Monday, August 31, 2015

One Of These Nights by The Eagles 1980s

Hello Grafted in Reader,

Last day of August in my corner of blog-land, and the oldies station is playing the song, "One Of These Nights" as our visit begins. Seemed to be an appropriate title to cover all generalities and specifics.
-On the faith front, my last post challenged Christians at large via an article from The Levitt Letter, to correct use of names for places in the Holy Land. This post, I challenge Messianic believers with something that came from an essay someone shared with me by British Rabbi, Rabbi Sacks.

The article dealt with being charitable toward others as a Torah command, and this was part of the typical day during the three annual pilgrimages made to Jerusalem in Biblical times. My question or questions center around the appointed times now being observed internationally, when did the option to suspend pilgrimage to Israel occur?
Are we justified to accuse Christians of observing "pagan occasions" when the centuries have resulted in how the feasts are observed and where?

I posed this on a group which I participate, and will share the results soon enough..

-On the writing front, good news!!! My short citation, "Father, Forgive Them" will be part of an anthology to be released this Fall by Faith By Grace Publishing. The anthology title, "Path Of Forgiveness" will be a collective work about this action we are advised to do often in our living. I am also hopeful to have a news article published about a local school robotic program, and gathering steam to work on a short story about the human condition.

Until next visit, feel free to share with me what you anticipate occurring this coming season, I am interested!

Kevod Yeheveh, His Presence is with you constantly.
Mellow Roc

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Article from the Zola Levitt Newsletter (recommended reading if serious Bible Student)

Hello Grafted in Reader,

I am taking the liberties to post an article from Zola Levitt Ministry which I hope you may pass on to serious students of the Bible. The topic deals with correct names for places in the Holy Land, and how history has distorted this action. Given the political climate today, it is even more pertinent that the following be shared.
Thank you.
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Zola Levitt Ministries
Christianity Through Jewish Eyes
LEVITT LETTER
Essays
Palestine vs. Israel as the Name of the Holy Land

Dr. Thomas McCall
by Thomas S. McCall, Th.D.
Dr. Thomas McCall, the Senior Theologian of our ministry, has written many articles for the Levitt Letter. He holds a Th.M. in Old Testament studies and a Th.D. in Semitic languages and Old Testament. He has served as Zola’s co-author, mentor, pastor, and friend for nearly 30 years.
This article appeared originally in the December 1997 Levitt Letter.
Page Contents
◾ Propaganda Use
◾ Biblical Use
◾ History of the Term
◾ Christian Adoption
◾ Proper Designation
During the last few centuries, the world, Christians included, has fallen into a bad habit. We have bought into some early Roman propaganda. We have used the name Palestine, which Roman Emperor Hadrian placed on the country of Israel in 135 A.D., for so long that it has become common usage. This would be as incorrect as calling the Russia of today the “Soviet Union” or referring to Berlin as “East Germany.” The thoughts below by our ministry’s senior theologian, Dr. Thomas S. McCall, completely explore the subject. If you know somebody who’s fallen into this habit, please share this article with them.
— Zola
Current Propaganda’s Use of Palestine
There is a propaganda war going on now with regard to the term “Palestine.” At one time it might have been argued that Palestine was an innocuous designation of the Middle Eastern area, that is generally thought of as the Holy Land. During the last few decades, however, the term Palestine has been adopted by Arabs living in Israel in the area west of the Jordan River. It is specifically employed to avoid the use of the name Israel, and must be considered an anti-Israel term. In all Arab maps published in Jordan, Egypt, etc., the area west of the Jordan River is called Palestine, without any reference to Israel. Palestine is the term now used by those who want to deny the legitimate existence of Israel as a genuine nation among the family of nations.
The term now adopted by the political entity within Israel that is gradually obtaining more and more pockets of territory through the “peace process,” is “the PA (Palestinian Authority). Although it must deal daily with Israeli officials, the PA hates to use the term Israel in any of its communications.
Palestine, therefore, must now be considered a political propaganda term with massive anti-Israel implications. Biblical Use of Palestine
The term Palestine is rarely used in the Old Testament, and when it is, it refers specifically to the southwestern coastal area of Israel occupied by the Philistines. It is a translation of the Hebrew word “Pelesheth.” The term is never used to refer to the whole land occupied by Israel. Before Israel occupied the land, it would be generally accurate to say that the southwestern coastal area was called Philistia (the Way of the Philistines, or Palestine), while the central highlands were called Canaan. Both the Canaanites and the Philistines had disappeared as distinct peoples at least by the time of the Babylonian Captivity of Judea (586 B.C.), and they no longer exist.
In the New Testament, the term Palestine is never used. The term Israel is primarily used to refer to the people of Israel, rather than the Land. However, in at least two passages, Israel is used to refer to the Land:
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matt. 2:20-21)
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say to you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man shall have come. (Matt. 10:23)
The first passage is when Joseph, Mary and Jesus returned from Egypt to Israel, and the second has reference to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the Land of Israel. Jesus, Matthew and the angel speaking to Joseph use the term Israel with reference to the Land, even though the term was not then recognized by the Roman authorities.

