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What Does God Like?

Never have I seen so much confusion in the world. Here are some examples: Our western political leaders continue to claim that Islam is a peaceful and loving religion. So, why are so many bombs going off and so many people being killed? Some would say that Islam has been hijacked by radicals who do not represent… Read more »

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Why Is Discipleship So Difficult?

An overdue and healthy conversation is now taking place in America concerning the effectiveness of the western churches in making disciples. Recently the debate intensified when Willow Creek Community Church Pastor, Bill Hybels admitted that his “seeker-friendly” congregation did not produce transformational change in the lives of its members. That is, the members were not discipled. Sociologist,… Read more »

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King Of The Jews

When Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified, Pilate placed a sign above His head, which carried the inscription,“King of the Jews” (John 19:19; Matthew 27:37). This sign was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin and Greek) so that all of the world could know. I believe this inscription was ordained of God (John 19:22), and reveals an important aspect… Read more »

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Building a Fence Around The Torah

The famous rabbinical maxim to “build a fence around the law” was originally published in the Talmudic tract, Pirque Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). The basic thinking is as follows: We do not want to violate the Torah. If we create extra laws to protect the Torah, and we obey those extra laws, then we… Read more »

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The Afterlife

Biblical Belief in the Afterlife: a Foundation for our Society How important is biblical belief for the good of our society? In the 18th century, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, though not a Christian, put forth arguments that still have great force. Immanual Kant argued that three beliefs were important to a society… Read more »

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Re-Interpreting Scripture

RE-INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE Recently I was asked to review two books that have a very negative slant on the modern State of Israel. I wrote a lengthy letter to one of the authors and have had extensive dialogue with the brother who recommended one of the books. Both books emphasize in detail Israel’s sins against the… Read more »

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The Generosity Gospel

Sometimes I am asked if I believe in the “Prosperity” gospel. What I believe in is the “Generosity” gospel. There is a divine revelation of God’s desire to bless His people in every way, including financially. The issue of blessing can be seen at the first covenant of God with Abraham: Genesis 12:2 – I… Read more »

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The Patience Of God Prevails

“..the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah.” (2 Peter 3:20) Like the world in the days of Noah, life in the Soviet Union was void of God. Communism had pushed God out and locked the door behind Him, totally denying His existence and doing violence to anyone or anything that implied… Read more »

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Judeo-Christian Values

A Surprising Controversy Recently, a surprising controversy was covered by the Israeli press. The debate concerned plans of Israelis and Christian Zionists organizing joint events to support the State of Israel. One of the most important sponsoring organizations is the Christian Allies Caucus of the Israeli Knesset. Amazingly, a woman on the Jerusalem City Council,… Read more »

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From Shia to Yeshua

It is not everyday that Ohalei Rachmim hosts a guest speaker from Iran but on the evening of June 7th, we welcomed a brother who was once a Shia Muslim dedicated to the cause of Islam. Reza Safa grew up an ardent Muslim. His father was an eminent Islamic scholar, who used to take his… Read more »

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