Do persons who assert that they were born with the wrong body and change their gender identity, have valid evidence to support their claims? Can a person be born as a man, yet they are really a woman at heart? (more…)
Archive for November, 2016
Tags: Born in the wrong body, Born this way, Gay is not a choice, Gender Identity
Tags: Breaking Israel News Prejudice, Jews Censure Christians
For many years, Christians and Jews have lived together as friends with a common heritage. We both worship the same God, but have a difference of opinion regarding the Messiah. This has not stopped our love or friendship for each other, nor prevented a respectful and healthy dialogue.
This is until today, when I encountered a web site called: “Breaking Israel News.”
My first impressions of this web site was one of great excitement, as they discuss several of the current subjects that concern Israel, the rebuilding of the third Temple and the Messiah. I have recommended this site to several of my readers and used articles and quotes from Breaking Israel News.
Today I read an article regarding the prophecies of Daniel, chapter 9 and posted a comment regarding an extensive book that I wrote about this subject. The post was quickly deleted from Breaking Israel News. I wrote a second post and asked why I was not allowed to comment on this article as a Christian, using the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, this post was also immediately removed.
Christian readers of Breaking Israel News should be aware that the owners of this site have a strong prejudice against Christians and do not care, nor want you to make any comments on their site that might conflict with their opinions. They are afraid that the truth of God’s word might be known to their readers and that they might discover that Jesus is the True Messiah.
This is unfortunate in that Christians are already heavily prejudiced by the world, and now we find that our fellow Brother and Sister Jews, with which we share a deep and common heritage, also hate us and will not allow the expression of our opinions on certain web sites.
We pray that the hearts of the people who manage and own the Breaking Israel News web site will change their minds and permit an open, respectful, and thorough discussion of the many subjects that they write articles about.
Tags: Take a Look Inside One Gospel
Tags: Luke 7:47, Romans 3:23, The Book One Gospel
The Love that a person has for Jesus, is directly proportional to the view that they have of their life.
Mary Magdalene was a known prostitute in Jerusalem.
In John chapter 8, she is brought by the Pharisees before Jesus to be judged for her adultery, being caught in the very act. John 8:4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.” (NIV)
As a result of her encounter with Jesus, she turns from her sin and begins to follow Him as her Savior. Luke later records an evening when Jesus is having dinner at the home of Simon, one of the Pharisees. Suddenly, Mary burst into the home of Simon and falls at the feet of Jesus—weeping convulsively, anointing His feet with her tears and fragrant oil. Simon is indignant over a known prostitute coming into his home, and immediately begins to wonder to himself why Jesus, if he were a true prophet, would allow such a woman to touch Him.
Jesus, knowing what was in Simon’s heart, begins to tell him a story…
Luke 7:40-43 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
Jesus establishes an important principle of salvation: those who have a deeper sense of their own sin, will love and appreciate what Jesus has done for them in forgiving their sin, in greater measure, than a person who does not consider themselves much of a sinner.
Luke 7:47 “Therefore I say to you (Simon), her sins (Mary), which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” (more…)
Tags: 2 Peter 3:3-4, Calvary Chapel, Jesus People Movment, Luke 12:42-46, The return of Jesus
On a bright and sunny day in April, 1975, I went forward at Calvary Chapel in Southern California to receive Jesus as my Savior. I was just 19, had hair down to the middle of my back and was touring with a Rock band in small venue’s around Arizona. My life was full of activity but my heart was empty. I knew that there had to be more than what I had experienced so far, I just didn’t know where to find it. That all changed the morning that I trusted in Jesus. From that moment, I began to study the Bible intently and learned about the promise of Jesus to return for those who love Him.
During the Jesus People Movement of that day, there was great excitement over the expectation that Jesus could come for us at any moment. We were constantly talking about the Lord’s return and we were trying to live our lives like people who really believed our Lord could come for us before we drew our next breath.
Over the years, I have watched young people as I pass them on the street, who have the same emptiness in their eyes that I once had. I know that there are many teens and young adults today who are not satisfied with their life. They also feel like something is missing, although they cannot figure out what it is. (more…)
Tags: From Creator To The Cross, The Books of Robert Clifton Robinson
He was not the kind of man that most people would consider a powerful leader, or conqueror of nations. He worked with His hands and shaped wood from trees into useful objects for life. He used no force to compel anyone, He spoke humbly, and treated the lost, the broken, and the poor, with great compassion and love.
