Memories of War Pt. 1: Harry “Robben” Ledeker

Memorial Day is the day we remember and honor our fallen soldiers—the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. This is the story of a World War II soldier who never made it home.

Memories of War

Harry “Robben” Ledeker

13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

He was killed four days before his nineteenth birthday, May 11, 1945 Okinawa. He was only 18 years old when he gave his life for his country and for our freedom. There are many sad and heartbreaking stories like this one of soldiers who fought for our freedom. Soldiers who were asked? No, they were ordered to run boldly into the face of certain death. And courageously, they obeyed the orders, knowing fully well they would never again see their loved ones. Never again get to go home. Some would never be married nor have the blessing of having a family. They knew that this was the end of their short life. A life given so that many would live in freedom and enjoy their families.

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The Trinity Pt. 1: Is It In The Bible?

The term Trinity is often used in the Christian community to describe God. Within the Trinity, you have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Many people believe that this is a man-made belief as the term ‘Trinity’ is never used in the Bible. So, does that mean that there is no evidence for the Trinity in the Bible? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the Truth in her video, The Trinity Pt. 1: Is It Biblical?

Genesis 1:1
Exodus 20:3
Deuteronomy 32:17
Judges 17:5
Genesis 1:26-27
John 1:1-3
Colossians 1:15-17
Psalms 104:30
Job 33:4
Genesis 2:4
Exodus 3:15
Psalms 110:1
Matthew 22:44
Exodus 3:1-6
Isaiah 61:1-2a
Luke 4:16-21
Luke 3:21-22
Matthew 28:19-20
Proverbs 18:10
Colossians 2:8-10
James 2:19

The Trinity

The Trinity In The Bible

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Genesis 2:4

15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”

Exodus 3:15

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:1-3

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What Is Pentecost?

Every year, we celebrate Pentecost, but do we truly know what it is? Where did Pentecost come from, and what are its origins? Why do we celebrate Pentecost, and is it an important day? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he searches through Scripture for the origin of Pentecost in his video, What Is Pentecost?

Deuteronomy 16:16
Leviticus 23:15-16
1 Corinthians 15:3-7
Acts 2:1-4
Acts 2:14-18

What Is Pentecost?

Pentecost In The Bible

16 Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that He will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths.

Deuteronomy 16:16

15 You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the Lord.

Leviticus 23:15-16

1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4

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What Is The Passover?

The Feast of Passover is the precursor or forerunner of Easter. It was the very first instituted by God while His people were still in slavery in the land of Egypt. Though we’ve all heard about it, this specific feast is often very foreign to the Church. We don’t fully understand what Passover is, why it took place, or what each instruction of the Passover meant. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he explains the first feast in his video, What Is The Passover?

Exodus 12
Exodus 7-10
2 Chronicles 8:13
Exodus 4:22-23
Exodus 11:4-5
Exodus 12:12-18:13
Deuteronomy 16
Leviticus 14:4-6
Leviticus 14:49- 52 
Numbers 31:23
Ezekiel 24:3-5
Ezekiel 11:2-3

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The Feast of Passover

1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 12:1-13

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Who or What Is The Lamb of God?

The Lamb is mentioned a few times in the book of Revelation. The first time The Lamb is mentioned is when John, the apostle, sees the scroll with seven seals. The only one who could open the scroll was The Lamb. So, who is this very powerful lamb in the Book of Revelation? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the answer in her video, Who or What Is The Lamb of God?

Revelation 1:9
Revelation 5:6-14
Revelation 5:5
1 Peter 1:17-19
Hebrews 9:11-14
Hebrews 9:20
Matthew 26:27-29
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
John 1:29-34
Ephesians 5:25-27
John 14:1-7
John 10:1-21
John 15:1-17
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Revelation 5:11-12
Isaiah 53
1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Hebrews 9:15-28
1 Kings 1:1-4
1 Kings 2:10-12
Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
2 Samuel 11-12
John 16:33
Romans 8:31-39
1 John 5:4-5
Romans 5:10
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Acts 17:10-11

Who or What Is The Lamb of God?

The Lamb In The Book of Revelation

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And He went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who was seated on the throne. And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:6-14

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The Crucifixion of Jesus Pt. 3: Did Jesus Really Die On The Cross?

