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It may surprise many of you to learn that Easter has already passed!

Easter is the name of a fertility goddess known throughout the Anglo, Celtic, Teutonic, Germanic & Saxon lands.  She is also known as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Ashtar, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Austron and Ausos.  From her we get the word “estrogen”, which is a primarily a female hormone.

Bunnies and eggs are symbols of springtime fertility.  Fertile land, fertile livestock and fertile women were all extremely important to peoples living in these ancient cultures.  To celebrate Easter, people would decorate eggs with magickal symbols to celebrate her fertility.  And rabbits are known for their ability to mate!  These are powerful symbols to promote fertility and restore virility, to bring good weather, to encourage the growth of crops and protect both flocks and children against misfortune.

The word “Easter” is not in the Bible.  In Acts 12:4, the translators of the King James Version blatantly took the Greek word “Pascha” out of this verse, which means “Passover”, and inserted the fertility goddess “Easter”.  Strange, but in the 26 other places where the Greek word “Pascha” appears in the King James Version, the translators decided to keep truth of the word “Passover”.  Those who blatantly and intentionally mistranslate Scripture will be held accountable for their actions.

So when is Easter?  Easter is the Spring Equinox, which already happened this year on March 20th.  Sorry you missed it, but it will be back around!

So what should we call this holiday?  Today is Resurrection Day, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!

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Everyday we go about our daily lives into all kind of territory.  Some go to work, school, travel, errands, or even those who stay at home, working, retired, home schooling kids, or just being. There are forces out there that want to take over our mind, will, and emotions, in essence our soul.  The spirit is always Gods, your breath, essence of who you are belongs to the Creator, the Great Spirit.  One must protect on a daily basis their body and soul, the earthy parts.  In doing this it is good to SHIELD oneself. Pray and meditate asking the Divine to cover you with protection and also your angels to be with you where ever you go.  For those who are raised or know the Christian faith there is the Armour of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. Gods gifts are given to ALLl who believe.  So use them.  I have to remember to put on my Armour everyday myself.

Here are 3 different translations, of the verse they all have the same great meaning.

Ask for Gods protection daily.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (New Century Version)

Wear the Full Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.

12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.

13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.

15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.

16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.

17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (New International Version, ©2011)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (King James Version)

 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Scripture is very clear that we create our own reality by the words of our mouth, our thoughts, and our actions.

The Proverb tells us “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverb 23:7, KJV). Colossians 3:2 encourages us to “set our minds on things above” (NIV). Romans 12:2 makes a powerful statement when it says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.

Did you know that as we continually and habitually think on certain things or in certain ways, our brain forms neural networks that make that thought easier and easier? Our Creator certainly knew this! That is why the renewing of our mind is so important. In order to break old neural network bonds in our brain, we have to continually and habitually think new thoughts. Over time, new neural networks begin to form, making it easier to think the new thoughts, leaving the old pattern of thinking behind.

Scripture also encourages us to stand by the words that come out of our mouth. Jesus taught to simply “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’ because anything beyond this comes from the evil one”; Jesus’ brother James taught us that “a double-minded man is unstable in all he does”.

Proverb 29:18 makes the observation that people perish (spiritually, physically, emotionally) where there is no vision. So let us begin to have vision, even if it is using baby steps!

There are many tools that will help us create a new reality. Using more than one tool is better; using as many tools as possible in conjunction with each other is the best.

• Create a Vision Board. On this board you will put pictures & attributes of who you want to be and what you want your life to reflect. As goals are achieved, move these items to a Victory Board and continue to add new items to your Vision Board.
• Put your intent in writing. Make positive affirmations about your life, your vision, your goals. Read through your intent and affirmations at least once a day; try to speak it out loud.
• Live with intention. Start each day making the conscious effort to live your intentions, to live in the present moment.
• Change the way you think. I once read somewhere that we need to “move out of therapy thinking and into forward thinking”.
• Change the words of your mouth. Make sure your language reflects your vision and intent. Instead of complaining, let us accept what comes into our lives as challenges that help us grow!
• Be accountable! Have a friend encourage you when you move away from good thinking and good language.
• Persistence! Remember, it takes approximately 21 days to change a habit, so don’t give up on day 10!
• Continually ask God/dess for spiritual guidance. Proverb 16:9 tells us “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps”. This is great encouragement to let us know that Divine Help is available every step of the way!

