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March 29, 2020

"Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." (Acts 9:31) It was the winter of 1973-74, just two years after I had made my decision to follow Jesus and be a disciple. I was living alone in the country, about twenty miles from town, in an old dilapidated house that I rented for $35 a month. (That might sound like a bargain, but if you had seen the house, you probably wouldn't think so.) The Christians with whom I fellowshipped met on Friday nights and Saturday nights, so every Friday afternoon I drove to Peoria and stayed with some other single brothers for the weekend. I got my fellowship on Friday and Saturday evenings, and went to my third-shift job in Peoria on Saturday and Sunday nights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. I worked just sixteen hours a week and earned around $65 a week after taxes, which enabled me to live quite comfortably in my primitive...

November 10, 2019

I don't know about you, but I want to be a star. Not a rock star, not a movie star, not a football star, but a star like the ones mentioned by the Prophet Daniel: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever" (Dan. 12:3). The Apostle Paul elaborated on this concept of the stardom of the saints when he wrote, "One star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead" (1 Cor. 15:41f). When Daniel and Paul likened the saints to stars, it was in the context of the future resurrection in the age to come. However, even now in this present age, we are supposed to shine like stars in this spiritually dark world. We

October 6, 2019

On the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah. It is the Sabbath which occurs during yamim ha-nora’im, the ten “days of awe” which precede Yom Kippur. This year Shabbat Shuvah is on September 15. The ten days of awe are traditionally used as a time to do serious soul-searching and to focus on repentance. Repentance was a major part of the messages preached by the Old Testament Prophets, by John the Baptist, by Yeshua, and by the Apostles. All these men called God’s people to repentance. What exactly is repentance? How important is it to know? And how important is it to repent? Well, consider the following:

August 11, 2019

Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the lunar month of Av) falls on August 10 this year, but will be observed on August 11. If the morning of Tisha B'Av falls on a Sabbath, as it does this year, it is observed on the 10th of Av. Among observant Jews, Tisha B'Av is a day of fasting and mourning. On this date, the first Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and on this same date the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Throughout history other significant tragedies have befallen the Jewish people on this date.

June 30, 2019

God's Kingdom is a kingdom of law and order, a kingdom wherein imperfect humans are appointed by God to exercise authority over other imperfect humans until the Lord returns. Authority in God's Kingdom is hierarchical and begins with the Supreme Authority, God. The Bible says that God is the head of Christ, Christ is the head of man, and man is the head of woman. (See 1 Corinthians 11:3.) Women are also delegated to exercise authority. Older women have authority to teach younger women ("The aged women...that they may teach the younger women," Titus 2:3f), and mothers have authority over their children ("Forsake not the law of thy mother," Proverbs 1:8). In God's Kingdom, authority in the family is gender-based: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church" (Eph. 5:22f). "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own

March 10, 2019

"Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." (Acts 9:31) It was the winter of 1973-74, just two years after I had made my decision to follow Jesus and be a disciple. I was living alone in the country, about twenty miles from town, in an old dilapidated house that I rented for $35 a month. (That might sound like a bargain, but if you had seen the house, you probably wouldn't think so.) The Christians with whom I fellowshipped met on Friday nights and Saturday nights, so every Friday afternoon I drove to Peoria and stayed with some other single brothers for the weekend. I got my fellowship on Friday and Saturday evenings, and went to my third-shift job in Peoria on Saturday and Sunday nights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. I worked just sixteen hours a week and earned around $65 a week after taxes, which enabled me to live quite comfortably in my primitive...

October 21, 2018

I don't know about you, but I want to be a star. Not a rock star, not a movie star, not a football star, but a star like the ones mentioned by the Prophet Daniel: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever" (Dan. 12:3). The Apostle Paul elaborated on this concept of the stardom of the saints when he wrote, "One star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection

September 16, 2018

On the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah. It is the Sabbath which occurs during yamim ha-nora’im, the ten “days of awe” which precede Yom Kippur. This year Shabbat Shuvah is on September 15. The ten days of awe are traditionally used as a time to do serious soul-searching and to focus on repentance. Repentance was a major part of the messages preached by the Old Testament Prophets, by John the Baptist, by Yeshua, and by the Apostles. All these men called God’s people to repentance. What exactly is repentance? How important is it to know? And how important is it to repent? Well, consider the following:

July 22, 2018

Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the lunar month of Av) falls on July 21 this year, but will be observed on July 22. If the morning of Av falls on a Sabbath, as it does this year, it is observed on the 10th of Av. Among observant Jews, Tisha B'Av is a day of fasting and mourning. On this date, the first Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and on this same date the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Throughout history other significant tragedies have befallen the Jewish people on this date. For this reason the 9th of Av is a solemn day, and pleasures are avoided. Even the study of Torah is forbidden by the rabbis on this day, because the study of Torah brings joy, as it is written,

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

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