Women

Sheep Among Wolves

 Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. Mat. 10:16 (NASB)

In my women’s Bible study last night, several recommended watching the documentary “Sheep Among Wolves Volume II” produced by Frontier Alliance International (FAI) Studios. Hopefully, you’ve already had the opportunity to watch it as many have recently been sharing it in their Facebook feeds. The film features many stories from the fastest growing and largest church in the world. Where is this church? In one of the most unexpected places: IRAN.

In one of the Islam’s strongholds, the Gospel is spreading like wildfire in an unprecedented underground movement that is led mostly by women. Yeshua cuts right to the heart, dividing asunder the joints and marrow of wicked minds, regimes, and hierarchies. In a place where women are owned, raped, beaten, and oppressed by Islamic patriarchy, the Holy Spirit is moving powerfully to liberate the souls of men and women to serve Him boldly in the midst of the enemy’s territory.

Can you imagine this?! These women lead, minister, love, and serve the underground church in Iran, one of the most dangerous places in the world for a Christian. They are the epitome of an eshet chayil! How lovely are their feet that proclaim the Good News!

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev. 12:11)

The Ruach HaKodesh and the Word are also teaching these Iranians to love Israel and the Jewish people. The emunah (faith) of this underground church is profound, shaming the lazy, apathetic assemblies in the west. Their example of discipleship and obedience is refreshing and far more fruitful than our institutionalized versions. Yeshua is truly life to these precious brothers and sisters.

May we learn from these heroes of faith!

 

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Women of Valor 2019

It’s official! The next Women of Valor meeting will be August 30th – September 1st, 2019 at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, TN. You don’t want to miss this event! Registration is now open. I hope to see you there.

From the WOV website:

The new moon of ELUL ushers in the 40-day season of repentance before Yom Kippur.  The purpose of our event is to prepare the Bride of Messiah for the return of her King.  Women of Valor exists to encourage female image bearers, as co-laborers, in equal partnership and counterbalance with their brothers in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus.  Our message will transform the culture in our congregations, but it requires men of faith, who are willing to share our vision and mission.  For this reason, we will introduce Treasured People ministry for our brothers in Messiah at our gathering. Celebrate Erev Shabbat with a dinner banquet (included in the registration price) on Friday evening.

This year, we will offer a reduced rate for husbands, who wish to attend with their wives at our event.  As in the past, there is also a discount for daughters, 8-18 years of age.

OUR SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Hollisa Alewine of The Creation Gospel
  • Jane Diffenderfer – Founder of Women of Valor
  • John Diffenderfer – Pastor of Mercy Collective Congregation
  • Kisha Gallagher of Grace in Torah
  • Robin Gould of New Covenant Paths
  • Nathein and Shannon Perkins – Co-pastors of Mercy Collective Congregation

TIME:

Marketplace and Registration will be open at 2:00 PM on Fri.

Afternoon Prayer session and dance class will be from 2:00-4:00 PM.

We will end the conference at 11:00 AM on Sunday.

VENUE:

Henry Horton State Park
4209 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034

REGISTRATION:

  • Early bird discount through July 8 is $89.00 per woman
  • Daughter or spouse discount is $59.00 per person
  • Regular Registration during July 9 – July 30 is $99.00 per person
  • Late Registration during August is $109.00 per person

 

Click here for more information, and to sign up!

 

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Torah Nugget: Parsha Bo

I am still out of town, but wanted to make a quick post about something that jumped out to me this year, likely due to my study of Amalek.

Pharaoh is the epitome of one that desires to control, enslave, and oppress. He views people as a commodity, sheep that he can shear and fleece. During the plagues (miracles) of judgment, Pharaoh’s servants advise him to just let the MEN go to worship Adonai. Pharaoh heeds their advice and calls Moses and Aaron back into his presence. He asks them, “Who will go (halak)?”

“Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Send the men, so they may serve Adonai their God. Don’t you realize yet that Egypt is being destroyed?” So Moses and Aaron were brought to Pharaoh again. “Go, serve Adonai your God,” he said. “But who will be going?” Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our elderly, our sons and our daughters. We will go with our flocks and our herds—for we must have Adonai’s feast for Him.””  (Ex. 10:7-9 TLV)

All the people, including the women and children, even all the livestock will go to worship Adonai. This is not the answer Pharaoh wanted to hear. In his mind, they all belong to him. By allowing the women and children and the livestock to be released with the men, the whole Body or nation would be set free. He would no longer be able to profit from their labor.

We would do well to keep a couple of spiritual truths in mind. Pharaoh believes he owns you and yours. You are no more than a good that can provide cheap service and labor to further his earthly kingdom. He is the opposite of rest and freedom. It took 7 plagues to get him to partially relent. But even then, he couldn’t let go of the thought of future revenue. That’s what the women, children, and livestock represent – the future. Moreover, when any gender or racial group is required to remain enslaved, this is not the “freedom” Adonai has in mind. (Livestock is often a symbol of the nations.) Paul knew this well and advised the Galatians:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed—heirs according to the promise.”  (Gal. 3:28-29 TLV)

A spiritual “Pharaoh” knows that restraining the women, children, and nations, will keep the Body under his control. This is the way of fearful, flesh ruled men. If Pharaoh can keep them hostage, he has the men also, even though they have a facade of liberty. Adonai and Moses know that true freedom must include the women, little ones, and even the livestock (nations).

“But he (Pharaoh) said to them, “So may Adonai be with you, if I ever do let you go, with your little ones. See clearly now! Evil is in your face. Not so! Go now—the men—and serve Adonai! For that’s what you were seeking.” Then they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.”  (Ex. 10:10-11 TLV)

Adonai and Moses’ demand that the whole Assembly leave Eygpt to worship YHWH. This infuriates Pharaoh. He calls Moses ra or evil. He even implies that Moses is deluded and cannot see clearly by telling him to ra’ah or see that evil is neged or in front of his paniym (face).

Did you catch that? I’ll repeat it. Pharaoh believes Moses is blind and cannot see what is right in front of his face! I wonder how many have bought into Pharaoh’s twisted words? How many blind lead the blind? Is it evil to desire that the WHOLE Assembly serve and worship Adonai as He has called? Pharaoh thinks so.

Interestingly, the first use of neged, the word that means “in front of” is kenegdo in reference to the creation of woman. She is right in front of man’s face. I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Pharaoh refuses to let the WOMEN go with the men. They are the first step in the whole Body, including the nations, being set free.

The Exodus is one of the largest motifs in the Bible. (For a great book about this, click here.) In fact, the whole Bible is about Adonai moving one from slavery to freedom. We must grasp every detail of the Exodus to understand true redemption, salvation, deliverance, sanctification, and restoration. Enemies like Pharaoh reveal (to those with eyes to see) the heart issues of depraved man. The desire to control and subject others is never godly, even if the perpetrator believes himself to be a god.

Consider modern government today. How much of it is corrupted by the beastly desire for selfish gain, the drive to build a name and kingdom for self, greed and acquisition? What about religious man? Is he any different? Don’t these same desires nest in the hearts of many that lead flocks? I wonder how many actually believe they are building Adonai’s Kingdom when they are in fact only serving their own selfish desires?

Don’t let Pharaoh frighten you, especially if you are considered marginalized, inferior, or a minority. You are NOT a commodity; rather, you are an HEIR according to the Promise. Adonai, Moses, and Yeshua proclaim the Good News. They work to set the captives free from the House of Bondage and Slavery. The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. And, contrary to what oppressors like Pharaoh will tell you, these gifts and callings are meant to SERVE Adonai and build His Kingdom – no matter your sex or race. Stop building for Pharaohs that call good evil and evil good.

