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THE BIRD AND HER NESTLINGS

                  A bird laid her eggs late in the season and was still hidden in the corn when was almost ripe. She   began to worry that the crop might be harvested before her young one to be able   to   fly   away. Whenever she left the nest to look for food, she always urges her nestlings to keep their ears open and, upon her return, tell her every word that they had heard. One evening, when she came back to the nest, she found her nestlings in terror.  The eldest spoke up:” The owner of the field told his sons to go and get their friend to come tomorrow to help with the harvesting of their corn.”  “Is that all?” smiled the mother bird. “Don’t be alarmed, my dear, because nothing will happen, you will see.”The next morning none of the friends came. The farmer sent them a second message, asking them to come and help the next day, and once again the mother bird was not worried a bit. Until the day she finally head the farmer says to his sons, “I’ve enough. One week is too long a wait. Tomorrow we shall bring in the harvest ourselves. When there is work to be done, we cannot count on our friends to do it for us.” It was only then that the mother bird decided to go away. Her nestling had grown strong while they waited. They have now enough strength to fly away to a safer place.


Yahshua: A Name Given in Hebrew to a Hebrew

                Because there is no J sound in the Hebrew, the prefix “Je” does not exist in Hebrew. The combination word “Jesus” is not Greek, It’s not Hebrew. In fact, it is completely without philological meaning in any language. Yet, Gabriel told Mary and Joseph that the Messiah’s name, being given from the very highest authority in the heavens, was special. It had a specific connotation, a precise and very important meaning. The angel said he would be given this name because “He shall save his people from their sins.” Scholars acknowledge that the name given through Gabriel was the Hebrew Yahshua. “Yahshua” means “Yahweh is salvation.

It must noted that whenever a message was given from on high, it was to those who understood Hebrew, which is called by some the “heavenly language.” Thus, when the angel told Joseph, a Jew, that the Savior would be born of Mary, a Jewess, that he was to call the baby a specific name, this name would hardly have been a Latin-Greek name as Jesus! How his name came to us as Jesus in our English bible such as King James instead of Yahshua is interesting.

By the time of Yahshua’s birth, the accepted from among the Jews was not Yahoshua, but the shortened form Yahshua. In the old testament this name is spelled Joshua and is found in Numbers 13:16 of the King James text where Moses changed the name of the Israelite general from Oshea(or Hoshea) to Yahshua. That is, from salvation or savior to “Salvation of Yah”.

We are not free to reject the name Yahshua, the very name sent directly from Yahweh through the archangel Gabriel. Nor are we absolved to call him by the man-made, Greco-Latin Jesus.

We trust you will prayerfully act on this vital truth and prove to yourself that his true name  as given to mankind from the highest authority in the universe is Yahshua. “Yah’s salvation.” Realize that when you call on the name Yahshua you are invoking the Father’s name as well, and petitioning the only one who can give salvation.


Yahweh: The Most Sacred of All Names

Yahweh’s name is high on a level all its own. No name is more important than the personal name of the one we worship. Not only is this true because names have great significance in Hebrew, but also because Yahweh himself tells us to revere his name and not to bring it to obscurity through substitution and disuse, Exodus 20:7. The word vain in the third commandment- “Thou shall not take the Name of Yahweh thy Elohim in vain”- is the Hebrew shoaw, meaning to rush over, bring to devastation, uselessness, ruin and by implication, neglect.

We can bring his name to ruin by falsifying it. If you remove an author’s name from the books he wrote and reprint them with another name in them you falsify his works. The name is true when translators take his name from the scriptures and insert generic titles in its place.

How can we presume to call upon Yahweh and his son Yahshua with titles like “god” and “lord” that are used in the worship of other deities? Elijah (Eliyah, “ my El is Yah”) was calling the people’s attention to the same issue in 1king 18- demonstrating that the true heavenly father has a personal name and that they in their ignorance were calling on titles of baal. Baal was the chief “deity” of the Canaanites.

Yahweh’s name is so central to salvation that the Savior’s Name bears it as well. He is the son, and the salvation Yahweh sent. You could say Yah is the family name of the heavenly majesty.

