1Pe 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you (5) by the power of God, having been kept through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time; (6) in which you greatly rejoice, yet a … Continue reading
The Lord’s Day, mentioned by that term only in John’s vision of the revelation of Jesus Christ, is not to be confused with the Day of YHVH (Day of the LORD), mentioned numerous times throughout the Bible. The former signifies a particular day of the week; the latter to the ultimate day of judgment, either for salvation and deliverance, or else for condemnation and cutting off.
Can we determine from the Bible which day the Apostle is … Continue reading
(Updated Feb 26, 2017)
—– Original Message —– From: R Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 22:00 Subject: GREAT TO SEE YOU BOTH! To: Howard
It was good to catch up with you both so soon again – another of God’s ‘God-incidences’ I think! You said something at one of our recent meetings that rang an immediate chord: that the Muslims have no father, whereas the father of the Arabs is Abraham/Ishmael. I have always understood that every Arab … Continue reading
Many believers – especially Jewish – seem to have an identity crisis. Are we Jewish? Are we Christian? Are we neither, or both? This confusion is seen already in the New Testament, and some strong words are written for our admonition and encouragement.
Is 41:17-20 The poor and needy seek water, and there is none; their tongue fails for thirst, I Yehovah will hear them, I the God of Israel will not leave them. I will open rivers in high … Continue reading
(Delivered at “The Government Shall Be Upon His Shoulder” conference in Canberra, Australia, July 23, 2010)
Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising [Jesus] from among the dead.
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I was born to a Jewish father and a Jewish mother. They were each born to a Jewish father and mother. They brought us up with a Jewish identity through circumcision, observance of Jewish holy-days, Bar-Mitzva (‘Son of Commandment’). We lived with an awareness of being Jewish in a Gentile society, and an even larger world. We sought our acceptance by the Gentile Christians, hoping to prove ourselves worthy in their eyes, while also considering ourselves as much Jewish in … Continue reading
1Tim 1:1-7 not to allow another doctrine (torah; teaching) but gospel truth promoting love from a sincere heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith
Shavuot is nearing, which marks the beginning of the new phase in God’s plan of redemption to bring the Gentiles into His covenant promises to Israel and the Jewish people. It was difficult for the Israeli Jewish believers of the early church to accept that God wanted to — could! – relate to the … Continue reading
The distinctiveness of Israel, even of its 12 tribes — 12 loaves of the showbread [Bread of the Faces/Presence] (Ex 25:30; Lev 24:5-9) —amongst the nations remains valid all the way through to the end of the coming millennial kingdom. The last nine chapters of Ezekiel make this abundantly clear, as does chapter 7 of Revelation (not to mention the names of the gates of the New Jerusalem being the names of the 12 tribes of the children … Continue reading
(Delivered at Hephzibah Meeting in Marlow, Bucks, England)
When I first became a believer in Jesus as Messiah, the Son of the Living God, my immediate instinct was that the Gentile believers had taken away everything from its Jewish beginnings and, in doing so, caused most Jews to disregard the claims of the Christian faith and religion. Then, as I began to read the whole Bible myself, the Holy Spirit began to show me that there was much truth in … Continue reading
Ex 34:9 . . .pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance
Is 53:10-11 Yet it pleased YHVH to crush Him, putting Him to grief. If You would make His soul a guilt offering, He shall see seed; He will prolong days, and the good pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
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(Taught at Musalaha Youth Leaders’ Conference in Odenwald, Germany)
Gen 49:18 I wait with hope for Your salvation, YHVH! יהוה לישועתך קיויתי
The key to reconciliation between those who have beforehand been at enmity – at least in thought or perception if not … Continue reading
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith which was once-for-all delivered to the saints [Lk 22:19-20]; 1Cor 11:23-26 – remember Yeshua and His death until He comes again
The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Yeshua the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming again. Our sins are forgiven through faith in the once-for-all sacrificial and atoning death of the Lord … Continue reading
Mt 5:4/Lk 6:21 “Blessed are they who mourn/weep now, for they shall be comforted/laugh.”
Within the past month, members of this congregation have experienced mourning and weeping. With the death of two family members, loved ones and friends had a personal and family experience of weeping and mourning. And now this week, we have joined with the nation that weeps for … Continue reading
(Updated Feb 26, 2017)
Ps. 138:1-6 “. . .for Thou hast magnified Thy word [saying] upon all Your Name” (v. 2) –recognition of God’s Name brings forth songs of praise (psalms included musical instrumentation); –songs of YHVH and of His ways; –the names of God a progressive revelation of Himself to His people–in fact to the world–finding fulfillment under Heaven and in this present creation in the Name above all names, Yeshua (Jesus), our Savior God; –names are significant throughout Bible, … Continue reading