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The Queer Arabs
Episode 201 [in English]: Tarik Zahr

The Queer Arabs

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 50:46


Tarik Zahr is a Lebanese PhD candidate in New York City; his focus is the study of NASH and Atherosclerosis. We were excited to have this episode dedicated to science, to learn about some of the ways metabolic diseases can manifest, and to discuss how his research may be able to benefit individuals of Middle Eastern descent.  We also discussed queer Arab science, the importance of archiving, and the need for diverse representation within the medical research field. (Science!) Twitter: tarik_zahr

TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles
WW3 expands to ME with Israeli attack on Iranian factory supplying weapons to Russia

TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 59:45


Did World War 3 just expand into the Middle East in recent days? An Israeli drone attack on an Iranian weapons factory may have been the starting gun for the Ukraine-Russia-NATO war to move into a Middle Eastern theater.TruNews will walk you through recent events to substantiate our view that the Russia-Ukraine-NATO war now includes Israel and Iran. Rick Wiles, Doc Burkhart. Airdate 1/31/23You can partner with us by visiting TruNews.com/donate, calling 1-800-576-2116, or by mail at PO Box 690069 Vero Beach, FL 32969.The Fauci Elf is a hilarious gift guaranteed to make your friends laugh! Order yours today! https://tru.news/faucielfIt's the Final Day! The day Jesus Christ bursts into our dimension of time, space, and matter. You can order the second edition of Rick's book, Final Day. https://www.rickwiles.com/final-day

Belly Dance Life
Ep 231. Iana & Pedro: Dating a Belly Dancer

Belly Dance Life

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 105:00


Pedro Bonatto is an internationally acclaimed photographer and drummer. Born in Brazil, Pedro works in fine art and fashion photography, with works published in Elle Arabia, Fashion Canada and a number of magazines and books. Pedro is also a drummer focusing on Middle Eastern music and the leader of the world music and dance band Blue Dot.Iana Komarnytska is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, and passionate content creator helping dancers navigate their dance lives. She is a graduate from the professional dance program at York University (Canada), host of the Belly Dance Life podcast, creator of the educational online platform the Iana Dance Club, author of numerous articles, and winner of Star Bellydancer Canada 2014 among other international competitions. In this episode you will learn about:- Building business systems for your teaching activities- The importance of confidence for a dance teacher- How to check if you are ready to teach- Tips for promoting your classes- Nurturing your newsletter listShow Notes to this episode:Find Pedro Bonatto on FB, Instagram, and YouTube, his website.Previous interview with Pedro Bonatto:Ep 171 - Pedro Bonatto: How to Approach a Drum Solo Improvisation & Stop Being Afraid of ItEp 112. Pedro Bonatto: Drummer, Photographer & Husband of a Belly DancerDetails and training materials for the BDE castings are available at www.JoinBDE.comCheck out the next SharQui Instructor Academy beginning April 3rd. Apply at sharqui.com/teachFind information on how you can support Ukraine and Ukrainian belly dancers HERE.Podcast: www.ianadance.com/podcast

Baseball and BBQ
Episode #170: Former MLB Pitcher, Turk Wendell with Guest Co-Host, Bill Chuck and an Encore of Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, Restaurateurs and the Authors of Chasing Smoke

Baseball and BBQ

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2023 117:07


Episode #170: Former MLB Pitcher, Turk Wendell and an Encore of Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, Restaurateurs and the Authors of Chasing Smoke Turk Wendell is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for 11 seasons.  His career kept him in the National League, playing for four teams, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Colorado Rockies.  Turk is known for some special behaviors (jumping over the foul line on his way to and from the mound, brushing his teeth between innings, slamming the rosin bag into the mound, waving at his center fielder, and a few others) which he gladly discusses and offers explanations for.  He is unique, has great stories to tell, and during his playing days he was not afraid to speak his mind regarding other players suspected of using steroids.  This angered some ballplayers, but Turk did not back down.  Turk loved playing the game and even offered to play his final year for free.  Bill Chuck, baseball writer, and researcher, who has a weekly column in the Chicago Sun-Times joins us again and adds his vast knowledge and unique insights to this wonderful discussion.         Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are a wife and husband team who opened their first Middle Eastern-themed restaurant, Honey & Co in London, England in 2012.  Additionally, they are the authors of three cookbooks.  Their newest London restaurant is Honey & Smoke and their latest cookbook, filled with incredible recipes and beautiful photos is Chasing Smoke:  Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant.  Leonard ate at Honey and Smoke during his recent London trip and it was exceptional, making this a good time to repeat this segment.  We learn what is meant by the Levant and discuss their lives which began in Israel and eventually brought them to London where they own two restaurants and one specialty grocery store.  The book takes the reader on a journey which includes their favorite cities as they collected recipes, stories, and the best of culinary culture along the way.  If you have been wondering what else is possible to make over a live fire then this is the cookbook for you.  Despite the five-hour time difference, Sarit and Itamar managed to find the time to charm us as we spoke of everything, including their special relationship, which works well for them. We conclude the show with the song, Baseball Always Brings You Home from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.   We recommend you go to Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, Magnechef, https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves, Cutting Edge Firewood High Quality Kiln Dried Firewood - Cutting Edge Firewood in Atlanta for high quality firewood and cooking wood, and Mantis BBQ, https://mantisbbq.com/ to purchase their outstanding sauces with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Kidney Project. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq    

Here & Now
Tyre Nichols' family lawyer on charges; Breaking barriers to Asian mental health care

Here & Now

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 24:54


Tyre Nichols died at the hands of Memphis police officers earlier this month at what should have been a routine traffic stop. One of the attorneys representing Nichols' family, Antonio Romanucci, joins us. And, the Biden administration is proposing changes to the U.S. census and federal surveys that research shows will make data on Latinos and people of Middle Eastern or North African descent more accurate. NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins us. Then, the Asian Mental Health Collective started during the pandemic to provide free therapy and work toward erasing the stigma around mental healthcare. The group is rallying counselors across the country amid shootings targeting Asian communities. Jeanie Chang, board president of the Asian Mental Health Collective joins us.

Cashflow Hacking Podcast
Entrepreneurship & Fearlessness: How Dapo Willis Built a $50 Million Business, Ep #149

Cashflow Hacking Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 52:50


Dapo Willis is a serial entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Western Sahara Worldwide Services, a holding company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company has subsidiaries in various industries such as investment management, agro services and e-commerce.Willis began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 17, shortly after graduating from high school. He has built a reputation for providing value to the marketplace and has generated over $50 million in revenue for his organization, partners, and associates. He is a highly skilled financial analyst and public speaker with a large social media following, with over 100,000 people under his influence on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.In this episode of How To Trade It, Dapo and Casey discuss the best way to trade Forex with a “zoomed out” approach to the markets.  You don't want to miss it!Subscribe to How To Trade It You'll want to listen to this episode, if you are interested in hearing Dapo Willis discuss… [08:02] “I blew my inheritance!”[10:46] Technical analysis[21:41] Finding a mentor changed everything[30:21] Predicting the BIG moves[41:28] “I've come a very, very long way…”From the top downTop-down technical analysis is a method of analyzing financial markets by starting with a broad view of the market, such as a monthly chart, and then drilling down to shorter time frames, such as weekly and daily charts. This approach allows traders to identify larger trends and patterns in the market, which can then be used to inform trades on shorter time frames. By starting with a monthly chart, traders can identify long-term trends and patterns that may not be visible on shorter time frames. Life after trading?While trading has been great and unbelievably profitable, Dapo considers himself more of a businessman than a trader.  He was recently offered a job with a Middle Eastern hedge fund where he would be managing half a billion dollars.  The verdict is still out on whether or not he's going to accept that position.  After taking some time off from trading at the beginning 2023, Dapo will continue to pursue his e-commerce and agro businesses.  He's been using the funds acquired over his decade of trading to build farms back in Nigeria.  Dapo's also getting into exporting things like fruit, sesame seeds and ginger.  He believes it's important to diversify as much as possible by having numerous revenue streams. Willis is creatively finding ways to have his money work for him, so that he can retire from full time trading in his early 30s. Resources & People Mentioned BloombergBabyPipsCanary WharfWarren BuffetForex Mastery Program - find info. on YouTube Connect with Dapo Willis YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/@dapowillis7278/   Twitter:         https://twitter.com/iamdapoLinkedIn:      https://www.linkedin.com/in/dapo-willis-6b3940a3/Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/dapo.willis/Support the show

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin
Hatice Cengiz and the Legacy of Her Slain Fiancée Jamal Khashoggi

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 32:45


Hatice Cengiz is a Turkish academic and researcher in Middle Eastern studies, and the fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In 2017, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia for the United States, where he wrote columns often critical of the Saudi government for The Washington Post. He was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Saudi government officials in 2018. Four years later, Cengiz continues to fight for justice for her fiancée and hold accountable those who ordered and planned the killing. Alec speaks with Cengiz about how she and Jamal Khashoggi first met, the details of that tragic day, and the enduring legacy of her fiancée.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

flavors unknown podcast
Tasting the Future: A Natural Sweetener Date Syrup

flavors unknown podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 6:40


Date syrup is a sweetener made from the juice of dates. It is a thick, dark liquid with a rich, caramel-like flavor. It is used in cooking as a natural sweetener in a variety of dishes, including desserts, baked goods, and savory dishes. It is also used as a topping or drizzle for pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal. In Middle Eastern cuisine it is commonly used in traditional dishes such as baklava, falafel, and is also drizzled over labneh. In restaurants, it may be used as a natural sweetener in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces, and as a garnish for desserts. It can also be used as a natural sweetener in hot and cold beverages like coffee and tea. I'd like to share a potential educational resource, "Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door", my new book that features dialogues with accomplished culinary leaders from various backgrounds and cultures. It delves into the future of culinary creativity and the hospitality industry, drawing from insights of a restaurant-industry-focused podcast, ‘flavors unknown”. It includes perspectives from renowned chefs and local professionals, making it a valuable resource for those interested in building a career in the culinary industry.Get the book here! Why is Date Syrup becoming popular in the U.S. Date syrup is becoming a popular alternative sweetener in the United States for its natural and healthy properties. It's high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and has a low glycemic index, making it perfect for those watching their blood sugar levels. Its versatility in cooking and baking, as well as its use in coffee and tea, make it a go-to sweetener. The growing popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine is also introducing more people to the unique taste and versatility of date syrup. With more companies producing and selling date syrup in the US, it's now more easily accessible to purchase and use. How to make Date Syrup? Here is a simple recipe to make at home (recipe created by A.I.)Ingredients:1 pound of Medjool dates, pitted3 cups of water1 tsp of lemon juice (optional)Instructions:Soak the dates in 3 cups of water for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.Drain the water and reserve it.Add the soaked dates to a blender and blend until smooth.Pour the blended mixture into a saucepan and add 2 cups of the reserved water.Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add lemon juice, if using, and stir.Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any solids.The date syrup is now ready to use. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.Note: the ratio of dates to water can be adjusted depending on the desired consistency, usually 1:2 or 1:3. Also, the syrup can be flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, or other spices to taste. BBQ Sauce recipe featuring Date Syrup Ingredients:1 cup ketchup1/2 cup date syrup1/4 cup apple cider vinegar2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce2 tbsp Dijon mustard2 cloves of garlic, minced1 tsp smoked paprika1 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp black pepper1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)Instructions:In a medium saucepan, add the ketchup, date syrup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, smoked paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).Stir the ingredients together and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.The BBQ sauce is now ready to use. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.This BBQ sauce can be used as a marinade for meats, fish, and vegetables, or as a dip for chicken wings, ribs, and other BBQ favorites. It's sweet,

The Climate Question
Why isn't the world heating equally?

The Climate Question

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 27:38


The Arctic is warming four times faster than the global average temperature. Ice caps are melting which are forcing the indigenous Innuit community living around the Northwest passage to change their way of life. Polar bears and wildlife are losing their habitats and the ability to hunt. Further south, Middle Eastern countries are facing temperatures above 50 Celsius more regularly. We speak to people living in these rapidly warming parts of the world and find out why their countries are warming faster than others. We also find out why the change to an El Niño weather pattern later this year might make things even hotter in some parts of the world. Presenters Sophie Eastaugh and Luke Jones are joined by: Carlo Buontempo, from Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation Programme Kenzie Azmi, Greenpeace Middle East Campaigner Essa Ramadan, Meteorologist and Weatherman in Kuwait Reporter: Mark Stratton in the Arctic Plus an interview with Dr Wenju Cai from Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research and Ben Rich from the BBC Weather Centre Email us: theclimatequestion@bbc.com Production Team: Producer: Natasha Fernandes Production coordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Siobhan Reed Series Producer: Alex Lewis Editor: Emma Rippon Sound Engineer: Neil Churchill

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Edith Eger on the Concentration Camp in Your Mind

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 71:59


In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Slo Mo presents what is possibly the most powerful episode we ever aired. If you've listened to Slo Mo across the years, you've surely heard me reference my chat with Dr. Edith Eger more than any other. At the age of sixteen, Dr. Edith Eger, a trained ballet dancer and gymnast, was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were sent to the gas chamber, the “Angel of Death,” Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele forced Edith to dance for his amusement and her survival. He rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners, an act of generosity that would later save her life.On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed Edith's hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death. Today, Edith is a prolific author, a clinical psychologist, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego.Every story I've heard on Slo Mo has left an impact me, but Edith's was the first to make me openly cry while recording. It hit me like a spiritual experience.Listen as we discuss:How taking care of her mom as a child gave Edith immense patience.Revisiting our childhoods and healing the pain.How she forgave the Nazis who joked about her mother's burning.We are not born with hate. We learn it.Question authority, don't blindly adhere to itHow we do everything with feelings except feel them!The healing power of crying.The effects of telling a lie and repeating it.How she danced for the Angel of Death shared the reward, saving her life.The biggest concentration camp is in your own mind.Why she decided to go back to Auschwitz.Feeling pity and sympathy for the Nazis that imprisoned her.Make peace with your parents and your past, or stay a prisoner of itThe positive side of trauma: "You realize you're here now, and no longer there"Conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and my own Middle Eastern upbringing."There is a Hitler in all of us"How her daughter teamed up with the grandson of a Nazi to spread peace."People killed my parents, not God. He had nothing to do with it."Edith's series of questions for me, which opened me up too.Her advice to young women: become financially and emotionally independent.Her suicidal thoughts after being liberated.Her time spent with Martin Luther King and the Mamas and the Papas.Discussing the passing of my son Ali: "There is no loss. It's just about celebrating what you have while you have it."Connect with Dr. Edith Eger on Facebook @dreditheger, Twitter @dreditheger1, Instagram @dr.editheger, and her website, dreditheger.comYouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

United Colors with India.
175: Middle-Eastern Fusion, SWANA, Amapiano, Afrobeats, Habibeats Interview

United Colors with India.

