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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Anti-Christian Zionism

The Bethlehem Bible College Conference on the Land Recently a conference was held at Bethlehem Bible College that could be characterized as generally against Christian Zionism. Citizens of Israel are not legally permitted to travel to some Palestinian areas, including Bethlehem, therefore Arab Christians and their Evangelical supporters provided the predominant viewpoint. I have had… Read more »

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Restoring The Judicial Function to The Body

A Troubling Situation Over the past year I have been troubled by a number of occasions of marriage and divorce by people in leadership. One was a renewal leader who was reported to lead gatherings with great healings, signs and wonders. It was discovered that this leader was having an affair with a female worker…. Read more »

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Profound Ambivalence: A Right Response To Rabbinic Judaism

A Renewed Mind When we are filled with the Spirit and our faith is centered on Yeshua, on all that He has done, and will do for us, a wonderful transformation takes place: we are endowed with a renewed mind which can weigh viewpoints, practices, and philosophies (Romans 12:2). In this regard, when we reflect… Read more »

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Offended By Christian Zionists

A Messianic Jewish leader’s wife came up to me in tears. A major Christian Zionist prayer event had just concluded in Jerusalem. Why was she crying? Shouldn’t we all be rejoicing that this event had taken place, an event where Christians from around the world, including some who were internationally known leaders, prayed together and… Read more »

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Rediscovering The Roots of The Remain

As you read this we will have just finished the cycle of the fall feasts – a season of great enrichment in Israel and for the Messianic Jewish community worldwide. We began on Rosh Hashanah by blowing the Shofar, the sound that harkens back to Sinai and looks forward to the Second coming. Ten days… Read more »

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Rooted Spiritual Life

One of the most significant features of modern Christian movements is the loss of connection to their ancient Church heritage and traditions, the classical roots of the faith. Last month I wrote about valuing the Jewish roots that remain within Christian heritages (see, Rediscovering the Roots that Remain, November 2009). However, many contemporary streams of Christianity… Read more »

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