Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow

Joseph Herrin (01-18-2018)

























Yesterday was a big day for snow here in South Georgia. When we talk of big snow here, we speak of 1" or there about. It only snows here once every 6-8 years. So it was a big day when my daughter got up at 5:00 A.M. to check on the snow. It snowed for about 3 hours and then it was sunny out the rest of the day, though it only got up to 35°. In two of the pictures my daughter can be seen with her friend Ruthie.

We actually had a much larger snow day when my daughter and son were younger. It must have been 6" of snow. But that was over 20 years ago. I took a shot out my door, and two shots of my car. It is unusual for South Georgia to get snow.



















Champ came in with me last night.





































Well, today is the next day. Most of the snow is gone. It reached 19° last night. When it started to thaw out today the pipes on the outdoor pump in the yard began to spray profusely. Someone neglected to insulate the pipes. It looks like it is just a small leak, even with all the water. My daughter has a plumber coming over later today to fix it. I am going to ask him if he can insulate the pipes. There aren’t too many of them.

The snow does make everything look clean and new for a little while.

Psalms 51:7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Picture of Yahshua?

Joseph Herrin (1-14-2018)

Have you ever tried to share about a person without having a picture of them? It is much easier with a photograph, or a painting. Yet a painting does not exist of the Son of God, the one we call Yahshua the Messiah. All of the paintings that exist today are peoples imaginations.




















This is the portrait that was popular at the time of my childhood. I realized even then that it was just some man’s imagination. I thought that he would have had short hair because of I Corinthians 11:15.

Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?

I also thought that he would be more average looking because of Isaiah 53:2.

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

I envisioned Him as looking like an average Israelite. Of course, the artist’s did not like these realistic details of the Son of Man, so they drew whatever they wanted. One of the things they differed on was the color of Yahshua’s skin. The above person is white, and there are quite a few that are whiter still. Below is a picture of the Son of God in black.




















I don’t imagine Christ’s beard was so short. If it were, how could the soldiers at His death have gotten such handfuls of it.

Isaiah 50:6
I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

The picture below this shows someone’s depiction of the Christ.




















I would give him a larger beard, but the rest of it could be accurate. The truth is, however, that none of us know what He looked like as a man, and now He has a glorified appearance.

Revelation 1:13-16
I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

In truth, I don’t need an image of Yahshua to be able to envisage Him. I am not praying to a man. I am praying to God. I am specifically praying to one section of the triune God in the name of Yahshua the Christ.

John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

John 16:23-24
And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Truly, I do not like pictures of the Christ. Most of them make Him appear like something the Bible does not describe. I would place this in the same realm as the many Scriptures that do not speak the things He spoke. Did Christ speak of men going to an eternal hell? Of course not. He spoke of them going to a time of correction, possibly severe but not eternal. Did He speak of men going down to the Jordan to be sprinkled, or baptized? Of course not. He spoke of them being immersed which is what baptized means. The translation biases in our Bibles are legion.




















http://www.heart4god.ws/gods-plan-of-the-ages.htm




















http://www.heart4god.ws/overcoming-addiction-by-the-spirit-of-christ.htm




















http://www.heart4god.ws/foundations-of-faith.htm




















http://www.heart4god.ws/yahwehs-book.htm

There was a time in the church when iconoclasm, the destruction of drawings and sculpture by Christians, was considered to be a part of true Christianity. Drawings or sculpture of the Christ or other persons was deemed undesirable. There are few iconoclasts today, however, and many people have some false image of Christ or His mother. I ask you, “Are the Scriptures a text book on the appearance of Christ?” If you have a picture of the Son of Man then, what is it a picture of? Is it not some man’s false interpretation of what Yahshua/Jesus looked like.

Let us choose the true integrity of the Word.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Laying Down the Law

Joseph Herrin (01-08-2018)

























Did you ever try to explain the Law to another? I tried to from the time I was a teenager. I found that I had more questions than answers. I delved into the Scriptures on the Law for a long, long time until I had Yahweh’s thoughts on it. Early on in my ministry I wrote a book on it (I didn’t start writing until I was in my forties). I prayed repeatedly for understanding. It took years of prayer and searching to find an answer.

At first I wrote a lengthy article on the Law. After a couple of years I expanded the article into a book of the same name. It was 2002. After nine years I went and revised my books, not because I had stated anything wrong, but because I had better ways to explain things. In 2011 I wrote the present copy of the book. In the years since I first wrote the book in 2002 I had dozens of conversations on the Law. I learned how to explain things better and better. I also learned more intimately what people’s attachment to the Law was.

Laying Down the Law. There is a lot of symbolism in the name. Even as Moses came down from the mountain with the tablets of stone in his hands to find that the people were already breaking the Law, so too is the Law broken by all fleshly men. We are all born into this world as fleshly men.

John 3:6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

It has troubled me greatly why so many men want to perpetuate the Law by placing all Christians under it. It was given to the Israelites as a temporal covering. We have a much better reality now that Yahshua the Messiah has come.

Galatians 3:21-25
For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahshua Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

We as Christians have now been born again of something that can bring new life. We have been born of the Spirit “that whoever believes in Him (Yahshua) should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:15. Why is it that Christians cannot see that life with and in Christ is so much better than life as a fleshly man, following some shadow of the Law?



















It is revealed through numerous Scriptures that the Law has a role of limited duration. It was not intended to hold sway over man forever. Those who look too narrowly at God’s work are hindered from perceiving the end of the Law. They are unable to perceive it in the larger scope of Yahweh’s master plan. Many Christians are returning to an observance of feast days, new moons, sabbath days, and dietary regulations. They are seeking to become more “Jewish,” believing that this constitutes a return to authentic Christianity. Concomitant with adopting Jewish culture is a return to the rule of the Law. This does not lead to authentic Christianity, but rather away from Christ.

