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  • 2020-05-07 Fear Not, You Have a Purpose

    The fact that you're not perfect has everything to do with why you were created.

  • 2021-05-05 Sacrifice

    Offerings made to God are not for His benefit.

  • 2021-05-03 Under Attack?

    Life's trials are not always from God or from Satan.

  • 2021-05-02 Idolatry Today

    The human impulse to seek a 'better deal' than they believe is available from God has not gone away. Idol worship today looks a bit different than in Biblical times, but all of its pathologies are still with us. This new look helps keep idolaters from realizing what they are doing - allowing them even to attend church with a clear conscience.

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  • 2021-04-30 The Sovereignty of God

    Believers are fond of saying, 'God's sovereign, He can do whatever He wants.' Unfortunately that doesn't mean what they think it means.

  • 2021-04-28 The Wedding at Sinai

    The events of Exodus 19 and 20 constitute a betrothal and marriage between God and Israel. Unfortunately something went wrong in the consummation.

  • 2021-04-26 The Ambiguity of Scripture

    Why is the Bible not written more clearly? What can you trust?

  • 2021-04-25 The Lord's Prayer

    This is an extremely Jewish prayer reflecting a difference in focus between the synagogue and the church. The focus of both the synagogue and the early church was bringing Heaven down to earth or repairing the creation. About 300 years ago the church shifted focus to getting people into heaven and began neglecting earthly governance.

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  • 2021-04-23 Fear of Man

    We tend to give more weight and attention to people than we do to God. Not so with Moshe

  • 2021-04-21 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

    Philip was engaged in a very productive ministry when God diverted him to something else.

  • 2021-04-19 Last Will and Testament>

    Hebrews 9 discusses the death of someone who has made a will as being necessary to obtain the inheritance. This is a poor translation as it does not fit with Hebrew culture.

  • 2021-04-18 Knowing God

    As different cultures encountered God as described in the Hebrew Bible, they tended to try and understand and relate to Him in terms they were familiar with. Calvin, for example, was a lawyer and tried to fit God into a legal structure. The Catholic Church within the last decade wrote the humans could not understand God and out only access was through Jesus. These are all distortions. In the Bible, God presents Himself to man in very understandable and relatable terms.

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  • 2021-04-14 Tithing

    Without a Temple or Tabernacle, is tithing still required by God?

  • 2021-04-12 The Inferior Covenant

    Why is the Covenant at Mt Sinai inferior to the New Covenant?

  • 2021-04-11 Fifty Days to Liberty

    The fifty days from First Fruits to Shavuot (Pentecost) are symbolic of the transition from slavery to liberty in God's Kingdom. Those 50 days are echoed in the 50 years between Jubilees where liberty is proclaimed "throughout the land." This had special significance for Israel and for the founding fathers of the United States.

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  • 2021-04-09 God Does not Say...

    In the Garden, God does not say to Adam, 'If you eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, I will kill you.' Rather, He says something very different.

  • 2021-04-07 Why Speak in Parables

    Both the prophets and Y'shua speak to Israel in parables which are designed to tell the truth in such a way that most people will not understand.

  • 2021-04-05 Is Moses Obsolete?

    The Torah is not done away with, just obsolete. Just what does that mean to us?

  • 2012-04-04 History is Prophecy

    The events that happen in the Patriarch's lives echo through succeeding generations. This is also true for the Nation Israel. If one studies the events of the Passover, one may find the same events happening in the burial of Jacob hundreds of years earlier. One may also find them foretold in the prophets. This talk is based on ideas originally presented by Rabbi Fohrman.

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  • 2021-04-1 God and Pharaoh

    During the plagues, Pharaoh seems to have been remarkably thick in realizing what was going on. Perhaps he had good reasons.

  • 2021-03-30 Bitterness

    Bitterness destroys the one who bears it.

  • 2021-03-29 Freedom in the Torah

    Contrary to much Christian belief, the Law of Moses is the only source of liberty.

  • 2021-03-25 Prophets as God's Enforcers

    Prophets serve an unique function in God's administration of Israel. They provide a check on human government's abuse of power.

  • 2021-03-24 Laying on of Hands

    The Spirit is passed from one to another through touch.

  • 2021-03-21 Demons

    Dealing with demons was a significant part of Y'shua's ministry. It also featured prominently in the instructions He gave His disciples when He sent them out on their own. Demons are still very much a factor in the world we must deal with, and His instructions are still pertinent.

