I’ve been studying Jewish observance of the Sabbath and discovered some interesting things. The Sabbath was a time of great joy and celebration for Jews. They brought in the Sabbath at sundown using a lovely ritual that reminded them they were G-d’s children and the importance of that relationship. I also learned they ended the Sabbath with a similar ritual, prolonging the Sabbath as long as possible, not wanting to end this special time with YHVH. It’s called the Havdalah. Read More »
So what is your position on miracles? Do you think they happen as often as they once did? If not, why? These are some of the questions I often hear when speaking to fellow believers as well as friends who sit on the edge, watching believers. Read More »
By Pastor Mark Brocato
In last week’s portion we find this following quote during the first day of regular sacrifices in the Mishkan (the Tabernacle).
Lev 10:16 Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up!
Here are some of my personal musings on Moses search. Read More »
The idea of Torah observance may seem strange and unnecessary today, but not so in the 1st century. Jewish believers never questioned their need to observe Torah, because Yeshua was Torah observant. So after deciding Gentiles need not be circumcised, the assembly determined which regulations Gentile believers would follow. Read More »
We sat at dinner together as new acquaintances, all speakers at the same conference. While we discussed the various business topics, each person seemed to take great care not to venture too close to any personal disclosure beyond a casual exchange of home town, state and credentials. Silently I prayed, sensing that this seeming chance encounter could be a “God set-up”. I wondered, could these people be ones intended to hear of His love for them through the simple sharing of moments in my own life and of how this wondrous God had met me. Could parts of one life story touch another life? Read More »
Peter brings to light a new understanding of the concept of repentance to the 1st century believer. The traditional Jewish understanding of getting oneself ritually clean and returning to proscribed temple worship was repentance, but Yeshua taught it was much more. Believers were to approach YHVH with a changed heart. Read More »
According to Webster “a person attached to another by feelings of affection; a person who gives assistance.” According to Yeshua “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) There is a vast difference in definition between Webster and Yeshua. Read More »
I have been taught YHVH loves unconditionally and that it means I don’t have to do anything to earn His love. How can I say I love Him but do nothing that speaks His “love language?” Read More »