Scientific proof is available to show that intention, simply what we think and project in our way of thinking, creates a new reality. Two of my favorite websites for interesting reading is
1. The Intention Experiment (www.theintentionexperiment.com) where anyone can join in on experiments with documented evidence
2. Intentional Chocolate (www.intentionalchocolate.com) where chocolate blessed by monks is scientifically proven to increase health benefits

Let us all be blessed as we go forward in 2010 and live with intention!

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Hanukkah Begins at Sundown on Friday, December 11th, 2009
Hanukkah begins on the 25th of the month of Kislev from the Hebrew calendar, which falls somewhere in November or December on our Gregorian calendar. In Hebrew, the word “Hanukkah” means “dedication.”

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BC. Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. In 168 BC, the Temple was seized and dedicated to the worship of Zeus. This action provoked a large-scale revolt. A Jewish Priest named Mattathias and his five sons (Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan and Judah) led a rebellion against Antiochus. Judah became known as Yehuda HaMakabi (Judah the Hammer). By 166 BC, Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader. In 165 BC, the Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted by Judah Maccabee and his brothers to celebrate this event. After recovering Jerusalem and the Temple, Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made. According to the Talmud, olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle. Today, Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting candles in a menorah every night, thus commemorating the eight-day miracle. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of the Dedication.

The story of Hanukkah is found in the Book of Maccabees, which most Bible translations have removed and placed in Apocrypha. Interestingly enough, we see Jesus celebrating the Feast of the Dedication in John 10:22, so we must question why the Apocrypha has been removed from Holy Scripture.

During this season of Hanukkah, let us pray for our Jewish sisters and brothers to be blessed with peace and joy. Let us also give praise to God/dess for the Hanukkah miracle, and all miracles that take place in our lives!

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Even though the word “Lucifer” is clearly printed in the King James Bible in Isaiah 14:12, it may surprise many to learn that the word “Lucifer” is not part of the Hebrew Scriptures. Isaiah 14:12 says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” The Hebrew word “Heylel” has been replaced by the Latin/Anglo word “Lucifer” in this text, and from this mistake there have been hundreds of years of confusion.

The Hebrew word “Heylel” means “shining one” or “morning star” and is a metaphor for Venus. In Isaiah 14, the Scripture is speaking about a king in Babylon who boasted beyond his human limits and exulted in his heart that he was higher than God. The Latin phrase “Lux Ferrous” (bearer of light) slowly became the English word “Lucifer”. The Hebrew word “Satan” appears 27 times in the Old Testament as a personal name for our adversary. Even in Islam, the Devil is known as Shayṭān (Shaitan) (Arabic: شيطان ‎) (plural: شياطين Shayatin), so it is amazing to see that the Latin/Anglo “Lucifer” continues to be used as a name for Satan.

Even more amazing is when we read Revelation 22:16: “Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” This verse explicitly references Jesus as the metaphorical morning star. How can it be that both Satan and Jesus are the Morning Star? They cannot, and this proves the Isaiah reference explaining that “Heylel” is not talking about Satan, therefore Lucifer is not the name of the Devil.

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MARTIN LUTHER:

NEW DOCTRINE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA

THE REMOVAL OF BOOKS FROM SCRIPTURE

Martin Luther introduced a new doctrine, Sola Scriptura, which said that Scripture Alone could be used to define Christian doctrine. The ancient teachings and 1500 years of Church Tradition were discarded as of no value whatsoever.

Luther wanted a bible that agreed totally with his teachings. Luther disliked books in both the Old and New Testaments that disagreed with his teachings, especially the New Testament Book of James, which condemned his teaching on Salvation by Faith Alone, and the Old Testament Book of Maccabees, which advocated Prayer for the Dead. Luther called the Book of James the “Epistle of Straw.”

