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Yeshua and Traditions of the Elders/of Men

Mk 7:1-23

As Yeshua continued to prove Himself to be the Messiah and the Son of God, we also see how the opposition to Yeshua strengthened and became more threatening to the established order.  Despite all of the signs and good works and healings that Jesus did, the flesh and the natural mind … Continue reading

Keeping Faith in Yeshua in a Hostile Environment

(Adapted for AMZI conference and ministry tour in Germany and Switzerland, June 9-14, 2016)

1Co 1:23-25  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness.  (24)  But to them, the called-out ones, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (25)  Because the foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and the weak thing of God is stronger than men.

1Jn 2:22-25  Who is a … Continue reading

Prayer of God’s Family and Yeshua’s Disciples

Prayer might be the only thing many believers can do; and prayer might be the only thing on which many believers across the denominational streams agree. Therefore, even here, the enemy comes in to bring inaction or disunity!

Let’s pray now together the prayer, commonly known as the “Lord’s Prayer”, but which is better described as the prayer pattern which Jesus taught His disciples and brothers to pray. Yeshua’s prayer in John 17 is definitely the Lord’s prayer!  (Even now … Continue reading

Sexual Purity

Est 2:1-4,14  After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus had calmed down, he remembered Vashti and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.  (2)  And the king’s young men who served him said, Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.  (3)  And let the king choose officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, so that they may gather together all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the palace, to the house of … Continue reading

Unity of the Spirit of the One Body of Messiah

(Modified June 26, 2016)

Eph 4:1-6 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the calling with which you are called, (2) with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, (3) endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling, (5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism, … Continue reading

Being Light in The Coming Darkness – 16 Jan 2016

(An introduction to a study of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation, with the focus on believers being overcomers and light in the darkening world)

What is important to the Lord Jesus Christ regarding our spiritual condition as His disciples? He has given us the Law of Messiah in His sermon on the mount (Mt 5 – 7); He has given us to understand what the Kingdom of God is like in this world (Mt 13); He … Continue reading

What Is The Purpose of The Law (Mt Sinai Torah)?

Gal 3:15-25   Brothers, I speak according to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one sets aside or adds to it. (16)  And to Abraham and to his Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ. (17)  And I say this, A covenant having been ratified by God in Christ, the Law (coming into being four hundred and thirty years … Continue reading

Racism Is Sinful, and Is Not New – 9 May 2015

Act 17:24-27   The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands,  (25)  nor is served with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life and breath and all things to all.  (26)  And He has made all nations of men of one blood to dwell on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries … Continue reading

Discipleship Includes Submitting to Government – 14 Mar 2015

We again have elections in Israel next week to choose who will be the next PM and lead the country.  As most of us know, politics in Israel are very complicated, and the world we live in here demands a heavy emphasis on defense and security needs, even as there is also the necessity of providing for the welfare of all her citizens and residents with equity.  Israel has yet to find that right balance, but by the grace of … Continue reading

Who I Am In Messiah – 14 Jan 2015

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

Religious War?

The recent terrorist attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem by Arab Muslims from East Jerusalem, in which rifles, knives, and meat cleavers were among the weapons used against Jewish men praying their morning prayers, has brought closer to home the reality that we are entering a religious war, and not only a nationalistic, political war here in Israel.   Among the dead and wounded Jews, a Druze policeman was also mortally wounded and killed as he responded … Continue reading

A SEASONAL WORD

In God’s prophetic and redemptive calendar given to Israel, the appointed times of the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, of the Day of Atonements, and of the Feast of Booths speak of the Ingathering of God’s people/harvest at the end of the age.  God knows His own, and those who call upon the name of the Lord will depart from iniquity.

One thing that God will not have in His people — whether Israel or the Church — is self-righteouness.  The cross slays all our … Continue reading

Evidence of Holy Spirit Baptism

Last week I spoke about repentance which leads to conversion, to real change in our thinking and in our character.  And that this is not only for when we first became believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Some of us have had sudden and dramatic experiences and can give a definite testimony of being born-again, or of being filled with a life-changing revelation from the Word of God by the Spirit … Continue reading

Clogged Wells: Religiosity vs Living Faith — 27 Apr 2013

We have spoken about clogged wells earlier, and about how not giving tithes and offerings can be a cause of stoppage of the living water in our life and in the congregation.  Giving from our money according to the appreciation of God’s grace and for His purposes is one defense against stinginess and greed. 

