The High Holidays

People connected to the Messianic Jewish movement and Evangelicals with passion for Israel often have a significant understanding of the High Holidays in the Bible and in Judaism. However, it is amazing how many Christians have no significant understanding at all, maybe the majority. This is the period between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur. The… Read more »

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Mutual Blessing

Some people find the word ‘blessing’ to be vague.  However, the word could also be translated enrichment, a gift that brings benefit.  I wrote a book entitled Mutual Blessing, to argue that the whole universe is arranged in an order of mutual blessing or enrichment through interdependence.  The beginning of the Bible reveals God’s order of… Read more »

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The Exchanged Life

In 1978, I became the leader of Beth Messiah Synagogue outside Washington, D. C.  A young couple in the congregation soon became friends, Jerry and Jo Miller, who had met and married during the days of my predecessor Manny Brotman.  Jerry became a young elder and eventually served as the primary local pastor after Eitan… Read more »

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The Book of Revelation in Our Times

The Book of Revelation provides us with some of the most controversial debates on the interpretation of the Bible.  Yet we are told that we are blessed if we read the book; it is so important that there are great penalties for adding or subtracting from the book.  Certainly, the people to whom it was first sent… Read more »

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On Passing the Trump Test in How We Treat Fellow Believers in Yeshua (Jesus)

In Mike Brown’s book on “Will Evangelicals Pass the Trump Test,” he argues that one key to that test is how we treat both those who are for, and those who are against Trump (if they expose themselves and engage in debate). If we do not treat them with love and respect and credit that… Read more »

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A Cry for Deeper Discipleship/ Growing to Maturity

Yeshua commanded the disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them and teaching them to observe all that He commanded them.  The goal of discipleship is to “be conformed to the image of His Son,” (Romans 8:29).  This is God’s destiny for all who are in Yeshua.  When a person enters the Kingdom through… Read more »

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Summer 2020 Prayer points for Israel

1.  Israel is going through a hard time economically.  Over 20% of the working population are out of work.  Pray for wisdom for the government in reviving the economy and managing the corona virus.  2.  The unity government coalition is under great strain.  Benjamin Netanyahu is presenting reasons for changing his coalition agreement, especially the… Read more »

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The Ultimate Clash of World Views 

In one of my recent posts, I distinguished and sought to define the differences between the liberal-left of center Democrat, the leftist Democrat, and the radical far-leftist.  The radical left is based on an integrated world view to a much greater extent than the left of center and the left.  Some of the positions of… Read more »

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Complexity of Political Terms and Left and Right

THE GREAT  COMPLEXITY OF POLITICAL TERMS – LEFT AND RIGHT, AND EXTREME LEFT AND RIGHT, AND RADICAL LEFT AND RIGHT, AND MODERATE LEFT AND RIGHT – makes our discussion of issues difficult.  We use these terms to show that there is a cohesion in identifiable groups of people.  However, as I learned in philosophy, NO TERM is circumscribed… Read more »

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Selective Empathy and Biblical Compassion

A family relative is a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter protests and has played down the violence and riots that have come more from the mostly white radicals who have hijacked the movement.   My daughter-in-law wrote a response.   Then she was taken to task for not agreeing with the millions of… Read more »

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