In fact, the name Yahweh appears 6,823 times in the old testaments Hebrew Scriptures, from which we ultimately derive all versions of the old testaments. It should have appeared 100 times in the New Testament. But rarely does one hear the name used or even mentioned in churches that supposedly honor those same scriptures………


THE HAPPY BEE AND THE SAD ELEPHANT

There was a happy bee singing up in a tree. “Stop it!” shouted Big feet, “I’m thinking, can’t you see?” The happy bee was quick to say, “Sing with me. Dance with me. I am as happy as can be.  Like the wind, I am free.”

“You think too much, Big Feet. Your pretty eyebrows meet. Can’t you feel, can’t you see He gives everything free?”

“Feel the wind, feel the breeze, See the flowers, see the trees. See the waters clean and deep Gently flowing down the creek.”

 “Little bee, little bee, Now I feel; now I see Why you’re as gay as can be, Like the bird in the tree.”

 “Little bee, little bee, Answer me, answer me. Can it be, can it be, that I am also free?”

“My dearest friend, Big Feet, Why do you always forget? You are free, you are free! Like happy, little me.”

“Happy bee, happy bee, Sing with me, dance with me. Now I know I am free! Loving Lord, I thank Thee.”


BATTLE OF THE FIREFLY AND APES

                One evening, a firefly went to visit a friend. As he flew quietly along, carrying his little lamp and minding his own affairs, he met an ape.

Said an ape, “Ho, ho, Mr. Firefly, why do you always carry alight?”

“I carry a light so that I can see the mosquitoes and keep out of their way,” answered the firefly.

Keep out of the way of the mosquitoes!” cried the ape. “You are coward! You’re afraid of the mosquitoes!” said the firefly. “I go my way and mind my own affairs, and I leave the mosquitoes alone to go their way.”

But the ape insisted that the firefly was afraid, and the next day, he told all his ape friends that the firefly carried a lamp because he is a coward. All the apes laughed.

Soon, the firefly heard what Mr. Ape had said and how all the apes were laughing at him. He resolved to teach them a lesson. He hurried off at once to Mr. Ape’s house and, finding him asleep, flashed his lamp in his face and woke him.

“Why did you tell everyone that I was a coward?” he demanded. “Tomorrow, come to the plaza and there, in the sight of everyone, we will prove whether I am coward!” “Ho, ho, ho!” laughed the ape, “so you are offering to fight with me? Well, who are you going to bring to help you to fight against such a powerful creature as I am?”

“I shall come alone,” said the firefly.

“Come alone,” That’s good! I shall bring a whole company of apes- each one as big as myself! Then we shall see what will happen to you if you dare to come alone!”

Then Mr. Ape ordered each of his friends to get a great club meet him on the plaza. They all came in a crowd, but found one small firefly waiting there alone. Mr. Ape drew his company up in line and put himself at their head, and then he fiercely gave the order to go forward against the firefly.

The firefly swiftly flew over and lit on the great ape’s nose. The ape, who stood next in line, struck savagely at the firefly, but the firefly darted nimbly out of reached, so the club missed him altogether and fell square on the great ape’s nose! Flat fell Mr. Ape to the ground!

Then the firefly hurried to the second ape’s nose. The third ape struck at his foe, but the firefly dodged out of the way just as he had done before and the blow fell square on the second ape’s nose! He, too, fell flat on the ground.

So it went on, all down the line of apes. Each ape aimed his club at the firefly on his neighbor’s nose; each ape missed the firefly and knocked his neighbor flat. Over they bowled, one after another, just like a row of nine-pins.

At last the firefly was left victorious over every one of his fallen foes! “Who now can say that the firefly is a coward?” he cried.

The apes cowered, shamefaced, on the round with never a word to say. The firefly flew quietly away, to mind his own affairs as before.

CONTEXT OF THE STORY:

A large beast was making fun of a tiny insect.

MORAL LESSON:

It’s not the size but what’s in the head that counts.


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