Friday, March 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Man of God
(On the 70th birthday of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.)
Happy Birthday Man of God
Thank you for sharing the Word
The Word that overcomes the world
The Word that has been from the beginning of Time
The Word that overcomes the scourges of crime and shame
The Word that shines even in the darkest nights on earth
The Word that is the eternal spirit of truth
The Word that is the vehicle of our faith
The Word that is the pillar of our strength
The Word that is fountain of our health and wealth
The Word that can shake every kingdom and topple every throne
The Word that can humble the king and queen
The Word that does not fear The Crown or The Wig and Gown
The Word that has lifted you up and will never let you down
The Word that has made you the talk of the town
The Word that will continue to bless you with happiness
The Word that will continue to bless you with success
The Word that will continue to make you shine brighter and brighter all the way.
The Word that will continue to bring us the Good News of many happy returns of today
The Word that will never pass away come what may and no matter whatever people say.
So with many thanks to our Almighty Father JEHOVAH God, I wish you happy birthday.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
2 Mar 2012 14:10 Africa/Lagos
Jesus Would Have Shared Coffee with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Says Author of New Book, Woman Meets Jesus
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Lisbeth Salander, the troubled female in the Oscar-winning film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is exactly the kind of woman that Jesus would invite for coffee," says Ruth Vander Zee, author of the new book Woman Meets Jesus (Edenridge Press). "Salander," says Vander Zee, "may not fit in at most churches but is the type of exploited woman that Jesus would befriend in the face of social and religious criticism."
Salander, played by Rooney Mara, is a gifted, but deeply troubled young woman with bleached eyebrows, a black Mohawk, tattoos, leather-and-chain dress, combat boots, and atypical body piercings.
"Jesus was a radical rabbi who reached out to females who didn't fit in with the religious and social communities," says Vander Zee. "He didn't care what the religious elites - the Sadducees and Pharisees - thought about women."
Vander Zee, who spent years studying Jesus' often-overlooked interactions with women, concludes in her new book that Jesus challenged the religious establishment's oppressive view of women and befriended and advocated for females like Salander. "Jesus stood up for exploited, rejected, isolated, desperate, and self-destructive women," says Vander Zee.
Vander Zee grew up in the church, learned the popular Bible stories, and eventually married a pastor. But later she chose to look at the second-class status women often occupied within the walls of the church. She decided to dig deeper into Jesus' personal encounters with women. What she discovered changed her view of women and Jesus.
In order to show how radical Jesus really was, Vander Zee retells the stories of Jesus' encounters with biblical women from their own, first-person perspectives. One woman is the prostitute who visited Jesus at Simon the leper's house and offended the respected guests by lavishing perfume upon Jesus. Another is the ostracized woman at the well who had multiple husbands. Yet another is the untouchable woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years.
"The whole idea that Jesus was anti-women is a modern myth," says Vander Zee. "I can imagine Jesus sitting in a Stockholm cafe with Salander, tearfully listening to her life story and encouraging her to follow the way of the prophet Micah to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with her new-found advocate, Jesus."
Ruth Vander Zee is the award-winning author of social-issue-oriented children's books, including Erika's Story, Mississippi Morning, Eli Remembers, and Always With You. A self-described late bloomer, she earned her college degree when she was 40, wrote her first book when she was 55, speaks to church and women's groups across North America, and writes the popular blog journey-of-faith.com. She lives in Miami, Florida.
For more information about Ruth and Woman Meets Jesus: How Jesus Encourages, Empowers, and Equips Women on Their Personal Journey of Faith (ISBN: 9780982706350; $14), please visit http://www.journey-of-faith.com.
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SOURCE Ruth Vander Zee
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