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March 1, 2020

"Happy is that people that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is Yahweh." (Psalm 144:15) Every loving father wants his children to be happy, and our heavenly Father is no exception. But happiness does not come by pursuing happiness; happiness comes by pursuing holiness. Many people seek happiness in money and material possessions, but Yeshua said "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15). True and lasting happiness does not come from worldly riches, worldly fame, or worldly power. It comes from a life of holiness. God wants us to be happy, but He wants us to be happy about the right things and for the right reasons. And we do have a lot of reasons to be happy. God has given us His Son so that we can have forgiveness and eternal life. He has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can sense the wonderful presence of the Lord and experience God's comfort, joy, peace, and power. He has given us...

February 23, 2020

You have probably heard the old worn-out cliché about God answering prayer: "God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says Yes, and sometimes He says No." If we are honest, we have to admit that we get a lot more "no" answers than "yes" answers, at least when praying for things like miraculous healings or other supernatural manifestations. For every sick believer who has experienced a genuine miraculous healing (a permanent healing that involved no medical treatment and could be attributed to nothing other than supernatural Divine intervention), there are thousands of sick believers who prayed and did not receive a miraculous, supernatural healing. They just had to wait for the sickness to run its course, or they died. Don't get me wrong. I know there are some occasional genuine miracles among the many bogus claims. I'm thankful for all the "yes" answers to prayer, and I do not wish to deny or minimize all those positive answers to p...

February 16, 2020

What is the Jethro model? For readers who may not be very familiar with the Bible, we are not talking about television's Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies." We are talking about Jethro the priest of Midian, who was the father-in-law of Moses. After the Exodus from Egypt, Jethro came to Mount Sinai where Moses and the Hebrews were encamped. Moses told Jethro all about the recent Exodus from Egypt, and all that Yahweh had done for the Israelites. Jethro rejoiced, blessed Yahweh, and offered sacrifices to God. Then he sat down to eat with Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel. The next day, Jethro saw that Moses sat to judge the people all day long, from morning to evening. Jethro asked Moses why he did this. Moses explained that the people came to him to enquire of God, and to have Moses make judgments between them, and to explain God's laws to them.

November 24, 2019

It is a Jewish custom to recite a psalm before saying grace after meals. On the six weekdays, Jews recite Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged out harps upon the willows...How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" On the Sabbath, a different psalm is recited, Psalm 126: "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing..." These are two contrasting psalms. One describes the grief of the Jews who were carried away into the Babylonian Captivity, and the other

September 8, 2019

Our family has a board game called Tri-Bond to help develop thinking skills. It provides you with three words or phrases, and you have to figure out what the three all have in common. For example, "forest, kelly, olive." They are all shades of green. Or, "Moe, Larry, Curly." They are all Stooges. (I know, that one was too easy.) Now let's play Quad-Bond. Deuteronomy 22:9-12 lists four commandments: 1) Not to sow your vineyard with different seeds; 2) Not to plow with an ox and an ass together; 3) Not to wear a garment of sha'atnetz (linen and wool woven together); 4) Make fringes on the four corners of your garment. What do these four commandments all have in common? Answer: They all involve the principle of separation--separation of seeds, separation of kosher and unkosher animals, separation of wool and linen, and separation of Yahweh's people from worldlings who follow their own heart instead of God's

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

February 10, 2019

"Happy is that people that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is Yahweh." (Psalm 144:15) Every loving father wants his children to be happy, and our heavenly Father is no exception. But happiness does not come by pursuing happiness; happiness comes by pursuing holiness. Many people seek happiness in money and material possessions, but Yeshua said "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15). True and lasting happiness does not come from worldly riches, worldly fame, or worldly power. It comes from a life of holiness. God wants us to be happy, but He wants us to be happy about the right things and for the right reasons. And we do have a lot of reasons to be happy. God has given us His Son so that we can have forgiveness and eternal life. He has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can sense the wonderful presence of the Lord and experience God's comfort, joy, peace, and power. He has given u...

February 3, 2019

You have probably heard the old worn-out cliché about God answering prayer: "God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says Yes, and sometimes He says No." If we are honest, we have to admit that we get a lot more "no" answers than "yes" answers, at least when praying for things like miraculous healings or other supernatural manifestations. For every sick believer who has experienced a genuine miraculous healing (a permanent healing that involved no medical treatment and could be attributed to nothing other than supernatural Divine intervention), there are thousands of sick believers who prayed and did not receive a miraculous, supernatural healing. They just had to wait for the sickness to run its course, or they died.

January 26, 2019

What is the Jethro model? For readers who may not be very familiar with the Bible, we are not talking about television's Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies." We are talking about Jethro the priest of Midian, who was the father-in-law of Moses. After the Exodus from Egypt, Jethro came to Mount Sinai where Moses and the Hebrews were encamped. Moses told Jethro all about the recent Exodus from Egypt, and all that Yahweh had done for the Israelites. Jethro rejoiced, blessed Yahweh, and offered sacrifices to God. Then he sat down to eat with Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel. The next day, Jethro saw that Moses sat to judge the people all day long, from morning to evening. Jethro asked Moses why he did this. Moses explained that the people came to him to enquire of God, and to have Moses make judgments between them, and to explain God's laws to them.

November 4, 2018

It is a Jewish custom to recite a psalm before saying grace after meals. On the six weekdays, Jews recite Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged out harps upon the willows...How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" On the Sabbath, a different psalm is recited, Psalm 126: "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing..."

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