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  • 2021-03-20 How Do We Behave In Exile

    The four great men of exile in the Bible, Joseph, Moses, Daniel and Mordecai all handled themselves differently. Those temperamental differences trace back to the sons of Jacob.

  • 2021-03-17 The Word Divides

    When Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God divides soul, spirit, joints and marrow, what does that mean?

  • 2021-03-15 New Testament or Brit Chadasha?

    Many Messianic believers refer to the Apostolic Scriptures - the New Testament - as the New or Renewed Covenant. Is this correct?

  • 2021-03-14 Why We Keep the Feasts

    As Messianic believers, we get asked by our Sunday church brethern why we are doing all this 'Jewish' stuff. The feasts of God are for all members of His Kingdom, not just the Jews.

  • 2021-03-11 God Created a Moral Universe

    The structure of reality tends toward morality.

  • 2021-03-08 Apostolic Miracles

    What was the purpose of the miracles performed by the apostles after the Resurrection?

  • 2021-03-07 The Church as Beachhead

    In the Gospels, Y'shua twice sent His disciples out ahead of himself to, "Heal the sick, cast our demons and announce that His Kingdom was at hand." In other words, they were to establish a beachhead in enemy territory. That was also the mission of the church after His resurrection. The church today has largely lost sight of that mission. It has been expelled from politics and has ceased to be an authority on cultural issues. As the church has faded, Satan has advanced. How should we act to regain the ground we have lost?

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  • 2021-03-04 Biblical Generosity

    In God's economy generosity is the only policy that makes any sense

  • 2021-03-04 Lot, a Biblical Case Study

    The Bible often teaches through case studies; telling stories of two men each faced with the same choices. In the case of Lot and Abraham, Lot's choices lead inexorably to his destruction.

  • 2021-03-02 Signs of the Holy Spirit

    Scripture is very clear that when the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, those around him immediately notice that something has changed.

  • 2021-02-28 Missing God's Love

    Much Christian teaching is in terms of salvation, grace and law. While each of those subjects is important, they cause us to miss or neglect understanding that God, first of all, loves people. Grace, law and salvation all deal with punishment - or more accurately the avoidance of punishment. Such a focus misses the warmth of the relationship that is possible when we focus on love.

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  • God's Loving Kindness

    Despite the miserable things we often do, God shows us His loving kindness

  • Life's Purpose - Some Assembly Required

    Our society believes that the pursuit of happiness is the highest of goals. That is a dead end; leading to the spiritual cul-de-sac of appetite and consumption. Rather than happiness, we should be searching for meaning in our lives. This leads to purpose and the satisfaction of knowing that we are useful in God's hand.

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  • Jacob at the Well

    Jacob's life was difficult, mostly because of the things he did as a younger man before his encounter with God. Despite his early character flaws, he was used by God to found the twelve tribes of Israel. His use by God is a source of great hope to those who are struggling to find our way.

  • Jacob Becomes Esau

    Jacob stole Esau's blessing by tricking his father. He also 'purchased' Esau's birthright by taking advantage of his brother's impulsive nature. After over twenty years under his hard uncle Laban, Jacob has in many respects become the 'man of the field'. He has, in a sense become Esau.

  • Judah and Esau

    Comparing the lives of Judah and Esau, it becomes obvious that they are the same character. This casts a different light on Jacob's theft of Esau's blessing in the face of Isaac's desire to split the blessing of Abraham.

  • Sowing the Word

    In explaining the Parable of the Sower, Messiah concludes that the good soil is fruitful where the road, the rocks and the weeds are not. If we compare his to Genesis 1 where God tells us to be fruitful and multiply, it becomes clear that fruitfulness in God's eyes involves more than just children. We are also expected to reproduce spiritually.

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  • Judah the Humble King

    Before Jacob died, he blessed his sons. To Judah he gave the role of king and to Joseph he gave the blessing of Abraham. Both of these men displayed extraordinary humility. In Joseph's case humility was forced upon him by slavery. Judah had to learn it through being confronted by his own failures.

  • The Gospel in Genesis

    Because Hebrew names all have a meaning, it is often possible to find sentences in Biblical name lists. That is the case in Genesis 5 where the names spell out the Gospel.

  • Prayer

     

    With the nation in turmoil over political events, the prayers of believers are increasingly important. Pray that God have mercy upon the United States.