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Shrunken Cloth

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.” (Mark 2:21) All three Synoptic Gospels record this analogy to answer the question why the disciples of Yeshua do not fast like the disciples of the Pharisees and… Read more »

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Discipline: The Proof of Love

Recently I came into contact with some people that are connected to a very famous European church. One of these folks expressed distress that many of the young adults were living together out of wedlock, and others were having sexual relations without the commitment of marriage. Because they had attended my leadership seminar, their eyes… Read more »

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John 17 Prayer

This High Priestly prayer of Yeshua (Jesus) is a high water mark for intercessory prayer, a gold mine of revelation. Many people refer to John 17 as Yeshua’s prayer for the unity of the Church. Certainly that is part of the prayer. However, the prayer as a whole is much more. The reference to our… Read more »

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Approaching Rabbinic Tradition

Controversy over Rabbinic Tradition A few months ago an intense controversy was ignited in the Messianic Jewish community here in Israel. An Israeli leader in the Messianic community who is supportive of Rabbinic Judaism, sent an invitation to fellow leaders to come together to discuss our relationship to Jewish rabbinic traditions. Another leader replied to… Read more »

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Glorified And Human Appearances of Yeshua

The central figure of the Bible is Yeshua (Jesus). Yeshua is both the Son of God and the son of David. The fact that Yeshua is both divine and human is an essential aspect of who He is and what He does. Romans 1:1-4 – “… concerning His Son, Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who was… Read more »

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Sukkot And The Incarnation

The sukkah is a picture of Yeshua, the Word who became flesh and “tabernacled” among us. (John 1:14) Literally, the Word became flesh and “sukkahed” among us. Philippians 2:6,7 makes a similar declaration: “Who, although he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied… Read more »

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Discipleship: Embracing The Most Foundational Commandments

To understand the most foundational commandments is the first and most important rung of the ladder of discipleship. Those Messianic Jews – and Gentiles who have joined them – who do not have an ambivalent attitude to commandments are poised on that rung – we know that we are a commanded people! We understand that… Read more »

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The Holy Spirit, The Gospel And Jewish Tradition

There is an ongoing debate among congregational leaders in Israel about the role of Jewish tradition and the teaching of the rabbis in the life of Messianic Jews. My position is that we need to be: 1) Strong on the work of the Holy Spirit 2) Bold in our presentation of the Gospel 3) Balanced… Read more »

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Are We A Kingdom Divided Against Itself?

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to ruin. And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25, LITV) Every kingdom, every city, and every house – this is true of the world wide body of believers, of any group of people, of each marriage. Do we want to be brought to… Read more »

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Who Is The Servant Of The Lord?

  To commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary the nation’s antiquities department has set the famous Isaiah scroll on display at the Israel Museum. Discovered in 1947, this 2,100 year old manuscript is the only complete book of the Bible found at Qumran. Because of its inestimable value it has not been on display since 1967. The… Read more »

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