Today I want us to look at … Continue reading

Priests Are Burden-Carriers of God’s Glory: Merciful

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

THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE LORD’S PRAYERS

–Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt 6:33)  

—Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20)    –till end of age    –fullness of Gentiles towards Israel’s salvation  

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SUBMIT TO GOD, RESIST THE DEVIL, FOR THE KINGDOM IS THE LORD’S- 10 Nov 2012

(Delivered in essence at The Negev Conference in Beer Sheva)

Ja 4:4-8   Adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us yearns to jealousy?  But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He … Continue reading

PRIESTS AND PRIESTHOOD

1Pt 2; Ex 19:6   But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession, so that you might speak the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light….  

The last few weeks we have been speaking of … Continue reading

ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 2

Mt 11:12-13   And from the days of John the Baptiser until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.   

Lk 16:16   The Law and the Prophets were until John.  Since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is pressing into it.  … Continue reading

ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 1

There are a number of passages in the Bible which are sources of controversy and even of division within the Body of Messiah:  Israel, Yeshua/Jesus, the Bible itself, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, certain gifts of the Holy Spirit, the rapture of believers, and more.  The wisdom of God is far above ours, and the devil is smart enough to know how to sow confusion into everything.  It is for us, in the … Continue reading

PRAYER

Why do we pray?

Even Yeshua prayed!  Did He not come to do His Father’s will?  Yet He prayed according to the Word of God for the Father’s will to be done that would accomplish the purpose for which He came.  And because He loved God His Father more than even His own life, and always desired to please Him, then God … Continue reading

DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

I went to a website of someone who had written a book I found very interesting, and was shocked to see that he had left the faith, and was even defending his fall as  ‘being set free’.  Not only does he forsake the God of the Bible – whom before he had praised – but also denies that there is any God at all!  … Continue reading

VISION: MESSIAH AND HIS KINGDOM

A leader is responsible to carry and direct those under his authority towards a goal.  It may be to win a battle in a war; or to build a winning team; or to govern a country to preserve its freedoms and values.

An elder or overseer or pastor in a church is responsible to rule the household of God and to bring God’s … Continue reading

ISRAEL 2015: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE MESSIANIC BODY

(Shared at opening of new TOS church center in Tubingen, Germany, Sept 9, 2011)

It is difficult to know what will be tomorrow, so I will speak of what I believe to be God’s purpose as we look ahead to what will be four years from now within the Messianic Body in Israel.

1.  God, … Continue reading

MATURITY UNTO GODLINESS: CHOOSING THE GOOD

We spoke last week that God intends for us to be judges.  We should be wise and able to judge matters between believers; and we will be judging the world, and even angels. (1Cor 6:2-5)  Obviously, for such responsibility, we need to become mature, and conformed to the character of our Father God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ.  This is godliness. … Continue reading

MATURITY UNTO GODLINESS

Godliness is not only about morality, or a moral life.  It has especially to do with the character of God:  like Father, like Son.  God is righteous and meek.  God is love.  God is holy.  Aspects which the Holy Spirit is forming in us to conform us to the image and likeness of God can be found in Yeshua’s teachings of the beatitudes; in the qualities of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; and in the traits characterizing … Continue reading

VISION: PATIENCE TILL THE HARVEST

Lk 12:42-43   And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  … Continue reading

VISION

Often when people are asked, ‘What is your vision?’, the answers range from:  ‘to be used by God for His glory’; or, ‘to see the young people on fire for Jesus’; or, ‘to start a discipleship program for Israeli believers after the army’; or, ‘to plant x number of churches in the next five years’; or, ‘the salvation of Israel’.  