He did not attend a prominent Rabbinical school to learn the ancient scriptures. He was no author or traveling evangelist. There were no accolades or parades when He came into the world, though He created all that exists by the words of His mouth.
He was rejected, despised, ridiculed, scourged and crucified. While bearing unimaginable suffering Himself, the constant desire of His heart was to bring freedom to His tormentors. To the men who tortured Him: “Father, forgiven them.” To the repentant thief on the cross who had mocked Him moments before: “Today you will be with me in paradise.” To the whole world, a promise: “It is finished.” The work of your redemption is complete, eternal life is yours, heaven is your eternal home.
His heart burst from within as the mounting pressure of bearing the sins of the world pushed his body beyond the stress than any man had ever bore. He commanded His spirit to depart His body. He breathed His last, His blood poured out, His work– finished.
For three days, He lay in the borrowed tomb of a friend, his body experiencing no decay. On the first day of the week, a spectacular event–equalled, only by the first moments of the universe; when light exploded into the darkness of this world and He was alive once more.
When we read the New Testament narrative of Jesus, we are struck by the impossibility of this story. There are many aspects of the accounts that the writers are describing that were not expected by Israel, nor the world. The idea that God would visit the earth in the form of human being. The thought that the natural laws of the universe could be suspended by the voice of a man. How could anyone speak to a raging sea and calm it?The possibility that a person could shout at a tomb and the dead would return to life. It’s a good thing that Jesus said the name of Lazarus when He commanded Him to rise; otherwise the dead from the whole world would have risen.
This is a systematic treatise that intricately details the purpose of Jesus’ presence here on the earth.. See His life, death, and resurrection through the lens of the Hebrew scriptures in one of the most thorough and detailed books available today.
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Understand each of the events that Jesus experienced and controlled with precision, so that He would meet every requirement that was required of the One who would be the Savior of the world.
Experience the six illegal trials of Jesus and learn how every part of this process, violated the existing laws of the Jews. Examine the manner in which Jesus controlled those who sought to control Him.
See the love and compassion of Jesus as He interacted with people; emphasizing His presence on earth for the express purpose of allowing us to see what God is like.
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Tags: The 23rd Psalm, The Lord is my Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd.”
In order for the Lord to be a Shepherd who will lead us and care for us, we must first know Him as the Lord of our life. The term Lord in this context is master or ruler. Until Jesus becomes the Lord of our life, He will not be able to lead us to the places of blessing He desires to take us. Step one is surrender ourselves to Him and submit to His authority over every part of our life. (more…)
Tags: Archelaus, Genesis 49:10b, Hosea 4:6, John 10:10, Josephus’ “Antiquities, Joshua 23:14, Luke 2:41-50, One Gospel, Shiloh, Targum Onkelos, Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi
Jesus at the Temple during Passover
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had finished those days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother did not know it. 44 they, believed that he was in the other group traveling with them, and after a day’s journey; they sought him among their relatives and friends. 45 And when they did not find him, they turned back again to Jerusalem. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they discovered him at the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors of the law, both hearing them, and asking questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I have sought you with sorrow.” 49 And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” 50 And they did not understood what he had spoken to them. —Luke 2:41-50
Even at a very young age, Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels as a teacher. When Joseph and Mary set out to go to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, on the return journey back to Nazareth, they discover that Jesus was not in the returning group.
Jesus had gone into the temple at Jerusalem and began to ask questions, not for his own personal enlightenment, but to cause the elders of Israel to think about what they were teaching in their traditions, and how these traditions compared with what God intended in His law.
Jesus would often ask questions in a rhetorical manner to cause the listener to think. Jesus taught by asking questions that caused a person to consider the answer for themselves. In going through the process of giving an answer to someone, we must think about the subject and come to an understanding of the problem—ourselves. When we give an answer to someone after a question has been asked of us, we have considered the possible solutions and have come to a conclusion that we feel is best suited for the question that was asked. At twelve years of age, Jesus already possessed the wisdom of eternity, which He exhibited to all those who heard Him; He spoke the very words of God, himself. (more…)