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Bible Teacher and student of Holy Scripture for 40+ years.
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Paul was originally a man who was willing to allow harm to those who he felt did not uphold the Law and God he so cherished. His zeal was so great he approved the stoning of Philip and began making house arrests putting Jesus believers in jail. (Acts 7:54-8:2) It was not until Jesus came to Paul (at that time Saul) in a bright light on the road to Damascus and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting and oppressing Me?”. This word diako has a range of meanings revolving around pursuing or troubling. Paul was “troubling” the Lord. Paul... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Hasten To The Word of God
I don't agree with the assessment of Paul not being the author of the Timothy letters. We've heard so much and so long about how negative 1 Timothy was toward women from the authoritarians that we have not stopped to rethink it. It is my assessment that the first three chapters are actually very affirming of women when read in context, recognizing cultural influence and paying close attention to original language. Those three things are all it takes to clarify certain things. Because I see Paul’s strong affirmation of women in those three chapters I can relate it to his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Hasten To The Word of God
Christmas Advent celebrates the arrival of God on the scenes of our lives, specifically in the form of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ born 2000 years ago to the young virgin woman Mary. Because of His birth (and His life, death and resurrection) we have more access to a closer relationship with our Creator. Those who step up and embrace such a relationship will find much help in the struggles of life and much joy. Some years ago feeling oppressed and trampled upon I ended up standing on the rocky edge of the ocean in the shade of two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
Prov. 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov. 26:18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.19 I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit. Pride is something I’ve pretty much always avoided talking about. It’s not that I think I am so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
For the past several years I keep hearing whispers by spiritual minded Christians that Bible learning and schooling in Bible colleges is bad for Christians. The idea is that somehow too much learning hinders one from hearing the Holy Spirit influence our minds and hearts. In addition to that we hear that all one needs is a good memory and the clear words of the Scripture will be sufficient. First a few words from a friend about rightly dividing the words of Scripture as 2 Timothy 2:15 says we should do. “When I come upon a baffling passage or set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
To stigmatize someone is to mark them as disgraceful or contemptible in some manner. To mark in a negative manner is to brand, to make an end judgment, to deem as unworthy or below oneself. This is something we humans do that is usually an inaccurate assessment of one’s whole person. The picture above is me in the 1970's. Hippie Teri. Now there were some interesting viewpoints of hippies from back then. :) Humans are a unique creation of God’s. We have a capacity to be a vessel for either good or bad, and also for both. Thus, judgments and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
Just a thought about reasons for voting. God has set us in a country that allows voting. That is His doing in the big picture. We should use this great freedom wisely. IMO it would pain God's heart to see us not voting when that is one of God's gifts to us in the U.S.A. and other countries. What voting is, is giving the people a controlled choice. If God were to choose for us, we would still be being led by the prophets and Judges of old like Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon. Not only did these men and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
One would have thought this piece of a sentence that has been taken out of context for so many years in Christiandom might have finally been left behind. Yet I continually see it pop up in online writings with the implication that wives are to stay home and “keep house” as if that were their only allowed work in life. Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. KJV 5 to be self-controlled, pure, fulfilling their duties at home, kind, being subject to their own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
A real church is a group of people who realize their fallenness and ALL their lives will aim toward getting closer to Jesus. They will reach backwards and help people move forward. They will join arms and hearts with with those beside them to encourage and help each other keep going forward. And they will gladly reach forward to those ahead of them. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
A wheel in a wheel in a wheel. Last night in a vision with insight I saw a wheel in a wheel in a wheel describing how a church body works together. The good success and even the bad success depends on whether or not at least two wheels operate together. If there is no wheel but only a hub, then all we see is potential. The hub is the potential core group of a church. One person is a beginning with a promise not the fulfillment. A healthy hub is 5 men and women, three will end up crippling... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
First I've a small story to tell of something the Lord showed to me yesterday. A lesson in observation listening to the Holy Spirit. Some wild hungry beautiful cats, a mother and her kitten, have come around trying to find life near my home. So, I've been feeding them. Gradually, I've been drawing them closer to my home. Now I feed them in my garage. At first they would come when I clang a piece of pottery with a spoon. Now they know the time frame in which I feed them in the morning and the evening and they come... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
The question is what did Jesus do during the 3 nights of His death. Did Jesus just hang out in the tomb waiting for the angels to roll away the stone on the third day? Did He as some believe go down to the place where the dead were waiting and preach to the souls in “prison”? I suppose one of the first things to deal with is that the apostles Creed claims something about Christ’s ministry in His death that it is thought by some that there are no obvious writings in Scripture that are stated as clearly. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
