Sunday is the day I worship:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalms 29:2
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Psalms 138:1
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalms 42:1
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalms 47:1
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. Psalms 95:6
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I John 1:7
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. Psalms 18:46
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalms 22:3
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Psalms 149:1-5
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:22-38
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11
I understand being a preacher's kid and having been to Bible College, it's challenging for a preacher to preach the Sunday Morning and Evening as well as the Wednesday Bible Study, that adds up. This ministry works, it is fruitful, One church grew 5 fold and then another fold, A new lay pastor found his footing, another became a deacon.
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Exodus 4:10-11
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. II Corinthians 10:10
Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. Levitcus 19:14
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. Isaiah 29:18
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Isaiah 35:5
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. Isaiah 42:18-20
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Isaiah 43:8
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Proverbs 31:8
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. Luke 1:62-63 (Mute, not deaf, but still sign)
And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak. Mark 7:32-37
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Luke 7:19-23
I was born hearing, but caught a jaundice virus despite leaving the hospital the same day I was born. I became deaf or what some call hearing impaired since 2 days after birth.
I was a brat in the neighborhood that I lived in as well as the church that I attended. Mom held a Vacation Bible School in our house, The first week I interrupted Mom's presentation of the gospel on a regular basis so much that I had to be put into my room during in front of the neighborhood kids in my house all week. However, That Sunday I heard the name of "Jesus" At the name of Jesus, I didn't hear physically through my deaf ears, but in my heart each time the Sunday School teacher repeated the name of "Jesus" I became convicted of my sins, I knew not what to do or to say, but I was enabled call upon the name of Jesus, it was then I was clean.
The neighborhood kids also believed and responded in Vacation Bible School the following Monday, next week Sunday, it was a repeat in Sunday School.
It means a lot to me that Jesus would use the deaf to show John the Baptist that he is the "Messiah", "The Christ"
Jesus has been faithful and true, this is his name, faithful. Praise God.
Jesus filled me with the Spirit for a month before a certain event was to take place unknown to me what was ahead of me, it really was sweeter than the day before everyday and then I had to go to work as a dishwasher in the restaurant that I worked at that was hosting a warlock convention. I had to go to the bathroom which was also shared with the restaurant patrons, Some ran, others hugged the wall and when I left, I looked into the restaurant and went back to work, a waitress then came to me and asked, "What did you do?"
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
But, this was just the beginning, Having been in Heaven, Seeing Jesus on numerous occasions, Seeing Jesus in the holy of Holies, I'm wearing a white robe, Offering up in the Spirit a Clap Offering in the church that lasted from the first note of the song to the last,
One hearing church had a deaf ministry, the hearing minister offered the yet to be deaf pastor who was a Senior in Bible College an opportunity to preach to the entire church, There was an altar call for the next 4 weeks, the deaf grew in number so much that the hearing church gave the deaf the church building and moved out into another building.
This is an example of a hearing church letting a deaf ministry become their own church, speaking their own language and exercising their own culture norms.
Please read "The Indigenous Ministry" ISBN 0-88243-527-2 This is a deaf church, unless you are deaf, or a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) or a SODA (Sibling of a Deaf Adult), you are not allowed to attend or enter this deaf church, this idea works, the deaf church continues to grow and employs 4 deaf pastors full time. The deaf don't need the hearing, we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
Annually, my Dad's particular mission does a pastoral "Let's Trade Pastors for a Sunday" Once, we got a particular pastor who stammered, stuttered so bad that it would leave him exhausted and short of breath from talking, but he had the presence of God with him wherever he went, truly ordained and blessed, his message was surgical, precise and to the point without beating around the bush, still very tactful and much more than to it than it can be described.
I appreciate a deaf ministry, but I really desire a deaf pastor with a deaf fold. This is best.
I really hate it when I am going to a deaf church or a deaf ministry and I am reduced to being "Merchandise"
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: II Peter 2:3
How is this done? There are folds where the pastor's wife and/or the sign language interpreter will teach sign language to the local hearing and then hoping to win them over as converts, which I don't mind, as well as to train more sign language interpreters into the field of endeavor. Some interpreters use this method to obtain a job and earn good money at the expense of the deaf, some appreciate the deaf for their help, others don't which is why some deaf will not talk to any or most hearing.
