Archive | August, 2013

What Makes Jesus Jewish?

What makes a Jew a Jew?  In other words, what is it that distinguishes the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob from all other peoples of the world?  It is their covenantal relationship with the King of the Universe, the Creator of all things. I recently read “The Jewishness of Jesus: Relevant or Essential?”[1].  And […]

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Are We Really Peculiar People?

As followers of Jesus, do we look different from the people of the world?  Does our lifestyle clearly say that we are a peculiar people[1]?  Or when the world looks at us, do they see nothing that says we belong to the King of the Universe?  Sadly, I believe the latter is often true.   God […]

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Heart Circumcision

Circumcision is not just a guy thing.  God calls both men and women into a wholehearted covenant with Himself, and there should be an outward sign of an inward commitment.  Circumcision and beauty are those outwards signs.  Unfortunately, tough circumstances in our lives reveal to us that circumcision and beauty are often only skin-deep – […]

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Jesus – the Prophet like Moses

Recently I was reading Deuteronomy 18 where Moses instructs the Israelites “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me…you must listen to him.”     I got to thinking what, exactly, does this mean?  After all, there have been many prophets since the time of Moses. But he talked about one […]

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The Good News of Elul

What exactly is Elul and why should Christians care? In the Hebrew calendar, Elul is the name of the month that comes before the fall feasts. It is the time leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  Traditionally, it is remembered as the time God gave Moses the second set of tablets and […]

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Did Jesus Rescue Us from God?

What many non-Jewish Christians don’t get is that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Oh, we say we get it, we say we believe it, but do we really?  When it comes to a discussion of Torah, our words often reveal something entirely different – and we don’t even realize it. Because we […]

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Fasting God’s Way

This is the month of Elul.  It is a time of preparation for the holy days that are coming.  It is a time to fast and pray.  That got me thinking about a lesson God gave me a few years back on fasting.   One day I was praying about jobs and income for my […]

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One of the Tribe?

This past week I conducted the most unusual interview ever.  I am a district supervisor with a merchandising company, and a very nice lady – who I’ll call Jay – applied for a position.  One thing we have to do at these interviews is see the applicant’s ID.  Well, it was her ID that caused […]

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