Each week, we join the Jewish world in reading the Torah (Gen.–Deut.) portion. The readings are divided in such a way that the entire Torah is read in a year. Jesus (Yeshua) and the disciples were well versed in the Torah and quoted from it frequently. I am not sure how you can understand theContinue Reading »
I recently had the privilege of participating in a Bible study focused on the concept of citizenship. The discussions were fascinating as we explored our understanding of what it means to be a citizen of a country, of the world and of heaven. However, when the study was over, I felt we had scarcely scratchedContinue Reading »
Last month, I wrote about some of the things Jesus (Yeshua) taught about prayer. In this teaching letter, we will continue this study. Teach Us to Pray One of the disciples came to Jesus (Yeshua) asking Him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). What followed was the prayer that has come to be knownContinue Reading »
One of the most important sermons preached by Jesus (Yeshua)—and the first recorded in Scripture—is the Sermon on the Mount. During this sermon, Jesus talked about prayer several times. Although many other portions refer to Jesus’ teaching on prayer, this teaching letter will look at prayer in Matthew 5 and 6. The Sermon on theContinue Reading »
Located south of the Temple Mount, below the Old City in Jerusalem, is the most archaeologically excavated site on earth, the City of David. Most tourists to Israel add a short visit to the City of David to explore Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. However, most do not realize that the City ofContinue Reading »
In our Bible reading program this month we are reading the Minor Prophets. In Hebrew, these twelve smaller books of prophecy are called trei asar, which simply means the 12 prophets. These are the biblical prophets of the smaller books. The Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Prophets in Bible Times What was theContinue Reading »
I sat in the conference listening intently to a very dear Orthodox Jewish friend address us Christians and share his heart about Jewish–Christian relations. This is a man who loves God passionately and has literally dedicated his life to building sincere and respectful friendships between his faith community and mine. He spoke of his timeContinue Reading »
At the end of our devotional time in the morning at the Bridges for Peace office in Israel, someone will say, “Serve the Lord with gladness.” This is a direct quote from Psalm 100, which is a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving. In this teaching letter, I want to take a deeper look at Psalm 100Continue Reading »
The Voice How often have you heard Christians commenting on what they understand as a lack of faith displayed by the Israelites? The question often is: “How could they have been so unbelieving after all they had seen?” After all, they had just witnessed the gods of Egypt defeated by the God of heaven. TheyContinue Reading »
When a leader fails, it is always a painful and tragic event. We have often seen the damage it causes in the political and business worlds. But for us as Christians, it is even more difficult when it is a spiritual leader. How is it possible that one whom we have learned from and whoseContinue Reading »
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