My favorite verse in the Bible for witnessing to Jewish people is… Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ (Zechariah 8:23 JPS) Because I worship the God of Abraham, Issac, and Continue reading Christian vs. Jewish Ten Commandment Law
There used to be a commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs that claimed they had a better product because “They answered to an even higher authority.” It was a silly commercial, but I still remember that tag line. I have endeavored to make it the tag line for my life. No, I can’t do something that is illegal, immoral, unethical, improper, or dishonest, because I answer to an even higher authority. This should be true of all Christians. God requires Christians to submit to the Continue reading Christian vs. Government Authority
During the early months of Jesus’ ministry, an influential member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus at night to seek assurance that Jesus was from God. But, Jesus, reading his heart, answered the hidden problem. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT) Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to Continue reading What about born again?
Let’s consider a verse that is often used to justify dictatorial over-lording in Christian fellowships. The reasoning goes something like this: when there were no humans to control them, these people did whatever was right in their own eyes, so you need to submit to those humans that are over you in the Lord or else you will fall into the same sins. This gives them an excuse to order your lives. It ignores your salvation, it ignores the Holy Spirit, Continue reading All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes
Please consider adding this highly recommended book to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. It’s like the Siri or Google Assistant of the Bible. It’s the first place I turn when I wonder random things like what was happening in Ephesus when the Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians.
It is natural to assume the Old Testament is the first half of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but that’s not quite right. The Old Testament is a conditional contractual promise between God and the Jews. It is also known as: The Old Covenant, The First Covenant, The Ten Commandment Law (although that’s really just a part of the covenant), and for clarity it probably should be called The Mosaic Covenant. Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement Continue reading What is the Old Testament?
The most poisonous bitter root that can spring up and defile many is the sin of idolatry, which is defined as 1. (n.) The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods. 2. (n.) Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration –Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary Consider these stern warnings against idolatry. Hear, fear, and do more likewise… “Suppose someone secretly entices you—even your brother, your son or daughter, your beloved wife, Continue reading The bitter root of idolatry
Did you know Jesus Christ initiated 2 great commissions? First Commission Jesus Christ sent the 12 disciples to the lost sheep of the house of Israel to proclaim the kingdom is at hand (Matt 10, Mark 6, Luke 9, John 17) Second “Great” Commission Jesus Christ sent the 11 disciples (after Judas hanged himself) to all the nations to spread His teachings (Matt 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20) There are many important similarities and some important differences. Continue reading The 2 great commissions (the first commission and the great commission)