to work in the growing cities for better pays their families are left behind. Often the men’s wages can barely support their costly city lives and their wives and children have to survive on their own means. Some non-profit organizations give women and children hygiene/basic healthcare, education, vocational skill and trade training. Many women become sole bread-winners.

But what about the issue of unequal pay for certain groups of women, the economically poor, and colored (non-white) women in a predominantly male governing society?  I have no answer. I would suggest you read my following testimony carefully and perhaps find your own key.

A generic advice to both genders: Have I been given less pay or less promotion opportunities despite equal merits due to whatever prejudices or discriminations? My honest answer is “NO”.

  1. The reason was I chose my field of study and employers carefully. The key is: “Choose wisely”. Choose with planning and hard work of preparation accompanied by a lifelong positive outlook, enduring optimism for success and persistent learning new knowledge (always at a few steps ahead of others in the pack, man or woman).
  2. *In my case I believe in having a close relationship with God trusting in His grace (undeserved favor). It works. Ask God for the right job, geographical location, people group, employer, bosses, pay and promotion timing. Above all, maintain who you really are, a woman/man of worth in God’s eyes. The Bible has given good promises for success for both women and men. Use them. Be willing to shift your paradigm and relocate when you are called. “Relocation” is my second key word to success.
  3. What have you been doing in the past if you are one of those who feel that you are a loser because of your____________(race, color, gender, class, and whatever)? Have your past strategies worked? What has or has not worked for you/others? What can you do to make things work? Can you find good successful role models who has proven by bountiful good fruits to emulate? These are just some random pragmatic questions I would ask you to ponder on. If you are already a Christian, then my best advice for you is to pray and ask God to open up good choices and relocations (including the necessary training and equipping) as testified above.*

One cautionary word to those women who do not already know: “Don’t think that in a man’s mind/heart a woman is like a man.” You can try. But you are just not. I have asked women, “do you want to change place with a man?” So far the answer is often a strange look meaning,”What, are you nuts?” or a laugh and a definite “NO! No Way!” So I have concluded that women are really smart. We know our secret God-given gifts and advantages which men do not have. On the other hand, man, you too have your God-given gifts and advantages that women do not have. You just have to find out what your special gifts are.

Read King Solomon’s description of his capable mom: Proverbs 31:10-31, a capable and loyal wife, wise and good mother, successful and wealthy business woman who is fair to her workers and kind to the poor. Above all, her King son summed her up as “a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” 21 Bible verses were dedicated to record this wonder woman. What an honor!

current woman gender issue and resolute for 2018 and beyond (part one): spiritual issue and true worth

