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About the Author
Carmen Welker is a former U.S. Army journalist and webmaster of The Refiner's Fire. She is the author of "Should Christians be Torah Observant?" and had the privilege of assisting in the editing and production of Andrew Gabriel Roth's Aramaic English New Testament (AENT).
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(Rev 12:11) "And they overcame him because of the Blood of the Lamb, and because of the Word of their witness, and they did not love their lives to the death.
It helps us all analyze more "hidden" unleaven out more integrity and serving YHWH Elohim is so merciful and tenderkindness showing His Love upon us all every achim seeking more TRUTH - no more struggling no matter what we all have had been through - different individually like "unleaven" in Spiritually and Physically serving YHWH Elohim. No more nutshell - let it crack! *Chuckles* So be it! Keep up YHWH's Blessed Works! I love it. I cried everytime I read - it touched my heart more flowing like waterfalling. Shalom to you all!
Walk like Yahushua Our Master in 1 Peter 2:21 So be it!
Dr. Michael Brown really had me confused. He had said that the Torah was good, holy, and righteous. He quoted many parts in what I called the "New Testament" which referenced Torah. According to him, Yeshua (Jesus) taught Torah, Paul the Apostle taught Torah, and several other writers actually taught the Torah. I remember thinking that I wanted to shake the truth out of Dr. Brown and ask him, "Is Torah for today or not?" since he always seemed to beat around the bush. If Torah was only for the Jews, then why bother reading it? Yet Dr. Brown encouraged the reading of the Torah! It seemed contradictory.
So, with this new curious drive, a spark grew into a fire into my soul - I wanted to see if I needed to obey YHWH's Torah or not. As I began a search of various opinions, I happened to stumble upon The Refiner's Fire, Mrs. Carmen Welker's website. I began reading a few of her articles and, to be blunt, I didn't like them. The articles were well written and I couldn't deny the Scriptures she put forth, but I did not like reading her website. I loved eating pork and I loved going out on the Sabbath. Let's face it, we're all like that - we hate being told what to do (especially if someone, including God, tells us not to do something - we hate that). I left her website for a few months and I got to a point in my life where I knelt before YHWH and surrendered my soul to Him - it isn't about me, what I want, but it's about Him and what He demands. It is His way or no way. I either obey or I don't. There is no middle ground. With this new-found knowledge and drive to obey the Torah, I began devouring the Refiner's Fire website. I began reading one article after the other -- yes, even the ones that seemed like they didn't pertain to my situation, I've still learned a tremendous amount that benefited me to this day.
Anyone who has ever seen The Refiner's Fire website will readily notice the bluntness of the articles. In her articles, Mrs. Welker gives no territory or grey area for the enemy to use. She tells it like it is without apology. If it offends, it offends. She doesn't compromise the truth to save someone's feelings, which is why she's very trustworthy. Truly, when reading The Refiner's Fire, I really felt like I was being refined by His Torah!
I also noticed that she had written a few books, including her autobiography. Up to this point, Mrs. Welker has answered numerous questions I've presented to her and has made a large impact on my life - what an honor it would be to know the life, the world, that she grew up in! Unfortunately, it took some time to save up for her books. I'm a college student, so I tend to save my money - "Save a little, spend a little" is the motto I grew up with. After I had saved up enough money, I purchased all of her books because I knew I would someday read them all.
I've just finished reading autobiography this Shabbat. During the entire book, tears flooded my eyes as I seen what this kind-hearted person has went through. A poor child growing up and experiencing molestation, horrible parents, and pretty much a horrible life until... (I will leave this to the reader - spoiler). For most of her life, she's had to deal with one major problem after another. Even within all the turmoil, the reader will notice the miracles she's experienced, which has helped her keep strength during those trying years.
I love to read. I've read a few biographies, many theological works, and have read many commentaries. I am no expert on writing by any means, but I believe it's fair to say that I can see a good writer when I see one. Mrs. Welker has written about her life in such great detail that I've felt like I was there with that small child, watching what was being done. I couldn't help but feel, at times, that if I had seen that small child, I wanted to just hug little Carmen. There's no question that to write in such detail must have been painful. I recommend this book to anyone who Mrs. Welker has influenced, as well as to anyone who loves to read a good biography. Be warned, however, that you will need a case of tissue paper. When it seems to never get better and the book continues to make the tears flow, you'll notice that it has a wonderful ending. Anyone who has spoken with Carmen Welker has had a very great honor and blessing. I am just thankful to YHWH that I was one of those people. As she's been influential and a blessing to me, I am positive she will be the same to all who read her works.
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