Messianic Judaism

Ever heard of ‘Messianic Judaism’?

Whether you haven’t but you would like to, or you have but you would like to understand it a little better, check out this article from Apologetics Press.

Like plenty of religious persuasions, it’s very difficult to cover every nuance of Messianic Judaism in one article but the author probably does as good of a job as any other non-book sized reference you will find.

The way history repeats itself, even in matters of religion, shows us two things: 1) humanity has not changed since we left the Garden, and 2) it shouldn’t take a Solomon to figure out the truth of statement number one.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

#Apologetics-Press #doctrine

The error of first century Calvinists

How wrong are twenty-first century Calvinists? They are as wrong as first century Calvinists!

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a man, although being born blind, received his sight by grace through faith in Jesus’ commands was harshly and erroneously told:

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#calvinism, #gospel-of-john, #salvation

There is no substance to transubstantiation

When it comes to the doctrine of substantiation there’s simply no substance … only a substantial error.

If any tradition causes us to believe that John 6:51-56 teaches that Christians literally eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus then it’s the tradition that has the problem because the literal doctrine of transubstantiation literally violates the doctrine of God.

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#catholicism, #communion, #doctrine

In the same boat

Often times we, as twenty-first century disciples, find ourselves in the same boat as the twelve disciples of the first century – a boat that struggles with little faith.

As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. So they came and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!”But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.

Matthew 8:23-26 NET
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#devotional, #faith, #jesus

How the church relates to the Godhead

The church is called by God Almighty to represent and fulfill multiple heavenly functions upon the Earth.

The following is a quick breakdown how the church relates to each member of the Godhead.

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#church, #godhead, #spiritual-illustrations

Do not confuse the consequence with the substance

The blood of Christ, through the grace of God, deals with the consequences of sin. And hallelujah for this truth!

But many people in the religious world confuse the consequence of sin with the substance of sin when it comes to the blood of Jesus. In other words, there are not a few who teach the blood of Christ changes what is sin when someone is “saved” by Jesus from their sins.

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#repentance, #salvation, #sin

A Christian and a Biden supporter? Repent!

Are you a Christian and a Biden supporter? Repent!

As if there hasn’t already been a dozen immoral executive actions implemented by the supposedly “faithful” Catholic – let this one sink in!

It’s child abuse! We’re talking about the assistant health and human services director of the United States who won’t even say the federal government won’t interfere with the parental rights of a minor child when it comes to sexually mutilating their body.

If this situation doesn’t cut your heart (Acts 2:37) when it comes to the sinful decision you made on election day then nothing that the Biden administration does will be able to cut your cold, calloused and numb heart.

Don’t feign a righteous indignation of being offended concerning your belief about this post being political … be offended by the fact that we’re talking about a government’s most powerful individual that’s endorsing and encouraging sin within the hearts of children and all you can think about is politics!

And some still wonder if the West is actually ripe for the judgment of God.

““But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7 NKJV)

#morality #depravity #government

The Micah Mandate

A former US presidential candidate, and current US Senator, just asked potential US Attorney General candidate Merrick Garland if he would follow “The Micah Mandate” if he were to become the acting AG of the US Department of Justice.

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#micah, #politics

General vs Specific

The other day, taking advantage of a perceived opportunity to challenge the intellect, my grandmother asked my daughter, “How many oceans are there?”

Without skipping a beat, my daughter answered, “One.”

I told my grandma, “Well, in a general sense, she’s exactly right.”

There are times in religion when people err because we make specific principles act more like general principles, and we make general principles act more like specific principles … then we seek the answer that suits us best.

For example, take Paul’s correction concerning the church’s relationship with people living ungodly lives:

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#balance, #bible-study

It does not have to be fancy to be useful

I don’t know you or the year you were born, but I can probably guess a toy that you played with as a child – a stick!

A stick was such a popular toy for most people’s childhoods that it was actually voted in to the “Toy Hall of Fame” on November 7th, 2008.

If a toy stick proves one thing, it proves that things do not have to be fancy to be useful.

Many great biblical characters did not grow up in fancy houses, or have fancy jobs, or eat fancy meals, or drive fancy chariots. It’s true that some individuals had it much, much better than others (and do not forget that some of these individuals paid a higher spiritual price for their slice of the upper-crust than their income could afford) but the simple fact of the matter is simple and ordinary people were often used by God to accomplish amazing and extraordinary things through faith.

God is able to use people from all walks of life to accomplish his will for the good, but may we never think that we, or others, are not “fancy” enough to leave a lasting effect on the lives and faith of others around us (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:41-44 NKJV)

#devotional #little-things

Attack of the “Calamites”

One evening a beloved brother was reading the scriptures to begin the worship service. I wasn’t able to turn immediately to the place in the scriptures he announced because I had grabbed my sermon notes to quickly look over, but I listened closely to what he was saying.

As he was reading he came to a portion of a verse when he said, “… calamites ….”

“Calamites?”, I said to myself. Now I can’t always quote the seven nations of Deuteronomy 7:1 verbatim but of those seven “ites” the nation of the “Calamites” just didn’t ring a bell.

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He’ll make you forget your water-pot

John 4:5-7 says, “Now he came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” (NET)

Read a little further and you’ll find that John 4:28-29 says, “Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, can he?”” (NET)

The lesson? Spend enough time talking to Jesus and we, like the thirsty woman at Jacob’s well, will forget all about the “water-pots” that seem so important and exchange them for the source of the fountain that freely flows.

Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 NET)

#Jesus #spiritual-illustration #devotional

He already knows the answer

Like a parent with their child, there are times when God asks questions or makes requests and the point has nothing to do with gaining knowledge for himself – the point has to do with the gaining of knowledge for the other half of the conversation.

For example, John 4:16-19 says, “Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

Jesus already knew about the woman’s marriage situation. He didn’t ask her his question to find out the truth. Jesus asked his question to see if she was willing to acknowledge the truth. And that acknowledgement led to an understanding about the truth of Jesus.

This same truth remains with us. We’re not forced to answer the personal questions and requests of the gospel in order to allow God to learn more about us … answering the questions and requests of the gospel causes us to learn more about ourselves (Acts 5:1-3; 10:13-15; 24:25; 26:14).

Jesus knows everything there is to know about us (Isaiah 46:10), but answering his questions reveals how much we want to know about him. Think about that the next time you find Jesus asking someone a question.

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:23-25 NKJV)

#Jesus #Devotional #Gospel

You were one once, if not more

Be patient with those immature teenagers … you were one once.

Be patient with that stubborn spouse … you were one once.

Be patient with the unlearned Bible student … you were one once.

Be patient with that oblivious driver … you were one once.

Be patient with that annoying coworker … you were one once.

Be patient with the unrepentant sinner … you were one once.

The need for patience is great even if the task is difficult because the odds are, whatever you’re dealing with when it comes to others, you were one once, if not a whole lot more, and others needed it with us!

“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.” (Matthew 18:28-30 NKJV)

#patience #Christian-living

One nation: Indivisible

I heard a commercial last week from a major news network advertising their special coverage of the President elect’s inauguration.

The special coverage’s title so happened to consist of words from the American pledge of allegiance: “One nation: Indivisible.”

I don’t know about you but to me it sounds like the special coverage’s title included a colon because an ellipses would’ve made it too easy to see the one being forgotten.

Maybe the coverage’s title was a harmless coincident with no ill-intent that intentionally forgot to include the words “under God.” And maybe the warning about “having one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave” isn’t worth remembering either … right?

The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17 ESV)

#news #judgment #God