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I Have Installed My King

Traditionally, Christian commentators have observed an “all nations” emphasis in the Gospel of Luke. For example, Luke is famous for including the angels declaration: “on earth peace, goodwill toward [all] men” (Luke 2:14). Only Luke records the stories of God’s favor to the Gentile widow in Zarepath and Naaman the Syrian (Luke 4:25-27). In contrast to Matthew (The… Read more »

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Did God Command Genocide?

Did God Really Say? A leading British Evangelical Theologian denies that God ever commanded Israel to wipe out the Canaanites under Joshua’s leadership (Deuteronomy 7:16, 24, 20:16-19, 31:5, Joshua 6:17). He believes this was a fantasy of the Israeli tribes, projected onto God and then “written back” into the text of the Bible. He further goes… Read more »

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Rabbi “J”

Recently a discussion arose as to whether leaders of Messianic congregations in the diaspora should refer to themselves as rabbis. There are pros and cons to the issue. Interestingly, none of the leaders in Israel use that term. In Israel the rabbis have such influential positions of authority that it would be inappropriate, at least… Read more »

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Four Questions

Though Passover passed by several months ago, we can always ask questions. The classic Passover Seder formula serves our purposes well. When the “four questions” are chanted by the youngest child at the table (the Sephardic tradition is for all assembled to ask the questions as a chorus), it opens the door to the wonder-filled… Read more »

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Retiring the Religious Spirit

Have you heard any of the following phrases? “They have a religious spirit.” “That certainly got rid of any religious spirits that might have been present!” “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship.” The Religious Spirit Accusation I frequently hear these sorts of comments, especially in charismatic circles. These statements are part of the… Read more »

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Shavuot Prayer

It is so simple. It is so profound. It is so earth shaking. It’s so exciting. “In the end times I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17) This has not happened yet. It really will happen. It will happen soon. When does this happen? – In the end times. What will happen?… Read more »

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The Shepherd & Shavuot

Three times in the year shall all your males appear before THE LORD your God in the place which he shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles and they shall not appear before the Lord empty. Every man should give as he is… Read more »

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Oil and Oil Press

The name Gethsemane in Hebrew is “Gat Shmanim,” meaning “Oil Press.” It is the place where olives are brought and crushed; the skin and pit are strained and separated. The result is pure olive oil. Oil is a consistent biblical symbol for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is little doubt that Yeshua chose… Read more »

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Servanthood

Yeshua gave us the example of being a servant when He washed His disciples’ feet. This was not a religious ritual, but an example of serving someone else; serving in practical details, in something dirty, devoid of honor. “If I, your lord and teacher, have washed your feet, so ought you to wash one another’s… Read more »

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Baruch Haba The Messiah Approaches

Messianic expectation has been with the Jewish people nearly as long as we have existed. Throughout Israel there are still posters and banners with a photo of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, proclaiming him as the Messiah. The caption boldly declares, “Baruch HaBa Melech HaMashiach” (Blessed is He Who Comes, King Messiah). The Brooklyn rabbi, whose aim… Read more »

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