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December 8, 2019

With some help from his mother, Jacob tricked his father Isaac into giving him the blessing that Isaac had planned to bestow on his firstborn son Esau. “And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob” (Gen. 27:4). Rebekah, the mother of Esau and Jacob, heard about Esau’s anger. She told Jacob to flee to Haran and stay with her brother Laban until Esau cooled off and it was safe to come home. What was supposed to be a relatively brief visit with his Uncle Laban turned into twenty long years of exile for Jacob.

November 18, 2018

With some help from his mother, Jacob tricked his father Isaac into giving him the blessing that Isaac had planned to bestow on his firstborn son Esau. “And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob” (Gen. 27:4). Rebekah, the mother of Esau and Jacob, heard about Esau’s anger. She told Jacob to flee to Haran and stay with her brother Laban until Esau cooled off and it was safe to come home. What was supposed to be a relatively brief visit with his Uncle Laban turned into twenty long years of exile for Jacob.

July 15, 2018

Several years ago I saw a book that was a compilation of testimonies of Jewish people who had come to the conclusion that Yeshua of Nazareth was the Jewish Messiah. The title of the book was They Thought For Themselves. These Jewish seekers did not just take the word of the rabbis who said that Jesus could not have been the Messiah. They read the Messianic prophecies for themselves, they read the New Testament Scriptures for themselves, and they thought for themselves. As a

March 18, 2018

By the time most of you read this, our congregation will have celebrated New Year's Eve on the evening of March 16. That's when the Biblical New Year starts this year, on the New Moon that marks the beginning of the Hebrew month Aviv (also called Nisan). "This month [the month of Passover, Aviv] shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you" (Ex. 12:2). The Hebrew word aviv is not only the name of the first month; it is also the word for the spring season and for the green ears of grain that appear in the spring. Aviv is a word that conveys the idea of new beginnings. Therefore, this "beginning of months" is a good time of year for us to consider Yeshua's "beginning of miracles"--the transformation of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. It is appropriate that Yeshua's very first miracle was the changing of water into wine, because this miracle is an illustration of what He...

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