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Wisdom and the Fear of God

Wisdom is the ability to know what is the right thing to do. Obviously before we can do the right thing, we have to know what it is. From God’s point of view, if He sees that someone really wants to do the right thing, He will let him understand (John 7:17). If someone wants… Read more »

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Judah First

In the book of Romans we find the phrase “to the Jew first” three times: one for the gospel (1:16), one for wrath (2:9) and one for glory (2:10). I believe that this phrase is a continuation from the book of Genesis, in which the tribe of Judah was to “go first”. The connection between… Read more »

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How to get a Double Portion

<Over the span of his ministry, Elisha raised the dead, brought supernatural supply, and prophesied over kings. How did he gain entrance to the heart of God and release the supernatural? A profound key is found in one tiny word: if. When Elijah was about to depart for heaven, Elisha, his disciple, insisted on staying with… Read more »

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Are Gay Rights Wrong?

Just before the Feast of Shavuot this year, Israel’s justice minister, Tzipi Livni, performed a wedding for two gay men. Such ceremonies are not legally recognized by the State of Israel thanks to Orthodox Jewish political power. So there is a barrier to embracing homosexual marriage. For this, I am grateful. Yet, homosexuality is a… Read more »

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The Israel Land Question

There is great controversy in the Body of Messiah worldwide concerning the place of the Jewish people and the land of Israel. However, the issue is not inherently about politics or racial identity but about the very nature of the kingdom of God. I. Redemption of Planet Earth Is the ultimate purpose of God for… Read more »

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Exile and Redemption

There is a profound mystery throughout the Scriptures in the relationship between Israel and the Nations. The covenant of God started with Noah for all the nations, and then was transferred to Israel through Shem and Abraham. Abraham himself lived in Ur of the Chaldeans (ancient Iraq) and immigrated to the land of Canaan. Abraham’s calling… Read more »

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Isaiah: Zionist Prophet Interceding for the Nations

Israel’s Love/Hate Relationship with “The Nations” The positive feelings originate from: Wanting to be received as an ordinary, peaceful country, free from international focus and turmoil. Partnership and assistance in rebuilding the land, particularly from Christians. (Isaiah 60:1-16) The negative feelings issue from: Millenia of conflict, exile, war and persecution to this very day. Biblical… Read more »

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Choosing Community & Leadership

Over the last several years, I have asserted what I take to be an axiomatic statement: If you are not part of building congregational community under an eldership, you are outside of the will of God. This could be due to rebellion to the revealed will of God, or it could be out of ignorance of… Read more »

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How Difficult to Crucify the Flesh

I wonder if it was emotionally difficult for the Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago to crucify someone. Perhaps some of the soldiers were totally sadistic and enjoyed their work. Perhaps some of them were neutral and just “doing their jobs.” Perhaps others were actually good people (like the centurion) and felt compassion for those suffering. Was… Read more »

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To Dwell: The Promise and The Challenge

The first waves of immigration to Israel experienced great hardship. The settlers faced many practical economic challenges and opposition from some Moslem residents as they struggled to create a habitable environment in deserts and malaria ridden swamps. They bought land with donated money, established cities, built villages and kibbutzim. Later, immigrants who came soon after… Read more »

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