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Under Law Contrasted to Under Grace: As a Candle to the Sun

1Tim 1:8-11

–The Law is good, if used lawfully. –It is for sinners    –No need for law until there is enough transgressions to warrant it to maintain order and promote the general welfare         … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE NET (AND OF THE INSTRUCTED SCRIBE)

Mt 13:47-52  “ Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  So it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come forth, separate … Continue reading

PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND OF THE PEARL

Mt 13:44-45   Yeshua’s explanation of the field, the good seed, the tares, the enemy, the harvest, the reapers“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and … Continue reading

PARABLES OF A MUSTARD SEED AND OF LEAVEN

Mt 13:31-35; Mk 4:31; Lk 13:19; Mk 8:15; Lk 13:21 . . . The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES

Mt 13:24-30, 13:36-43   Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes; He explained it to His disciples:  

–The devil is at work within the world and the Church, with the full knowledge and under the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ. … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED

Last week we spoke about the mystery of lawlessness that has been already at work from the Garden of Eden.  We mentioned, too, that the devil is out to try to deceive the elect, if possible – not that he can take away our salvation (it is not in his authority to do so), but to at least have us disgrace ourselves and dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ in some way.  The … Continue reading

TO THE JEW FIRST AND LAST

(Open doors to the Jewish Community conference at Deltona Alliance Church, Florida, 30-31 Jan 2010)

Jn 16:8-11  And when [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me:  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the … Continue reading

AN EXHORTATION – 5 Jan 2010

There has been much official editorial and public reaction to the burning of a mosque in the town of Yasuflast month.  Both the Prime Minister and the President of the State of Israel rightly spoke out strongly denouncing such an act against those of another religion within Israelby Jewish zealots.  (Praise the Lord…let us remember that He even seeks out the fear of God amongst religious nationalists.  Simon the Zealot (kena’ee, not kana’ani/Canaanite) was one of Yeshua’s apostles!)

Yet, when … Continue reading

FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK, AS ORACLES OF GOD – 1Pt 4:11

The Messianic community in Israel and abroad is not of one color or in one stream.  There is no ‘spokesperson’ whose views are accepted by all as representing them – and this is right.  We do not all look the same, nor do we all have the same preferences when it comes to the many things which are offered us.  We are not called to the same service or gifted with the … Continue reading

THE SECRET OF YHVH IS WITH THOSE WHO FEAR HIM

We have been looking at the mysteries, the secrets, of God and of His Kingdom.  We began with those things which can not be known; we then looked at the mystery of Israel; and the mystery of God’s will that He will gather in the fullness of times all things in Messiah.  Now we want to consider the secret of YHVH, and the secret of knowing and enjoying His secret!

Psa 25:14… Continue reading

MANASSEH

Manasseh was the son of King Hezekiah.  It is written that Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of YHVH.  You may remember that Hezekiah got sick, and God sent Isaiah the Prophet to him to tell him to get his house in order, for he was going to die.  Hezekiah prayed and cried unto God.  The LORD heard him, and sent Isaiah back to Hezekiah to tell him that his … Continue reading

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

This is a particular expression which appears in only one chapter of the Bible, but which is indicated in many places throughout the Scriptures.  It is an expression which some Christians are uncomfortable using, and also one which is used too liberally.  

Jn 3:1-11   You must be born again by the Spirit of God. … Continue reading

REVIVAL AND UNITY IN THE CRUCIFIED ONE – 20 Sep 2008

(Message given at The Negev Conference in Beer Sheva)

1Cor 1:18, 23-25   For the word/message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. . . . We preach Messiah crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to … Continue reading

PRIESTS IN GOD’S TEMPLE

Rom 15:4; 1Cor 10:11  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we, through the patience and the comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope; our example at the end of the age  

Last week we looked at an overview of the Temple, from the days of the Tabernacle … Continue reading

GOD’S TEMPLE IN MESSIAH: A DAY OF JOY

Zech 8:18-19   Then the word of YHVH of Hosts came to me, saying, ‘Thus says YHVH of Hosts:  the fast of the fourth month, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall become joy and gladness and good times for the House of Judah.  And the truth and the peace you will love.’ … Continue reading

CONVERSION FOR ALL IN MESSIAH

Passover reminds us who are children of Israel that YHVH God – the Creator of the Universe and the Redeemer of His creation – brought us out of bondage in Egypt into freedom to serve and worship Him, the one true God.  This historic event, which resonates down through the generations until today and on into the future (Ezek 45: 21-24), stamped upon the Jewish people the reality of being … Continue reading

THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE PROMISES

James 5:7-11   Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.  Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.  Behold, … Continue reading

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Each new year people tend to think not only of the year gone by, but also of what they  want to accomplish during the coming year.