Concerning the Book of James Luther said, “I will not have him in my Bible in the number of truly principal works.” Luther didn’t dare remove books from the Bible entirely – that was too big a step even for him to take. What he did was to take them out of their accepted places in the Bible, and put them in a separate section, which he termed the Apocrypha. These books, he said, were not inspired by God.

From the Old Testament, Luther removed the Books of Judith, Tobit, 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus and Baruch, as well as Esther and part of the Book of Daniel.

From the New Testament, Luther removed the Books of Hebrews, James, Jude, and Revelation.

Did Luther have the authority to do this?
No Council was held. His fellow Protestants balked at removing books from the New Testament, particularly since there was no other reason for their removal than that they contradicted Luther’s views. The four New Testament Books that Luther had placed in the Apocrypha, were reinserted in future Protestant Bibles, along with most of Esther. If Luther’s views had persisted, Hebrews, James, Jude, and Revelation would not be in Protestant Bibles.

The seven Old Testament Books, however, remained excluded from Protestant Bibles. Initially the seven Books continued to be placed in a section called the Apocrypha, but since it was cheaper to print bibles without them, the seven books were slowly dropped altogether.

The “apocrypha” is in most early bibles
The original KJV of the Bible includes all “apocryphal” writings. Most early Bibles contain the Apocrypha:
• 1534 Luther’s German translation of the Bible
• 1534 The Coverdale Bible
• 1537 Thomas Matthew Bible
• 1539 The Taverner Bible
• 1541 The “Great” or “Cromwell’s” Bible
• 1551 The “Tyndale/ Matthews” Bible
• 1560 The Geneva Bible
• 1568 The Bishops’ Bible
• 1610 Catholic Old Testament
• 1611 King James Bible
• 1615 King James Version Robert Barker at London, England
• 1625 A King James Version
• 1717 King George 1st, AKA, The “Vinegar Bible”
• 1782 The Aitken Bible
• 1791 The Family Bible
• 1846 The Illuminated Bible

The Apocrypha are also contained in the following:
• The Septuagint (LXX) – Except II Esdras.
• Codex Alexandrinus (A) – Also contains III & IV Maccabees
• Codex Vaticanus – Except I & II Maccabees and The defaulter of Manassah
• Codex Sinaiticus (Aleph)
• Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus – Includes Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus
• Chester Beatty Papyri – Fragments of Ecclesiasticus
• The Dead Sea Scrolls – Some apocryphal writing was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls – interestingly written in Greek.
• Several writings of Church Fathers

Bibles are still available with Apocrypha:
• The Bible: Authorized King James Version with Apocrypha: Published by Oxford University Press
• KJV Standard Reference Edition With Apocrypha: Published by Cambridge Univ Pr (Bibles)
• 1611 Edition: a reprint of the 1611 KJV With Apocrypha, Published by Nelson Bible
• King James Version Lectern Edition: Published by Cambridge Univ Pr (Bibles)
• The Dake Annotated Reference Bible, Standard Edition: King James Version With Apocrypha

The best, oldest, and most complete version of the Jewish Old Testament is The Septuagint, and this includes the so-called “apocryphal” books that Luther deleted.

The Septuagint was translated between 300 and 200 BC for the growing community of Greek speaking Jews who lived in Egypt, Palestine, and around the Mediterranean. The “original” Hebrew text no longer exists. When Bibles claim to be translated from the “Original Hebrew”, they are being somewhat misleading, since the oldest existing Hebrew texts of the Old Testament date back only to around 1000 AD. These are the Masoretic texts used by the Jews of the Diaspora.

The ancient Hebrew manuscripts found at Qumran (The Dead Sea Scrolls), generally agreed more closely with the Septuagint than they do with the current Masoretic Hebrew texts. The Septuagint is thus witness to an older Hebrew manuscript tradition.

The “Apocrypha” Quoted in the New Testament
Hebrews 11:35b
“Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might find a better resurrection.” This passage in Hebrews is quoting occurrences from the Old Testament, but the only place this is referenced is in 2nd Maccabees 7:1-29. Hebrews 11:35a is found in 1 Kings 17:23 and 2 Kings 4:36.