It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D. under Bar Kochba that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel. Hadrian, like many dictators since his time realized the propaganda power of terms and symbols. He replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulchre of Christ in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. He changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina, and changed the name of Israel and Judea to Palestine. Hadrian’s selection of Palestine was purposeful, not accidental. He took the name of the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines, Latinized it to Palestine, and applied it to the Land of Israel. He hoped to erase the name Israel from all memory. Thus, the term Palestine as applied to the Land of Israel was invented by the inveterate enemy of the Bible and the Jewish people, Emperor Hadrian.
One of the first Christian uses of the term Palestine is found in the works of the Church historian Eusebius, who lived in Caesarea. He wrote around 300 A.D., as the Roman persecution of Christians was ending and the Emperor Constantine began to accept Christianity as legal. Eusebius did not accept Hadrian’s designation of Jerusalem as Aelia Capitalina, but he did use Hadrian’s term Palestine. Eusebius considered himself to be one of the bishops of Palestine. Thus, the anti-Israel, anti-Christian name of Palestine was assimilated into the Church’s vocabulary as the Byzantine Empire was being established.
The Church has, since that time, broadly used the term Palestine in literature and in maps to refer to the Land of Israel. It should be noted, however, that the Crusaders called their land the Kingdom of Jerusalem. When the British received the mandate after World War I, though, they called the land on both sides of the Jordan River, Palestine. This became the accepted geo-political term for several decades, and those who lived in the land were called Palestinians, whether they were Jews, Arabs or Europeans.
Even evangelical Christians who believe in the future of Israel have used the term Palestine. The New Scofield Reference Edition of the Bible has maps in the back entitled “Palestine under the Herods.” There never was a Palestine under the Herods. This is a serious misidentification. It would be something like looking at a modern map of Texas and having it titled “Mexico in the Twentieth Century.”
Proper Designation of the Land
The use of the term Palestine was biblically inaccurate and wrong throughout the Church age. However, it is more than just wrong, it is devastating in our time, when the term Palestine is the cornerstone of the propaganda war against Israel and the Jewish people. Do we want to use terms invented by those who hate Christ, the Bible and Israel? Do we want to utilize terms used by the enemies of Israel who desire to accomplish nothing less than the destruction of the Jewish people? I think not.
Christians should use the terminology of the Bible wherever possible. Why not go back to the terms used in the New Testament? The Gospel writers used the term Israel to refer to the Land. Why should we use any other term when referring to the Land, especially now that the Jews are back in the Land and have re-established the nation of Israel among the family of nations?
As we draw closer to the Second Coming of Christ, we should understand that Satan’s fury against the Church and Israel will grow exponentially. Satan hates the Gospel of the crucified and risen Messiah, and he hates the reality of the restoration of Israel as the nation that will ultimately receive Jesus as the Messiah at His return, and the nation that will be Christ’s earthly headquarters. The only term we should use for the Land is Israel, or its subdivisions of Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. We should make every effort to remove the term Palestine from our Bible maps and textbooks, and use only biblical terms with reference to the Holy Land of Israel.
Copyright © 1997 Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All rights reserved. Brief passages may be quoted in reviews or other article. For all other use, please get our written approval.
Thank you for reading this excerpted article.
Mellow Roc

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Article: Benefits of Natural Therapy by David Russell