Ex 40:17, 34-35   Looking at these verses, we see that on the first of the year for Israel, YHVH God filled the erected tabernacle with His glory.  We who believe in Yeshua are God’s dwelling place on Earth today, and He wants His glory to fill us:  to be immersed in the reality of … Continue reading

GLORY HIDDEN TO BE REVEALED

(Israel Conference – Langensteinbacherhohe:  “Eschatological Convictions”, Nov 20- 25, 2007)

Jn 1:10-14   He came, and His glory was beheld by only a few

Jn 16:8-11   And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of Judgment:  of sin, because they do not … Continue reading

GOOD NEWS

(Israel Conference – Langensteinbacherhohe:  “Eschatological Convictions”, Nov 20- 25, 2007)

Acts 2:36-41   Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Yeshua, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!. . .Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; … Continue reading

IN THE LOVE OF THE FATHER

Mt 6:9-13   Our FATHER, who art in Heaven. . ..  

Jesus begins to teach us about God our Father in the Sermon on the Mount.  He speaks to us as if we are to know already or to begin to realize that we are to relate to God as our Father – not a distant Master, but a … Continue reading

A SON WITH THE FATHER’S HEART

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

GOD’S PLANT: ONE NEW MAN IN MESSIAH

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

BIBILICAL HEALTH AND GLUTTONY

Dt 21:18-21   . . .This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he a glutton and a drunkard. . . . Pr 23:2, 20-21   . . .put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.   . . .the drunkard and the … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING: A SOUND MIND

2Tim 1:7   God has given us a spirit of a sound mind (sanctified common sense)

1Tim 4:8   Bodily exercise profits a little

Ps 127:2   YHVH gives His beloved sleep

1Tim 4:3-5   God has given food which He created to be received with thanksgiving by those … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING: THANKFULNESS

Ps 100   A Psalm of Thanksgiving.  Serve YHVH with gladness; come before His presence with singing. …Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  For YHVH is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING: A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN US

It is a greater work of God to forgive us our sin than to heal our diseases!  It is a greater work of the Holy Spirit to convince us to KNOW that the Lord has forgiven my sin than for me to receive healing!  

Ps 51: 7-15 (5-13 Eng)   Purge me. . .wash me. … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING: FAMOUS EXCEPTIONS

Gal 4:13-15   [Brethren], you know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.  And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.  What then was the blessing you enjoyed?  For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING: THROUGH THE CROSS

Is 53:4-6   Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; … Continue reading

BIBLICAL HEALING

(inspired by www.christian-faith.com )

Mk 6:5-6   Now [Jesus] could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  And He marveled because of their unbelief.  

I confess to lacking full faith for healing, while at the same time acknowledging that God does … Continue reading

ISSUE OF THE HEART: COVETOUSNESS

Dt 5:21[18 Heb]; Ex 20:17 [14 Heb]  Thou shalt not covet anything that is someone else’s Col 3:5; 1Tim 6:6-10   covetousness is idolatry; with godliness, be content with what you have Mt 19:16-23   covetousness and the deceitfulness of riches makes it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven 1Cor 12:31   covet earnestly … Continue reading

ISSUE OF THE HEART: ” As if”

Have you ever listened to Israelis speaking in Hebrew and noticed that some of them us the word “k’ilu”?  It’s become a word that is used so much as just a ‘filler’ that it is difficult to know when the speaker really means “as if” or not.  

