Sunday is the first day of the week. I know, for a long time, I thought Monday was the first day of the week. Some people say that Saturday is actually the first day of the week since Saturday is actually the original Sabbath according to Jews.
Well, I think this is one of the issues we shouldn’t divide over. And when people try to argue saying Saturday or Sunday is the Sabbath, I usually say, “Whatever works for you is fine with me.” I mean after all Sabbath “was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) Continue reading The First Day of the Week
Here is the last Sunday morning first service. I can’t tell you how secure and safe I feel to teach at the presence of my beloved husband!
I was overwhelmed by the truth while I was speaking! So, it is my prayer for all of you that God overwhelms you with His Truth! Amen! ///
When I received the shipment from my publisher, I opened the first box and fell on the floor. It was like a childbirth kind of experience. I took out one book, kissed it many times and I wanted to cry but at the same time I wanted to shout and laugh! I held my book tightly close to my heart and fell before my God and my Lord who saw me through the tough road of writing a book. It was a long and at times very trying journey but through it all, God stood with me saying, “Fixed your eyes on Me and keep going!” Continue reading “Beyond the Fairy Tale” – Book Trailer!
Growing up, I used to love to read and hear romantic stories. And from all the stories I heard, one particular true story stayed with me for a long period of time. So, the story of this man and his woman used to be the topic of everybody’s coffee time discussion. And I love to hear about them. This man, as they said, “loves his girlfriend so much that if any man decides to look at her, he will fight with that man. If she decides to say hi to any man, it doesn’t matter whether the man is her uncle or brother, he will put her in trouble.” So, wherever this couple goes, there is always a drama to tell. As a little girl, I used to sit and dream about having a “macho and loving man” like that guy standing next to me, because I thought that was the definition of love.
I mean think about it! As a little girl who didn’t have anyone to teach her how a girl should be loved and treasured by a man, I thought that was the most romantic relationship any girl can ever have with a man. So, I made a decision with myself to find that kind of man for myself. Continue reading True Love Knows . . .
This is a season some people get married and others graduate from school. This season is also a season of death since people die at all seasons, including spring and summer. This past week, some people we know finished their journey on this side of heaven and crossed over to the other side. And it is sometimes tough to try to comfort those who lost their loved ones. I mean, what do you say to them? “Don’t worry, you will join them soon?” Or, “It is okay, we all are going to die anyways?” I think sometimes it is better to just sit next to them quietly.
While my Berhan and I were sitting to comfort a family who lost their loved one last week, one woman came in and began crying, expressing her love to the deceased one. Sitting there listening to her, a thought came to my mind: Did the deceased ever hear all these loving words from this person when he was alive? Is she repeating what she already told him while he was still alive or is she expressing her love now? Continue reading Death, A Reminder to Love
A4P Guest: The Bible says that a woman should not have authority over men. You are not allowed to teach in the church since doing so is like assuming authority over men. Can you help me understand this?
A4P: Wow! My friend, you missed my call big time!
God didn’t call and anoint me so that I would assume authority over men; or over women for that matter; but over the power of the darkness! I’m (by the way, you too, are) called and anointed to demolish the network of the devil; “to put down arguments that sets itself up against” the truth of God; to walk over the devil’s territory and take over that which doesn’t belong to him! Oh, you missed my calling big time! My authority is over the power of the principalities who work in the dark. Continue reading A Woman, assuming Authority over men?
Hello to you all! This is Kibraeb Gebreselassie, admin for the Appeal for Purity (A4P) Ministry. Today, I am so excited and grateful to announce the winner of the 2015 “The Ester’s Kind of Modesty Competition.” Continue reading 2015 Title of “Queen of Modesty” goes to …
I love to read the story of King David, including his one day adulterous affair he had with the married woman and the consequences of that fateful day (2 Samuel 11 & 12).
David got anointed by God; not so he would be famous and renowned king which he was but so that God’s name would be known and praised as King David wipes out the enemy of God’s people. The best thing about this truth is that, David knew it all along! Listen to this:
“And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.” (1 Chronicles 14:2) Continue reading Meet him at the right spot!
I sometimes ask people to read back to me what I write to know how the message sounds. And most of the time, as if I was a music composer, I feel like they are destroying the message by the way they read it. You see, even if written messages are not songs, they have a melody of their own.
And today I want to read you the message I just posted few hours ago so you can hear the message as well as the seemingly music and melody of the message. ///
If you are hanging with me for sometimes, you sure know that I care about the outside weather. Yeah, I don’t appreciate the weather when it is gloomy, cloudy and snowy. No, no, no! I don’t want those things. I want bright, sunny and breathy weather. And, while living in Maryland, wanting and desiring to have that kind of weather is like wanting to live in a dreamland of Oz.
While I was thinking about the weather this morning, something captured my heart. You see, if I choose to stay tuned to the outside weather, like today, I hear a message of the weather that says, “Well, hands down! Today, you will have a miserable day since the sun is not out!” Continue reading The Higher Truth