February 2009: Amazing Days
"Whatcher, 'ow be on then? All right?" (Hello my good fellow, I trust that you are in the best of health.) Our greeting this month comes from England's West Country.
If you've been hearing the sounds of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in recent weeks and you've been wondering who the poor wretch is that has been enduring such agonies . . . wonder no more. It is I. We're trying to rebrand this e-zine.
To you, our patient reader, we're changing our name ˆ but not just yet. We're planning to go to a new/old name but are waiting until we have trademark approval. Next time we hope to have this thing settled once and for all. Peter Jordan, Editor
1. Donna's Corner ˆ Amazing Days
2. Profound & Pithy ˆ A Mixed Bag
3. Your Responses: The Name Game ˆ and More
4. Matters that Matter ˆ How Jesus Viewed Women
5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ Last Chance for Israel
1. Donna's Corner - Amazing Days
Amazing Days in the Kingdom
"Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was and who is to come ˆ from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father ˆ to Him be glory and power for ever and ever!" (Rev 1:4-6)
God is establishing Himself as King of Kings, and His Kingdom will be established here on earth as it is in heaven ˆ as long as we become subject (his subjects) by knowing our place through listening to Him. Are you part of His Kingdom? We are His heirs (Rom 8:12-21), and all creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power; it is righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit and it is within each one of us who has made Him our Lord and King (1 Cor 4:20; Rom 14:17-18; Luke 17:21). This Kingdom must be taken by force and by praising our King. There‚s a new sound and song coming forth; it is high praise and warfare.
This past week in the All Nations-All Generations DTS that we are leading, we've heard the beginning of that sound and song. One day, when we join with all indigenous peoples, who have often been silenced, it is going to be amazing!
There are two Kingdoms clashing. One is out to destroy the 'family'; the other is out to build the 'family.' You can only serve one King. If you belong to the Kingdom of God, find out what it is like through reading the Word and listening to the Spirit. The world will know who we belong to through our love for God and for each other; it will be through our unity (John 17).
Is Jesus your King? Is He on the throne of your heart? Or are you still seated there?
Love and Blessings,
2. Profound & Pithy ˆ A Mixed Bag
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
C. S. Lewis
Light means nothing to a blind man. A. W. Tozer
Without God, man cannot; without man, God will not.
God is more committed to His will for our lives than we are in finding it.
Dan Baumann (author of 'Imprisoned in Iran')
Blessed are those who can give without remembering . . .
and receive without forgetting
Friends are the flowers in the garden of life
We do not draw people to the truth by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely, they will long with all their hearts to know the source of it. Madeleine L'Engle
If you have a pulse you have a purpose
3. Your Responses: The Name Game - and More
We had many responses ˆ thank you. Most were in favor of the name 'Pastorale' but a sufficient number were opposed that we have moved back to Square One and are currently trade-marking a new/old name. Here are some we heard from:
By whatever name, a rose is a rose. I am always encouraged by its content; straight from your hearts. Yoke Kheng, Singapore
Pastorale is an OK name ˆ it might sound a tad 'high-brow' for what has the down-to-earth, informal feel that you have. Millie Adonai Roi, Israel
I like the new name. It fits the ministry, and the e-zine is a connecter for us.
Bev Caruso, USA
When I received Pastorale, all I could think of was Psalm 23, The Shepherd's Music. Great new name! Bill Baumann, USA
'Pastorale'? Oh puh-leeze! Name & Nation Withheld!
I know what a Pastorale is, and think it is an inspired choice. Margaret Tooley, NZ
I agree with Pastorale, and the reasoning behind its choice. Steven Loh, Singapore
If it remains 'Pastorale' ˆ I'll still read it, and smile as usual. John Feaver, USA
Pastorale sounds like you're going to break out in song. I'm not sure if that's worse than breaking out with acne. Karl Anderson, WA
I love the new name and feel well-shepherded by your wise words each month.
Jim Bullard, FL & China . . . and Jim helps us to segue into what he calls the 'Horror Plumbing Story':
Toilets always humanize us ˆ don't they bring us down to earth and remind us who we really are? Gary & Sandy Winger, NZ
Lol. I still have a smile on my face after reading your story about the bathroom. Ah, don't we all face similar situations in our marriages? Joy Desnomie, Canada (lol,lol)
Your 'Crisis in Bed' story sure made us laugh. Margaret Kugzruk, AK
Loved the story! Reminds me of what I heard Dan Sneed say: "Every story that is heaven to tell is hell to live through!" Ha! JoEllyn Wright, CA
You should buy Donna some new Crocs! Deborah Collins, Canada
It was like a humorous but exceedingly sharp surgeon‚s scalpel Andrew Bowers, UK
I had a good laugh, thanks for the story of the 'evil' pipe! Catherine Froelich, France
Thank you for the hysterical plumbing story ˆ I laughed my head off ˆ I could just picture you, a large grown man hiding under a flimsy blanket. Pat Blair, South Africa
I loved the story in the last eTouch about the plumbing problem ˆ I laughed myself silly. Sandy Sagal, CO
If you missed the article, let me know and I'll send it to you.
