100th Edition

Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #100


(Messianic Email Message)
Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
MEM Index
Article Index

And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


100th issue of the MEM

Greetings this issue is a milestone for the MEM staff. We would like to review the purpose of the Messianic E-mail Message (MEM). When we began 100 issues ago the acronym was selected because of the meaning of the Hebrew letter Mem מ.

Mem is the thirteenth letter Hebrew מ. Mem represents [m]. Mem represents the number 40. Mem is usually assumed to come from the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for water () which had been simplified by the Phoenicians and named after their word for water, mem. (Wikipedia)

The Meaning of Mem: Traditionally, Mem has several related meanings: Waters - People - Nations - Languages and Tongues. The name of the letter probably signifies water itself, and its most ancient forms bore a resemblance to waves of water. As such, Mem represents the sea of Torah … knowledge, wisdom, etc. (Hebrew for Christians. Com)

Reference to MEM will be considered the Messianic - Email - Message and its staff
(Mem being the Hebrew letter).

The Mem (water) is an important part of Messiah’s message and work:

John 7:37 … Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive… (NAS unless indicated, any bolding by MEM)

Eph 5:25 … just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

Rev 7:17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes."

Rev 22:17 … "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

Joel 3:18 And it will come about in that day (Millennial Period) That the mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD

Yeshua our Messiah was a Hebrew: interspersed within the MEM you will find a few Hebrew words/names, meant to help remind us that Jesus (Yeshua) was Hebrew. Understanding the Hebrew roots of our faith gives us a better insight into the rich Hebraic meaning of Scripture. The MEM’s Hebrew word usage is mostly limited to the following:

Yeshua - Jesus
YHVH - LORD (sometimes pronounced Yahweh or Yehovah)
Torah - the first five books of Scripture
Elohim - God
Messiah - Christ (or HaMashiach = the Messiah)

The MEM is not perfect:

This is a work in process. Our overall purpose is to glorify YHVH. Over the years we have changed by adding or deleting a section here or there. As we examine our lives and search the Holy Word our desire is a better understanding of the will of the Father. We do this by seeking the leading of His Holy Spirit; therefore striving to pass on to the reader the love of our Father and grace of Yeshua.

When YHVH (The Eternal One) calls us it is a process of molding and making us in the image of Yeshua (Jesus).

Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…

1Cor 15:49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

The MEM strives to backup important principles of Scriptures with Scripture - All Scripture; the Hebrew writings (Old Testament); the gospels, and the early apostolic writings (New Testament). Accented with commentaries of a key word or phrase; meant to help one better grasp the intent of godly principles which are important to our messianic walk today.

YHVH is the Same:

Situations of our day may be different than those of Abraham or Yeshua but He is faithful and true; therefore we can trust His Word.

Mal 3:6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

MEM definition of Wisdom:

Extracting God’s principles from His Word and applying them to our current situation(s).


Our desire is you will be encouraged to immerse yourself in the water of the Word of Elohim (God) and understand the wonderful promises we all have in Yeshua the Messiah (Christ). It is our personal calling, and joy, to encourage you by the exhortation of His Word.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"

We have gifts:

Rom 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Webster 1828 (edition):

EXHORTA'TION, n. The act or practice of exhorting; the act of inciting to laudable deeds; incitement to that which is good or commendable.

EXHORT', v.t.
1. To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed or to any laudable conduct or course of action.
    I exhort you to be of good cheer. Acts 27.
    Young men also exhort to be sober minded.
    Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters. Titus 2.
2. To advise; (also) to warn; to caution.
3. To incite or stimulate to exertion.

MEM definition of Faith:

Living with expectation toward the good things YHVH has promised.

2Thess 3:2 … for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 5 And may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

John 3:15 that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life.

Therefore pray: Thy Kingdom come… Amen


Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

MEM: The desire is to point the reader to the practical value of the Proverbs. Herein is wisdom for our everyday circumstances. Our goal is to tie them in with the topic of the main message.

Almighty One of Israel - help us to speak Your words of wisdom as streams of living water.

Saying (s)

"People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after." (Goldsmith)

MEM: Often a saying is picked that falls in line with the topic of the message. We challenge the reader to consider what someone has observed or proved as wisdom. They are meant to help us in our personal walk as well as dealing with others.

A Scripture usually follows to give weight to the saying.

Who is our model?

Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.

As for me and my household we choose to obey YHVH the one who has promised life eternal.

Bible Quiz
  1. What was torn in two while Yeshua (Jesus) was on the cross?
  2. To what was Abram’s name changed?
  3. Where did Pharaoh overtake the Israelites?
  4. The wild olive branches referred to in Romans 11 represent whom?
  5. During creation, on what day did dry land appear?
  6. Who were the two sons of Joseph?
  7. Who said, "My punishment is more than I can bear"?

