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DEDICATION PRAYER FOR JOSHUA

My heart rejoices in Yahweh;  in Yahweh my strength is lifted high.

My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.

 

There is no Holy One like Yahweh;  there is no one besides you;  there is no Rock like our God.

 

Yahweh is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

 

The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.

 

Yahweh brings death and makes alive;  He brings down to the grave and raises up.

Yahweh sends poverty and wealth;  He humbles and He exalts.

 

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

He seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.

 

For the foundations of the earth are Yahweh’s;  upon them He has set the world.

He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.

 

It is not by strength that one prevails;  those who oppose Yahweh will be shattered.

He will thunder against them from heaven;  Yahweh will judge the ends of the earth.

 

He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.

 

Psalm 127

 

Unless Yahweh builds the house, its builders labor in vain.

Unless Yahweh watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat –

For while they sleep He provides for those He loves.

 

Sons are a heritage from Yahweh, children a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

They will not be put to shame when they contend with the enemy in the gate.

 

Psalm 128

 

Blessed are all who fear Yahweh, who walk in his ways.

Joshua, may you eat the fruit of your labor;  may blessings and prosperity be yours.

May your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;

May your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.

Thus is the man blessed who fears Yahweh.

 

May Yahweh bless you from Zion all the days of your life;

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

May you live to see your children’s children.

Peace be upon you and upon Israel.

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Women Silent in the Church

Yesterday, I pondered for a while the command of I Corinthians 14:34, namely that “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.”  I have often wondered about this topic, but have never taken the time to think it through.  A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to have a breakthrough in my thoughts on this topic.  This is a tough topic for me because I have always appreciated the insight that women have into various topics.  Flat out, I believe that men and women are different and have different perspectives on many topics.  The insight women have is often valuable, so the thought of excluding them from teaching roles was hard enough to bear, but this says that women should be ‘silent’ in the church.

First, there is something to be said for just being obedient and submitting to the Word of God.  There are many instructions in the Bible that may not make a whole lot of sense, but when we just obey God, there is blessing that flows from it.  A few examples:  Old Testament hygiene laws — many of these laws are actually quite beneficial to the health and welfare of a community, but modern science didn’t understand until just recently (within the last 100 years or so);  Tithing — it is counterintuitive to think that giving away at least 10% of your income will free you from bondage to money, but it does; and Headcoverings(?).

Second, the typical argument in favor of obeying this instruction is that if women are silent in the church, this allows man to step forward and exercise his God-given authority.  God set man as the spiritual leader of his household.  This is not a task that many men accept and perform, probably because of feelings of inadequacy.  Most men would rather someone else stepped forward and took charge and led family devotions.  The same is true at church.  Men would rather fade into the background than step forward and lead as they are called to lead.  So if the men lean against the walls of the church and a woman steps forward to lead, they are all relieved, in their own minds, of their obligation to lead.  In reality, they are robbed of their opportunity to lead.

The other week, it was made clear to me the further implications of women being silent in the church.  I was at a meeting of men (the leadership) at a small church and there was some discussion about how to run something in the church.  This was a meeting of men because this church believed and practiced that it was the men who were to run the church.  There was some discussion, but then it was realized that there should be input from the children on this matter, as well as the mothers.  So all the men agreed to go home and discuss it with their families and return the following week for further discussion on the topic.

Do you see it?  If a woman is silent in the church, this encourages discussion at home because that is the woman’s way to be heard.  If a woman is silent in the church, this brings families closer together and helps families to model the plan laid out by Paul.  The father listens to the desires and concerns of his family, but then he decides what inputs to give to the church community.

I don’t have answers.  These are just my thoughts.  In fact, I probably have more questions than answers.  Like, what about music?  I wrote some of my thoughts down while listening to a very good female musician perform at a local church.  Does woman’s silence in the church mean that women cannot lead worship?  Does it mean they can’t participate?  There is no exception in the scriptures, but there are few things that show the glory of God better than a woman’s voice singing.

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Old Journal Post #10

Paul spent two years in jail in Caesarea after his trial before Felix, even though it seems clear that Felix did not believe Paul to be a dangerous criminal.  Last night we did the progressive dinner, where I met and talked to Chris & Jamie, Bobby’s mom Barbara, Frank & Carolyn, the Olsens, David Watkins, and Mark Knister.  Caleb really enjoyed talking to Bobby’s mom and hearing about Bobby as a child.  I enjoyed talking to ____ Olsen, because he has experienced alot of the things I want to try, like the house church and relying on God to provide the daily bread.

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