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 60:00


Welcome back to United Colors!! We are here for Season 2023, starting the New Year with new and fresh fusional remixes and exclusives. I'll be mixing new Bollywood and Latin/Indo edits from myself, new Afrodesi and Afrobeat remixes and mashups, along with international Baile Funk hitters and Arabic jams in between! Excellent sounds from DJ Snake, Beyonce, Amr Diab, Eden Shalev, Hugel, Jayhaan, Sudi, Omar, No.Nazar, Wizkid, plus many more! Mon 10pm PST, Tue 7pm UK, Tue 2pm EST, and Tue 11.30pm for listeners in India. Hosted by DJ and music producer: @viktoreus 

Israel Mosaic: Land People Story

On today's podcast I discuss one of the deepest cultural concepts of the Middle East called, The Strong Horse. It's a belief that is more than just a way of looking at the world, it is part of the region's DNA. With expertise accounts from Syrian author, Dr. Wafa Sultan, I trace these ancient roots to the physical and rugged terrain of the desert. Bringing to light this Middle Eastern mentality is crucial to understanding the context in which the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament was written.Music: Middle Eastern CinematicPicture: Courtesy of Adobe StockIsrael Mosaic Website:https://israelmosaicpodcast.wixsite.com/listen

Tony Diaz #NPRadio
2023 BANF Individual Artist Awards - Spanish Application Info Session

Tony Diaz #NPRadio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 40:56


A more in-depth walk-through of the application in Spanish with Tony Diaz facilitating the conversation with artists Gabriela Magana and Arielle Masson from the Latina American Women's Artists of Houston, a collective of Latin American Women Artists working in the greater Houston Area since 2017. This Spanish info session will include background and guiding questions from our panel. Video and audio includes responses to posted Q&A from live session. For more FAQs - check out https://support.houstonbanf.org for updated answers to questions posed in prior sessions. Gabriela Magana is a Houston based artist born in Mexico. Her work has evolved hand in hand with the exploration of her place as a woman and as a Latina in this age and time. Therefore, she has come to use mixed media in her paintings, as well as thick paint as an exploration of materials and storytelling. She uses the physicality of her works as a symbol to the subject matter, making the viewer feel closer to the work, and giving clues about the story behind it. Arielle Masson, being born from a Mexican mother and a French father, being bilingual from birth, and now trilingual, and, after having grown up in Europe and traveled extensively in Africa, in India, and in Latin America, and having elected to live in Houston for the past 30 years, has given up trying to define, fit and belong to any specific cultural idiosyncrasy. Her hybrid position makes her acutely aware that most people identify seamlessly with their native culture without questioning it. It is only in the movement of migration, immigration that the problem of identity arises. In turn, she understand the contemporary discourse of multiculturalism, pluralism, and today's globalism, being generated mostly by relentless human technological advancements. BIPOC Arts Network and Fund, or BANF, was created to provide resources and networks that support the vibrant Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other communities of color of Greater Houston in fully displaying their power, values and traditions. Its goals are achieved through grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives that revolutionize the local funding landscape, break down silos within the arts ecosystem, and welcome everyone to support and learn from BIPOC arts communities. BANF is an independent initiative funded by the generous contributions of national and local foundations, including Houston Endowment, the Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Foundation, Kinder Foundation and The Powell Foundation. Nuestra Palabra fully supports and appreciates the work of these folks and entities as we empower marginalized communities. Writer and activist Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, hosts Latino Politics and News and the Nuestra Palabra Radio Show on 90.1 FM, KPFT, Houston's Community Station. He is also a political analyst on “What's Your Point?” on Fox 26 Houston. He is the author of the forthcoming book: The Tip of the Pyramid: Cultivating Community Cultural Capital. www.Librotraficante.com www.NuestraPalabra.org www.TonyDiaz.net Instrumental Music Produced courtesy of Bayden Records Website | baydenrecords.beatstars.com

Inside Julia's Kitchen
Meet Christine Sahadi

Inside Julia's Kitchen

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 51:24


This week on Inside Julia's Kitchen, Todd Schulkin welcomes Christine Sahadi Whelan, culinary director and fourth generation co-owner of Sahadi's in Brooklyn and author of Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi's Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients. They discuss Christine's book receiving the 2022 IACP Julia Child First Cookbook Award and what she'll do with the accompanying grant provided by the Foundation. They also talk about Sahadi's unique history, how their business has evolved, and Christine's favorite winter recipes from the cookbook. Plus, as always, Christine shares a Julia Moment.  Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Inside Julia's Kitchen by becoming a member!Inside Julia's Kitchen is Powered by Simplecast.

KJZZ's The Show
Water ties between Saudi Arabia and Arizona go back nearly a century

KJZZ's The Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 50:02


New Attorney General Kris Mayes has promised to end a so-called sweetheart deal to use Arizona water to grow Saudi crops. We'll hear how the history of water in the Southwest has long been tied to the Middle Eastern empire. Plus, from birds to frogs, turning an urban backyard into a desert oasis. That and more on The Show.

Moms Who Create
Experiencing the Egyptian Revolution Through Her Memoir With Author Catherine Manfre

Moms Who Create

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 28:49


Catherine Manfre is a business and strategy advisor and consultant with an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University. She has advised private and public sector organizations on a range of business and management challenges and is passionate about solving the hardest, most difficult problems. She lived in Cairo, Egypt for four years where she learned Arabic, and met her husband.She enjoys running through Rock Creek Park in DC and spending every minute she can with her incredible daughter and husband.Connect with her at the links below!https://www.catherinemanfre.com/https://www.instagram.com/catherine.manfre/https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-manfre-726a879/Buy her wonderful book here! -->https://www.amazon.com/Not-There-Yet-Through-Uncertainty-ebook/dp/B0BDQQTV6P/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=catherine+manfre+not+there+yetSupport the showFollow Moms Who Create:Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/momswhocreatepodcast/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/momswhocreatepodcastMonthly Meeting Book Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/momswhocreatebookclubWebsite - https://www.momswhocreate.com/

Better Together with Barb Roose
Does Jesus Love People Different From Us? | Interview with Joshua Sherif

Better Together with Barb Roose

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 39:19


If your pastor called and asked if you would take in a Middle Eastern family who escaped from their homeland, what would you do? Chicago pastor, Joshua Sherif, escaped from his home in Egypt as a new believer to come to America. In this episode, Joshua and I talk about what it was like for him to leave his homeland, Islam, and encounter resistance in America. During our conversation, Josh tells us the 3 ways that believers need to stop hardening their hearts towards strangers and practical ways for us to love and disciple the immigrants and refugees that God puts in our path.   RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE The Stranger at Our Shore: How Immigrants and Refugees Strengthen the Church   ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST Joshua Sherif was born in Egypt to a Muslim family and immigrated to the United States, where he later came to faith in Jesus. Before transitioning to a new role, he planted and pastored in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country for a decade. Joshua has enjoyed his years equipping and coaching other missionaries and pastors around the world. In his new role, Joshua now works bi-vocationally to equip churches to reach their cities. His story was featured in Love Costs Everything, a documentary produced by CIY and Voice of the Martyrs, concerning Christian persecution.

PreserveCast
Preserving Cultural Heritage Amid Climate Change with Charles Henry

PreserveCast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 33:29


On this week's PreserveCast we are talking with Charles Henry the President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), a non-profit organization that works with libraries, cultural institutions, and higher learning communities to improve research, teaching, and learning environments through the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage. Charles will be sharing the threat that climate change poses on cultural heritage. Charles is the president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), a non-profit organization that works with libraries, cultural institutions, and higher learning communities to improve research, teaching, and learning environments through the digitization and preservation of cultural heritage. He believes preserving cultural heritage connects us with humanity's collective experience and knowledge, and gives us a sense of identity. However, cultural memory loss can easily occur through destruction (e.g. the early Library of Alexandria), neglect, lack of awareness, war and displacement - even climate change poses a significant threat.  To address this, CLIR has been working for decades on the preservation and access to cultural heritage. Projects include the Digital Library of the Middle East, one of the world's largest online archives of Middle Eastern and North African artifacts; the HBCU Library Alliance Partnership, which fosters awareness of and access to collections held by Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and Digitizing Hidden Collections, a $4 million annual grant program that aims to bring highly significant cultural content to light.  

Better Than Yesterday, with Osher Günsberg
Best of 2022: How Kylie Moore-Gilbert kept her dignity and her will to live for 804 days in an Iranian prison

Better Than Yesterday, with Osher Günsberg

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 81:29


Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.She was falsely charged with espionage and imprisoned in Iran from September 2018 to November 2020 before being released in a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by the Australian government.Tickets to the Sydney live shows are here: https://www.factorytheatre.com.au/event/friday-night-news-with-osher-gunsberg/Stay up to date on more upcoming shows by joining the mailing list here: Osher Günsberg - Better Than Yesterday Podcast | LinktreeAnything else? Come visit us on discord. Join the oshergünsberg Discord Server! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Science Salon
315. David Bernstein — Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 99:36


Shermer and Bernstein discuss: the SCOTUS case on affirmative action and race preferences at Harvard and elsewhere • Elizabeth Warren (Cherokee ancestry — Bureau of Indian Affairs rejects?) • Tiger Woods: Cablinasian (European, African, Thai, Chinese ancestry) • George Zimmerman (Hispanic, half Hispanic, mixed-race, White Hispanic, White, or…?) • Rachel Dolezal (NAACP official, adopted an African American identity, though has none) • Kamala Harris (child of an Indian immigrant mother, father of mixed-African and European heritage from Jamaica) • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) • ADOS (American Descendants of Slaves) • the biology and legality of race • the one-drop rule of race classification • the rise of modern racial classification • Hispanic, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Armenian, Cajun, South Asian, Arab, and Iranian categories • American Indians/Native Americans • race classification and reparations • How can we achieve a race-blind society? David E. Bernstein holds a University Professorship chair at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where he has been teaching since 1995. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, William and Mary, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of Turin. Known as a fearless contrarian, Professor Bernstein often challenges the conventional wisdom with prodigious research and sharp, original analysis. His book Rehabilitating Lochner was praised across the political spectrum as “intellectual history in its highest form,” a “fresh perspective and a cogent analysis,” “delightful and informative,” “sharp and iconoclastic,” “well-written and destined to be influential,” and “a terrific work of historical revisionism.” Professor Bernstein blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy (the leading law professor blog) and at Instapundit.com. Professor Bernstein is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. Professor Bernstein is married and has three children of mixed Eastern European, Middle Eastern, and Spanish-Jewish origin. He prefers not to classify them.

The 966
Bloomberg columnist Hussein Ibish on U.S.-Saudi relations, energy and global diplomacy, and much more

The 966

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 93:22


3:36 - Bloomberg columnist and senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington Hussein Ibish joins The 966 to talk about global diplomacy, U.S.-Saudi relations, energy markets, Saudi Arabia as an emerging power, and so much more. Ibish is a weekly columnist for Bloomberg and The National (UAE) and is also a regular contributor to many other U.S. and Middle Eastern publications. He has made thousands of radio and television appearances and was the Washington, DC correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut). Many of Ibish's articles are archived on his Ibishblog website. Following the conversation, the hosts wrap up the show with a discussion of six topics in the program's Yallah segment, including more on Ronaldo (and now Messi?) to Riyadh, tourism earnings in Saudi Arabia, and more.1:03:23 - Yallah! Six top storylines to get you up to speed heading into the weekend...•Messi and Ronaldo likely to meet in friendly in Saudi ArabiaFrench champions Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed plans for a mid-season trip to the Middle East. PSG will leave France on January 17 and visit Doha in Qatar and then Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where they will play a friendly match at King Fahd Stadium on January 19. Recent Al Nassr signing Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play for the Saudi all-star XI, while Lionel Messi will likely line-up for PSG.•Saudi Arabia says this year's hajj pilgrimage will return to pre-COVID levelsIslam's annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will return to pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions saw the annual religious commemoration curtailed over concerns about the coronavirus, authorities say. •Saudi Arabia's Ma'aden forms JV with the PIF to invest in mining assets abroadSaudi Arabian Mining Co, the Gulf's largest miner, said on Wednesday it agreed to form a joint venture with the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund to invest in mining assets globally.Ma'aden will own 51% in the venture while the Public Investment Fund (PIF) will own 49%, the company said in a regulatory filing. •Saudi Arabia includes Diriyah tourism project in PIF's portfolioSaudi Arabia has included a Diriyah tourism project in the portfolio of its sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), to improve investment efficiency and public-private cooperation, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.The development of Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was previously under Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), which will continue its supervision, SPA said, citing an announcement by the Saudi crown prince.  •Visitors to Saudi Arabia spend $7bn in six monthsVisitors to Saudi Arabia spent 27 billion riyals ($7.19 billion) during the first six months of 2022, making tourism one of the kingdom's most promising sectors.The Ministry of Investment said 3.6 million foreign tourists visited the kingdom during the second quarter of the year, greatly contributing to a plan to diversify sources of income as part of Vision 2030.  •Saudi Arabia aims to create Formula 1 hub in KingdomSaudi Arabia signed a 10-year contract with Formula 1 that will see teams race in Jeddah for a few more years before a brand-new complex in Qiddiya becomes the country's permanent F1 venue.But Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, wants to take the Kingdom's involvement in motorsport to the next level by establishing in the future a veritable hub similar to the racing nerve center located in the UK."We want to create a hub," Prince Khalid told Motor Sport magazine. "We have big companies that can help the future of motorsport."

Inspiring Leadership with Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE
#244: Rachid 'Ben' Bengougam - Senior Vice President Human Resources EMEA at Hilton

Inspiring Leadership with Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 62:10


This week's guest is Ben Bengougam. Ben is a highly experienced human resources professional who is currently serving as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for EMEA at Hilton. He is based in the UK and is responsible for leading the Human Resources function for Hilton across the EMEA region, which includes over 60,000 team members in 70 countries and territories.Ben has a BSc in engineering science and a Master's Degree in HR Development, and he is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Throughout his career, Ben has held a number of high-profile positions in human resources, including Group HR Director at the Dixons Group and HR Director at the Middle Eastern franchise operator MH Alshaya.Ben has a proven track record of developing and executing successful people strategies, and Hilton has gained consistent recognition as a Great Place to Work under his leadership. Ben is fluent in French and English and is also conversational in Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

A Wonderful Chaos
Ep. 200 | Dad's innocent (Holy Land Five) with Noor Principessa

A Wonderful Chaos

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 67:55


Noor Principessa's father was charged after 9/11 with material support to Middle Eastern charities that the United States designated as terrorist organizations - The Holy Land Foundation. After a questionable mistrial and a retrial, he was found guilty and has been in prison ever since. They are known as the Holy Land Five. Noor has been raising awareness around her father and her family's plight. #911 #theholyland5 #theholylandfoundation #inspiration #possibilities #breakthrough #emotionalintelligence #fulfilment #empowerment #authenticity #freedom #lifelessons #courage #consciousness #wisdom #selfawareness #trustyourself #growthmindset #habits #transformation #personaldevelopment #talkshow

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
The Emirati Lobby and Foreign Influence Operations in the U.S. w/ Ben Freeman

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 69:28


On this edition of Parallax Views, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft's Ben Freeman returns to discuss his report The Emirati Lobby in America and his upcoming report on Saudi lobbying in the United States. We begin the conversation by discussing the nature of the U.S./UAE relationship and the way the military, economics, and weapons sales figures into that relationship. We then delve into the activities, legal and illegal, of the Emirati Lobby in the United States and the ways it seeks to influence U.S. foreign policy. Ben's Quincy report details the political activities of 25 firms registered as working on behalf of the UAE under FARA (the Foreign Agents Registration Act). Ben and I delve into the cases of former Trump advisor Tom Barrack, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, and the high-ranking military officials that have worked on behalf of UAE interests. Additionally, we discuss the UAE in relation to other Gulf State countries, namely the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Moreover, Ben and I discuss Kristen Sinema and the F-35 deal that benefitted Saudi Arabia; the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (or just Akin Gump); how the Emirati Lobby donates to influential D.C. think tanks; the Abraham Accords; the Dubai Expo 2020; the war in Yemen; the issue of dark money; why having FARA is better than not having FARA;  why the UAE has such significant lobbying efforts in the U.S. compared to some other Middle Eastern countries; foreign influence operations and academia; cultural exchange vs. foreign influence ops; how the Emirati Lobby and other foreign lobbies are actually not one group but a constellation of organizations and firms; PR and perception management; PR efforts by foreign lobby's to put attention on countries other than their own; how foreign lobbies can impact not only U.S. foreign policy, but also negatively impact smaller, more economically disadvantaged countries; arms sales; and much, much more!

Foreign Podicy
Venezuela: A Riches to Rags Story

Foreign Podicy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 53:53


Not that long ago, Venezuela was among the freest and richest nations in Latin America. But in 1999, Hugo Chavez became president and introduced his brand of socialism known as Chavism. Venezuela's liberties and prosperity were quickly eroded. Chavez died in 2013. Under his successor, Nicolas Maduro, who had been his right-hand man, Venezuela has continued to decline. In 2019, the U.S. supported an alternative “interim government” headed by Juan Guaido. At one point, Guaido was recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate president. But last month, members of Venezuela's opposition parties voted to remove Guaido and dissolve the interim government. Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of Senators Scoop Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration, senior director of the National Security Council for democracy, human rights, and international organizations in the George W. Bush administration, and – in the Trump administration – served as Special Representative for Venezuela. He's currently senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the Vandenberg Coalition. He joins host Cliff May to discuss Venezuela.

Contrabass Conversations double bass life
965: Hagai Bilitzky on New Sound of the Middle East

Contrabass Conversations double bass life

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 37:07


Hagai Bilitzky recently released a new album titled New Sound of the Middle East.  Hagai specializes in the Middle Eastern double bass and is an active performer and teacher based in Jerusalem.  We spoke live for the podcast at the 2018 European Bass Congress in Lucca. Today, we talk about the story behind this new album, what Hagai has been up to the past few years, double bass in Middle Eastern music, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the new album and follow along with Hagai on Spotify, Apple Music, and bandcamp!   Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!   Connect with us: all things double bass double bass merch double bass sheet music   Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Check out my Beginner's Classical Bass course and Intermediate to Advanced Classical Bass course, available exclusively from Discover Double Bass.   Thank you to our sponsor!   Carnegie Mellon University Double Bass Studio - CMU is dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals as a musician. Every week each student receives private lessons and participates in a solo class with Micah Howard. Peter Guild, another member of the PSO, teaches Orchestral Literature and Repertoire weekly. They encourage students to reach out to the great bassists in their area for lessons and direction. Many of the bassists from all of the city's ensembles are more than willing to lend a hand. Every year members of the Symphony, the Opera and the Ballet give classes and offer our students individual attention. Click here to visit Micah's website and to sign up for a free online trial lesson.   theme music by Eric Hochberg

Gayish Podcast
Gayish: 314 Twins (w/ The Zakar Twins)

Gayish Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 69:09 Very Popular


The Zakar twins, Michael and Zak, join us to talk about coming out to their Catholic-Iraqi mom and stoner dad, being gay and Middle Eastern, their experience with sexual assault while modeling, and their feelings on getting *that* question as a twin (you know the one). In this episode: News- 7:14 || Main Topic (Twins)- 21:41 || Guests (Michael and Zak Zakar)- 25:52 || Gayest & Straightest- 1:00:39 To get more of the Zakar Twins: -Follow on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/zakartwins/) -Follow on TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@zakartwins) -Buy “Pray the Gay Away” (https://www.amazon.com/Pray-Gay-Away-Michael-Zakar/dp/0692986723/) -But their latest book, “How to Be Fucking Happy” (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578937379/) On the bonus segment, Mike talks about a recent obsession of his, conjoined twins Sohna and Mohna Singh. Get ad-free episodes 1 day early by joining Patreon at any level at www.patreon.com/gayishpodcast.

Sex, Drugs, and Jesus
Episode #85: Foundational 'Non-Christian' Bible Study, How The Bible Is Composed & Identity Politics With Jeffrey Kranz (OverviewBible.com), Author Of The Beginner's Guide To the Bible

Sex, Drugs, and Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 74:18


INTRODUCTION: Jeffrey Kranz is a Bible geek who started OverviewBible, a biblical literacy website, in 2013. He uses his expertise as a writer and consultant to help people understand what the Bible is, what it's for, and what it's all about. In 2019, he wrote The Beginner's Guide to the Bible, a non-preachy, jargon-free breakdown of the Protestant canon. In his free time, he loves trying bizarre amari, performing musical improvisational comedy, and working Hamilton references into his homebrew D&D campaigns. He hides from the sun at his home in Seattle, WA.  INCLUDED IN THIS EPISODE (But not limited to): ·      A Breakdown Of OverviewBible.com·      A Review Of Jeffrey's Book – The Beginner's Guide To The Bible ·      How The Bible Is Composed·      Identity Politics·      The Struggle For Gentile Acceptance·      What Exactly Is The ‘Hebrew' Bible?·      The Flexibility Of Jesus  CONNECT WITH JEFFREY: Website: https://overviewbible.comWebsite: https://jeffreykranz.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OverviewBible/about CONNECT WITH DE'VANNON: Website: https://www.SexDrugsAndJesus.comWebsite: https://www.DownUnderApparel.comTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sexdrugsandjesusYouTube: https://bit.ly/3daTqCMFacebook:   https://www.facebook.com/SexDrugsAndJesus/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sexdrugsandjesuspodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TabooTopixLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devannonPinterest: https://www.pinterest.es/SexDrugsAndJesus/_saved/Email: DeVannon@SDJPodcast.com  DE'VANNON'S RECOMMENDATIONS: ·      Pray Away Documentary (NETFLIX)o  https://www.netflix.com/title/81040370o  TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_CqGVfxEs ·      OverviewBible (Jeffrey Kranz)o  https://overviewbible.como  https://www.youtube.com/c/OverviewBible ·      Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (Documentary)o  https://press.discoveryplus.com/lifestyle/discovery-announces-key-participants-featured-in-upcoming-expose-of-the-hillsong-church-controversy-hillsong-a-megachurch-exposed/ ·      Leaving Hillsong Podcast With Tanya Levino  https://leavinghillsong.podbean.com  ·      Upwork: https://www.upwork.com·      FreeUp: https://freeup.net VETERAN'S SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS ·      Disabled American Veterans (DAV): https://www.dav.org·      American Legion: https://www.legion.org ·      What The World Needs Now (Dionne Warwick): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfHAs9cdTqg  INTERESTED IN PODCASTING OR BEING A GUEST?: ·      PodMatch is awesome! This application streamlines the process of finding guests for your show and also helps you find shows to be a guest on. The PodMatch Community is a part of this and that is where you can ask questions and get help from an entire network of people so that you save both money and time on your podcasting journey.https://podmatch.com/signup/devannon  TRANSCRIPT: Jeffrey Kranz[00:00:00]You're listening to the sex drugs and Jesus podcast, where we discuss whatever the fuck we want to! And yes, we can put sex and drugs and Jesus all in the same bed and still be all right at the end of the day. My name is De'Vannon and I'll be interviewing guests from every corner of this world as we dig into topics that are too risqué for the morning show, as we strive to help you understand what's really going on in your life.There is nothing off the table and we've got a lot to talk about. So let's dive right into this episode.De'Vannon: Hello and happy New Year. I hope your year is phenomenal, fantastic in everything you want it to be and more. Jeffrey Kranz is the Brains Behind Overview bible.com and the author of The Foundational Read, the Beginner's Guide to the Bible, which is a non preachy, jargon-free handbook to what the Bible is, where it came from and what it's all about.Jeffrey is here to help us understand how to navigate the Bible, learn about God, and expand our minds in a loving and open-minded [00:01:00] way. I've never heard anybody coin the term non-Christian Bible study until I met Jeffrey Kranz.And so I'm delighted to bring this interview to you so that you can learna little bit more how to navigate the Bible and to do so in a non-judgmental way. Lots of love to everyone. Please enjoy the show.Well, we have us here another episode of the Sex Drugs in Jesus podcast. And I'm here with a, a beautiful redheaded man by the name of Jeffrey Kranz. And he lives up yonder in the, in Seattle I believe you're in. That's correct. And and and I discovered him. Trolling around, no, that's not a cute word these days.I around on on [00:02:00] YouTube. But finding like different videos because I've recently discovered that I'm more of a, like a visual learner. So I've been consuming documentaries and all kinds of videos. So I've found that it sticks in my head better than re reading. Depends on what I'm reading. And so I discovered Overview Bible's YouTube channel and then thus the website.And so then I reached out to Jeffrey in hopes he would reply and he replied to my message and everything like that. And so here we are. Jeffrey. How are you? Jeffrey: I'm doing well, Devean. Thank you so much for having me. been looking forward to De'Vannon: this. Danielle's gonna enjoy how well spoken Jeff Jeffrey is like his, his dick's flawless and everything like that.And so so you are what I would consider to be. A Bible scholar, you are very, very detailed in your approach to all things that have to do with understanding this book. So the, y'all, the reason why I [00:03:00] reached out to Jeffrey as opposed to so many other people who are in various forms of media talking about the Bible is, is, is his approach.He's not really like trying to push Jesus on people. He's more like trying to make information available so that people can make up their own decisions. And so his objective neutral approach to it I found to be so refreshing in light of how so much of Christianity is trying to be forced on people during this day and time.And so his methods are very simple and easy to understand. And so it reminded me of how in the Bible, in the Hebrew Bible, it talks about how Jesus taught with simplicity. You know, he wasn't like super dramatic and over the top and trying to make everything a big deal and, you know, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.And then his, his Jeffrey does a lot of drawings and they're super colorful. And so that really made me feel like I was back in elementary school again, which just really warmed my, the boy and at least still lives inside my soul . So. [00:04:00] So Jeffrey, what would you like to tell people about you personally?Maybe some of your background education and what got you so impassioned about this book, ? Jeffrey: Yeah. Thank you so much for the kind words that made me feel good for, for those listen. . It's, it's about eight in the morning in Seattle today. And I feel like I'm starting off my day on a, on a very kind note.So, so thank you for all that. This is gassing me up and it's a Friday no less. So this is gonna be a very good day. Mm-hmm. . Yeah, so I would describe the overview Bible body of work as you know, you, you really, I, I think you encapsulated it pretty well when you, when you used the word neutral. I, I really like making things learnable and so I think that it's important when you're approaching something as large as the [00:05:00] Bible to, to have an idea of just what it is, what it's for, and what it's all about.Before you start really getting into, I guess the, the musts regarding re regarding biblical study, you know, when. When I was introduced to the Bible it was very much in the context of this is, this is what you should believe about the Bible. This is, this is what the Bible means to us as a family.This is what it means to us as a faith tradition. And so it, it came almost shrink wrapped in, in that sort of context. And, you know, I, as a child really, really got into studying it. I I really enjoyed analyzing the structure of the books. I started doing that as, as more of a teenager. And I was teaching Bible studies as a teenager and, and as, as an adult afterward.[00:06:00]And so what what I started doing when I was in my twenties was writing, writing overviews of the individual. That of, of the Bible and trying to help people who didn't necessarily have a lot of context to be able to approach it in a non-intimidating way. And so that's where, that's where the website came from.I started doing YouTube videos a couple years thereafter to try and help more of those visual learners out there and just grow as a presenter. It was a cool way to, to grow few skills that that I wanted as well. And then the book came later. De'Vannon: Oh, you say you did this when you were in your twenties.you still look young. . Jeffrey: Thank you very much. Devon . No, no, I'm I'm 33 now. De'Vannon: Yeah, I was gonna say, I don't know, that was like yesterday. So you started working on this maybe like in the last 10 years, this whole body? Jeffrey: Yeah. Yeah. . Yeah. It was, [00:07:00] I, I would say, Yeah, I think 2013 was when I wrote the first page for overview bible.com.And then I was done with the first stab at pages on every book of Bible. So if you go to overview bible.com I have an overview of each individual book of the Protestant cannon there on, on that website. And that was how the website began. Now I have more content digging into characters and themes and, you know, items from just the history of the Bible as a book.But no, that was how it began. Just individual overviews, trying to make it a little more approachable for people in my. De'Vannon: Let me make it more clear to people just how granular in detail your website is. So it's like, if you're reading one article, something [00:08:00] may be hyperlinked, is gonna take you in a further detail and then again, in a further detail.So like he said, he has an overview of all the books, but he also has overviews of like many popular characters. Mm-hmm. the Bible too, individually. So I was reading in there this morning before we got on, like, you have a breakdown on like on each of the apostles you have a breakdown on like the different prophets, the minor prophets, the major prophets who wrote the psalm, you know, and then there's a breakdown of like, of all of those.So this, like the, the painstaking detail that has gone into, into your website is absolutely mind boggling. I mean, I've never seen a, a bi, a bi biblical website make it so it's so much complex information. And it's presented in like such a readable way, and it's a lot thank you of little details in there for a lot of different people.So like on my website, the Sex, drugs and Jesus one, I'm creating this like little [00:09:00] minicourse version that shall never be as com as complex and detailed as your website is. Because I just don't want it to be, and my, my website's already as extra as I am and it's got a lot going on and so Nice. So his website is overview bible.com.Like the namesake says overview. Jeffrey likes to use this term high level view a lot. Yes, I do . And so if you watch his YouTube videos over on his YouTube channel, which is also Overview Bible, you know, you'll hear him say high level view. So his YouTube channel parallels. The website, and you'll see YouTube videos embedded at various points throughout the website as well.For those of you who want to click over to it. Mm-hmm. . So I really love the way the website is really well written. The YouTube channel compliments that, and then you provided these different mediums of learning and you've got everyone covered. [00:10:00] Thank you, . Jeffrey: I'm glad someone likes it. . De'Vannon: So you have a lot of comments on your YouTube videos though?Like people Yeah. Really. Have some feelings. One person called you a cult. . Yeah. Jeffrey: Yeah. That's there's always, there, there's always a new and interesting opinion on on YouTube and sometimes it's mine. But, but yeah. Yeah, it's, YouTube is a funny place. I think that the. Ability for people to just kind of browse and say whatever's on their mind can lead to some really interesting questions.And I try to approach most, most questions and comments in good faith. YouTube is also just kind of a breeding ground for bad faith arguments as, as many comment sections on the internet are. So [00:11:00] yeah, I would say that I would say moving from the website, which was predominantly found via Google to to making YouTube content as well exposed me to a lot more of the, of, of, of some thoughts that people have on the sort of material that I make.So, yeah. Yeah, the comments can be, can be pretty interesting. I feel like, and you know, Devon, maybe you deal with this too, as, as another internet creator. I feel like there's always a balance to be struck between like engaging, interesting comments that that people throw out. And, and then also saving yourself time and energy in, in responding to things and trying to assess the utility there.It's a fundamental exercise anyway. De'Vannon: So the way I'd say what Jeffrey's saying y'all is that some people are batshit fucking [00:12:00] crazy and they're not worth the damn time.Jeffrey: Yeah. There are, you know, the, the, there are some comments that, that I'm just like, okay, well this is this. I don't think there's much more for me to say here, , De'Vannon: you know, you know, as, as, as, as, as the saying goes in the good book, you know, every time we go to do good there's evil presence. And so, you know, weak-minded people are going to come onto our websites and send us nasty messages because this is, you know, the force of negativity trying to hurt us through people who are vulnerable to such influence.And so this is why we surround ourselves with people who are positive minded and who cater to positive energy and lighted not to negativity. Not, not so much cuz we judge the people, but because, you know, negativity can reach us through them. And so, Jeffrey: It's, yeah, I think, yeah, that's, that's such an interesting, [00:13:00] it's such an interesting part of the world, isn't it?Like the, I, I think that negativity wants to, it almost feeds by creating more of itself. And so positivity is almost an act defiance against that. Like, how can you, how can you continue to approach people maybe that you'll never meet again in good faith and be, or at least for, for me, I, I, I try to, even if someone's being mean online, it would be nice to be someone who is kind to that person.See, De'Vannon: now that's it. Sunday school teaching, right there, coming out , . Jeffrey: I mean, sometimes I'm better at it than others. I, I have responded to some comments with, and I quote, sir, this is a Wendy's. De'Vannon: Yeah, the, the, the, the, the, the, the redhead fire in you does come out in those comments. I would expect nothing lessAnd so, all right, [00:14:00] so the, his book is called The Beginner's Guide to the Bible. So that's what we're gonna talk about. Just a few parts of it. It goes over a little bit of the, well, it goes over a lot of the history, you know, of the Bible and where it came from and everything like that. And then the latter half of it is like a very deep overview, but still a deep look into like, literally each of the 66 books of the Bible.Mm-hmm. . And so tell us in your own words who this bible, who, who your book is written for. Jeffrey: Yeah. So when I started writing the Beginner's Guide to the Bible it, there was a specific conversation that I had with someone I had been doing improv with for, for a couple of months. And she was talking about how she had never really grown up with any sort of religious background.She didn't really have any context [00:15:00] for for what the Bible was or really what Christianity was at all. But she wanted to be able to speak with her aunt about things that were important with her. And I think this conversation was in 20, I think this would've been 2017 20 17, 20 18. And so there was, there was a lot of discussion happening in her family around like, politics, what does it mean to be an American?What does it mean to be a Christian? And my friend had no context for that, that third piece. And so in that conversation I had said, or she was saying, yeah, I just wish. I wish I had more context to be able to talk to my Christian aunt about these things that are important to to both of us. And I said, you know, I've been, I've been kicking around this idea of writing down just kind of like a beginner's guide to the Bible so [00:16:00] that you had, even, even if you never went to Sunday school or if you grew up in Sunday school and never really spent much time reading the Bible, which is a lot of people who would consider who, who would, you know, say, oh yeah, I'm a Christian.I grew up Christian, still haven't either had the time or desire or brain space to to really read or study the Bible said. I said I would like to establish some sort of baseline with a book. And she said, if you write that book, please let me know as soon as it's done, because that is, that is exactly what I want.I wanna be able to have an intelligent conversation about the bible. Without necessarily needing to go to seminary or, you know, go to church or do all the work to try to to try to arrive at, at where you're at. And I do think that that's a very fair thing to, to ask for. So, oh, you look like you've got a question.De'Vannon: No, you keep talking. [00:17:00] You're here, Mike. Cool. Keep Jeffrey: going. All right. All right. So that was the conversation that really sparked writing this book and when, when I finished it in 2019, felt like I had a good first edition. That would be for someone who knew that the Bible was important, but didn't necessarily know how to talk about it with anyone that didn't already share their beliefs.So if you read it now you should be able to have. A good baseline for talking with a priest, a pastor, a religious relative, your bartender, an atheist, all that good stuff. All De'Vannon: the fucking things. So I'm gonna comment on the, that the whole priest, bartender, and everything in a minute. So we said improv.What kind of improv you mean like some sort of Ted Talk improv? Were you doing standup comedy Jeffrey: or, [00:18:00] you know, I, I tried standup for a little bit, but I keep getting tired of my own jokes. So, no, it's improvisational comedy, mostly musical improv. That was, that was my forte. And so, you know, just a, a bunch of adults getting up on stage and pretending and making things up for an.De'Vannon: That sounds so much fun. I bet you there was a lot of alcohol and weed involved in perhaps other hallucinogenics, . Jeffrey: Sometimes, sometimes there is the, the improv community is really interesting. Like you've got, you've got a full, you've got the full range of debauchery from like afterschool special appropriate to absolutely notDe'Vannon: I'm here for the absolutely not appropriateSo I think it's interesting you said that, you know, your book, you know, is gonna help people be able talk with the Bible, talk about the Bible with their pastor and atheist, the bartender, or anyone that's interested. [00:19:00] So I think this, this statement speaks your open mindedness cuz you know, when I was growing up in.You know, they told us not to dare step foot in a bar, let alone have a conversation with a people bartender, you know, and an atheist. You know, they, they built up our egos to act like, you know, we're so great and we're better than everybody, you know, the heathen folk and everything like that. So, the fact that you're mentioning these taboo people who are considered outliers, outcasts from Christianity, by so many of these churches and preachers and pastors who look down their nose at them, I think validates, you know, your open-minded approach to this.Thank you. . I've been in churches where they were like, you know, don't, if somebody doesn't make enough money, don't even talk to them. You know, they were like, you don't want their, you know, brokeness bringing Oh man and stuff like that, . Oh, Jeffrey: that sounds so healthy. , De'Vannon: you know, that's, you know, that those were [00:20:00] the Pentecostals who told me that shit, you know?And so and where I think they get this from is how in the Bible, you know, you have like the Nation of Israel and God's telling his people to be separate from the people around them and everything like that, which has all kinds of like historical context and stuff like that, that we can go on and on for hours for.But there was a practical reason why God told them that he did not say for everybody who, whoever believes on him to distance themself from whoever they feel like isn't living right. You know, that's an example of people taking the Bible and doing what the fuck they want with it. Which is super easy to do.Yeah. It, Jeffrey: it's . Yeah. I'm, that's, that's kind of one of the reasons why, you know, in the book, what I, what I put a lot of energy toward at the beginning is talking about what it is and what it's for. Because if you treat this [00:21:00] collection of ancient writings as something that is essentially your magical codex and then whatever, whatever meaning you can pull out of this, because you can link your thought to this magical book, then that gives it authority.If that is, if that is your mindset, then you can wreck a lot of harm on the relationships in your life. You can wreck a lot of harm on people that you don't even necessarily know. If you, if you bring that into the world around,De'Vannon: That's what I call the batt crazy, like what I mentioned earlier, because you know, the, you know that and there's a lot of ego there, you know, for somebody to read through the Bible. Ultimately, what I believe the Bible is for is for each individual to read through it, to find out how they can improve themselves, end of story.Like it has nothing to do with policing somebody else, you know? You know, [00:22:00] but it's presented that way. So, so we're talking a lot about, like, talking about the Bible. I think it's fascinating. You know, we talk about so much stuff with our friends, you know, sex, who we've slept with, who we're gonna sleep with, who were dating.Oh my God, the travel, all the trips were taking, you know, I bought this thing, that thing, you know, and yet when it comes to like religion and Christianity, I think the furthest generally as society we've come is the whole universe. So people will be like, I'm gonna manifest this in the universe. That is very friendly talk that I get everywhere I go, but specific deities are like gods and stuff.Mm-hmm. like that, not so much. And so I like, like your rhetoric and everything. Just the fact that, you know, suggesting that somebody would want to have a conversation with a pastor, an atheist, just to converse at all, rather than just saying, oops, we shouldn't talk about that, is like a big deal. I get this from, [00:23:00] like, I remember when I was like, you know, younger in my twenties and going around all the gay bars, doing all the cocaine and all the drugs and everything, you know, and trying to be cute.But you know, we never really had serious conversations about religion, , you know, or life. If it was, it wasn't Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, don't bring it up. You know what, I'mJeffrey: you know, you know, I think I can honestly say that I've never been in a situation in which, if it's not Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan don't bring it up, really applies to me.But I have been in plenty of contexts in which religion did not come up myself. , I've, I, I guess it's safe to say I've had a lot more conversations about the Bible than I have about Lindsay Lohan. De'Vannon: The thing is man in, in the gay community and just in general [00:24:00] society, we talk so much more about the things we want to acquire in life, our successes or, or the experiences we want to have, be it drugs or traveling or going fishing.But we barely ever talk about spirituality. Hmm. And then usually when people mention the universe, it's about something they're trying to get from it, you know? Yeah. I don't really hear people who subscribe to the universe as their higher power is talking about like spiritual growth a lot. You know, self-help and self-development is separate from the speak of the universe.Like when the secret first came out and everything like that, you know, I watched that video and it was very much about, I'm gonna put this picture of this house on the wall, I'm gonna get it right. You know, it was all about like, what can I get? You know? I'm not throwing shade at it, I'm just saying it just is very grabbyJeffrey: It's, it's really interesting and I think that, In some ways, like it's an unfortunate [00:25:00]side of human nature to approach something good and then say, how can I exploit this? Like, how can I get, how, how can I use this for all it's worth for me? And I think that that really gets to I guess what I, I shouldn't say what religion is good for, but like the, I, I think conversations around spirituality with the people in our lives are a really good opportunity to, to check that.Like, that's, that's one of the reasons why I like discussing spirituality with folks because it feels like an opportunity to identify ways in which, you know, maybe we're, maybe we could be thinking about ways to be good to the universe in return and what can we. , what can we contribute to, to the cosmos around us as opposed to what can we extract for, for ourselves right now?Obviously we need to get, we need to get good [00:26:00] stuff too. But I think having, having an attitude of generosity for the universe is also really helpful in spiritual conversations. Can help Facilit facilitate that. De'Vannon: It's balance, man. This is what I'm saying. This is, there was nothing wrong with us doing all the cocaine and talking about Lindsay Loja and Paris Hilton, but we should have talked about something spiritual too, you know?So, yeah. So get, get all you want, but give too. So what I. What I hate is when I have friends who I've known forever and talk to all the time, who never talk about anything spiritual. And then like when something happens to like one of their kids or something bad happens and they take the social media wanting all this prayer, and suddenly everything is Jesus in my faith.And I'm all like, bitch, I didn't know this about you, . Wait. Oh man, where'd this come from? . Jeffrey: And that's, that's really interesting. Like, I think that one [00:27:00] of the, one of the really interesting things that or, or an interesting topic that I find myself discussing with like new friends is like, what, what is spirituality even for, like, what's, what's the utility in being a spiritual person or things like that.And, and I feel like what, what you're describing is, is something that a lot of people. we're told religion was for right. Like this is, this is your channel to go to someone or something that's more powerful than you because they can do things that you cannot. Mm-hmm. . So once, once you like, reach a spot in which you realize that you can't, you don't have the control that you want you don't have the resources or the talents or you know, the, the scope in order to realize what you want, then what do you go to?You go to your, your religion to try and see, okay, well is there anything [00:28:00] here that can help me? Now that I've exhausted everything De'Vannon: that I can do,I want people to stop looking at God as a means to an end though, because none of us want some, want some food coming around just when they want some shit from us. Like nobody wants that. And so, God lets us abuse him like that , you know, because he's really nice. But , Jeffrey: I think it's, I think it's really interesting, like, because a lot of, a lot of the thought around like asking, asking God for things doesn't seem to take into account like where that thing is going to come from.So, you know, I, I think, I think we're all familiar with like this idea of two people fraying that their sports team wins the same match. Well, okay. It's, I think it's pretty clear to see like where the interests are aligned there. Or we're [00:29:00] not aligned there. Like that's, that's pretty, that's pretty base level.But then even in the Bible, you've got the, the problem of job in that, oh, job loses everything, has no idea why he's lost it. and ends up, ends up saying, you know, I, I want to file a complaint with God. Essentially asks like if God had a manager job, would've asked to see him or demanded to speak with him.And you know, at the, at the end of it, we see God just saying to Job, look, you don't even understand why the ocean stops at the beach. Like you don't, you don't know how any of this works and you want to file a complaint with, with me and how, and how it works. Like this is just beyond your understanding.The system is so complex. And, and I think that, you know, like that that human desire for there to be someone making things right in the [00:30:00] end has been part of, that's been part of us for as long as we've been a species as far as, as far as I can tell. And. Like when to, to, to bring it back to like asking God for things or just like demanding things.I think I think that as, as far as the picture of God has been painted in like the Hebrew Bible and, and the New Testament, this God seems to understand and, you know, not really begrudge humans of of asking him for things. But there's, there's something bigger. There's always something bigger at play than, than what we want.And you know, the Apostle James says that if, if anyone lacks then they can ask for wisdom and God you know, God's not going to begrudge them that. And [00:31:00] so I think like asking, asking for things like wisdom that don't need to come from somewhere else, like, that's not going to disrupt any other part of the system.The way asking for rain or asking for money or asking for, you know, a child or things like that might, I think asking to have more of that divine perspective I think, I think God will, God will make it rain on that front, right? Yes. But, yeah. Yeah. But, but no, I, I don't, I don't think God gets annoyed by, by us asking things.And I, I, I agree with you. Like he is, he puts up with a lot of our bullshit because he is nice. But I think he's also wise and he knows that we're just children and we're doing the best we De'Vannon: can. I know he's not angry. I'm angry on his behalf. I'm like, I want y'all to see that he's a person, he's like a human without flesh, whatever personalities we have.What, you know, he's that. The more, because we're [00:32:00] made in his image, you know, we're just like little versions of him. So his feelings to get hurt and stuff like that, though he possesses the capacity could be completely objective in spite of his feelings being hurt. So I just want people to see like the humanity in God.Mm-hmm. , even though he's totally divine, and yeah, we can ask for everything, but still, he's like a person and you know, you know, he, he has feelings. Yeah. , Jeffrey: that was, and if you read the, the Old Testament prophets, you'll see that. De'Vannon: See just best feelings. You know what, I don't. , you know, so we're not gonna be on this earth forever, and eventually we're gonna look at God in the face.You know, our relationship with him cannot just have been transactional the whole time. You know, at what point are we gonna just get close to him for who he is and just talk, just, you know, know him. Mm-hmm. , you know, and I get off my soapbox on that. I wanna comment on something that you had mentioned earlier about your, like your, your family, friends, relatives, associates, saying like, they don't, they're trying to figure [00:33:00] out what it means to be American and to be Christian.So I just wanna say that to be an American is like a blank slate. You know, this country doesn't have its own language. We don't have a national religion. Like you can't speak American, like you can't write American , you know, this country. It's just like, oh, somebody says just like a white, well, they took a, like a, a, a dry race board, such as you have behind you , and, and there was a bunch of indigenous people on it, and then they like, kind of wiped the majority of those out.And then they, they just took, you know, when we went down to African and snatched people and threw them in there and, you know, and just like pieced it together, you know? So to be an American is what I, I don't really know. It's like this, whatever do you make of it, you know? Allegedly, it's supposed to be a whole lot of freedoms here, but that's not the case.But there's no like, say, like, you know, Italian, you know, culture, you know, rooted in us and stuff like that. You know, there's [00:34:00] no, Americans have pasta, you know, there's no, you know, the French have their crepes, you know, you know, there's no like American. You know, so it's whatevs. Jeffrey: I mean, we got serving sizes, right?we got we got, we got the supersize, we got the drive through . We got De'Vannon: things that the world laughs us about. So we have the golden arches. McDonald's. Yeah. Fast food capital. We're the fast food capital of the world. Arah,And what does it mean to be Christian? Well, you know, that's also very, very, very, very vague because you have many different denominations, you know, that are all supposed to be following, you know, the same God. But it seems like we can't get on the same page. So I think what it means to be both of these things, American and Christian, is very individualized.And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I think it's a beautiful thing because it requires each of us to get to know [00:35:00] who God is for ourselves to see what exactly Christianity is gonna look like for us. Go ahead. Jeffrey: It's, it's interesting how much of religion comes down to identity politics. Like so much of, so much of what it means to be a Christian comes down to what that individual means by Christian.Cuz you can talk to a thousand different people who would say I'm a Christian, and then ask, okay, well what, what about you makes you a Christian? Or, or what, what does that mean for, for you? How does that make your life different from what it would be otherwise? And you can get a thousand different responses.And so, you know, granted, like many of them will say, oh, well I [00:36:00] believe in the Niacine creed. I believe in the Apostles Creed. You know, I, I subscribe to this, or, or, or that. But ultimately I think the reasons why, We take on labels is because we want to, we want to know where we fit into the world. And identity politics is a really big part of that.But the De'Vannon: danger there is letting how another group of people define themselves define you, or how a certain group of people want to define you. Define you. And so then, so you're trusting that they're right and that, and you're believing that you're wrong. And which is how I entered into Christianity, believing the guy up in the pool pit knew better than me.And so then I would bend my mind. Yeah. Whether I dis whether I agree with what he was saying or not, I would change my mind by force to go with what the guy on the stage was saying. Now, I would never do that again because I, I need, I see the falling in that. So you know this, that sort of person you're describing is what we would call.[00:37:00] Maybe somebody who's not super experienced in their faith yet. Maybe it's somebody new. Cuz as you grow in God, eventually you'll get the point that you actually don't need a preacher , you know, or a whole group of people to . Yeah. It's, yeah, Jeffrey: you don't need it. But I don't think I, I mean, it, it sounds like we're touching on maybe one of the darker sides of like Bible study and I guess the way people approach this sort of topic in that we, we like having rubrics and we like having scorecards.And, and so like when, when we're dealing with topics of like morality or, or identity, then. It becomes like, I, I think humans have this this natural [00:38:00] gravitation to say, okay, well we know that there is good and bad in the world, and therefore, how do I make sure that I can identify what's bad and how do I make sure that nobody thinks I'm bad?Like, that's, that's something that I think a lot of people immediately try to figure out. And so that's where the rules come in. And that's, that's where like the, okay, well I'll, I'll just bend my mind to believe what what I believe to believe what I believe. The people who tell me what to believe, believeAnd I promise if you play that sentence back, it makes sense, . But that's, that's what we end up doing because we want to fit in. with a group of people that, that are going to affirm this idea that we're good and that we're, and that we're doing, we're doing what's right. [00:39:00] And I think that when you get to know the teachings of Jesus, and if you, if you can approach if you can approach this God with who you know, like John says, God is love, like if you can approach someone who could be described as as love personified then I think, I think you start to understand that it's not so much about checking boxes or, or meeting a rubric or criteria and signaling that you're good so much as it is just changing from within.And like all your core drives becoming more and more aligned to acting out of love for. For people around you, for people in general and for the world, De'Vannon: for the whole wide world. Mm-hmm. , let's spread some love. [00:40:00] So you, indeed, you make a point to say that this is not a Christian book, like right at the top of it.So what, why, like, explain why. Like, I, I, I believe that I know why mm-hmm. , so, but I'd like to hear you say it. Jeffrey: Sure. Well, it's not a Christian book because it's not trying, like in, in my discussion of the Bible, I'm. Really not trying to influence what you believe about God or what you believe about the person of Jesus.Like that's, that's not what you're going to, to find in there. And in fact, I try to be I try to not even say things like, you know, God says this without saying, [00:41:00] the ancient Israelites believed their God. Sid said this, like, I want, I want to keep the, the discussion focused on what the Bible is and what it says.As opposed to trying to say because we have these shared beliefs, then we can agree that this is what it says. I think that that's dangerous because it gates the, it gates the meaning of the Bible behind some sort of creed. And that's just, I don't think that's a helpful way of approaching or understanding such an old set of documents.You know, people appeal to the Bible when they're making legislation. People appeal to the Bible when they're making decisions as to who they're going to date or marry. They appeal to the Bible when it comes to how they conduct themselves in society. And these are things that [00:42:00] affect so many people who aren't Christian and, you know, don't necessarily have any reason to, to have the Bible in their homes.I think that it's only fair that there should be resources that help everyone understand what this book that everyone's appealing to says without them necessarily needing to either adopt beliefs that they don't have or pretend. To adopt those beliefs in order to, to get the education. Like I think that this is something that a lot of people appeal to when making decisions that affect other people and those other people should have as much as, as much as possible and unbiased means of understanding what these people are appealing to.De'Vannon: I'm gonna read two excerpts from your book that I feel like has to do with this right here, what we're talking about. And we were talking about [00:43:00] what does it even mean to be a Christian? And you were saying from the book it says, with so many Christians joining the faith from different backgrounds, there was a lot of confusion as to what it was they were actually supposed to believe and do.How did you theologians former prostitutes, wealthy merchants, illiterate slaves and other diverse people live their lives together, the follower of Jesus. And the other question posed in the book was, what should they do about the Jewish law? Then you say, if churches are a mix of Jewish and non-Jewish people, Jewish being of the bloodline of Abraham, non-Jewish, not of the bloodline of Abraham, as I understand it.How would Christians handle the culture clashes? The Jews had methods and traditions of food, worship, work, sex. The other cultures had their own approaches to these. How would they start out? Cultural differences in a new mixed community? Mm-hmm. in the book of Acts, which I think is a titillating read now that I'm, you know, older and I know how to go now that I'm able to look through it myself.[00:44:00]Mm-hmm. , one part that they never preached to me in the book of Acts growing up and all of them in their churches was about just how much the Jews hated the Gentiles. And they didn't give a damn about what Jesus said about all y'all kissing makeup and get together , they. It really had a heart. The Jew, the Gentiles being people were not naturally the bloodline of Abraham, people who were outside of the culture of the nation of Israel, who God said when he rolled out that, that vision to Peter, he's like, I want everybody, I cleansed everybody.Everyone can now come. Those people were not trying to have none of this. You know? They were like, we don't want them still. And so the book of Acts, a lot of it's about, yeah, the Holy Ghost coming and speaking in tongues, but a lot of it's also about, just hear what I just said. And what Jeffrey talks about in his book is, how the fuck do we infuse, you know, us together?Because up until the time of Jesus, God had told them, be separate. You're, you're, you're gonna be [00:45:00] holy and different than all these nations. And now all of a sudden he's saying, nevermind everybody play nice together. And so they had a meeting in the book of, And when they came out of this meeting, they were like, okay, if you're not of the bloodline of Abraham, then don't like eat chit strangled meat, strangled to idols, or some shit like that.It was like three tenets that all had to do with idol ideology or some shit like that. Jeffrey: It was, yeah, don't, don't eat things that were strangled, don't eat food sacrifice to idols, I believe. And I think it was abstain from sexual immorality. And then in in Galatians Paul, Paul says that like the, the main stipulation was care for the poor.So like, I, I think in terms of acts, those first three were, were the things that James just kind of said, okay, all right, all right. Like, we're, we're not gonna hold everyone to, to keep the whole Torah. But, [00:46:00] but we, we do wanna make sure that, that we're aligned on these three things. Is that the, is that the, the conversation that you're referencing when, like Paul and Barnabas come down from, from Antioch and they, they have this whole discussion as to whether or not Gentile Christians need to abide by the, the Jewish law.Right. It De'Vannon: was a whole scene. It was a whole scene, yeah. And so whenever I reference the Bible, I try to call it the Hebrew Bible to remind people that we're talking about a, a Middle Eastern book, you know, from all those years ago. Jeffrey: And just, and, and just for, for your reference, the Hebrew Bible in the Bible are kind of two separate things.So the Hebrew Bible refers to the Old Testament and like there's today a, a lot of folks call it the TaNaK, long time ago, I think it was called like Miska or Mik. You can, you can tell I'm not a Hebrew scholar. But, [00:47:00] but yeah, the he, the Hebrew Bible. Refers to the books that we now preserve in the Christian Bible that were written in Hebrew.So Old Testament books ranged in a different way for the Hebrew Bible, but that's, that's the Hebrew Bible. New Testament was written in Greek. And so like the Bible, you're right, was written in a different part of the world. The Hebrew Bible is, is really in reference to, to the Old Testament.Anything with acts would be, that would not be included in what most people refer to as the Hebrew Bible. Just, just so you know. De'Vannon: Thank you for the education. You got itAnd so it sounds to me like what they decided was that people can keep their own culture and like you said, agree on those things. And so, I think a reason why a lot of people are unhappy or they don't make it very far with Christianity and following Christ is because they're trying [00:48:00] to do too much. You know, God is not asking you to act like his people did over 2000 years ago.He's not. He's asking you to not put anything else before him. And he said to basically treat everyone else nice and to get serious, you know about God. So when Jesus says the love, the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and the love of your neighbor as yourself, he says, basically everything boils down to those two things.And so that's why I'm a big proponent of people getting past, just asking God for stuff and actually getting to know him. You know, because you got to, any relationship we have with anybody cannot just be based on getting stuff from them. We have to go beyond that. Yeah. And so and so I think that we have more freedoms in Christ than what the church tries to let us know.So this, so I don't know. I don't, I mean, I don't think he could get any clearer than this. You know, God himself has said, do your culture, but just worship me first. You [00:49:00] know? I don't, Jeffrey: yeah. And, and I think, you know, to, if we were to, to bring all of this around to what you had originally brought up like what the early church was dealing with, like this this desire to remain faithful to this to these traditions which we, we still have these, these documents preserved today in the Old Testament but also wanting to, you know, wanting to welcome in people that did not have any of that context and in fact had very, very different contexts.And this is, this is where I think that that command to love one another. Really starts showing what, what I maybe like most [00:50:00] or en or enjoy most about early Christian teaching which is you, you can't necessarily know what the long range ripple effects of anything you do are gonna be you know, to, to someone in the first century.I don't know how much they, how, how, how much they would've known about the nutritional or scientific benefits of abstaining from non-kosher foods. You know, like to today, today there's a lot of, there, there's a lot of talk about like, going back and like trying to find the science to make these ancient commands make sense.But that's not necessarily what people were, were dealing with back then. Like they, they just had these traditions. They wanted to acknowledge And, and I think that what Jesus did was gave us this opportunity to say, [00:51:00] well, what if we instead of tried to check the right boxes? And what if instead of trying to see you know, who is, who is necessarily winning this game?Or are we playing this game? Well what if instead we made it about acting out of love for, for those around us? Cuz while you can't know the long range ripple effects of anything that you do you can know for sure whether or not you're acting out of love for someone else. Like that's something that you can always, you can always check.And in many ways it's kind of like the only thing that you can know when you're doing something. So, like when I, I think that that's a, a harder rule because it deals with. Becoming, you know, a transformed person. But it's a simpler rule and I think that's, that's something that, that Jesus did. And I think that's what, [00:52:00] that's what gave the early church so much, so much appeal.De'Vannon: So in other words, Jesus was like, way more chill, , Jeffrey: and in other ways, way not like I like. Yeah. The, this idea that this idea that you can, that you can come in from anywhere like this this kingdom of God is, is something completely different from the empire of. And, and this this faith tradition doesn't rely on you being from a certain nation and then converting from, from one, you know, ethnic tradition to another.It's instead focused on you bringing yourself and and just using who [00:53:00] you are on behalf of, of those around you. Whether, you know, that's, that looks like giving giving of your, your resources giving of your services just being compassionate to, to the poorer around you. Like that's, that's what we see in in the early church.And yes, there, there was concern about, you know, there, there, there was concern about traditions and there was concern about teachings. But the. The general narrative that you're seeing there in Acts is one more of opening up than than closing off. I love De'Vannon: how Jesus broke. His own rules. So, you know, like when he was going through the cornfield and eating you know, on the Sabbath day and you know, and look back how and when he referenced how when David went into the temple, you know, and ate the holy show bread and stuff like that, you know, Jesus is like, yeah, the [00:54:00] rules are here, but if it comes down to it, you put people before rules.Because I think he said something like, rules were made for people, not people for rules. Jeffrey: The Sabbath was for man and not man for the Sabbath. Yeah, De'Vannon: yeah. You know, and so. and the love part comes in when you go, yes, it's AAB today, but I'm gonna heal this motherfucker anyway because he needs it. The rules be damned.Yeah. You know, so a version of that today would be like, we're gonna show love to this woman and let her get, get whatever abortion she needs if she wants it. We're not going to be like, well, these are the rules, you know? So 10 year old girl, have the baby anyway, even though you just got weight. So,Jeffrey: oh man. The, now I am, I am someone who enjoys petant or Petry a good deal. But no, the, define De'Vannon: what that word is. . Jeffrey: Petry. Okay. So I, [00:55:00] I am the guy who's super fun at parties because I will, I will show up and be like, I, I am kind of like the All right. Well actually it was this, or, you know, like I'm, I'm, I'm very much like a social nit picker when it comes to like answering trivia games and, and things like that.So respectfully annoying might be one way of putting it. So, so I do, I do enjoy picking, picking through the rules and lawyering around life. I'm not a lawyer, but that can be fun. However reducing someone's life to this academic exercise of whether or not something is, is right or wrong according to the rules, I think is just, it's dehumanizing.It would be, yeah. It, and, and I think that's a huge problem that that people, that [00:56:00] people in Christian circles, Are dealing with today when we, when we elevate this idea of being, of having a purity of creed but not, or, but elevating purity of creed over the way we actually treat other people. I think that, that, I think we could all do do a lot better on that De'Vannon: front.I'll just say amen on that . But there's, yeah, there's just, there's just so many rabbit holes can go down there. Yeah. Jeffrey: Yeah. It's, and, and it's, it's super frustrating. I mean, like, I, I grew up very much encouraged to, to look out for false doctrine and, you know, watch out for, for people that that might be trying to lead me astray and, and you know, just like be, be very play defensive when it came to [00:57:00]When it came to identifying with other people, and, you know, to, to some degree, I still, I still have a, a lot of that baggage today.But I think that if you are, if you gate yourself and if you gate the ability to commune with other people behind making sure that you agree on things, then you just, not only, not only does that result in just less love shared in the world, which I think is a negative, but you also just cut yourself off from so many connections that you cut otherwise have.And, and yeah, like that's this, this idea of trying to make sure that someone is clear before, before being able to relate to them or before being able to think of them compassionately, I think is it's a pretty big problem. Mm. De'Vannon: [00:58:00] What he said, y'all exactly how he said it. So, so in your book till you get very clear about detailing, like where the Bible came from, what it is, and like you said, what it's for mm-hmm.and you say in there that the Bible didn't, and I'll paraphrase here, like basically magically fall out of heaven. No. So growing up, and this is a good thing because your book really does that high level view because in there you talk about how it's important you compare the Bible to like a big 600,000 piece jigsaw puzzle.Cause apparently many words are in the Bible. And so you're driving the point home is that you have to get, you have to step very far. To get clear on the full scope of the Bible, what it is historically, how it's organized in your book. You know, you talk about who really wrote the Bible, you know, there's so many books we don't know the authors, you know.Yeah. From this time, you know, just cause someone's name on the book doesn't mean they, it doesn't mean that they wrote it. So, growing up in church, [00:59:00] you know, I used to think, you know, they always say the words divinely inspired. So, and this, it just made it seem like the book was always there. So, so what can you tell us about like, how the bible, how it's composed and it's, you know?Sure, Jeffrey: sure. That is a, that is a huge question. Let me, let me try and, and distill this real quick. How the Bible's composed. I think that in order, in order for us to talk about that, like the, the Bible. That we referenced today. And let's, let's just say, say it's the Protestant Bible. For, for the purpose of this conversation you have the, the Old Testament, which that's the first like three quarters of the Bible.That is that is a collection of texts [01:00:00] that the Israelites preserved that in order to show their relationship with their God. New Testament was composed and preserved to help Christians and churches understand the teachings of Jesus and what to do about them. How were, how was, how those two works were composed is kind of different.So let's start with, let's start with the Old Testament. Old Testament. You've got oral traditions. That, that people were just sharing, you know parents to, to children. Eventually these oral traditions become written traditions these written traditions get compiled into these literary documents of, of various types.[01:01:00] Then these documents came together as part of larger literary works until eventually we have the tark which is, you know, the, the Hebrew Bible the, the books of the Old Testament. And so you have these who have these works of writing that fit together as a larger literary masterpiece. And so when we're talking about the Old Testament, like how is it composed?A lot of these works are older than the documents that we have today, because like they, they've just been preserved and and edited and, and I don't say edited in a way that n necessarily means, like they were, they were, it's, it's not like you edit a document before you, you send it off [01:02:00] to, to a client or, or your teacher or something like that.Like these are, these are just works that were in the works for, for a very long time. The writers had their rhetorical agendas and then they, they joined this larger library for the New Testament. It's, that happened over a quicker period of. Followers of Jesus wrote down things that Jesus had said and then also wrote down things that Jesus followers said and did.And so these documents got passed around a lot by early groups of Jesus followers called churches. Eventually, a couple hundred years later, by about the, the fourth century in the common era, most like every, every book that we have in the New Testament today was relatively known and used by [01:03:00] churches.It wasn't until over a thousand years later that we actually got this definitive cannon of what books belong in what we call the New Testament today. So long, long answer to that question. Old Testament oral traditions People speaking out on, on behalf of Israel's God. People preserving that in order to tell that story of Israel and their God.New Testament got this person called Jesus. People write down what he wrote. People write down what his followers did. And eventually the useful documents or the ones that a lot of people found useful got preserved today. De'Vannon: Thank you for that breakdown. I think you did an incredible and spectacular outstanding job.And so thank you . Woo. And so, absolutely. And so there's a video on your YouTube channel called [01:04:00] 12 Non-Trivial Facts about the Bible, and I feel like as you said in that video, you wish you had known these facts before you got started reading it. Yeah, I think that that's a very good video as well.You know, I'm driving all these points home to make the point that when people are reading the Bible, either before they start or if they never thought of it like this before. So really take a step back and take that high level view, you know, and see historically how did this all come together? You know, you know what's what.And so the last thing that we're gonna talk about is we begin to wrap up here. You know, in your book, a part that I felt like was very special was how you talked about like the covenants. Mm-hmm. you know, you talked about the covenant of Abraham with Israel, Moses, you know, with David and how we have our covenant in Jesus Christ.And so, you know, this, this beckons back to the whole point of God trying to reach out and communicate with us, get on our level. The fact that he was willing to even come down in the whirlwind and [01:05:00] talk to Job, read him for filth basically, you know, and then turn around and bless him the way he did. You know, God is Big O God.He doesn't have to, to to talk to us. You know, like he's our equal, you know, if he doesn't want to, but he's been trying to just have a relationship with us, you know, the whole time. You know? And so I appreciate it, the fact that you highlighted all the different covenants in what they mean. Jeffrey: I'm glad, I'm glad that was helpful.And, you know, for, for those listening, this is, this is one of the things that I do in the book to try and make this enormous collection of documents, the Bible a little bit easier to, to grasp. If you think of, you know, this 600,000 piece jigsaw puzzle I pull out four, four parts of the Bible that can almost be used as the corner pieces.And that can kind of frame [01:06:00] the way the way the Bible fits together in your mind in, in a pretty, in a pretty straightforward fashion. So those, those four covenants are the, and, and a, and a covenant kind of using antiquated language here. But the Bible's an old book, so deal with it, I guess.De'Vannon: deal with it. . Jeffrey: Yeah. So so you've, you've got these, these old like solemn agreements that that God makes with with a handful of figures in Israel's history. And, you know, Devana, and obviously you've already read this, but these, these all relate to God's presence in the world and God's blessing for the people of the world.[01:07:00] And so understanding these four high points between God and Abraham, Between God and Moses and the nation of Israel, between God and David and Jerusalem. And then also between God and Christ and and the whole world. Understanding those points in the relationship really bring the rest of the Bible into focus.De'Vannon: Yeah. Yo, this book is practical. It doesn't have to be this overly spiritual woo woo thing, you know, it's practical. I wrote a blog on my website called The Common Sense of the 10 Commandments to break down how practical God thinks, you know, when he tells us to do something. It's for like a practical, physical reason.It's not just like, For fuck sakes or for rules sake, you know, or just to, you know, just to like have shit. So I'm gonna throw a little bit of shade at, at the Catholic church before I give you the floor for the last word. I feel like so much shit about all, you know, most organized [01:08:00] religions and especially the Catholic church, is just so extra for no purpose that I can articulate, you know, what the fuck are all the flowy robes and the, the goddamn processes, the protocols, all the pump, all the circumstance.You know, I, I think all of that is to just like, mind fuck you and to put you in a, a state of suggestibility so that you can't, you're focusing on so much shit. You can't really be critical of them. I just, I think that they're just like so over the top. And for me of all people to say something over the top, that is a big damn deal because I am an extra bitch , you know, all day long.I am a Sagittarius and I don't know when to quit. And so for me to say, you know, I got four felonies to prove that. And so for me to, so for me to say the Catholic church has gone too far, That that's a big deal. So I just wanted to throw a little bit of shade at them for not being simple. And practical and easy to understand like Jesus isJeffrey: Turns out [01:09:00] turns out running an empire is a little bit more complex than preaching a sermon sometimes. De'Vannon: Oh my God, when, when you say that, I'm getting parallels between the Galactic empire and Emperor Palpetine and the Pope. I think they're the same people. I know it . Jeffrey: It's Palpetine, not papain. Which sounds like some sort of only milks chocolate milk mixed chocolate milk drink.De'Vannon: Do the Pope is the Sy Lord. He is the Sy Lord. this whole time . Well, Jeffrey: no. Well, no. Hold on. I'm Pope Francis. Has gotta be the nicest sy Lord in the universe though, if that's, if that's the case. I mean like, he seems like a pretty nice guy. De'Vannon: That's until he executes order 66. It's[01:10:00]Jeffrey: It's, it's funny like the, you know, I, I can appreciate, I, I appreciate tradition. I think tradition has so much, has, so, like, there, there's, there's so much of what's cool about being human bound up in tradition gating understanding behind, behind behind regalia or, or behind I guess an ordeal.Can I, I don't think that's as good.De'Vannon: Okay, so tradition's cute, but I see too much sacrifice of people on behalf of the traditions, you know, is my thing. And then I [01:11:00] don't get where it comes from. So did God tell them to write out all these prayers and all of these things that you have to do before you qualify to be baptized or before you qualify?I heard the word say, as long as you have faith you can believe, not that you have to attend a catechism class. You know? So, Jeffrey: yeah. And that, and that kind of gets, that gets back to what we were talking about earlier, right? Like using rubrics to show that you're good instead of, instead of what's within, like how, how do we, how do we get people to behave sort of love for each other and for De'Vannon: the world?I say, take all the robes off and just put on fucking clothes and sit down and say what you got to say, . I'm done with it. There we go. But with that, Jeffrey, I thank you. You heard it Jeffrey: here first, folks, . De'Vannon: So Jeffrey, thank you for your time. I want you to again, his website is overview bible.com. His YouTube channel [01:12:00] is the same.The book is The Beginner's Guide on How to Read the Bible, A non preachy, jargon-free handbook to what the Bible is, where it came from, and what it's all about. The last word, anything you wanna say to all these beautiful bitches in the world? . Jeffrey: Hello? . No, no. The last word. The, the last word should not be.Hello. No. Thank you so much, Devon, for, for having me here. I, I absolutely love talking about this. And you know, if this, if you're listening and this makes you curious about, about this book, I just want you to know this is. The Bible isn't going anywhere. It's been around for a long time. And it's something that you can know just as well as anyone who believes it.And you, you don't necessarily need to, you don't need to change anything about yourself in order to understand what, what this is. It's [01:13:00] at the end of the day, this is information. This is something that is important to a lot of people and you, you don't need to adopt what someone else says about this information in order for you to know it.It's very knowable.De'Vannon: Hallelujah tabernacle and praise .Thank you all so much for taking time to listen to the Sex Drugs and Jesus podcast. It really means everything to me. Look, if you love the show, you can find more information and resources at SexDrugsAndJesus.com or wherever you listen to your podcast. Feel free to reach out to me directly at DeVannon@SexDrugsAndJesus.com and on Twitter and Facebook as well.My name is De'Vannon, and it's been wonderful being your host today. And just remember that everything is [01:1

Behind The Shield
Christine Bald - Episode 715

Behind The Shield

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 163:48


Christine Bald is an athlete, Crossfit coach and the co-author of several books. We discuss her childhood in Ocala, Middle Eastern politics, her journey into Crossfit, mentorship under renowned coach Ben Bergeron, becoming the behind the scenes voice for the Crossfit Games, writing, Iceland, the longevity of Annie Thorisdottir and so much more.

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values
122 – The Political Animals with Jonathan Cole

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 110:22


Late last year Jonathan Cole had Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis on his podcast, The Political Animals, to talk about the quirkiness of American conservatism, the rise of the NatCons, and whether there's any hope for Josh's brand of fusionist conservatism in the future.  The conversation was simply too good not to share, so here is a re-podcast of Jonathan's original episode.   About Jonathan Cole From Jonathan Cole's website: Dr Jonathan Cole is a scholar, writer, translator and lecturer specializing in political theology—the intersection between religion and politics.   He is currently Assistant Director of Research at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, and host of The Political Animals Podcast: "Honest conversations about the political, theological and cultural ideas that shape who we are in the 21st century."   He has a PhD in political theology from CSU, an MA in Islamic theology and Middle Eastern politics from the Australian National University and a BA Hons in Modern Greek language and history from La Trobe University.  He speaks Greek.   He spent 13 years working in a number of Australian federal government departments and agencies in Canberra, including seven years in intelligence, most recently as a Senior Terrorism Analyst at the Office of National Assessments (2010–2014).   Follow Jonathan on Facebook, Twitter, or Academia for his latest content. CenterClip Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is honored to share he's joined the small but growing team of contributors at CenterClip, an exciting, new audio content platform featuring elevated political discourse.  CenterClip is a free app with short audio clips from established political pundits, journalists, commentators, and politicians from across the political spectrum.  All content is created and heard within the CenterClip app, including contributors interacting with each other's posts covering political commentary in real time.  Download the app today and enjoy its elevated discourse.  