MEM: The Bible Questions are mostly for fun; also testing our Bible knowledge. We all need to be avid readers of Scripture (which brings great reward). Some of these questions may seem like trivia but a correct answer has its own reward. Enjoy!

Answers at bottom of MEM


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and holiness.)

"True humility comes when before God we see ourselves as nothing, have put aside self, and let God be all." Andrew Murray

MEM: Why this section on humility? In the MEM’s view there was no other more humble than our Savior Yeshua. It is His Spirit that we want indwelling us:

Isa 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Andrew Murray has captured the true essence of humility. He has eloquently written in a way that the reader can grasp not only the need but the practicality of humility. Because of this the MEM includes quotes from his book (Humility - The Journey Toward Holiness) [recommended reading].

MEM definition of Humility:

Yeshua is all - without Him I am nothing - His presence (Spirit) fills my emptiness - His strength - His deliverance - His grace is everything (all) I need - to be like Him is my desire.

Humbly we seek all that will humble us so YHVH alone will be honored and glorified.


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

Luke 11:1 And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples."

MEM: Prayer is an expression of our faith. There are so many examples of prayer in Scripture we wanted to explore some of them; in doing so our hope is to encourage others by giving examples of the faithfulness of our Almighty Creator who hears the prayers of the righteous.

Jas 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray…

Jas 5:15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick…

Jas 5:16 … The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

1Pet 3:12 "For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer…"

Jude 1:20 … building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit;

Who are the Righteous?

Webster 1828: RIGHTEOUS, 1. Just; accordant to the divine law - it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man.

Strong’s G1342 - righteous, observing divine laws

This we know - no one is righteous save Yeshua (1John 2:1 …Jesus Christ the righteous)

His ways are righteous (Rev 15:3 Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations)

In Messiah we are righteous (2Cor 5:21 …that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.)

Thank you Father for hearing our prayers - in Yeshua’s righteous name.

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Constant Prayer

1Thess 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

How can we pray without ceasing, morning and night - every day? It is more than just praying during devotions and at mealtimes. All day, daily - Constantly. God should be on our mind in everything we say or do or think. Even in the midst of solving a problem or talking to someone, we should think and speak how He would, treat them and in the way His character does. That is God constantly in our life.

Seek Him - daily, hourly, minute by minute and He will be found.

Jer 29:13 You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

MEM: "The Heart of God" is contributed by one who has the privilege of having access to material through listening prayer. Seriously consider its content.

Material in this section will be based on various prayer diaries.

Did you know:

MEM: "Did you know" is meant to perk ones interest in the unusual or seldom known. Nothing earth shattering, but it is for your enlightenment; or an occasional cause for a groan.

A robin decided to build a nest on the window ledge right outside of our bedroom this spring, which prompted the following research about this incredible song bird.

Did you Know This?

Before a robin can lay her eggs, the female robin, with help from her mate, builds a nest from twigs, mud and dried grass. A finished nest is circular and deep enough to safely cradle the eggs and, later, the nestlings. Nest-building takes the robins two to six days. A pair of robins will often nest two or three times in a season.

The female robin lays one small blue egg each day to a total of three to five eggs. She feeds on earthworms in the morning in order to ensure that her body has the energy to handle the physical demands of laying an egg. Until all eggs are laid, she may limit the time she spends sitting on the nest. This is to keep the older eggs cool so that the entire clutch develops at roughly the same time. Until the eggs start to hatch in approximately two weeks, the mother rarely leaves the nest for more than five or 10 minutes at a time.

The mother robin must keep the eggs at a healthy temperature to ensure that the embryos develop normally. A robin's body temperature is approximately 104 degrees and is kept steady by the insulating property of feathers. For the eggs to receive body heat more directly, the mother robin develops a brood patch. This is an area on her belly where the feathers have fallen out, exposing the naked skin. In cool weather, the mother presses the brood patch against the eggs to warm them with her body heat. In hot weather, the female will keep the brood patch covered by the long, outer feathers, lessening the degree of warmth the eggs receive. She may even shade the eggs with her wings to keep them cool.

During the incubation period, the female regularly moves the eggs around the nest. To do this, she stands on the rim and turns the eggs with her bill. Rotating the eggs helps to maintain an even temperature and keeps the embryos from becoming to stuck to the eggshell.

After 12 to 16 days, the eggs are ready to hatch, usually one each day in the order they were laid. Like most birds, the chicks use an egg tooth---a sharp hook at the end of the beak---to poke a hole in the shell. The process of hatching can take an entire day, as the chick must rest periodically from the exhausting struggle to free itself of the shell. Newly hatched robins are naked and blind, weighing less than a quarter.

