Messianic 101

At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, as Yeshua was lifted up to heaven, he told his disciples to go and make disciples of everyone. This is known to many as “The Great Commission”, and Yeshua was, essentially, telling his talmudim (students, or in this case, disciples) that they
I have often written about how Christianity has idolized Jesus. In many of the different sects within Christianity, he is considered not just the son of God, but God, himself, and as such, he is prayed to; he is asked for healing, and he is considered to be the one
I once talked about how the Bible is just a book when I was giving a message at the place I used to worship, and not only did I get some pretty passionate disagreements, but one person actually walked out on me. If you prefer to watch a video, click
Back from a week off, driving up to visit Donna’s family in Philadelphia. The drive was full of problems with traffic, taking us nearly 40% longer than it should have, but the trip, overall, was good and we enjoyed being with family. Now back to work. As far as the
Listen to the popular missionaries and attend one of the “mega-church” masses and what do you hear? All the wonderful things that God wants to do for you. So, nu? What’s wrong with that? I’ll tell you what’s wrong with that- it is backward. If you prefer to watch a
Before we discuss these two passages, let’s make sure we all know what I am talking about. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. First, in Exodus God is talking to Moses just before giving him the 10 Commandments, and he states that
Let me start off by saying that when Gentiles who have been raised with traditional Christian teachings which turned them away from the Torah, later in life come to realize the truth of what Yeshua taught and turn their hearts to God’s commandments, there is nothing that can be wrong
Right off the bat, let me wish everyone living in the United States a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Of course, given today is a national holiday to give thanks, you might expect a message about that. Well, it ain’t gonna happen because everyone is already giving thanks, and I would be
How many times have you heard people ask why, if God is forgiving, loving, and compassionate, does he punish us? If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. How many times have you heard people say that the God of the Old Covenant is
We all have been taught that we are saved by faith, not works, but that isn’t the whole story. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Faith is not something that we are born with, and it is not something we can earn
You may be thinking that salvation is a gift from God that no one can have taken from them. And you are right- no one can take our God-given salvation from us, but we can certainly throw it away. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link:
When we read the Bible, we know that God is a loving, compassionate, and forgiving God. We also know that he promises to punish the guilty, guilty being anyone who purposefully rejects and ignores God’s instructions. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video.
I hope you don’t mind, but today I am going to take a total break from spiritual messages, even from a socially relevant message, and instead talk about something that is no more than pure, unadulterated self-interest. If you prefer to watch me pitch my books in a video, click
Lately, I have had a few Christian Facebook friends chide me, so to speak (and nicely, too, which I appreciate) about my somewhat bigoted attitude towards Christianity and Christians. Let me set the record straight- I am not against Christians, I am against Christianity. It is sort of like the
Here we are, again, at the end of a Torah cycle. Time to march the Torah around the neighborhood, with singing and shofar blowing. Then, after returning to the synagogue, we read the last lines of Deuteronomy and while the congregation sings and dances we roll back the Torah to
Here we are at Sukkot, again, which this year happens exactly on the first day of Fall. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Sukkot is, traditionally, believed to be the time when Messiah Yeshua was born, and this is verified by the
First off, I want to say to everyone the traditional Jewish greeting we pass to each other on Yom Kippur, which is: May you have an easy fast. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. So often over the years, I have heard
How many times do we read in the Bible that God says we are to be holy, as he is holy? Too many times to count, right? If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. But we are human beings; mortal, finite, and born
This is going to be a deceptively short and simple message today and is pretty much the definitive difference between Legalism and Faith. It is such a simple concept that I am not even going to do a video. Legalism is the belief in performance-based salvation, meaning that what we
We all know (at least, I hope we all know) that unconditional means without any requirements or minimums. And we all know (at least, I hope we all know) that when we pray we are to pray to God and not to anyone else. We do NOT pray to a