There are some who believe that Jesus never actually died because they claim that physical death profits us nothing. Is that true? Did Jesus really physically die on the cross, or was it an illusion? Was it important that Jesus physically died on the cross, or does it not really matter? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he searches through Scripture to answer these questions and more in his video, The Crucifixion of Jesus Pt. 3: Did Jesus Really Die On The Cross?

Luke 9:21-22
Luke 18:31-34
Matthew 27:57-60
Isaiah 53:9
Mark 10:45
John 10:14-18
1 Timothy 4:1
1 Corinthians 15:12-22
Hebrews 2:9NLT
Acts 5:28NLT

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Did Jesus Really Die On The Cross?

Jesus Crucified On The Cross

32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry His cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered Him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when He tasted it, He would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over His head they put the charge against Him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him, saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver Him now, if He desires Him. For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with Him also reviled Him in the same way.

Jesus Dies On The Cross

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Matthew 27:32-56

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Can Women Be Preachers and Teachers In The Church?

A woman’s place in the Church is a wildly debated topic in both the Church and the world. There are those who staunchly stand firm on the belief that women have absolutely no place in the Church, while others believe that a woman can hold any office in the Church that she can fulfill the duties and requirements of. These are two vastly different stances on one subject, but who’s right? Does the Bible give us a clear answer on where women belong in the Church? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he searches through Scripture to find the Truth in his video, Can Women Be Preachers and Teachers In The Church?

1 Corinthians 14:34-35
1 Corinthians 7:1
1 Corinthians 14:33-34
1 Corinthians 11:5
Joel 2:28-29
1 Corinthians 14:39
1 Corinthians 14:36
Matthew 28:5-7
Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:9-12
John 20:1-2, 11-18
Romans 16:1-2
Philippians 1:1
Colossians 1:7
Romans 16:3
Acts 18:1-2
Acts 18:24-26
Luke 2:36

Can Women Be Preachers and Teachers In The Church?

Paul’s Letter To The Corinthian Church About Women

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35KJV

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.
For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

1 Corinthians 11:2-12

Women In The Church

Anna

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 2:36-38

Phoebe

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deaconess] of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.

Romans 16:1-2

Chloe

10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

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Where Two Or Three Are Gathered

Jesus taught His disciples that wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He was there with them. This phrase has been used throughout the Church, especially whenever there is a small showing of people for a service. It’s used as an encouraging phrase today, but is that truly what Jesus meant? Even though we quote the verse correctly, are we misusing it? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he searches through Scripture for the true meaning behind this saying in his video, Where Two Or Three Are Gathered.

Ezekiel 22:29-31
Matthew 18:15-20
Acts 10:28b-29
Deuteronomy 17:6
1 Corinthians 5:3-5
2 Corinthians 13:1-2

Where Two Or Three Are Gathered

For Where Two or Three Are Gathered In My Name, There Am I Among Them (Jesus)

15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

Matthew 18:15-20

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Understanding The Father’s Love

There are many Christians who easily understand the love of Jesus but struggle with the love of our Heavenly Father. Many see Jesus as the selfless member of the God-head who gave up His life for us, whereas they see the Father as a strict disciplinarian just waiting to catch us slipping so that He can punish us, but is this true? Is our Heavenly Father always seeking to punish us? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he searches through Scripture to answer these questions and more in his video, Understanding The Father’s Love.

John 3:16
John 10:30
Ephesians 5:25b-27
John 6:38-40
Matthew 26:53-54

Understanding The Father’s Love

The Love of Our Heavenly Father

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.

John 6:38-40

53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?

Matthew 26:53-54

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Are Soulmates In The Bible?

The term soulmate has become popular in our society today in both the Church and the world, but is it in the Bible? Soulmate, in the Church, is defined as the spouse God Himself created and formed specifically for you. This is a beautiful thought, but is it true? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture for the Truth in her video, Are Soulmates In The Bible?

Genesis 24:10-14
Proverbs 3:11-12
Isaiah 1:18
Genesis 2:18-24
1 Corinthians 11:11-12
Exodus 18:4
Matthew 10:29-31
Jeremiah 29:11
Romans 8:28
Exodus 4
Deuteronomy 32:50-52

Are Soulmates In The Bible?

The Prayer of Abraham’s Servant For Isaac’s Soulmate

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

Genesis 24:10-14

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