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It might not seem like it, but there is a great war raging right now, and Christians and Messianic Jews are in the middle of it. We’re in the middle of a war between God and the good angels versus Satan and the fallen angels, the kingdom of God versus the kingdom of darkness. It’s a war for the souls
Today is Passover and the first day of Matza, the seven day holiday when we don’t eat unleavened bread. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23, are unique because they were given to the Jewish people by God Himself. These holidays
Passover begins Friday night. This morning, I want to get us ready for Passover by looking at the first part of the key chapter in the Word of God about Passover - Exodus 12. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays, which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23,
We live in a world in which darkness covers the Earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. People are confused about many things, including the most basic things and the most important things. For example, a google search for: “what’s the right way to live?” provided these gems of wisdom: There is no right or wrong way to live.
Human beings are in the most desperate need of forgiveness. Why? At the beginning of our history, Adam and Eve were tested. The Lord warned them not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and if they did, “moht tamoot - dying you will die.” They would most surely, most certainly die. Of
The spirit is willing but the flesh, the old nature, is weak. One of the things that makes us weak is that we are easily distracted. We can lose focus on important things that are right before us than can result in serious injury or death to ourselves or others. Here’s one example: there are about 1.6 million crashes in
Paul Again Informed The Corinthians He Was A True Apostle; A Final Warning; Final Instructions; A Final Promise; Final Greetings; A Final Prayer This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” Just as the Torah teaches us that not one, but two or three witnesses are needed
Paul Defended Himself From Those Who Still Opposed Him In Corinth; He Was A True Apostle; He Was Superior To The False Apostles Some Of The Corinthians Followed Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent cities in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year
We come into this world as helpless infants who are only concerned about our own needs. And because we are born with a fallen nature, we are selfish. We are takers, not givers. But God is different. He is gracious. He is full of love. He is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him
By nature, human beings are selfish. We are takers, not givers. God is different. He is love. God is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him - unselfish; full of love; givers, not takers. He wants us to become givers of our time, our talents and our treasures. Giving is to be an important
Making Room In Our Hearts For Our Leaders; Conflicts On The Outside And Fears Within; God Comforts The Downcast; Godly Sorrow And Worldly Sorrow; Paul Had Complete Confidence In The Corinthians Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, one of the most prominent cities in Greece. After being there for a year and a half, the Rabbi left
Not Putting Any Unnecessary Obstacles In Anyone’s Way By Responding Well To Every Situation; The Corinthians Needed To Have A Close Relationship To Paul And Timothy And Limit Their Relationships To Unbelievers; They Needed To Keep Themselves Holy Even though the Rabbi from Tarsus was one of the greatest men who ever lived - not only an apostle, but a
What does gratitude look like? What does it mean to be thankful? First of all, there needs to be a recipient. You can’t give thanks to the air, or to an inanimate object. If you are grateful, it is to Someone! To get an idea of what true Thanks-giving looks like, this morning I’d like us to read and consider
Knowing This Motivates Us To Please The Lord; Knowing We Will Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Messiah Motivates Us To Do What Is Good And Not Do What Is Bad; The Ministry Of Reconciliation Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, one of the most prominent cities in Greece. After being there for a year and a
Paul Defends Himself And His Ministry; The Corinthians Are Paul’s Letter Of Recommendation; Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent centers in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year and a half, Paul left the city. After he
What church or congregation do you go to? It seems like a good question, but I am liking it less and less because it’s phrased in much the same way that we might ask someone: what supermarket do you go to? Our relationship to Messiah’s Community is to be much more than going to a congregation, singing, listening to a
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Praising God For Overcoming Troubles; When We Are Comforted In Our Troubles We Can Comfort Others; The Degree Of Suffering And Comfort Are Related; Troubles Teach Us To Rely On God; We Are To Pray For Those Who Serve God And Are In Danger Paul and his team had experienced tremendous opposition, even deadly opposition from adversaries in Ephesus and
Background Information; Paul and Timothy Wrote This Letter To Messiah’s Community In Corinth And God’s Holy People In Achaia; Praising God For Overcoming Troubles Today we are starting a new book of the Bible, actually a letter, known as 2 Corinthians. To better understand Rabbi Paul’s second letter to Messiah’s Community in Corinth, it’s helpful to know some background, and
Instructions To Prepare A Collection For The Messianic Jews In Jerusalem; Paul’s Plans To Visit The Corinthians; Instructions About Timothy; News About Apollos; Encouragement To Persevere; Instructions About Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus; Final Greetings; A Final Warning; A Final Prayer; A Final Expression Of Love; A Final Amen We’re at the end of Rabbi Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians,