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The Role of a Christian Woman

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the role of a Christian man according to the scriptures. This week, let us explore the significance of a Christian woman. In order for us to understand the role of a Christian woman, we must know her origin.

“…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” [Genesis 2:20-24 KJV]

Eve was the first woman mentioned in the bible. She was the first woman God created to live on this earth. Her responsibility was to care for her family,  nurture her children, and maintain the household.

Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 31 which describes a virtuous woman [Proverbs 31: 10-31 KJV]. A woman is wise, strong, trustworthy, loving, a hard-worker,  beautiful, kind, and supports her husband in his endeavors. The list of qualities goes on and on, but sadly most women in today’s society do not exhibit half of these characteristics.

Most women have lost their self-respect. They do not know their self-worth, looking for validation everywhere but up above. As God’s children, we are invaluable. In John 3:16, God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…to die for us. What a way to express one’s love for another!

There are many Christians who have misinterpreted Ephesians 5:22-33, which asks wives to submit themselves unto their husbands. Many of us read the first line and forget about the rest of the text which mirrors our earthly marital relationship to Christ’s relationship with the Church. In verses 23-25, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”  Submission is not a sign of weakness but respect and love for one another. Woman came from man so man was charged with the responsibility to lead as Christ did. Remember Christ never made His children feel worthless. He did not flaunt His authority and only sought only good for us. In a relationship, both parties  must be willing to set aside their needs for the overall benefit of their partner and relationship. Love is selfless not selfish.

Throughout the bible, we are given examples of women–strong yet humble. Ruth, Esther, and Jesus’ mother Mary who stood out from the rest and willingly submitted to God.  These women cared for themselves, their family, their nation, but mostly importantly their God. They were called to fulfill a greater purpose. Their lives are lessons for our own lives.

Today, women are portrayed as weak or inferior–the damsel in distress. They are not considered equals to their male counterparts, especially in the workforce. Women have had to fight for equality and respect, from their right to vote to their right to equal pay. Nowadays, most women have deemed themselves independent for a variety of reasons. They have alienated themselves from men altogether. This act was never in God’s plan for our lives. He established a family unit involving one man and one women, then children. He never intended for single-parent households. He never intended for any of His children to be mistreated, violated, disrespected, or worse.

To my fellow sisters, I hope that you will closely study the lives of the women who have lived before us. I challenge you to be a role model. Premarital sex and unplanned pregnancies continue to be  rampant issues faced within our churches. These young ladies are in need of someone to encourage and uplift them. We cannot forget the men as well. It is so easy for us to judge others when we’re not in their situation. What if were you who came to church one day, pregnant and unmarried, how would you want to be treated?

I pray that you will be like the virtuous woman described in the book of Proverbs. Let us be obedient to God and submit ourselves to His will, wherever it may lead. You never know what blessings He has in store for you.

Author:  Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

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An Everlasting Promise

When a promise is made to you by someone you know and/or love don’t you expect them to keep it? And when they don’t maybe you respond the way I do and become very disappointed in the person and you may even lose your trust in their word. You no longer expect them to come through when they say they will. Your relationship with this person may become stagnant because you no longer have the desire to maintain your connection with them. Well, I would like to give you a word of encouragement and encourage myself to take on a new attitude. So to begin, let’s keep in mind that #1 People Fail, #2 People break their Promises and #3 People don’t keep their word. And the more interesting part is that these “people” include the person that looks back at us in the mirror!  We may have every intention in our hearts and our minds to not be a failure, to keep a promise we made or stand by and keep our word, but, our human nature kicks in and we simply can’t do it on our own.

There is clear evidence in God’s Word of why we can’t put our trust in anyone including ourselves. In Jeremiah 17:9 the bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS and is DESPERATELY WICKED! WHO CAN KNOW IT?? Basically our hearts are not trustworthy. And in verse 10, God clarifies that He searches the heart and He knows it and does/gives to us according to our ways and the fruit of our doings. But it’s interesting, because God gives us beyond what we deserve. But He looks at us and sees what He has placed in us that will bless others, makes us feel blessed, but most of all give glory to HIM. Another scripture that speaks to trusting a man/woman/self is found in Psalm 146:3 where David reminds us to not put our trust in princes, in the son of man, in WHOM THERE IS NO HELP…And David states the alternative, which is the only option actually that will not steer us wrong, to have the God of Jacob (that’s relationship!) for help and our hope should be in the Lord our God. This will bring us happiness and where disappointment is not present and there is (true) happiness there is peace. Please keep in mind that only through God can you or I be trustworthy, not of ourselves, however but through God’s goodness. While there are significant people that God will place in our lives that we will desire to trust, such as a spouse, a parent, a pastor, a sibling, or a friend there is a condition for this trust. We must trust the person with the understanding that we are human and we FAIL, for there is no perfect person (Romans 3:10). So, we must not trust a fellow human being the way we will trust God, for we will be gravely disappointed and hurt. We can only put our complete trust in God, because He knows our hearts, loves us, and is the only one we will not fail.

