Running From Trouble?

Running From Trouble? by ASHER INTRATERJUNE 22, 2020 When we speak about “tribulation,” many think immediately about end times’ scenarios. However, we also need to look at our general attitude toward adversity. How is the normal believer to react to times of trouble? The New Covenant Greek word thlipsis is translated as “tribulation, affliction, trouble, anguish, persecution, burden and pressure.” It appears 45 times in the text. From a simple survey of the references: Thirty eight speak of being strengthened, helped, encouraged, rescued while going through times of adversity Seven do not seem to be relevant to this question ZERO times is there a promise that the believer won’t encounter adv

Black Lives Matter (BLM) and “Palestine”

Black Lives Matter (BLM) and “Palestine” By Dovid Mark June 21, 2020 BLM has now taken its movement to the Middle East. No, they are not trying to overthrow King Hussein who rules over a country with an 80% Palestinian population, subjugating them in an apartheid like manner. Nor are they threatening to topple the neo-sultanate of President Erdogan in Turkey – the man who regularly makes a point of attacking ethnic Kurds and threatening to wipe them out. No, BLM leaders find themselves in solidarity with “Palestine,” and in direct opposition to Israel. In our upside down world of moral relativism, revisionist history, and ignorant intersectionality BLM and “Palestine” are a match made in h

The Way the Truth and the Life

The Way the Truth and the Life FFOZ Yeshua had often forewarned the disciples of His impending suffering, death, and resurrection. Alluding back to those predictions during his farewell discourse, He said, “And you know the way where I am going” (John 14:4). The disciples had never allowed themselves to take His death predictions literally. Always the pragmatist, Thomas shoved aside the cryptic references and objected, saying, “Master, we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way?” (John 14:5). Even if they did know where He was going, how could they know the way to where He is going? Can human beings find their way past the cross

PARASHAT KORACH

Saturday 27th June 2020 5th Tamuz 5780 PARASHAT KORACH Herschel Numbers 16:1-18:32; 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22; John 19:1-17 In this Shabbat’s portion, we have an account of another revolt against Moses’ and Aaron’s authority and leadership. Since leaving Egypt, the Israelites seldom ceased from kvetching (complaining), which is one of the four reasons Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 10 as to why that first generation died in the wilderness. The committed adultery, idolatry, complained incessantly and tested God again and again. How

God Told Me!…Really?

God Told Me!…Really? by ASHER INTRATER JUNE 14, 2020 In our congregations, where we believe in the active gifts of the Holy Spirit, we often hear people say with great enthusiasm, “God told me…!” What do we mean by such a statement? Can it be true? It is possible through faith in Yeshua to receive the Holy Spirit living inside of us: Romans 8:9, 11, 11 – “the Spirit of God dwelling in you…” “Spirit dwells inside of you…” “His Spirit dwelling in you…” With the spiritual presence of God on the inside, we can be led by that Spirit. Romans 8:14 – “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.” This sense of inner leading can be a daily, if not moment-by-moment experience. This “le

A Modest Proposal for Theological Integrity

A Modest Proposal for Theological Integrity by DAN JUSTER JUNE 14, 2020 Many today pray for and believe for the fulfillment of the prayer of Yeshua for the unity of the people of God (John 17:21). We hear of calls for humility, love, prayer, cooperation, repentance from competition etc. One thing we do not hear is a call for theological integrity. What do I mean by theological integrity? I am not speaking about judging theological integrity by any particular stream of theological commitments. There is a tendency in some streams to dismiss others on the basis of their theological stream and claim that only their stream has integrity. This we must not do if we are to gain J

PARASHAT SHELACH L’CHAH

Saturday 20th June 2020 28th Sivan 5780 PARASHAT SHELACH L’CHAH Torahbytes Alan Gilman Torah: Num 13:1-15:41; Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24; New Covenant: Matt 10:1-14 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" And they said to one another,

To my Zionist friend’s response to the God TV dilemma

To my Zionist friend’s response to the God TV dilemma By Don Finto Jun 2, 2020 I am deeply concerned about some of the responses regarding the recent God TV dilemma. Did the God TV brother express himself in a way that is insensitive to this whole issue? Perhaps so, but please do not let this drive any of us away from our covenant Jewish brothers and sisters in the Messiah. Imagine yourself back in the times when the New Covenant scriptures were written. Can you imagine coming against Peter or Paul who were aggressively active in bringing the gospel of Yeshua to the Jewish people? Do we want to face eternity not having prayed for and worked toward the time when, as Hosea 3:4-5 tel

Corona Comparisons, Plagues and Priests

Corona Comparisons, Plagues and Priests by Guy Cohen, Revive Israel Would you join me in praying together with Daniel? “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.” “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments…” “O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face … those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.” (Daniel 9:4-7) I cannot help but think how privileged we are to be among the

Buy my land in Anatot

Chanamel, the son of your uncle Shalum, will come to you and say, "Buy my land in Anatot, for you are next in succession to redeem it by purchase." Jeremiah 32:7 (The Israel Bible™) הִנֵּה חֲנַמְאֵל בֶּן־שַׁלֻּם דֹּדְךָ בָּא אֵלֶיךָ לֵאמֹר קְנֵה לְךָ אֶת־שָׂדִי אֲשֶׁר בַּעֲנָתוֹת כִּי לְךָ מִשְׁפַּט הַגְּאֻלָּה לִקְנוֹת hi-NAY kha-nam-AYL ben sha-LUM do-d’-KHA BA ay-LE-kha lay-MOR k’-NAY l’-KHA et sa-DEE a-SHER ba-a-na-TOT KEE l’-KHA mish-PAT ha-g’-u-LAH lik-NOT At a time of impending destruction, Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) is told to redeem his family’s property. This symbolic purchase reflects not only the biblical law that land could be redeemed by relatives (see Leviticus 25, Ruth 4), but it a

PARASHAT BEHA’ALOTCHA בהעלותך

Saturday 13th June 2020 21st Sivan 5780 PARASHAT BEHA'ALOTCHA FFOZ Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zechariah 2:14-4:7; John 12:1-26 (Matthew 14:14-21) In Numbers 11:4-9, nostalgia for the food of Egypt sweeps over the camp of Israel. “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” (Numbers 11:5-6) The same often happens to us after we take on a life of discipleship. For a while, it is fresh, new and exciting. It is

Your Mansion in Heaven

Your Mansion in Heaven FFOZ Yeshua told his disciples that He would remain with them only a little while. “Where I am going, you cannot come,” He told them (John 13:33). To where was the Master going? The disciples did not yet understand “that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father” (John 13:1), nor did they fully realize “that He had come forth from God and was going back to God” (John 13:3). He told His disciples not to let their hearts be troubled. He explained, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). This is sim

The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament:

The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the Gospels Edited. (introduction and commentary, by Shaul Magid Reviewed by Russ Resnik | January 27, 2020 | Jesus is Jewish—it’s a truism not just in Messianic Jewish circles, but also in the wider worlds of biblical and historical scholarship. Use of the name “Yeshua” rather than “Jesus” reflects this truth. The open question, though, is just how is Yeshua Jewish? What kind of Jew was he? The ongoing Jewish reclamation of Jesus, which responds to these questions in a variety of ways, has surprisingly deep roots, going back well into the nineteenth century. One little-known pioneer of this reclamation pro

PARASHAT NASSO

Saturday 6th June 2020 14th Sivan 5780 PARASHAT NASSO Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; Luke 1:11-20 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."' So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them." (B'midbar/Numbers 6:22-27) I recently posted my reflections on the global song phenomenon, "The Blessing" (http://alangilman.ca/

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