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The Man-child, Bride, and Revival (Audio) David Eells - 1/1/23   The Father Reveals His Son to the World Garrett Crawford - 6/21/22 (David's notes in red)   I had a dream where I saw a radiant vision of Jesus Christ emitting glory. I was made to understand that His Father wanted to reveal him to the world in all his glory, nature, and power; in the truest and purest sense. The Father truly wanted the world to see his son again, that was his plan and hearts desire. (And it will happen in the Body of the Man-child.)       The Transfiguration of the Man-child William Steenland - 3/31/22 (David's notes in red)   I dreamed I was at a burger restaurant called “5 guys” eating. I was told by the waitress that I was going to witness the transfiguration of the Man-child at Clingman's Dome. That was it!    Clingman's Dome is a place we often visited in the great smokie mountains it's one of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. (On a clear day you can see seven states from Clingman's Dome.)   (This revelation could be in reference to the Man-child company in Rev 14:1-4  And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty and four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.  2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and the voice which I heard was as the voice of harpers harping with their harps:     3  and they sing as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders: and no man could learn the song save the hundred and forty and four thousand, even they that had been purchased out of the earth.  4  These are they that were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. (These women are a reference of the sects or denominations of men.) These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, to be the first fruits unto God and unto the Lamb. This means these are the first fruits to come to maturity after Jesus, the Lamb.)       Revival Begins in the Kingdom Gabe Watson - 12/2022 (David's notes in red)   My mother, father, and I were in a car. My father was driving. (Representing that our Father is guiding us.)  I was in the passenger seat and my mother (the Church) was in the back. It seemed like my father was trying to say something but it didn't make any sense. (Sometimes He speaks in parables.)  I wondered if I should help him drive. (Sometimes we don't understand or like where He takes us.) I even thought, “Should I be driving?'' but out of respect for him, I did not drive. (This is good; We should respect His driving, He is wise and Sovereign.)   The next thing I knew, we were looking at this beautiful mountain. This mountain was about eight times bigger than any mountain on the earth, it was massive, with snow on different parts of it. (8 is the number of Jesus in Greek gematria 888. This mountain could represent the Kingdom of God on earth which is everyone in Jesus on earth. Daniel saw a stone that was cut out without hands, representing the Man-child, that became a "great mountain”. The Man-child's job is to sanctify the Woman, bringing her completely into the kingdom of God. So this great mountain is His people on earth. The stone struck the Beast kingdom in the feet and crumbled his whole end time kingdom.)    Dan. 2:31-35 Thou, O king, sawest, and, behold, a great image. This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the aspect thereof was terrible.  32 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, 33 its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay.    34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands (meaning it was not man-made but God-made like the Man-child), which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them in pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (The great mountain that filled the whole earth was the Kingdom of God on earth. Rev. 11:15 …The kingdom of the world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever.)    ...Dan 2:44-45  And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45  Forasmuch as thou sawest that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.     It was dark out but I could still see the mountain clearly and I could see lights all around the mountain like a city. Of course the city was extremely small compared to how massive the mountain was. (The city of heavenly Jerusalem is the Bride and is much smaller than the mountain of the Kingdom people.) The mountain was right in the middle of this city and it looked very majestic. It was strange because I was looking slightly down on this mountain and city. It didn't seem strange that we were higher than the mountain and city. As I was watching the mountain I was unimpeded by any part of the car (It didn't seem like it was there). (i.e. he could see the mountain right through the car.) My mother (representing the Church) was also observing the event.    I looked up into the air and I noticed a laser beam of light diagonally, from left to right, shooting down from heaven toward the mountain. As it hit the mountain, it started to cause a fire on the mountain. (The Man-child in whom Jesus lives, by His light, will begin the fiery revival.) It was a very translucent fire and it wasn't extreme. (Representing a spiritual fire.) However, I had a sense, if the laser stayed on the mountain, it might consume it. (Heb. 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.)    As this was happening swarms of birds were leaving the mountain in droves. It seemed like they were leaving because of the fire. (This revival will cleanse the Kingdom of the Babylonish birds as in Jesus' day. Rev 18:2  And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird.)   As I was watching this unfold, I was absolutely amazed. I didn't know if I was saying it out loud or thinking it, but I was saying “Wow this is so spiritual, this is something that is happening in the end time". I didn't want to miss it and I wanted to keep watching. I was saying to myself, “Do not sleep, because if you do, you're going to miss it.''       It almost seemed, when I said these words, I fell asleep, if only for a second. When I woke up, I saw nothing but darkness where the mountain had been and the sky was completely dark. (Isa. 60:2 For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.)    I was now looking through the windshield of the car. The windshield was wet, but I could see clearly through the middle of the windshield, but around the edges of the windshield it was blurry from the water. (This represents the outpouring of the Latter Rain of the Spirit of God, which starts with the Man-child and begins the revival.)  I could see a few lights but they were very blurry because of the water on the windshield. I knew, I was on a road now and I remember looking up to try to find the mountain. I was level with the city because the lights were now in front of me rather than me looking down upon them. Then I woke up.    I found a picture that closely reflects what I saw.          Climbing Mt. Zion to Give Birth to the Man-child  Tiannah Fire - 12/19/22 (David's notes in red)   I dreamt that I was heavily pregnant, and in the third trimester. (Representing the woman Church who is pregnant with Jesus in the Man-child reformers.) Rev 12:4-5  And his (the dragon's) tail draweth the third of the stars of the heaven, and he cast them to the earth: (Representing the falling away of 1/3rd of Abraham's seed identified by God as the stars.) and the dragon standeth before the woman about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child. 5  And she was delivered of a son, a male [or Man-child], who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne.… 14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (by the Man-child), from the face of the serpent.)   I was on a river side which had a steep mountain right next to it. I was ready to give birth as contractions quickly started happening close together, but they weren't painful.   I felt strongly that the baby was about to come out very quickly but I was very calm and relaxed. After maybe 5 minutes, the contractions completely stopped. So, I decided that I had time to go get some food. I was craving food from a restaurant called "Abraham's", which was  dark green. (We must feed on the Word of Promise and have the faith of Abraham which will bring us eternal life represented by the color green. Rom. 9:6-9 For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: 7 neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed. 9 For this is a word of promise, According to this season will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.   And Gal. 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. 7 Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all the nations be blessed. 9 So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.)    Joh 6:35  Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: who cometh unto me shall in nowise hunger, and who believeth unto me shall in nowise ever thirst. (Like Jesus, Abraham was the father of a multitude.)    So, I looked up on Google maps the closest Abraham's restaurant. There was one located 6.7 miles from where I was and there was another located 11 Miles. I chose the closer one to go to, and I got in a white car. I sat in the backseat and a friend drove. We followed the maps and it led us up a very steep hill that led high up into the air. (Like the Woman was carried by the eagle representing overcoming the world in the wilderness where she is fed by the Man-child.)    My friend was driving very slowly as the road was so steep and it led onto a rocky, dirt road. The road went straight up into the air. I was so nervous because of how high up we were and I did not want to look back. (Trials and tests of faith) Rom 5:3  And not only so, but let us also rejoice in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Php. 3:13 forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before.)   A man appeared high up on the road but we weren't wanting to stop because of how steep the road was. The man called out that we shouldn't be driving on this road and that we should only walk. He told us this is very dangerous and if we want to stay alive, we have to get out of the car. (Many worldly people would try to dissuade us from the Highway of Holiness.)(Worldly ways [and thinking] are contrary to faith in Christ) (Rom. 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.)   We couldn't do that because there was nowhere to park the car and we didn't want the car to go backwards. There was nowhere to even turn around. (There's no time for back-sliding when you are running a race.) We just kept driving and praying that The Lord was protecting us.    A woman later appeared on the road and warned us to not drive anymore because the road gets even steeper up ahead. (Danger is relative to those who walk by sight.) We had no other choice but to keep driving. The road started getting extremely steep and it literally looked impossible to walk up it, let alone drive up. (Mat. 19:26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. “Faith is the victory that overcometh the world.")   We started getting attacked with fear so the person driving started driving as fast as possible so we could get there quicker. The car started making a really loud noise. I was surprised that the car started going a little faster and how the person was able to keep the car going straight at such a high speed. (Representing perseverance in faith despite all odds.) Joh 14:27  I leave you peace; my peace I give to you: not as the world giveth, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither be it fearful.    Jas 1:12  Blessed the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which He promised to them that love him.    This went on for a while but, praise God, we finally got to the top safely. (Representing the top of Mount Zion) When I looked at the map, I didn't realize that it would be around 6.7 miles straight up into the air. I felt that the baby would come out quickly when I was at the top of the mountain. Then I woke up.     Overcoming the World to Reach the Top of Mt. Zion  Tiannah Fire - 12/8/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamt that I was living in a valley with other brethren. We were all gathered together and discussing a small village that was on a tall mountain near where we were. (The Bride is climbing Mount Zion to the presence of God.)  We were told that it was the best village to live in, the people there were very friendly and it was nice and small, peaceful and secluded.   We heard stories about many different people that had tried to get up there before, but it was too difficult for them so they just came back down to the valley. We also heard stories about others that had gotten lost on the way or died trying to get there. (We need Faith through all things and to escape the falling away.)  It sounded very difficult and dangerous to get up there, and it was hard to see where to go through all the bushes. But some of us were so eager to go to that village we had heard about, and we decided that we would all journey there.   Mat 13:44  The kingdom of the heavens is like treasure hid in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy goeth and selleth whatever he hath, and buyeth that field.  Someone suggested that we race there just for fun to help encourage each other to keep going and to stay on the right way. We all desired to get up there as quick as possible. 1Th 5:11  Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.  So, we all lined up and looked towards the part of the mountain we were going to. We didn't have anything on us except the clothes we were wearing. Luk 10:3-4  Go. Lo, I send you forth as lambs amidst wolves. Carry no purse, no wallet, no shoes; and salute no one on the way. A starters gun went off and we all started running towards the mountain. (Gravity is like the flesh; it pulls us down and holds us back but we must overcome it on the wings of the eagle.)  There were so many trees and bushes that we had to be careful to not get lost, or step on a snake or run into branches or rocks. (Always make sure the path you are on is the righteous way that is according to The Word.) Pro 16:9  A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps. And Pro 22:5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.  I ran for a few minutes and I started believing for God to help me and I started being lifted up into the air about 9 feet high while running. (The number nine represents the fruits of the Spirit. These are what help us to overcome the gravity of the flesh.) The other people called out to me asking how I was starting to fly and I said, “You have to have Faith". Then they too started being lifted up a few feet off the ground. Isa 40:31  but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.   I was still lower than the trees so I had to dodge the trees and large rocks and go under branches so I wouldn't hit them as I was moving at a fast pace. I asked God to help me with my Faith and I started to believe that I could go higher and I got lifted up higher and higher.(Obstacles are overcome by faith. Eph. 2:4-9 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus: 8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory.) I was just thinking on God and desiring His strength, faith, power, grace. And I got lifted up above all the trees so I could see the top of the mountain from a distance but clearer so I knew the right way to go. I didn't have to worry about being lost. I was up high enough that I didn't have to worry about running into branches, trees, or rocks anymore. (Obstacles are overcome through faith.)  Mat 9:29 ...According to your faith be it to you.   And Mat 17:20  And he saith to them, Because of your little faith: for Amen I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. I looked behind me and saw others a little bit off the ground, some a little more than others. The more faith we acted on, the higher up we went and the faster we moved. I started to get hit with doubt and unbelief about being able to fly and my running slowed down and I started dropping slowly to around the height of the trees. So I couldn't see clearly ahead anymore. Mar 4:40  And he said to them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?  I started fighting and rejecting the doubt and unbelief and self-works, and thinking on His Word and to rely purely on God's works and strength and Faith. (We must reject the lies and cast down the enemy). (2Co. 10:5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.) After overcoming the doubt and unbelief it went away and I started being lifted up higher and higher again.  Mat 21:21-22  And Jesus answered and said to them, Amen I say unto you, If ye shall have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.  And Rom 4:20-21  yet, looking unto the promise of God, he doubted not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.    I flew about two thirds of the way up the mountain and I flew over a river. (Overcoming an obstacle can bring us to pride.) I then started to get hit with thoughts of pride because I was ahead of the others and I started lowering to the ground again. (This is the law of earthly gravity or flesh taking over. The devil was once prideful because of his beauty but then God made him hideous.) I battled and resisted the pride, self-righteousness and self-works and it all went away. I was reminded that I am nothing without God and everything IS Him and for Him! (Pride and arrogance is a stumbling block. Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.)  I looked back and saw some people stuck at the rough river and they were fearful to cross. I stopped moving and turned and I called out to them with encouragement and speaking Faith that God is with them. I genuinely desired for them to get to the top of the mountain and I believed they would overcome this river. (Love and intercession for others, especially in the Spirit, emboldens their faith.)  Rom 8:26-27  And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself intercedeth mightily for us with groanings unutterable; and who searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedeth for the saints according to God.   A couple of people's faith was increased and they started being lifted up over the river. A few others then walked and swam across the river and got to the other side.  I started getting lifted up high again and started running and flying in the air again all the way to the top. When at the top, I watched as a couple other brethren joined me.  Only a few that I started out with ended up making it to the top. I felt some people had turned back and others either got lost or died on the way up. Then I woke up. (Love, humility and perseverance will cause us to overcome the pull of gravity-like flesh towards the earthly and cause us to enter heavenly places in Christ.)      You Must Have Faith Glenda Lomax - Wings of Prophesy - 7/17/18 (David's notes in red)   (As we go through our wilderness experiences of a lack of man's provision from Egypt, we learn through faith that we can have a heavenly provision of water out of the Rock and Manna out of heaven. The Bride is well on her way in this, but the Church at large, is lagging far behind and need tribulation to motivate them.) “My Children, be alert for My leading. Be alert as I am leading many of you out of where you are and into new situations. These will be situations of reduced provision, as I am teaching you to rely only on me. If you will follow My leading, you will enter a wilderness and be fearful for a time, but you will leave a faith giant. As I walk with My children through the wilderness seasons in their lives, I train them to have faith. I train them until their nature is changed from unbelieving to belief. I am a great and mighty God and I am well able to provide for all of you, but this is not possible without great faith. Your provision in what is coming will be directly proportionate to your faith in Me {to provide}, so allow this training to come. Do not resist My leading as this is your only hope to avoid the coming Mark {of the Beast} and not perish in the famine.” Mat. 21:21-22  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Pro. 3:5-6 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.   Php. 4:19 And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.   Rev. 13:16-17 And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; 17 and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.   Rev. 14:9-12 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great voice, If any man worshippeth the beast and his image, and receiveth a mark on his forehead, or upon his hand, 10 he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoso receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.   Deu. 8:1-2 All the commandment which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah sware unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which Jehovah thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or not.     Warning to Climb Mt. Zion to Escape Judgment  Tiannah Fire - 2020 (David's notes in red)   I had a similar dream to this a few times shortly after I started following Jesus.   I was in a town called the Sunshine Coast doing my daily routines. (This is a play on words sun/Sonshine coast represents the Church or all Israel who are physical and spiritual children of Abraham.) Suddenly, I had this feeling and urge to go get on top of the closest mountain. (Representing the call to sanctification in climbing Mt. Zion.) I didn't understand why, as I don't usually climb mountains, and I was currently busy doing things. (Distractions can be a potential danger to our spiritual safety.) (Obedience is Christ's mandate. We are called to reach the high and heavenly places of Mount Zion in the presence of God and heed the warning of the Lord to escape the wrath to come.) (Joel 3:17 So shall ye know that I am Jehovah your God, dwelling in Zion my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.)   So, I drove to the closest mountain and climbed to the top [into the presence of God]. I then watched, from a distance, a giant tsunami with large waves rushing into the town and all the surrounding areas. This was sudden as no one saw it coming, and this had never happened before in this area. (1Th 5:2-9  For  yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: 5 for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.)    (If I had remained in the city, I would have been caught up in the destructive waves.) Praise God I was safe! (On Mt. Zion in the presence of the Lord. Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call.)   Safety in the Presence of the Lord on Mt. Zion Marie Kelton - 12/30/22 (David's notes in red)   During our evening meeting, I had an open vision of the Lord walking with the destroyer angel on a sliver chain leash that was around its neck. A little while later, again I saw the Lord sitting next to me, on a throne He had the destroyer angel on a chain leash that He was holding. I heard, " And I will cause the destroyer angel to pass over thee".   The Lord had the destroyer angel on a leash during the time of the Passover in Exodus.    Exo. 12:23 For Jehovah will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side-posts, Jehovah will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.   (How many of God's people believe in the Passover because they ate the Lamb? So, you see climbing Mt. Zion brings us into the presence of God and His Passover.)     Will You Meet Him In The Upper Room?  Claire Pienaar - 12/23/22 (David's notes in red)   I dreamed Riaan and I walked into a tiny little restaurant-lodge in a high-altitude-alpine area. (Few dwell in the high places feeding on the rare Word) (In this dream, I represent the Bride because my name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Riaan represents the Man-Child as his name means “little lion king”.).    As we opened the door, a Middle Eastern man in dark blue scrubs with a stethoscope round his neck was waiting for us to take us to the top level of the restaurant. (Jesus is the ultimate healer for His people.) (Dark Blue Scrubs denotes that Jesus is coming in His heavenly attire to judge those who require it. And to perform “surgery” on those who need it. The stethoscope relates to how Jesus listens to the desires and state of the heart. Riaan: God is our great healer for those who dwell on Mt. Zion and take refuge in Him and wait for Him in the upper room).    My friend Kiera was also there, but had to stay at the bottom. (This name means “little dark one”. Only those with clean hearts and white robes are going to the upper room. The dark ones stay behind.) (The dark ones stay in the shadow of the Mountain and do not climb into the light on top.) End of dream.    I received this verse by faith at random from Eze. 39:26-27 “And they shall bear their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they shall dwell securely in their land, and none shall make them afraid; when I have brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations.”   Man-child and Bride to be Wed on Mt. Zion Tiannah Fire - 12/17/22 (David's notes in red)   (Tiannah is representing the Bride in this vision.) I had a vision where I saw a large, bright, sparkling chandelier hanging from a ceiling. I looked around the room and the walls were so shiny, sparkling and bright. I saw the colors light pink, white and gold. (These colors represent the love, purity and refinement that the Bride experiences as she walks the crucified life on her journey to meet her heavenly Husband, Christ.) The presence in the room was so peaceful and joyful. (Representing the presence of the Holy Spirit)  I was in, what looked like, a ballroom that was located downstairs. To my right, on the other side of the wall, were stairs going up to the second floor, this is where I felt the master bedroom was. (Spiritually, the master bedroom on the second floor represents where Jesus will consummate the Marriage to His Bride in heavenly places. The staircase to the right on the other side of the wall represents the path of righteousness that is only found through sanctification or separation from the world represented by the wall.) This place felt like a fancy mansion. It was designed like ones in the 1700s. There was a dining table and chairs to my left. (This represents the Marriage Feast which is also a time of judgment represented by its placement on the left.)    Straight ahead of me was a man standing in the ballroom with his back to me, he was wearing a black suit and looked like he was waiting. (This man who was straight ahead represents Jesus who is the straight and narrow Way. He is waiting for His Bride.) He was looking out this large window, which had giant doors or shudders that were open. There was a beautiful view of grass in the yard and a beautiful garden, and past that was a forest that went all the way to the bottom of a mountain. (The Man-child or Jesus was waiting to dance with the Bride in the ballroom.)    We were up high on top of the mountain because I could see very far down the mountain. The sky was blue but there was a fog. (The fog represents that Mount Zion, the Bride, is still hidden and has not yet been revealed.)    It was late afternoon and the sun was starting to set. (Representing the end of the 6 thousandth year day.) I then saw myself in the spirit and I was walking towards the man wearing a bright, white, sparkling wedding dress and long white gloves and a sparkling bright tiara or a crown. (The Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8)    The man then turned around as I walked to him and he smiled and greeted me with open arms. (Lord Jesus welcomes those who are counted worthy with open arms. 2Th 1:5  a manifestation of the righteous judgment of God; that ye be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer.)     I felt that we would be down in the ballroom for a little while, but then we will be going upstairs to the master bedroom.      UBM: The Tip of the Spear for the Man-child Ministry Samuel Fire - 12/21/22 (David's notes in red)   I asked God what the world would look like right before the 7-year tribulation.  (A time we are now approaching.) I saw a vision:  There was a lot of unity in world markets and trade. All trading was going well on all sides with profit and expansion, and more jobs and large payouts with bonuses. Many loan applications were getting approved. Wars mostly ceased, to the extent that no armies were shooting at each other. There were many people able to travel and and enjoy a better standard of living. The cost of living became much easier for the lowest earning bracket of people. Medicine and health greatly improved and there was less disease. (This is the beginning of the wealth spread through the GCR and the re-distribution of Babylon's hidden treasures of darkness. The hidden health technologies are promised to be released. Other technologies that are far beyond what we've experienced are to be released. This prosperity cannot last for the wicked for they are under the curse but they will be able to see what they are missing.) It was as though everyone was on the verge of a man-made utopia and beginning to head into a golden age. There was a one world government (as we see forming right now), world currency and a one world religion. Everyone started to agree on merging into and being controlled in one format. (This is the one world order; their tower of Babel and you know how that ended.) As soon as I saw this, something triggered a major chaos. (Could this be a plague released and the world war that follows the coming of Jesus in the Man-child in Rev 6:1-4?) Everything was shown for what it truly was; lies and deception and it all started falling apart. It was like a thin vail covering something to disguise it, and then it had caught on fire and the whole thing is in turmoil and flames. (Hence, the refuge. Why does it have to be this way? Because "there is no peace to the wicked saith the Lord.” Isa. 26:9-11 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee earnestly: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10 Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness will he deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of Jehovah. 11 Jehovah, thy hand is lifted up, yet they see not: but they shall see thy zeal for the people, and be put to shame; yea, fire shall devour thine adversaries. The world is under a curse that will bring it all down.) There will be worldwide announcements and so-called great accomplishments in many areas. A great divide will occur between those who know of the secret things of God and those who are unable to see the truth of it all. (I.e. the Truth according to The Word.) Many are not in Christ yet, but the Lord has a calling on them during the Tribulation period. (The only people who can live above the curse are the Bride who lives in the King's palace. Since they are not in love with the world and it's lusts, they can be trusted to have abundance.) I saw a tip of a spear, but the tip was zoomed in to see on a microscopic level. (The Bride is a very small group of people.)  There were a few people marching to the very top point of the spear; their arms linked together – I felt these were the true family and brethren in UBM. (Very few people actually pursue Christ, and very few of these will manifest His Spirit.)(As we will see below, UBM has been prophesied to spearhead the Man-child Ministry to the world.) I was shocked to see how deceiving the enemy was and how deceived he is. Only those who chose to forsake the idols of the worldly desires [can be trusted to handle these things for the Lord.].  Those who listened and have a real relationship already with the Lord, who have broken away from worldly desires that are not necessary, and are content with basic living [will have God's supernatural provision.] They are the ones who lead people out of the apostate Church and the world's system to Christ.   Spearheading the Man-child Ministry David Eells - 2002 We know that God is building this ministry to spread His truths to a multitude of babies about to come looking for answers when this nation is chastened. I share this revelation for your edification and preparation, not to give any credit to myself. Jesus told us that whenever we have done all that we know to do to consider ourselves as unprofitable servants. This is because we do not earn God's grace. It is freely given through the faith that He gives.  No man should feel worthy of the great things that God is about to do through them. Furthermore, many are called to and promised the man-child ministry but few will be chosen for it. I am praying to be counted worthy. Many times when brethren have had visions of me it is because God is using my name to identify the corporate body of the son of David that Jesus will be manifested in to shepherd his flock as He said He would come to do in these last days as in Eze.34:11-31; Jer.30:6-9, 21-24. A prophet named Phillip shared this vision with us: “I have prayed for three days now for the Holy Father's will in this matter of sharing the vision I received during a meeting with David as the speaker (in Phoenix, a type of resurrection life). I am permitted to share the following: As I prayed with David at the start of the meeting, I saw the room change into a stadium filled with people and David was at the podium shouting through a microphone that was in the shape of a shofar.    He wore a silver yarmulke that glowed as he spoke, and from above it came a white goldenlight pouring down from the sky as a beam of glory growing brighter with each outpouring. From David's clothing came the same glory lights pouring though the tzit-tzit on his garment flowing like fingers through the people. They touched the forehead and were grabbed by the right hand of people who became pregnant and began shouting as they were covered in glory. This is the vision I had at the meeting. The Holy Father says that David would know its meaning, if not now very soon.”   Months after that meeting we received this from Phillip: “Holy Yahweh is forming this ministry into His Image to spearhead the Man-child Ministry Birthing and Delivery to the World! Amen! He has given this to me in a mighty vision that ran continued for three nights along with some other things that I can't say just yet.” David's interpretation: I had already received a previous prophecy that I would be teaching in stadiums. I thought that this might be spiritual because of the rows of people. The Word is passed on from person to person as each tier speaks to greater and greater circles of people in a geometric progression like a stadium is built. I have been contacted by many who have told us that they are using our broadcasts or MP3 audios for their home Bible study groups. Also multitudes are copying our materials and passing them on. A shofar turns inaudible breath, which is the same Hebrew word for Spirit, into the audible voice of the Spirit or the Word, which warns God's people and destroys the enemy as in Gideon's battle. We are all called to this ministry of being a vessel through whom the pure word of the Spirit will flow. The people being touched on the forehead by the light from heaven are those who humbly receive the Word and so receive the renewed mind of Christ. These are grabbing the light with the right hand which represents those who act on the Word and so have the renewed works of Christ. These became pregnant with the seed of Christ through the Word. "He that doeth the will of my father is my mother". When this seed bears fruit in the womb of the heart and mind that is eventually birthed to the world they will be seen as the image of Christ. In Jesus' day, Jewish men normally wore a simple tunic at work or home but when assembling in public gatherings they would cover their tunic with a large rectangular cloth called the "tallit", which is a prayer shawl that draped over the shoulders almost to the ground. The Torah commanded them to wear the tzit-tzit, which were fringes or tassels, at the four borders (Heb: corners, wings) of this tallit. This was a reminder to keep the commandments. {Deu. 22:12} Thou shalt make thee fringes (tzit-tzit) upon the four borders (Heb: "Kanaph" - corners, wings) of thy vesture (tallit), wherewith thou coverest thyself.  The tzit-tzit tassels are tied into 613 knots to constantly remind the Jews of the 613 laws of Moses. 365 of these are "thou shalt not" type laws, and 248 are "thou shall" type laws). The four tzit-tzit's also represented the name, which in Hebrew means nature, character, and authority, of God, YHWH, manifested in the life of the one who keeps the Word. The "white golden light pouring down from the sky" will flow through these people, first the Man-child and then those who receive of that light. {Num.15:37} And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, {38} Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes (tzit-tzit) in the borders (Heb: Kanaph - corners, wings) of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of each border a cord of blue: {39} and it shall be unto you for a fringe (tzit-tzit), that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Jehovah, and do them; and that ye follow not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to play the harlot; {40} that ye may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. {41} I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Jehovah your God. Like Jesus, the man-child will fulfill Malachi's prophecy concerning the tzit-tzit as the two witnesses are being manifested to the world. {Mal.4:1} For, behold, the day cometh, it burneth as a furnace; and all the proud, and all that work wickedness, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith Jehovah of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. {2} But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings (tzit-tzit); and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall.  {3} And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make, saith Jehovah of hosts. {4} Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances. {5} Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come. {6} And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.  The Jews believed the Sun of Righteousness would be the Messiah, who would have the power to heal who ever touched the tzit-tzit (fringes) on his garment. They did not know that this would be repeated in the end time through Christ in the Man-child company. The Light from heaven poured through the tzit-tzit of Jesus' tallit to heal the sick as it will, spiritually, through the end time Man-child.  The woman who had suffered from an issue of blood for twelve years came up behind him touching the border or wings of his garment where the tzit-tzit was and was healed. She expressed her faith in Jesus as the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings (Heb: tzit-tzit). The tzit-tzit represents the Word or Jesus manifested in the Man-child in righteousness and obedience. It represents the name or nature, character, and authority manifested in the one who wore it. {Mat.9:20} And behold, a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the border (wings) of his garment: {21} for she said within herself, If I do but touch his garment, I shall be made whole. {22} But Jesus turning and seeing her said, Daughter, be of good cheer; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. {Mar.6:54} And when they were come out of the boat, straightway [the people] knew him, {55} and ran round about that whole region, and began to carry about on their beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. {56} And wheresoever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border (wings) of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. To repeat for a point: {Mar.5:25} And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, {26} and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, (The woman here represents the Church who has tried through self works to save herself from the out flowing of the blood, representing the old nature. "The life of the flesh is in the blood". Never the less the Church will be in uncleanness until the time of the number of governmental perfection symbolized by the number twelve. The corruption will begin to turn around when God raises up the new leadership that He promised in these days.  "I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness".) {27} having heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment. {28} For she said, If I touch but his garments, I shall be made whole. (Touching the tzit-tzit is to not be separated from righteousness or the name through faith.) {29} And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague.  Faith is imputed righteousness that will stop the life of the old man from flowing from us. {30} And straightway Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power [proceeding] from him had gone forth, turned him about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my garments? (To touch the tzit-tzit is to partake of the power of the healing light that flows from the throne.) {31} And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? {32} And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. {33} But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. {34} And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. In short brethren the "white golden light pouring down from the sky as a beam of glory" will flow through obedient servants in whom Christ is manifested through the latter rain and belief in the truth. It will flow first through the Man-child and then through the witnesses to the Church at large.   Zion's Redemption David Eells  Isa 59:20  And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith Jehovah.   Isa 51:11  And the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.   Isa 35:8  And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but is shall be for the redeemed: the wayfaring men, yea fools, shall not err therein. 9  No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up thereon; they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10  and the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.   Isa 4:4  when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning. 5  And Jehovah will create over the whole habitation of mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be spread a covering. 6  And there shall be a pavilion for a shade in the day-time from the heat, and for a refuge and for a covert from storm and from rain.   Isa 41:27  I am the first that saith unto Zion, Behold, behold them; and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.    Isa 40:9  O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God! 10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.    11  He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.     Isa 52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! 8  The voice of thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Jehovah returneth to Zion.   Isa 46:13  I bring near my righteousness, it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.   Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.   Isa 52:1  Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit on thy throne, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bonds of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.   Isa 60:14  And the sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee The city of Jehovah, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.   Isa 61:3  to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.   Isa 62:1  For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burneth.   Isa 62:11  Behold, Jehovah hath proclaimed unto the end of the earth, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.     Select Language Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Assamese Aymara Azerbaijani Bambara Basque Belarusian Bengali Bhojpuri Bosnian Bulgarian Catalan Cebuano Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Croatian Czech Danish Dhivehi Dogri Dutch Esperanto Estonian Ewe Filipino Finnish French Frisian Galician Georgian German Greek Guarani Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hawaiian Hebrew Hindi Hmong Hungarian Icelandic Igbo Ilocano Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Javanese Kannada Kazakh Khmer Kinyarwanda Konkani Korean Krio Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Sorani) Kyrgyz Lao Latin Latvian Lingala Lithuanian Luganda Luxembourgish Macedonian Maithili Malagasy Malay Malayalam Maltese Maori Marathi Meiteilon (Manipuri) Mizo Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Norwegian Odia (Oriya) Oromo Pashto Persian Polish Portuguese Punjabi Quechua Romanian Russian Samoan Sanskrit Scots Gaelic Sepedi Serbian Sesotho Shona Sindhi Sinhala Slovak Slovenian Somali Spanish Sundanese Swahili Swedish Tajik Tamil Tatar Telugu Thai Tigrinya Tsonga Turkish Turkmen Twi Ukrainian Urdu Uyghur Uzbek Vietnamese Welsh Xhosa Yiddish Yoruba Zulu Powered by Translate Printer-friendly version