When God is our potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8), He will mold us into what He would have us to be. He will keep his promises. If we ask anything in His name, according to His will that God may be glorified in it, He will do it (John 14:13). He is faithful and just in all his works (Psalm 111:7 ) and we are the workmanship of His hands (Ephesians 2:10), so He will keep His word. He has made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). But although God is more than willing to bless us and fulfill our needs, we must surrender over to Him. We must be obedient and keep His commandments. This is plain, evident, and clear when we read Isaiah 55. I pray that you read this chapter in its entirety because it will open your eyes to endless possibilities of what your life would be with a true and grounded relationship with God.

Isaiah 55 talks about how blessed we would be if we would seek God, which we can only do by our own free will, by surrendering, and in surrender we will become so in love with who He is that we will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with Him, which is obedience to His Word, His commandments, and in obeying His word, He will keep His Word, His promise. He declares in verse 11 that HIS WORD from His mouth will not return void unto Him, it won’t be empty, it will be true and come to life with the intent/the purpose that He had for it and will prosper where He sent it. So in essence take this word, as God telling you, though men/women fail you in this life, I am HE that will never fail you both now and forevermore! What a promise! What a word! God’s Word for your life, will not return void unto Him. The question is will you accept it?? For He knows the thoughts and plans that He has for each of us, of peace, not of evil, of hope and to GIVE us AN EXPECTED END. Prayerfully you will continue/begin to trust solely on God and to have a desire to love Him and be obedient to His Word so that He will reveal His Word that He’s customized exclusively for your life.

Many blessings to you & yours !!!

Author: Jenifer M. Wilcher, LMSW

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

Strength in Unity

The beautiful red and blue colors flew high as we celebrated Haitian Flag Day on May 18, 2010. In the midst of celebration, we paused to reflect on our past, present, and future.

Haiti has always had such a long and vivid history. Our rich culture, melodious music, beautiful countryside, and delicious food has made a lasting impression on many nations.

We struggled against the French to become the first black republic to gain its  independence. We struggled to establish order in our government. We struggled to find work, feed our families, and educate our children. We struggled against our international reputation as “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.” We struggled against the stereotypes placed upon those who immigrated to the United States to better themselves and the lives of their family. We struggled against the derogatory names and insults. We struggled against the disease we supposedly helped spread in the States.

We faced challenge after challenge, overcame one obstacle after another, and disputed allegation after allegation. We fought against poverty, hunger, and now natural disasters.

In 2008, we were struck by four consecutive hurricanes–Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. These hurricanes flooded Gonaives, washed away our crops, and killed hundreds of people and livestock.

Then on January 12, 2010, our lives were changed forever as a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked our nation.  Our cries pierced the once quiet, blue skies as we mourned the loss of over 200,000 men, women, and children. Our beloved landmarks were fractured or completely destroyed as if a reflection of our broken hearts.  We stood death straight in the eye. Many perished but many more persevered.

Today, with the help of our international friends, we are rebuilding our land. The Haitian people are UNITED now more than ever. Haitian or not, this is a team effort. The words etched on our flag remind us of what we can accomplish when we work together. “L’union fait la force” is not just our motto, it is our way of life.

We stand in solidarity, pledging our lifelong commitment to the rebuilding of Haiti. Our beloved country will rise once again. This is the time where we must set aside our differences and work collaboratively to preserve the land of our ancestors.  Their unity led to one of the largest slave rebellions ever recorded in history.  They had one vision in mind, FREEDOM! Together, they attained it. Do not let their courage and bloodshed be in vain. Haiti must rise again.