As I … Continue reading

GOD’S FAMILY: A GREAT NATION

Gen 4:1-2, 8-10   personal responsibility for individual members of our family  

Gen 12:1-3   Now YHVH said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall … Continue reading

THE DISCIPLINE AND ENDURANCE FOR THE PRIZE

1 Cor 9:24-27   Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.  Therefore I run thus:  not with uncertainty.  Thus I … Continue reading

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR BELIEVERS IN YESHUA

Rom 8:26-30  The Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God. . .                        And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might … Continue reading

OVERCOMING HATRED FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

(Delivered at NEM Conference at the Baptist Village in Israel, April 23, 2006)

Mt 5:9-11   Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of … Continue reading

HATED FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE

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

PHINEAS, AND GOD’S COVENANT OF PEACE

YHVH God makes and keeps covenants.  He is righteous and faithful to keep them all until they be completely fulfilled.  This makes them everlasting:  until He fulfills them, no matter how long it takes; and, until the end of history.  It is the New Covenant – a better covenant – which not only finds fulfillment in time – through the coming Millenial Kingdom of Messiah – but, even more so, seals the … Continue reading

THE FIRST PARABLE: KEY TO ALL THE PARABLES – 27 Aug 2005

Last week we spoke about vision and seeing the Kingdom of God and His call and purpose for this congregation, Nachalat Yeshua.  It was brought out that, according to Messiah Himself, knowing and understanding the first of His parables is crucial to understanding all the rest of His parables.  It is the privilege of His disciples to know them, whereas the multitude does not.  The parables of Jesus help us understand the … Continue reading

EVANGELISM AND THE GOSPEL – 5 Aug 2005

Jn 6:47-71   The Bread of Life; Living Bread; Eat My Flesh – Drink My Blood; Many Jews, including Yeshua’s disciples, offended; Not all who are chosen believe in Jesus

Tonight we take the Lord’s Supper together and remember His death until He comes.  The New Covenant is founded upon the death on the cross of the Son of God/ the Son of Man – His blood poured out mixed with water after He died for my sins and yours … Continue reading

PREPARING FOR THE INHERITANCE – 23 Oct 2004

 Ezek 20:33-44   in the “desert/wilderness of the peoples” Is 43:1-7   God will give other nations for a ransom in order to have Israel Rom 11:25-27  God will take away their/our sins

Last week we spoke of being Yeshua’s inheritance.  To be God’s inheritance we saw that our sins must be forgiven.  Our salvation and hope are based on redemption, not on creation only.  We must be born again through repentance and faith in the gospel.  In these last days of the kingdoms of … Continue reading

HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH – 6 Aug 2004

Is 53:7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He opened not His mouth; as a lamb to the slaughter He was led, and as a ewe before her shearers is silent, and He opened not His mouth.

1Cor 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Jesus identifies with us as human beings.  God was manifested in the flesh.  He identifies with us in our sinful … Continue reading

SOWING AND REAPING – 31 July 2004

1Cor 15:12-20, 31-37, 42-44

Two weeks ago Horque (Rodriguez) spoke to us about the law of sowing and reaping.  We will reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).  This is true whether we sow good seed or bad seed.  Jesus sows the good seed; the devil sows the bad (Mt 13:37-39).  There is going to both a good harvest of good fruit and a bad one of bad fruit.  When things in … Continue reading

Unity Through Love – 26 May 2004

Jn 17: 11-26

The Scroll of Ruth is read in the synagogues this holiday.  It is a story of love and mercy:  of someone “outside” – even poor and a stranger (זר) – who was brought “inside”.  She was chosen, but she also chose:  to belong to the treasured people of YHVH God, and to place all her future and hopes in their God.  About 1970 years ago, more than 3000 persons who were separated from God because of their … Continue reading

The Holocaust and Knowing God

Is 5:11-16, 21-24  Israel does not regard the activity of YHVH or the works of His hands.  God’s people in captivity [physical and spiritual] because of  lack of knowledge.  … Continue reading

GOSPEL FOR JEWS AND GENTILES

(C&MA Great Commission Fund tour from Feb 27 – Mar 10, 2004, in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia)

1Cor 11:23-26   we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes

The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Jesus the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming … Continue reading

FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS AND THE GOSPEL

(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

RECONCILIATION: SEEING GOD’S FACE IN THE SON OF MAN – 25 Aug 2003

(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

LOVE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW – 29 Mar 2003

(Presented at Arab Open Brethren Conference in Nazareth)