This Do in Remembrance of Me
John Feaver has published a collection of Communion meditations by his Dad, Doug Feaver, who was a long-time pillar of University of the Nations, Kona. To find out how to obtain this memorable book, go to www.thisdoinremembranceofme.com
Godly Woman Named Fiji Times 'Person of the Year.'
Olovia Kauroto Nataniela, 70, has been named the Fiji Times Person of the Year.
In addition to her work with children, Olovia has also served with YWAM in Hawaii. The Fiji Times January 4, 2009
A couple of Retreat Houses run by former YWAMers are in need of helpers . . .
Honor House, Dianne Wicker HONORMin@aol.com Kona
Phill & Anneke Taylor, email@example.com Sweden
4. Matters that Matter ˆ How Jesus Viewed Women
I never met any of my grandparents. My mother died young (53) from medical neglect due to our family being in a prison camp for 3 1/2 years in China during WW2. She was a woman of grace, serving as a missionary in China for most of her life. I have one sister who is very dear to me; I am blessed with one wife and three daughters, all of whom I love deeply. All these women have played very important roles in my life. Which is not to say that I have respected and honored women the way that Jesus clearly showed me that I should.
Jesus had a lot more to do with and say about women than you might think. The way we men have treated 'the fair sex' down through the ages . . . well, it just hasn't been fair. Nor has it been just.
Let's start with some questions: How many of Jesus' disciples were women? When Jesus taught the multitudes and the thousands and the few, how many were women? What group of people comprised Jesus' financial support team? What was the gender of his disciples who stayed with him at the cross? To whom did Jesus pay what is probably the most profound compliment ˆ of all the encouraging things he ever said ˆ to any individual?
Jesus pioneered a new status toward women, but we men have mostly not 'got it' yet. Jesus knew that his mother was blessed among all women ˆ and honored her as such. Mary and Martha were two of his closest friends. He chatted ˆ alone! ˆ with a Samaritan woman . . . and then horror of horrors, he spoke kindly and uncondemningly to an adulterous woman. He allowed a prostitute to anoint him with perfume. He interacted with many more women during his short life.
Yet in all this, he did not sin. Tempted, yes, but he did not sin, even in his mind.
How many of Jesus' disciples were women? We tend to think of just the 12, but there were at least 500 people who followed him (1 Cor 15:6, The Message). Many, or perhaps most of these would have been women.
We don't know the gender breakdown of the multitudes who heard Jesus teach, but my guess would be that most of them were women, even though in that culture they had been relegated to a lesser position in life.
Answers to the questions above . . . Did you know that:
Jesus' financial support team (at least the ones that we know about), included Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susannah and many others (Luke 8:2-3).
Only women followers stayed with Jesus at the cross.
And the most profound compliment given by Jesus? Right after a woman poured costly perfume over his head (it was kind of like giving flowers before the funeral), Jesus said of her, "She has done something wonderfully significant for me . . . she did what she could ˆ she pre-anointed my body for burial . . . and you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she did is going to be talked about admiringly." (Mark 14: 6-9 The Message)
I read somewhere, that thankfully, Jesus was the ultimate rebel! He defended women, revealed truths to them that He had not told another, and appeared to them first after He died. The way He valued women was a concept that shook that culture to the heart. Paul insisted that, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ." (Gal 3:28) This is a core-essential emphasis. No human being is excluded from service to God. (Writer of this paragraph, unknown.)
Men, let's treat women the way Jesus did.
5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ Israel: Last Chance for Israel**
**By this we mean, "The last chance to register for our Gathering there."
Mar 8-14, Israel; "What is God Saying in These Days?" with David Demian of Watchmen for the Nations, Canada; and with Peter Jordan
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to www.ywamassociateseurope.com to register online.
David Demian, born, raised and trained as a doctor in the Middle East, has a unique view of, and relationship to the Jews and Israel. His 14 year journey with the Canadian church as it relates to Israel and the Jews is well documented ˆ go to http://www.watchmen.org/ click on 'The Journey' followed by 'Call to Repentance.'
NORWAY (Hamar/Grimerud): July 5-10 with Dan Sneed returning
Contact: Lidvard Andreassen at email@example.com
Following four Camps contact: Roy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org NORWAY (Lapland): July 5-11 with Al & Carolyn Akimoff returning
SWEDEN (YWAM Restenäs) July 12-18 with Al & Carolyn Akimoff
FRANCE (YWAM Le Gault la Forêt) August 8-15 with Dean Sherman
SWITZERLAND (Jura Mountains) August 23-29 with Richard Jones
And finally, "Wisdom is having a soft, tender, open and listening heart to the voice of God." Steve Ahern
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