Remember the words of our national anthem, “La Dessalinienne.” For our country, for our forefathers, united let us march…for our forbears, for our country, let us toil joyfully. May the fields be fertile and our souls take courage. For our country and our forefathers, let us train our sons. Free, strong, prosperous, we shall always be as brothers.

Let us unite with one vision in mind, to lift Haiti to new heights. We owe it to our children, our parents, grandparents, and the many generations who came before them.

God has blessed us tremendously. He has a greater purpose for our nation, our people. We are faithful and resilient.

Despite our adversities, the Haitian people will continue to press forward.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

Singleness is not a curse, but a blessing

On Friday May 14,  the Singles Ministries Departments of Hebron and Rogers Avenue SDA Churches presented a forum on singlehood. We were truly blessed and hope you will be too. Here’s a synopsis. Enjoy!

What does it mean to be single? Who is considered to be a single person? Well it’s really simple. Anyone who is not married, is single. If you’re widowed, divorced, dating/courting, or engaged…you’re single.

In today’s society, our youth between the ages of 12-35 are active on the dating scene. They’re the ones who are socializing and networking in search of that perfect man or woman. In order to get to know someone of interest in the opposite sex, one must date. Then what is the definition of dating and should Christians partake in this activity?

Dating is arranging a social outing with another person, creating an opportunity to get acquainted. What happens on a date is decided by the two parties involved. Unfortunately, the word “date” has an entirely new meaning compared to 10 or even 20 years ago. Back in the days, a date would end when she is walked to her front door and maybe a kiss on the cheek. Nowadays, a date ends in bed.

What is the difference between dating and courting? Dating is when you get to know the person or persons you have an interest in. Courting, however, is when you have chosen to spend time with one particular person with the intention of marriage.

Most of us don’t court, we date. Why? That all depends on the person. Many of us don’t fully understand the difference between the two words. The lines tend to get blurred resulting in total confusion and heartache. Then there are those who date for all the wrong reasons. I hate being single. I want a man or woman. I’m lonely. I’m getting old.

We have gotten so comfortable with the standards given to us by the world, that we have completely ignored the plans God has for us. God never intended for us to date. He wanted us to court. Why date around when God has already hand-picked our perfect mate?

Trust in God, don’t worry about relationships. When the time is right, everything will fall into place.

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The Art of Communication

In today’s world, we have been blessed with several means of communication. We have online chat, video conference, email, texts, BBM, and cell phones. Letters and telegraphs are a thing of the past. Sadly, with all of this modern technology, most of us have yet to master the art of communication.

Communication is the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. Despite our society’s technological advancements, messages are often misinterpreted or misunderstood.

Have you ever wondered why you no longer speak to Sister Williams or Brother Johnson? Have you ever tried to figure out why she or he became antisocial or very moody?

It’s amazing that the majority of us–not the minority don’t know how to approach one another. It’s amazing that we’re unsure of the right words to say.  It’s amazing that it’s easier to speak about the person behind their back rather than to the person directly. Yet we wonder why our church is in so much disarray.

Communication is not limited to how we speak to one another; it also incorporates how we interact with each other. When you keep your silence, it speaks wonders. When you exchange looks, it speaks wonders. When you speak unintelligibly or without compassion, it speaks wonders.

If we do not know how to communicate amongst ourselves, how on Earth can we communicate the gospel to those of the world? The second coming of Jesus Christ is dependent on how quickly we can spread the good news. Jesus will not return until every ear has heard of Him. It seems as if many of us have extended our stay on Earth indefinitely. I am not interested in seeing the sights on this planet. I’m more intrigued by the sights that exist beyond our world that we can only envision through the words found in the book of Revelation.

I leave you with this…have you mastered the art of communication?

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

The Naked Truth

When God made Adam and Eve they were naked and unashamed. This implies more than just the absence of clothes. This also meant there was the absence of fear, distrust, suspicion, and insecurity. Adam and Eve were naked in the sense that they could be vulnerable, put their guards down and not worry about being taken advantage of. There were no invisible walls that separated them. None of the masks that individuals wear to conceal their true motives and identities were available because they were completely nonexistent.

When Adam looked at his wife, he could indeed say “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh”. Adam and his wife were naked and unashamed because although they were two, they were one. Nothing was in between them. But unfortunately things didn’t stay that way.

