Jewish | Christian Discussion

The Passover and Its Meaning

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The Passover and Its Meaning

Remembering Deliverance – Looking Toward Restoration Passover is the first of the Spring festivals. It celebrates the power of G-d to deliver His people. In a world full of slavery to so many things—drugs, sex, possessions, etc.—remembering God’s power by rehearsing the story of the Exodus from Egypt is a blessing that God has invited His children to revisit every year. Passover is about more than an event that occurred thousands of years ago. It is so easy in the mad rush of our lives to forget our own personal moment of Exodus from bondage to the god of this world. This...

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Standing for Your Faith

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Have you ever had your faith tested? Not by just having someone ask you where you worship, though indeed for some people that is a test. Have you been tested like Job? When everything is going wrong in your life—you lost your job, your house, your car broke down, your friends reject you, your doctor says you may have cancer—where do you turn? Many of us may start to question, why me? We may even start to wonder if God really exists, and if He does why do those who live a life of sin never seem to have any problems. It isn’t easy to say as Job did, “…The Lord gave, and the...

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Tikkun Olam – Caring for Community

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Tikkun Olam – Caring for Community

Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world/healing the world”. However, it means a great deal more than that; it is about repairing the world through righteous acts and Tzedakah (giving) regardless of your position in life. In addition to “repairing the world,” Tikkun Olam has a spiritual element. Maimonides writes that: Ttikkun olam requires efforts in all three of the great “pillars” of Judaism: Torah study, acts of kindness, and the ritual commandments. What does that mean for us as believers in Yeshua HaMeshiach? It means we need...

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Tourist or Pilgrim

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Tourist or Pilgrim

Some of us have had to opportunity to go to Israel and visit some of the holy places. Others perhaps have traveled to other places in the world deemed holy (temples in Japan/Korea/China, the great cathedrals of Europe…). When you travel with the intent to see these places, you can go as a tourist, or you can go as a pilgrim. Some say that the difference is irrelevant because, no matter what, the traveler gets there. I disagree. The intention and the level of consciousness with which you go to a holy place makes all the difference in the world. But what is the difference between traveling as...

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Tell Your Problems How Big God Is.

Posted in Jewish | Christian Discussion, Parashat - Genesis

Have you ever felt that life is just too tough? Have you prayed to God and told Him how big all of life problems are? How about if instead of telling God how big your problems are, why not tell your problems how big God is? This week the parsha is about Noah. If you think that you have problems, consider Noah. He was told to build an Ark to house all of the various creatures as well as Noah and his family. Nowhere does it said that Noah tried to convince people to join him in the Ark. In 2nd Peter, it states that Noah was a “herald of righteousness,” but not that he ever preached...

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Yeshua, Race and Social Justice

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Yeshua, Race and Social Justice

The events in Ferguson, Missouri highlight a problem that isn’t new. It was seen in the first century. There’s nothing new about race-colored glasses. Nor are religion-colored glasses new. Religion divided human beings in the first generation. Ethnic division was certain to follow. Our race– or religion–colored glasses are but a reflection of the true issue. Apart from the grace of Adonai working in our lives, we love ourselves first, our family second and our ethnic group third. We cannot help but see anyone who isn’t part of our ‘group’ as conditionally...

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