Hebrews 11:38
“They wandered in deserts and mountains.” This is found in 1st Maccabees 2:28-30 and 2nd Maccabees 5:27.

John 10:22
“Now there took place at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication.” The inauguration of this feast is found in 1st Maccabees 4:36 & 52-59 and Jesus participates in this feast.

John 14:23
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.” This is in Sirach 2:18. Jesus is quoting the Apocrypha.

Romans 9:21
“Is not the potter master of his clay.” Found in The Wisdom of Solomon 15:7.

1 Pet 1:6-7
“Gold which is tried by fire.” See The Wisdom of Solomon 3:5-6.

Romans 1:20-23
“For since the creation of the world.” Found in The Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-7.

Matthew 7:12 & Luke 6:31
“All that you wish men to do to you, even so do you also to them.” Extension of Tobias 4:15.

Luke 25 35-36
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I needed clothes and you clothed me.” Based on Tobias 4:16.

Revelation 21:18
“And the material of its wall was jasper; but the city itself was pure gold, like pure glass.” See Tobias 13.

Matthew 13:43
“Then the just will shine forth.” Found in The Wisdom of Solomon 3:7.

Matthew 27:42
“If He is the King of Israel, let Him come down now from the cross.” The Wisdom of Solomon 2:18-20.

Luke 24:4
“Two men stood by them in dazzling raiment.” Found in 2nd Maccabees 3:26.

Romans 11:33
“How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable are His ways.” Found in Judith 8:14.

1st Corinthians 10:20
“They sacrifice to demons, not to God.” Found in Baruch 4:7.

Jude 1:14-15
“Behold, the Lord came with many of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Found in Enoch 1:9.

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abstain
The Appearance of Evil

Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)

Churches and people like to go on about “the appearance of evil.” To them, this means to avoid anything that appears to be evil, whether in their own eyes or the eyes of the world. I know a male pastor who would not pick up a female in distress in the rain because a parishioner might see a woman other than his wife in his car and jump to conclusions. I know people who drink, because nowhere in Scripture does it say that drinking is a sin, but will not drink in a bar to “avoid the appearance of evil.” One church that I was very familiar with had rules for young people who were dating specifically designed to avoid AOEs (that’s what they called them! AOEs!) For example, if you were in a car with someone of the opposite gender after 10pm, the dome light needed to be turned on. I even have family who are so cautious to avoid AOEs that they walk on eggshells for people they know and people they do not know, so as to be a “good witness.”

I truly believe in being a good witness, in letting my Light shine, and being cautious when it is necessary. But to avoid living Life to avoid the appearance of evil? What does that mean?

When I go to the store I will need to wear a dress so as not to offend my Amish sisters and brothers, but not wear any cosmetics or jewelry so as not to offend certain Baptist folk. I have long hair, but if my hair were short, I should probably toss on a wig to keep the Pentecostals happy. I guess I will have to remove all my piercings and cover up my tattoos too, because people who do not know Christ will not receive me as a Light and Witness if I have piercings and tattoos.

People go to great lengths to avoid some every day activities to try to please all people at all times. And the biggest AOE I hear people talk about is “sexual sin.” People are so hung up on sex that it consumes sermons and workshops and youth group meetings. I agree that sexual immorality should be avoided, but to let one topic consume your life?

A huge AOE is people of the opposite gender living together, even if there is no sexual activity. I have heard from so many people on the topic of people of the opposite gender living together, or even crashing at someone’s house for a few days. Interesting to me is the fact that the ONLY time Scripture mentions people of the opposite gender living together is concerning the Prophet Elijah, who lived with the Widow in her house, and it was completely okay! No where in Scripture is it mentioned that this was bad or wrong or an appearance of evil!

Many years ago, after pondering this issue for a long time, I asked the question: What if the “appearance of evil” does not mean to avoid anything that appears to be evil in our own minds, but instead to AVOID EVIL WHEN IT APPEARS—HENCE TO ACTUALLY AVOID THE “APPEARANCE” OF EVIL.

Hmmm…food for thought…

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