Galatians 5:4
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

The following Scriptures proclaim the Law’s limited duration.

Galatians 3:19
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made.

This is the truth that many will not receive in this hour. The Law was given to fulfill a purpose UNTIL the Seed should come. Yahshua is the Seed of the Father. He has come. The Law has fulfilled its role of judge. It is no longer the arbiter of righteous and unrighteous behavior for those who have been born of the Spirit. Following are more Scriptures announcing the limited duration of the Law.

Romans 7:1-4
Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then if, while her husband is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.
















Paul is speaking here to Jews (those who know the Law). We were made to die to the Law that we might be joined to another, who is Christ, if we were Jews. If we weren’t Jews, we simply were joined to Christ. There never was any Law for us. Can you think of any time before you came to Christ that you were taught the Law of God? I wasn’t. The Law as given to the Jews is a great instructor, however. We can learn much from it, but it is not given to us as a starting ground. That is, we are not supposed to keep the shadow of the Law and live as Christ. To do so is to fail. We cannot keep the Law unless our legal code supports the Law. Ours does not. Answer the following questions to know whether your legal code is the same as that of the Old Testament.

Do you kill people for working on the Sabbath?
Do you stone your sons if they rebel against their parents?
Do you stone your daughters if they act like a harlot?
Do you tear down your house if it has a mold that comes back in it?
Do you go to Jerusalem three times a year for Yahweh’s holy days, Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles?

There are hundreds of other laws that we do not keep, for we don’t live in a country that shares the legal code of the Old Testament. How can we say we keep the Law if we ignore such a large portion of it.

James 2:10
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

What is it that Romans 7 said? If you were a Jew, you were made to die to the Law that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead. Did you get that? You died with Christ to the Law. You were joined with Christ. His mind became you mind. His words became your words. The shadow of the Law became the fulness of Christ.

Colossians 2:16-17
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Moses was the man who gave the Law to the Israelites, yet Moses could not set foot in the promised land. It was Yahshua (Joshua) who led the people in. This was a type of the Son of God leading the people in, but Yahshua (Son of God) had to finish the Law. Then multitudes could follow where He led them.

Do you wish you could explain to Christians that the Law does not apply to them? Just remember, you have died to the Law that you can be joined to another. Read the book. I have explained it a lot better than my stroke will let me do so now.

http://www.heart4god.ws/laying-down-the-law.htm

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Miscellaneous

Joseph Herrin (01-04-2018)

The past days have been very hectic as I have been tying up loose ends and visiting with old friends. A few days ago I spoke with an old friend whom I have known since I was first starting out in ministry. Glen Pickren wrote the introduction to my autobiography, Evidence of Things Unseen. Glen has been struggling with Parkinsons for some time, and for other reasons is now considering selling his home in Northern California and moving out toward the Eastern United States. It was good to talk with him, though I think we got the idea that talking in the morning is better for both of us. We both are rather difficult to understand in the evenings. My stroke causes me some disability in the evenings. Words become harder to find, though I am able to receive other people’s conversations fine. I think it is a lack of creativity in the evenings. I find it very hard to comment on conversations, though I can say “Um hm, yes, no, etc..”

Yesterday I had a tremendous surprise. Mr. Stanfield, an old friend from Macon, Georgia called to say hello and to invite me to lunch. It turned out that he was coming down my way to see an insurance man in a town nearby. Mr Stanfield is a Christian gentleman that I truly did not know if he were still alive. Yesterday I learned that he is now 92, and will soon be 93. Our conversation went better than a couple of nights before, although Mr. Stanfield is very hard of hearing. He didn’t realize I had a stroke until I told him right before I left. He grew up down in South Georgia close to where my father’s family is. He still goes down there quite often, and he met one of my uncles, aunts and cousins a few years back. If you like hearing about the old days long before there were computers, cell phones, and electronic games you would like hearing from Mr. Stanfield. He is a good story teller, and those were days when things were much slower. People were in better shape back then, also. It was not unusual for young guys to run 20 or more miles. This is something that Mr. Stanfield assures me that he and his brother did. He ran all the way to the Army recruiters office with his brother, and he enlisted while he was underage. It was World War II.

Saturday I am meeting with another friend who is my age. Joachim Boes is a German transplant to this country. He lives up in the Atlanta region of the state. He has been so busy last year that he was not been able to come see me. I can usually count on seeing him every 4 months, or so. His place of work has been so busy, he has been flying all over the world (so it seems), and they have kept him running. He tells me that strength and stamina are beginning to wane, something I can definitely attest to. George Young is going to go see him with me. We are meeting at a Panera in Warner Robins. I would like to take him to the local Mennonite coffee shop, but it is closed weekends.

George and I had a different type of meeting today. About 1:00 P.M. a technician called to make some repairs on his printer. The technician called me, since the printer was purchased in my name. I met him and took him over to George’s house. The print was looking very degraded on the printer. The technician knew what the problem was and took care of it, though it took him nearly two hours. I spent another 1-1/2 hours talking to George. I look forward soon to be able to talk to you about the same thing.

I had planned on posting a blog already, but visits with old friends are hard to sacrifice, so it is a bit later. Besides the visits I have had other things to take care of lately. I had my shower spring a leak. It was in such a tight place, and my right hand isn’t as precise or strong since the stroke, that I was only able to find the source of the leak and then I called Nicholas to come help me with it. Nicholas works right up the street about 2 miles, where my daughter works. He was glad to come over take care of it for me. We had a good talk also. He has been reading the book Bruchko. It is a wonderful missionary book. We got into some good conversation over missionary work. Nicholas really has a heart for it.

I want you to know that I am staying busy, and I look forward to writing more blogs for you soon.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days,

Joseph Herrincc

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