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Seeing the Light

Light plays an important role in some religious traditions. For example, in the tradition of Judaism lighting candles on Shabbat is to remind Jewish people of their Creator and to set apart this day from other days. Also, lighting the Hanukkah menorah is a memorial of the miracle of God’s intervention on Israel’s behalf in 168 B.C. Plus, the seven branch menorah found in the synagogue and formerly in the Temple “tells of an...

The Ancient Message The Ancient MessageIn Exodus 19 we have the account of Moses’ encounter with God and the receiving of the Torah (Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible). It has been almost 2,000 years since God communicated with man in such a direct fashion. The first time was with Adam. Now Moses is chosen to hear, and he will write down, the words of God.

What a...

God's Passion   The Cry

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” cried Jesus on the cross. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).

At that moment Heaven stood still in awe. A paradigm shift took place. Something changed. The angels had to marvel. The heavenly beings must have gasped. For the first time in eternity,...

Shavuot: Feast of Pentecost

 

 

Shavuot, or the Feast of Pentecost, is one of the seven feasts described in Leviticus 23. Originally, Shavuot was an agricultural feast. Eventually, it became known as the day Moses received the Law from Mt. Sinai.

Historically, the Jews would...

Messiah: Spirit and Light, Rabbinic Insights

 

 

“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2)

A young Jewish carpenter stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth, stood up to read the Torah.  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed...

Regarding Regrets  

O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting. I am often wearied by the many things I hear and read, but in You is all that I long for. Let the learned be still, let all creatures be silent before You; You alone speak to me.  – The Doctrine of Truth, The Imitation of Christ. Thomas A Kempis

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Jesus & Hanukkah

The Enemy

In 168 B.C. the Syrian emperor Antiochus came from the north and defeated Egypt.  During the process of celebrating his victory he was pressured by Rom to withdraw. In his anger at this reversal, he directed his resentment towards, and made a swath through, the land of the Jews.  He set out to destroy Judaism making any observance of the Jewish religion...

Q&A with Dr. Jeffrey Johnson Founder of Israel Today Ministries

 Why should evangelicals seek to understand the Jewish roots of Christianity?

The Abrahamic covenant states we will be blessed if we bless Israel.  The Apostle Paul and Jesus himself also told the Gentiles that they were to bless the Jewish people.  (Romans 15:27; Matthew 25:40).   Evangelicals will also find many scriptures to be more understandable and...

Let's Do It Again! Hanukkah/Christmas Project:  Feed Israel's Children

*  10 homes

*  25 Children per home

*  2 hot meals, 1 sumptuous snack

*  Sheltered from poverty & violence

*  $14,000 annually

Above the children are thanking Dr. Jeff for their meals.  The cost to feed each child is $...

 

The church owes a debt to the synagogue in many areas:

 

The church is a debtor to the Synagogue for the idea of “canon,” the concept of sacred authoritative Scripture to rule and guide...

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