Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and empty. And darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day that Yehovah God made the earth and the heavens.
Dt 6:4-5 Hear, O, Israel. Yehovah our God, Yehovah is … Continue reading
Who are you? Has anyone ever asked you that question? Were they genuinely interested in knowing who you are, or were they challenging you? Did you know how to answer the question? Let’s look at a scene in the Bible, and how this question and answer can help us know who we are, our identity:
Jn 8:12-30 (23-25) And [Yeshua] said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of … Continue reading
Lk 2:11 There is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord!
Our faith in God through Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ is unique and different from all other religions and faiths. Every other religious faith requires keeping certain commandments and doing certain works in order to maybe earn by our own efforts what can be called “inheriting the world to come”. That is, earning the right to live, both now and … Continue reading
As we begin a new year it is good to consider what we are looking forward to. In Messiah all believers are priests, and we are called to carry God’s burden for His people and for His holy name’s sake. These two elements are inseparable: the glory of the holy name of YHVH is connected with the life and character of His people worked out in love for Him and for one another.
Ex 34:6-7 … Continue reading
Ex 20:1-7 no other gods ‘above’ YHVH; do not carry YHVH’s name in vain
Ps 8:1 YeHoVaH, our God, how excellent is Your Name in all the Earth . . . .!
Everyone has received a name from his/her mother and/or father. We who are parents have given names to our children. —Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: sanctify their names by honoring them in our own name as their children. –hearts of fathers to the children, and … Continue reading
What’s in a name?
Words have great spiritual importance. God created the world with words, and rules over the world with words. The power of words is in their meaning, not so much in their pronunciation. I am often asked how the name of YHVH is pronounced (Yahweh or Yehovah)? The very question partly misses the point. There is no discussion in the Torah, the Prophets, or the New Covenant on how … Continue reading
(Teaching at conference in Lubumbashi, DRC – Pentecostal Epiphanie Church — May 26, 2009)
Mt 5:17-19; 2 Cor 1:20 Jesus came not to cancel or to break the Law and the Prophets, but rather to fulfill every jot and tittle of them
Ex 25:21-22; Lev 16: 11-14 the Ark of the Testimony was set in the Holy of Holies; the intercessory cloud of … Continue reading
Rev 19:11-16 Jesus in righteousness judges and makes war
Gen 2:4 YHVH God is the Creator of the Earth and the Heavens
Ex 3:14-15 YHVH, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; His … Continue reading
This week at least three different and separate occasions brought to mind the thought of the relationship between God the Father and us as His sons and daughters in Messiah: the Bible study at Grace House on Sunday; a letter from Hannah concerning the establishment of a Christian school; and a discussion with a man from Canada who prays for 60 ministries in Israel.
Dt 5:16 … Continue reading
We previously looked at striving together in prayer for the sake of the gospel; zeal for the sake of God’s covenant; regathering and salvation of Israel for the sake of YHVH’s holy name.
Mt 5:11-12 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds … Continue reading
Ps 19:1-7 (Heb) To the Chief Musician; a Psalm of David: The heavens declare the glory of [the Mighty] God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night stores up knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the Earth and their words to the end of the habitable world. In them He has set … Continue reading
(C&MA Great Commission Fund tour from Feb 27 – Mar 10, 2004, in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia)
Mk 10:28-31 (Mt 19:29; Lk 18:29-30) Then Peter began to say to [Jesus], ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for My … Continue reading
Ecc. 12:13-14 — . . .God will bring every work into judgment. . .whether good or evil 2Cor 5:9-11a — . . .we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, that each one may receive the things done in the body. . .whether good or bad
The apostle Paul gave himself as an example of a sinner saved by the grace of God, that we would learn from his life as a believer in Messiah Jesus, and of … Continue reading
(Friends of Israel conference, Finland; 18-21 Mar 2002)
1. Jesus is LORD: worship God in spirit and truth; no idolatry; God is one –Jesus is the King of the Jews/Israel; Jesus is the Glory of Israel Mt 2:2; Jn 19:19; Lk 2:32; Jn 1:49 –Name above all names: YHVH Philp 2:9-11; Is 45:23; John 12:41 … Continue reading
(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany: “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)
Mark 8:34-38; Hebrews 11:24-26; 13:13-14
In Israel the Supreme Court has determined that Jews who believe in Jesus/Yeshua as Lord and Savior are not entitled to immigrate to the State of Israel under the Law of Return. Our faith in Jesus places us outside the Jewish camp of this world.
In … Continue reading