Have you ever noticed how quickly an outspoken, faith-filled believer can become a mumbling skeptic at the mere mention of certain topics? One such topic almost certain to get that reaction from time to time is Bible prophecy. Many in the Church today feel the topic has little relevance to our modern lives, even thoughContinue Reading »
As I read through the Bible this year, I am seeking to better understand God and His character. What does He love? What does He hate? What is important to Him? How does He respond? As you read Isaiah, keep these questions in mind. Jesus (Yeshua) told us to love God with all our heart,Continue Reading »
I was once invited to speak with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at the Bible Lands Museum on the topic of Bible illiteracy. The evening was titled, “Why the Best Selling Book of All Time is Seldom Read.” For more than an hour, we talked about the importance of reading the Bible. Jews and Christians are calledContinue Reading »
When Tom and I were newly married, we went to visit his family in upstate New York. One day, I was sitting in the living room reading a home and garden magazine. At some point I laid the magazine down and heard my husband’s grandfather gasp. I looked up to see what the problem was,Continue Reading »
That still, small voice… How we yearn for it. At first blush, it seems it should be so simple: just listen. Yet the busy life has plagued believers throughout time, luring the would-be faithful away from the prayer closet, where hearts and ears are open, and into the cacophony of life around us where thatContinue Reading »
“Fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Doesn’t that sound like the rally cry from a theatrical battle scene? You can just visualize a general riding up and down the lines of horsemen, sword drawn, calling every man to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in defense of what he loves most. YetContinue Reading »
Having grown up in a Protestant Christian background, Wesleyan to be precise, I had no practical experience with priests and the concept of a “priesthood.” I had a vague sense of priests being men who eschewed marital relations in order to more fully pursue service to God. But recently, when I studied the weekly TorahContinue Reading »
Abraham is one of the most significant figures in the Bible, critically important to both Judaism and Christianity. He is recognized as the father of both faith systems, mentioned hundreds of times in both testaments and held up as an example of faithfulness so great that it merited him the friendship of God Himself. TheContinue Reading »
I often suggest to Christians that they should love the things God loves. The next thought has to be, “So what exactly does God love?” This sent me on a Bible detective search. I was surprised to find fewer direct references than I thought. Still, there are a number of clear statements about what GodContinue Reading »
Every year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the Jewish people read the book of Jonah as a study in true teshuvah (repentance). The brief account (only 48 verses long) highlights the importance of turning from wickedness back to the path of God, as illustrated by both Jonah and the people of Nineveh. The bookContinue Reading »
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