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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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Covenant Love and Covenant Commitments

Some months ago a dear friend approached us with a question about core values. She began by noting that one leader she knew was only interested in giving time to leaders and groups that believed in signs and wonders. Another leader stated that he was only interested in giving time to those mentoring 24/7 prayer… Read more »

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Five Fold Ministries: Why Do We Care?

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Messiah may be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the… Read more »

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All You Need is Love

Here is a simple “Bible quiz.” What is the common element in the following verses from John? John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 15:12 – This is My commandment, that you love one another… Read more »

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An End-Times Guide for the Perplexed

In the early eighties, at the height of the cold war, many people feared that the end of the world was imminent. Concerned believers studied the Scriptures to see how unfolding events corresponded to the ancient foretelling of the Prophets. The great debate at many a Bible study concerned the relative merits of Pre, Mid… Read more »

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Say it Twice

EPIZEUXIS; is it Latin for bazooka? A giant zucchini? An embarrassing skin disease? No, epizeuxis is the Greek word for emphasis by duplication. Sometimes in scripture, words are repeated to draw our attention to something that we might have ordinarily missed. There are seven instances in the scriptures when the Lord addresses someone by calling… Read more »

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Love Involves Pain

Love is the highest value of the kingdom (I Corinthians 13:13). It is the central motivation of all the commandments (Mark 12:30-31). It is the character of God Himself (I John 4:8). It is the motivation behind the life mission of Yeshua (John 3:16). And it involves pain. Love involves a relationship, which in turn… Read more »

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Unity and the Messianic Remnant

Recently in prayer, I sensed the following insight. I present it for your discernment: The time has come for the Messianic remnant of Israel to take a place of leadership in the greater Body of Messiah worldwide. In previous “waves” of the Holy Spirit, different local bodies in various locations in the world have taken… Read more »

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