Messianic 101

We continue receiving the instructions from God regarding the various sacrifices. We are told to maintain the fire on the altar, the daily burnt offering, what to do with the parts of the offering, which parts go to the Priests, who may eat of which parts, what to do with
The title for today’s message comes, obviously, from the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. The point is that a name doesn’t really identify or dictate the type of person whom the name is assigned to. Juliet proves this later by pointing out that a rose by any other
I should start off wishing you all a Happy New Year for yesterday was the first day of Nisan (which used to be called Aviv) and is what God declared to be the first day of our year. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch
For the first half of my life, I thought the last thing I would ever want to do is be a Salesman. I, along with almost everyone I knew who never sold anything, thought that career was slimy and dishonest. Besides that, who would want a job where you never
Before we can start this discussion, we should make sure we all know what the term “Original Sin” means. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video.  There are many different definitions, and I found that Wikipedia did the best job. Here is what
Do you recall the story about the adulteress brought before Yeshua? You can find it in John 8:3-11 (CJB): If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery and made her stand in
Do you think that fear is the lack of courage or is courage the lack of fear? I have always heard, and agree, that courage is when we overcome our fear. Fear is an instinct, it is designed to help us survive, but when we let our fear rule us
I mentioned in my last message to you that I would be talking about which books really make up the Torah, and what I mean is the Torah that Moses knew to be the Torah. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Yes,
That seems to be an easy question to answer, doesn’t it? I would think we are all thinking the same thing: God gave the Torah to the Jews so they could know the difference between sin and righteous living. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link:
I often see people posting, and this is exclusively by Gentile believers, asking if they can be called “Jewish”, or (most recently) if they can be a “Hebrew” if they are not Jewish by birth. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Some
Pretty much everyone knows that when Yeshua walked the earth the Jewish population, for the most part, rejected him as the Messiah, although there were many who accepted him. After his resurrection, he was introduced to the Gentiles in the Middle East and Asia, and they much more readily accepted
Jacob and his entire family are now in Goshen, and Jacob lived there for another 17 years. Joseph is told that his father is ill and he brings his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim to Jacob so that they can be blessed by him. If you prefer to watch a
The Sacrificial System is outlined, in detail, in the first 7 chapters of Vayikra (Leviticus.) In those chapters, we learn about the sin, guilt, peace, thanksgiving, and burnt offerings; what animals are to be used and what condition they must be in, how they are to be treated, what to
We left Benjamin being taken into life-long slavery for having stolen the cup from Joseph. This parashah begins with Judah coming to Joseph and explaining how very valuable Benjamin is to Jacob and begs Joseph to take him in place of Benjamin as his slave for life and release Benjamin
Now that all the annoying open registration for Medicare commercials are gone we have a new hot topic, which rolls around every December: the argument about Christmas, specifically addressing this question: “Is celebrating Christmas a sin or not?” If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch
I did a search on the Internet asking what freedom in Christ really means. Now, I know you can’t trust the Internet, but it does give us an idea of what others are being told. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. One site
I know there are probably (at least) some of you who are thinking to yourselves, “We can never have too much knowledge!”, and you may be right. I think knowledge is a weapon, and like any other weapon -knife, gun, club – it isn’t the weapon itself that is dangerous but
“What? What are you talking about? How can you say that the creator of the Universe, the all-mighty and all-powerful God of our Fathers can’t do something? He can do anything!” No, he can’t. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. He can’t
I suppose before we begin this discussion you should know what I mean by “legalism.” If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. For the purpose of this discussion, legalism is obeying the instructions God gave in the Torah, but not because we want
Too often I hear people talking about grace as if it is synonymous with forgiveness, and forgiveness as if it is synonymous with mercy.  It isn’t, and they aren’t. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Grace is the way God shows his