(Is. 61:1-6 TLV) 1 The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is on me, because Adonai has anointed me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, 2  to proclaim the year of Adonai’s favor and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all who mourn 3  to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of Adonai, that He may be glorified. 4  They will rebuild the ancient ruins. They will restore former desolations. They will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. 5  Strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks, children of foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers. 6  But you will be called the kohanim of Adonai, They will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations and boast in their abundance.

(Jer. 46:27 TLV) “But you, fear not, Jacob My servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel. For behold, I will save you from afar, your offspring from the land of their exile. And Jacob will return and be at peace and secure, no one frightening him.

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Highlight on Doorkeeper Ministries

Hebrew Nation Radio’s Renewed program has given me an opportunity to meet (even if sometimes it’s only virtual) some amazing people in Adonai’s Kingdom. Kelly Ferrari Mills is one of those precious ones. The story of how Kelly and I first connected is a neat testimony of just how creative Adonai is — He will even use our “mistakes!” Who is like Him?!

One day in May, I prayed that Abba would send us (Renewed Radio) a great marriage testimony to edify and encourage the Body. Meanwhile, Kelly sent an email to Grace in Torah thinking she was writing to Dr. Hollisa Alewine of The Creation Gospel. Dr. Alewine is my primary mentor and teacher. I tag and link to her material so often that Grace in Torah pops up in searches when she is Googled. I forwarded Kelly’s email to Dr. Alewine, but I couldn’t help but to marvel at this so-called “mistake.”

Kelly Ferrari Mills of Doorkeepers Ministries wrote a book chronicling her courtship and marriage to John Mills. Their marriage testimony is beautiful and poignant as it mirrors the betrothal, preparation, and marriage that we have with the Creator. The Mill’s modelled their betrothal and wedding ceremony after ancient Jewish customs to teach others about how Messiah Yeshua is the Bridegroom that will soon return for His Bride. It was filmed live and can be purchased on DVD at Doorkeeper Ministries.

Kelly mentioned her book, Chronicles of a Kingdom Courtship, in her email meant for Dr. Alewine. I knew that this couldn’t be a coincidence, so I wrote to Kelly and told her about Renewed and that I had been praying for a marriage testimony. As a new Hebrew Nation Radio (HNR) programmer, I was unaware that she was also on HNR. (It’s a very small world!) Kelly’s program is called “The Doorkeeper Hour.” It airs live every Friday at 4:00 pm PST and is re-broadcasted every Wednesday at 4:00 am PST. I’m still in awe of how Abba positions people to where He wants them, at just the right time – all for His glory!

Since this “accidental” connection, Kelly and I have continued correspondence and we were blessed to meet in person at the recent Women of Valor conference in November (2017). Kelly Ferrari Mills is a brilliant writer, author, teacher, and worship leader. I am grateful that Adonai had our paths cross so that I can share her talent with you.

Kelly has many free teachings (written, audio, and video) and worship music that you can enjoy at Doorkeeper Ministries. Besides her radio program and website, she also maintains a blog, does mission work, and takes frequent trips to Israel. Talk about a Woman of Valor! Kelly is a true builder of the House of Adonai and a minister that you need to know.

At the heart of all her service, Kelly is a worshipping prayer warrior! The name of her ministry captures this essence beautifully. She says, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God because a doorkeeper props open the door to the heavenly realms, helping others to gain access into the heartbeat of the Father.” (Ps. 84:10)

I like to call Kelly a “Mother in Israel.” At a time when many are arguing over minutiae, names and spellings, calendars, and conspiracies, Doorkeeper Ministries is focusing on intimacy with Yeshua and the preparation of the Bride for the Bridegroom. Her gentle and nurturing spirit is a breath of fresh air to the Body.

Here is a sampling of some of Kelly’s work. I do hope you will share this Woman of Valor with your friends.

Music

Blog

Radio Podcasts

Website

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