What is not being told the hearing students when they are learning sign language is that they are broadcasting that they are also deaf when they are signing in public making them selves also vulnerable to what the deaf are subject to.
But, Then you have these students of sign language asking the deaf what is the sign for and have us teach you sign language during the sermon when they should be getting fed either milk or meat of the scriptures not teaching the students sign language.
The deaf want to fellowship without being watched by the sign language students who want to learn and understand what is being said, the new deaf visitors will visit and never return unless there is free food once a month at the potluck or other things worth their trouble to attend instead of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, coming to repent and becoming a disciple and being fruitful in Christ in time and much less pay any offerings or tithes.
I really protest it when they do inter-marry in-between the hearing and the deaf. The hearing will reject the hearing that married the deaf as well as the deaf will reject the deaf who married the hearing. Rarely does it work and it is even harder if they are ministers of the gospel with a sign language interpreter wife and a deaf husband who is the pastor, But, there are exceptions, albeit, very few.
In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people. Nehemiah 13:23-24
This verse advocates that the couple be divorced, being a Preist.
The precept and the concept is the same regardless for inter-racial marriage as well as deaf/hearing marriages.
I am all for a deaf pastor in a deaf church with a fold that is also deaf and it be closed to the hearing, that it seems to be the most fruitful and productive church and families. This is best setting for any indigenous culture.
It is understandable that the deaf not lord over the hearing simply because they couldn't if they wanted to, they are at a disadvantage in every sense of the word and it plainly says so. It does not say the word, "Deaf" but says any thing superfluous and the like.
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.
He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.
Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.
And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel. Levitcus 21:17-24
It is imperative that the best sign language interpreter faithfully convey the content and spirit of the sermon as much as possible regardless if it isn't the pastor's wife or not. Too many times there are more fluent interpreters that are prevented from interpreting the sermon because the pastor's wife is the pastor's wife and is less than the best. This scatters the sheep and attendance drops off and then to compensate the faithful that stay they are rewarded with a position of an elder or a deacon appointed by the pastor or pastor's wife without any regard for the community or scriptural procedures or protocol as directed in the scriptures for selecting an elder or a deacon. This turns a potential church into a personality cult or a club and the deaf community writes off the church.
Although, it is not always the interpreter's fault, the deaf use the interpreter as a resource, he/she is hearing, they know everything, then sometimes the interpreter will take on additional roles in addition to being an interpreter, then they are wearing too many hats. They are at their best when they stay in their respective role as an interpreter and obey it's ethics.
I really hate it when sign language interpreters will hinder or even block the development of a deaf church that is run by the deaf with a deaf pastor because the sign language interpreter will lose their Sunday Pay for interpreting in hearing church because they will not be needed in the deaf church.
Once, there wasn't any deaf in attendance at the church where they hold an interpreted service, The first thing the sign language interpreter said when they deaf came back next week was that they didn't get paid because no deaf showed up a since they couldn't interpret the service or the song if there were no deaf to interpret for. They didn't ask how everyone was, if anyone was sick, what happened, We missed you last week, just that they didn't get paid last week.
It is best when the deaf church is closed to the hearing and only open to the deaf other than their children. Too many times I've seen very productive deaf church not do as well because of the hearing involvement and participation. Most of the time, these hearing participants are not missionaries to the deaf and don't understand the indigenous culture they are ministering to, knowing sign language does not mean you speak the language or understand the culture.
In every city I've moved to, there isn't always a deaf church or a deaf ministry of a particular belief from city to city. There may be several options in one city and only one in the next.
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. Luke 11:52
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. Mark 4:23-25
The Church considering a sign language interpreted service should at least check with RID, Registry of Interpreters Directory, This is the highest resource available, they provide the ratings of local interpreters, their code of behavior, the rate of pay and the laws pertaining to sign language interpreters.
The Indigenous Church ISBN 0-88243-527-2
This missionary is a church planter that produced 40 churches like the Apostle Paul did in the New Testament listed as the Epistles
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 2 Corinthians 9:10