matthew 12:4850A current woman gender issue. Here is a Q and A based on a gender-struggle interview between two women. For convenience and without hidden meanings, the randomly picked alphabets Q and P are used.
Q: sister, what is your goal for women for 2018 and beyond?
P: well, I would like to see more women in powerful and fearless position.
Q: please define power.
P: I mean more influential and not be brushed aside or portrayed as second class citizen.
Q: where in particular?
P: I mean in governments, politics, professions, education institutions, employments, corporations, organizations, various fields of human activities, societies and communities, churches, all other religions, people groups, developed nations, third world, families, clans, clubs, mass media etc.
Q: given such a vast global goal, how do you think you can achieve it?
P: well, I haven’t thought about the action part. But I can sign petitions, join protests marches and make some noises and other related actions on the street and make life as difficult as possible for men.
Q: don’t you realize when you disrupt the law and order of the land you will adversely affect not just men but also other women, children and people old and young? Do you know the implication to the whole economy?
P: well, to achieve my goal I don’t care about the means and side effects.
Q: ok. what do you think will be the adversed consequences to yourself?
P: o, I haven’t thought of that yet. I suppose in a modern civil developed law abiding society I will be at worst arrested/imprisoned or at best sacked by my employer or avoided by my neighbors. My family too may be adversely affected and lose their peace, good relations with others and perhaps employment opportunities too. All occupations and employments require good relations between all involved in the economic chain, for example, suppliers and consumers, workers and management vertically and horizontally. Most people are not fools. They can foresee trouble and stay a mile away.
Q: what if there will be no free lunches anymore for every inhabitant on earth and your disruptive action causes a loss of employment for you and the breadwinner of your household? Are you prepared to starve yourself and your family for your philosophical cause?
P: well, I have not thought that far. After all right now some people can live in a modern developed civil lawful democratic (through electoral process) society without working. I mean without working on producing anything of value in the economic chain. But I do not want my family to do that.
Q: I commend you for honesty. Let’s examine your goal again. what is your ultimate goal?
P: I just want to be free from fear of being ostracized as a woman.
Q: Are you being ostracized in our modern developed society?
P: Not exactly.
Q: Are other women being ostracized because they are gender women? Please be specific.
P: Well, men don’t say it but in their mind we are inferior. But they need us for their use.
Q: So your issue is about worth. Are you inferior?
P: No, I certainly am not!
Q: Which mind counts most when it comes to assessing your worth? Yours or another person’s mind? Who has the final say about a person’s worth?
P: Well, I believe the final say has to be from God. I know I am precious in God’s eyes.
Q: Would you like to change place with a man who doesn’t think so?
P: Of course not.
Q: When God says women are precious and of great worth in His sight, who can ostracize you and say you are of less worth?
P: No one.
Q: Do you honestly think by going into the street etc. as aforementioned will help you become a gender of more worth?
P: No. I don’t believe so.
Q: Do you honestly think that men do not know the true worth of women?
P: No. I know many appreciate us being women. And I personally know of men who genuinely love and respect women as human of worth. Many Christian men believe in women’s equally precious worth in the sight of God. God-fearing family men of integrity show love and respect to their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters.
Q: Then do you still want to starve yourself and family and possibly harm other families’ wellbeing in the nation in which you are a citizen/resident without the issue of getting recognition of your worth as a woman?
P: No, I do not think the issue is relevant now.
Q: What can you do to help other women to know their true worth?
P: I can start by teaching my own little daughter she is of an intrinsic worth that her Creator-God has given and no one (no woman or man or any system) can take away from her.
Q: I agree to that. Where can you find the proof?
P: I can find them in the Bible verses and the life of Jesus who shows us what God thinks of us. I can also share with her all the goodness I have encountered in my life. I will make this my 2018 and beyond goal!
Q: I believe God’s favor is on you. Thank you sister for this interview.
P. Amen. Thank you sister.

Notes about Jesus and His followers:
Jesus treated women kindly and with mercy and grace. He had many women followers from different walks of life. They supported Him and His disciples financially, followed Him faithfully during His ministry even to the cross, and many became His disciples. In the book of Acts we continue to read of women disciples who became influential church planters/leaders. Please read the Gospels and the Scriptures. The following are some of the passages. There are many more New Testament examples in the apostles’ letters to the churches. For those interested in women’s roles and God’s recognition of their worth in the Old Testament, please read my earlier blogs of such records in the Bible. Be pleasantly surprised!
Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41, Mark 16:1, John 19:25, Luke 23:55-56, 24:9-10, Luke 8:1-3, Acts 13:30-31, Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 10:42, John 20:16, Acts 1:13-14.

Some interesting and important statistics for men to ponder on:

Women are scarce. In 2015 there were 66 million men without women on this planet. As of the World Population Clock counting at this moment in 2018, 49.6% of the world population are female.

“Left to nature alone, the population on earth would be give or take 50% men and 50% women, according to what’s become known as Fisher’s Principle. The fact that women generally live longer is compensated by the fact of more boys being born than girls (107 boys per 100 girls in 2013).”

“In 2015, men outnumbered women on the planet by more than 66 million, according to the World Bank. What makes this possible, even though a majority of countries have more women than men, is the fact that the most populous countries in the world are also highly imbalanced: India has 48 million more men than women, China nearly 42 million, accounting for 75% of the male surplus worldwide.”

“Highly developed countries tend to have more women in their population. Thirteen of the top 15 countries in the Human Development Index (which measures health, education and prosperity) and 29 of 31 “high-income OECD states” (as defined by the World Bank) have a female population above 50%.”

(Statistics quoted from internet source: https://qz.com/335183/heres-why-men-on-earth-outnumber-women-by-60-million/)

Here is a very important set of statistics about gender differences that can impact the change of who will be elected for power in USA:
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN VOTER TURNOUT
In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men.
Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections.
VOTER TURNOUT IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of eligible female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of eligible male adults who voted. …The number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964 (see Figure 2)…
(Please read the whole article at: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/resources/genderdiff.pdf)