In Ephesians chapter four Paul talks about gifts that God gives to the church. There are only four places in the New Testament where this Greek word doma, translated as ‘gifts’ is used. In Matthew 7 and Luke 11 Jesus talks about fathers giving good presents to their children. In Philippians 4:17 Paul talks about monetary giving and aid for his traveling necessities. Basically, the word means a present, something given voluntarily without expecting payment in return to show favor or give help to another. In Ephesians 4, this word is used in reference to Jesus giving the church individuals... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Hasten To The Word of God
A good friend of mine tells me every now and then, “you’re very particular, Teri”. And she’s right when it comes to studying the Bible. The Lord gave me a vision for it today. If we stand back and look at the forest, the trees blend into a vast expanse that is grand and intimidating. But when we walk into the forest it all opens up into an endless hodgepodge of diverse kinds of life. We see the trees up close, with branches, leaves bark and living things in them. We look around and see an enormous expanse of bushes,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Hasten To The Word of God
Our attitude and approach to life represents the overall focus and direction we are heading in. While Jesus walked the earth he taught the disciples and all who would listen, the most profitable attitudes and ways to view life. In Matthew 19:16-30, Jesus was approached by a rich young leader who asked him what he should do in order to gain eternal life. The first point of interest is that this young Jewish man realized that he wanted eternal life and that he didn’t have a grasp on it at that time. When Jesus pointed out six commandments that the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Hasten To The Word of God
Our attitude and approach to life represents the overall focus and direction we are heading in. While Jesus walked the earth he taught the disciples and all who would listen, the most profitable attitudes and ways to view life. In Matthew 19:16-30, Jesus was approached by a rich young leader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Egalitarian Christian Woman
Thank you D. And if we remember that the entire epistle was written without chapter breaks, then we can begin to understand that much of Paul's style of writing is progressive. He progresses from one thought on the foundation of what was before. Thus, in my recognizing that, I don't think we can escape Paul's inclusive way of approaching learning for the potential of teaching. This is the same way that male students went to learn from the rabbi, so that they might then be a teacher.
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Briefly here are some of my thoughts on how to deal with 1 Timothy, women, and the subject of teaching elders. Firstly, Timothy was having a problem with wrong teachings. We see this in Paul’s first responses in chapter one. Men and women were trying to teach about things they really knew little of. Here is where some scholars believe Paul is referencing gnostic ideas being taught which may have come from the teachings of the Diana worshippers. New converts. Of those people Paul only names two whom he handed over to Satan because he thinks they are not teachable,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Hasten To The Word of God
The following is a very brief summary of what was taught and discussed in the Sunday morning Bible Study group I usually lead. While I did mention that some of the earliest manuscripts have these two (unnumbered) verses penned on the side of the page and even some had them at the end of the paragraph, I did not major on that since most church going Christians panic somewhat at this info. Our churches do not spend enough time really giving the average believer real information about our Bible, the difficulties of translating the original languages, and the correct way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Hasten To The Word of God
Ancient Roman and Asian societies were honor and shame societies. Their lives revolved around who was honored and who wasn’t. There were two main sources of honor: ascribed and achieved. Ascribed honor was your roots, where you came from, your family, your family achievements (wealth, reputation, etc.). Achieved honor had to do with your personal successes and achievements. Aristotle, a student of Socrates (and considered a genius), developed the social construction of a society whose citizens were the wealthy and noble born men. It is interesting that Aristotle ignored Plato’s more liberal ideas of women (the Greeks liked Plato’s ideas)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Hasten To The Word of God
Not enough thought is given to why Eve was created in the special manner she was. 1 Corinthians 11 says that the woman is the glory of the man (1 Cor. 11:7) and that she was brought forth through the man (1 Cor. 11:3b) Eve was very much the pièce de résistance of humanity. Being the last formed she was indeed the masterpiece in the creation of humans. Acknowledging this should not in any way demean the beauty and glory of the human male being formed first out of nothing but dust. Humanity in whole is the masterpiece of all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Hasten To The Word of God
I love animals, especially baby animals. Their joy in life, innocence of evil intent and “grouchlessness” is engaging. As I sit typing I hear the pile of reading papers, magazines, and articles sliding off the footstool along with the kittens. Reminds me of diving off of cliffs in Hawaii, running back up and diving off again and again. Thrilling really! Oh and now my camera and purse hanging off the back of the dining room table chair has dropped to the floor for more intense inspection by Greyling, kitten #1. So now Calley, kitten #2, and WildBoy my 2-yr (teenager)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Hasten To The Word of God
This is the first ever eulogy I have felt inspired to write and that is just because of the deep sense of loss over knowing that my dear friend of so many years is no longer here. Now I must wait until we meet again in the arms of Jesus. This is not about writing an article, but just my heart spilling over in a few memories and thoughts I feel I can share; the briefest of skipping stone throws across a huge pond of inspiring memories. If I could say one overarching insight about Brenda’s life, it is that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Hasten To The Word of God