Messianic 101

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
The answer to the question, “Are cheeseburgers kosher?” is a resounding NO!…and a resounding YES! If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. If you ask any “mainstream” Jewish person, their answer will be “No” because their rabbi has taught them that any mixture
Today we will go over how it all fits together. And if you are wondering just what it is that fits together, I will start by explaining what I mean. And we will start out with God, which I think is a pretty good starting place. If you prefer to
Most of the people I have met over the years, both Jewish and Christian, know of the Torah. They know it is in the Bible (although it is a shame so many don’t know which books), they know it is full of laws and commandments, and most Christians have been
I haven’t been posting for almost an entire week, and later I will tell you why. When Shaul, that nice Jewish tentmaker from Tarsus, wrote to the Believers in Rome, he talked about Grace and obedience. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video.
One of the issues Yeshua had with the Pharisees and their teachings was that some of their man-made traditions were given precedence over what God said. These traditions have become part of Halacha, the Way to Walk, which is defined in the Talmud. If you prefer to watch a video,
When Yeshua was preaching in Jerusalem, thousands of people came to hear him, as did thousands when he was wandering from one Judean town to another. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Yet, despite there being thousands who accepted Yeshua as the
Well, that’s an interesting question, isn’t it? The obvious answer is: YES! Of course, he is- that’s what the Messiah is all about! Didn’t you hear that he died for our sins? Didn’t you read in Isaiah that he was wounded for our transgressions? Didn’t he, himself, say that the
I know, I know…so many of you are saying, “He’s wrong! Paul said that Jesus did away with the law, and the Elders in Jerusalem said Christians only had to do 4 things in their letter in Acts 15, and besides that, I have always been told that the Torah
I have written about Jews and Christians many times, almost always, but only now and then specifying things that we have in common. I usually spend most of my time pointing out all the things we do NOT have in common, and why it shouldn’t be that way. If you
The Sacrificial System was designed by God. In Leviticus, Chapters 1 through 7, he tells us the different types of sacrifices and how each is to be performed. Throughout the Torah, God tells us other aspects of the sacrifices, and unless someone reads the first 7 chapters of Leviticus, as
To overcome hatred we need to understand where it comes from. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Many years ago, when I was working as IT Support for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, through a Jewish Community Center that was my
Growing up Jewish, I was taught that any Jew who “believes in Jesus” is no longer a Jew, but now is Christian and a traitor to Judaism. Listening to Christian missionaries, I am told we must “believe in Jesus” to be saved, and when we do we are no longer
In the Gospel of Mark (2:21-22), Yeshua teaches the following: No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old coat; if he does, the new patch tears away from the old cloth and leaves a worse hole. And no one puts new wine in old wineskins; if he does,
We now enter into the Book of Leviticus. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. In this book are many of the laws, commandments, regulations, and ordinances that God gave to us through Moses, which define how we are to worship God and
Hebrews 11:1 says the following: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. I was having a discussion with someone yesterday about faith. He asked questions about what
In the beginning, there was God. Then he created the Earth and placed mankind in charge of it, and mankind screwed everything up to the point where God had to send the Flood. After the Flood, God chose a man, Abraham, to become the progenitor of a people God would