After reading Genesis 3:6-12 we can identify three actions with three explanations for the actions within the passage. Upon eating the fruit of the tree which they were told not to eat, Adam and Eve covered themselves, hid themselves, and they accused, blamed and divided themselves. The Bible then goes on to offer insight into their motives for such behavior and in verses 7 and 10 we see why. They essentially put up all of these walls because now “they knew that they were naked.”

However, after closer examination we see that it is not solely their nakedness that caused Adam and Eve to separate from one another and God. After all, Genesis 2:25 tells us “they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” The question then is what new ingredient caused this naked and unashamed union to become naked and ashamed individuals. My brothers and sisters it is clear. Sin is the culprit.

Sin has a way of making us all feel ashamed. The only difference is that nowadays we don’t use fig leaves and trees to cover ourselves up, instead we tend to hide, cover and divide ourselves with lies, alcohol, sex, drugs, violence, going to work 24/7, and much more than I could possibly include in this editorial.

Because we’re ashamed we can’t have real relationships with anyone because we get so caught up trying to keep everything surface. We refuse to open up ourselves and be vulnerable because we don’t want anyone to get close or they might hurt us. Because we’re ashamed nobody wants to be around us because we’re always talking about how bad life is treating us.

This shame and guilt is caused when we sin. Additionally, when we violate personal standards (we aren’t ready to call sin yet) and don’t know how to deal with our failure, you can call Mary Kay because there will be a cover-up.

But thank God He said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. He would never sit back and let us wallow in our own self-pity. Even though Adam and Eve covered themselves, they didn’t stay in the green underwear for long because look what happened in Genesis 3:20. God dressed them in 100 percent genuine lamb skin which He made Himself.

And if you’re anything like me and wonder, “well where did God get the lamb skin anyway? Was there a Wal-mart in the garden of Eden that I didn’t know about?” Let’s just take a minute and think about it. You can only get lamb skin from a dead lamb. When Adam and Eve sinned the only reason they didn’t die was because there was a lamb slain on the spot whose blood washed away all their sins.

I’m so glad today to know that the blood of Jesus Christ- the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world- is still strong enough to wash away your sins and mine every time we fail. Knowing and understanding how the blood of Jesus covers today will free us from the encumbrances we’ve set up in our lives and open our hearts to love God and others with no reservation.

The truth is many of us today are naked. We are some shameful, miserable “sad-ventists” held in bondage to the guilt of the past. But the bible says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. The only reason some of us still aren’t free is because although we’ve been forgiven, there are still traces in our lives (green underwear) called guilt that God needs to remove and replace with that Holy Lamb skin straight from the throne of God.

So my admonition to you today is to pray and ask God to take all of that guilt and I promise you won’t regret it. Because that my friends, is the “Naked Truth”. Just wait til’ He gets His “Hanes” on you!

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Pastor Antoine Dumas

http://www.antshill.webs.com/

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The Lost Sheep

As he wandered around in anguish, he prayed for someone to rescue him. Would he manage to survive in this foreign land or would he surely cease to exist?

We are living in the last days. Time is running out. Life on this earth is becoming more and more unbearable. Crime has gone up. Violence and sex have plagued our society through television, music, movies, and video games. We have become desensitized and our level of morality is nearly. The number of deaths outnumbers the number of births. Natural disasters are happening in every corner of the world. Tears are being shed and cries have shattered the silence of the once peaceful Garden of Eden.

We are lost. This entire world is lost. We have lost our way. Sadly, most of us don’t even have a clue that we have veered off of the path that was already paved by Christ when he died for us on Calvary.

We need to read His Word. The bible is His GPS (God’s Positioning System). It gets us from point A to point B and back, helping us to navigate around the pitfalls and obstacles that seek to lead us off-course. God is omniscient. He knows and sees all. Why should we doubt Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending? He sees the past, knows the present, and plans for the future. It is His Word that will bring us through. If you look closely, the bible is an invaluable guide in our Christian walk. It details the lives of men, women, and children who dealt with the same challenges we face today. They dealt with poverty, betrayal, fornication, adultery, pain, death, depression, illness, jealousy, anger. Their lives serve as examples on how trust and faith in God can bring us through as it did for them.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. [Psalm 119:105] For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: [Proverbs 6:23]

Allow yourself to be found by Him. A life in darkness is a life lost. Come into His light. Commit yourself to Him and His ways, for they will lead to eternal life.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. [Psalm 119:176 KJV]

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com