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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Rabbi “J”

Recently a discussion arose as to whether leaders of Messianic congregations in the diaspora should refer to themselves as rabbis. There are pros and cons to the issue. Interestingly, none of the leaders in Israel use that term. In Israel the rabbis have such influential positions of authority that it would be inappropriate, at least… Read more »

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Shavuot Prayer

It is so simple. It is so profound. It is so earth shaking. It’s so exciting. “In the end times I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17) This has not happened yet. It really will happen. It will happen soon. When does this happen? – In the end times. What will happen?… Read more »

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