Did you ever have something leap off the page, land on your face, toss you back and forth, screaming, “PAY ATTENTION!”? This week I was casually searching the internet for the surname, Bocchimuzzo. (I occasionally dabble in family history.) As I was scanning a document from a Catholic church looking for this surname, words–having nothing […]
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Is Gehenna Purgatory?
This morning I was reading Matthew 5, when suddenly some things Yeshua said struck me with a totally different meaning. and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be subject to fiery Gehenna – verse 22 And if your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away! It is better for you that […]
Conversations Against Judaism
On New Year’s Eve a group of us gathered. We had a great time eating and talking, laughing and praising, dancing and playing games. About 2 a.m. the conversation that had been brewing for a while finally exploded into the focus of the New Year. Being the hostess, I couldn’t totally focus on this discussion […]
Who Can Define Sin?
God is the Creator of all things. Stop for a minute and dwell on that. No really, meditate on the fact that before God began creating, nothing existed – no time…no space…nothing. Then God began to create. And He set up laws and systems to keep that creation going, laws like gravity and motion, the […]
Torah Keeps Our Love Alive
“God’s Torah is His Spirit and His heart in writing. When we walk in Torah, we are walking in Him.” – Rabbi Matthew Salathe. Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the High Holy Day, the Shabbat of Shabbats. And I was struggling to enter into God’s rest on this most holy day of the year. You see, […]
Same God, Same Commandment, But?
This week I attended a bible study where the discussion centered on loving as God loved. One of the participants said it wasn’t possible to love as God loves. Another piped up that it is possible, because Jesus told us to do it. She kept insisting that it was simply a matter of obedience to […]
The Father’s Choice – Are We Presumptuous?
Last weekend, on the drive to Jacksonville to see my son and his family, I listened to FFOZ’s teaching on the Torah portion ‘Korah’. (I’m a little behind.) In it, D. Thomas Lancaster spoke about how Korah and his cohorts rebelled against God by rebelling against His chosen. They rejected Moses and Aaron, presuming that […]
Why Do Jewish People Reject Jesus?
Have you ever wondered why Jewish people reject Jesus? Seriously, have you stopped to truly examine the situation? Would you be surprised to learn that it’s our fault? (And by ‘our’ I mean Gentile Believers.) Well it is. You see, Jewish people who reject Jesus as Messiah and say He is a false prophet are […]
What Is the Gospel Message?
I recently read a blog trying to explain the Gospel message. In it, the author stated that the gospel message isn’t about us doing anything, but all about what Jesus did so we could go to heaven. But is that true? In the gospel of Matthew and Mark I hear Jesus saying, “Repent for the […]
God’s Definitive Punctuation Mark
Last night a group of us from several churches and synagogues gathered to celebrate Rosh Chodesh at my home. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, celebration, and Torah talk. The conversation extended into the wee hours of the morning and at times was quite…lively. Then this morning I caught up with email and […]