Rom 13:8-10   owe no one anything except to love one another

This passage is sandwiched between the instruction and commandment for us as believers to submit ourselves to the civil authorities in the countries where we live or sojourn for the honor of the Name of our God and Father, and of His Son, the Lord Yeshua the … Continue reading

FAILING FROM THE GRACE OF GOD – 15 Mar 2003

Gen 4:3-15  Cain murdered his brother Abel in jealous anger, and despised the goodness and grace of God Gen 21:5-10  the son of the bondwoman scoffed (ציחק ) at the son of the free woman       Gal 4:28-29  he that is born after the flesh persecutes him born after the Spirit, according to promise Gen 25:29-34  Esau despised and sold his birthright to Jacob Gen 27:32-41  Esau wept, but without repentance, and determined to kill his brother 1Sam 18:1-9  Saul was … Continue reading

JUDGMENT OF BELIEVER’S WORKS – 22 June 2002

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

SELF-JUDGMENT IN LIGHT OF PROPHECY – 1 June 2002

All believers in Jesus as Lord and Messiah are anointed by the Spirit of God.  According to the Tenach, the anointing was for prophets, high priests, and kings.  That Jesus is the Anointed One, is to say that He is the Prophet, the High Priest, the King of Israel.  The New Testament speaks of Jesus in this way.  As born-again believers, we abide in Christ, and the Holy Spirit dwelling … Continue reading

FLEE FROM IDOLATRY, IDOLS, AND IDOLATORS – 19 Oct 2001

Definition:  a vain thing; false gods; worship of false gods; unacceptable access or worship of the true God; those who practice such vanity

Ex. 20:1-3; Deut. 5:6-8    I am the LORD your God who brought you out of theland ofEgypt, out of            the house of bondage; You shall have no other gods before me; You shall not make for yourself a carved image; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, … Continue reading

THE BEATITUDES: THE MERCIFUL; THE PURE IN HEART; THE PEACEMAKERS

In His sermon on the mount (and on the plain), Jesus begins by teaching His disciples firstly–and any others who would take heed–the way of blessedness, the way of Godliness, the way of the Lamb of God.  He does not say, “go do, or go act in such-and-such a manner in order to be blessed.”  But rather, our Lord teaches by word and example that if we are such-and-such we are blessed.  The beatitudes … Continue reading

THE BEATITUDES: THE MEEK AND HUNGRY

Mt. 5:5    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit of God in the believer, which follows as we have humbled ourselves to admit we are helpless in our own selves, and are sorrowful over our own sinfulness in the light of God’s holiness.  Rather than driving us into the desert or a monastery to supposedly escape the sin and evil in the … Continue reading

THE BEATITUDES: THE POOR AND SORROWFUL

Blessedness is the spiritual state of the person who fears the God and does His will, and who puts his trust in Jesus.  It is the well-being and joy of those who share in the salvation of God and so are citizens of His Kingdom.  The source of blessedness is in Messiah from God.

The spiritual desire for these attributes of blessedness which Jesus gives is … Continue reading

THE BEATITUDES (with thanks to Spiro Zodhiates, The Beatitudes)

Mt. 5:1-12; Lk 6:20-26     Blessed . . . Gen. 17:1      I am El-Shaddai; walk before Me and be blameless

What are we pursuing in life?:  a comfortable life without problems?; or enough money to take care of any problems which we may have?; maybe a quiet life, or perhaps we want to succeed and be the best builder or the … Continue reading

THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME – 11 Mar 2000

Unless I am mistaken, there are not many who are rich amongst us.  Most of us are rather poor but, bless the Name of the Lord Jesus, we are rich in Christ!  We do not have many assets in our lives here in this world.  For the relatively few who do, remember — and do not forget — to give thanks always to our Father in Heaven for blessing you.  May you be a … Continue reading

THE TIME OF VISITATION – 22 Jan 2000

Lk 19:42-44 – judgment 1 Pet 2:11-12 – blessing

I am sure that if someone were to ask us, “Do we want more of Christ in our midst; do we want personal and congregational revival?”, most of us would quickly answer, “Yes!”  We would be like Peter, whose spirit was always willing to follow His Lord, but his … Continue reading

