The Purpose of The United States

When you receive this newsletter, we should be sometime between the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles and the American celebration of Thanksgiving. In the Jewish feast we remember the time in the wilderness when God supplied all our needs. We dwell in tents or sukkot for seven days and we celebrate the last, ingathering harvest… Read more »

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The World Needs Love

Burt Bacharach was no preacher but he proclaimed a message in song we all intuitively understand: love is the crucial ingredient to bring healing and wholeness to the world. “What the world needs now” is not about love as romantic attraction or adulation for another person – the love the world needs is much deeper… Read more »

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The Content of Our Worship

Do you long for greater depth in the content of your worship? Does it seem that contemporary worship is lacking in depth of content? How does our worship content compare with historic Judaism and Christianity? A few years ago, a historian noted that the old Methodist worship hymnal had great depth of content that those who… Read more »

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Religious Coercion and Liberty of Conscience

Genuine religious liberty is one of the most remarkable legacies of the United States. We often do not appreciate that this legacy is of recent origin. We look in vain though history for another state, country or community whose laws enshrined genuine religious liberty. Here is a little background. Liberty and the Ancient World In… Read more »

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Islam, Violent Jihad and Israel

I am continually perplexed when I have heard Western political leaders defending Islam as a loving, peaceful and tolerant religion. It is as if they are saying, “Please, please, please be tolerant, peaceful and loving, because if you are not, and the true face of Islam is the jihadists, then we will be scared to death… Read more »

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What Makes Great Congregations?

If you are a long time reader of “Israel’s Restoration” you know that I often comment on a variety of themes. They include the salvation of Israel, the condition of the Church, Islam and the relativistic West, and the last days. You may not realize, however, that I oversee a network of nearly 20 congregations… Read more »

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There Is No Fear In Love

I recently gave a message to our congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, on covenant community. The readers of this news and teaching letter are familiar with my views on enforcing standards in the Body of the Messiah. There are many reasons why this is not done, though it is strongly enjoined in many biblical texts. The Jewish… Read more »

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Spiritual Power And Cultural Sensitivity

Seeker Friendly Western Sensitivity Sometimes cultural sensitivity and spiritual power are incompatible. There is a specific orientation in the Western world that seeks civility at the price of spiritual power. In the Church world, this has produced a seeker sensitive orientation in formerly charismatic churches, resulting in a ban on Holy Spirit manifestations. The change… Read more »

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The Cowardly And Damned

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars … their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 NIV) I have always wondered why the cowardly were excluded from the Kingdom of God… Read more »

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Why Liberals Have Turned Against Israel

I Would Define Liberals In the last 30 years many one time liberal supporters have turned against Israel. To understand liberals, we should have some idea of their belief system. Liberals are usually distinguished from socialists. The latter believe that the government should own the means of production; that is, public ownership. Liberals generally believe… Read more »

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