Benefits of Natural Therapy

David Russell

It may be natural for natural therapy to be coming of age.
A recent survey of health topics found in online and print media, indicate a shifting tide. Noteworthy, major health web sites are giving more time of day to a branch of health known as natural therapy; also called holistic medicine, integrative medicine, complementary medicine or alternative medicine.
A couple web sites noted to promote integrated medicine are US News.com and webMD. com. Mike Adams, Editor and Health Ranger with naturalnews.com, categorizes medicine as follows:
Conventional medicine, organized medicine, TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, and ayurvedic medicine, based in India. In common, practitioners in the respective medicines are recognizing the value that other protocols may offer.

The Course Of Natural Therapy
A working definition offered for Integrative Medicine, i.e., - the practice or study of conventional medicine combined with natural therapies. One common example, as a result of noted high cholesterol on a patient’s physical exam, he/she is prescribed one lRed Yeast Rice medication for lowering cholesterol. Conventional medicine, complementary medicine and holistic medicine contend patients modify diet and upping the exercise regime. Below are some strides made by natural therapy in the past several years.
-Lab studies reveal the human body has some natural properties similar to many herbals.
-Meditation and spirituality enhance one’s well-being and lower stress and anxiety.
-Practitioners of natural therapy may prescribe a daily walk to aid in lowering high blood pressure.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, offers herbals that aid chemotherapy in the treatment of colon cancer.
-Acupuncture or sports injury therapy are means used to enhance the recovery period post-surgical procedure.
-Some cite findings to conclude that growth hormone medicines such as GH3, can restore energy, minimize depressive symptoms and reduce the aging process in adults over age 40.

Author, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, founder of The Center for Integrative Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, is featured in an article titled

“Psychotherapy At The Crossroads: A new Vision For Mental Health” PT Networker Vol. 36,
No. 1, Publication Date: January-February 2012

-Dr. Weil asserts the biomedical model has too long dominated the practice of Medicine and Mental Health in North America. He references the year 1980, when the American Psychiatric Association released The Diagnostic Statistical Manual, (DSM-III). The result has been that psychiatry has gone from being a facilitator of insights to patients, to that of dispensing medications to modify brain chemistry.

Weil references Dr. George Engle, cited as the founder of psychosomatic medicine in the mid-1970s, to have observed during medical school training that three conditions were seen as psychosomatic. Initially, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma and peptic ulcer disease were viewed by insiders as psychosomatic conditions.

Several voices today continue promoting the expansion of natural therapy to become more mainstream. These incloude Dr. Andrew Weil, Mike Adams, Health Ranger with Natural News.com, Dr. Joseph Mercola, alternative medicine proponent, as mentioned, US News and World Report Health – online, and webMD.com. These are longstanding resources providing informative articles regarding natural therapy and other popular health topics of interest.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ride With You, (acoustic song, Bela Fleck)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is August 18, 2015 in my corner of blog-land, summer, nearing 30 degrees Celsius. Fairly typical for this time of year. Also typical for this time is year for several who live the Messianic Faith is the month of Elul. It comes before the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar. Some liken it to the month before a wedding. It is a serious time for self-reflection, but also a joyous time for one to renew their relationship with God and those whom figure significantly in their life.

Any relationship is a growing process and can always undergo improvement. A common practice is to read and reflect on Psalm 27. God lights our daily path on which we are free to follow or wander elsewhere. God protects us from our enemies and our worst foibles. This protection is celebrated during the Fall Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot. God is our dwelling-place. Our response is to accept. Like the sukkah or tent, it may seem only adequate but is what God asks of one to receive their ongoing redemption.
-Accept it is for us. His gift.

May we be encouraged as we live day to day in knowing that the Precious Lord will take our hand, lead us on and help us stand.

In Brief: As a writer, I am contributing a story about my nine-year relationship with a guide-dog to possibly be published in a "Chicken Soup" series. I have yet to hear when the anthology, "The Path of Forgiveness" will be released. In it, I have a short piece titled, "Father Forgive Them, They Know Not What They Do".

For pleasure, reading a spy thriller (short story set) and also the bio of American movie great, Walt Disney.

Until next time, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence brighten our travels.

Mellow Roc