Rabbinic Judaism Lessons From The Book of Acts

There has been a continuing controversy among the Messianic pastors in Israel concerning our attitude toward religious Judaism and the Law of Moses. There is a small percentage (perhaps about 10%), who believe we should accept everything of Rabbinic Judaism; and another small percentage (perhaps about 20%), who believe we should reject everything of Rabbinic… Read more »

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Abraham and Lot – “Why Did Lot Tarry?”

Abraham and Sarah were by no means perfect people. There were even aspects of their marriage that could be called quite dysfunctional. (He gave her to other men, and she gave to him another woman.) However they were people who also gave themselves to walk with the Lord in covenant integrity, despite their weaknesses. God… Read more »

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Restoration of All Things

We believe in the biblical principle of restoration. God made everything in the world “very good”. (Genesis 1:31) Yet, Adam’s sin and Satan’s rebellion caused much destruction. God’s plan of redemption not only saves us from damnation, it also restores the damage that was caused. That restoration is first personal. Our spirit, soul, and body are redeemed…. Read more »

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Keeping The Sabbath

When sharing the gospel in Israel, we have to deal with the question of whether we “keep the commandments.” When religious Jews say, “commandments,” they mix together the biblical commandments and the added rabbinic commandments. If we say “No,” we have lost the authority of the scriptures. If we say “Yes,” they ask about which… Read more »

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The Glory of God

Here are 5 biblical promises that one day all the earth will be filled with the glory of God:  “All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” (Numbers 14:21) “The whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3) “The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”(Isaiah 11:9)… Read more »

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Passover And Baptism

The most important saying of the rabbis concerning Passover is that “in every generation, each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt.” This is parallel to the New Covenant concept that each person must see himself as if he participated in the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus). In fact the… Read more »

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Luke 10 or ‘How Ministry Can Get In The Way Of Love’

In Luke chapter ten, Yeshua gives a little trilogy on love. From verse 25 to 28, He explains to a rabbi that the central principle of the Law of Moses is not religious ritual but love – first to love God and secondly to love one’s neighbor. The rabbi asked a question about how to… Read more »

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Was Mary A Virgin?

Mary’s real name was Miriam. Technically, when Miriam gave birth to Yeshua (Jesus), she was not a virgin, but a virgin-betrothed. In biblical law, there is a big difference. Miriam was legally married to Yoseph (Joseph), but they had not yet come together physically. Had she been with another man, it would have been a… Read more »

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Mega Trends From The Bible

Many things are happening in the world today that are cause for concern. Yet there is also great hope for victory. In general bad things will get worse, and good things will get better (Isaiah 60:2). Let’s look at seven Bible verses with the word “all” or “every” to get a picture of seven mega-trends… Read more »

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God’s Transforming Presence

Our congregational service this week did not start out in glory. The parking area had been blocked off. The sound system didn’t work until the last minute. We had just switched secretaries and one of our pastors, Eddie, was out of town. The worship time started with a sweet spirit. After a half hour I… Read more »

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