The nestlings are fed up to 40 times a day by both parents. At approximately 13 days old, they are ready to leave the nest. More than half of all robins do not survive their first year, destroyed by predators that include the domestic cat. Those birds that do survive will be ready to raise their own young in spring and are likely to live another five to six years.

Proverbs 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

Some of the material contained in this section is for informational purposes only and has not been verified by us.

Lighter Side

MEM: Whether it is growing older together or just picturing something that could easily happen in our everyday life, we need to have a lighter side. Flimsy, even funny excuses are often made - why? To cause one not to face up to life’s situations.

For Example:

Lady to Doctor:

"I have metal fillings in my teeth. My refrigerator magnets keep pulling me into the kitchen. That’s why I can’t lose weight!"

Doctor to overweight patient:

"What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or resting 24 hours a day in a pine box?"

Woman to waiter:

"I’m going to order a broiled skinless chicken breast, but I want you to bring me lasagna and garlic bread by mistake."

Doctor reviewing questionnaire filled out by patient:

"The handle on your recliner does not qualify as an exercise machine."

Wife to husband:

"I was going to wake up early to go jogging, but my toes voted against me 10 to 1."

Husband to wife:

"The doctor told me to start my exercise program very gradually. Today I drove past a store that sells sweat pants."

Fellow co-worker at coffee machine:

"The healthiest part of a donut is the hole. Except, you have to eat through the rest of the donut to get there."


Have a good day!

The Modern Church

95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church

by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)

20. We are living with an epidemic of cheap grace with flippant confession and shallow consecration. (Lk 14:28-30; Lk 14:26; Jam 4:8)

21. Since the inception of the Church, the Gospel had the requirements of repentance and discipleship. (Acts 2:38; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31)

22. Now forgiveness is offered without repentance, discipleship without obedience, salvation without sanctity. (Heb 10:29; 4:11; Lk 13:24)

MEM: Every once in a while we will come across an article or message that is too good to pass up. Here is an example; Greg Gordon has captured some genuine issues within the church today. Like it or not it is an admonition (exhortation) to us to do something about it - to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Cause and Effect

MEM: There is no causeless effect. Michael Boldea Jr. is one that has the insight to see what is happening in the world and especially in America. His loving warnings (exhortations) should be taken seriously as we pursue a relationship with our Father and His Son, our Master.

Luke 12:56 "You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?

The State of the Prophetic!

(By Michael Boldea Jr.)

"God doesn’t do that anymore!" is the cry of the modern day pseudo-prophets, dismissing the fact that we serve a God who changes not, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. Apparently for the past twenty years God has no longer been concerned about holiness, righteousness, sanctification and obedience; His primary focus has been blessing, and prosperity and self-esteem. [Therefore] "Do what you want to do, establish your own level of morality and as long as you sow a seed into this ministry, God will bless you abundantly, pressed down, shaken together."

For the love of God, for the love of all that’s holy, for the love of our very souls, let’s grow up already and stop the foolishness! Rather than chase after gold dust, and rubies, and oily hands, let’s get on our knees in true repentance of the heart, and seek fellowship with the eternal Father; rather than chase after personal words of prophecy, let’s crack open the Bible and see what it says first and foremost, because if a ‘Word’ contradicts the Bible, it’s not from God no matter how much you might ‘bear witness’.


MEM: Here is a list of pithy sayings one might consider in their daily walk. Some will make sense, some will not, depending on where you are in life. Also consider them in regard to others when things seem to be growing difficult.

Some folks are so busy being good they forget they should be busy doing good.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

Whoever has a heart full of love always has something to share.

A lot of better things in life come to the people who wait

…on themselves.

The time to be happy is now.


Psalm Promise

MEM: From a very young person the Psalms were part of my life. The busyness of life is never too much because there is always time to read a Psalm. The Psalms are filled with rich promises and words of praise for the Most High. MEM’s intent is to point to a promise(s) that should bring joy and peace to your life; you are encouraged to meditate on them.

No Problem YHVH is the Shield

Psalm 3:2 Many are saying of my soul, "There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.

3 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.

5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me …

Thank You Father for Your loving care - may our faith express our trust in Your promises.

Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Quiz Answers

MEM: Just incase you were wondering.

1. The curtain of the temple - Luke 23:45

2 Abraham - Genesis 17:5

3. The Red Sea - Exodus 13:18-14:9

4. Gentiles - Romans 11:13-17

5. The third day - Genesis 1:9-13

6. Manasseh and Ephraim - Genesis 41:50-52

7. Cain - Genesis 4:13