VISION OF THE GLORY: THE PRESENCE AND KINGDOM OF GOD

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Hebrews 9:27-28

Radicalism is sustained by a utopian spirit which believes and works toward the vision of a future qualitatively different than the present.  It will often look to the past for its inspiration, for example naive notions of the Garden of Eden or of a former “golden age”.  Or as in the case of the “utopia” … Continue reading

SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE CAMP

(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

THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO: RADICAL NEW COVENANT CULTURE-CRUCIFIXION

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Galatians 6:14-16; 1Corinthians 9:19-23

As light is different from darkness, so is the Kingdom of God different from this present world order.  The present world order is opposed to and separated from God’s Kingdom.  It does not recognize the Lordship of His Son Yeshua the Messiah.  … Continue reading

GOD’S WILL: OUR CONFORMITY TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON (Rom 8:29)

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

God has a vision for us:  to change us and conform us to His Son’s image.  Now we know that Jesus was the express image of the invisible God, so God has in mind that we become like Himself.  This is wonderful, amazing, requiring the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to accomplish this.  We … Continue reading

The Holocaust and the Salvation of Israel: “Be Reconciled to YHVH GOD”

Lev. 26: 40-45   Israel and Jewish people confessing personal and historic collective guilt for breaking YHVH’s covenants

There is a biblical principle whereby God holds the heads of a people accountable for the blessing or punishment of the people.  … Continue reading

Being Reconciled to God and to One Another

Matt. 23:16-21   The altar is greater than the gift

Matt. 5: 21-24   First be reconciled to your brother, and then offer your gift upon the altar

The calendar tells us that it is a new year,  a year which reminds us and the world that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh into the world which He made.  We can look back and consider how our God has watched over us and has kept us.  We can look ahead and … Continue reading

CLOGGED WELLS: UNPAID TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Last week I spoke about digging up our stopped-up wells so that the spiritual life in Messiah can flow through us more freely.  We spoke of some of the “stones, dirt, and garbage” which can clog up our wells.  It had been my intention to speak today on another subject related to God’s purposes for us here in Beer Sheva, but during the week the Holy Spirit convicted me of another stone in both … Continue reading

UNITY — WE AND OUR FATHERS – 18 Apr 1998

Mt 1:1-16; Lk 3:23-38  Genealogy of Yeshua Ezek 16:3; Dt 26:5  My father was an Aramean (Syrian)

YHVH promised Abraham, our father in the faith, that his children (his descendants) would go down to a land not theirs, and there become slaves.  At Passover we remember that God kept His promise to deliver our fathers, the children of Israel, from Egypt, and … Continue reading

THE CROSS

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

OUR BROTHER YESHUA

John 17:17-26  sanctify by truth; the Father’s love for us is as His love for Jesus Heb. 2:10-12  Jesus (Yeshua) not ashamed to call us His brethren

God loves us!  Our Father in Heaven loves us, and He loves us as much as He loves His only-begotten Son Yeshua!  It’s understandable that we should know and believe that God the Father … Continue reading

OUR GUILT OFFERING

Recently I was walking down the street and singing the chorus to the song, “Peace Like A River” – ‘it is well with my soul’ – and the Lord by His Spirit had me rejoicing in my spirit and giving thanks to God that it is true:  it is well with my soul!  And yet, I considered how annoyed and impatient I can be; how I am not considered by others for … Continue reading

REPENTANCE LEADS TO CONVERSION: LIFE-CHANGING/CHARACTER-CHANGING

(Eve of formal appointment as Elder)

Does anyone here tonight want to be changed from what you are and the way you now are – even as a believer – because of hearing the Word of God to you?

Is anyone here tonight a changed/different (hopefully better!) person since believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior than what you … Continue reading

BETROTHED TO YESHUA – 2 Mar 1991

2Cor 11:2   Engaged to the Lord 2Pt 1:4       Promises of God to escape worldly corruption and to partake of divine nature Gen 24:50-58   Rebecca’s betrothal (engagement) to Isaac

When any person – whether Jew or Gentile – is born-again through repentance and … Continue reading