Power of the Cross

The message of the gospel contains power. If salvation was only legal permission to go to heaven instead of hell, then no essential power would be needed. The power is to change us – to change us from within, to change our character. “The gospel … is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). The word… Read more »

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Triangle of Intimacy

My favorite prayer in the Bible is John 17. There is a flow of logic and priorities in this prayer:   1. Oneness – intimacy with God   2. Holiness – separation from the world   3. Glory – manifest power of God in the saints   4. Unity – fullness of the Church (Ecclesia)   5. Witness – world… Read more »

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Honor and Blessing

There are two mentions of relationships between parents and children in the Ten Commandments. Both involve spiritual transfer from the parents to the children; one is bad and one is good. “… visiting the sins of the parents upon the children” Exodus 20:5). “Honor your father and your mother that your days might be long”… Read more »

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Authority, Discipleship and the Great Commission

In Matthew’s version of the “Great Commission,” there is a profound connection between authority and discipleship. Notice the word authority in verse 18 and disciples in verse 19. Yeshua has authority, therefore we make disciples. Discipleship is a response to Yeshua’s authority. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Therefore… Read more »

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Intimacy

The most precious thing in life is intimacy. Intimacy is first and foremost with God, and secondly with humans. It is the pearl of great price that we should sell all to obtain. Intimacy comes from a personal relationship with God through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Abraham became a friend of God (Isaiah… Read more »

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Recovering the Apostolic Commission

Being a believer in Yeshua includes taking part in a grand vision and challenge to change the world. This “great commission” was given to the original Apostles and disciples right before Yeshua ascended into heaven. That commission includes making disciples (Matthew 28:18), preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15), and restoring the kingdom to Israel. “Will you at this… Read more »

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God and the Armies

One of the most prominent names and descriptions of God is  (Adonai Tseva’ot), “YHVH of armies” (Isaiah 6:3). It is difficult in this modern world to understand God in some kind of military role. Here are some biblical perspectives: 1. God is sovereign over the armies of heaven and earth, and is an expert at the… Read more »

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Rainbow, Dove and Olive

The rainbow, dove and olive branch have become universal symbols of love, peace, harmony, tolerance and spirituality. Their origin however is in the Bible as part of God’s covenant with Noah. “The dove came to him … an olive leaf in her mouth” (Genesis 8:11). “I set My rainbow in the cloud … for a… Read more »

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All Israel Shall Be Saved

The Messianic body in Israel believes with a united heart that “All Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26). The idea that one nation, Israel, is promised a predestined, national revival is a radical concept. It is too radical to be based on one verse, even coming from Paul (Saul) the apostle. It must be a… Read more »

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Unbreakable Covenant

Covenant can be defined as an agreement between God and man that cannot be broken. Covenant is the framework for all the events in the Bible. The covenants of the Bible come in a consecutive series that logically build upon one another. 1. Adam and Eve – God transfers authority to govern planet earth to men and… Read more »

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